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The Living Dead [Mass Market Paperback]

T.H. Lain
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Aug. 1 2002 Dungeons & Dragons Novel
The second book in a series featuring characters from the Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks.

Featuring the iconic characters that appear throughout the latest edition of the D&D game, this new series will attract new players and readers to the various worlds featured in the Wizards of the Coast book publishing line. The already familiar characters and D&D-related content will also make this series very approachable to current players.


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T. H. LAIN resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. This is his first foray into writing novels about the D&D world.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection Dec 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is so much better than the previous one it resurrects the just born series. In this piece we have a new cast of characters, more seasoned adventurers than in The Savage Caves and the story is of a 1000 year epic struggle involving higher powers rathern than the cave crawl of the previous book.
The pace is slower and the characters are allowed to give much more exposition, probably too much exposition with many speeches giving the history of everyone. However it does allow the characters to become much more fleshed out than the ones from The Savage Caves.
The actual adventure consists of a bard, mage, cleric and ranger trying to finally end the terror of a very powerful undead. It was actually solidly mediocre and uninspired, just what you'd expect from franchise fiction.
All in all, an improvement over the very poor The Savage Caves yet only a mediocre 3 out of 5.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but too much predictable Nov. 11 2002
By Terry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a book fun to read, fighting undead with inspired melody, magic spell and enchanted sword. But probably it has too much "fun", i.e. not only one but two main characters both got naked and then subsequencely even running naked across the whole town.
The already shorten story line is also too much predictable, IMHO. I believe I guess 90% of the ending when I just finished about 1/3 of the book. Along with the main characters, there are too many secondary characters, and most of them are very "short lived", and not being described in much more details than just one or two sentences. According to the "tradition" of this series, i.e. no more than 200 pages for each title, this shortcoming might be a given.
Overall, this is not a bad book, it is fun and no brainer, but this title might be the worst in this series so far. 1.5 stars if I could give.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Whahuh? Oct. 10 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This isn,t a bad book, but I really expected a tale involving a lot of different undead types, and instead I found the group was facing little more than a Wight. No offense, but there a plenty scarier undead to choose from than wights. The tale isn't bad and some of the characters are fun, but the story is rushed, told in well under 300 pages. Had I known I was paying six bucks for a book under three hundred pages I would have thought twice before making a purchase. As it is, I will say away from TH Lain's Penny Dreadfuls that cost a dollar. Definately a throw away tale, as I read this a month ago and cannot recall a single character's name.
Not a bad read, just not worth the cover. 2 stars for shortness of story and forgettable characters.
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The second book in the Dungeons and Dragons series that feature the Iconic characters from the 3rd Edition Player's Handbook, "The Living Dead" pits our heroes against undead villainy running amok.

The heroes from the PHB this time include Devis, Mialee, and Soveliss, along with a secondary cast of characters that round out the group. The story tends to have a lot more humour in it than you'd expect: two people end up running around a city naked in the pouring rain, for example, before the story is very far underway. There's some classic fun in this one, as well as very dark villains and sometimes gore-laden descriptive text. After all, undead are the enemy.

There's no great mental challenge to these books so far, and that's fine - this is not reading intended to change your life, after all. The length is still very short for the price, but the story - even if it is straightforward - is entertaining. This is candy for the mind, easily and quickly enjoyed, and I'll happily admit I'm hooked.

'Nathan
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More brain-candy fantasy from Lain, with Iconic folk aplenty Sept. 22 2002
By Jonathan Burgoine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The second book in the Dungeons and Dragons series that feature the Iconic characters from the 3rd Edition Player's Handbook, "The Living Dead" pits our heroes against undead villainy running amok.

The heroes from the PHB this time include Devis, Mialee, and Soveliss, along with a secondary cast of characters that round out the group. The story tends to have a lot more humour in it than you'd expect: two people end up running around a city naked in the pouring rain, for example, before the story is very far underway. There's some classic fun in this one, as well as very dark villains and sometimes gore-laden descriptive text. After all, undead are the enemy.

There's no great mental challenge to these books so far, and that's fine - this is not reading intended to change your life, after all. The length is still very short for the price, but the story - even if it is straightforward - is entertaining. This is candy for the mind, easily and quickly enjoyed, and I'll happily admit I'm hooked.

'Nathan
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection Dec 21 2003
By David Hood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is so much better than the previous one it resurrects the just born series. In this piece we have a new cast of characters, more seasoned adventurers than in The Savage Caves and the story is of a 1000 year epic struggle involving higher powers rathern than the cave crawl of the previous book.
The pace is slower and the characters are allowed to give much more exposition, probably too much exposition with many speeches giving the history of everyone. However it does allow the characters to become much more fleshed out than the ones from The Savage Caves.
The actual adventure consists of a bard, mage, cleric and ranger trying to finally end the terror of a very powerful undead. It was actually solidly mediocre and uninspired, just what you'd expect from franchise fiction.
All in all, an improvement over the very poor The Savage Caves yet only a mediocre 3 out of 5.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story Aug. 12 2013
By James S. Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a Dungeons and Dragons player, and I got this book with high expectations for it. It delivered what is known as a single adventure, but it did so in such a way as to keep me wanting more. I am looking forward to getting all of the other books.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start June 10 2010
By Matthew Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
T.H. Lain is a great writer... considering he's a pen name of many different novelists. None the less, this version of T.H. Lain got an entire story, including character introduction, character development, introduction of bad thing, introduction of a prophecy & resolution into less then 200 pages. I've seen other D&D writers do less with more.

I wont go into great depth about plot, other then to say that undead are involved: Ok, maybe a bit more... but i dont want to spoil it. Bad things are happening in a generic D&D town & suddenly the town stops being quite so generic as its revealed that this town has an almost lovecraftian past.

Ok, so this book isn't great. However, it is well written. If the author had been given the room, this book could have been brilliant: As it is it still gets four stars from me, because it did what it set out to do with style; something that isn't easy with only 192 pages to work with. One of the best in the series

-M
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best in This Series Jan. 23 2010
By David Tanner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is not the best book in this series but is serviceable. The story is very linear and there are no surprises or plot twists. It was the first published by this author of this series, and they do get better. The point of view changes between the characters unnecessarily, which makes reading a bit awkward. Don't quit on this series, there are several good ones, and none I have read as bad as this one.
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