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The Order of the Stick: No Cure for the Paladin Blues by Rich Burlew
Cover Artist: Rich Burlew
Review by Paul Haggerty
Giant in the Playground Games Trade Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780976658030
Date: 1 December 2006

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The Order of the Stick: No Cure for the Paladin Blues takes up right where the first book in the series The Order of the Stick: Dungeon Crawlin' Fools left off. Our heroes are flush with excitement over their big win over the evil lich Xykon and his goblin henchmen. Now it's time to rest and resupply and prepare for their next great adventure. The only problem being that their last great adventure isn't quite over yet. Xykon maybe dead, but then again, he's a lich. He was dead to start with, and he's not particularly happy about the way he's been treated. Meanwhile a mysteriously cloaked figure rides ever closer, having sworn to bath his swords in the blood of the evildoers ... which are, of course, our heroes. Fantasy realms seem to run on the same rule as the real one: No good deed goes unpunished.

From official release/information:

From the back of the book: The Order of the Stick: No Cure for the Paladin Blues continues the comic strip adventures of six stick figure heroes as they leave the dungeon behind (they blew it up anyway) and explore the great outdoors in more than 200 full-color comic strips. In this second volume collecting Rich Burlew's smash webcomic, comedy and action collide as the unwitting members of the Order of the Stick find themselves caught between the Good Guys and the Bad Guys in what turns out to be kind of a big universal struggle thing. It's complicated, but there are crayons involved. As you've come to expect,The Order of the Stick delivers strip after strip of hilarious satire of role-playing games and the fantasy genre in a world of spoiled teenage sorceresses, uptight paladins, and a small white cat named Mr. Scruffy. Your copy of our first book sits alone on a shelf and cries, pining away for the soulmate it might never know if you don't shell out the cash for this book. Are you so cold and unfeeling as to let its cries fall on deaf ears?

(Source: Giant in the Playground Games)

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