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Steve, not being much of a gamer, was unimpressed by the blurb for the TV version of The Witcher. Did he change his mind when he actually saw the series? Find out for yourself!
Steve talks about the late Sir Terry Pratchett, and his last book--last DISCWORLD book, too!--which just came out. A new Pratchett is usually a joyous occasion, but this book brings mixed emotions.
The enormous media interest in self-publishing has been fired by the breakthrough success of Wool by Hugh Howey, so SF is leading the way in this field. It's strange therefore to hear the Guardian's flamboyant Books section editor Claire Armistead warning that "It's all too easy to dismiss the self-publishing sector as a wilderness of elves, sex and high-school romcoms".
In Japan, even the elves are different. Fantasy novelist Satoru Sato has won a place in the postwar fantasy canon for his uniquely charming creations, the Korobokkuru.