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Review: ‘Everything I know about writing’ by John Marsden

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I’ve been looking for a book on writing for a while now. I picked up ‘Everything I know about writing’ by John Marsden mainly because I’ve read his work before and he’s written some of my favourite books. Unlike ‘bird by bird’, by Anne Lamont, this book is more about the tools of writing, and Marsden gives concrete examples of his points.┬áIt’s a short book, at 195 pages, but it covers a surprising amount of ground. He uses examples of writing from himself, his students, and other books to demonstrate his points with humour and insight.

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Review: ‘The Last Wish’ by Andrzej Sapkowski

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‘The Last Wish’ is a collection of short stories about Geralt of Rivia, a monster slayer known as a witcher. The stories are tied together by an overarching story, ‘The Voice of Reason’, which give structure and direction to the whole selection of stories.

I first read ‘The Last Wish’ many years ago, after finishing the first Witcher game. Since then I’ve read most of the witcher saga, and the other set of short stories ‘Sword of Destiny’, but ‘The Last Wish’ still stands as my favourite.

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Review: ‘Pokemon Moon’

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I haven’t played a Pokemon game since Sapphire, so it’s been a while. I mainly decided to pick up Pokemon Moon since a friend was getting Sun and wanted someone to trade with. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the changes to the game. The Island Challenge feels just different enough from battling gym leaders to make the game feel new, and it felt more like an adventure with a story than other games.

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Stardew Valley

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Stardew Valley is a PC farming simulation game, similar in style to Harvest Moon. I came to the game late, and as a result had heard lots about it before playing it. In a way, this led to some disappointments, as I was expecting something miles ahead of Harvest Moon. In the end, I still enjoyed it. There are parts of it I like more than Harvest Moon, parts of Harvest moon I enjoy more, and parts of Rune of Factory I prefer. It’s a good game for anyone who enjoys the Harvest Moon games, though I doubt it would convince many people who dislike Harvest Moon.

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‘The First Man in Rome’ by Colleen McCullough

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‘The First Man in Rome’ is a historical novel set in the late Roman Republic. It covers the career of Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla, and the life of the parents of Julius Caesar. The detail and research that went into it is phenomenal. It covers a lot of ground and goes into a lot of detail, while remaining fast and exciting. It focused on a few key players, but details the politics and wider world within which they act as well. In some ways it was a challenging read (mainly due to the names…), but overall, I really enjoyed it.

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Review: ‘The Year of Our War’ by Steph Swainston

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Jant, the Immortal Messenger, is the only man in the world who can fly. However, he’s not the only immortal. The Fourlands are beset by a plague of giant insects. The fight has raged for over a 1000 years. The story starts with another in a long line of fights, which initially goes well. Soon, however, the insects are surging across the land, further than they’ve reached in centuries. Jant is tasked with finding out why, which is something of a problem given his drug addiction.

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‘Fire Emblem Fates – Conquest’ on 3DS

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Fire Emblem Fates comes in 3 parts – Conquest, Birthright and Revelations. The first 6 chapters are shared, and then you need to pick: will you return to the family that kidnapped you and raised you, or the family of your birth?

I started with Conquest, which was described as the hard one. I’ve just finished Birthright and Revelations. I played all games on hard and I can say, Birthright and Revelations on hard are walk in the park compared to Conquest on hard.

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