Category: Reviews

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…

Review: Final Fantasy VIII: Remaster – Worth the price?

A Final Fantasy VIII (FFVIII) remaster is something I have wanted for a long time but did not ever expect to see. Final Fantasy VIII is one of those games from the PSOne era that sits in an awkward spot. It is not the earliest of games and therefore is not as graphically flawed, nor did it come at the end of the PSOne cycle when the majority of game developers had overcome most obstacles posed by the system.

Long Reads: Big Fish and Begonia: an examination of the human soul.

Warning: Spoilers for Big Fish and Begonia are contained within. If you haven’t watched the film, I strongly suggest you do so before reading this article. Who are we? Where do we come from? and here are we going? (laugh) No one thinks about these questions. We go to work, day in and day out,…
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Long Reads: Resident Evil 2: Remake – musings on symbolism and tragedy.

|Contains major spoilers for Resident Evil 2: Remake |

One of the most remarkable things about Resident Evil 2: Remake is how it encapsulates the spirit of the original in terrifying realism….

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…

2019 Book list

2019 has been a busy year for me so far. I haven’t had the capacity of previous years to read as much as I would like. Mainly because currently studying for my R01: Financial Services, Regulations and Ethics qualification. But here are a few of the Books I intend to read before the end of…
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Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

It isn’t often a book grabs me so fully that I have to read it right to the end without pause. Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris is one of those though. It is curious really, as I’ve always been a bit hesitant to pick it up. I could never put my finger on why, but I would read the back, it would pique my interest but I would always put it back. However, I can say after finally reading it in a twelve-hour marathon, that it is one of the best novels I have read in a very long time.

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.

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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