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  • #38269

    Cap
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    In our newest episode we read from a book called Heroes of Destiny Episode I: Eternal Knights. We had a great time doing it and so far it sould like you guys had a great time listening to it!

    Episode here: https://nerdyshow.com/2014/04/episode-174-microsode-nerdy-show-reads-heroes-of-destiny/#comment-7068

    I’ve got some question for everyone!

    @mrjmir – how the heck did you find this book?

    Has anyone else read it or heard of it before?

    #38275

    MrJMir
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    I was in a small book store in Halifax one day, looking for something new, read the prologue, thought it sounded like a basic fantasy setup, and I was in the mood to dip my toes into some basic fantasy (pretty much only read sci-fi before). Well, that prologue reads fairly differently from the rest of the book. It did not prepare me at all. :s

    Apparently the author was local to Halifax, but that still does not explain how he got published.

    "Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome." Isaac Asimov

    #38280

    Cap
    Keymaster

    @mrjmir – Oh nice! So we’re like… on the ground floor of this monumental moment in literature! That’s awesome!

    #38282

    MrJMir
    Participant

    Still wish I could have found the section with the creationist dragon, or every time the characters get an item or a person joins their party. That would have been the icing on the cake.

    "Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome." Isaac Asimov

    #38283

    Trench
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    Apparently the author was local to Halifax, but that still does not explain how he got published.

    @mrjmir I asked myself the same question as I perused the book looking for sections to have George Lowe read at our panel earlier this month. It seems Kevin Wong self published. That or the editor and publisher were erased from existence as punishment for allowing the book to happen as there is no mention of either anywhere in or on the book. Only things that make sense.

    If Heroes of Destiny was intentionally written the way it is as a joke, it would be brilliant. However, there is nothing to suggest that it isn’t exactly what it appears to be, a poorly written atrocity wrapped in wish fulfillment. It’s like the worst train wreck ever, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t look away.

    Side Note: Just as equally amusing as the book are the Amazon reviews that give it a positive rating and say what a great coming of age story for teens it is.

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    #38285

    Garayur
    Participant

    To make it worse his website says its supposed to be the first of 6 books. What I find bizarre is even the 1 star review ignores the actual quality of the writing.

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    #38286

    TheBigBadShadowMan
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    please tell me if you guys do more of this.
    I have to ask if you do more can the main bad guy (if there is one) sound like skeletor, mostly because of where this book takes place

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    #38287

    Doug
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    I gotta say, after doing five minutes of “Google research” on Mr. Wong, I started to feel a little guilty. The dude is a genuine sweetheart who is doing what he loves. So while it may feel like we’re reading the “Ed Wood” of fantasy novels, I can’t help but feel like I should encourage him instead of mock him.

    I guess my feelings started to change when I stumbled across a livejournal fan community for Heroes of Destiny. Yes, they exist. And the small parts that I read were of frustrated fans who had just received news that Kevin had recently been the butt of a malicious prank. I don’t know the details, but it looks like the group had to do a massive “house cleaning” to rid themselves of a bunch of trolls.

    If I ever meet Kevin Wong, I would give him a big hug and tell him to keep writing. No matter what the haters say.

    Don’t mean to bring everyone down. It was a fun episode. Just sayin’ how I feel, man.

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    #38290

    MrJMir
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    @thebigbadshadowman I believe the big bad is Demono. And the story takes place in the small country of Eternia. On the continent of Eterniad. On the planet of Eternium.

    And I don’t think I’ve seen any of the planned sequels. I think the author might have given up, given the last bit of activity was 2007. Too bad because, ignoring the extra fluff, it reads like an RPG.

    "Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome." Isaac Asimov

    #38294

    Delphi
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    Listening to this definitely gave me some flashbacks to other terrible self published works I’ve read. Some on a dare, most written by friends of friends of friends, and one memorable one written by a girl i knew from high school. We weren’t that close, and given the story that may have been a good thing. The story involved some type of demon type thing causing horrible deaths and the main protagonist who was destined either to stop or control it. I forget which, mostly because she had flip flopped between the two in various early drafts I had seen through our school days. It was a good thing I wasn’t memorable enough to be considered one of her friends however, as most of her friends ended up in her book, as victims of the demon. It wasn’t even like the deaths were ironic or some sort of cosmic justice for things the characters did, their only crimes were knowing the protagonist and appearing in the book. The death scenes were horribly violent, especially when you consider that there were real people she was thinking about when she wrote them. I believe she’s seen a therapist since then, and she’s still writing, but trying to keep things lighter. It just goes to show the weird things that get printed when self publishers write in a vacuum.

    I wonder if Kevin based any of the other heroes off of people he knew…??!

    #38307

    frozentreasure
    Participant

    I swear I will get a copy of this for myself and read all of it for everyone. I can’t tell if it will be better or worse than Sonic in the Search for Love.

    Regards,

    ~Roy42

    #38308

    BertoElCon
    Participant

    I grabbed a kindle copy after I listened to the episode, best $3 I’ve ever spent.

    Nobody is normal, a normal person is just someone you don't know very well.

    #38309

    Garayur
    Participant

    same. If you guys are interested in a community ensemble reading I have a mic and am willing.

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    #38312

    Trench
    Keymaster

    @frozentreasure nothing is worse than Sonic in the Search for Love.

    @bertoelcon, @garayur if you guys end up organizing that and making it happen let us know

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    #38313

    frozentreasure
    Participant

    You haven’t been to the depths of the Internet that I have, Trench.

    Regards,

    ~Roy42

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