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Azuth
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Posted - 31 May 2011 :  02:04:41  Show Profile  Visit Azuth's Homepage Send Azuth a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Poll Question:

Wishing there was a ranking system, but sad there isn't, if you have read all of the Ed Greenwood Presents: Waterdeep series, I'm interested in which book people like best and why. Please refrain from criticism of any authors or books: I'm curious why people like a certain book in the series, not why they dislike others. As a whole, if you haven't read them, I highly recommend doing so. While I'm not a fan of the 4E game itself, these novels are well written and do not agonize over the 4E changes.

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Choices:

Blackstaff Tower (Steven E. Schend)
Mistshore (Jaleigh Johnson)
Downshadow (Eric Scott de Bie)
City of the Dead (Rosemary Johnson)
The God Catcher (Erin M. Evans)
Circle of Skulls (James P. Davis)
I Like Them All! (an option for The Sage)

(Anonymous Vote)

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Dennis
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I read only Blackstaff Tower and a quarter of Circle of Skulls, and I'm not sure if I will read the rest. I like everything about the former, except the new Blackstaff and the predictable villain. Steven clearly has an excellent grasp of Realmsian lore.

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Azuth
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quote:
Originally posted by Dennis


I read only Blackstaff Tower and a quarter of Circle of Skulls, and I'm not sure if I will read the rest. I like everything about the former, except the new Blackstaff and the predictable villain. Steven clearly has an excellent grasp of Realmsian lore.



I am withholding my vote until I can decide between Downshadow and City of the Dead. I'd wager money you'd like the last one most certainly, Dennis. I did enjoy Blackstaff Tower but I do miss Khelben.

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The Sage
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I want an "I like them ALL!" option.

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Azuth
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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

I want an "I like them ALL!" option.



Fair enough, but that's six explanations of why. :-)

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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

I want an "I like them ALL!" option.


Thats what I voted. I enjoyed them all.

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I picked, voted for them all, but I would have liked an "I liked them all...except for Circle of Skulls" option.
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Azuth

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

I want an "I like them ALL!" option.



Fair enough, but that's six explanations of why. :-)


That's easy enough. Though, I'll respect that fact that others may not have read some or all of these books, so I'll attempt to be as SPOILERLESS as possible.

Blackstaff Tower -- Mostly, because of the lore Steven Schend always manages to weave into his tales. You really feel the Realms as a living world with a history that still manages to touch upon the "modern day."

Mistshore -- Jaleigh Johnson offered both an intriguing setting, and a glimpse of the City of Splendors that we don't often find ourselves being attracted to. Johnson accomplished both, and made it the perfect new sandbox for Waterdeep-based campaigns.

Downshadow -- This was, for me, the masterwork of the entire series. Evocatively memorable characters, plenty of daring-do, intrigue, suspense, and satisfying amounts of juicy Realmslore tidbits. And it's all dropped into the already-turbulent miasma of society that is Waterdeep.

City of the Dead -- I remember jokingly chatting with Rosemary here at Candlekeep, when the title and setting for this novel was first announced. Immediately, I was attracted to the fact that one of my favourite aspects of Waterdeep would finally receive much needed attention in the "Ed Greenwood Presents" series. The provocative style of Rosemary's characters, especially the portrayal of the Carvers, helped to "seal the deal," so to speak.

The God Catcher -- I'll be honest, the title of this novel was so cool, that I did what I've rarely done before. I judged a novel purely on the basis of the title. And I wasn't at all disappointed. This was my first exposure to the fiction of Evans, and I know for sure, now, as a result of my experience with The God Catcher, that it won't be my last.

Circle of Skulls -- I harboured a secret hope that something about either Myrkul and/or Bhaal would pop up in this tale. The whole "murderer" aspect of the novel, was no doubt chilling, but it was the way in which Davis presented this plot, that made me feel like I was reading an entirely new take on an old staple of murder/crime fiction.

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Lord Karsus
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-Downshadow. I never read it fully, but read a chapter or two while waiting in the bookstore a little bit after it came out, and then skimmed through the middle parts and end. Like Steven Schend's books, Erik is very good at mixing in Realmslore and detail to his books that might not be particularly relevant to the specific story, per se, but greatly add to the 'depth' the book has, in terms of feeling like something from the Forgotten Realms. I never picked up any of Blackstaff Tower, and based on Blackstaff, I felt that sometimes Steve's writing was...I don't know how to describe it- maybe chalked full of too much detail, so that the passage is too long-winded or confusing or not relevant, something like that. Erik, I really can't say that I felt that way in his books, so I voted for his book.

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GRYPHON
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Posted - 31 May 2011 :  15:14:05  Show Profile  Visit GRYPHON's Homepage Send GRYPHON a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Liked them all...
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Alisttair
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I enjoyed them all. I want more Waterdeep!!

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Tyrant
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I liked them all. I did like some more than others, though not by a terribly wide margin. It has been a while since I read the first few so my comments may be short on details as to why I liked them. I will start taking notes on the FR books I read one of these days.

Blackstaff Tower-It was nice to see how things are getting along without Khelben running the show. I recall the villain had an interesting magical device allowing him to swap out magic rings at will. I thought that was interesting.

Mistshore-I liked the setting and the characters. The wrecked ships being used as buildings and the general underbelly nature of the whole thing.

Downshadow-Erik managed to make a Paladin that I liked. I am looking forward to the followup as he takes on Luskan.

City of the Dead-It was interesting to see a book on the lighter side. No big battles or epic duels. Just a family doing their (rather interesting) part in the city of Waterdeep with a questionable wizard getting involved.

The God Catcher-This was the first inside look at Xorvintaal (I think). I liked the idea of people living on one of the statues. I liked the blue dragon character who's name I can't recall. I think I have a soft spot for characters that have fallen from greatness/lost their power and now have to deal with the frustration that they used to be much more than they are now.

Circle of Skulls-I like Devil/Demon centric stories so I liked this one. A fallen/evil Angel, a Deva, and the Cult of Asmodeus. Sign me up.

I really liked the overall idea of the books. Using a series of books to provide an in depth look at a single, in this case rather large, location to show the highs and the lows, the powerful and the man on the street, I would love to see other series like this set elsewhere in the Realms.

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danbuter
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It's a tossup between Mistshore and City of the Dead for me. I am currently reading Downshadow, and it's decent.

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Diffan
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I bought the 3-book anthology (Blackstaff Tower, Mistshore, and Downshadow) and have delved pretty deeply into Downshadow first. It's been an amazing book so far and I highly recommend it to anyone (Realms fan or not). Though I must admit that I'll probably like any novel where a Paladin is the protagonist (which is sorta rare in Realms books).

Looking to read Blackstaff Tower (even though I know what happens in the end) and then Mistshore.

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Circle of Skulls (James P. Davis)

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Erik Scott de Bie
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Just wanted to mention that the Ed Greenwood Presents: Waterdeep omnibus book 1 (Blackstaff Tower, Mistshore, Downshadow) is out now, to fulfill all your Waterdeep needs!

http://www.amazon.com/Greenwood-Presents-Waterdeep-Book-Collection/dp/0786958189/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310740703&sr=8-1

There will be an omnibus for the second three books as well. Eyes peeled.

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Thauranil
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The God Catcher was my favorite though i detested City of The Dead since it came out as a Young Adult Twilight-ish type of book.
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Azuth
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quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie

Just wanted to mention that the Ed Greenwood Presents: Waterdeep omnibus book 1 (Blackstaff Tower, Mistshore, Downshadow) is out now, to fulfill all your Waterdeep needs!

http://www.amazon.com/Greenwood-Presents-Waterdeep-Book-Collection/dp/0786958189/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310740703&sr=8-1

There will be an omnibus for the second three books as well. Eyes peeled.

Cheers




Thanks, Erik! I look forward to the complete saga in hardcover, someday.

Azuth



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Dennis
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quote:
Originally posted by Azuth

quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie

Just wanted to mention that the Ed Greenwood Presents: Waterdeep omnibus book 1 (Blackstaff Tower, Mistshore, Downshadow) is out now, to fulfill all your Waterdeep needs!

http://www.amazon.com/Greenwood-Presents-Waterdeep-Book-Collection/dp/0786958189/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310740703&sr=8-1

There will be an omnibus for the second three books as well. Eyes peeled.

Cheers




Thanks, Erik! I look forward to the complete saga in hardcover, someday.

Azuth





The omnibus is not in hardcover. It's trade paperback. At least a mote better than mass market.

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Rosemary Jones
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OMNIBUS 2 is available now, so you can get caught up with Erin, James, and my contribution to this series.

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Azuth
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quote:
Originally posted by Dennis
The omnibus is not in hardcover. It's trade paperback. At least a mote better than mass market.



Hence my use of the word "when."

Azuth


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I'd LOVE to vote on this, sadly, I have not yet read any though. But they all look fantastic! I shall have to mark them down as something I need to read very soon.

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I've read two of the books, and while I did enjoy the stories, seeing that my favorite place in the Realms was no longer all that splendid really impacted my enjoyment of the books. It's why I've not read any other 4E novels.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I've read two of the books, and while I did enjoy the stories, seeing that my favorite place in the Realms was no longer all that splendid really impacted my enjoyment of the books. It's why I've not read any other 4E novels.



What did they do to Waterdeep? I was looking forward to reading these, but if they took the luster out...it just seems less interesting. Sadly.

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quote:
Originally posted by Alruane

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I've read two of the books, and while I did enjoy the stories, seeing that my favorite place in the Realms was no longer all that splendid really impacted my enjoyment of the books. It's why I've not read any other 4E novels.
What did they do to Waterdeep? I was looking forward to reading these, but if they took the luster out...it just seems less interesting. Sadly.

I guess it depends how you look at it, and where you look.

The Waterdeep of my novel DOWNSHADOW is still fabulous, sparkling, and splendid--at least above ground. The dark and grimy bits are where they always have been: Undermountain (where about a third of the book takes place), dark and shadowy alleys (another substantial bit), etc.

To me, when I read these novels, I see Waterdeep as the same as it always was, full of great beauty and great darkness both.

Cheers

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