Saturday, 3 December 2016

Fantasy Fans, Games and Virtual Reality. Are You Ready?

I enjoy reading fantasy and since Diablo have dabbled in some role playing games For me Diablo remains my favourite (excluding II and III), but I recently found Path of Exile. That's a very addictive game and like all the games in this genre part f the addiction is seeking new weapons and armour. Like most games, these are the Holy Grail and very rarely, if ever, drop, keeping you playing for hours in the vein hope of finding something. 

These games are a bit of fun and are great for fantasy fans fond of sorcery as well as sword. You get to clobber all sorts of monsters, many of which explode on dying -- probably taking your hero with them. 

In some respects, they are a waste of time and in other respects they are a bit of fun. Path of Exile is free which is a blessing, although you can buy things like Bloody Footprints. Why? I'm not too sure.

With the advent of virtual reality these sorts of games are likely to mushroom. However, what will it be like to play the main character and, of course, die? On recent TV programmes, I have watched others playing these games and how they duck when a swarm of killer-somethings fly straight at them. What that does to the nervous system, I'm not sure? It must be quite terrifying even though the graphics are surreal. Of course, as graphics and sophistication improve -- will be entering our own worst nightmares?

I have been in a historical re-enactment society for many years and have fought in a shield wall using weapons as real as any of the time (albeit blunt), faced cavalry charges and storms of arrows (Battle of Hastings), but even still these new virtual reality games leave me fearful. Facing dragons and demons in a gore-drenched clearing is more than my simple mind can take. I look forward to it with trepidation.

Image From The Unspoken - Insomniac Games

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Fantasy Fans -- David Burrows on Authors Den

Anyone wanting to find me on Authors Den - check me out here:

It's a great place for a natter for all fantasy fans :)

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Win a Copy of Legacy of the Eldric

Check out my fantasy jokes site for this competition by clicking the link

This site contains a compilation of fantasy jokes, many made up from Elephant jokes etc. It's a bit of fun so feel free to join in. Leave your joke in the comment box and I'll judge the winner by the 17th Dec 2016.

Good luck


Saturday, 8 October 2016

Interesting Tale -- Company of Liars, by Karen Maitland.

Company of LiarsCompany of Liars by Karen Maitland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Updated version of Canterbury tales set in the time of the Black Death. A company of travelers form, each hiding their own dark secret. An interesting tale with some good characterisation. The group of travelers clash personalities but the hardship of the road keeps them together as they travel through plague ravaged England, trying to keep one step ahead of the plague. The book features very little about the plague, but there are enough hardships dogging the travelers, including a mystery wolf sent by the Bishop to recover an artifact. Interesting ending to the book, an ending I didn't see coming. A good tale, not for everyone, but one that fantasy fans might enjoy. The prologue was excellent, about how to deal with a witch. However, it was only loosely linked to the following tale, if at all.

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

What Makes a Castle Look Lived In? Surprisingly, only a light touch needed.

OK, strange question but walking around Leeds Castle today they had a Flower Festival and it didn't half make the castle feel lived in. Castles are usually cold and sterile but a few flowers made the place seem more vibrant, as though the occupants from the 12th century were just about to pop around for tea (or mead??). Anyway, it was a nice touch. Perhaps a few dragons next time...

With winter looming (for all you Game of Thrones fans) it reminds me of the tradition of decorating halls with evergreen at Christmas (or Yule perhaps). That really brightens even the dullest room.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Goodreads Giveaway - Only 3 Days Left. Hurry, Please Enter.


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        Legacy of the Eldric by David  Burrows



          Legacy of the Eldric

          by David  Burrows


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Reviewing an Old Read: Night Angel Series

The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1)The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was reviewing some books I've read and thought I'd share this one on the Night Angel Series, staring with The Way of he Shadows.
I enjoyed this book immensely and would highly recommend it. It reminds me of the game - Assassin's Creed and the books may have spun out the game (or is it visa versa?). The characterisation is especially good whilst the tale is very brutal at times. Very gritty and lots of character detail. The thieves are very believable characters and very well developed.

Kylar is brought up in the gutters and dreams of finding a way out. His path crosses that of one of the top assassins and, crazy as it seems, he is smitten with the idea of becoming one.

Good plot with plenty of suspense. As a warning though, Brent Weeks has lots of imagination but reading his books can at times be a challenge. I read a few paragraphs and was left wondering what I'd just read.

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