I finished The Cleric Quintent, a five novel series by R.A. Salvatore this week. I had heard positive things about this series over the years, particularly about the unique characters, but have mixed feelings about the collection.
On one hand, R.A. Salvatore is a gifted writer when it comes to creating light page turners that don't require a lot of thought, but on the other hand, I thought his combat descriptions were unnecessarily lengthy, detailed, and at many times, highly unbelievable. I know, I know, it's fantasy, but still. Also the main character having essentially a Yo-Yo as a primary weapon was a major suspension of disbelief for me.
At any rate, there were fun moments in the books, but also large spans where I wanted the author to narrate through combat rather than providing play-by-play announcer and color commentator for every. single. battle.
Hah - just finishing up book 3 of Broken Earth myself. What did you think?Why the R.A. Salvatore power fantasy kick lately? After finishing up N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy, I desperately needed something light and figured I would check out some 'classics' of the pulp fantasy genre.
Honestly, it was a frustrating read. Parts of the Broken Earth series were really engaging, but there were large swaths of what I call meta magical babble I really struggled to get through.Hah - just finishing up book 3 of Broken Earth myself. What did you think?
Although I may have to put it on pause for a few days - I have to read War with the Newts before a SF book club meeting on Monday...
Tasha's you kind of have to read, just to keep up on everything - especially if the players are asking to include it. I do like the optional feats; I'll be allowing them.Read Sandman Slim, by Richard Kadrey. Good solid read, 4/5. I bought it and a sequel at the book sale this fall, but I can't remember where I put the second one so probably reading something else.
Also finished up the X of Swords crossover (I've read the X-comics for...33 years now), and been reading misc gaming stuff. Got Tome of Beasts II and Tasha's Everlasting Cauldron last week; the DCC Lankhmar boxed set; the Basic Fantasy rulebook and the Basic Fantasy Field Guide; also last week, and Hunters in Death, a hexcrawl setting/mini-campaign fanzine by Gothridge Manor yesterday. So lots to browse through.
(X of Swords is definitely the tightest plotted crossover I've probably ever seen; amazingly good throughout. Tome of Beasts II was excellent; Tasha's is fine but not blowing me away; DCC Lankhmar absolutely blew me away with the insane production values; not so much with the vast number of pages taken up by situation specific charts (this is my first encounter with the DCC rule system and...wow. What a waste of space in this BEAUTIFUL product!!!); Basic Fantasy was fine (knew what I was getting); the Field Guide was actually very good; Hunters in Death was also very good/recommended.)
Agreed. It doesn't seem bad, I guess, but I don't run or play a game currently so it's just homework for me.Tasha's you kind of have to read, just to keep up on everything - especially if the players are asking to include it. I do like the optional feats; I'll be allowing them.
12 volumes. Sheesh.Sandman Slim I liked, the 2nd one was pretty good too. I haven't gone on to read the rest; but apparently Kadrey produced the final one in the series this year. I like series that come to an end. (Ah, a quick glance at GoodReads, 12th book coming out next summer will be final volume.) Maybe I'll get back on the train and try to read the rest before the end.
DCC Lankhmar absolutely blew me away with the insane production values; not so much with the vast number of pages taken up by situation specific charts (this is my first encounter with the DCC rule system and...wow. What a waste of space in this BEAUTIFUL product!!!);