Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Wonderful Life

Fantasy Life is basically what it says on the tin.  You get to live a digital life in a fantastical world called Reveria .

You can choose to be a magician, an alchemist, a miner or a blacksmith. In total you can choose from 12 different lives.  Through tasks and quests, you level up and gain more experience in your chosen life.  You can even switch between lives.

Do not think that this game is simply a life simulator.  Like many role-playing games, you have the chance to gain various partners and accomplish tasks with them.

This game also has a story.  It would be kind of boring if it didn't.

In world called Reveria, the comfortable pace of everyday life is broken when a meteorite crashes into town. The King of Castele picks your character to investigate the event and the strange things that have been happening all over the world.  It is up to you to unravel the mystery and save Reveria.

A bonus with this game is that it is long.  You could put a lot of time into it and still have more to do, which I think is pretty cool for a small 3DS game.

Fantasy Life is rated E 10+ meaning everyone who is ten years of age or older.  It does include things such as comic mischief, fantasy violence, suggestive themes and use of alcohol.

And here's a video that sums up a lot of things that I mentioned and shows you some of the gameplay.



From Neverwhere to the Good Omens

Last year around Christmas, BBC Radio 4 released a radio play based on Neil Gaiman's novel Neverwhere.  It had a fantastic cast (i.e. Natalie Dormer, James McAvoy and Sophie Okonedo) and it was so well done.  

This year, Good Omens, which is a novel written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, is getting the same treatment.  I am so excited about it because of all the familiar voices I will be hearing.
















Peter Serafinowicz will be playing Crowley and Mark Heap will be playing Aziraphale.  I adore them both and think they are perfect.  The other cast members are such a treat as well like Colin Morgan and Harry Lloyd.  The list is quite long so check it out here.
















If you're worried about not being able to listen to the play because you're outside the UK, don't be worried. You can listen from wherever you are as long as you're on the right website.

The play will be six episodes long and start on December 22nd.  The schedule is as follows:
Episode 1 & Episode 2: December 22, 2014
Episode 3: December 23, 2014.
Episode 4: December 25, 2014.
Episode 5: December 26, 2014.
Episode 6: December 27, 2014.

The times are listed on the website as well but remember timezones will be different.  Also, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett have a cameo in the production.   I hope you'll tune in because it seems like it will be such good fun. 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Personal Libraries


I found this cute little graphic while wandering tumblr and catching up on library news.  It's cool for me because it highlights the different ways we would all organize the books in our lives.

This image is also a print available for purchase on the artist's website, Tom Gauld - Guardian Prints.






A Journey and A Quest

Journey 
written and illustrated by Aaron Becker

A lonely girl finds a red crayon that opens up a world of adventure.

This book has no words.  None.  It doesn't need them as far as I'm concerned because Becker allows the images to show the story.

I believe that this book can be used by parents and librarians to create a fun storytelling experience.  You could add the words to the story yourself.  The illustrations grow in complexity and it is through the background images that the story world really comes to life.  The use of colour in the latter half of the book is so stunning.

This book left me speechless.


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Quest
written and illustrated by Aaron Becker

A king from another world arrives in need of help. The adventure continues but this time with a friend.

This one is still wordless. Consistency is such a great thing.  If this book were to suddenly have words on its pages, it would sort of cheapen the experience of seeing it.

The story becomes a lot more complex this time around as the two characters from the first book must go on an epic quest to restore a king to his throne while also avoiding an evil army.  The first book felt like an exploration of a far off land and this one feels like the characters are being called back to save it.  The scenes really grow and expand.  It's lovely to take in all of the details of the art and see what Aaron Becker is trying to communicate through them.  Stunning work, again.


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This is a trilogy so I am most definitely looking forward to seeing where Aaron Becker takes this series next.  Here's a trailer for the first book if you want to know what to expect.