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10-18-2010 @ 9:10PM
I've only read two Warcraft Books so far; Stormrage and Arthas. I didn't really like either. Arthas felt like a bunch of deleted scenes put into a book rather than a full-fledged novel and Stormrage was agonizingly slow to get started and had some seriously boring characters.However, out of the two I'd have to say I liked Stormrage the better. Why? Well, it wasn't a good book but it was at least exciting. It started out mind numbingly slow but by the last third I generally found myself interested in the characters' survival and how they were going to "save the world" as corny as it may sound. Arthas felt like someone else was playing Warcraft III for me, except poorly and without any of the suspense. Stormrage felt like I was watching some cheesey Saturday morning cartoon; stupid, yes, but entertaining in a "oooh look there's really big dragons and explosive magic" kind of way. There's a side to Warcraft that is about drama and characters but there's also a goofy, colorful angle of "hey, I just want to watch that guy make that tree explode and hear elves talk about nonsense". It's not something I would write, but I can see how someone like Knaak would arrive there and why there are WoW fans out there who enjoy reading it.I'm definitely checking out this latest book though. As long as it feels more like a concise narrative than a collection of lore pieces.
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