Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Runescape Reader's Recommendations

Elric: The Stealer of Souls

Knifestorm's review: Some fantasy stories cannot easily be transplanted from their native books into a computer game. Michael Moorcock's stories of Elric of Melniboné fit that mode. Elric is an antihero of epic proportions. He is king of a decadent people whom he despises. He is a weakling albino who must take drugs to survive. Then he finds the evil sword Stormbringer which grants him power but demands to be fed souls. The Elric character descends into journeys of self annihilation which seem to reflect the era in which they were written (think rock-and-roll, drugs, the Cold War, and Vietnam). The imagery and stories will stick with you for a long time, even if you don't want them to. Rumor is that three (count them three) movies are being made to tell the Elric story, but I'm sure they will pale in comparison to the books.

The Fencing Master

Knifestorm's review: It's 19th century Spain and an end of an era, when men of honor duel they pick up pistols and leave the swords behind. . . but there are still a few traditionalists. Don Jaime Astarloa is The Fencing Master who still teaches the art of swordsmanship and is in pursuit of the perfect thrust - a sword attack for which there is no possible defense. Astarloa is an almost scholarly character who becomes embroiled in political intrigue and murder. Oh . . . and he has a new student . . . a woman . . . a beautiful woman . . . scandal! This book is so good that I ended up reading four others by the same author, but none of them can match The Fencing Master.


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The Gunslinger

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Infinite Jest

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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

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If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor

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