This was the first module that I ever bought, and I did so right when it came out. TSR was just starting to put them out there and I still remember reading through this dungeon and thinking, "We are doing it all wrong. This is AMAZING!"
When I saw a book based on that adventure, I was almost scared to give it a go. I quit playing years ago and one of my fond memories from childhood were the campaigns using SI & S2 (but not in that order since S1 was for VERY high level parties), as well as the G and D series (How long did we wait for "Queen of the Demonweb Pits"?)
This story was fantastic. I was a little bummed at some of the stuff that did not get mentioned. Chasing a demon through the dungeon sort of ruined a few of the encounters. But I still felt like I was witnessing the game being played. It brought back my own recollections, and there were even a few moments where I slapped my forehead and thought, "Why didn't we think of that?"
As for the two main characters, they gave me enough to care about, but the "hirelings" seemed like cardboard cut outs of stereotypical bad guys (yeah...even a Paladin is a "bad" guy here) and I found that to be just a little lame. I get that the desire was for the Ranger and the Faerie to dominate the scene, but to make everybody else an antagonist got tiring. I will venture forth at least one more time. I am somewhat perplexed by the order of the books in this series as well as disappointed that the D Series mods get the treatment but the G series (my personal favorite) seems to have been left out.
I don't normally go for an audio version of a program, but this caught my eye and I risked the credit. Well worth it! The story is a kick and the delivery of the ,lines leave you almost able to picture the physical moments taking place as this is performed. Now I will undoubtedly scour the world for the videos of this hilarious sketch comedy/ comedy-soap. Oh yeah, there are a few running gags!
As a long time fan of Bruce Campbell, it was sort of interesting to hear him talk about things that were far from glamorous when it comes to the life of a "movie star" in the industry. He also gave some fun backstories to a few of those films you know you love if you are even bothering to glance at this title.
The only downside is that this book was written well before "Burn Notice" took off and became a bit of a hit. It would have been fun to hear about some of that part of what has now become perhaps a nudge closer to B+ as far as his acting status is concerned.
If you want something fluffy and full of pretentious nonsense, read the tabloids. If you want a real guy to tell you how it really is, this is a fun read.
Having Bruce read his own book made it that much better. You felt like you were just hanging out and he was telling you his tale.
It is always a difficult prospect when you read the works of your peers. You "know" them and they "know" you through various circles and crossed paths. So, when I picked up T.W. Piperbrook's Contamination Box Set, I did so knowing that I might have to hurt some feelings. Thankfully, that is not the case.
I found this series to be entertaining. Perfect? No. But very little is in the world of zombie fiction. What works for one may not do so for another. My rule is that I have to be honest, despite what might result because of it. (The Indie scene can be a nasty place for those not in the know.)
Here is what REALLY worked for me. For one, this was not standard zombie fare. This had a story as to why, and it was definite and (mostly) plausible. It has some elements of a conspiracy theorist's wet dream. Evil government plot, delusions of grandeur. All that good stuff to make you mistrust the government. The story did not rely heavily on gore, but rather on real(-ish) people who, for the most part (more on that in a sec) act normal and have real feelings and emotions. They were not all "Hey, it's the apocalypse, so we can just switch over to where killing people even if they are bad is an okay thing."
On the down side, the "evil" government types were a mix of ruthless killers with a plan and the Keystone Kops. They fell victim to being a bit cliche and reminded me a little too much of "Rhodes" from the Romero "Day of the Dead". I would have been more impressed if the bad guys won in this one. It reminded me of when I saw "Predator" in the theaters. If Arnold would have died in the end instead of surviving the atomic blast, it would have been an all-time classic instead of just another 80s action flick.
Overall, this story has some great elements and is worth the time to pick up and sink into for a while. The narration sometimes gets a bit much when Mr. Duran is trying to "shout" or sound excited. However, when he is simply telling the story, his voice is velvety smooth.
The first thing I will say is that THIS BOOK SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING. Okay, I got that out of my system. But seriously, this book does an excellent example of pointing out the "culture of crass self-absorption" that we have allowed to overtake society. The thing is, if we keep waiting for the other person to make a change, we will just continue to spiral down the toilet. There is a lot in here about some very interesting and creative (as well as SAFE) ways to confront societal rudeness.
I stand by my statement that this should become a text for high school and/or college classes to be built upon. Maybe, one person at a time, we can bring some sense of civility back to our little neck of the woods.
It is nice to get a strong female protagonist in the many post-apocalyptic tales on the market today.
How a woman's view can change over time, even when dealing with monsters.
I adore Pamela Lorence. I do have another series that she narrates and listen to it everyfew months for a chuckle and a reminder before embarking on the next book in that series.
Death from BELOW!
This is a fantastic story and well worth a listen.
I felt it was a real treat to listen to professionals really bring this to life.
The story is wonderful and has been re-imagined many times over the years to greater and lesser degrees of success. It is a treat to sit down with a comedy of this sort and just enjoy its beauty.
This audible title is a must for every Christmas season. It does not take long, and it is so worth the time. Yes, it is a classic, but Tim Curry's narration of the audio book version can't be missed. I will make this an annual event; perfect to enjoy during holiday baking.
The series is interesting. I am actually reading/listening to it in an effort to study the genre more closely. This episode was sort of peculiar. I could see some development in Georgina, but her supporting cast remains somewhat cardboard-like. (Opposed to those in Kim Harrison's series.) The "ambrosia of the gods" was a nice line. It sort of reminded me of meth. Having a blast from the past helped build some more of the backstory, but I am still not totally hooked. I did enjoy some of the humor and the sex scenes offered a bit of a clinic as to what the target demographic (mainly women in this case) will accept. I will sally forth and hope it continues to get better.
This is something that I stumbled on quite by accident while looking at some of this production company's assorted titles. It was free so I gave it a shot, using this as I am sure it is intended: to see if the story hooks me enough to want to check out some of this author's other stuff.
I just added several books to my wish list so I would not forget.
First, the cons: it gets a bit vulgar for vulgarity's sake. Yes, I know that this is an adult book, but the narration does not need to read like it is a sailor on leave. Make your point with more creativity. And the climactic scene where torture is preferable to killing had me sort of scratching my head.
The pros: This tale is raw and visceral. It grabs you almost right away and does not let go. As a writer, I can appreciate somebody who grabs me with the first sentence or phrase. The descriptive nature is fantastic.
The narrator was a perfect fit. He sounded every bit the part.
I grabbed this book after finishing the Kim Harrison "The Hollows" series. This is actually one of the books suggested to me by my female beta readers of my "That Ghoul Ava" series. This series was recommended because it is considered to have some excellent examples of what female readers are looking for in the paranormal romance/urban adventure genre.
I enjoyed it, but I might still be too fresh from the adventures of Rachel Morgan. I did not really connect with Georgina. I felt that some of the supporting cast were a bit flat, but what did work for me was getting doses of adventure mixed in with Georgina's back story.
I did find the way writers are portrayed in this book. Georgina's infatuation bordered on rock star status for Seth. And then there is Roman. This is the horns of a dilemma that Ms. Kincaid will likely have to figure out whilst whatever new mysteries crop up through the series.
I look forward to book 2 so that I can perhaps see how this potential budding love triangle might evolve.
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