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Getting to Know the Witcher in “The Last Wish”

At its heart, The Last Wish is a series of monster stories. The first book in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series (which CD Projekt RED’s video games are based on), it’s not so much a novel as a line-up of short stories that depict Geralt of Rivia taking on monster-hunting contracts. It feels like reading dark fairy tales, similar to The Bloody Chamber, and the reason is that the monsters aren’t all crazed animals or mythical beasts — they are usually regular men, women, and children who have been cursed.

I read the book a few years ago, when I first got into The Witcher video game series. After hearing that the series is going to be made into a Netflix show, I got onto a Witcher kick and decided to re-read The Last Wish and then continue with the novels that follow. I purchased the audiobook, which is excellent, although I think I prefer reading rather than listening to this series due to the depth of the conversations and world-building. This is a book full of details you don’t want to miss.

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My Biggest Worldbuilding Inspirations

Like a lot of writers, I draw inspiration from many of my favorite creative works. Since I’m currently writing a science fiction novel, some of my biggest sources of inspiration are other science fiction works — but not always books. Anything with great worldbuilding is a candidate. The smallest detail can spark a new idea. It’s never a matter of copying what something else is already doing, but sometimes an item from another piece of fiction sets a mood or makes me think of something that would work in my own story.

There are a lot of worlds I keep going back to. For many reasons, I love spending time in them. These are the ones that are the greatest inspirations for me right now!

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