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Hysterically awesome, at first
I read this entire story, and was cracking up before I'd finished the first few paragraphs. As I went on, though, I simply got used to the consistent badness and then could only judge The Eye Of Argon on its merits as an actual story.

This happens to me a lot when reading/watching/playing something So Bad Its Good. If there's a new surprise of sheer badness around every corner, I consistently have something new to laugh at. This is the case with the films Troll 2 and The Room, where some new bizarre element of awesome brokenness is guaranteed to keep me watching. But if the humor comes from, say, only one thing, such as in this case overwrought and poorly-done Purple Prose and horrible spelling and grammar, then once I've stopped laughing at it there's not much left.

That was kind of the case here. Other than some bizarre usage of the word "slut" as an insult for men, a woman talking "bustily", "half chapters", and some other surprises, I pretty much had encountered all I needed to see within the first chapter or so. What was left was a story that is, I have to say, not at all the genre I'm into.

Which means that I was bored. Genuinely enjoyable stories that are poorly made can keep my interest as I both try to get absorbed into the story, while simultaneously laughing at the horrible quality of its telling. But I'm just not into Heroic Fantasy, and especially not Conan The Barbarian-esque fantasy, so not only did I not enjoy the story itself, but my lack of knowledge of the genre meant I couldn't laugh at misapplication of its conventions.

But I do recommend checking this out. It's not that long of a story, and if you're anything like me, you're gonna have tears of laughter pouring out your eyes before you've finished even the first chapter. Unless you're very well-versed in Heroic Fantasy, the first chapter or two is all you really need to get the gist of the awesome awfulness of The Eye Of Argon.
If I ever tried to read this out loud, I'd probably end up going through half a page before exclaiming (ejaculating?), "OH F**K!"

  • sigh* If only we'd had this in proofreading class, it'd be so much more fun.
comment #8555 PrimeEvil 9th Jul 11
Technically neither this nor Conan are High Fantasy but rather Heroic Fantasy. Just sayin'. It is notoriously bad as one of the worst examples of fantasy literature (or any other form of literature for that matter); I personally haven't read it, and am not sure if I'm willing to take that plunge.
comment #8566 psycher7 10th Jul 11
I replaced High Fantasy with Heroic Fantasy. Thanks. Didn't realize it was its own genre.
comment #8581 BonsaiForest 11th Jul 11
You barely need to take the plunge. First chapter. Not even the full chapter, just until you crack up laughing. It's worth it.
comment #8633 BonsaiForest 14th Jul 11
So it seems. How does it compare to say, Archie Reynolds? I quite enjoyed your liveblog of that one, and actually want to get a copy to see first-hand (it still has five 5-star reviews at Amazon, out of five reviews total).
comment #8639 psycher7 14th Jul 11

comment #8652 BonsaiForest 15th Jul 11 (edited by: prosecutor4)
Wow. Prosecutor4 deleted my comment. And who gave him the right to do that?

(Note: he's the author of The Adventures Of Archie Reynolds, and was apparently not happy at his book being featured on this site and portrayed in a negative light. He'd gone on an editing spree, deleting all mentions of it, and editing my personal page)
comment #12699 BonsaiForest 6th Feb 12 (edited by: BonsaiForest)
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