At a much healthier pace and suspect either Denning was Sheriff Bill - Der Held von Devil's Point in a hurry to get to the parts he liked or he was under pressure to make the book shorterwritet faster The prologue The Way of Revelation (Pocket Classics) involving the templar Tithian and sorceror king Kalak was grippingntroducing us to the bloody slave driven theocracy of the city state of Tyr and characters who are at once compelling and contemptible these characters are fascinating and well written throughout especially Tithian Denning does an excellent job of juxtaposing Kalak s seeming frailty and age with his terrible power and cunning but Tithian Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery: A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatization is one of the most well drawn characters ve encountered n literature He s a priest to a god king not because he truly believes n Kalak s divinity but because lacking the discipline and drive to pursue the ascetic path of psionics he found that the ranks of the templars promised easier access to power wealth and The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop influence once a member of the sorceror king s theocracy he comes to realize how truly powerful and truly vicious his gods and ultimately regrets the favor he finds Brenin in Kalak s eyes Hes loyal to his old friend Agis but only nsofar as t does not Doctor Who: Engines of War inconvenience ormperil himself he himself admits freely that he always does what he believes to be n his own best nterests Agis by contrast s a naive dealist a man who possessed the discipline and strength of will to pursue asceiticism but who lacks the savvy and understanding of human nature which his childhood friend Tithian posseses Agis truly believes that he can effect change n a theocracy through senatorial votes and truly believes that by treating his slaves well he s doing better by them than he would be The Racehorse Who Disappeared if he were to free them Indeed his failure to understand the value of freedom to a slave costs him dearly He fancied himself a champion of slaves and the downtrodden butt s only after he finally becomes affiliated with an anti slavery anti government terrorist cell called the Veiled Alliance that he realizes how hypocritical and naive he has really been The slaves gladiators Rikus and Neeva and their friends are written with attention to their different life experiences when compared to the nobility and templar s lives and the fact that they have been raised to kill or be killed Oh and the gaj THE GAJ One of the best and most nterestingly alien characters I have ever encountered Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten it lacks all humanity yet learns to communicate like a human and theres something delicious about the way Sutherlands Rules in which when caughtn a lie t responds by simply stating that deception s usefulSadira howeverevery time Sadira and her mentor appeared or the focus shifted to them An Officer and a Gentleman (A Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin Story) it felt like I was reading a different book by a different author Those pages were HORENDOUSLY cliched and full of needless flavorless exposition Indeed once Sadira and the other characters start traveling together the book s overall uality dips drastically It s clearly not that he can t write female characters there are at least three other better written farnteresting female characters It almost seems like he felt he HAD to nclude her or saved her portions of the
for last and just hurried through them without an editor or feedback Arguably the only nteresting thing about her s Sadira s approach to sexromance she trained from a young age to use sex against men *and for the sake of espionage she was *for the sake of espionage she was allowed to develop her monogamous nstincts As such she annoys and offends and dismays many characters with her polyandrous desires But even that When Dimple Met Rishi is only mentioned a few times It really does feel like Denning forgot to develop the character and just stuck with a vague outline he d created This book could have been one two or three hundred pages longer and would likely have benefited fromt I understand that there are four books n the series but the second half of this volume suffers dramatically for the rushed pace and the temporal skips I enjoyed t but I hope the rest of the series will be even and that the author will better develop many of the elements he unfortunately neglects n this one I originally read this for background on a game world I DM d for At the time t was a refreshing read and twist on the normal ADD tales of the time I added storylines to our campaign based upon the writings of Troy Denning and when the next book module came out we had already played Night Watch it mostly My players used to swear TSR was bugging our game sessions and I admitt was uncannyYears later after our group had split up never to be heard from again I re read the series It was just as good all over again Maybe good memories of our heroic deeds under the Athasian sun swayed my opinion but this series was a good time Even the follow ons by Simon Hawke were pretty good Tribe of One seriesMy favourite of all DS books was Rise and Fall of a Drogn King This book was probably the most challenging of all because of some of hte surprises the reader discovers about King Hamanu Some of us were left with that WTF look but then you figure End of Day if you lifes measured by a Kings Age which s 175 years each somethings become boring Re reading for my Dark Sun PF campaign Excellent as a setting supplement I ve finally gotten around to this after years spent wanting to know about the blasted post apocalyptic wasteland of Athas A ruined world destroyed by the wanton overuse and abuse of magic rather than technology s a great Scenery, Set, and Staging in the Italian Renaissance: Studies in the Practice of Theatre idea and brought to life here really well at least as a setting The storytself however Israel! Do You Know? is fairly pedestrian and doesn t make nearly enough of the componentst moves around through a pretty standard escape slavery find magic Korean War item kill overlord uest plotIntend to continue with the series but I do so Serpico in the hopes that the stories told are compelling than just four excuses to knock about within annteresting setting without saying anything meaningful. Tor bred for the arenas But f the people are to be freed the mismatched trio of steadfast rebels must look nto the face of terror and choose between love and li.Book For Last And
Troy Denning Õ 7 reviewUp front I m not a big fan of game related fiction I hated the Dragonlance books for nstance even when they first came out and I was heavily nto Dungeons Dragons In general the only books related to a game that I ve really enjoyed have been Dan Abnett s books for the Warhammer 40k Universe particularly the Inuisitor Eisenhorn series On top of that I completely missed 2nd edition Dungeons Dragons which ntroduced the Dark Sun setting There are no fond memories for me of playing the game or reading the books So I was predisposed to dislike this book and really only read Globalization, Sports Law and Labour Mobility: The Case of Professional Baseball in the United States and Japan it because my brother Jeff had taken thenitiative to hand Competitive People Strategy: How to Attract, Develop and Retain the Staff You Need for Business Success it to me the last time I saw himAnd there are plenty ofssues with the book Characters are broadly drawn and their backgrounds and motivations thin The dialogue can be clumsy and stilted The action scenes are often chaotic and confusing and not Strategies for Minimizing Risk Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices ACT and Related Laws in a good wayHowever I can honestly say I enjoyed the book The settings fantastic and Denning does an excellent job of evoking a strange brutal and apocalyptic world The plot while a bit straightforward and with some holes s exciting and moves at a good clip I even started to enjoy the characters and got sucked nto wondering whether some of them would live or die The world of Athas Limits to Stakeholder Influence: Why the Business Case Won't Save the World is uniue and different enough from any other fantasy setting that even standard tropes like magic and elves seem freshIn the end I was carried along by the story andnvested n events The biggest compliment I can give t Let's Talk 3 Student's Book is thatt left me Socrates, The Wisest And Most Just? interestedn what happens next while being satisfied with the story that was told It may be faint praise but that level of European State Aid and Tax Rulings interest has been hard for me to come byn gaming fiction Looking forward to reading the next one Hadn t read this since I was maybe 15 Was fun to revisit I m sometimes nervous re reading beloved childhood reads as f the magic might dissipate and with horror and disappointment I realize the book sn t actually that good That does happen and I admit that The Verdant Passage The Only Way Out Is in: A Modern Day Yogi's Commentary on the Synergy of Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra is not nearly as well written as teenage me thought It s uite clunky sometimes even just bad It could use some proofreading as well plenty of typos that a professional outlet of this size should never allow But this remains a functionally efficient piece of fantasy literatureTypos and formatting errors aside the clumsiness and rather obvious and over explained world and characters serves a valuable function the books meant as a creative teaching tool to aspiring DD DMs players Denning and many of the other DD authors are also DD gamers and designers developing campaigns and tutorials for players So the novels are meant to flesh out and solidify the DD worlds and teach readers how to be better gamers Sure this means that as literature these books aren t amazing serving a supplemental function than lit people might want But they beat reading dry technical manuals and tutorials It s a different way of showing rather than telling splitting the difference between creative writing and tech manual So the character descriptions are overdone The mechanics of the world character relationships *and such
ARE ALL OVERWROUGHT BUT THEY REall overwrought but they re are all overwrought But they re sure that readers of all ranges can see exactly how worlds are built what aspects of character scenario politics magic etc to consider when developing your own worlds characters and campaignsFurther I would apply this exact same criticism to authors like
Robert Jordan Brandon Sanderson and George RR Martin they overshare how theirJordan Brandon Sanderson and George RR Martin they overshare how their work through lengthy exposition that bogs down narrative propulsion and demystifies the world It becomes world building for world building s sake where the author The Complete Paladin's Handbook is amazed at their own attention to world building detail which they desperately want us to notice It s essentially boring gutting the worlds of mystery and discovery Themaginative creative mystery goes out of the thing and The Lake it often feels like an extended technical manual suited to scientists business majors and politicians than creative artists Instead of revealing a world through narrative and character action showing they offer reams of pages of exposition telling They might be better writers than Denning and other DD authors and their scenarios complex though also often overly convoluted too you gotta make the thing a ten thousand page series after all but the payoffs also often not much better And they don t have the excuse of creating tutorials for readers to become skilled Dungeon Masters and players Their oversharing Surface of the Deep: Searching for Booker Wright and Finding Redemption Along the Way is just bad writing where despite their many skills and talents they never figured out how to merge world and character development with narrative action something Mad Max Fury Road does masterfully and Stephen King s The Gunslinger does uite well And despite the excessive descriptions The Verdant Passages refreshingly stripped down and direct The entire Prism Pentad clocks The Devil Aspect in at fewer pages than two Robert Jordan books So some of the criticisms directed at these DD books should be eually applied to some of the heavy hittersn fantasy literatureSpeaking of story this one s still a fun yarn It s pretty classic DD pulp fantasy but with an added edge that I always liked about the Dark Sun world It s harsher post apocalyptic and savagely cruel than Forgotten Realms or Dragonlance The class structures while clearly ndebted to ancient Greek Roman civilizations also feel relevant to contemporary class warfare and authoritarian politics of our modern age The differences are An Unlikely Pair (My Once and Future Love, in the particulars but the broad parallels still resonate And I appreciate how magics connected to the natural world Four Corners Level 1b Workbook in a way that feels uncomfortably relevantn our current moment of environmental degradation and climate crisis We see lots of Stahl's Illustrated Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders implications and room for further learning but this single volumes not Love and Punishment (Beyond Fairytales series) interestedn creating some sprawling gl. A new creed kindled from despairKalak an mmortal sorcerer king whose evil magic has reduced the majestic city of Tyr to a desolate place of dust blood and fearHi. Obal epic It s nstead rather focused people are oppressed the leader Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives is bad news and planning something even worse so a plucky band of misfit companions tries disposing of said leader End of story No grand cosmic stakes No Saving The Whole World Just straight forward adventuren one city among many Not bad I like Kaltblau it Certainly there will be to this storyt s part of a series and a world after all but t s not trying to do too much And the structure of future entries n the series maintains a pretty good focus that Between Octobers is a breath of fresh air when compared to other series with casts of hundreds and thirty different narrative strands allnterwoven and bouncing around All that convolution Julian 3: The Works of the Emperor Julian is exhausting and the payoff far less than we really think Such works are the all you can eat buffet of fantasy lit and I m rarelympressed by Contemporary Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia it The Verdant Passage howevers solid fun So bad that teenage me couldn t even finish The Taming of the Werewolf itIt might be useful for learning about the setting whichs awesome and original Second Biennial Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Iowa: For the Fiscal Period Ending June 30, 1883 (Classic Reprint) in concept However the writings just so so bad that t s not enjoyable Every character sounds the same and most are cardboard as hell with a few exceptions The plot jerks and skips around with huge gaps and boring lazy hand waving Worst of all the author tries so so hard to be edgy that t came off as cheesy even to me at 13This book was written as a tie n to an RPG n an attempt to replicate the success of Dragonlance I enjoyed Dragonlance as a teenager though I m not sure First Cosmic Velocity ift holds up This Philosophy of Psychopharmacology: Smart Pills, Happy Pills, and Pepp Pills is no Dragonlance The whole settings under utilized besides some exposition the characters are forgettable archetypes with the exception of Tithian and sort of Agis and the adventures this was tied nto were awful The deas for the setting and monsters and tone were awesome but the adventures and novels couldn t follow throughHow little everyone Joshi Mousou Shoukougun, Vol. 4 involvedn this book cared s evident n the editing Misspellings are rife This Tryst with Prosperity is worse than fanfiction I can t believe there are 4n the series Denning really brings the Dark Sun world to life I have seen Brom s art for Dark Sun and I knew of the DD campaign setting but I really didn t know a lot about the overall background of the world This book acts as a great Tryst with Prosperity: Indian Business and the Bombay Plan of 1944 introduction to Athas and the city of Tyr I look forward to the other novelsn the series 5 Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition in all I however do not look forward to WotC refusal to use editors on their novelsncluding ones that they have rerelased Code Name: Bikini in a shiner expensive version Original publishedn the 1990 s the book suffers from some clear and at times glaring errors In a section where a character Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy is looking at a creature and describingt to the reader t talks about the nose eyes and the creature s month I believe this was meant to be mouth but perhaps t Legenden von Nuareth - Heldentaten is a form of monster anatomy I am not familiar with There were several othernstances of this throughout the book Barring those errors I would have given the book 4 stars for sure but some of them just took me right out of the moment which s a shame given Denning s talent as an exceptional action magic fighting writer It was fine If I m being honest t was actually better than I expected a Dungeons and Dragons tie n novel from the
90s To Be Plenty Of Action But Not Much Soulto be Plenty of action but not much soul development and the development of their relationships had some ssues Mostly t just didn t make me feel anything but the *Action Carried Me Through *carried me through story Fine Except for the cover art That s not at all what I expected Agis to look like And why 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation is Sadira one of the main characters relegated to the background behind the two dudes And Neeva notncluded at all Sexism Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace in cover design Satisfying pulp escapism but the book suffers for the constraintsmposed by the fantasy genre and DD tie nThe plot s predictable establish tyrants heroes escape persecution and form a p Overall I found this book surprisingly enjoyable It captured the feel of the Dark Sun setting a brutal post apocalyptic fantasy world n which unchecked magic has left most of the alient planet Athas a barren wasteland and sorceror god kings rule the few remnants of cilization with an ron fist admirably the plot was legitimately Wishing for a Home interesting and the writing was unobtrusivee I noticed the story and characters than the author trying to Dreamsnake impress his readers I especially liked the way Denning approaches the complex moralssue of magic use In the Dark Sun world all magic The Warlord, the Warrior, the War (Rise of the Penguins, is fueled by ripping the life energy out of a nearby living thing usually plants thiss why the planet The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping is a wasteland as reckless sorcerors kept using the planet s life to fuel their conuests andnternecine suabbles There s a middle ground using only enough magic to fuel the desired effect but leaving the living things enough energy to recover and flourish this middle ground Nach allem, was ich beinahe für dich getan hätte is less powerful however and magic usen general s highly addictive sort of like potato chips or peanuts It seems as though the middle ground would be the good option but Denning puts the characters n several situations n which their lives are spared by complete ndulgence n unchecked sorcery and others n which the weakness of the middle ground How to Worry Less about Money imperils the characters The three approaches to magic non use reckless use and guarded use are presented as little than amoral approaches to a natural phenomenon their morality ultimately mediated by the morality of thendividual using them However the author s style and characterization are also ncredibly uneven There were several points at which t felt like he was so desperate to move the plot along that he skipped mportant narrative points and I found myself flipping back through to see f I d missed a chapter the escape from UnderTyr and the journey to the Forest Ridge are effectively gnored mentioned only n dismissive references This Children of the Future is unfortunate as the first 23 of the book moved along. S thousand year reign of deaths about to endBanding together to spark a revolution are a maverick statesmen a winsome half elf slave girl and a man dwarf gladia.