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Assassin’s Quest 20th Anniversary Edition is available for preorder

Assassin's Quest 20th Anniversary Edition Harper Collins UK

Harper Collins UK has been quietly publishing these beautiful editions with baffling zero fanfare, so I’m going to trumpet this far and wide: ASSASSIN’S QUEST 20th Anniversary Edition will be released November 2nd, and is available for preorder from Amazon UK.

These editions are the every-man’s opportunity to own The Farseer Trilogy in hardcover. They’re cloth-bound with silver gilded edges, a handy ribbon, and end-papers with new artwork by John Howe. Here’s an in depth look at the first book in this edition by YouTuber BookCravings:

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E3 2017 was… kind of a dud?

Was any else not all that impressed with E3 this year?

Last year was gamer euphoria between Sony’s conference and Nintendo’s mind-blowing Switch reveal. My head was literally bursting. All I could see were bills flying out of my wallet and all the time I have in the rest of my life being devoured.

E3

This year just kinda came and… oops! It’s over. Did E3 even happen? Did I miss something? What’s going on.

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Music for Writing #1: Beyond this Moment, Patrick O’Hearn

Music is the key to getting any sort of good writing out of me.

Here’s my confession: I’m wildly unoriginal. Maybe 10% of my ideas are based on a “What if?” scenario. The other 90% of the time, I’m inspired entirely on how a song made me feel.

If you check my Last.fm charts, you’ll see a ton of songs with hundreds of listens. Something will move me, and I’ll listen to it on loop while I scrawl a first draft. The music takes me on a journey, and brings with it a world and characters. I’m just following the notes of a story the song is telling me.

Sometimes, I use music to set the tone for a scene. Did I wake up feeling groggy, but need to write a high-energy action scene? Play something pumped up and heroic! Did I just have the best day of my life, and need to kill off a major character? Somebody get me the Titanic score! Sometimes the mood of the song is totally unrelated to what I’m writing, but brings me back to a moment in my life that’s relevant. It’s a powerful weapon.

Circus, by Cyril Rolando

For writing, I prefer music without lyrics. Singalongs are for chores and driving. There are a few exceptions, but generally I find lyrics distracting. The music is there to create a mood, and become invisible. Video game music and film scores are prime contenders for this criteria, but there are a few independent artists that fit the bill.

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American Gods Compared to the Book So Far (Episodes 1-5)

American Gods - Season 1

It’s upon writing this that I realize we’re a little over half way through the first season.  After Game of Thrones set the standard for book adaptations with a breakneck pace through its source content, I’m startled at how casually they’re moving in American Gods. We’re five out of eight episodes in, and haven’t covered even a third of the book yet. This is not a bad thing.

The first few episodes were practically page-to-screen adaptations, right down to the dialogue. Occasionally, this didn’t work so well, particularly in the first episode. Neil Gaiman writes sprawling, storytelling dialogue. To fit this into a typical scene on television, Wednesday talked so fast I barely grasped what he was saying. My non-reader boyfriend was spinning trying to keep up, and I had to translate based on my recent re-read. Luckily, it appears this was only a symptom of the first episode, as they’ve toned the ranting down considerably in following episodes.

Since Laura’s big reveal, they’ve diverged quite a bit from the books. Some for the better, some for the worse.

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