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The Two Doctors Review analyzes books and board games of all shapes and sizes. We’re fair yet critical, though we believe value rests in every story told and every game designed. Feel free to reach out to us for a review!

It Deserves Every Accolade: The Fifth Season

Every possible “rule” taught to authors in creative writing class, Jemisin breaks with ease. And the beauty of it all? Every time she does it, it makes sense. It works. It’s perfect. She uses parentheses, missing punctuation, broken paragraphs, every tool possible to blend voice and tense and perspective and character into the narrative.

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Editorial Review: Personnel (Tyler Hanson)

So why Personnel? I wanted to take a moment to tell everyone why I’ve chosen to invest countless hours in Tyler’s writing, working with him to craft a story ready for the world to read. Two Doctors Media Collaborative is working with Tyler because we believe in his story, and we believe in his voice.

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Arboretum: A Devilishly Good Game of Happy Little Trees

One game aspect that I continually fall in and out of love with are games that seem so deceptively simple. You know, games where everything on the surface seems normal, straightforward, and almost casual in nature. You see your moves three turns ahead and, before you know it, you’re trouncing your opponents and basking in the warm glow of another crushing victory…

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Solace Lost: A True Dark Fantasy

Solace Lost, by Michael Sliter, explores a dark fantasy world rife with murder, magic, and mayhem. Its principle characters, Fenrir and Merigold, experience tragedy after tragedy on their journey toward finding some semblance of peace in their lives. Their lives intersect with each other in unexpected ways, culminating in a final series of battles that push each character to their limits.

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Little Gnome, Big Water: A Surprise to be Sure, but a Welcome One

I’m not really sure why I made a Star Wars reference in the title to this review, but it fits, so it stays.

I had minimal expectations when I opened Little Gnome, Big Water. Why? Because I really don’t like the book cover. While the artwork is creative, it doesn’t really communicate anything about the story to me . . . and after reading the book, I absolutely think the narrative goes well beyond what is displayed on its front.

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The Ocean Road: A Fanciful Tale

Sonny Collins’ The Ocean Road is a relatively light tale filled with all the hallmarks of a good fantasy story: monsters, heroes, princesses, villains, and, of course, a glowing mythical stone that holds the key to saving the world. Collins’ work is very accessible, geared toward young adults, and could inspire readers of all ages to enjoy letting their mind untether from reality and float in the ether of fantasy for a while.

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Then Came Darkness: Gritty, Real, Fiction

It’s historical fiction, but not the sort of historical fiction many readers might expect. It’s not a book that explores a significant event in history from a new perspective. Rather, Schleicher thrusts readers deep into the early part of the twentieth century, with real people living real lives and experiencing a thrilling, suspenseful tale.

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Duckett & Dyer: A Comedic Dark Matter

Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire by G. M. Nair is the exact opposite of Dark Matter in all the right ways. Where Dark Matter goes dark, Duckett & Dyer goes absurd. Where Dark Matter goes hard science, Duckett & Dyer says “screw it, it works how we want it to work because we say so.”

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Blood Drive: Just a bunch of Anti-Vampire Propaganda.

Within the first few chapters, I immediately found myself reminiscing to evenings with my family as a kid watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You've got your religious vampire hunters, sassy bad boy vampires, and crazy werewolves. Throw in a few weird behaviors of the vampires, actions sequences straight out of the Boondock Saints (yes, I know, not Vampires) or even Blade. 

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