June 10th, 2001

The Temple of Monumental Stupidity

As many of you know, Wizards of the Coast has been releasing a series of novels that are based on classic D&D modules. The first, Against the Giants, was resoundingly mediocre. The next two, White Plume Mountain and Descent Into the Depths of the Earth (both by Paul Kidd) were surprisingly good and a lot of fun, though not exactly great literature. Well, I just finished reading The Temple of Elemental Evil by Thomas Reid (I think).

The first, oh, one-quarter to one-third of the book had promise. It wasn't nearly up to Kidd's novels, but it wasn't bad. Seemed to be doing better than Giants, anyway.

And then--then it took a nosedive faster than the Spice Girls' popularity.

My God, but this book is awful! I can't decide which was worse--the plotting, the characterizations, the character interaction, or the actual writing. They all stink! I can't believe the last half of this book was even written by the same guy who wrote the first part! Character behavior is unbeleivable and stupid, except where it's cliched and stupid. Descriptions suck ass. Things happen for no apparent reason.

I could go on, but frankly, it's not worth the effort. Those of you who have been reading these books, save your money and wait for Paul Kidd's next, which is coming out in October, I believe. Those of you who haven't, but are looking to start--don't do it here.

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