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Post Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:22 pm 
 

Comes out tomorrow in stores everywhere!

Amazon just mailed me mine; due here Wednesday. And the new season debuts June 11. Life can be good.

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Post Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:24 pm 
 

Oh, and that's Ian McShane as saloon owner Al Swearengen, to answer the original question. A fine, fine actor — and it's great fun to listen to his commentaries, since his British accent is so different from that of the Chicago native he plays on the show.

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Post Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:28 pm 
 

Does he have extendable jaws that drip with acid venom?

  And where is that guy who's avatar is a guy grabbing his secretary's butt?  I want to be offended by that again.

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Post Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:47 pm 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:Comes out tomorrow in stores everywhere!

Amazon just mailed me mine; due here Wednesday. And the new season debuts June 11. Life can be good.


Cool..will have to see if its cheaper in the stores then Amazon (or if with some other deal)

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Post Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:56 pm 
 

Lewisexi wrote:No mention of Terry Pratchett? I know you wouldn't run a DnD adventure from one of his plots (well not a serious one one anyway!) but I still he's a wonderful writer. Perhaps you folks consider him a comedy author rather than fantasy? Fair enough if you do I see your point :)

I've got 500+ fantasy novels and I enjoy most of the authors folks have mentioned here but would I would like to see more of is more fantasy based away from Western history, folklore and morality. All too often, for example, you'll read a novel and new race xxxx is introduced and you're left thinking "Here come the Vikings/Knights of King Arthur/etc" which is a shame when there's so many other cultures to borrow from that most readers would be hard placed to spot the references to. Perhaps fantasy as a genre needs these references in order to function as a story-telling medium or maybe what is considered a fantasy work are too established to permit too much deviation from a set of, if you'll forgive the pun, un-written rules.

If you guys have some good suggestions of books I'm missing out on that aren't based on a psuedo-medieval Europe I'm all ears!


    Charles Saunders "Imaro" series is based on a black warrior in ancient Africa, very non-Euro in style and tone.  The book Imaro is the one to get; there was a second book, but it's just a huge lead up to a third volume that was never published, so stay away from that one.  Dozens of Imaro stories have made their way to fantasy short story collections  and various fantasy magazines over the years, one was even printed in Dragon magazine many years ago.  Unfortunately, his work hasn't been collected so you have to search around or just get lucky to find his Imaro tales.
    Another classic I forgot:  C.L. Moore's Jirel of Joiry tales, easy enough to find in a collected edition.

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Post Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 10:41 pm 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:Comes out tomorrow in stores everywhere!

Amazon just mailed me mine; due here Wednesday. And the new season debuts June 11. Life can be good.


wahay Ian Mcshane! i used to think he was ace in a programme called "Lovejoy" used to watch that all the time - character was great fun.

never watched that Deadwood thing.

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Post Posted: Sun May 28, 2006 10:28 pm 
 

Just finished the new Del Rey Conan collection, "The Conquering Sword of Conan".  I swear I was almost going to cry at the end, realizing that's all the Conan (the REAL Conan) we are ever going to get...it's such a GDamn shame he killed himself at the height of his powers.  After reading Beyond the Black River, The Black Stranger and Red Nails (two other stories are in the collection but don't begin to touch the above three which are his masterpieces) in their original form (unaltered by the tiny little minds of De Camp and Carter) I don't have a clue what to read as a follow up; best thing to do is to give it a rest for a few days until picking out something new.
   As if I need to tell you, go pick up a copy of The Conquering Sword of Conan right now, and skip directly to "Beyond the Black River"....and prepare to be entertained.
  An interesting tidbit, apparantly the much lauded Weird Tales contributed to less Conan in the world; If they would have either accepted more Conan stories from Howard (they actually rejected quite a few) or paid him on time (they got up to half a year behind on payments Howard desperately needed) he might have been encouraged to pen more tales of our favorite barbarian.  Damn that Farnsworth Wright anyway.

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Post Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 2:34 am 
 

Then again, without Wierd Tales, we might never have heard of Robert E. Howard.

If...one...could...go...back and explain to REH that he would become one of the most successful writers of his era....or that one of his characters would become a household names....

I believe that REH might have lived if D&D had existed in his day.  He would not have been a loner and he would have had something to live for.

OF course, no REH...no D&D.  And, if REH had played D&D he might never have written at all.

And.....I just had a good idea for a novel, which I am not going to share.

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:19 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:No, Badmike, I have not even heard of Misericorde.  If it is outside of the five paperbacks I have not seen it.

  Darkness Weaves was the first fantasy book I bought after reading Tolkien.  It was a jarring read...the gore shocked me...the ruthless and hideous evil...I tried hiding the book from my mom, it was so lurid to my 14 year-old eyes.  But you gotta love "heroic" fantasy when the sidekick is named "Arlebas the Assassin" and he is horrifed by the book Kane is reading.

   I believe the Karl Edward Wagner Conan story was Road of Kings.
(Just a ragged memory of a special edition paperback).  Like a lot of the Conan pastiche material, it was not very good.  

   One thing that interests me about those pastiche stories is how many of them fail to get Conan.  The Cimmerian does not save the world.  He does not travel to other worlds.  He does not slip between dimensions or stumble about in search of magical solutions...unless he absolutely has to.  There are no floating castles of ice or faery realms.

    IF you read the REH Conan stories you find that in most of them Conan has a logical, material world to rove about...and he is usually after money.  

   Another thing they can't seem to get right is Conan's age.  Robert Jordan has 18 year-old Conan acting like 40 year-old Conan.  

   Anyway, Kane is a creation to rival Conan.  Too bad there wasnt' more.  Wagner makes us cheer for the badguy and he usually manages to jerk us by the emotional strings while he's doing it.  Kane is also quite evil, but he always seems to be just a little bit less evil than his adversaries...especially the "good" ones.  I think Undertow is the only Kane story where he is entirely unsympathetic...and the irony in that story is wrenching.

   Everyone go out and find Kane.  He's totally worth your time:
Darkness Weaves, Dark Crusade, Bloodstone, Death Angel's Shadow and Night Winds.  If you can only afford one book, get Night Winds.

   One other thought...the Kane artwork, by Frazetta, was some of that artist's best.

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Just received the hardback collection "Midnight Sun" today, which collects all of KEW's Kane fiction under one cover.  This is the best start for those wishing to learn about Kane, as his best stuff was in the short story form.  The book retailed for $75 but can be easily found for $20 or so online (I got mine from Half.com for $20 plus shipping).
    The good: This is complete, with everything for Kane including the contents of Death Angel's Shadow, Night Winds, and all the uncollected short stories including the three "modern"Kane stories, a fragment of an unfinished book, the Elric/Kane crossover and a KEW essay on Conan and Kane. Pretty essential stuff.
    The bad:  Having read three of the stories so far, I've already stumbled across two HUGE typos, one where a line was dropped into another paragraph, another where a paragraph was printed out of sequence (I've read these stories so many dozens of times that these kind of things jump out at me pretty glaringly).  Hard to believe a volume that looks this professional contains such awful mistakes as these.
   However, having all the Kane stores in one convenient package is too great an opportunity to pass up.  The collection of his three novels, Gods in Darkness, still sells for the retail of $70-$90 or so, it's easier to just find the individual novels Bloodstone, Darkness Weaves and Dark Crusade.  But the collection Midnight Sun is a must have.

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:04 pm 
 

The Ebay interest in Midnight Sun is too high for me at the moment.

But...I just thought of another place to look.   :twisted:

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:19 pm 
 

Excellent literary-related post, as usual, Mike, but I'm going to throw out some other possibilities.

Badmike wrote:If they would have either accepted more Conan stories from Howard (they actually rejected quite a few) ...

I'd never heard this — which ones? Wright is on record as disliking Frost-Giant's Daughter, and, IIRC, The Black Stranger was rejected, re-written as Swords of the Brotherhood, and rejected all over again by a different magazine ... (deep breath) ... but, other than that, the record shows a steady stream of Conan submissions, acceptances, and cover appearances. I'd say Wright was more than fair where Conan was concerned.

Badmike wrote:or paid him on time (they got up to half a year behind on payments Howard desperately needed)

Now, this is a very important point, and one that's too often overlooked. REH is on record as saying he would have to seek other markets, as he was spending far too much time badgering Wright for money owed. I also feel strongly that stress over money contributed directly to REH's suicide ... remember, this is a man who had no pretentions to be listed among the "great" authors — he simply wanted to prove that he could make a living through his typewriter and not have to work for other people. To do that, and to retain his hard-fought and much-valued independence, he had to have money — especially money already earned.

Badmike wrote:he might have been encouraged to pen more tales of our favorite barbarian.

I'm not sure. Again, reviewing his correspondence (and what some Howard scholars have surmised), it's clear that REH often felt that he "lost touch" with many of his characters. When that happened, he just moved on, as one might expect from a writer getting paid to write, not wonder why he was losing enthusiasm for his characters. Kull and Solomon Kane are two good examples of this: once REH felt that the characters were no longer going forward, he just stopped penning their adventures.

Even with Wright's slow checkbook, I wonder if the same fate wasn't about to fall upon Conan. Correspondence with his agent at the time reveals that REH was very seriously considering throwing himself full-time into writing Westerns and historical fiction in 1936 and beyond. Of course, we never got to the "beyond" part, so the best any of us can do is speculate.

All of which is my oh-so-long way of saying that we might have seen just about all the Conan we were meant to see. Had REH buried his mother and moved on, instead of being buried with her, I think he might be best remembered today as a 1940s and 1950s writer of Westerns.

Again, pure speculation, though ...

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:00 pm 
 

I think that REH was frustrated at his lack of literary success...as far as literary criticism goes.  His frequent sharp remarks about critics indicate a bit of sour grapes.  His talk before his death was all about starting on a really epic western...and how he had failed to do that yet.

All one needs to do to see how much Howard wanted to write westerns is to read the thinly disguised Last of the Mohicans / Deerslayer / Daniel Boone Conan story known as Beyond the Black River.

What killed Kull was not writer's block...he was killed by market forces associated with Conan. By This Axe I Rule was a failure as a Kull story and a fan favorite as the Conan story, The Phoenix on the Sword.  Conan began right there, already king of Aquillonia and already fighting to keep his throne.

Wierd Tales put REH on the cover a lot...they just didn't pay their bills on time.

A reading of REH's poetry reveals a writer already at odds with the world, wallowing in self-pity and juvenile anger-at-it-all.  A careful reading of poems like Recompense (see the quote below) reveals a sub-theme that REH was most critical of the unheroic person known as...REH.

I think some critics put too much emphasis on the darkness that REH seemed to perceive in the world all around him.  What I read is not fear, but a good imagination and the wish that there really were terrors and adventures hidden in the shadows.

That's why I contend that Dungeons and Dragons might have saved REH's life.  He would have had an outlet for his need for adventure, and (most importantly) friends with whom to share his fantasies.  Of course, he might also never have written a line!  But then, the RPG generation has spawned published writers like no other pop phenomenon short of Middle Earth itself.

Interesting that Solomon Kane is a character that is now quite common in film, television, novels and comics.  Every week there is a new movie about an action hero battling the supernatural.  Just a short list from the top of my head includes The Order, Constantine, The End of Days, The Brothers Grim, Tim Burton's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and (most humorously) Van Helsing.  Toss in TV shows like Nightstalker (old and new versions), Witchblade, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, X-Files, Millenium and all the other supernatural isn't-it-wierd,  talk-to-the-dead shows we saw in the past two years.

All of these owe at least a partial debt to Solomon Kane.  With all of the Solomon Kane stories now in the public domain, we might even see a movie with that character in the near future...if Keanu Reeves isn't too busy.

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:08 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:Just received the hardback collection "Midnight Sun" today, which collects all of KEW's Kane fiction under one cover.

Mike (or someone else), help me to see where I went wrong with Kane.

I've read one short story, and I could hardly stand it. I remember thinking, "This guy is invincible; he cannot lose," and wondering why I was even bothering. It had no suspense factor whatsoever.

OTOH, I respect Wagner a great deal as an editor (The Echoes of Valor series, for one, gave me back REH's "The Black Stranger" in its non-deCamp form) and I enjoyed his Conan pastiche — it is, in fact, the only remotely decent Conan pastiche ever written. And that's high praise from an REH purist.

So I feel like I must have missed something with Kane, or been in a foul mood, or had just been audited, or something. Where did I go wrong? And, if I were to make another attempt, what would be a good introduction to the character?

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:17 pm 
 

Imagine you know nothing about Kane.  Get the book, Darkness Weaves.  Read it.

But, like any artistic work...it also depends when, where and with whom you happened to encounter it.

A part of the heady brew of Kane stories is the ironies inherent in a character who hates his own life, cannot die except by violence, and yet refuses to just let his enemies kill him.  Kane is evil...and yet....  If you must, why not cheer for Kane to die?

Or, read Cold Light from Night Winds.  

Also, I liked some of the poetry Wagner included in his books.  I would pay for that.   :wink:

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:15 pm 
 

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Badmike wrote:Just received the hardback collection "Midnight Sun" today, which collects all of KEW's Kane fiction under one cover.

Mike (or someone else), help me to see where I went wrong with Kane.

I've read one short story, and I could hardly stand it. I remember thinking, "This guy is invincible; he cannot lose," and wondering why I was even bothering. It had no suspense factor whatsoever.

OTOH, I respect Wagner a great deal as an editor (The Echoes of Valor series, for one, gave me back REH's "The Black Stranger" in its non-deCamp form) and I enjoyed his Conan pastiche — it is, in fact, the only remotely decent Conan pastiche ever written. And that's high praise from an REH purist.

So I feel like I must have missed something with Kane, or been in a foul mood, or had just been audited, or something. Where did I go wrong? And, if I were to make another attempt, what would be a good introduction to the character?


         Well, I think the suspense factor is overrated.  Is Conan going to die in any of the 100 stories written about him  by REH and others?  Is James Bond going to die?  Did the Shadow, Doc Savage, Spider, Avenger, any pulp hero ever die? Despite many false alarms, are characters like Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Captain America, ever really going to permanently die?   I could go on and on. The suspense isn't in the fact that the main character is going to die or not, it's how he gets out of his certain death situations, or better yet how he reacts to these situations.  In the stories, Kane is immortal (long lived), but that doesn't mean he can't die from violence.  He actually has several close calls, off the top of my head Raven's Eyrie, Reflections for the Winter of My Soul, Lynortis Reprise, he comes pretty close to death.  The novels have many instances of his escaping by the skin of his teeth.  True, in stories such as Misericorde, Undertow, The Gothic Touch, we have Kane the undefeatible, but in these stories he plays the role of the behind the scenes manipulator.  In these stories he pretty much isnt' even the main character, merely the instigator of actions, and appears onstage less than the secondary characters (his hero REH was apt to use this device with some of his best Conan stories like Beyond the Black River and The Black Stranger).
    But that is the greatness of KEW's Kane stories. His world is one where Kane is merely existing and trying to influence events, and whenever he gets to a position of power and influence, his tragic flaws or circumstance (perhaps the God that cursed him to live forever?) bring him down.  In many of his stories Kane refers to the boredom of his life, and when you think about it, after you have lived thousands of years you might became jaded, amoral and evil yourself.  I think Mark is dead on: He wants to die, but can't bring himself to just die or be killed, his instinct to live is too ingrained.  So he exists in a living hell, and enjoys disbursing that hell to those he meets in his lonely travails.
         One of the reasons I've heard people dislike Kane is because he's evil.  He's not just evil. He's beyond evil.  He's perhaps the greatest anti-hero ever written for fantasy, and often the stories focus on characters trying to destroy or capture him (Raven's Eyrie and Cold Light, for two).  But you start liking the evil bastard, because often the circumstances make his opponents even MORE evil, or sometimes he shows a ray of compassion (to the child in Raven's Eyrie, the female leads in Reflections and Lynortis Reprise), but more often you just have to respect the son of a bitch for the audicity of his plan and wait for his flaw to cause his failure.  Knowing somehow Hamlet and Macbeth are going to mess everything up doesn't make reading Shakespeare any less interesting; I always have the same feeling reading KEW's Kane tales.  
    I think another factor is that Kane stories are almost the exact opposite of what we expect in a fantasy tale, and this works against our expectations in a lot of reader's cases.  The typical fantasy tale: Barbarian hero with more muscles than brains rides into village; superstitious villagers talk of scary monster in the swamp that is overdue to take his monthly sacrifice. Barbarian scoffs at villagers and has a lusty relationship with the taven wench; Tavern wench is taken by monster, who proceeds to beat up Barbarain.  Barbarian regains his senses, hauls ass out into the swamp to defeat the monster and his cultish worshippers by hacking them all to death, rescues the maiden, and gets the gold, riding off into the sunset.  
  The "typical" (there is actualy no such thing) Kane tale might read as follows: Kane, the evil immortal warrior, is running a thieves guild in a large decadent city, hoping to influence his way into a government position and from there to the kingdom b y killing anyone in his way. His path crosses a innocent (yet probably doomed) person or couple who have crossed the paths of a great evil.  Kane decides to help them, either at a whim, or because they or the great evil possess something he needs to rule the kingdom/world.  Through much scheming and sorcerous doings (Kane is no stranger to ancient knowledge or magic) along with his great sword arm, Kane is able to defeat the evil, but rarely is the ending a happy one as either the individual or couple he was going to help has died, Kane himself has lost everything in his bid for power, or the great evil is only avoided for this short time.  Kane ends up running for his life with nothing or musing philosophically on the unfairness and despair of life.
   Not the stuff of typical heroic fantasy.......
    Another turn off for some people is that fact I've mentiond, Kane is often a supporting character in his own stories. I think this is KEW's greatest stroke, actually.  After all the stories, Kane still remains a mystery, his motives and history obscured by legend (is he truly the biblical Cain? and to focus too much on him would reveal to much.  Instead, KEW builds up minor and supporting characters (who CAN die in the story, thus giving them suspense), and characterizes them to the point you are rooting for them to either help Kane destroy the great evil, or to eventually defeat Kane somehow, or to just live through the end of the story (not a given when you cross paths with Kane).  
   Without knowing the short story you read, I would agree some come off as very atypical horror/dark fantasy and you might be confused.  The first story I read was Undertow (in a horror collection no less), I would consider this and Sing A Last Song of Valdese, as atypical in that Kane is not the focus and thus they could be confusing.  It was a couple of years before I tried another Kane tale after reading Undertow since I didn't really like the character from that one story.
   The novels are probably better to start out wih, as they nominally feature Kane as the main character.  Darkness Weaves is the best IMO, I would try this one, and then Bloodstone or Dark Crusade. I consider the short stories superior but they are better to read once one has gotten a hold of the character.  As for the short stories: Two Suns Setting, The Dark Muse, Misericorde, Lynortis Reprise, Reflection for the Winter of my Soul, Cold Light, Raven's Eyrie are all great introductions to Kane and his world, as well as being damn good fantasy tales.  X, if you are a Howard fan, I would consider KEW that closest to that style of writing of anyone I have ever read in fantasy fiction, so do yourself a favor and start looking for it!
    From KEW's essay "The Once and Future Kane":

    "...I thnk there are similarities between Howard's writing and myown that occur because---based on what I've read about Howard and read into his work---Howard and I share certain ideas in our philosophy of writing and of life. Conan's grim (and I think, accurate) prediction of civilization's defeat in the war it wages with barbarism (at the close of Beyond the Black River) is comparable to Kane's nihilistic philosophy that Chaos is a kinetic force that must wage eternal war with the stagnant principle of Order. Howard and I both have a pessimistic, violent concept of existence as a hostile universe in which man is but a chance and inconsequencal phenomenon, significant only in his eyes. Lovecraft felt this, too, of course.  Lovecraft saw mankind as completely at the mercy of forces beyond his comprehension; Howard felt that certain rare individuals (Kull, Conan, Soloman Kane) might for a time brandish the red blade of defiance; Kane carries defiance farther to a state of outright rebellion, of guerilla warfare against the gods."
(Midnight Sun, Pg 435)

KEW goes on to make several excellent points on the difference of REH's brooding, pessimistic  barbarian and the "pseudo-Conans" of the pastiches who has a great time brawling, wenching, drinking and having fun (he agrees with me that REH's Conan was NOT having fun in the majority of stories he wrote).  Great stuff.  X, find one of the novels or short story collections and read the entire thing, then post back here, I'd like to see if one of the entire books could change your mind:

Novels:  Darkness Weaves, Dark Crusade, Bloodstone
Short Story collections: Night Winds, Death Angels Shadow

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:42 pm 
 

Good points, Mike.  Kane is often not the main character in his stories.  

I like the image of Kane as a rebel...a rebel against the gods (God).  He is often only slightly less evil than his opponents....and in a number of stories he is not so much trying to get something as he is trying to avoid boredom, as in The Dark Muse.

Read Kane for the epic battle scenes found in all three novels...and depicted in miniature in Lynortis Reprise.  No one writes a battle scene like Karl Edward Wagner.  

Also, the number of scenes in which Conan drinks and wenches in a tavern...?  The number of REH Conan stories that even have Conan visit a tavern....?

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 8:01 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:Well, I think the suspense factor is overrated.  Is Conan going to die in any of the 100 stories written about him  by REH and others?

Actually, "suspense" was a poor choice of words; you're right, I don't expect authors to kill off their own creations. What I was getting at — and I can't think of a term for it right now — was the sense that Kane was just so much better than everyone around him: he's stronger, smarter, faster, more well-spoken, mose insightful, more clever, and on and on. I found myself wondering if a big "S" would appear on his chest once he removed his breastplate. In D&D terms, it's like he rolled all 18s ... and I just couldn't get behind it.

However, as I mentioned in my original post, I think there's a chance that outside influences (maybe a bad week at work or something) might have also clouded my thinking. So, I'm going to put my money where my mouth is and give it another shot. I just ordered Bloodstone ...

... wait for it ...

... from Badmike's Books and Games. :)

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:46 am 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:
Badmike wrote:Well, I think the suspense factor is overrated.  Is Conan going to die in any of the 100 stories written about him  by REH and others?

Actually, "suspense" was a poor choice of words; you're right, I don't expect authors to kill off their own creations. What I was getting at — and I can't think of a term for it right now — was the sense that Kane was just so much better than everyone around him: he's stronger, smarter, faster, more well-spoken, mose insightful, more clever, and on and on. I found myself wondering if a big "S" would appear on his chest once he removed his breastplate. In D&D terms, it's like he rolled all 18s ... and I just couldn't get behind it.

However, as I mentioned in my original post, I think there's a chance that outside influences (maybe a bad week at work or something) might have also clouded my thinking. So, I'm going to put my money where my mouth is and give it another shot. I just ordered Bloodstone ...

... wait for it ...

... from Badmike's Books and Games. :)


I swear I didn't have an ulterior motive.....no, really...... :twisted:

Mike B.


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:14 pm 
 

Okay, Bloodstone has been received, Mike. However, going along with the sentiments brought forth in this thread, I absolutely refuse to leave you feedback first.

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I almost pulled it off, but I was unable to actually keep a straight face while saying that. It's an even lamer argument when you type it yourself, I guess.

Anyway: book received, feedback left, book in the "reading queue." I'll get back to you with a review.

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 6:22 pm 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:Okay, Bloodstone has been received, Mike. However, going along with the sentiments brought forth in this thread, I absolutely refuse to leave you feedback first.

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I almost pulled it off, but I was unable to actually keep a straight face while saying that. It's an even lamer argument when you type it yourself, I guess.

Anyway: book received, feedback left, book in the "reading queue." I'll get back to you with a review.


Well, I refuse to leave you feedback unless you like the book, AND go out and buy all KEW's work.  It's only fair!

BTW, just reread my copy of Bloodstone after I sent yours off, it had been a few years, just in case you wanted to discuss it when you finished...so let me know, it's fresh in my mind, I"m all ears...... :wink:
I was pleasantly surprised...there were a couple of points I'd forgotten. A couple of spots I winced over; but it still held up nicely.  I actually got a few nice ideas for a swamp campaign I'm setting up. all in all, solidly in between Dark Crusade (lesser) and Darkness Weaves (greater) in KEW's novel trilogy


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