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March 9th, 2014

Virtual Tourist - Thief 3/9/14


3 out of 4 people at the house are currently playing Thief now. Heh heh (I take credit for this! As I was the one who introduced them all to the original years ago and we've loved first person sneakers ever since. Woot!)

There are so many things I am LOVING about this fourth incarnation. There are also a few things I am HATING about it. Luckily the love is winning by a large margin!

The Watch is everywhere.

Beams and vents and all sorts of places to get in trouble with. Fog permeates everywhere, which is weird.

New for Thief 4 - collectibles! There are different types. What's cool is that as you gain them and go back to the tower, they get displayed there. This one is Client Loot

Unique loot. There's several others. You're also collecting newspapers, documents, snake bracelets, plaques, and other weird stuff.

It is a very gritty city now.

Cool avenues off the ground you can use to get around the city. Though the whole place is something of a maze and the higher level stuff even more so. Can get a little frustrating.

My home is in the clock tower.

Isn't it awesome? Though super dusty because I have been gone for a year!

Collectibles and paintings go over there in that corner.

Garrett - still with the two colored eyes. :)

The sky is amazing.

Basso, he's good for giving me jobs and information. You can buy a bond to secure his loyalty and a price cut.

Even better look at Garrett's eyes. :)

The store (a guy outside of Basso's place). Some tools are not available till you complete certain chapters. Blunt arrows are your best friend! Water and rope arrows a total must. There's also lock pick upgrades. And several new tools that will be must haves as they become available - wrench (for all the awesome ducts), wire cutters (cause there's traps to kill you with!), and a knife fur cutting out painting from their frames.

Basso lets me know I can get some info from the Queen of the Chapel.

She's the one that tells me I've been out of it for a year. Knows nothing about what may have happened to Erin.

Pic of the lock picking screen. You use the mouse and the E key. Woot! 3 tumblers to 5 so far.

I probably should do a Likes/Dislikes Top 10 list or something. Hmmm.

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”


Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”

(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”


Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”


Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

Info, sample chapters, and free reads at www.gloriaoliver.com

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