The Adventure Begins Here

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Feralia Revised Edition (Feralia Book 1)

A young man wakes up into a strange world with no memories but for that of his name. It is a world where a strange orange glow shines over the land, a realm of Dragons and Half-Elves, where the land itself is shaped physically by the hearts of its inhabitants. On his search for his identity, and for the truth, he finds himself the central figure in a struggle of unthinkable consequence, one that will decide the fate of countless lives.

Available in paperback and ebook.

More detailed info on the Books page.

Amazon/Kindle
Signed Copies from Alicia’s Anime
iTunes/Apple Books
B&N Nook
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Continue the Adventure!

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Feralia: Requiem of Mist (Feralia Book 2)

Peace has returned to the continent of Mayura.  But when Felix Edinseed rejoins the Mages in Feralia, he learns his past is not what he had thought.  Now he and his friends must defeat an enemy more powerful than Feralia has seen in a thousand years.

Available in paperback and ebook.

Amazon/Kindle
Signed Copies from Alicia’s Anime
Apple Books/iTunes
Kobo
Nook (Barnes & Noble)

More detailed info on the Books page.

Cover art by Julia Lichty of Afterimages of Ghostfire.

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Feralia.net blog. episode 108: Featured Band: Sylvan Esso


I’ve been meaning to do a feature on this band for forever, so I figured what better day to stop procrastinating and do it than their album release day? Sylvan Esso is a duo from Durham, North Carolina whose music I fell in love with a couple years back when I came across their 2014 titled album on Amazon Music. Their electronic music is sometimes dancey, often quirky and always dreamy. Shortly after discovering them, they released the 2017 album, What Now, which for me was just as catchy as the first album. They’ve been two of my favorite recent albums and have made SE one of my favorite bands, up there with my all-time groups already.
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One of the things I love so much is Nick Sanborn’s electronic instrumentals and production combined with singer Amelia Meath’s cool vocals, which have an almost folk quality. It might sound like an odd combination, but it works wonderfully.free love
Today is really special to me because it’s the release day for the duo’s third album, Free Love. 2020 has been a pretty crappy year, so it’s nice to have something new to be excited about despite that. They released the song Ferris Wheel over the summer, which is already one of their best, capturing what their unique sound. They even released an Animal Crossing version of the video recently! (Check them both out below, along with a pick from each of the first two albums.) 

If you’re looking for something dreamy, something to dance to, you need to check out Sylvan Esso. They’re a bright spot in a dark year an just an amazing band in general.

Enjoy, and check the band out HERE.

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 107: X-Men Reading Project update

Back in October of 2019 I started my X-Men Reading Project and it’s been a blast! As I’ve made my way through many stories I’ve been putting together. It can be really tough to know where to start, so as I read I try to make a list of collections to make it a little easier to read in chronological order and get up to date quickly.

It’s definitely still a work in progress. I have most of the main stories from 1975 (the beginning of the Chris Claremont Era and Giant Sized X-Men #1) through 2012 (Avengers vs. X-Men).

2012 through 2019 has been the trickiest era so far, and I’m just starting into reading everything.

I was able to list the stories from 2019 to current easily with the House of X/Powers of X event and into the current Dawn of X era. I decided to go ahead and skip up to these stories to finally be current with the X-books and avoid spoilers. I’m really enjoying them, and I’d say they’re a great place to jump in and catch up on the current ear very easily.

More to come!

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 106: Double album review/recommendation – Bonnie Piesse – Bittersweet EP & Found EP

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For my first foray into music here on the blog I wanted to take a look at both EPs by Bonnie Piesse. I got to meet Bonnie at a convention a while back and she was super nice and cool. So I decided to give her music a listen, and I wasn’t disappointed. I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed venturing into music outside my usual genres. I’m not really great at classifying music, but if I had to describe Bonnie’s music, I’d say that it definitely has a folk sound, but is so much more. For example, I was immediately drawn into the opening song and title track Bittersweet on the first EP. I’ve always thought of it as haunting, yet sweet – a mood which carries into the rest of the album. The music is great and well done, with some of the guitars having a sort of poignant edge which reminded me of parts of Akira Yamaoka’s guitar work on the Silent Hill soundtracks (which are also among my favorites). The EP definitely has a a strong emotion, but never enough to weigh down its free and inspiring spirit (listen to the closing track, Fly, and you’ll see exactly what I mean). All the while, the wonderful resonance of the vocals compliment the instruments perfectly.

Those vocals carry over into Bonnie’s 2019 EP, Found, perhaps even stronger this time around. The songwriting and performance is again top notch, this time moving slightly away from the sometimes haunting sound of the previous EP into a bit of a softer, even sweeter sound, yet manages to carry the same strength.

Both EPs are are short and sweet, just four songs each, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Check out Bonnie’s website HERE.

You can also find both EPs on Amazon and Spotify.

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 105: Zelda: Breath of the Wild – why my second play through has been even better

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As a long time Zelda fan, I was super excited when Breath of the Wild was released back in March 2017. While it was a departure in some ways from previous entries in the series, it brought Hyrule to life in a vast, sprawling way like none before it. It was one of the most immersive and beautiful experiences I’ve had in any game. I played it for many hours, and even then there is so much to do that I never got around to doing everything. After finishing the main quest I moved on to other games in my backlog.

There years later, however, my daughter got really, really into it. (You can imagine how happy I was!) We played through the entire game together. I was surprised at how good she did, usually only needing help with bosses and some other tougher enemies and puzzles. Watching her play and explore was really special, and we bonded over it. I couldn’t help but be reminded of my experience as a youth, being drawn into the first few titles on NES and Super NES. Watching her enjoy it was even better than my amazing experience the first time through.

One major thing we did differently in our playthrough together – which I didn’t complete on my own game – was discovering all of the hidden memories throughout the game. As much as I loved the game, I didn’t really get attached to Zelda’s character in particular, as I only found a few of the memories. This time, we made it a goal to collect them all, so that we could see the extended ending. (I’d only seen the short ending when I beat the game.)
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I was amazed at how much these memories (in the form of movie scenes) added to the story. Not only do you get to see much more of Link and Zelda together, but the four champions as well. This time around I got to know the princess a lot better, and liked her much more. That plus the longer ending made it well worth the time to complete the memories. There really is so much more to the story to be told.

One thing to note, is that you’ll be given a “final” memory to find in addition to the ones in your Sheika Slate. Thanks to IGN for their great Captured Memories quest guide, which we used for not only the final memory, but some of the other harder to find ones as well.

In conclusion, I’m so glad to have returned to this amazing game with my daughter. Even after beating it, we’re still running around discovering countless secrets before we move on to the Link’s Awakening remake!

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Korok plush by Shlii Kawaii.

-Clint

 

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Convention Update for August 2020

As many of you know, I travel with our business, Alicia’s Anime to a bunch of conventions and festivals (normally around 35 or so per year). It’s a great opportunity to sell books and meet and talk with readers and I really enjoy it!

Unfortunately with the Covid-19 pandemic happening, many of the shows we were scheduled have had to cancel. Of the 27 shows we had scheduled so far for 2020, we were able to attend 5 before the pandemic. Out of the remaining 22 shows, 17 have canceled (or officially postponed to next year). This leaves us with 5 remaining shows for 2020, but realistically it’s not likely that many of those will happen.

It’s sad – many volunteers spend hundreds of hours putting these events together every year, and of course it’s rough on small businesses as well as artists and writers who make a living on sales from the events. Despite that, however, I agree that those who run the events are definitely doing the right thing in keeping the safety of everyone involved first. They have my full support, and I look forward to working with them all again as soon as it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, lets all do our best to get through this safely together by heeding the advice given by health officials. Practice social distancing. Wear a mask (and remember that you wearing a mask is just as important for those around you as it is yourself – even if you are asymptomatic). Be considerate. Love your neighbor. Choose kindness in everything. If we’re lucky we’ll all be able to get back to normal sooner rather than later.

Until then, stay safe!

-Clint

Check out the Conventions page for updates.

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Site Update

Just a small update for Feralia.net. We’ve added the Contact Page and updated our list of Conventions. I’ll have a more detailed post regarding cons soon.

Thanks!

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 104: Krakoa Seeds update for July

One finally bloomed! Doing our part for Mutant-kind 😉

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Feralia.net blog. episode 103: A great publishing resource: IndieBookLauncher.com

Today I wanted to take a break from my recent string of comic reviews and make a long overdue feature on a great writing resource I came across a couple of years back: IndieBookLauncher.com.

If you’re an independent writer like me, you get used to doing a lot on your own. It’s one of the perks of indie writing – having total control over your body of work. But with that freedom also comes a lot of technical stuff, which not everyone is cut out for. In my case this is formatting. When I published Feralia: Revised Edition in 2017, I was able to put everything together myself and it worked out. When I finally began formatting on Feralia: Requiem of Mist two years later. I wasn’t so lucky. It seemed as though I was plagued at every turn. Just as I’d seemingly have almost everything together, something would go wrong. If it wasn’t margins, it was page headings. If it wasn’t page numbers, it was some other formatting hang up. Each small accomplishment seemed to undo another. I was pretty much at my wit’s end when I remembered having run a cross IndieBookLauncher. I decided to reach out to them, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The IndieBookLauncher team was super friendly and supportive from the start, and they easily fixed the issues I was having. They have the know how and experience to make important things such as formatting a breeze.

It was then that I came to realize, that as in independent writer, you don’t have to do every little thing by yourself, and in some cases, it’s best not to. Writing (and finding time to write) can be challenging enough. When you add all of the publishing work that comes after, it can be a lot on your shoulders and overwhelming sometimes.

If you ever find yourself feeling either overwhelmed or simply wondering what step to take next in publishing, I would recommend these guys. And this has just been for their assistance in formatting alone-they also offer a ton of other important services as well as some critical (and free) resources and DIY information on their website as well. On top of all this, I was surprised at how reasonable their prices for these services were.

Anyway, that’s my long overdue shout out for these guys! I can’t recommend them highly enough and look forward to working with them again!

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 102: Review – Uncanny X-Men #350

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Next up on my X-Men reading Project is a single issue, Uncanny X-Men #350. While I featured 3 single issues of Cable not long ago, this is the first time in the whole reading project I’ll be featuring just one. I already had this issue in my collection, so I didn’t have to search for a collection which included it. If you want to pick it up, it shouldn’t be too pricey if you shop around. Check with your local comic shop. There is also a foil edition that I wish I would have known about back when this issue was originally released which is apparently worth a good bit more.

One thing I really liked about this special issue is that the cover opens up to make a really cool wraparound picture.
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As usual I won’t go into much detail to keep things spoiler free for those unfamiliar with the story. But if you’ve been reading up to this point you’ll know that Gambit has been really secretive about his past. Just what has he been hiding? At this point it’s been a long time coming, but as you can tell from the cover, things are about to catch up with him. The issue doesn’t disappoint. I love the artwork and really enjoyed the story!

One quick side point to note is that during Operation Zero Tolerance, about half of the X-Men are away, on an adventure in space. If you read the Operation Zero Tolerance collection you’ll notice that there are no issues of Uncanny X-Men. The issues of Uncanny during this time feature the events in space, which I didn’t include in the reading order because it seems like nothing major takes place. However, at the end of these issues is the important #350.

You won’t want to miss this one, especially if you’re a Gambit fan!

4/5

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Feralia.net blog. episode 101: Review – X-Men: Operation Zero Tolerance

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Next up in my X-Men Reading Project is Operation Zero Tolerance. When I picked up my copy, I was only able to find a pretty old edition, pictured above. Shortly after I got my old collection, there was a Milestones Edition released (just a few months ago in March 2020), pictured here. (I’ll bypass the ISBN and issue listings this time and just recommend the newer collection.)
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If you’re going to grab one, I’d definitely go this route, as the prices are very reasonable, and because the copy I got literally started falling apart as I was reading it. It wasn’t a huge deal, and honestly it wasn’t all that surprising considering it was printed around 20 years ago. It was a pain to read however, as at first sections and then single pages came completely loose. Again, I wasn’t really upset, especially considering that I snagged it for really cheap, and this is the first time I got a beat up book in this entire big reading project (not bad out of 51 trade paperbacks so far).

I enjoyed the artwork, as this was still during the area I started on as a kid, and I’ve always been a fan of these X-Men and the looks they sported then. The backgrounds, inks and colors were good, too.

As far as the story (I’ll stay clear of details for potential spoilers as usual), I personally found this to be one of the least interesting so far. While I love the characters, I just didn’t find it exciting, and the end felt very anti-climatic.

As far as catching up on all of the major X-Men stories, I’m giving it a Recommended but with an Asterisk – I would at least read issue summaries to find out what happens if you don’t want to drop the money on the collection since it is one of the main stories. As far as adding it to your collection, I’d probably only go for it for the sake of completion.

2/5

Next up will be a single issue!

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