Monday, April 27, 2015
Best Review I've Ever Gotten!
This is the best review I've ever gotten for something I wrote -- Cyclopean Deeps vol 1 -- so I'm geeked. The first couple of paragraphs are about other things, but then it starts the review. The reviewer (who is apparently THE Pathfinder go-to reviewer) is covering the Pathfinder version of the book, not the Swords & Wizardry version, so there's some discussion of the mechanics, but as you'll see the review specifically focuses on the non-mechanical side. It's well timed, too, because the second volume is done and is an add-on to the Kickstarter for Cults of the Sundered Kingdoms, which is underway now.
But back to the review, 'cause I'm geeked. :)
"This manages to elicit a sense of cultural wonder akin to the writings of the classic titans like Gygax, a breath of the magical and uncanny, while also breathing the spirit of the mythos and classic pulp fiction akin to Howard or Haggard. Cyclopean Deeps managed to evoke something I almost never feel anymore these days – a sense of jamais-vu."
"As odd and alien the vistas portrayed herein are, they still feel uncannily organic, realistic and alive – which drives further home the point of this book being not only unique, but inspired in the very best way. "
"...a sense of decrepitude, of civilizations most vile, fallen to magics even worse, suffuses the paragraphs, with details upon details drawing a picture of a world that could be another, a place so wildly different, yet familiar, that it could be considered an escalation of the concept of the uncanny.
"This massive tome breathes more unique ideas in a chapter than some whole series of books."
"Author Matthew J. Finch delivers quite frankly one of the most imaginative, awesome books in the whole Frog God/Necromancer Games-canon"