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8-24-2008 @ 3:53PM
Knaak is a bit too self serving for my taste, using his own (rather humdrum) characters from his first warcraft foray and injecting them into a major lore event, rewriting it so that he could do so. His dragons were a bit lacklustre as well, they became generic 'people with power' rather than inhuman behemoths tied to the world. His work usually heralds changes in the lore as we know it, my least favourite was when the Trilogy of the Sunwell revealed that the sunwell had not in fact been simply corrupted but blew up. One heard a clumsy retcon a-coming that day.Christie Golden is more acceptable in this way, writing about already established characters in notable events. However her style is a touch 'literal'. When describing a warlock summoning a demon, she actually goes into the whole channelling a spinning purple cube.The Last Guardian fares better, few noticeable jarring changes.To be honest though, the best bits of Warcraft fiction to be found thus far have been the information on backgrounds, units and factions found in the RTS and WoW manuals. The timeline hosted on the WoW site was also pretty good, before the Draenai botch occured.
8-24-2008 @ 3:55PM
Of course most of this is personal taste... apart from the Draenai botch and the Knaak criticism.
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