- Series: Planescape
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (December 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786906715
- ISBN-13: 978-0786906710
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pages of Pain (Planescape) Paperback – December, 1997
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The reader goes through several levels of revelations, even as the characters themselves do. While some of the characters seem one-dimensional superficially, if that is the case, why does your heart tug so when the full trajedy of this book is visited upon them?
The treatment of the Lady of Pain herself is wonderful. She is the darkest side of the city of Sigil personified, and she forms the entire emotional tone of the novel. As the very embodiment of suffering and pain, we expect to find the evil delight that fills her, but has ever such a loathsome villain raised such empathy? Gollumn was surely deserving of pity, but not the Lady of Pain who revels in her cruelty, who believes it an actual necessity. Yet her longing, as is that of every character in this novel, is palpable and undeniably human.
This is primarily an emotional maze the characters find themselves lost in, and those seeking a hack n slash adventure should look elsewhere, but those who remember that it's role-playing and not roll-playing, should definitely check this out.
This is an amazing book. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a classic, but rather a modern myth for modern times. The story's narration was excellent, and the ending wasn't necessarily shocking and instead more akin to a tragedy in which you know what will happen but are enthralled anyway.
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This novel is one of the best, most unique, and thought-provoking I have ever read - a must for intelligent readers!Published 5 months ago by David O
The story is epic and sad. If you know a lot about D&D I think you can really appreciate aspects of the book, but even if you don't it's a good read. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Josh
I guess I'm one of the rare readers of this book in that I didn't love it, nor did I hate it. I enjoyed it and think that it added to the Planescape setting, but since no one in... Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by Scott E Weaver
I had been curious about this book even though I had read some horrible customer reviews.
And the only book I had read by this author was a Forgotten Realms book that was... Read more
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Couldn't really get attached to the main character, either. He just seems more of a selfish prick throughout the story and the only reason the... Read more
Picked this book up for the holidays and really because I was a fan of Troy Denning's works. it didn't disappoint.Published on January 9, 2014 by Chris Rone
The book offers some interesting thought and philosophies by its characters, and hints at the Lady of Pain's origins and link to the main character. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Hardball
Though i've never read any of the other PLANESCAPE books, this 1 is well-written & interesting. It's a TSR book so it reads like many other D&D-based novels, which aren't all that... Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Blair C. aka Darby