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Breasts and Eggs

breastsandeggs Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 20th August 2020
Keywords: Adult, Japan, Contemporary, Family, Fertility, Relationships

Synopsis
Breasts and Eggs explores the inner conflicts of an adolescent girl who refuses to communicate with her mother except through writing. Through the story of these women, Kawakami paints a portrait of womanhood in contemporary Japan, probing questions of gender and beauty norms and how time works on the female body.

Breast and Eggs is a thrilling English language debut from Japan’s brightest young talent, Mieko Kawakami.

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Gaming

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

animalcrossingnewhorizonsAnimal Crossing: New Horizons
on Nintendo Switch
AMAZONNINTENDO
Released: 20th March 2020
Age rating: 3+

Like millions of people all over the world that have spent the past 3 weeks on their Switches building up their own deserted island community, I’ve been waiting for this game to release for years and as of writing this review I have played New Horizons for over 135 hours.

The only previous experience I have playing an Animal Crossing game is New Leaf that I bought when it released on the 3DS back in 2013 and spent many hours over the years loving and playing (and worshipping Molly).

The hype was real for a mainline AC game to release on the Switch and it is finally here and quite frankly saving a lot of lives right now. If you’re unsure what an Animal Crossing entails, you basically live in and help build up a community for yourself and your animal villagers. It is a very beloved franchise for it’s anxiety and depression soothing capabilities, it’s not a game that everyone will find fun or entertaining but there are a heck of alot of players that rely on this franchise day to day and I am one of them.

With that said, let’s move on to things I like and dislike from my time and experience playing New Horizons so far, bare in mind this is in comparison to New Leaf.

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Book Reviews · Books

Warbreaker

warbreaker Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 29th December 2011
Keywords: Adult, Fantasy, Gods, War, Mystery

Synopsis
Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, a lesser god, and an immortal trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.
Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by BioChromatic magic, a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous: breath can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.
But the rewards are great: by using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be performed.

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Book Reviews · Books

Burn Our Bodies Down

burnourbodiesdown Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 7th July 2020
Keywords: YA, Horror, Sci Fi, Thriller, Suspense, LGBTQ

Synopsis
Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.
But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.
Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?
The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

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