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Torment [Mass Market Paperback]

Ray Vallese , Valerie Vallese
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Oct. 1 1999 Planescape
An eternal war

The endless Blood War rages, a never-ending battle between the fiends of the planes. Amid this horrific conflict, a single hero with no memory of his past seeks to discover his true identity.

Of course, this being the planes, his companions on his quest are...unusual. But if you can't trust a floating skull, an eccentric inventor, and a succubus, who can you trust?

Practically no one.

Based n the best-selling computer game from Interplay.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Strangely, the game is better then the book. May 20 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Most of the time the book is better then the movie, etc.
Not this time.
Maybe it was my fault for playing the game through before reading the book, but this book was run of the mill fantasy dribble.
I read it through in two days but i cant say that that was because of how enjoyable it was. I read it quick so i can move onto another book.
As of right now the game can probably be got for as little as this book. If youre interested in DnD or Planescape, pick up the game. You wont be sorry.
But stay away from this book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak Storyline June 22 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'll admit it; I have no one to blame but myself for being disappointed by this book. Wizards of the Coast has always released poor novels, with the exception of the Dragonlance series, but I liked the computer game "Planescape: Torment" enough that I assumed this book would be different.
It wasn't.
The storyline was weak, to put it simply. Imagine the basic plot of the game, then cut off three-quarters of its strength. The goal seemed to be to fit the basic idea of the entire game into as short of a book as possible, which translates into a book that is written faster. There seems to be no point to this book except to wrestle the last few dollars out of the buyer's hand after they spent most of it on "Planescape: Torment".
Granted, the characters are true to what you would probably expect, and the atmosphere is equivalent. The thing I just cannot get over is how dumbed-down the whole thing feels. Maybe it's just the fact that I generally dislike high fantasy, but I still suspect a deeper problem with this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A review on itself April 3 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have not played the game, but I have been playing the Planescape setting of AD&D since it was launched. In that context, I can't compare the novel to the game, but the book to the book itself. It's Planescape down to the bones. It vividly shows the feel of the setting. Even if it's aimed at teen and pre-teen readers (it's very easy to read), I found it a pleasure of enjoyment. If you like fantasy, give it a try. It's more than worth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun romp through the Planescape Oct. 27 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At first I was wary of buying this book, after trying to read the terrible novelization of Baldur's Gate. But gladly, this book claimed my attention and kept me reading all the way to the end.
It's not just a cliffhanger-solution pattern of chapters as some have said. It read to me like a fun, easy, very enjoyable escape. No, It's not great literature, but it is better than one would expect from a simple novelization of a computer game. I think it stands fine as a novel by itself. The closer you get to the end, the longer your reading periods become as you want to find out what happens to Thane.
One thing I didn't like was some of the characters were killed and the end could use something more. What happens to Morte? The other characters? It's as if it calls for a sequal, which I would love to see.
This is a nice, fun, easy read and I recommend it to someone who wants a little escape.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book ever, seriously. . . Oct. 19 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, the rating is not 'one star', it's a poor substitution for zero stars, since that was not an option. Ok, this isn't the WORST book ever, it just seems that way compared to the game. The game WAS the BEST game ever, with an incredible storyline, fantastic characters and graphics, and it relied more on storytelling and roleplaying than mindless combat. I was so disappointed with how this book took so many aspects of the game that made it so great and mangled them like the scars on the Nameless One (or Thane, as the novel moronically tags him). Annah, a fat, ugly little MAGE? Ravel, a nice old grandma, rather than evil demigod? A stupid green cylinder rather than the enigmatic bronze sphere? WTF?! Anyway, if you actually plan on reading this atrocity (I dunno why you ever would), get the game first; that masterpiece is ruined if this pile of dung is perused prior. Or actually, just get the game, period.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book ever, seriously. . . Oct. 19 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, the rating is not 'one star', it's a poor substitution for zero stars, since that was not an option. Ok, this isn't the WORST book ever, it just seems that way compared to the game. The game WAS the BEST game ever, with an incredible storyline, fantastic characters and graphics, and it relied more on storytelling and roleplaying than mindless combat. I was so disappointed with how this book took so many aspects of the game that made it so great and mangled them like the scars on the Nameless One (or Thane, as the novel moronically tags him). Annah, a fat, ugly little MAGE? Ravel, a nice old grandma, rather than evil demigod? A stupid green cylinder rather than the enigmatic bronze sphere? WTF?! Anyway, if you actually plan on reading this atrocity (I dunno why you ever would), get the game first; that masterpiece is ruined if this pile of dung is perused prior. Or actually, just get the game, period.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ravel can see my Torment Oct. 10 2000
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At one point in Torment (the game), Ravel Puzzelwell, an infamous legendary Night Hag who has granted the curse of immortality on the Nameless one looks mockingly into the heart of both him and the hearts of his five companions. Nameless, as she explains acts as a loadstone for tormented souls, all the characters who have followed him thus far are "tormented" to some degreee as well. Each has an internal conflict, and Ravel with her demented but nontheless truthful vision sees the faults and torments of each character: Dak'kon the grimly silent but obedient githzerai is bound to the service of the Nameless one through an old and forgotten debt. Annah, the bitchy but lovable teifling girl, finds herself mysteriously drawn to scarred and leathery man, although this revelation confuses and frightens rather than reassures her. Fall-from-grace, the reformed succubus, also finds that the Nameless one inspires her sympathy, although in turning away from her inherent dark nature she suffers as well. Nordom, the rogue modron, has lived in a world of perfect order until he deviated from the norm in his home. His assured and robotic voice hides is an increasingly confused being behind it. Even Morte, the goofy floating skull, with a wry and sometimes raunchy sense of humor, is stricken with guilt about a past event so distand he doesn't even remember it. Yet now his innate cowardace is his achilles heel. Now, I suppose, if I were traveling with the Nameless one and his motley crew of friends, what would Ravel see in me? What is my torment? Very recently, I had played a turly phenominal game called Planescape: Torment. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Fall of TSR...
This book was not worth the 5 dollars I paid for it. I own every book published by TSR (to my knowledge), and have always been a staunch supporter and avid fan of their work. Read more
Published on July 23 2000 by PETER MILAKOVICH
3.0 out of 5 stars Real Fantasy...
I liked this book. Story is very good and rare, i never get bored while reading , a full of fast action and unexpected scenes inside, fantasy fans must definitely read ....
Published on June 10 2000 by Silverwraith
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the game...
... you'll love the book. If you havent played the game then you won't. This book helps fill in a lot of questions re: the Nameless One and is a pleasant complement to the... Read more
Published on May 8 2000 by John F. Nordlinger
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad writing ruins a good story
How come the story was so brilliant in the computer game, and yet this novel is so bad? Is this story too big to fit into a book? Does it have too many scenes? Read more
Published on March 13 2000 by Lucian Wischik
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storyline, bad writers.
"Torment" is the tragic tale of a man's quest for the truth to his immortallity. As with the computer game, the ending of this book left me with an unbearable sad... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Good novelization of a GREAT game
If you like computer role-playing games and haven't checked out Black Isle's FANTASTIC Planescape: Torment, stop reading this and go buy the game. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2000 by David Whittle
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