It has been quite the active month for the blog, hasn’t it? Welcome to my monthly show where I sum up the posts of the past four weeks. This time however I’ll be doing things a little less-half-assed. Before I just shoved the links on, gave them a happy little slap on the bum and sent them on their merry way. I won’t do that this time!
Kingdom Come Deliverance Review
First of the month came a game review that was a long time coming; Kingdom Come Deliverance.
Kingdom Come Deliverance took a long time to come out, and it’s taking a long time to fix. Consoles really have it rough and there are still niggling issues. But do I recommend it? Oh my days, yes.
The game doesn’t hold your hand and combat can be rough but I haven’t played an RPG like this in quite some time. It’s quite taken my breath away at times, the story and characters on the whole are pretty good and it’s just an overall fun experience. Even better, Warhorse is continuing to support it with future content and I can’t wait for all the Workshop mods in the future. I will err on the side of caution and say this isn’t for everyone. Do not come into this expecting something like Skyrim or Witcher 3. It has its jank and has its quirks, but it’s one of the best experiences you can ask for – if you’re forgiving of some bugs. If you’re a performance micro-manager, I would wait for a little longer, and I would definitely recommend PC over console if I had a choice. Click on the image below to take you to the review:
Next in the month was my #SPFBO interview with Samuel Gately, the proud author of The Fire Eye Refugee.
Then we had the company of Amanda M. Justice with her novel A Wizard’s Forge, the next lucky soul to enter the Thousand Scar’s den!
Next came one of my favourite interviews of the month with Carol Park and her book Banebringer. With its evil looking cloud of doom on the cover, it enticed me into picking up the book.
The latest treasure hunter into my Interrogations of Doom was William Ray, here with his SPFBO entry The Great Restoration. Below is a rather spiffy link to his cool book cover. I love a happy fire-breathing dragon and this one was no exception.
Then we got Josh Erikson, one of our latest semifinalists for SPFBO! He gave quite the detailed responses in his interview, and his victory was fully deserved.
Last but not least in the SPFBO interviews I had J. Elizabeth Vincent join me for a good chat.
I also had the honour of interviewing two very special guests to my blog.
The first of course was none other then the founder of SPFBO, critically acclaimed author and the mastermind behind writing awesome little shits, Mark Lawrence himself! Turns out he’s a lot more then just his books.
I also got the chance to interview rising star in the author community Alicia Wanstall-Burke! Her debut Blood of Heirs came out last weekend, and I recently had the privilege of interviewing her. I must say this: I haven’t been this excited for a book in quite some time. Just look at how gorgeous the cover is!
Quite a lot happened for me this month. Firstly I and my debut novel The Thousand Scars got longlisted in Book-nest’s Fantasy Awards, which I found a massive achievement in only my first year of pretending I know anything about the industry!
In the first bit of writing news, I hired my editor for The Aegis Mora this week! Talented sci-fi and fantasy author Tim Marquitz will be joining the Counterbalance prep, and I have high hopes that the second in the series will be even better then the first.
Unfortunately the writing community got rocked by bad news.
A friend and fellow SFF author Brandon Barr is in the final stages of terminal leukaemia, and sadly does not have much time left.
Those of us in the community are trying to ensure that his family is well taken care of following his passing, and we have set up a GoFundMe campaign for him. Please donate what you can by clicking on the image below. I will be pledging everything I get next month from my Patreon to this crowdfund. We’ve made incredible progress in just 4 days, but we have a long way to go before we hit our goal.
That’s it for me this month! November rolls into a new writing mission for me, which will be me returning to my manuscript of a brand new novel. I’m working on a standalone book set in the same world as Counterbalance, with a twist on the heist storyline and the same powerful magic. My own links are down below.
Facebook Author page: http://bit.ly/2kiNHSk
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2kZ4wix
Worldbuilding Services: http://bit.ly/2kBMiCB
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B017GDAO3Q