Worldbuilding Through Characterization
 

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Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal
4.5

Of Noble Family is the fifth and final book in the Glamourist Histories series by Mary Robinette Kowal, set in an alternate version of the Regency period with magic in the form of glamour. Readers have shared Jane and Vincent’s lives through various trials and adventures, in a series that explores many different types of […]

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Rogue Legacy – Video Game Review

Rogue Legacy – Video Game Review 

When I started this game I thought it would be a fun distraction for a Sunday afternoon, a cute little game that would remind me of the old games I used to play in the past. It turned out that it was those things, but also so much more. I didn’t realise how addictive this […]

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Does Size Really Matter? – Fantasy Shorts

Does Size Really Matter? – Fantasy Shorts 

We are used to fantasy being big – epicly big in many cases – running in countless volumes of increasing size, or the kind of thick tomes that take up far too much shelf space, doubling as doorstoppers and spider killers, rivalled only in bulk by the likes of The Yellow Pages and the Argos […]

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Apotheon – Video Game Review

Apotheon – Video Game Review 

Apotheon is an indie platform sidescroller, an action game set in the world of Ancient Greek mythology with a focus on combat and puzzle solving. It’s available for PlayStation 4 on PlayStation Plus, and for the PC on Steam. I absolutely love anything to do with Greek mythology and the ancient world, so I was […]

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Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells and Howard Taylor

Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells and Howard Taylor
4

Shadows Beneath is both an anthology of short stories and a glimpse into the writing process, created by the Writing Excuses podcast team: Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells and Howard Taylor. Each author provides one story, as well as a selection of extra ‘behind the scenes’ material including early drafts, edits, and insight […]

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The League of Princes by Christopher Healy – Series Review

The League of Princes by Christopher Healy – Series Review
5

Ever wondered what Prince Charming’s real name is? Meet Frederick. And Gustav. And Liam and Duncan. They are the Prince Charmings (or Princes Charming, as Frederick insists), and they’re determined to prove that they are more than just those princes from the songs. So when they stumble across a dark plot forming against all their […]

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What Makes a Good Badass?

What Makes a Good Badass? 

Everyone loves a good badass, and, let’s admit it, our genre is full of them! But what makes a successful badass and how do they fit into our stories? Well, first off, it’s worth noting that this is going to be an extremely subjective article, as what works for one reader will never work for […]

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Fantasy at the Fair

Fantasy at the Fair 

Over at the Fantasy-Faction Book Club we’ve recently finished our October read: Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury. This is a story about two boys and one father who find themselves facing an evil carnival. Reactions to the book were mixed, but there was one thing everyone seemed to agree on – the […]

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Resistance by Samit Basu

Resistance by Samit Basu
4.5

This review contains spoilers for Turbulence. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the first book. Resistance is the sequel to the brilliant superhero novel Turbulence, in which the passengers on a flight from London to Delhi develop superpowers. Resistance is set eleven years in the future after a ‘second wave’ of powers […]

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Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis – Series Review

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis – Series Review
4.5

Kat, Incorrigible is a fun and charming series of children’s historical fantasy books combining magic, adventure, romance and the Regency period, and I’d highly recommend them to both children and adults who are looking for a quick and very enjoyable read! The first book is either Kat, Incorrigible or A Most Improper Magick, depending on […]

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But I Just Want to be Normal!

But I Just Want to be Normal! 

“Why me?” the protagonist cries as she throws an angry lightning bolt at the sky. Ever since she discovered her superpowers and incredible strength, being a hero has been such a burden. She flops down on the still-smoking bench that seconds ago she hollowed out of a log using her pinpoint accurate laser vision. “I […]

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Fable Anniversary Edition – Video Game Review

Fable Anniversary Edition – Video Game Review 

In 2004 I was a university student looking for a great new game to play. I bought Fable, and within minutes of playing I had fallen in love with the game. Enchanting, fun, quirky, and unique in its atmosphere and tongue-in-cheek humour, it’s still one of my most fondly remembered games. So you can imagine, […]

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