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Scarred Lands Player’s Guide – Role-playing Game Review

Scarred Lands Player’s Guide – Role-playing Game Review 

The Scarred Lands, Player’s Guide was originally created at White Wolf before Onyx Path Publishing and Nocturnal Media took it over. In a 2016 Kickstarter campaign, Onyx and Nocturnal successfully funded both the Pathfinder and the 5th Edition version, raising over $60,000 to make this book a reality. Thanks to Matt, from Onyx Publishing for […]

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Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5: Fifth Seven to Fall

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5: Fifth Seven to Fall 

* Disclaimer * Writing and reading are subjective arts. What some folks will absolutely love, others will dislike. It is a bit like Marmite in the UK—normal people dislike it intensely, but some weird folks actually enjoy the taste of warm road surface with fresh roadkill upon their tongue. To each their own, I suppose. […]

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Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher

Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher
4.25

Smoke and Stone is a grimdark story about two young people who live at opposite ends of their caste system. Both believe one of the gods has chosen them to carry out their desires to improve life in their city. What ensues is not only the beginning of rebellion amongst each caste, but also the […]

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Scion RPG 2nd Edition Review – Part Two – Scion: Hero

Scion RPG 2nd Edition Review – Part Two – Scion: Hero 

Okay, round two of my review of Scion—the RPG from the good folks at Onyx Path that lets you play the children of mythological gods in a modern world. Check out part one of this review (Scion: Origin), for more context and a description of the core rules of Scion as a whole. (I’ll also […]

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An Introduction to Xianxia: LitRPG’s Redheaded Stepsister

An Introduction to Xianxia: LitRPG’s Redheaded Stepsister 

The most widely read fantasy story in history is not George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, nor even JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. That honor belongs to Jin Yong’s Condor Trilogy, which fits into the Wuxia (pronounced ooo-shyah, literally Martial Knight-Errant) genre. If you’ve seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, or old […]

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
5

From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of Sleepy Hollow… Halloween is my favorite holiday, probably due to the many fond memories of my mom putting up decorations and trick-or-treating […]

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Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5: Next Five Fall

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5: Next Five Fall 

* Disclaimer * Writing and reading are subjective arts. What some folks will absolutely love, others will dislike. It is a bit like Marmite in the UK—normal people dislike it intensely, but some weird folks actually enjoy the taste of warm road surface with fresh roadkill upon their tongue. To each their own, I suppose. […]

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‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
4.25

Novelist Ben Mears returns to his hometown of ‘Salem’s Lot after the death of his wife. He becomes part of local life and begins a new relationship, but things are not going well in the town. An antiques shop has just opened, run by two suspicious men, and a spate of deaths and disappearances plagues […]

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Scion RPG 2nd Edition Review – Part One – Scion: Origin

Scion RPG 2nd Edition Review – Part One – Scion: Origin 

Scion is an urban fantasy roleplaying game (RPG) of a very particular sort and one that’s likely to appeal to fans of fantasy fiction. It’s not about secretive societies of seductive vampires and passionate werewolves lurking in the shadows. (Though you could use it for that, at a stretch.) It’s about the children of the […]

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Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Rosewater by Tade Thompson
4.25

The description of Rosewater sounds more like a thriller than a science fiction novel, and that is one of the many appeals surrounding this novel. A government agent with a criminal past and with psychic abilities must determine whether or not the notorious alien biodome in Nigeria is responsible for killing other people with similar […]

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Fierce Fantasy Night – Writing Panel Recap

Fierce Fantasy Night – Writing Panel Recap 

Living in a mostly rural area, I get few opportunities to attend book signings. For the big names, you can guarantee you’ve got to travel to London, but when my local Waterstones made me aware of a Fierce Fantasy night they were hosting back in June, with a panel of female authors, I knew it […]

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Unsouled by Will Wight

Unsouled by Will Wight
5

The Monkey King meets Up. For a novel entitled Unsouled, Will Wight’s prototypical story has a lot of soul. I’d picked it up a couple of years ago, but each time I’d tried to start, like many books buried on the slopes of Mount TBR, I never made it past the first two pages. Not […]

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