Massive Geek

Yup, that’s right – that small collection of Mass Effect paraphernalia is indeed mine.  Including the two books.

I’ve never really been much of a fan of this sort of thing.  You can count me among the ranks who look down on the Halo novel crowd with disdain, and don’t even get me started on the horde of people reading World of Warcraft inspired librams.  I may be somewhat of a geek at heart, but even I have to draw the line somewhere.

But now I find myself in possession of not only the Mass Effect game, but also the soundtrack, and two books.  I’ve always been a bit of a game music connoisseur (a quirk that extends itself to the occasional movie soundtrack as well), but never a book guy.  Novels based on games always seemed cheap to me – like milking a franchise and its fans rather than paying worthy tribute to any redeeming values the original work may have had.  Not to mention the fact that I wouldn’t want to be spotted in public with my nose stuck inside a book with Master Chief plastered all over the front cover.  Despite all this, however, I found myself in Barnes & Noble some months ago, and on recommendation from a few friends, walking out with a brand new copy of Mass Effect: Revelation in hand.

The novel didn’t take me all that long to finish, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I had reading it.  Revelation might not be as engrossing as a full-fledged, self-contained science fiction books like Ender’s Game (one of my favorites), but it makes a great companion piece to Mass Effect itself, and helps flesh out a lot of the backstory that was merely alluded to in the game.

My misgivings over game-based fiction are mostly gone now – Mass Effect: Revelation was a good read.  I don’t want to say too much about it, in case anyone out there is planning on reading it in the future, but I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the game and wants to learn a bit more about the characters involved.

As for Ascension, I’ve yet to read it.  The book was only released a week ago, and between the two books, I decided I’d finally read one of the largest books I own (and one of the most famous): The Lord of The Rings.  I got it as a Christmas present from my parents a few years ago, dug it out of my closet the other day, and began reading.  I’ve got about 1,000 pages to go, and it’s all good stuff.

I’m sure though, that if Ascension is anything like Revelation, it’ll be worth the wait.  Drew Karpyshyn did an excellent job with the first book, and I have no reason to believe the second will be anything less.

And with so much to read before I even get to start on Ascension, maybe we’ll be close to another book release by the time I finish with it!


  1. xot - Over a year ago

    Good for you for reading Lord of the Rings. I’ve read a lot of books, but there are only a few fiction books I’ve read twice. Lord of the Rings is a book I’ve read at least a half dozen times, something I can’t say about any other book (except maybe The Hobbit). I have an itch to read Lord of the Rings every year, an itch I’ll probably start scratching come September 22.

    I liked Ender’s Game, too. That’s one I can see reading again.

    I just finished reading ‘Wise Guy’, the book that the film ‘Goodfellas’ (one of my favorites) is based on. Riviting, I read it in practically one sitting. And it gave me a new appreciation for the film which captures the tone of the book perfectly.

    Before that it was Dan Brown’s ‘Deception Point’. Great premise, but typical Dan Brown, and worse than usual. I’ll read his next one when it comes out and grit my teeth in frustration over that one, too.

    I finally got my hands on Harlan Ellison’s original, controversial, hard-to-find ‘City on the Edge of Forever’ teleplay written for the original Star Trek series. It’s notable for having a murderous Starfleet drug dealer which is part of the reason why it was rewritten. In the filmed version Dr. McCoy takes the place of our enterprising, young pharmaceutical purveyor. As a story, it’s actually not all that different from than the filmed version, which is version I prefer. As a script, it’s ambitious and very unusual. The script has some surreal Greek-chorus-like moments that would have been interesting to see. But I was annoyed by Ellison overstepping his bounds as a screenwriter by writing in way too much direction. Ellison’s characterizations were often off the mark as well. In particular, Kirk comes off surprisingly weak.

  2. FredFredrickson - Over a year ago

    I’ll have to check some of those books out, Xot. I’ve read (or actually, I listened to the unabridged audio CD of) Deception Point. I thought it was decent, but I really started feeling exasperated by the end, as every single section of the book ends on such a steep cliffhanger, it’s almost impossible to read (listed to) the next part.

    That’s funny that you mention reading a script… I got to reading part of the script for the Fifth Element the other day, and I was shocked at how different the film turned out. Don’t get me wrong though – I love the film – I just was surprised at how different it all turned out when you put the various actors / actresses in the roles described in the script. Interesting stuff!

  3. FredFredrickson - Over a year ago

    Oh, and I’m going to have to find myself a copy of The Hobbit one of these days too… last I read it was in elementary school, and I barely remember any of that, let alone what I read back then. :D

  4. tuntis - Over a year ago

    I’m a “proud owner” of 4 Splinter Cell novels.

    …Now you made me buy more game books.

  5. FredFredrickson - Over a year ago

    Hehe. How are the Splinter Cell novels, tuntis? I like the games, so those could be a good source of reading for me too. :)

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