BOOK REVIEW – The Conference of the Birds: The Fifth Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

By Marty Mulrooney

The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs

The Conference of the Birds is the fifth novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. It follows an original trilogy of critically acclaimed books – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City and Library of Souls – and A Map of Days, the start of a new trilogy which AMO’s review described as “slightly more grown up,” with “a narrative that feels completely natural despite its peculiarities.” In this latest peculiar adventure, Jacob Portman must deliver newly contacted peculiar Noor Pradesh to a mysterious operative known only as V. The future of all peculiardom could depend on it, but V never, ever, wants to be found…

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GAME REVIEW – Lancelot’s Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

Lancelot's Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze

Lancelot’s Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze is a comedy point-and-click adventure game created by Belgium indie developer Jean-Baptiste de Clerfayt (be sure to check out AMO’s 2016 interview with Jean-Baptiste here). In Lancelot’s Hangover, players must take control of Lancelot – the sexiest Knight of the Round Table – as he sets out on a quest from God to find the Holy Grail, put some booze in it, and celebrate the biggest party England has ever known!

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BOOK REVIEW – Are Snakes Necessary? by Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman

By Marty Mulrooney

Are Snakes Necessary?

Are Snakes Necessary? is the debut novel of legendary filmmaker Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables) and former editor of the New York Times and author Susan Lehman. Published by Hard Case Crime and Titan Books, it tells the story of a philandering senator cheating on his wife, a beautiful young videographer, and a ruthless ‘fixer’…

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GAME REVIEW – Beyond a Steel Sky (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

Beyond a Steel Sky

Beyond a Steel Sky is the long-awaited and much-anticipated sequel to Revolution Software’s critically acclaimed 1994 science fiction adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky. Set 10 years after the events of the first game, players must once again take control of protagonist Robert Foster as he investigates a sinister plot inside the sprawling metropolis of Union City.

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Charles Cecil (Beyond a Steel Sky, Revolution Software)

By Marty Mulrooney

Charles Cecil Interview - Alternative Magazine Online

Following the recent release of Beyond a Steel Sky the sequel to 1994’s Beneath a Steel Sky – on Apple Arcade and Steam, Alternative Magazine Online is proud to present an exclusive online interview with Revolution Software co-founder Charles Cecil. Just some of the topics discussed during our hour-long conversation include: creating a successful follow-up to a cult classic video game over 25 years later; collaborating with Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons; the extraordinary life and music of composer Barrington Pheloung; the benefits of being on Apple Arcade; artificial intelligence and human happiness; and Revolution Software’s future plans for Broken Sword 6.

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FEATURE ARTICLE: How The Last of Us Part II Defies Conventional Storytelling

By Marty Mulrooney

How The Last of Us Part II Defies Conventional Storytelling

Since completing The Last of Us Part II over a week ago, my mind keeps drifting back to that overcast Santa Barbara beach where Ellie finally made her last stand…

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers and shouldn’t be read before completing The Last of Us Part II.

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GAME REVIEW – Resident Evil 3 (PlayStation 4)

By Marty Mulrooney

Resident Evil 3 (2020)

Resident Evil 3 is a remake of the classic survival horror game of the same name that debuted on the original PlayStation in 2000 here in the UK (it was released in 1999 in Japan and the US). Following on from last year’s incredible reimagining of Resident Evil 2 (be sure to check out AMO’s review here), this much anticipated follow-up returns players to Racoon City as former S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Service) member Jill Valentine, who is trying to escape the city before it’s destroyed by a missile strike while being hunted by a deadly bioweapon called Nemesis.

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