Meg Stivison

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Meg Stivison has worked on the development of games including Next Island, Empire Online, Verge Games’ Grumpy Goats, and two Nancy Drew titles. She is the lead game designer for Small Monsters Games.

Book Review: Astrid Sees All

Basically all I do in pandemic isolation is read books and sometimes write about them.



Astrid Sees All tells not just Phoebe’s story, but all about the clubs and drugs and adventure of Manhattan in the eighties.  This is a great setting, but telling so many stories leads to the kind of overfull and meandering plot that gets novels labeled that backhanded “ambitious.” There’s just so much cra

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