mouseferatu: (Default)
If I wanted to read some David Gemmell, but I wanted an individual book--either not part of a series at all, or part of a series where each book stands alone--where should I start?
mouseferatu: (En garde!)
Some people use "traditional fantasy" or "typical fantasy" like they're bad words. But as long as they're well written, I still find few things as satisfying or fun to read as "typical fantasy."

In many cases, I'd actually rather see someone do something really cool with a common trope than go in a completely unique direction. Not always, obviously, but often. Tropes are frequently tropes for a good reason.

Durn kids

Sep. 17th, 2008 06:58 pm
mouseferatu: (RPG)
Okay, an announcement for all the younger fantasy gamers who might not be familiar with some of the older source material (inspired by complaints on multiple forums by a certain item's inclusion in the new Adventurer's Vault D&D book)...

Ahem...

The "ornithopter" is not a creation of Magic: the Gathering!! It's existed in fantasy since the days of old pulp sword and sorcery! It appears multiple times in the Elric saga!

Gah!

Thank you.
mouseferatu: (weirdos)
I hold several opinions that would make me unpopular in the Geek World. I shall reveal a number of them here, so people may get together and lynch me en masse, rather than stepping on each other's toes trying to do it separately.

1) Most (not all, but most) of the changes made to the Lord of the Rings movies were improvements upon the source material.

2) The two Matrix sequels improved upon the original, in as much as the first Matrix is much better when viewed through the lens of (and info presented in) the other two.

3) The new Forgotten Realms setting is more interesting overall--again, not in all ways, but more so than not--than it was pre-reboot.

4) A Song of Ice and Fire is not the Second Coming of fantasy fiction.

5) Sean Connery is not the best James Bond ever.

6) The new Battlestar Galactica is not the best sci-fi TV show ever made. Depending on how broadly one defines sci-fi, it's not even in the top five.

7) Tom Baker is not the best Doctor ever.

8) Darth Maul, while great for fight scenes, was a boring character who did not deserve more screen time.

9) Conan was not Robert Howard's greatest creation.

I could come up with more, but those should get me tarred and feathered right nicely. Maybe more later.

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