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10-23-2010 @ 10:12PM
I've been going through the warcraft lore books recently, starting with the warcraft archive... I enjoyed every author in there, including knaak. Some parts were a little drier than I would have liked, I skimmed parts of knaak's stuff because it was just uninteresting. However it wasn't completely horrible. Day of the dragon was decent (except the dry bits), and I found the characters likable, even Rhonin. However, hitting up the war of the ancients trilogy... it's like chewing thick paste. It's like.. wtf happened? All these exciting and awesome characters and situations are in there... but you have to wade through this thick forest of 'omg my characters are awesome'. Christine Golden's treatment of Arthas was pretty decent, very quick read but half the time felt like a wowwiki entry, especially if one's gone through WC3. Despite that, she's still a lot easier to read than Knaak, and I'm looking forward to reading the shattering soon because I trust her as an author. Maybe that's what it comes down to, I don't trust Knaak's characterization or character creation. I don't trust his writing. Franchise writing is tough though. Look at the star trek books.. I only like one author out of the thousands (Peter David) and he's polarized fans also - I guess it boils down to taste and trust. I don't trust knaak, so I don't enjoy his writing... others may, so they do.
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