Dungeon Crawling Fools is the first Order of the Stick compilation book. The clear follow up answer for those to whom that didn't make sense is that tDungeon Crawling Fools is the first Order of the Stick compilation book. The clear follow up answer for those to whom that didn't make sense is that the Order of the Stick is an online comic (though graphic novel would probably be more honest at this stage) about a group of hearty adventurers who live in a world that is pretty much governed by the rules of a certain well known tabletop role-playing game.
Rich Burlew, the author, admits in his commentary that a gaming comic was not an original idea and he's right, but what he has done with this series is take a single page joke-a-day style comic and fleshed it out to an ongoing epic fantasy adventure. And this book is really where it all begins. Though the characters and plot begin to assume their full potential in Book 2, here you get a humourous introduction to the characters, both goodies and baddies, and an inkling of plot, though this is kept brief, which is understandable for an author crafting a story from a chain of gags.
Even though those gags are excellent.
Yes, the vast majority of these strips can be found online at www.giantitp.com, however the book provides extra strips, the authoris commentary, a foreword by a games designer and a preface by a psychopathic halfling who apparently isn't paid enough.
Some people don't think that this book is as good as those that follow. To them I would say 'this book gives you a dwarven love story to last the ages and Elan at his very mad best'. Bluff away chaps, bluff away......more
When a book tells you that Taco Night is one of 26 unpleasant things that happen in the course of it, then you're right to be skeptical. I was and I kWhen a book tells you that Taco Night is one of 26 unpleasant things that happen in the course of it, then you're right to be skeptical. I was and I knew Rich Burlew's writing. The Order of the Stick is phenomenal. Really it is. It's a ongoing pleasure of a webcomic that has progressed into a behemoth of geekdom. It's made me almost wet myself laughing and it's even made me shed a tear.
But Taco Night. It just sends shivers down my spine.
This book is a print-only prequel to the online comic and therefore comprises content that you will not find online if you only frequent legit sites. Therefore an OotS completist should stop reading this review as you should either be cursing your mistake and rushing off to buy it, or you'll already own it and my opinion doesn't matter. Not that it does anyway!
However if you don't know OotS, then there is still enough to justify this book. As a story of how pure evil can destroy many lives in many ways, there are few books that can keep up with Start of Darkness. And I'm really not just saying that. The culmination of this book still horrified me now and it is almost 5 years since I first read it.
Do not be put of by the stick figures. There's more emotion in those little guys than in many novels that I have endured. And kudos to Rich Burlew, because he makes you care about something that is a circle, a rectangle and an assortment of lines. That's how good his writing is.
On the Origins of PCs (terrible pun I know) is the first prequel to the Order of the Stick online comic, which if you haven't read it yet, then pleaseOn the Origins of PCs (terrible pun I know) is the first prequel to the Order of the Stick online comic, which if you haven't read it yet, then please go and read it now. This will all make far more sense if you do.
This book details some of the history to the main characters of OotS, And culminates in Roy putting together the group and setting off to the Redmountain Hills, where the online strips begin. Obviously we're not getting whole childhoods here but there is enough flavour to each character that it is brilliant side material for the main story.
The chapter with Belkar in the jail is not just funny, it's rib-brakingly, pants-wettingly funny. Honestly even just thinking about the conversation cracks me up. In fact with the exception of Roy and Vaarsuvius' first meeting and their attempt at a 'synonym off', Belkar is by far the highlight of this book. His lack of realisation that murdering his way through life is what's brought him to this point is just so funny provided you never know a real life psychopathic halfling. Bilbo Baggins he is not.
If you like OotS then read this book. If you don't like OotS then don't read this book. If you've never heard of Oots, I've put a link below, enjoy and then find out more about Roy and the gang.
This book is a print only prequel and therefore cannot be found online, however for the main Order of the Stick storyline, please visit www.giantitp.com
If you don't like Jeremy Clarkson then do not read this book. You will not be pleasantly surprised, he hasn't changed. This book is Jeremy Clarkson geIf you don't like Jeremy Clarkson then do not read this book. You will not be pleasantly surprised, he hasn't changed. This book is Jeremy Clarkson getting angry about stuff. Stuff in this book includes schools, parties, the environment, music, dead seals, the monarchy, camping, James Bond, dead donkeys, television and the weather. Admittedly he doesn't always get angry, sometimes he just grumps. But if you've watched him on tv and thought he was an arse, don't buy this book and expect something different. He's Clarkson, he's made a career out of being a boorish, ranty, anti-lefty, car racing, grumpy top-end of middle-aged 'mans man'.
This collection of Sunday Times columns is great in my opinion. I don't often agree with Clarkson but his persona does make me laugh. And the great thing about this book is that you don't need to rush it. Every column is only 3 or 4 pages, so it's ideal for the bus, or the 10 minute wait in a doctors surgery or for those of you who don't eat enough roughage, for when you're in the loo.
I first read this book back in 2002 when I was in Tanzania. So 10 years later on, I thought that I would read it again - it was completely unprovokedI first read this book back in 2002 when I was in Tanzania. So 10 years later on, I thought that I would read it again - it was completely unprovoked honestly and had nothing to do with catching the end of the new film that has been made of the book.
This book made me laugh out loud ten years ago, and it did exactly the same this time round. It's just a mad story, you question at times as to how much of it can possibly be true!
Tony Hawks writes about his travels with ease, humour and a lot of candour about his 'romantic liaisons' as he goes. He also writes with a lot of respect (mostly) for the people that he meets as he goes; it almost makes you want to follow in his footsteps - but quite frankly it all sounds like too much effort!!