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10-08-2011 @ 2:03PM
Video game tie-in novels have always been mediocre. Some are decent, some are bad, but it's very rare for them to be good. Look at the Forgotten Realms Baldur's Gate book. Forgotten Realms was an awesome universe with tons of great stories in it, but that book is bad b/c it's a video game tie-in. Even though WOW has all of this awesome lore, it's very hard for authors to take characters that other people have created and that you can't develop yourself except within some strict confines and make the story awesome. It can be good but most will be mediocre to poor.As for author recommendations, I would strongly recommend Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series or Anne McCaffrey's Pern series. Both have strong male and female characters and very few Mary Sue characters. Valdemar is more about mind powers (telepathy, empathy telekinetics) with some magic involved and Pern is more about dragons and the society that has been brought up around them and their riders. If you like Butcher, Ari Marmell's "The Goblin Corps" is an awesome one shot novel. It's a story from the evil side that is unabashedly evil. It's laugh out loud funny too.
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