We’ve had a despairing Denethor type show up around here this past week. He was soon followed by an enfeebled Theoden. This is all well and good, but the question remains: where do you go to find a modern day Gollum?
Check it out:
Okay its half useful inspiration of D&D stuff, half pompous, self-righteous opinions about what sci-fi fantasy is. I thought it would be worth it but 150 pages in my sanity just started to fray too much. Like I’m sorry to Mr. Johnson, but half of the time you’re just summarizing books and saying “YEAH COOL BRO.” I’d rather just read the book or something. There were some genuine interesting insights about the influence on D&D, but there is also some dull insights about it. There is far too much of the author telling me what he thinks is interesting which I do not give a @!#?@! about (I’m not even going to get into how much he caters to the white male elitist nerd. What year is it again?)
We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever!
And to think that I managed to cross over into two star territory on the basis of my mad game mastering skillz alone! I would have held onto, too, if my girl Jill hadn’t showed up to talk him out of it!
I can’t read this without wanting to know more. What is it about this book that causes this him to react as if he’s stumbled upon the original Düsseldorf edition of von Junzt’s horrible Nameless Cults? Fortunately, Jill inspired him to return and divulge the rest of the story:
At one point he literally says he only identifies with the white prince hero type so he doesn’t give a @!#?@! about other characters (my exaggeration of course, but a worthy one, I assert), besides having a super tortured self-effacing decency clause about women (cuz that totally justifies his broader attitude about “interesting female characters”), and is really mad when the white prince man turns out to be evil. HE HATES IT WHEN THE COOL WHITE GUY IS EVIL. HE HATES FROZEN BECAUSE THE WHITE PRINCE TURNS OUT TO BE EVIL. WHAT THE @!#?@! AM I READING?!?!
There it is, y’all. If Tarzan and Jane, Conan and Bêlit, and Matthew Carse and Lady Ywain of Sark all leave you cold… and if Frozen is for you the last word on fairy-tale romance…
Then Appendix N will positively blow your mind.
Handle with extreme caution, because this book is your own personal Heart of Darkness!