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Broken Crown by Zurik 23M. Grand and intense, with powerful emotions at work. And yet at the same time quite intricate.

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1. You begin re-reading Treasure Island.

2. You try installing the 2004 edition of Sid Meier’s Pirates! on your shiny Windows 10 PC only to realize that the game, quite miraculously, is running more smoothly than ever. During an afternoon of nostalgic bliss and cheerful plundering you memorize the exact shape and position of Nassau. Seeing Jack Rackham included in the game’s Top Ten Pirates Ever list is making you cheer.

More side effects likely to follow.

Now, the computer game that I’d really love to play is a 1715 Age of Empires Special Edition located in the Caribbean… *g*

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I guess this is mainly for a certain person on my friendslist, who has been repeatedly trying to get other people into watching this show...  Well,  [personal profile] selenak ,  I’m glad to report that your efforts have not been entirely without success. *g*

After a real life week from Hell, I thought it was high time to unwind and grant myself some marathon viewing. Thanks to you I picked Black Sails. Consider me hooked.

I must say, though, that I probably wouldn’t have made it past the *ahem* decidedly action-laden pilot, if I hadn’t known about the character-driven drama and world building to come. What a spectacular mix of historical and Stevenson-based fiction! I’m fascinated by the show’s take on Nassau and the evolving web and interpersonal relationships.

(Extra kudos for fleshing out even supporting characters like Dufresne in a way that is not only contributing to the plot but also a pleasure to watch.)

So, hooray for fannish osmosis!  Also hooray for Bear McCreary’s soundtrack and  the simply gorgeous opening credits! Hooray for morally ambivalent characters, male and female, and their agendas.




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