28 Nov 2012

The best fantasy video games written by women

The best fantasy video games written by women

There has been some stirring on Twitter recently about sexism among video game developers on the #1reasonwhy hashtag. I'm not completely clued up on the situation, but the gist of it is that women in the video game industry are being treated pretty damn poorly in a predominantly male sector. I don't have enough knowledge or any experience in the industry to comment, but it made me wonder about the contribution that women have made to fantasy video games, and I found that some of my all-time favourite fantasy video games have been penned by women.

26 Nov 2012

The Tyrant King by Cheri Chesley [book shout out]

Cheri Chesley The Tyrant King book cover Happy Monday, everyone! Today's a special shout out to celebrte the release of The Tyrant King, the third novel by Cheri Chesley. Congratulations, Cheri! Check out her awesome book trailer below, and you can get The Tyrant King at Smashwords and Amazon.

Her heart paused, but Krystal remained defiant. “You lie. You would never do such a thing to my child.” 

“You think not?” He laughed again and she drew back. “I’ve sworn an oath to annihilate my dear cousin’s present and future, take over his kingdom and his crown, and fulfill my father’s dreams. And you think I would hesitate to murder his offspring? Come now, Krystal. I know you are smarter than that.” 

Krystal’s peaceful life as queen of Fayterra is shattered when a stranger arrives with a connection to Jareth that threatens to change everything. Soon her loved ones are threatened, her people are under attack, and Krystal must face a devastating loss. 

As the future becomes bleaker and the mystery continues to unravel, Krystal’s enemies will learn just how far she will go to defend the people she loves.

21 Nov 2012

James Treadwell's Advent treasure hunt

To celebrate the paperback release of Advent by James Treadwell, publisher Hodder is holding a blog-wide treasure hunt to win some pretty sweet books.

Hodder have hidden five awesome looking e-flyers with quotes from Advent (below) on blogs around the web, with one flyer hidden on each blog. All you need to do is find all five! Once you've got them, send a message to facebook.com/hodderscape containing the names of the five blogs and you'll be in with a chance of  winning a selection of fantasy novels from Hodder*.

*Advent by James Treadwell, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, The Gunslinger by Stephen King.

Good luck finding them all! Any questions about the treasure hunt, just ask in the comments or get in touch with the guys at Hodder at @hodderscape.

Here is your first flyer (or fourth, depending on how you look at it). Now go forth and find the rest. HINT: Google is likely to be your friend in this endeavour.


Land of Hope and Glory by Geoffrey Wilson [book review]

Land of Hope and Glory by Geoffrey Wilson
Land of Hope and Glory by Geoffrey Wilson
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
Paperback - 384 pages
Published May 2012
Review copy provided by author

About the book
A world where the Indian Mutiny takes place in a very different England . . .
Where magic is a weapon controlled by the oppressors . . .

Where the only hope for the future is the Holy Grail.

It is 1852. The Indian empire of Rajthana has ruled Europe for more than a hundred years. With their vast armies, steam-and-sorcery technology and mastery of the mysterious power of sattva, the Rajthanans appear invincible. But a bloody rebellion has broken out in a remote corner of the empire, in a poor and backward region known as England.

At first Jack Casey, retired soldier, wants nothing to do with the uprising, but then he learns his daughter, Elizabeth, is due to be hanged for helping the rebels. The Rajthanans will spare her, but only if Jack hunts down and captures his best friend and former army comrade, who is now a rebel leader. Jack is torn between saving his daughter and protecting his friend. And he struggles just to stay alive as the rebellion pushes England into all-out war.

17 Nov 2012

Personal libraries that make every book lover a little giddy

When I was a kid I used to love watching Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, mainly for the scene set in the library where David Tomlinson sings "Eglantine" to Angela Lansbury. Not only does the library have wall to wall books, but they're also floor to ceiling so they have to use a ladder to reach the top. Not only do they have to use a ladder, but the ladder is on castors. That library has been in the mental blueprint of every house I imagine myself living in, but compared to these amazing personal libraries it seems like nothing more than a book filled shed.

The Walker Library of the History of the Human Imagination

The Walker Library of the History of the Human Imagination
Image source: wired.com
This library forms part of the home of inventor and entrepreneur Jay Walker, and is such an integral part of the house that the library was built first, and the rest of the house followed afterwards. Walker calls it "a library of the human imagination" and it is filled with books and artifacts that span over 5,000 years of human creative and intellectual thought.

14 Nov 2012

An open letter to Bethesda: You've ruined my life

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim poster

Dear Bethesda, 

Are you not satisfied with owning the majority of my soul? I give my time for you. I give my energy for you. I give my imagination for you. Yet still it seems to mean little to you. It seems that the only thing that will satiate you is my blood.

I first became aware of your ravenous appetite for the souls of gamers back in 2010. After a number of years as a Nintendo fan-boy, I became disgruntled at the complete lack of decent games available for the console and made the switch to the Xbox 360. As my introduction to the new console I borrowed The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion as I was a big fan of RPGs like Baldur’s Gate. Although I very much enjoyed the level of customisation available in the game, there was something missing that meant I never really ventured beyond the first few quests. I thought that was that. 

9 Nov 2012

Interview with Daniel Polansky, author of Low Town & Tomorrow the Killing

Daniel Polansky author photo
Today I've the pleasure of interviewing Daniel Polansky, author of the awesome fantasy noir books The Straight Razor Cure and Tomorrow the Killing. Anyone who's read my reviews of his books knows that I'm a bit of a fan-boy, so this is pretty awesome. Welcome, Daniel!

[MW]: First of all, thanks for interview, Daniel! For the people who've been living under a rock; who is Daniel Polansky?

[DP]: Man, an existential question, and me only on my second cup of coffee. Right, well— my name is Daniel Polansky, I grew up in Baltimore, I travel aimlessly, I wrote a book called The Straight Razor Cure that came out last year, and I've got another coming our right now called Tomorrow, The Killing which you should buy and which also makes a great present for birthdays, Christmas, Diwali, funerals, etc.

7 Nov 2012

Managing expectations and keeping readers happy [IWSG]

Broken Promise by colleenchiquita
I love blogging, and I have all of you to thank for it. If it wasn't for you lot coming back to read my stuff and provide extra insight in the comments, I'd have been shouting at a brick wall for the past almost three years (yup, the three year bloggiversary is almost here).

As readers, you are and rightfully should be my number one priority when it comes to everything I put out here. No one else. In the words of Jareth the Gobling King in Labyrinth, "I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you".

That's the dream, but sadly it doesn't work like that in reality.

5 Nov 2012

Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century hits the UK (plus free extract)

Cherie Priest Clockwork Century book covers
After having all kinds of success in the States, Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century is finally being published in the UK.

I. Am. So. Excited. For. This.

Why is that? I hear you ask. There are three things that make up the Clockwork Century novels that have me biting at the bit.

1. Steampunk
2. Zombies
3. Steampunk zombies
Need I say more?

The first of the series, Boneshaker is being published by Tor UK on November 8th, with Dreadnought, Ganymede and The Inexplicables to follow in December, January and February.

But wait, there's more!

1 Nov 2012

New blog design, new look, new feel, new direction

Mithril Wisdom logoSo this is the new look of the blog. What do you think? Almost everything has changed and been given a fresh lick of paint. Here's a quick run down of what's new:

A new Mithril Wisdom logo.Rather than the sword/ celtic ring motif, the book/mithril ring look works a lot better.

A new header to go with it.

Brand new profile and cover images for my Facebook Page and Google Plus Page.

A custom background.

Brand new social media icons on the sidebar.

A bunch of ad buttons that I can use on Project Wonderful