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Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto
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May 31, 2011

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Let me preface this review by saying that while I enjoyed Orlando Furioso, it is a bad book. A very bad book. In fact, it reads like someone's D&D campaign notes. Sure, we start with one of Charmaine's Paladins, but Ariosto is not content to have him fight off Moorish "invaders" and wizards, he must also save a maiden from within a ring of fire (Germanic), and fight with Pegasai and Manticore (Greek). Worse still, the story is entirely episodic with each chapter basically looking for a way to one-up the previous chapter.

In fact, my main enjoyment of this book was that it provided proof that bad fiction is not the sole providence of the modern author - but for a gamer it is definitely a good romp through the appropriationist monomyth.
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Josh Parody. It's a parody.


Aaron Rubman So is Hercules: the Legendary Journeys - that doesn't make it a good show.


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