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  • Kanly duel: Houses Ordos vs Ecaz

    Kanly duel: Houses Ordos vs Ecaz

    House Ordos and House Ecaz. Two factions invented for video games by the developer. Ostensibly similar, but not at all the same.

  • Why Don’t Readers Like Thomas Rymour?

    Why Don’t Readers Like Thomas Rymour?

    Some people don’t like Thomas Rymour, the protagonist of the Realm Rift Saga. “He’s an utter selfish jerk” “Thomas Rymour is an asshole.” “a weak and selfish man” [Spoiler alerts for this particular review!] Yeah, some people really don’t like Thomas Rymour. And it’s all Captain Scarlet’s fault. For those of you who don’t know,…

  • 25 of the Best Fantasy Books You Should Read Next

    25 of the Best Fantasy Books You Should Read Next

    I know what it’s like: sometimes you finish a book and you just don’t know what to read next. That’s why I’ve put this list together of 25 of the best fantasy books (in no particular order) that should be at the top of your to-read list! Assassin’s Apprentice Any list of the best fantasy…

  • Meet the Typical Fantasy Reader – Infographic

    Meet the Typical Fantasy Reader – Infographic

    The incredible worlds and stories within the fantasy genre appeals to people from all walks of life, young or old, rich or poor. But is there a type of person that fantasy appeals to most? Thanks to the latest Fantastic Insights survey of fantasy readers, we can create a picture of the typical fantasy reader. Are…

  • 8 Ways Tolkien Changed Modern Fantasy Forever

    8 Ways Tolkien Changed Modern Fantasy Forever

    Is it possible to overstate Tolkien’s influence on the fantasy genre? The Lord of the Rings casts a huge shadow, defining tropes, cliches, and standards in a way that perhaps no other work has done to another genre. But just how much did Tolkien really change modern fantasy forever? No other work has so defined…

  • Dune: Ornithopter Assault – Interview with Peter Wodzinsky

    Dune: Ornithopter Assault – Interview with Peter Wodzinsky

    I learned a lot writing Calling the Makers, the story of how the games based on Frank Herbert’s Dune came to be. But one thing I didn’t expect to learn was the existence of a whole game I’d never heard of: ‘Ornithopter Assault’ for the Nintendo GameBoy Advance (GBA). The GBA doesn’t seem like a…

  • Did Branwell Try to Get into the Royal Academy?

    Did Branwell Try to Get into the Royal Academy?

    Branwell’s most famous work is his art; his portrait of his sisters hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, alongside a fragment of Emily from another portrait he painted. Branwell’s style, and his faults, come from tutelage he received from William Robinson, an artist from nearby Leeds who had studied at the Royal Academy. It seems…

  • Branwell: The Political Brontë

    Branwell: The Political Brontë

    An excerpt from The Life and Work of Branwell Brontë, describing Branwell’s political activity in 1837: Branwell also became a political figure that year. On 27th January he established a Haworth Operative Conservative Society, the objectives of which were to ‘maintain loyalty to the King attachment to the connection between church and State respect for the…

  • What is Skerry Books?

    What is Skerry Books?

    If you’ve ever closely examined the information on a product page for one of my books, you’ll have noticed that the publisher is listed as Skerry Books. If you’ve ever wondered what that is, here’s the answer. It’s me. Independent publishing is a funny old game. Each vendor seems to do things slightly differently. They…

  • Fantastic Insights

    Fantastic Insights

    Find out what fantasy readers really think People with telepathic powers will already know what fantasy readers think. For everyone else, there’s the Fantastic Insights survey. What is the Fantastic Insights survey? The Fantastic Insights survey polls a variety of fantasy readers across age, gender, and location to discover  what fans of the genre think…

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