one of my favorite writters wow :)makes a stroy for my favorite character ( from the ones that idint create)
I have read many of the wow books but none of his other work and though them ok. Is it worth my time?
>Mages and paladins are some of my favorite classes, and I tend towards Humans and Night Elves for my race...does he play a red-head human mage? :<
...does he play a red-head human mage? :<That was my immediate thought, too. XD
Meh, Knaak. I prefer Christie Golden.I mean, he's okay. I just like Christie Golden better.
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>Mages and paladins are some of my favorite classes, and I tend towards Humans and Night Elves for my race...does he play a red-head human mage? :<Mhm. And by night elves, he means wimpy cheerleaders, not the primal elves that the kaldorei actually are.
If this book is anywhere near as good as his other works then this book will be a great read. I have read his and Goldens works. They are both very talented writers. I am looking forward to reading this.
I liked his Diablo series of books.
Nice interview, Great writer =)Only books by him i´ve read is the War of the Ancients trilogy, but damn, that was the best books i´ve ever read!
Nice interview, Great writer =)Only books by him i´ve read is the War of the Ancients trilogy, but damn, that was the best books i´ve ever read!Really? :\\I tried reading the first book... Forced myself through 3/4 of it over three weeks or so, and then I borrowed the first Dexter book from the library, and blew through it in two days.Knaak's not bad, so to speak. I'm sure there are many worse. I mean, I've never had anything published (though I have my aspirations, of course). I just don't enjoy reading his books. They feel so disconnected from the rest of the lore. More new characters are introduced in his books than any other Warcraft books that I've read, for one thing. In addition, those characters are almost always super-special or unique in some way. Brox and his special enchanted wooden axe. Rhonin, the time-travelling mage who can hear night elves walking in his sleep, has a magic liquid metal sword (which appears nowhere else in the lore), and has super-special half-elf twins which are destined for greatness. Lucan Foxblood, the super-special snowflake who happens to be the only human to ever be born in the Emerald Dream, who was saved by Eranikus himself.In addition, I don't especially like his writing. Descriptions of clothing alone can take a paragraph or two. I rarely connect with any of the characters. When I first heard about Thura in Stormrage, I was excited to hear about another member of the Saurfang family, but she ended up being so flat and boring that I really didn't care if she died by the end of the book. Just another stereotypical ugly, dumb, and smelly orc woman. Not that I would have preferred her being a super-special snowflake, either. There has to be some middle ground.Another issue, albeit a small one, is chapter length. I'm sure this wouldn't be so much of a problem if reading the books was such an uphill battle, but when I force myself through a 30-40 page chapter (approximately, don't have a book in front of me to check, just going by memory), I don't want to start another one once afterwards.Maybe it's just me. I don't like Night Elves as they are portrayed in Knaak's books, and I've only read most of the Well of Eternity and Stormrage. I prefer the more vicious way they were portrayed in Warcraft 3. I didn't mind the short bits with Orgrimmar, Undercity and Stormwind in Stormrage. But as much as I love orcs, I expected to like Thura and Brox more than I did, and I found that I just couldn't get into them. It felt like I was reading fan-fiction, rather than real, living lore.Overall, I just liked Golden's style more. She makes me care about the characters. Arthas wasn't her best work, but even that I finished in just a few days. Her books feel more professional, and more genuine.So Knaak, if you're reading this (I know I'd read any interview that a website did for me), I really don't mean to be so harsh, I'm just trying to tell it as I see it. I know that you have all your own rationalizations, and I've probably heard a lot of them. I had my own rationalizations when I had my own fan-lore. But, as it turns out, it was still--to use a cliche--mary-sue. It didn't mesh with the existing lore very well, and my main character was way more important, powerful, and unique than any original character should be.All I ask is that you look at it from a roleplayer's perspective: If it's an existing lore character, it should be played believably and without conflict with the existing lore (like Tyrande's transformation from angry night elf %$#@& in Warcraft 3 to a tender, loving sweetie in War of the Ancients. She got some of her teeth back in Stormrage, but she was still pretty different in Stormrage than she was portrayed in the original material.) Original characters should play a support role, fleshing out the lore, rather than carrying it.
ZAM: do you play wow?Kanaak: I do.ZAM: can you be a bit more specific?Kanaak: I do play more alliance than horde........no kidding sherlock :P we kinda figured that one out for ourselves.
While I'm a fan of anything featuring Night Elves and druids, there were some issues that made Stormrage somewhat less than enjoyable for me.One major problem was its pace. The conflict was established quickly, and got going pretty early on. Action in a story isn't a bad thing and Stormrage's pace was cool at first, but the action kept up for almost the entire book, and I started getting burned out about halfway through. The non-stop action also seemed to reduce other important aspects of storytelling, exposition was handled on the fly, and things never seemed to slow down enough for any meaningful character moments or development. I'm always up for a good action story, but I was also hoping to see cool moments with characters I cared about, or gain some more insight into the culture of my favorite Warcraft race, but apart form a couple brief druid meetings and a few offhand remarks, there was very little of that. Without those elements as a backdrop, the story lacked some "color" for me.********************Spoiler warning here*****************The other major problem with the novel was its plot devices. The overall conflict of the novel was an interesting concept, but the way it played out seemed incredibly overdone. The good guys moved against the bad guy, who anticipated their plan and used it for his own purposes. The good guys recover and try again, once more playing into the enemy's hands. Rinse, repeat, etc etc. The characters fought a dragon, moved on, fought another dragon, teleported, fought nightmare apparitions, took a portal, fought another dragon, teleported again, had another fight, flew somewhere else, fought, ported, fought, hearthed, fought, flew, fought, ad nauseam. All the fast-travel devices in the book made the story lack focus, and made it less believable for me.The biggest plot problem to me was how the conflict was resolved. All through the book, the characters spent so much effort on ventures that seemed to have little to no positive impact on the struggle. Malfurion was freed from the Dream, but the bad guy wanted that to happen. Ysera was captured, and since she was vital to the fight against the Nightmare, the good guys went to great lengths freeing her, only to have her pass out in exhaustion, leaving them back at square one. Only after every long, complex attempt at defeating the enemy had failed to improve the situation did the real solution emerge: Malfurion simply needed to get psyched up enough to defeat the Nightmare with his own druid powers. I was left wondering what the point of all the battles, all the rescue attempts, all the last-ditch hail-marys were, when all Malfurion had to do from the start was to buck up, get in tune with nature, and mentally kick the Nightmare out of town.To top it all off, the book ended with Malfurion and Tyrande getting married. Yep, apparently these two have just been boyfriend/girlfriend for the last 10,000 years. While the ceremony itself was a very nice moment, and was enjoyable in that sense, the sheer absurdity of the idea that these two are only just now tying the knot really pulled me out of the story. In addition, this is the first mention (as far as I know) of any type of Kaldorei marital relationship, but the book failed to provide any real details on how it worked, what it entailed, and so on. The wedding ceremony in the book was obviously an unorthodox example, and as a lore fan, I was disappointed.********************Spoiler warning ends*****************In some respects, Stormrage was an interesting read, mostly due to my investment in the Night Elves and the druids, and it provided some long-awaited answers, as well as opened up areas for future stories. The action scenes, while repetitive, were entertaining, and the descriptions of the Nightmare were quite well done. However, it's pacing made it more exhausting than anything, while the shallow character presentation and hard to swallow plot devices really detracted from what I think the novel could have been.
Richard Knaak said:Mages and paladins are some of my favorite classesI am suddenly ashamed that those are my favorites. Knaak's not bad, so to speak. I'm sure there are many worse. I mean, I've never had anything published (though I have my aspirations, of course). I just don't enjoy reading his books. They feel so disconnected from the rest of the lore. Indeed, but you might want to avoid saying that on the awful forums.Knaak is the average media tie-in author. Which is to say, he writes licensed fanfics. And in his case, it's obvious. same herechristie golden is reall goodAs media tie-in authors go, she's good. As novelists in general go? I've managed to acquire and read some of her original works. She's okay, but she's certainly no Margaret Atwood or Vonda N. McIntyre.Even so, I'd rather read her work than Knaak's any day.
favorite authoress Agatha Christie....is hard for me to find a better one :P
favorite authoress Agatha Christie....is hard for me to find a better one :PI have found my soulmate.