- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Ace (2. Mai 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0451460839
- ISBN-13: 978-0451460837
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,1 x 10,9 x 2 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 586.086 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Shadowrun #4: Drops of Corruption (A Shadowrun Novel) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Mai 2006
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Jason M. Hardy is a science fiction and fantasy author and has written many books, including those in the Shadow Run series and the Mechwarrior series. He resides in Chicago.
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Bannickburn used to be an elf mage. Now, thanks to one challenge match too many, he's just an elf with a Scots accent. A poor elf with a Scots accent, at that. He does have a high opinion of himself, but he really is just a moocher who lives off his girlfriend Jackie and spends what cred he has in the casinos. When he gets an in to do some work for one of the big mafia gangs he grabs the opportunity and gets a 'run' to embarrass the boss of the other big gang in town. Unfortunately for Bannickburn this works and he gets steady work. But just when he wants out he discovers that there is no going back. Under threat of exposure to the man he embarrassed Bannickburn is blackmailed into making a run into Portland and Tir Tairnegire. A big risk even if you are an elf.
The remainder of the talk is double cross after double cross with a healthy dose of betrayal. All carried out in monotone by people from whom you wouldn't by a used car. Put simply, Drops of Corruption never manages to take off, reading more like a series of Chinese fire drills than a coherent plot with some drive and intensity. This irritates the heck out of me because ShadowRun is one of the best gaming worlds in the business, and I would really like to see it take off again. So Grrr! Wake up Roc - get some more serious writers on board.
First, there is really no shadowrunning in this shadowrun novel, hence the name of my review. I feel that the reason for this may be a lack of knowledge of the Shadowun universe on the part of the author. Now, I'm all for exploring the little explored side of things, but there was little that tied this story into the setting.
Second, I did not feel the plot was fully developed and well tied together. Without spoiling, the retrieval of the main item in the story from a difficult area works out to not much more than random chance. None of the 'jobs' in the book are that interesting or have fully developed plans.
Lastly, character development was minimal. The author had some very good ideas and an excellent basis to start from. The burnt mage concept could be taken far and further explored, but was almost a side-note to the story. Little more than 'remembering his former power' ever comes into the story.
On a positive note the author did try to introduce us to some new concepts and also tied in characters from the previous three novels. I just feel the author should have taken his simple concepts, expanded and delved into them more. Instead, we wind up with a sprawling story with a large cast of characters we care little about.
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