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Fantasy fiction writer, reviewer, reader and Gamer

Review: Castle Swimmer by Wendy Lian Martin

Castle Swimmer is one of those webcomics which I could easily have missed, but I am so glad that I didn’t. It is an absolute pleasure to read, even though the plot is somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster. Set in an underwater world, populated by…

Yukine’s been in the wars!

If there is one thing I have learnt about Cockatiels it is that they are terrible schemers. They lull you into a false sense of security, aided by their terribly cute appearance and as soon as you let your guard down they strike. Today while doing the daily cage liner change, I made the fatal…
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I got a new Cockatiel: Yukine

Introducing my new 11-week old Cockatiel: Yukine. It’s only been a few months since Chakuro died, but I decided the time was right to get another cockatiel. So on Saturday, I brought an Albino-Lutino Cockatiel. It took quite a while to decide a name, two days, whereas Chakuro had a name within a couple of…
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Writing Fantasy and Sci-fi: Tools I find invaluable

Writing any novel is a daunting and mammoth undertaking which requires many hours of dedication and a truckload of patience. I have lost count how many times I have read back a chapter or a scene only for there to be something wrong. As a writer of high fantasy, my world building is paramount. To…
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The Loss of Chakuro

It is a strange thing to own a pet. No matter their form, they make a place in your life a little space that you don’t notice until it becomes a gaping hole in their absence. I had Chakuro for just over a year. Though I had thought for many years of getting another Cockatiel,…
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Final Fantasy VIII: Why I’m excited for the remaster

Warning: Contains spoilers for Final Fantasy VIII.

Final Fantasy VIII is a bit of an oddball among its peers. It was never as acclaimed as its direct predecessor, Final Fantasy VII, nor managed to evoke the charm of its successor Final Fantasy IX nor the tragedy of Final Fantasy X. For many years while its peers received acclaim and re-releases on modern consoles, mobile and pc, Final Fantasy VIII was…

Book Review: Thief’s Magic, by Trudi Canavan

Thief’s Magic, book one of The Millennium’s Rule Trilogy,  is a novel about love, betrayal and trying to do the right thing, when the world is compelling you to do the exact opposite.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – A few months on.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about joining the beta test for Square Enix‘s new MMO: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In the subsequent months it has been launched and I find myself a demi-veteran of the game. I say demi, mainly because work and university commitments get in the way of play time.  So…
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The world of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Ozian cannon

There are few households that haven’t heard of the Wizard of OZ, and the franchise has gone in a multitude of directions, most recently the major Hollywood film: Oz the great and powerful. There has also been the highly successful spin off book series, Wicked  by Gregory Maguire which has also been reworked into the highly…
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Literature Discussion: Will Self’s Dorian, an imitation

Dorian by Will Self is a charming walk in a cesspit of debauchery. It is a strange, re-invention of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and offers the same lack of redemption. Will Self takes the sexual debauchery of Wilds Dorian and turns it into a nasty, Drug fuelled, violent den of sexual gratification and pleasure seeking.…
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