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‘How to Read Water’ by Tristan Gooley

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If you like looking at puddles, ‘How to Read Water’ is for you. If you haven’t spent much time looking at puddles, you should read it anyway. Like so many interesting books, I discovered it by seeing someone else reading it (my Dad), and ‘borrowing’ it.

‘How to Read Water’ is, as the title says, about reading water. It covers puddles to oceans and everything in between, and what it all tells you about your environment. It’s engaging, funny, and after reading it I’ve spent more time than I thought possible looking at puddles.

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‘Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages’ by Frances and Joseph Gies

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I do a fair bit of research when writing, but there’s a limit to the amount of depth I can find in internet sources. So I looked up some books on the Middle Ages and started reading some books by Frances and Joseph Gies. I also read ‘Life in a Medival Castle’ and ‘Life in a Medieval City’, but ‘Marriage and Family’ was the one I most enjoyed (it’s also the longest of the three I read).

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Upcoming Book – Shadow Magic!

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I’m excited to announce a new book, ‘Shadow Magic’! I’ve been working on it for the last few years, and now it’s ready! I’m aiming to get it out early next year.

Asmara is one of the most powerful mages in the world. Or, she would be if she could use her magic. She is a shadow mage, a wielder of rare and unusual magic, with the power to peer into the souls of others, to change them, to destroy them. And yet to use it comes at a high price, as shadow mages who use their power rarely make it past their second decade. On the plus side, it means she can charge a high price for her services as a mercenary.

After resisting her magic for twenty years, war breaks out between Mance-Jolune and the neighbouring land of Lakasha. Tension between the two lands is nothing new, but this time, something is different. The Lakashan’s somehow have trained shadow mages, and are using shadow magic in war for the first time. Asmara is suddenly of great interest to the King and all his spies, and refusing to use her deadly magic is no longer an option.

A friend did the map for me, based on a scruffy draft I drew. I think the result is pretty awesome:

If you’re interested in getting a map made, send me a message and I’ll pass it on.

Stay tuned for updates!

Review: ‘Vigil’ by Angela Slatter

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‘Vigil’ is an urban fantasy set in Brisbane. Brisbane happens to be my hometown, so I was even more excited than when I picked up “How the light gets in” and it opened with a description of a Montreal the tunnel falling down. A non-Brisbanite probably won’t enjoy the setting and details as much as I did. The story follows Verity Fassbinder, half human half-Weyrd as she solves crimes. It’s fun and action-packed and has a lovely sprinkling of humour.

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Review: ‘My Last Continent’ by Midge Raymond

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‘My Last Continent’ is a tragic love story set in Antarctica. The story starts a few years after a devastating shipwreck which killed hundreds of people. Then it switches to a week before the shipwreck and Deb, a researcher aboard the Cormorant, a tourist/research vessel heading down to Antarctica. The story flips back and forth from just before the shipwreck, to years before and then to after. You know the ending well before you get to it, and yet it still affected me.

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Rereading The Lord of the Rings: 10+ years later

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I tried reading ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ years ago. It took me a year to finish ‘The Hobbit’ and I gave up halfway through ‘The Two Towers’ as I found it so dull. My husband doesn’t read much, but this is one of the few series he’s finished, and it’s one of his favourites. So I recently gave it another shot, to see if I could finish and enjoy it this time.

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One thing I always loved however was the cover and the illustrations. The picture above is the version of the books I have.

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Review: Hearts of Stone Expansion, Witcher 3 PS4

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I didn’t start playing the Witcher until over a year after it came out, though I’d bought it much earlier. I finished the game and started a second play through almost immediately with both expansions installed. I’ve since finished my second play through and the ‘Hearts of Stone’ and ‘Blood and Wine’ expansions.

Hearts of Stone takes place mostly in Oxenfurt. There’s a main quest, a few new side-missions, new equipment, gwent cards and a new merchant. Blood and Wine adds a lot more content, with a whole new area to explore. Hearts of Stone is smaller, but the story is tight and compelling. They’re both so different I don’t know which one I prefer.

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