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Arena The introduction of the hottest new game in has spawned the hottest new book since Dragonlance was launched Magic The Gathering trading card role playing game system inaugurates a new world of ma

  • Title: Arena
  • Author: William R. Forstchen
  • ISBN: 9780061054242
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • The introduction of the hottest new game in 1993 has spawned the hottest new book since Dragonlance was launched Magic The Gathering trading card role playing game system inaugurates a new world of magic and mystery The book includes a coupon for two rare Magic trading cards that cannot be found anywhere else.

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      • William R. Forstchen

        William R Forstchen born 1950 is an American author who began publishing in 1983 with the novel Ice Prophet He is a Professor of History and Faculty Fellow at Montreat College, in Montreat, North Carolina He received his doctorate from Purdue University with specializations in Military History, the American Civil War and the History of Technology.Forstchen is the author of than forty books, including the award winning We Look Like Men of War, a young adult novel about an African American regiment that fought at the Battle of the Crater, which is based upon his doctoral dissertation, The 28th USCTs Indiana s African Americans go to War, 1863 1865 and the Lost Regiment series which has been optioned by both Tom Cruise and M Night Shyamalan.Forstchen s writing efforts have, in recent years, shifted towards historical fiction and non fiction In 2002 he started the Gettysburg trilogy with Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich the trilogy consists of Gettysburg A Novel of the Civil War, Grant Comes East, and Never Call Retreat Lee and Grant The Final Victory More recently, they have have published two works on the events leading up to Pearl Harbor and immediately after that attack Pearl Harbor, and Days of Infamy.In March 2009, Forstchen s latest work, One Second After, Forge St Martin s books was released Based upon several years of intensive research and interviews, it examines what might happen in a typical American town in the wake of an attack on the United States with electro magnetic pulse EMP weapons Similar in plotting to books such as On the Beach and Alas Babylon, One Second After, is set in a small college town in western North Carolina and is a cautionary tale of the collapse of social order in the wake of an EMP strike The book has been optioned by Warner Bros and currently is in development as a feature film The book was cited on the floor of Congress and before the House Armed Services Committee by Congressman Roscoe Bartlett R MD , chair of the House Committee tasked to evaluate EMP weapons, as a realistical portrayal of the potential damage rendered by an EMP attack on the continental United States.Forstchen resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his daughter Meghan His other interests include archaeology, and he has participated in several expeditions to Mongolia and Russia He is a pilot and co owns an original 1943 Aeronca L 3B recon plane used in World War IIcmillan author willia


    1. Wow - I was just surprised by this book popping up on my screen. I was doing a review of The Final Day by William R. Forstchen, I saw that he wrote Arena as well. I haven't thought about this book in years. When I was in high school in the mid 90's, I was kind of obsessed with Magic: The Gathering. I had thousands of cards, played all the time, and bought several books in the series - which had just started coming out. While it has been years since I played and read this book, I remember both t [...]

    2. As a 12 year-old, when "Magic" was the center of my world, I was in love with this book. Re-reading it now, 20 years later, I cannot summon (get it?) the same enthusiasm. The characters are paper-thin and the plot is pretty pulpy, inspired - as several reviews have pointed out - by the timeless tale of Yojimbo. It might make a decent dumb movie. There is one thing it has going for it, though, which sets it apart from most game tie-in novels. Rather than simply explore the fictional world the gam [...]

    3. It's readable.The melodramatic emotional fireworks are very annoying, but fortunately the author partitioned most of them off into small one- to two-page segments. Hammen somehow manages to be both out-of-character and cliched at the same time (what was with him unconsciously transferring to calling Garth "Master"?), the background characters (and women, too) are cardboard, Garth (hero/main character) is hypocritical but mercifully bland in this respect, the villains are annoying stereotypes ("V [...]

    4. As mentioned elsewhere, this story is something like Yojimbo or the more recent Last Man Standing. I found this in my parents attic the other day, and I read the reviews here so I decided to read it. I had never read it, even though I bought it when it came out (copyrighted 1994). The last page was cut where the coupon for the two free cards was, but I think I got the last line of the book.This book was written not necessarily before Magic had a story line associated with it, but before they put [...]

    5. Take Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (one man plays two rival groups against each other), now put it in a fantasy setting based off the Magic: The Gathering cards, turn the two rival groups into four (or five), and you've got Arena. It's a clever tale of one man's revenge against an entire city run by magical guilds that fight each other once a year in a spectacle called "Festival". I don't want to give away anything, but the treachery and twists make this a fun read. It's a guilty pleasure of mine.

    6. This is not imaginative, ground-breaking fantasy nor does it claim to be. For me, this is a five star read because it knows what it is and the author indulges in every word of it. I don't always need or want to read nuanced, complicated novels with twists and turns that keep me guessing. This novel was an enjoyable, quick fantasy story that is well told and has plenty of action. This is just what I wanted from it.

    7. The pacing and the simple plot operate like greased pistons in Arena and there's lots and lots of gory, liquifying, burning death and PG winks towards that thing that mommys and daddys do when they love each other very very much. A very American sense of priorities. I'd expect no less from an author who collaborates with Newt Gingrich in a series of at least seven historical novels. I want to put scare quotes on that historical but I'm sure they're great. Arena is not a great novel, or good in m [...]

    8. I think one of these stars is for nostalgia, but I do still find the book reliably entertaining after over a decade and quite accessible even for someone who doesn't know anything about Magic: The Gathering (that said, some quirks of the magic system will make more sense if you're familiar with the card game).This isn't the most original story, but it doesn't pretend to break new ground -- it just romps with fierce joy over the old stuff. So you have a mysterious one-eyed stranger show up in tow [...]

    9. In my experience, early books from the Magic: The Gathering Collectible Card Game series of novels fell into one of two categories: those that were so entrenched in the game aspects of the CCG that their worlds suffered, and those that used the idiom of the CCG to build up a complete world from the flimsy structure presented by the cards themselves.This book falls into the latter category. The author created a relatively complete world, replete with customs and a mythos to support it. Even thoug [...]

    10. Based on the popular card game of the same name, this was the first book written using the MtG world as a backdrop.The main character is a mysterious, one-eyed magic user by the name of Garth One-Eye. He has to come to an annual festival where magic users of many different houses compete for honor, glory, and the right to walk alongside a powerful Walker who promises that all will be revealed to the winner of the tournament.While some people who have never played the card game before might scoff [...]

    11. It took me quite a whole to get into the first Magic The Gathering novel but by the end I was frantically reading, gripped to reach the end. Although I didn't enjoy it as much as the Theros novellas I'm still looking forward to working my way through the world of magic through book form and bringing a new depth to the game. This felt like more a tribute to the actual card playing game - giving it a 'real life' setting rather than the later stories which have evolved some ideas, especially those [...]

    12. I know this book is far from awesome, however, I still enjoy reading it. I get such a kick out of when a spell is cast, and I know what card they are referring to. I really think that the MtG novels got the short end of the stick, when thinking about how people view them. They are entertaining. And for me, the wife of a (former) avid Magic player, they offered me a way to be involved in the game, as I did not play that often, insight into the characters and places that were being battled over on [...]

    13. The writing style of this book is not really very good but the story itself is interesting. At the time the book came out, there is still a lack of deep lore regarding the world of Magic: the Gathering so this author pulls through and managed to realise an entire city. At times, it does try a little too hard to tie the magic back to the game system and comes across as unrealistic. If you're a fan of the game, this book is a good read.

    14. No extensive review or anything, but this is one of my all time favorite books. I'm not sure that there is anything all that great about it, but being a fan of both fantasy and Magic: The Gathering, the story of Garth One-Eye blew me away.I read this for the first time as a freshman in high school back in 1994 and have re-read it so many times since that I've lost count.

    15. I read this book a long, long time ago (more than 15 years or so)in that time i was an avid Magic: The Gathering player so this but i didn't have much hope for this book.I don't remember the argument very well, but i remember that i loved this book. I think it's one of the main causes for me to enjoy fantasy so much.That well deserves 5 stars :D

    16. Read this when I was really into playing Magic and reading about it. God, that was over 10 years ago. Man I am old. Anyway, this book was a lot of fun and probably the best Magic based book there was.

    17. I had a few other books based on Magic: The Gathering, but this is the only one I kept after my big move. For whatever reason, the story in this one is really fantastic and always makes me read it in one sitting.

    18. Believe it or not but this is one of my favorite books! Pure entertainment and I have re-read it atleast half a dozen times, a crazy world with tons of fantastic beasts and cool battles!I wouldn't recommend it to many people but for me it doesn't get any better than this entertainment!

    19. This is a great fantasy book When you start reading it, you may find yourself hard to put it down. Like the magic itself, it'll consume you.

    20. This is, far and away, the best MTG book I have read. They go down hill so fast, I am not sure I'll pick up any more.

    21. This felt like two books, or rather a short story someone said, "Hey, stretch that into a paperback."The second half was great, as far as these go (I've read way worse Star Trek and Star Wars EU novels at any rate). It was really entertaining. I did feel like the protagonist was a bit invincible and wasn't really risking much, but what do you expect from a binary good vs. evil plot.The action in the arena was entertaining, though a lot of that may have derived from reference after reference to a [...]

    22. Mágia všade, kde sa pozrieš. Garth Jedno Oko ma fascinoval a aj celý ten svet okolo. Ja viem, príbeh je to v podstate jednoduchý a ide len o jedno, ale Forschten to napísal parádne. Normálne, že mám chuť si ísť zahrať Magic: the Gathering (a pokračovať tak v príbehu), ale bráni mi v tom maličkosť nemám karty fňuk. Ježiškovi som zabudla napísať :(

    23. I really enjoyed this book. It was the first real fantasy book I read and I'm thinking about writing a full review on it later.

    24. I would never have picked this book myself, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected and there were some neat ideas in it.

    25. In my opinion, this book was not good.The basic premise is that a mysterious one-eyed stranger arrives in town on the eve of the annual magic festival (actual magic cards here) and pits the pre-established magic-wielding groups against one another for his own secret purposes. There is much magicking and some sneaking and a little implied sex and a certain amount of violence. The "mob" is always "howling" and magicians' hands are always "waving" and everyone has names like Zarel and Kirlen of Bol [...]

    26. I know my rating is skewed by nostalgia and you know what? I'm okay with that. I started playing MTG in 1993 and I missed this books initial release but still managed to read it after the promo card giveaway expired. I'd guess the last time I read this book was in 1996 but after a dry spell of not reading for almost 5 months this year I decided I needed to reread something from my past. This was sitting in my desk drawer because I had every intention of trying to convert it to a eReader format s [...]

    27. I was wary about reading a book based on a trading card game (even though I love MTG) because of the limits put on the author when much of the world they are writing about is already laid out. Maybe partly because of this trepedition, I found myself unable to put this book down, captivated by the story. Its a damn good book where I didn't really expect to find one. A plesant surprise!While its true that the occasional attempt to conform the book to the MTG game by casting some of the more popula [...]

    28. Fantasy is not a genre of book that I normally read, but having recently gotten into playing the Magic: The Gathering card game, I thought I would see what the first book in the series was like. The story at first seems pretty straight-forward, but the author does a good job of slowly unraveling further details to keep the reader's curiosity pulling them along to the end of the story. The descriptive writing of the procession through the city to the Arena and of the battles between fighters thro [...]

    29. For someone who played M:tG during its early years, it's nice to see some of the cards/spells mentioned in the book and to see a semblance of how the game was played integrated when two "fighters" dueled.Nostalgia aside, the book was an OK read. It wasn't that great, but it wasn't that bad either.Some of the characters were clichéd and flat, but I think it's forgivable being the 1st book in the M:tG franchise and seeing what Forstchen had to work with. I'm pretty sure that the powers-that-be ju [...]

    30. I have read this book more times than anything else. Not to say you should go out and buy it right now, far from it in fact. I bought this primarily to get the free card exclusive to the book, and ended up throwing it into my backpack. From there, I just brought it to class with me every day, and just continued to read it once I had finished it. It was a rough year for me at a new school, and this I guess was my constant. The premise is simple: mysterious stranger comes to town for magic tournam [...]

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