Let’s just get the take-home point behind us. Joe Abercrombie writes some brutal stuff. This stuff is not for kids or those who are easily affected by any of the individual categories under “Parental Advisory”. I am a sucker for the simplistic stereotype – the knight in shining armour whose moral integrity is without fault, […]
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As part of my quest to work through the best selling fantasy books/series of all time, “The Belgariad” was one hurdle to be crossed… and a big hurdle at that. Let’s just start off by saying the books are big, very big. Even though there are only 5 books in the series, each paper-bound adventure […]
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The Shannara Chronicles will be hitting the TV screen in January 2016. Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by Terry Brooks, this seriously has a lot of potential to be a very cool TV series. The series will pick up the story at “The Elfstones of Shannara”, the second book in the original book trilogy, […]
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To me, it all started with the funny fantasy/scifi works. At the point of reading them, I did not even consider them to be in any specific genre, I rather saw them as pure comedy/parody. Only later did I realize that they were in my now favorite genre of speculative fiction (Fantasy and Science Fiction). It was […]
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This post forms part of my series of posts on “Epicness in the Bible“. The Nephilim is one of those curios stories in the bible, dropped here and there, and overlooked by many. But the trail can be followed all the way from early Genesis to Samuel. It all started a while after God created […]
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Creatives pull inspiration from various sources of other creative works. Some use popular modern entertainment (music, games, comics, anime) whilst others tend to lean toward the ancient epics for inspiration. Mythology is a very popular source of inspiration, and most fantasy enthusiasts I know study up on their mythology as inspiration. How many authors have you […]
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There is a short and long answer to this question, but I guess if I wanted to give the short answer I probably won’t go through the effort of writing a blog post about it :) Yes, I too have now read the infamous Sword of Shannara. Before I even knew what the Shannara world […]
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This post forms part of my series of blog posts for “Story Ideas“. Story working title: “Wings” Concept: Wings is an alternate history story. It doesn’t take place on a far off planet or magical realm, instead it takes place right here on our earth, at around 1000 BC. The plan is to pull actual […]
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As a creative, I am always busying my mind somewhere with some creative pursuit. I have conceptualized many stories over the years that will probably never see the light of day as an actual creative work: Be that novel, game, movie or what ever. So I decided that, instead of letting all those stories go […]
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Shadows over Camelot is a great board game, and awesome crowd-pleaser. This Arthurian-themed board game was published in 2005 by Days of Wonder, making it an older game, as things go these days. I have played it a couple of times with friends now, have both won and lost, so I feel like I may venture […]
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