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Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself –
My name is Zach Jackson and I am the Managing Editor and one of the co-founders of Australian video game website WellPlayed. I’m an avid lover of video games, sports and music. I used to be a big reader, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve found it difficult finding time required to read multiple books. I try and read at least three or four a year, I guess that’s one thing I love about games. It’s easy to lose yourself in a good story, regardless of how advanced or basic the gameplay is.
The last book you bought –
Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
Describe the book in 5 words –
Knights of the Round Table
Your favourite childhood book is –
I’d probably have to say the Goosebumps series as a whole. I just loved the eclectic range of stories that R.L. Stine would craft. Plus as a kid they were a little spooky.
What’s a book you have read multiple times and why?
The Harry Potter series. Damn they were good books. They just allowed your imagination to roam free and create your own version of J.K. Rowling’s world in a way that other books hadn’t done before.
Are you reading anything currently? If yes, what are you reading?
I am reading Lord Brocktee by Brian Jacques. It’s the first (chronologically) book in the Redwall series, which is a series I read as a teenager. However, I’ve not read them all so I decided to go back and read the ones I missed.
Do you have any reading regrets?
I bought Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol the week it came out in 2009, and despite loving all of Brown’s prior works I’ve never read it.
What are your three favourite books of all time?
Tough one. I remember loving the Wicked six-book series by Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman and reading that through several times. The Da Vinci Code would be up there, I love that whole conspiracy theory treasure hunter stuff. Plus I love Leonardo da Vinci. Third would probably have to be Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Honourable mention to Catcher in the Rye. Don’t know why but I really enjoyed that book.
Best book from a genre you typically don’t read but thought you would give it a try?
I’d say sportsperson autobiographies. My first foray was one about David Beckham’s move to America (which was huge news at the time). I’d never really read an autobiography before so I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it or not. Turns out it was one of the most interesting books I’d ever read, and subsequently I’ve bought numerous more since (all sports related).
AND THE CLINCHER (LOL) – If you could choose any book to be turned into a video game, what would it be and why?
I’d love a game based on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. I’ve always found the premise fascinating, I mean it’s a great amalgamation of history and legend. A third-person action game like Devil May Cry would be very cool.