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Fanboy Moment: Avert Your Eyes

Game of Thrones (first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, which are, in all their intrigue-filled, gritty, political glory, likely my favourite set of fantasy books in existence) is getting an HBO pilot.

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( Walk among 4 shadows — Cast a shadow )
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
Hmm, interesting. I haven't read any of those books, but, I've always heard that they were really, really good. I think my brother has them, may have to borrow them at some point. Though, I'm getting increasingly reluctant to start a fantasy series before its actually finished. I can barely remember what happened last in the wheel of time (last one I read was book 9 I believe, waiting for the final one to be done before picking those up again), and god help me if I had to figure out who the majority of the 10000 characters were again...
Nov. 12th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Please don't suck. D:
Dec. 9th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
Well, at least it didn't suffer the same fate as The Sword Of Truth series...really, who thought ABC/Disney would be a good network to air that on?!
Dec. 9th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
The same person who decided to film a Terry Goodkind book instead of burning it. :P

Incidentally, since you asked - or was it Tom? - Fable II is a decent game (especially if you liked the first, which I never played). It's an Oblivion that takes itself less seriously and with better "living world" systems - though the NPC are just as annoying but can be interacted with more and seem to have a bit more to say, the economy is easily broken, and money itself is mostly useless past a certain point (like Yahtzee said in his review).

It has some "wasted potential" issues (not nearly enough clothing variety, for one), some apparent bugs that I haven't run into yet, and two unfortunately paired problems that annoyed me constantly this weekend:

a) if you're a good character in decent clothes, everyone swarms around you and everyone of the appropriate gender will harass you for wedding rings in some maddening stereoscopic chorus (because there is a dearth of NPC voices).

b) The "sow electric death" button (cast magic is B) is i) almost always used to back out of menus, and ii) close enough to the "more info about this random peasant" button that there's a pretty damn good chance you'll end up calling down lightning bolts on that crowd of villagers. With the safety option on, you can't kill them, but you'll still earn a ton of fear points that are a pain to get back.

I'm barely halfway through and trying not to touch the Xbox while I study, so I won't have much more to say for a week or two, but initial impressions are: it's fun and lighthearted, and I definitely enjoy the time I spend with it, but it's hardly transcendent.

Edited at 2008-12-09 07:22 am (UTC)
( Walk among 4 shadows — Cast a shadow )