Book Review : Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

For a long time I studied different methods of writing, storytelling and character development before I published my first book. A lot of what I learned came from lectures and advice Brandon Sanderson has posted on YouTube. I highly recommend that anyone learning to write look up these videos as they are eye opening for …

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Book Review : Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

YA Tropes are becoming more common to anyone familiar with the genre. There’s the grumpy loner, the badass girl hiding her feelings, the pretty girl with a hidden nature, and a misunderstood tough guy with a soft heart. However just because a trope is a trope, there’s nothing wrong with it so long as it’s …

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Book Review : Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja

I can’t remember the last time I genuinely enjoyed a comedic novel for its humor and its plot progression. Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja is both a well written work of science fiction and genuinely one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. I’ve had several moments where I put the book down because I …

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Character Design : How do you write a deity?

While reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimen, I couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow at the adventures of Thor, Loki and Odin. We live in a time where characters are expected to be deep and often complicated with various emotions. My first criticism of any story I read is whether or not the characters are …

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Book Review : The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington

Anyone who loves well developed fantasy worlds filled with fascinating characters will love “The Shadow of What Was Lost.” I found myself immersed in the book making the large size of it easier to digest as the writing style is fantastic and easy to be entranced by. Character Development 9/10 The story follows the tale …

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