Book Review – Norwegian Wood

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I once had a girl or should I say she once had me…

Sorry, sorry, I’m getting carried away!

When 2017 started, a very important question popped into my head: what’s going to be my first book of the year? I looked at my shelves, and found a book that I bought a year ago and have since been meaning to read: Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. A Japanese book based on a Beatles song? I had to read it. Plus, I had heard many people saying it’s a great book, so I could not help but give it a try.

What do I think about it? It may very well be one of the finest books I have ever read.

But don’t stand there, just sit anywhere…

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Book Review – Conclave

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My Robert Harris mania goes on! As if I hadn’t had enough of him after reading the Cicero trilogy, I have now read his latest title, Conclave. And it’s a pretty good one, y’all.

I find it funny that, coming from such a strongly Catholic country, I am so ignorant about most aspects of that faith. I had no idea what happened after a Pope died, or how a new one is elected. I’m not just talking about what we see in the news, but about all the nitty-gritty procedures that only the cardinals know about.

As always, Robert Harris proves to be a very elucidating man. Not only does he write novels that grip you and never let go, but he also lets his knowledge seep through his prose and inform his readers. Now I know much more about choosing a Pope than ever before!

But let’s discuss the novel itself, shall we?

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I’m a Video Game Writer!

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Hello again, and sorry for the wait! There haven’t been a lot of posts here lately, I know. But I’ve been away for a good reason! You see, Hellyon White, the illustrator for my novel SirenSong, is also the concept artist for the video game studio Iter Games. So when an opening for a writing position came up, I jumped right at it! I have now fulfilled my childhood dream of working on video games professionally. This is so exciting!

Introducing Golden Arcana, a mobile RPG game played by using cards. I have played the beta, and I have to say, it’s a lot of fun and really addictive! I promise I’ll tell you more about it in due course!

SirenSong is also coming along quite nicely. Right now I’m implementing all the feedback I’m getting from the proofreaders and formatting the book in InDesign. It shouldn’t be long before it’s finally done! And to make things more interesting, I’ll have an update very soon showing you a little big more about the hidden depths of Aurea…

This is a very exciting moment for me right now! I’ll let you know all the updates about SirenSong and Golden Arcana as they come along. And I also promise I will try my hardest to write more often, even if they’re shorter posts. For now, wish me luck, and have a wonderful day! 😀

Book Review – L’évangile selon Satan

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It’s been a long, long time since I last wrote a book review, but funnily enough, very much like the last one I wrote about, this one also has todo with the Vatican and the election of a new Pope. I guess this is who I am now…

To make things even more peculiar, this is a book that, as far as I can tell, is not even available in English. I have searched high and low on the internet for an English translation, but there seems to be none. The mystery deepens!

That, along with the morbid nature of the book (it’s called The Gospel of Evil or The Gospel According to Satan, depending on the translation) and the violence contained within its pages, accounts for a very interesting read indeed…

Do you want to come with me and discover the mysteries this book has to unravel? I can’t guarantee your safety along the way…

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The Mythology Conference Is On!

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It’s here!

It has started!

It’s the IV International Conference of Myth Criticism!

Do you like The Lord of the Rings? Do you like Star Wars? Do you like John William Waterhouse? Those were just some of the topics we have talked about today—come on in and I’ll tell you all about it!

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Jenna’s Truth Review

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Jenna’s Truth ★★★★★

Today I have the honour of reviewing Nadia L. King‘s Jenna’s Truth. I call it an honour because, even though I read a lot of books—from the entertaining to the informative—it’s not very often that I get my hands on something so worth reading. This is a book about teenage bullying, and the dangers of social media when used with the wrong intentions.

Let me tell you more about it.

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The Night Before Christmas Review

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Good morning, lovely bookaholics! I apologise for not posting a lot lately, I have come down with the flu and I can barely leave my bed at all. Apparently I’m not dealing that well with the temperature change 😦 But let’s forget about that!

Today I bring you a beautiful illustrated children’s book, The Night Before Christmas. I was asked by the lovely people of Nursery Box Books to do a review for it, and after taking a look at it, I agreed. It’s just so cute and lovely!

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Growing Up as a Fantasy Writer

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Today’s post is a little bit long and personal, but please bear with me. Please…?

I am a fantasy writer. I always have been. Other than short stories, I have never written a single piece that didn’t involve swords and sorcery, heroes and villains, and a bookload of ridiculously epic scenes. Right now I’m juggling three projects, one of which I intend to make public fairly soon, and they are all fantasy.

It would be cliché to say that I haven’t always been like this—and a lie. Because, the truth is, I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t fascinated with the idea of creating new worlds and populating them with people and creatures arising from my imagination.

So how did I become this kind of person? What went wrong!?

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard Review

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard ★★★★★

Good morning, wonderful bookaholics! Shall we move on with the Potter binge? This time I bring you a fairly old, but really interesting, spin-off from the Harry Potter saga: The Tales of Beedle the Bard. And, unlike The Cursed Child, I have a very favourable opinion of it.

But let me elaborate.

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I Met Randall Munroe from XKCD!

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Oh my God, I can’t believe it, I did!! I’m sure you’ll know him already, but humour me for a few seconds. Randall Munroe is the author of the webcomic XKCD, a cartoon famous for having very simplistic drawings and very witty—and usually science-related—jokes. He is also the author of What If?, a book where he gives very serious answers to very ridiculous questions; and Thing Explainer, a book where he explains complicated scientific stuff using only the 1,000 most common English words.

I have been a big fan of XKCD for almost a decade, so meeting him was a life-long dream! But let me start from the beginning…

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