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#1 ver5us
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I was curious if anyone has any suggestions or comments on good books that are either prequels or tie-ins to games. I recently finished reading the prequel to Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne. It was quite the read, and if you're interested feel free to check out the blog about it on my profile. As stated in the blog, I have already read both Mass Effect novels and had been thinking about picking up the Republic Commando books. I just don't know if I could get into them. I enjoyed the game and am currently playing through it again to try to get in the mood to read them, but still having my doubts. On a side note, I do love Star Wars and am anxiously waiting for The Old Republic! The others I had considered were Gears of War: Aspho Fields, as well as the Warhammer 40K novels. Though I wouldn't know where to start with those. Basically, what I'm looking for is some input on any of the books I've listed, or suggestions for new ones. Help a bored gamer out. If Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins, and The Old Republic (Oh how I love you, Bioware) were out already I wouldn't be having this problem!

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#2 ragek1ll589
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I've read both Mass Effect novels and Resistance: The Gathering Storm.

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#3 pvtdonut54
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I read the prequel to to Warcraft 3 novels and some Diablo novels

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#4 Nagru
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The Republic Commando novels are some of my favorite SW books (Keep in mind I've read over a hundred), but be warned that they have little to do with the game. The novel follows a different squad and deals with the moral dilemmas of using a clone army, among other things. I would highly recommend them.

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#5 ferrari2001
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i don't read video game novels.. Just can't get into them.
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The Halo novels were quite good, but you could stay away from The Flood.
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#7 ver5us
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The Republic Commando novels are some of my favorite SW books (Keep in mind I've read over a hundred), but be warned that they have little to do with the game. The novel follows a different squad and deals with the moral dilemmas of using a clone army, among other things. I would highly recommend them.Nagru

Wow, that's quite the collection! Perhaps I'll get the Commando books after all. Well it seems you would be a good person to answer another question: Is there any Star Wars novels based in the Old Republic time frame? I like the KOTOR games much more than I like any Star Wars movies, so a book set back then would be nice. Off subject, but my girlfriend has those Deen Koontz books as well. Good stuff.

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#8 Nagru
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[QUOTE="Nagru"]

The Republic Commando novels are some of my favorite SW books (Keep in mind I've read over a hundred), but be warned that they have little to do with the game. The novel follows a different squad and deals with the moral dilemmas of using a clone army, among other things. I would highly recommend them.ver5us

Wow, that's quite the collection! Perhaps I'll get the Commando books after all. Well it seems you would be a good person to answer another question: Is there any Star Wars novels based in the Old Republic time frame? I like the KOTOR games much more than I like any Star Wars movies, so a book set back then would be nice. Off subject, but my girlfriend has those Deen Koontz books as well. Good stuff.

Thanks :) I've actually got another shelf full, I just haven't taken any pictures.

As for your question, sadly no. Closest you'll get to that is the Darth Bane novels, by Drew Karpyshyn. It's roughly 2,000 years off, but it's still ~1,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. The first one is excellent and shows you what the Sith were like before they enacted the Two Sith Rule, when they were still a force similar to the Jedi in size. The second novel was pretty poor though.

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Metal Gear Solid the novel is great. It's pretty much the same as the game itself but it's still a good book.

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#10 Solid_Link22
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I've never read a video game novel but when I was in high school there was this kid that read the Halo books instead of doing his math assignment.

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#11 JustPlainLucas
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Metal Gear Solid the novel is great. It's pretty much the same as the game itself but it's still a good book.

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I've read that. Rather play the game again, though.
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#12 Avistann
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I have read three WoW novels, actually very very good.
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#13 ver5us
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I have read three WoW novels, actually very very good.Avistann

I had heard they were, however I'm a recovering WoW addict, and need to stay away from anything that might take me back. The hundreds of hours of WoW recorded by xfire is nowhere close to the actually amount of time I've spent playing that game... WTB years 2004-2008 back. :lol:

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#14 Avistann
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[QUOTE="Avistann"]I have read three WoW novels, actually very very good.ver5us

I had heard they were, however I'm a recovering WoW addict, and need to stay away from anything that might take me back. The hundreds of hours of WoW recorded by xfire is nowhere close to the actually amount of time I've spent playing that game... WTB years 2004-2008 back. :lol:

I know your feeling, luckily mine wasn't that long :P
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#15 ver5us
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Any opinions on the Warhammer 40k books?

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I haven't really read a video game novel, unless "The Last Wish" counts. I'm looking forward to The Elder Scrolls novels

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[QUOTE="ver5us"]

[QUOTE="Nagru"]

The Republic Commando novels are some of my favorite SW books (Keep in mind I've read over a hundred), but be warned that they have little to do with the game. The novel follows a different squad and deals with the moral dilemmas of using a clone army, among other things. I would highly recommend them.Nagru

Wow, that's quite the collection! Perhaps I'll get the Commando books after all. Well it seems you would be a good person to answer another question: Is there any Star Wars novels based in the Old Republic time frame? I like the KOTOR games much more than I like any Star Wars movies, so a book set back then would be nice. Off subject, but my girlfriend has those Deen Koontz books as well. Good stuff.

Thanks :) I've actually got another shelf full, I just haven't taken any pictures.

As for your question, sadly no. Closest you'll get to that is the Darth Bane novels, by Drew Karpyshyn. It's roughly 2,000 years off, but it's still ~1,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. The first one is excellent and shows you what the Sith were like before they enacted the Two Sith Rule, when they were still a force similar to the Jedi in size. The second novel was pretty poor though.

I second this. Darth Bane is one beastly dude...
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#18 megamadman5
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are the mass effect books good?

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#19 enterawesome
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The Halo novels are excellent, you should try them. Even if you don't like Halo, you should give them a go.
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#20 ver5us
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are the mass effect books good?

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They're excellent. Mass Effect: Revelation is the prequel to the game and mostly tells the story of Saren and Anderson's mission together. Mass Effect: Ascension continues the story of one of the characters from the first book, and starts right after the end of the game. Definitely recommended reads!

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I read the first Halo novels. They were pretty bad. I judge all video game novels based on that experience.
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I read all the Halo and Resident Evil novels.

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#23 megamadman5
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[QUOTE="megamadman5"]

are the mass effect books good?

ver5us

They're excellent. Mass Effect: Revelation is the prequel to the game and mostly tells the story of Saren and Anderson's mission together. Mass Effect: Ascension continues the story of one of the characters from the first book, and starts right after the end of the game. Definitely recommended reads!

oooo ive always wondered what that mission was like! ill have to stop by the library soon
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here's a suggestion mates - read something with actual literary significance 8)

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#25 megamadman5
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here's a suggestion mates - read something with actual literary significance 8)

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like what?
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#26 LikeHaterade
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I recommend the Starcraft novels. I thought they were very good.

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#27 ver5us
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here's a suggestion mates - read something with actual literary significance 8)

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What's the fun in that?

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#28 _en1gma_
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Halo: The Fall of Reach was actually quite good. :o

Haven't read the other ones..

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#29 Vaasman
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here's a suggestion mates - read something with actual literary significance 8)

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The problem is that by the time you're out of college, you've probably read almost every book that had any historical/literarysignificance and found them all to be boring crap. Once you're old enough it's better to read what interests you more that what interested others back in the 1800's.