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Book Review: The Blade Itself

B

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is the first book in the First Law trilogy – and it is definitely the first book in a series. The Blade Itself takes the hard work of the trilogy by being the ‘setup book’, slowly introducing all the characters and their motivations, and bringing them all together for one reason or another. This is actually my greatest frustration with The...

Book Review: The Red Knight

B

The Red Knight by Miles Cameron is a thoroughly enjoyable medieval fantasy hack-n-slash that is heavily focused on two things: grizzly authentic medieval combat, and making the main character as cool as possible in the eyes of the reader and everyone else in the story. The book focuses on the war between mankind vs the wild (monsters), with the Red Knight being the leader of a mercenary company...

Book Review: The Name of the Wind

B

The Name of the Wind by the great bearded Patrick Rothfuss is a funny old beast. It follows the story of Kvothe, a gifted boy with a natural talent for learning which applies itself quite readily to magic. Why is it a funny old beast? Because it reads like epic fantasy, but nothing epic really happens, at least in this first book. The whole story is told through a series of flashbacks by Kvothe...

Game Review: Tyranny

G

Sometimes, evil wins. Tyranny is a game where there was no last minute hero, no deus ex machina, no chosen one. Only an evil villain that took over the world with very little real resistance. It’s an excellent example of a game exploring one simple concept: what if the good guys lost? And reminds me very much of Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Mistborn’ novels. Tyranny is set in a...

Best Books & Blogs on Writing

B

When learning any skill you need a good teacher (think Yoda with a pencil instead of a lightsaber), but anyone who has tried writing soon finds out that it’s often a solo journey. Most of your learning will often come from good old practice or from reading other author’s work, but that doesn’t mean you should always go alone. Am I talking about joining a writer’s group...

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