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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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Review: ‘Bird by bird’ by Anne Lamott

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I came across this book while reading a book on scientific writing. A few passages from Anne Lamott were quoted, and that was enough for me to decide I needed to read it. So I did, and now I’m recommending it to everyone, even those who aren’t interested in writing. It’s ostensibly a book about creative writing, however it’s more of a humorous, insightful collection of stories on her experiences as a writer, than an instruction manual.

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Review: ‘big little lies’ by Liane Moriarty

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big little lies starts with a murder at a school trivia night. It then backs up to 6 months before the murder. This is where most of the tension comes from; trying to guess who, out of all the people you’re slowly starting to care about, ends up dead. It was tense, thrilling, funny and sad. I rushed through it, needing to know who was the victim, and finished it in one night.

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Review: ‘Lord Valentine’s Castle’ by Robert Silverberg

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Valentine awakes on a sun-drenched ledge overlooking a bustling town. With only vague memories of the day before, he follows a young herdsman into town. Slowly, in vivid dreams, his memories begin to return, though they’re hardly believable. His crown and memories stolen by an usurper, Valentine must travel across half the world to regain his rightful place.

Note: The title on the image is for the sequel, yet the image is otherwise the same as the copy of the book I have.

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Review: ‘Anansi Boys’ by Neil Gaiman

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While alive, all Fat Charlie’s father ever did was humiliate him. Even with his death, he manages to embarrass him. If that wasn’t bad enough, Fat Charlie learns his father was really the spider god, Anansi, and he has a brother, who inherited all the magic and charm, as well as the love of getting Fat Charlie in trouble. Within days of meeting his brother, Fat Charlie’s being investigated by the police and has lost his fiancee. Funny, tense, exciting, scary and heart-warming all at the same time, ‘Anansi Boys’ was a lot of fun to read.

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Review: ‘Ombria in Shadow’ by Patricia A. McKillip

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Moments after the Prince of Ombria dies, Domina Pearl, his ancient great-aunt, begins taking over the city and removing her adversaries from the palace. The prince’s five year old son is all that stands between Domina Pearl and the throne. The only people who can protect the young heir are his dead father’s mistress, his bastard-born cousin, and a girl made out of wax who lives beneath the city.

(My version of the book was purple, not blue. I think the purple suits it better – I really loved the cover).

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Review: ‘Half the World’ by Joe Abercrombie

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‘Half the World’ is the sequel to ‘Half a King’, set some time after the conclusion to that book, and focusing on different characters. In this book, we focus on the young warriors-in-training Brand and Thorn, and the events that keep them from taking their place on a raid. Soon, they end up on Yarvi’s ship, as he goes on a journey to make an alliance to save Gettland from the coming war with the High King.

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