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10-23-2010 @ 7:03PM
10-23-2010 @ 7:10PM
Rage away to your hearts content!Just try and make it about something he said in the interview that annoyed you - we've all heard enough "KNAAAAK" comments by now, right?I still haven't read the guy's non-manga books yet, but I find his response to "do you play the game" interesting when contrasted and compared to Christie Golden's answer to the same question (hers being "yes, lots", essentially, compared to Knaak's "no, not really". I think the answer he's supplied there is a little bit iffy - yes, he has to work for a living, but so do the rest of us, and we manage to find time to play somewhere - I know if my job was writing about the game I'd make the effort to learn as much about it as I could...
10-23-2010 @ 7:17PM
I dunno, I still quite enjoy a good KNAAAAAAAK post.there's got to be some absolution therapy we're doing by seeing/posting this stuff.oh, and this post is getting an /obligatoryKNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK
10-23-2010 @ 7:44PM
Just be happy he didn't say "leviathan" throughout the entire interview. I'm very proud of him and I shall give him a cookie as a reward.
10-23-2010 @ 7:51PM
I like how his response to anything that people don't like about his books seems to be "Don't blame me, it's Blizzard's fault!"
10-23-2010 @ 8:02PM
The thing is Knaak did some very good work fleshing out dragons and creating the Dragon Aspects. The reason they have an Accord and are more than creeps are because of him.The thing is, when he strays from existing characters and starts forcing his own, there starts being a little too much "Writer on Board" and "Author Avatar"- pardon my tropes.
10-24-2010 @ 3:04AM
At the risk of being thumbed-down infinitely, I'd like to go on record saying I absolutely loved Stormrage./ducks in coverWhy? Lines like "I don't want your damned candle!" :D I loved the little details. As an alchemist, the creative use of Dreamless Sleep Potions made me laugh. Likewise, the description of hearthstones as a rare artefact seemed to be a joke shared with the reader. There was a lot of acknowledgement of the players within the novel (the group of adventurers who free Naralex from the Wailing Caverns, for example) and many of the most powerful heroes were written among the first to fall prey to the Emerald Dream, but perhaps people were miffed about their personal favourites missing out on the action?People argue that Knaak's characterization is weak. While it's true that he focuses on the hero in action as opposed to the hero in everyday life (like Golden) I don't know that characterization is so much weak as contrary to the reader's preference. I've heard numerous female readers complain about how Tyrande is portrayed, ironically because she's not powerful enough. (How dare she learn from Azshara's pride? Where's the self-assured leader from Warcraft III who thoughtlessly slaughters Maiev's Wardens to free Illidan, then gets herself captured by Illidan, overwhelmed by the Scourge, and then saved by Illidan in The Frozen Throne?)As for the characters being too powerful, many of the heroes of Azeroth fall prey to the Emerald Nightmare before the novel even begins. Ultimately the heroes triumph, but then we knew they would, didn't we? The game must go on...
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