Steven Mepham: Author, Reader, gamer and Anime Enthusiast

The Loss of Chakuro

It is a strange thing to own a pet. No matter their form, they make a place in your life a little space that you don’t notice until it becomes a gaping hole in their absence. I had Chakuro for just over a year. Though I had thought for many years of getting another Cockatiel,…
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Final Fantasy VIII: Why I’m excited for the remaster

Warning: Contains spoilers for Final Fantasy VIII. Final Fantasy VIII is a bit of an oddball among its peers. It was never as acclaimed as its direct predecessor, Final Fantasy VII, nor managed to evoke the charm of its successor Final Fantasy IX nor the tragedy of Final Fantasy X. For many years while its…
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The Evoker: A History.

It’s quite difficult for me to pin down when I started to write the evoker. The main concepts of the world probably began to formulate in 1999 inspired by the Wheel of Time and Final Fantasy IX. In those days it was called The Gates of Destiny which was later amended to the Scions of…
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2019 Anime List

As with my other lists, here are the anime’s that have grasped my attention at the moment. As a latecomer to Anime, some of these are older Anime’s that have been around for a number of years. Boko No Hero Academia Black Clover Inuyasha Hakkenen touhou Hakken Ibun Noragami Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi The Rising of…
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2019 Manga List

I’ve only been reading Manga for a few years now and already finding myself drawn to them. I think the main reason is how easy they are to read and how expressive and varied the characters can be.  Manga Series I’m Currently Reading: Rihito Takarai – Graineliers Adachitoka – Noragami: Stray God Abi Umeda –…
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2019 Book list

2019 has been a busy year for me so far. I haven’t had the capacity of previous years to read as much as I would like. Mainly because currently studying for my R01: Financial Services, Regulations and Ethics qualification. But here are a few of the Books I intend to read before the end of…
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2019 Game List

Its been a while since I posted – Sorry for that, Life got busy, but here’s my gaming list for the second half of 2019! Games Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Nier Automata Resident Evil 2: Remake Ni No Kune 2 Final Fantasy VIII: Remaster Grandia Remaster Dragon Age Inquisition – Rogue play through Final Fantasy…
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Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

It isn’t often a book grabs me so fully that I have to read it right to the end without pause. Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris is one of those though. It is curious really, as I’ve always been a bit hesitant to pick it up. I could never put my finger on why, but I would read the back, it would pique my interest but I would always put it back. However, I can say after finally reading it in a twelve-hour marathon, that it is one of the best novels I have read in a very long time.

Book Review: Thief’s Magic, by Trudi Canavan

Thief’s Magic, book one of The Millennium’s Rule Trilogy,  is a novel about love, betrayal and trying to do the right thing, when the world is compelling you to do the exact opposite.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – A few months on.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about joining the beta test for Square Enix‘s new MMO: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In the subsequent months it has been launched and I find myself a demi-veteran of the game. I say demi, mainly because work and university commitments get in the way of play time.  So…
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