Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Titel: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Autor: Becky Albertalli
Seiten: 384
Genre: Gay Romance
Amazon-Link: https://amzn.to/2L7kG9U

I reread the book after having watched the awesome movie adaptation and wondered why I only gave the book three stars before. Well, before I dive into the book let me just say that I LOVED the movie! It is cute, it is honest, it is everything I ever wanted from a teenage love comedy – why didn’t this come out when I was fifteen?! Anyway, when I read the book for the second time I remembered why I only gave it three stars before – yes, it is funny. But sometimes it feels like this was a little bit to childish for me, a bit over the top. I also have to say that I’m usually not that much into love stories and so some things were too cheesy for my taste. However, I just love these characters SO much! And after the movie, I cannot help but immediately picture the charismatic Nick Robinson when thinking about Simon. I know it’s an unspoken rule between book lovers never to say “the movie was better”, but I really think that watching Love, Simon enhanced my experience with this book a lot and made me fall in love with Simon, Leah, Abby, and all the others even more. So when this book was a 3,5 stars for me and I rounded down to 3 before, I just have to round up this time and make it 4 stars. Because we need more LGBT books like these – books that make you laugh out loud, books that make you happy, books with a happy ending. (This was pretty cheesy coming from me).

Conclusion: A lighthearted LGBT story that handles being a gay teen spot-on, albeit the cuteness can be a little bit of a sugar overload.

★★★★☆/★★★★★
(4/5 Stars)

Starfighter: Eclipse – German Translation

Starfighter: Eclipse by Date Nighto is a visual novel, which is based on the webcomic Starfighter by HamletMachine. In this sci-fi game you take on the role of Helios; the newest fighter aboard the starship Kepler. You will meet many familiar faces from the comic, but also new characters. However, you don’t need any previous knowledge of the comic, you can enjoy the game independently.

The German version was first shown on the YaYuCon – Yaoi & Yuri Convention in Dachau. I wasn’t able to attend the convention, but I was told the game was received positively! I hope I can show you some pictures of the convention soon.

In the role of Helios, you can date one (or several) boys; Cain, Abel, Deimos, Selene, and Hayden! Furthermore, you have to solve a mysterious incident aboard the starship. Please note that the game contains explicit erotic scenes, and is therefore only suitable for players at the age of 18 or older. The visual novel works on every modern browser, no matter if it’s an desktop computer, a tablet, or even a smart phone; after a free registration you can continue your game on any device. The game is $20 and now also available in German. You can change the game’s language in the options.

To the game