The Citadel Of Chaos

The Citadel Of ChaosThe Citadel Of Chaos

Fighting Fantasy #2

Steve Jackson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Ok, after 3months of banging my head against a metaphysical wall, I gave in and googled and USED the walk through.
Not a bad story, and I probably could have done it on my own, if I’d taken the time to pay attention to what I was actually doing instead of just wandering around and crashing through whatever door took my fancy.

The main reason I read/played this was because way back in ’91, I played The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. I LOVED it. Of course, I was a just minted teen, so what did I know? So I wanted to see if this would hold up, or even closely approximate the feeling I got from that first play.

Sadly, but practically known ahead of time, it didn’t give me that euphoric high. While filling a backpack with spells and choosing your stats might be exciting, for the first time, I have since grown up. Computer games like Heretic and Hexxen took me to the next level and I never moved past them to full on RPG’ing.

So this was nostalgic. And we all know what happens with things that are nostalgic. Thankfully, this hasn’t ruined my fond memories of yesteryear, it just means I won’t be playing these books any more. Leave the past to enjoy itself.

The Lost King

The Lost KingThe Lost King

Star of the Guardians #1

Margaret Weis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was almost a 2Star, but the final battle saved it from that ignominious fate. However, even though it ends on a somewhat cliff-hanger’y ending, I won’t be reading any more.

French Revolution aftermath in space. I mean, the President of the New Galactic Alliance is called Robes. Pathetic royalty wiped out. A lone surviving heir. Blah, blah, blah.

A lot of this was slogging through. And good night, why does EVERYBODY have to act like a frakking girl? Oh well. Good to know that Weis is off my list of authors I want to read more of. At least by herself. Death Gate Cycle with Hickman is still ok ๐Ÿ™‚

Caliban Cove

Resident Evil #2
S.D. Perry
Epub-134 pages
1 Star
Game novelization

Sucky to the sucky’th degree. I barely made it through this nauseatingly predictable and boring book. The attempts at characterization were so badly executed that it would have been better if Perry had left it alone. Maybe a HARDCORE fan of the Resident Evil games would enjoy this, but I can’t imagine anyone else who would.

What an absolute piece of trash. Monsters were almost non-existant. Characterization was tried by the author, and it was an epic fail.

I simply wanted a good Resident Evil story about big bad monsters and people killing them. I didn’t get that. In fact, I don’t feel like I got anything at all from this story. Maybe a robot wrote it?

Zero Hour

Zero Hour
Resident Evil #0
S.D. Perry
Game Novelization
2 Stars
Epub, 141 Pages

this is actually book 0. Shows how the T-virus got loose and the one character from the Bravo group in book 1 has her adventures here. Not actually very exciting.

It was ok. Nothing spectacular. My one main beef was if Rebecca goes through all this in book zero, why is she such a zombie newb in The Umbrella Conspiracy [book 1?]. Just not good continuity.


Resident Evil #1
S.D. Perry
Game Novelization
3 Stars
Epub, 142 Pages

having never played RE, having only seen the movies, this was all new to me. You could tell it was from a game, but I still enjoyed it anyway. Shallow characters, basic puzzle plot with some some-what scary monsters thrown in made for a half-decent read. Definitely going to be reading more in the series.

Knee-Deep in the Dead (Doom #1)


Knee Deep in the Dead

Doom #1

Dafydd ab Hugh

1 Star




Oh My Word! This just about has to be the worst book, grammar, plot, characterization, that I have ever read! It was basically reading the game with some token things thrown in, like conversation, love interest, duty, despair and hope. It was just plain horrible. Continuity was almost nil; to call the characters cardboard cutouts would insulting to cardboard.

The game is awesome, this novel, not so much. I can see why someone would read this first one, because they are into Doom, but after getting through this trainwreck, I don’t see how the next 3 books were ever published. I certainly won’t be reading them!