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Eric Ballein

REVIEW: Later by Stephen King

Later is a thrilling, sarcastic, and gritty book that hits like a shovel to the skull. In a good way, of course. I knew it was likely to be solid, even great, but Later...

REVIEW: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is Ubisoft‘s newest open-world historical adventure that takes place in the ninth century. Valhalla is, in some ways, more of the same: environments are bloated with things to do, battles are...

REVIEW: Lent by Jo Walton

Lent is a chimera of a novel, a combination of historical fiction and fantasy with bits of religious and philosophical arguments peppered throughout a thoroughly interesting Groundhog’s Day-esque story. Jo Walton juggles each of...

REVIEW: Greedfall by Spiders Studios

Greedfall is a double-A roleplaying game by the French studio Spiders. It is designed in many ways similar to the Dragon Age games, on a smaller budget of course, and it mostly succeeds in...

REVIEW: The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

The Devil All the Time is a harrowing southern gothic-like novel that borders on straight-up horror. Written in 2011 by Donald Ray Pollock, this novel came to my attention due to the impending Netflix...

REVIEW: The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

The Burning Chambers is a refreshingly accessible and compulsively readable piece of historical fiction that marks the beginning of the Burning Chambers trilogy. Kate Mosse, of Labyrinth fame, has crafted a wonderful tale that...