Dead Ball (Blood Bowl) Mass Market Paperback – 20 Oct 2005
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About the Author
Matt Forbeck has worked full-time in the adventure game industry for over 15 years. He has designed collectible card games, roleplaying games, miniatures games and board games and has written short fiction, comic books and novels. He has previously written the critically acclaimed novel Secret of the Spiritkeeper for Wizards of the Coast. Dead Ball is his second novel for the Black Library.
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In Brief - The Bad Bay Hackers need to replenish their team, from a disastrous game in which they lose all but 5 of their players. As a result they travel to an Island to play in the FA Cup, recruiting on the way a bunch of dead guys (including Bavid Deckham), Edgar the treeman, Olsen the wizard and a mysterious cup.
I cannot say that I enjoyed this book as much as the first book in the series of three, and to be honest I felt just after half way that it started to drag on a bit.
There are some good lines and ideas in this book. I certainly enjoyed the pun of Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson decked out in football gear and ready to face up to a team of Zombies enjoyable. Simon the VD, beer drenched mummy was great, and should have lasted longer.
I will read the third book in the series, but will take a break first. The novelty factor from the first book seems to be wearing thin, and I do not recommened reading all three of these books in a row.
During a terrible match many of the bad bay hackers, the team our hero plays for, are killed leaving a huge gap in the teams line up. After recruiting the team travels to the distant land of Albion to hone their skills. Albion is the Warhammer worlds version or Britain and as you read this you'll find more puns than you can shake a large sticky object at, check out the new members of the team (Bavid Deckham). As amusing as this is it does start to wear a little thin after a while but with more action than the first your gridiron urges should be satisfied
Without enough teammates to continue playing the sport of Blood Bowl, Coach Pegleg's team sets sail for Far Albion. Spike! Magazine sends reporter Lästiges Weibchen with them to make a documentary of anything special that may occur; after all, chaos just seems to follow this particular team around more than any other. Pegleg wants to hunt down the location of the legendary Far Albion Cup trophy and retrieve it in hopes that the myth surrounding it is true. The legend states that the team with this cup in its possession will be unbeatable.
Olsen Merlin (an elf) is a former team wizard of the Notting Knights. His own fate is linked with the Far Albion Cup, so of course Olsen steps forward to help the Hackers get the cup. While doing so, Dunk and the (few) teammates left run into trouble. Bandits, a diseased cult, and even a treeman (which are all but extinct) are just the beginning of the mess the legendary cup gets them into.
***** Not as many Blood Bowl games in this, the second book of the trilogy, than the first. However, author Matt Forbeck keeps things entertaining with his twisted imagination, funny dialogue, and lots of action. I can hardly wait to dive into the third installment. BRAVO! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Blood Bowl is always a good subject to draw in the geeky crowds, but the ridiculous jokes and stupid stereotypes strewn throughout this story seriously made me lose respect for Matt Forbeck and anyone else responsible for creating the fictional backdrop. It lead me to the conclusion that they live in an isolated location that they have never left, probably learning everything they know from the magic moving picture box they discovered at a very young age in the living room. There is so much cheese and predictive humour present in this book that after fighting to read each chapter I had to play 70's music and twirl about on an under lit dance floor while drinking cheap booze, just to 'de-cheese' and have a gentle progression back to reality... trust me when I say this is not a good thing.
As mentioned, I have an extremely comprehensive Blood Bowl collection and actually considered buying two copies of this book; one for reading and one to keep pristine and add to my collection. However, after experiencing the first couple of chapters I quickly decided not to bother and also not to ever lend this book to anyone I like or even resell it. In all probability it will end up on a bonfire, at least then it might not be a complete waste of money and may keep me warm for a few minutes during the coming winter.
By far the most upsetting aspect of this whole sorry affair is that some people actually gave it good reviews. I can only hope this was a misguided choice after the first book gave such a promising start, otherwise it is my sincerest wish that I never have to forfeit any of my life talking with or being "entertained" by any of these people.
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