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Baldur's Gate (Forgotten Realms) [Mass Market Paperback]

Philip Athans
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (1 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786915250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786915255
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In anticipation of Interplay''s computer game, Baldur''s Gate is the novelisation of the game and involves the reader, or player, in the quest of the son of a dead god who is fighting his way along the Sword Coast in a desperate bid to save the world.'

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity 12 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A book based on the superb game 'Baldurs Gate' was, I thought, a great idea. Unfortunately, this effort falls well short. Whilst I was reading it, I got the distinct impression that the publishers just wanted to thrash out a book with the title Baldurs Gate as fast as they could. Both the plot and characters are weak and under-developed, there is little descriptive narrative of the characters' surroundings (essential for creating atmosphere), and the story at times seems like just a collection of short confrontations stuck together as if they alone will keep our interest...'Suddenly they were attacked by this....and then almost immediately they were attacked by that'. Very poor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Imagine Dungeons & Dragons without magic. Now imagine Forgotten Realms without adventure. Finally, imagine Baldur's Gate (the PC game) without its plot, humour and any of its interesting (and likeable) characters. Ta-daa!! Now you've got Baldur's Gate the novel! And what a crummy novel it is: I can't think of a good thing to say about it. Avoid at all costs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorest Realms book to date 15 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unfortunately this is a bad book based on a wonderful computer game. Essentially the author pastes together a series of set pieces, gives no developement or depth to characters except to change them so that they are unrecognisable from how they are in the PC game eg; Xan joking, a friendly Montaron, No Imoen! etc
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is sad. 8 Oct 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a sad, sad excuse for a book. I love Baldur's Gate, and I poorly assumed that a book based on it would be quite interesting. I have read both Halo books and the Brute Force book and loved them. I, naturally, expected a good book. Well, I got a good book. But it is an insult to Forgotten Realms. I am angry that anyone could take a game and ruin it, i.e., make a crummy movie, Super Mario Bros., or make a terrible book, Baldur's Gate. GRRR!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Defo not one for Baldurs Gate fans 19 Mar 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm gonna try and look at it in two ways: A book, and an adaptation of a computer game.
As a book, it's an okay story about a violent bloke who loves to kill people, who meets with a woman and learns (sort of) to control himself, while foiling the bad guys.
As an adaptation, it's very poor. It misses out MAJOR points: half the scenes are either missing or dealt with in a few lines, skipping major battles from the game (Daveron doesn't exist) and Sarevok doesn't kill Gorion, his hitmen do. Some characters are different, or even missing. Xan is a fighter (and a good one at that), Tranzig is also a fighter, and Imoen is not in it at all! (She's an important character, she should at least have made an appearance) Also, the main character is not true to Baldurs Gate either (the idea of Baldurs Gate the game being you start of helpless and vulnerable, with someone hunting you down)
In Athens favour, there are a few things he did get right (He hit the nail on the head with Montaron, Xzar, Jaheria and Khalid) and some of the extra scenes added to it. The character development could have been better though, or the romance with jaheria a little deeper than "She looks nice...oh, Khalid's conveniently been killed, time to make my move."
Overall I think it shouldn't have been published. Don't bother with it, and definately not if you're a Baldurs Gate fan. Play the game instead.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 1 Sep 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a story this was mediocre. As a story based on BG, it was nearly unreadable. I've only put down two novels in my life and this one almost made that three.
The worst thing is that Philip Athans has struck again with the BGII novel, which by all accounts is more of the same, and he appears to have the rights to NWN. A lost opportunity.
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