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Assassin's Creed: Renaissance (Assassin's Creed (Unnumbered))

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Could have been better

By Christopher Reynolds "goneflyin" - February 23, 2010

I love the game so I couldn't resist buying the book. I'm sad to say that I am thus far disappointed in the book. I think the idea of a book or series of books based on the characters is a great idea, but maybe a different author would have been better. One of the things that first made me stop and say "really? did he really just use that phrase?" was the line in which the main character and his older brother are racing along the rooftops, and the older brother says to Ezio, "you went past me like greased lightening". Now I'm no author, but I'm pretty sure that they didn't use the phrase "greased lightening in renaissance Italy. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure they didn't. That coupled with a few of the character names, which sounded to me like the author just made them up by adding the letter o onto the end of them, well basically it just got to the point where I had to put the book down and walk away.

Great idea, bad execution.

A good read, highly underrated.

By Wes - March 13, 2010

I just finished the entire book and thoroughly enjoyed it. At first, my opinion was a little mixed because of how close the novel followed the game: sometimes down to exact quotations. But ultimately I enjoyed the rendering. The author also included the "bonus chapters" of the game with nearly stunning accuracy. My only real complaint is that the author specifically left out the "modern day" portion of the story of the game. It made the novel as a whole easier to understand, and appreciate Ezio`s story, but I was dissappointed. However, I was overall pleased, and would recommend picking it up.

Just play the game, and forget this garbage

By Brian Long "Brian" - November 10, 2010

Books based on video games usually fall into two categories, great and awful. Books that're basically a verbatim screenplay of otherwise great video games instead fall into awful and preferably burnable. Assassins Creed: Renaissance is taken almost word for word from the fantastic game that its based off of, with a rather glaring exception, that Desmond and Abstergo are not part of the actual story. While I can appreciate the attempt to not have to worry about juggling the two storylines and the Animus, its like having a heart and no lungs. Also injected is this sense of "past lives", which is so glossed on as to be easily laughable. Add in ridiculous plot points and attempts to work the games tutorial into the story only serve to further poison what is already an awful book.

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