The Citadel Of Chaos
Fighting Fantasy #2
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
Star of the Guardians #1
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 🙂
Knee Deep in the Dead
Dafydd ab Hugh
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!