Free Character Template for Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

It can be a little challenging, when coming up with characters for your new fantasy or science fiction book, to know where to begin. That’s why I’ve put together this simple, minimalist character template for writing fantasy to help you start straight away with the basics. I find that I can get bogged down with

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April Wrap-Up and May TBR (2020)

With there only being one week remaining of April, I’ve put a list together of what I want to read in May. April has been a really good reading month for me and I hope to keep that up! April Wrap-Up So far, I have read nine books in April, and hopefully I’ll have finished

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The Gunslinger by Stephen King: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 SPOILER FREE If I was asked if I liked The Gunslinger or not, I would say both. It’s right down the middle. The Gunslinger by Stephen King felt like a very long prologue to a much bigger story. Yes, the main plot (I used that term loosely) is the Gunslinger

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Blood Rites by Jim Butcher: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 SPOILER FREE If I didn’t know that The Dresden Files only gets better from here, and that this is the last book that’s a bit meh, I would stop reading Jim Butcher‘s series right now. That isn’t to say that I hated everything about Blood Rites, so I’m going to

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How to Read ‘Gardens of the Moon’

There are many readers, myself among them, who begin reading Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson, hoping to find themselves whisked into a huge, epic fantasy world. With a series as long as Malazan Book of the Fallen, and all of the extra trilogies and books written by both Steven Erikson and Ian C.

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Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE Gardens of the Moon is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. The world is rich and its history angry and proud. Steven Erikson’s first book in Malazan Book of the Fallen is a masterpiece: if the books only get better from here – which

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The Joy of Creating a Fantasy World

As with many who read fantasy books, I have always wanted to create my own secondary world. I’ve read books by J. R. R. Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, Trudi Canavan, Ursula K. Le Guin… (the list goes on) and those books have shaped the periods of my life in which they dominated.

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April – May TBR (2020)

It’s not often I have much of a solid plan of what I’m going to read in the near future. It’s normally just a pile of books and I’ll pick one at random. However, right now I have a clear plan of what books I want to pick up over the next couple of months.

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Death Masks by Jim Butcher: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE I am so glad that this series continues to be brilliant! Summer Knight shocked me with how good it was, but Death Masks shocked me by being both brilliant and different to the other entries in Jim Butcher‘s fantasy series. Harry Dresden has been growing slowly over the

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The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter: Book Review

My Review My Rating: DNF SPOILER FREE I stopped reading The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter at 30%. I want to be clear, though – I put this book down because of personal taste. Tau’s revenge plot just isn’t my kind of thing. I quite like the writing style – the author certainly knows

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Anticipated SFF Releases (2020)

I try to keep the number of series I am reading to a minimum – not that it does much good! – and I also tend to read a lot of series that are already finished, because I love it when I can just read through to the end as soon as I like! Obviously

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Ranking the Cosmere Books

I have read all of the main cosmere books, so they are the ones that I’m listing below. This ranking is based purely on my enjoyment of the book, rather than looking at the individual books in a literary sense – but of course those opinions often overlap! Although I have ranked these books in

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The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE I don’t think I have ever read a book where I don’t know how to feel about the main protagonist. I hope this is purposeful, because it’s brilliant! The decisions Rin makes often make me want to shout at the book as it’s obvious that she’s letting her

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The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE -possible spoilers for The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers- The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the most satisfying and epic conclusions to a fantasy series. The plot splits off even more than in The Two Towers, so there

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The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE -possible spoilers for The Fellowship of the Ring- Two stories are written in parallel to one another, rather than chronologically, so this review for The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien will be done in two parts. The book begins (essentially) with Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli following

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