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The world-building of Dishonored

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I’ve been playing Dishonored again recently (I obviously recommend it) – a first-person stealth game where you play as Corvo, the empress’s bodyguard who is framed for her murder and the disappearance of the heir to the throne. You then get the choice of going on a bloody rampage or being a sneaky bastard to put things right. The game was acclaimed largely for its amazing game...

The danger of comfortable

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I’m a creature of habit. I’m time poor. I know what I like. The above three statements mean I often re-read my favourite books instead of risking several hours on a new risky book. I will re-watch my favourite TV shows and films, again and again, re-feeling the same warm fuzzy feeling as my favourite characters and stories unwind in their familiar way. I even re-play my favourite...

Why I hate the ‘wake up at 4AM’ gurus

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Google ‘wake up at 4AM’ for me, don’t worry, I’ll wait… What did you find? Two things, (1) a whole bunch of ‘motivational’ articles screaming the benefits of how waking up at 4AM will help you succeed at life, and (2) another set of articles from rightly worried people asking why they can’t get back to sleep at that god-awful hour. Guess which...

Book Review: The Blade Itself

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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...

Apparently I should be writing

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I have a big problem with procrastinating. I will do anything other than what I am supposed to do. This ironically leads me to sometimes do productive things (like cleaning the house), or nice things (like going out to get Becky a present), instead of what I actually should be doing – which is more often than not, writing. For me, I think the big problem was a word I used in that last...

Book Review: The Red Knight

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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

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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

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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...

The Awkward First Post

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First things first, the word awkward makes me itch. I know it’s spelt correctly, but it looks so wrong and makes me want to scratch my eyes out with a spoon. Anyway, hello! This is my new website (so please ignore the mess and sorry about all the gaps). A place where I write random crap about what I’m writing about (I know it’s all horribly meta). This is the usual first post...

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My full name is Daniel SM Griffin (but call me Griff), a European (have been described as British), male human. My views and opinions (like my hair and teeth) are my own.

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