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2-23-2010 @ 2:12PM
With this... honest and forthright review of the novel, I'm pretty sure that your disclaimer at the beginning isn't needed at all.That said... you miss the bigger question - is it worth reading? I'm almost positive that it isn't good, but does it contain any real interesting lead up into the next expansion?Are there things here that will leave us scratching our heads if we don't pick up the book before the expansion?
2-23-2010 @ 2:18PM
"Despite all of that, I do recommend reading it eventually. A lot of the events in this novel will be reflected in Cataclysm and other future World of Warcraft content." Please finish reading an article before asking questions about it....
2-23-2010 @ 2:28PM
Nice, and thanks for assumption of charity - I mean who would think that a guy asking about a novel actually... you know, reads stuff.Let me rephrase that for the smart alec in audience - is there anything that we actually need to know in the novel?I know there's the comparison between Varian's return and the comics... and a vague allusion that there's more...But are the there actual plot points in the expansion that are covered? Or is this just a teaser (in the reviewer's opinion) or using other media to cover up loose ends in the game.
2-23-2010 @ 2:32PM
wouldn't surprise me if the stuff happening in this book coincides with the pre-cataclysm events, then again I've been wrong before.
2-23-2010 @ 2:35PM
It's not about the Cataclysm event itself, all of that will be in the Cataclysm novel(s) coming up, but it does have a strong impact on many storylines in WoW right now. The Emerald Dream specifically is a massive part of this novel.
2-23-2010 @ 2:48PM
Hey, thanks for the reply.I know you might not be able to answer this as a) it might have spoilers, and b) you don't have a crystal ball...... but do those events actually matter at all?As an example, most of what happens ... of the Dragon books, really isn't all that relevant to the game, is it? Most of it, it seems to me, takes place off in its own little pocket reality of WoW, inside Knaack's own little universe, where Rhonin and Krasus have their little escapades, but it doesn't really matter at all for the larger story line.(OR its some time travel nonsense, and it actually turns out Rhonin is responsible for every important event in the history of Warcraft, so no one else is actually important.)Is the book, more or less like that , or do you get the feeling that it actually advanced the game/lore/universe in some way?I understand that, in part, its not all Knaack's fault - after all, he's writing the history of the game, and its stuff that we know, but just not in detail. And this is really a new opportunity for writers to craft new things (well, I guess they can in the comic)... but from your reading is:1) Classic Knaack- not much actually matters 2) Like the bad parts of Deathknight, where we're hoping for some cool new intel (like why he has a skele instead of ghoul, or where its name comes from)... and its a let down3) actually new, interesting info like the good parts of Deathknight and we learn new things that actually matter in game?
2-23-2010 @ 2:49PM
It advances the plot of the Emerald Dream significantly. If they ever bring up that subject again in WoW, what happened in Stormrage will most certainly matter. I think that's all that I can say without getting into spoiler territory.
2-23-2010 @ 3:04PM
It wraps up a couple of storylines that have been open since WoW's release, and they're not small storylines - they're ones that should have a fairly significant impact on the night elves at the very least. The Emerald Dream and a few key characters get a lot of attention.Whereas the other books were mostly history, this one is more connected to current events, and while I generally can't stand Knaak's writing, this particular book was actually fairly enjoyable. Go ahead and read it, it's not that bad, and there actually is current lore value. :3
2-23-2010 @ 3:05PM
Seeing how the xpac is in closed F&F alpha, I don't think anyone can answer your question. maybe you could ask this again once the xpac is in open beta, and people might have a clue as to how much of the novel is "needed" to understand events, quests, NPCs related to the xpac. until then, read the book or don't read the book.
2-23-2010 @ 3:11PM
"The book addresses a number of Night Elven plots and storylines that have been hanging loose for years now."Anything about that stupid Scythe of Elune?
2-23-2010 @ 4:21PM
@hollow leviathonActually the alliance gave that to the worgen in the grizzly hills.
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