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1-28-2010 @ 2:53PM
Dunno if I'm going to pick this one up or not... I read "Day of the Dragon" and wasn't terribly impressed. Don't get me wrong, I have no real problem with the "Rhonin-Sue" controversy... but when someone calls a dragon a "leviathan" or (even worse IMHO) refers to eyes as "orbs" more than once in a paragraph, much less a page... just kind of awkward to read, at least for me.I bought the War of the Ancients trilogy at the same time as DotD... haven't cracked it open yet. I'll give it a chance before passing final judgement on Knaack, but if the style hasn't improved I'm afraid I'll have to pass on the rest of his books. I'm not saying he's a BAD writer, he just has little quirks that get under my skin and keep me from getting truly immersed in the story (from what I've seen so far).
1-28-2010 @ 3:01PM
Here. I'll say it for you:He's a bad writer. -- though "awkward" is a good way to describe his overwrought and clunky style.Loyalists, feel free to downrank me -- I will respond with quotes from The Sundering, one of the worst books I have ever forced myself to read.On a different note, I think this book's release is further evidence that Cataclysm will arrive sooner or later.Also, I'm guessing that the Emerald Nightmare will not end up being an expansion unto itself, as has often been posited, but will instead be Patch 4.1 or 4.2And one last interesting tidbit: I was using the Repair utility the other day, and as it was scanning through all my data files, I happened to look up and see a few of the files' names race past, and they were labeled "Emerald Dream" -- anybody know what those might could be??
1-28-2010 @ 3:08PM
He is a bad writer. He repeats himself quite a lot, as you noticed. It was particularly bad in Night of the Dragon, though the plot in that one was weak too.
1-28-2010 @ 3:19PM
hm. meant to say "sooner rather than later"yes, we need an edit featurehm. maybe this is what happened to Knaak -- he just had bad editors (or no editors at all -- he just wrote his book, clicked a button, and DAMN! it was too late to fix it)
1-28-2010 @ 3:21PM
He IS a terrible writer.
1-28-2010 @ 3:22PM
Those files have been in the game since the release.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5oHucJj90s
1-28-2010 @ 3:36PM
He -is- a terrible writer. I mean, he named his star Mary Sue character Rhonin. Ugh!
1-28-2010 @ 4:53PM
I think it's really a matter of personal opinion, personally I like his books, sure they aren't the best I've read but I still enjoy them.
1-29-2010 @ 1:54PM
I tried reading the War of the Ancients trilogy, and I don't think I made it past the first chapter of the first book. It read like fanfiction--and not even good fanfiction. Clunky, awkward, inexperienced fanfiction. The kind written by someone who's trying very hard but hasn't yet learned that their thesaurus ISN'T always their best friend.
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