Post by hynreck on Dec 6, 2013 16:42:22 GMT
From another salvage operation lead by Mudworm (thanks!). I've said this a few times now, but this one review does seems really really short. I'm afraid of the amount of insanities I'll have to unleash to bring this up to a respectable size. Cause surely I don't remember much about this book? Or worse, I remember other folks opinion...
I finished this new book a couple of days ago (years ago now!) and was overall pleased with the experience. The background opening was a wee bit on the ridiculous side of things, just a quick excuse to put you in the setting, but roaming the streets of Ashkyos was overall a great experience. I would agree that the first part of the book was the best, but the ending section wasn't bad either, just the middle part that dragged on and on with nearly only consumption of meals to break the monotony. I thought the encounter with the bad guy at the end was also rather weak (this is NOT Balthus Dire) but there's a nice twist with a good link with the rest of the story that kind of makes up for this. (Overall, it feels as if this review was in response to some specific comments made prior my post, which is entirely possible, but hard to properly verify. Probably explain why it feels a bit disconnected, but I have neither time nor energy to do it all again. Eventually, when I play this game for real I might update or offer a new review, until then...)
The cover illustration is indeed pretty bad. Not atrocious, but let's say it's no wonder it's Les Edwards least favourite. I thought the same creature was much better in the inside illo. About those, I also thought that David Gallagher's illos were much better overall than his last work in Fangs of Fury. Far less distortion between the foreground and background, nothing funky. Pretty solid stuff. Apparently I've also got the first edition of the book as I'm lacking the colour map on the inside cover as told in the book. Only the basic black and white near the background. Shame I guess. So, not my favourite book, but still a great way to pass the time, so I'd give it a thumbs up! (all FF or gamebooks are great way to pass the time, in any case. How much time you indeed lose to one though is entirely dependent on its quality)
Well, I don't really see how I could improve on this with my actual limited knowledge. I can probably make it a whole lot worse, though, so I'll leave it alone for now.
Thanks for reading!! (can't stay serious for a second, if I had a twin, he'd be dead by now and I'd have no problem playing Van Gogh in a futur play)