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Jason French
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Development Director for Madden Mobile, sci-fi nerd, bear.
Development Director for Madden Mobile, sci-fi nerd, bear.

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The Rook by Daniel O’Malley follows the story of Myfanwy Thomas, one of the leaders of the Checquy, a secret British organization that takes care of paranormal disturbances. The problem is Myfanwy has just lost her memories. Her backstory is told through a series of notes that Myfanwy has written to herself knowing that someone within the Checquy was going to betray her. Overall, it’s a good novel and I enjoyed it. I felt the ending was a little rushed and the overall plot could have been simplified. If the author would have just stuck with the conspiracy within the Checquy, I think that would have been compelling enough of a mystery. If you want to read something a little different, give The Rook a try. – 3 out of 5 stars.
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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is a mix of humor and a glimpse at a future where the way people act on the Internet comes to life. Zoey Ashe has a price on her head and every bounty hunter wants bring her in and record it live for everyone to see on Blink, the live streaming service on the Internet. Soon Zoey finds her estranged father has passed away and it drags her and her cat Stench Machine into the city of Tabula Ra$a. A city where there are no rules and everyone is out for themselves. David Wong does a great job of painting a future that almost seems believable because of the current state of trolls on the Internet. His mix of humor and a great protagonist in Zoey help draw you into the story. I would shy away from this novel if you don't like violence. While, it's a little over the top, there is a lot in the book (it's in the title after all). I really liked it and it was an easy read and a great story. I recommend it. – 5 out of 5 stars.
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The other mobile title I've been helping out on is launching in the US today. NBA Live Mobile was built on the Madden Mobile tech just over a year ago this project started and is now live for everyone to enjoy.

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A Darker Shade of Magic - A Darker Shade of Magic is a pretty good fantasy adventure. It is the story of Kell, a magician with the ability to travel to different versions of London on three different worlds. He is from Red London, a world full of a magic. While traveling between Londons, he encounters a dark stone filled with very powerful magic. When the magic tries to take control of him, he decides that it must be destroyed. He joins up with wannabe-pirate, Delilah Bard, from Grey London in order to get rid of the dark stone. The book is an easy read and the author does a good job weaving an interesting world which sucks you into the adventure. I recommend it if you like this type of book. 4 out of 5 stars
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Madden Mobile #1 - There's a new #1 Top Grossing App on iOS Today. Thanks to all the Madden Mobile fans out there.
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Time and Again - Finished another book on this Christmas day. Time and Again was a pretty good book, but I’m always a sucker for a time travel story. Simon Morley is an artist at an ad agency when he is recruited into a government project that is testing a theory of time travel through the power of imagining you are in that time period. With an elaborate setup and a building that was still around in the past, Si is able to believe he is back in New York of 1882. The book was a little slow in the beginning, but it picked up near the end. The author has also included pictures from the time period and weaved them into the story. If you love a good time travel story, you might want to give Time and Again a chance. – 4 out of 5 stars
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A pretty cool sync up of Google Chrome on your PC and the Android phone.

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Really looking forward to Star Wars Battlefront!

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik was a pretty good story. It is the tale of Agnieszka, a young villager who is picked by the wizard lording over the villages near The Wood to be the caretaker of his tower. It turns out she has a knack for tapping into and learning magic and the wizard starts to teach her more. When Agnieszka’s friend from her village is captured by The Wood and she goes to save her, it is discovered The Wood has it’s own kind of magic and it is corrupting the people that live near it. Written like a fairy tail in the perspective of Agnieszka, the author does a good job of drawing you into the story. It took me a little bit to get into the book, but enjoyed it once I did. It’s a great read if you are into fantasy novels. I really enjoyed it. – 4 out of 5 stars
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Station Eleven - What a great novel. Station Eleven is the story about the end of civilized society after a super flu kills off 99% of the population. There’s no zombies. There’s no old lady in Colorado and Randall Flagg in Las Vegas. There is a famous actor who dies while doing King Lear on the last night before it all ends, who is the anchor point for the story. The author does a great job of weaving the characters from 20 years before, the night of, and 20 years after the end. She jumps back and forth in the timeline bringing it all together into a cohesive story. It’s a great read and I recommend it. – 5 out of 5 stars
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