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« on: November 30, 2008, 12:40:45 AM »

I've read Apsho Fields, set in Gears of War and it was excellent.

I've also read Mass Effect: Revelation which was ok.  There's another ME book out that I'll probably read, but am in no hurry to.

Can anyone recommend books set in Video Game universes that good reads?  I know there are tons of books about halo, but I'm not particularly keen on reading them.

Any other suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2008, 12:49:42 AM »

I'm in the midst of reading The Last Wish which is an English translation of the Polish book that inspired The Witcher.  So far it seems more like a collection of short stories than a novel, but I've enjoyed the 1/3rd or so that I've read so far.

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2008, 01:02:40 AM »

the last (& maybe only?) game-related book i read:




oops! - just remembered: i've read all the resident evil novels (the game-based ones), too...
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2008, 01:14:50 AM »

Didn't you already make a thread about this topic?
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2008, 01:17:35 AM »

Quote from: Canuck on November 30, 2008, 01:14:50 AM

Didn't you already make a thread about this topic?

no, that was that ass called ATB who did that.  thank god that pussy is gone.
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2008, 03:14:03 AM »

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 30, 2008, 12:49:42 AM

I'm in the midst of reading The Last Wish which is an English translation of the Polish book that inspired The Witcher.  So far it seems more like a collection of short stories than a novel, but I've enjoyed the 1/3rd or so that I've read so far.

-Autistic Angel

+1.  Really good stuff.  Also, the first novel (ie not short story collection) Blood of Elves in the sequence is now avaialble from the UK and it's supposed to be even better, though I haven't read it yet. 

Otherwise, the Halo novels (which you already mentioned) are pretty much the biggest thing out there.  I was less than impressed by the two I read (Fall of Reach and Ghosts of Onyx) but I seem to be in the minority on that one.  That said I'm tempted by the latest Halo novel, The Cole Protocol, because it's from Tobias Buckell who is a very highly respected SF author. 
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2008, 03:31:25 AM »

I picked up the Hellgate London trilogy awhile ago, mostly because they were written by Mel Odom, but haven't gotten to them yet. Anyone read them?
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2008, 03:34:15 AM »

Of the Halo novels, I remember that The Fall of Reach was pretty cool smile
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2008, 04:22:16 AM »

The Lord of the Rings.

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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2008, 04:36:31 AM »

Quote from: warning on November 30, 2008, 04:22:16 AM

The Lord of the Rings.

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not a whole lot like the games, story-wise...
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« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2008, 06:00:34 AM »

Quote from: Canuck on November 30, 2008, 01:14:50 AM

Didn't you already make a thread about this topic?

Sez the king of superflous and useless threads. <ohsnap!>

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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2008, 02:32:48 PM »

Mass Effect:Revelation was a book i enjoyed,it made the universe of mass effect even more expanse,set before the goings on of the video game,but still has Mass Effect side characters Saren and Anderson





EDIT:and ATB's gone?...when did that happen and howcome?



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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2008, 03:22:08 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 30, 2008, 02:32:48 PM

Mass Effect:Revelation was a book i enjoyed,it made the universe of mass effect even more expanse,set before the goings on of the video game,but still has Mass Effect side characters Saren and Anderson





EDIT:and ATB's gone?...when did that happen and howcome?

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« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2008, 03:47:51 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 30, 2008, 02:32:48 PM

EDIT:and ATB's gone?...when did that happen and howcome?

There was some disagreement between him and Sensuous Lettuce, Sensuous really went off on him and ATB left in a huff.  Sorry to dump on your thread, SL, but the truth has to come out.

I'll second the Mass Effect: Revelation recommendation.  Not bad at all as a light read.
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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2008, 04:06:20 PM »

Remember in the original post where I said I've read Mass Effect Revelation and that I'll probably pick up Mass Effect: Ascension?  retard disgust icon_razz


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« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2008, 04:07:01 PM »

I'll second the request of wanting to know if the Hellgate London books were any good.  I liked the opening movie of that game, so I thought a book might be a good read.  
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« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2008, 04:38:45 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 30, 2008, 04:06:20 PM

Remember in the original post where I said I've read Mass Effect Revelation and that I'll probably pick up Mass Effect: Ascension?  retard disgust icon_razz

Sorry, I could've sworn it was ATB that said he read Revelation.  I get you two confused all the time.
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« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2008, 06:32:54 PM »

Only You Can Save Mankind!  slywink
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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2008, 06:56:43 PM »

Also, two more serious entries.  While not great literature I enjoyed both Liberties Crusade and Speed of Darkness from the StarCraft universe.  Liberties Crusade is fun novelization of Terran fall while Speed of Darkness is an offshoot that is infinitely better written.  Both are worth a look though.  Just stay away from Shadow of the Xel’Naga, its god-awful bad.
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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2008, 07:20:16 PM »

I know you mentioned you weren't interested in the halo novels but Contact Harvest is actually pretty good IMHO.  I haven't read any other "video game" books but I've put a few on my Christmas list after reading that one.

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« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2008, 07:22:12 PM »

The Planescape Torment book I think was good.

Stay away from the Splinter Cell book, it's horrible.  The author tried to do first person, but doesn't have the skill to pull it off and every sentence begins with "I".
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« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2008, 08:07:18 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 30, 2008, 04:06:20 PM

Remember in the original post where I said I've read Mass Effect Revelation and that I'll probably pick up Mass Effect: Ascension?  retard disgust icon_razz




LOL,sorry Lettuce,i missed that

i heard there was a Resident Evil book,if done right that could be good..but then again if done wrong it could be very bad
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« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2008, 12:22:16 AM »

Quote from: Lockdown on November 30, 2008, 04:07:01 PM

I'll second the request of wanting to know if the Hellgate London books were any good.  I liked the opening movie of that game, so I thought a book might be a good read.  

Well, they can't be any worse than the (now canceled) game. I'll be here all week.  icon_twisted
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« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2009, 03:56:42 PM »

Looks like another Bioware property is getting a prequel novel: Dragon Age.

Already have it pre-ordered.
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« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2009, 08:52:53 PM »

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 30, 2008, 12:49:42 AM

I'm in the midst of reading The Last Wish which is an English translation of the Polish book that inspired The Witcher.  So far it seems more like a collection of short stories than a novel, but I've enjoyed the 1/3rd or so that I've read so far.

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Just stumbled across the sequel or at least the book 'following The Last Wish' as it says on the back: Blood of Elves 'starring The Witcher'.  icon_cool
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« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2009, 12:53:48 AM »

I hear Tycho writes a mean game-based novel.

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