Sword of Destiny is the second short-story collection in The Witcher Series. As with the previous book, The Last Wish, it provides worldbuilding and hints at things to come. At least two of these stories could be considered prologues to the following novel, Blood of Elves. Together, they provide a backstory that, although not strictly necessary to understand the plot, reading them will give you a much deeper and emotional connection to the characters. … More The Witcher Reviews: Sword of Destiny
There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we’d better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son … a wizard squared … a source of magic … a Sourcerer. Sourcery sees the return of Rincewind and the Luggage as the Discworld faces its greatest – and funniest – challenge yet. … More The Discworld Reviews: Sourcery
When it comes to mythology I don’t think the stories need to be reworked; depending on the region of origin some of them are thousands of years old, they’ve already been perfected. Despite their age, they’re also both relevant and relatable; in a time long before Youtube Gurus, Instagram Influencers, and Self-Help books, these stories comprised of myths, fables, and allegories all deal with humanity and the human condition.
I’ve always been a collector. Not a serious one, but I like things that remind me of feelings, experiences, or stories I’ve enjoyed. Considering I’ve read quite a few Discworld novels this year, it’s no surprise that I became curious about what collectibles were available.
Geralt was always going to stand out, with his white hair and piercing eyes, his cynicism and lack of respect for authority … but he is far more than a striking-looking man. He’s a witcher, with powers that make him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin – his targets are the vile fiends that ravage the land.
The Witcher video game trilogy is one of my favorite storytelling experiences of all time. I’ve sunk hundreds, upon hundreds of hours into that world and Geralt of Rivia is more dear to me than most living men.
That’s why it’s so embarrassing to admit, that although I’ve played all three games numerous times, and own more than one (or twenty) collectible item, I’ve not given the book series it’s based on the attention it deserves. … More The Witcher Saga: Introduction
There was a time I knew the more well-known stories of the Norse mythology by heart and could name all the major characters. Today, I’ve forgotten a lot, but my love for the stories have remained, even grown as I’ve become older and understand them better. … More Book Review: The Gospel of Loki
As an avid gamer, I believe that a really good video game is equal to a well-written book. Through many of the games I’ve played, I’ve gone on adventures in compelling worlds and developed bonds with characters that are stronger and more long-lasting than many of my favorite literary characters. … More What I’m playing: Firewatch
““I? KILL? said Death, obviously offended. CERTAINLY NOT. PEOPLE GET KILLED, BUT THAT’S THEIR BUSINESS. I JUST TAKE OVER FROM THEN ON. AFTER ALL, IT’D BE A BLOODY STUPID WORLD IF PEOPLE GOT KILLED WITHOUT DYING, WOULDN’T IT?” … More The Discworld Reviews: Mort
As you might (or might not) know, I signed up for the Goodreads reading challenge at the beginning of the year, pledging to read thirty-six books. You can read more about that in THIS post. We’re now in June, at the six-month mark, and I’ve so far read twenty-two books. Considering I’ve also been a full-time student and thus have read thousands of pages of exciting titles like Empires in world history: power and the politics of difference, or Agriculture in world history, I feel quite happy. Those twenty-two books are ones I’ve read after finishing all that required reading. Thank god for audio books. … More My 2018 in Books: Six-month update