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World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War &hellip by Christie Golden
As one of the expansion bridge novels, it necessarily is going to have to hit certain plot points for the sake of hitting them, but of Golden's efforts this feels the most perfunctory. The whole story feels kind of like 'this thing happens, so this bit happens, and then the table's set for new expansion', which I feel detracts from the overall storytelling.

Characterisation is a bit mixed, Golden seems to understand Jaina except when she has to approach romance elements (which feel very superfluous), and many of the other characters seem a bit one-dimensional, especially [spoiler] the Alliance visiting Theramore near the midpoint.

Horde characterisation is a little… Read more
Truth Rising ~ Hed Pe
Truth Rising ~ Hed Pe
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings, 26 Jan 2011
Hed pe's latest album is a bit of a weird mix. They're moving towards a thrash sound which I dig, but there are still some Back 2 Base X-esque stinkers in the back end and after the substantial step forward that Insomnia and New World Orphans had been I found it kind of surprising.

Also like Insomnia and NWO however they're still splicing together some random audio clips into their songs which as I understand some people hate so whatever.

But overall, it seems pretty good. It's staying in my stereo, for a little while at least.
Eve: The Empyrean Age (Gollancz) by Tony Gonzales
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm just going to say up front, I don't play Eve. I genuinely can't stand the game. Which is a shame, because if Empyrean Age is anything to go by, the fiction behind it is great.

With Empyrean Age, author Tony Gonzales manages to weave together multiple narrative strands giving each faction their due attention. The politics seem very convincing, and whilst I'm hardly a political scientist, the individual machinations and maneuvorings of everyone involved is believable and compelling. You'll come to love the mis-matched dysfunctional crew of the Retford, despise Chamberlain Karsoth, feel conflicted about Tibus Heth, and alternately love and hate everyone in between… Read more