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Review: Second Foundation

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Second Foundation Foundation, Book 3 Isaac Asimov Science Fiction HarperCollins 26 September 2019 Audiobook 9h 7m Audible Winner of the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series. The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov’s iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon’s two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one...

Review: Foundation and Empire

Foundation 1

Foundation and Empire Foundation, Book 2 Isaac Asimov Science Fiction HarperCollins 26 September 2019 Audiobook 9h 33m Audible Winner of the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series. The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov’s iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon’s two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination...

Review: Foundation

Foundation 1

Foundation Foundation, Book 1 Isaac Asimov Science Fiction HarperCollins 26 September 2019 Audiobook 8h 56m Audible Winner of the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series. The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov’s iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon’s two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one whose...

Review: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Return of the King

The Return of the King Lord of the Rings Book 3 JRR Tolkein Fantasy HarperCollins Publishers Limited 11 Oct 2005 Audiobook 17h 2m Audible The armies of the Dark Lord Sauron are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle against the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring...

Review: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Two Towers: Fan Art

The Two Towers Lord of the Rings (Book 2) JRR Tolkein Fantasy HarperCollins Publishers Limited 26 Dec 2004 Audiobook 16 hrs and 36 mins Audible Building on the story begun in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, this is the second part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling...

Review: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring The Lord of the Rings, Book 1 JRR Tolkein Fantasy HarperCollins Publishers Limited 26 December 2014 Audiobook 19h 53m Audible Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power – the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth...

Review: The Etymologicon: The Hidden Connections of the English Language

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The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English LanguageMark ForsythEtymologyAudible Studios1 May 2012Audiobook6h 42mAudible A quirky, entertaining and thought-provoking tour of the unexpected connections between words, read by Simon Shepherd. What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California...

Review: Dune

Dune Dune Saga, Book 12 / Dune, Book 1 Frank Herbert Science Fiction Macmillan Audio 31 Dec 2006 Audiobook 21 hrs and 2 mins Audible I enjoyed this book but it was hard going and laborious in places. Having seen the original film, it was clear to see how close the two were in many cases. My only problem with this audiobook was that it switched from being narrated by a single person to being...

Review: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving Ghost Story Audible Studios 9 September 2014 Audiobook 1 hr and 15 mins Audible Written in 1820, the language is far more prosaic than literature today. It is also a straight narrative with no dialogue. This audiobook, read by Tom Mison who plays Ichabod Crane in the TV show of the same name, was well read and captured the essence of the...

Review: Feersum Endjinn

Feersum Endjinn Standalone Work Iain M Banks Science Fiction Hachette Audio UK 3 January 2013 Audiobook 9 hrs and 56 mins Audible There are so many layers – allegories if you will – that it’s spoilers to go into too many details. The synopsis only scratches the surface of the details and ingenuity that abounds in this tightly written novel. Virtual reality, reincarnation...

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    About 40 years ago, I discovered role-playing and Dungeons and Dragons in one of the after school clubs. It revealed a universe that allowed me to flex my storytelling muscles and enjoy a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi and feed the escapist dreamer inside.

    Over time, I played (and story-led - marked with *) many systems including Call of Cthulhu*, Shadowrun, Dungeons & Dragons*, Middle Earth, In Nomine*, Bushido, Chivalry & Sorcery, Chill, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Gammaworld, Hawkmoon, Stormbringer, Immortals*, Marvel Super Heroes, Paranoia, RuneQuest, Vampire: The Masquerade*, and a couple of systems my own devising (Medieval* and Parody*).

    I explored live-action role-playing – eventually running my own club and creating my own LARP systems (Fools Gold and Dream Conquest) – and usually found myself in script-writing or game-master duty, writing over 500 individual live adventures over the period (usually weekly), many linked into the world events of the fantasy land we created. I also volunteered for Curious Pastimes and Lorien Trust at their main LARP events (special effects at the Ritual Circle), and did a little script work, cameos and improv for Curious Pastimes. I was also the South East's Editor (UK) for the LARP magazine The Adventurer. The biggest event I ran was a 10-month modern-day "murder mystery" LARP set around parts of Kent where characters were "always-on" and could get updates and interactions at any time outside of scheduled events. That was in the 1990s.

    I was also the artistic director for English Heritage for their live Halloween Horrors events at Fort Amherst in Kent from 1998-1999.

    Now, I write as the mood takes me with occasional competitions and challenges, and this year (2020) I will be taking on #NaNoWriMo.

    Here's to the future!