It's nonfic fanfic. Battle With Me: Pokémon XD's a critical analysis of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. It's my attempt to do a text-based Level With Me, an analysis/Let's Play hybrid run by Robert Yang. Robert Yang actually teaches game design at NYU game center; thus, I'm studying up. CH4 in particular involves a swerve in the narrative; the designers start appealing to a different type of player, and I was hoping gaming taxonomies would help me demonstrate that. I was wrong.
It's deliciously weird. It does that worldbuilding thing I love where it drip-feeds the weirdness and leaves you to draw conclusions. It never quite explains why or how the magical elements are the way they are, and it provides just enough detail to render one horribly unsettled.A horror story with a vivid streak of magical realism. Ada and her father are the local healers in a remote town, reaching inside people's bodies and singing out their sickness. Neither are human, although they appear human if you don't examine them too closely.
Ada is training to replace her father as a curer of sickness, but there's something wrong with her that she neither can nor wants to cure. So too is there something wrong with the human boy from the town who catches her naïve interest.
The delicious, deft prose and the revealed truth of Ada's nature makes this story an intriguing, gripping read. I read this book inside 24 hours, and loved every page.