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Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 8:16AM pid said

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I tried to listen to the audiobook of "Deceived" but it couldn't compete by far with "real" authors. Like GRRM, Erickson, Stephenson or Heitz, which I'm currently reading...

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 8:38PM MrGutts said

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@pid

What books are you talking about?
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Posted: Dec 10th 2011 12:54PM pid said

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@MrGutts @

What do you refer to?

The "Deceived" audiobooks I didn't like:

http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Old-Republic-Deceived/dp/0345511387/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323539220&sr=1-1

I didn't read the book, I'm refering to the audiobook...

The ones I'm enjoying are:

GRRM's "A Dance with Dragons":

http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Dragons-Song-Fire-ebook/dp/B003YL4LYI/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323539324&sr=1-2

Steven Erikson's "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_sc_0_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=steven+erikson&x=0&y=0&sprefix=steven+erick

And finally Markus Heitz, which I'm reading in German, don't know how good/bad the translations to English are:

(had to remove the URL but just search for "Dwarves" and his name, markus heitz)

Sorry about the long URLs and that they all point to Amazon, but this was the quickest way I could respond. They are available from many retailers, so no endorsement on my part. Just a quick copy/paste response :)

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Posted: Dec 10th 2011 12:59PM pid said

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@MrGutts I forgot:

http://www.nealstephenson.com/

This guy wrote "Snow Crash", epic post-cyberpunk novel that influenced quite a lot computer scientists (just to say one of many: his "skyphone" describes something that is... practically Skype today... but he wrote the book many years before Skype, same for MMOs and VR, avatars and whatnot...).
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 8:23AM (Unverified) said

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I have read all the novels so far, and have enjoyed them all. While you will still understand the story in game without the novels they do give you that extra bit of knowledge and personality about characters that most ever know. For example in deceived you learn much about Malgus and his nature.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 8:26AM MMOaddict said

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Sometimes. I read the EQ2 novels and they weren't really that good and seemed to be just like EQ2's stories, lol. Shallow and a bit meaningless.

Read the GW2 novels though and actually liked them. I read the WoW novels too, those tend to be pretty good, for the most part. This last one, Wolfheart, I'm having trouble getting into it. It's a bit slow in the beginning.

Tempted to read the SWTOR novels, maybe they will help me get over the static zone feel when playing the game, you know, lack of npcs doing anything meaningful, lack of ambience with small animals, birds, etc.

Would love to read novelizations of other MMOs, too. Rift could use some as well as FFXI.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 8:28AM johnnic1235 said

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I've read the two City of Heroes novels and liked them a lot. CoH does a really good job with it's backstory, and the novels added to that - I was sad they stopped doing them.

I've also read "Fatal Alliance" as SWTOR runs up to launch. I couldn't shell out for the hardbacks, though. "Fatal Alliance" was solid, and it was clear that the author was trying to get one of each character class in the book. I'd like to read the others when they reach paperback. I think the other fit more directly into the game's storyline.

Overall, it's a trend I like and support.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 8:29AM DarkWalker said

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Depends on whether or not I feel like the game-tied novels can stand on their own. If the only reason to read them is the game tie-in, I most likely won't read them. If they are good on their own accord, a game tie-in is another reason to read them.
Do note that it's rare for me to pass a week without reading at least one book, so it's not actually any big effort for me to read game-based books.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 8:32AM Space Cobra said

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No, I don't. I learn my lore in-game.

Well, I will read the "lite" stuff, maybe a comic or a website or an animated clip. But many novels made specifically for things such as this (games) have left me "cold". Just can't get into them.

It's basically "discovery through play" for me. So I guess that confirms I read text. ;p

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 8:49AM EuchridEucrow said

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Never read any mmo related novels. The last game related novel I read all the way through was a Dungeons and Dragons novel by Gary Gygax. Unfortunately it was a poorly written rip-off of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. I also tried to read R.A. Salvatore but I found his writing similarity unappealing and gave it to a thrift store without finishing it. I haven't bothered with game related novels of any kind since.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 8:55AM (Unverified) said

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Only the SWTOR ones. Good backstory for the game. And even then, it's in audiobook format.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 12:51PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) I pretty much exclusively "read" audiobooks myself. I'm very happy TOR books are in audiobook format, because they're fantastic books. Unfortunately most other mmo's don't release their books in audio format. I bought the most recent WoW book, but it's only one of two books on audible. While not MMO books, I think the Halo and Gears of War books are some of the best books I've ever read. Game books in general are fantastic ways to learn more about the game world. You'll likely end up caring far more about the characters in the game than people who don't read them.
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 2:37PM DarkWalker said

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Funny, I often can't stand audiobooks. They have too slow a pace, so I get too impatient listening to them. The only situation I would use them is to "read" while driving.
But then, I'm the kind of person that, between reading a book and watching a movie based on the book, will choose the book every time. Also, on games with both subtitles and voice-overs, I end skipping part of the voice-overs almost every time because I finish reading the text before the VOs finish playing.
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 9:01AM Drez31 said

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I can easily read a book based off a game, as I don't have any real expectations of them. With that said, I can't get into a game based off of a book or movie series ie LotRo and SW:TOR the internet takes that magical feeling away for me for some reason.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 9:08AM Alex Oglitchkin said

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I've read some of the WoW and Guild Wars books/novels and think they are pretty nice. It's something to do while flying around quite a bit.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 9:11AM Nikopol said

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Honestly, no. I do read a lot, but somehow I've never been able to tie my reading into my gaming, don't know why... Though I did read some Star Wars books, so there's that tiny bit of connection there, I guess. :)

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 9:24AM smartstep said

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No I don't.

I enjoy reading lore / quests / descriptions in mmorpg itself in game, but I don't read mmorpg novels in real life.

There are far better books to read than some stories written to earn money on franchise.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 9:29AM Lucidus said

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No. They need to divulge the lore in-game. If I have to buy something, in addition to the box and/or sub, for something to make sense, then the developers have failed.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 12:57PM (Unverified) said

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@Lucidus Books give a backstory you simply can't give in game. They're giving you EXTRA story through the book. The game isn't going to make less sense if you haven't read them. If you don't want to read it, then don't.

@smartstep above. I don't use this word often, but it's pretty ignorant to lump all mmo books into one poorly written category. Frankly, that makes you look pretty stupid. Hey guys, I haven't read these books and don't know what they're actually about but they totally all suck! Smart.
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2011 9:41AM Ocho said

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I read the WoW novels, and found them lacking, along the same line as the "Dragonlance" series of books. There was one exception, though, the novel all about Thrall, I forget the title... that was a decent read.

I've read both GW novels, and they were ok, not great, but I wasn't expecting much. I also picked up a Star Trek Online novel, but haven't read it yet.

The Archage novel looks interesting, so I might pick that up, too.

I guess in the end, despite the lack of quality and because I have an interest in the lore, I have no problem buying them and I enjoy reading them. :)

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