Mapping It Out

It’s a very, very, rare occasion these days that you will open a fantasy novel and not see a map. In fact, it’s got to the point now that if there isn’t one you will probably find yourself thinking “Dude, where’s my map?”. I love maps, regardless of them being real or being made-up for a story, so I’m going to ramble on about them for a while here. In true Blue Peter style, here’s one I made earlier;

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Review: The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams is widely considered to be one of the greatest Epic Fantasy series ever, which makes the fact that I haven’t bothered reading it until now all the worse. What follows are my thoughts and spoiler free review of the first book in that series: The Dragonbone Chair.

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Music Review: Noir Kid by Violet Cold

A bit of a change for the blog today. I’m not going to make a habit of this, but today I’m going to do a music review. I listened to an album a few days ago and it made a big impact on me, so much show I’ve decided to share my thoughts on it here. It’s called Noir Kid by the Azerbaijan based one man experimental project, Violet Cold.

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Procrastination is…oh, look, a dog!

The vast majority of the time I sit down to write my work in progress (WIP) I end up getting distracted and doing very little. In fact, this blog was the result of the Angel Dark Lord of Procrastination resting her wing gently on my shoulder bludgeoning me with her Hammer of Dithering. Though to be fair, at least the blog leads me to actually write something every now and again. Like today, for example. I’m going to discuss all the things I end up doing, rather than actually writing my WIP.

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Review: The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Today’s review is The Girl and the Stars (Book one of the Book of the Ice series). Lawrence’s previous series include The Broken Empire, The Red Queen’s War, and the The Book of the Ancestor.

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Review: The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter

Today’s review is The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter. This is a novel outside of my comfort zone in that it is firmly in the genre of Sci-fi and I usually stick to fantasy. Yes, I know Dune is technically sci-fi, but it also has quite a fantasy vibe to it – this one is pure sci-fi. There won’t be any plot spoilers here.

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Review: The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Today I’m going to provide a brief review of The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. This series is generally considered to be one of the all time greats of modern fantasy fiction. Spoilers are not included.

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Review: The Winnowing Flame Trilogy by Jen Williams

Today I am going to provide a review of The Winnowing Flame Trilogy by Jen Williams. The trilogy consists of The Ninth Rain, The Bitter Twins and The Poison Song. I will be talking about my thoughts on the ending, but I won’t be giving away any specific information that could be considered as spoilers.

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By Grace and Banners Fallen

A very dramatic title for a short blog post, which is basically to say I’ve changed the photo on my blog and social media banners. The title of this post is actually the title of the prologue to A Memory of Light, the final book in the Wheel of Time. I chose it because it’s my favourite book in the series, but mostly because it’s the only thing I could think of that mentions banners.

I reorganised the book shelf so the photo includes books and authors of significance to me.

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