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review 2017-03-08 22:49
Review- Eden's Gate: The Reborn
Eden's Gate: The Reborn: A LitRPG Advent...  Eden's Gate: The Reborn: A LitRPG Adventure - Edward Brody

I seem to be on a LitRPG kick as of late...

 

The Hook (blurb taken from Amazon):

 

Eden’s Gate

When Gunnar Long is transported into the first fully-immersive virtual MMORPG, he finds himself in a new world filled with magic, mystery and adventure.

No more 9-to-5 job. No more studio apartment. No more reality TV.

Finally, he’s in a place where he can call home, a place with people he can call friends.

But as more people want to trade their real world lives to get inside Eden’s Gate, the government of the outside world wants the “game” shut down at all costs.

Gunnar must learn to survive, grow in power and find a way to find send a message back to his old home.

“We’re fine. We’re alive. Eden’s Gate is real.”

 

My opinion:

 

If you haven't heard of the genre or are curious about it, I recommend this book.  The author is a native English speaker, which is a definite plus when it comes to this genre.  I am not dissing translators, but since a lot of these novels are translated from another language and done so at the author's expense, there is a great disparity in quality. 

 

Mr. Brody provided interesting characters and a very original premise as to the circumstances of the players within the game and the driving force behind the plot.  That said, I found the ending very quick and weak.  He spent so much time in the first few chapters building up the apparent dastardly actions of the game developer but then abandoned all of it at the end and tried to present him as doing something for the greater good. 

 

A little disappointment in that, but since it appears this is going to be a series, perhaps another plot twist is coming.  I will be keeping an eye out for the next book in the world of Eden's Gate.

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review 2014-09-09 18:31
Review - The Cost of Living by David Moody
The Cost of Living - David Moody

Damn... that is all I have to say... damn.  I should have seen it coming, but I didn't until the end, and even as I was reading the end, I was like... seriously?  You suck... oh my fucking gods, that was awesome...

 

Refreshing, realistic ending to a different take within the zombie genre.  Great job!  Go read!

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review 2014-06-30 14:18
Review - Roosevelt's Beast by Louis Bayard
Roosevelt's Beast - Louis Bayard

I love historical fiction, but I've been bit in the arse with novels that feature real historical figures so I was a bit hesitant when I saw this novel on NetGalley.  I clicked the request button and I received a copy to read for review.  To be honest, it sat on my kindle for a couple of weeks.  I would pass over it as I scrolled through to find a new read because I liked the promise the title and cover spoke of, but was wary and didn't want to be disappointed.  

 

I am glad that I bit the bullet, as it were, and spent yesterday camped out in front of my air conditioner and went on a historical romp through the Amazon featuring my favorite American president and his son Kermit.  I recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys historical action-adventure fiction.  I doubt you will be disappointed.  

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review 2014-03-16 14:11
Review - Sky1 Foundation by William Amerman
Sky1 - Foundation (#1) - William Amerman

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

 

I enjoyed this book and I recommend it to folks who enjoy a twist on a future with (but a future recognizable and easy to identify with) a dystopian setting.  There were a couple points were I thought emigration would have been a better choice than immigration to describe the offices on certain levels, but it was one of those nit-picky things that didn't truly affect my enjoyment of the book (and I'm not perfect... so the fault could be mine).

 

This is a series, but I felt the novel gave a resolution to the plot presented- the way a series should.

 

Purchase this book, if you are like me, you won't be disappointed.  I am eagerly awaiting the next in this series.  

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review 2014-02-15 19:44
Review - The Perseid Collapse by Steven Konkoly
The Perseid Collapse: 1 (The Perseid Collapse Series) - Steven Konkoly

I first read Konkoly's Jakarta Pandemic and fell in love- not only with Konkoly's writing, but the characters of Alex Fletcher and his family.  I wasn't exactly disappointed with The Perseid Collapse... the adventure was there, Alex was there, and Konkoly's style and his knowledge of weapons and tactics.

 

I was, however, exceedingly disappointed in how this ended.  I am being generous with my rating because of this ending.  There were a couple extraneous chapters.  One that laid the foundations of the Chinese being behind whatever it was that happened (we do not exactly know... we are led to believe it was man made, but then there is the meteor strike...), and a scene with the astronauts at the international space station.  Then the meteor strike (or possible nuclear event), followed with a tidal wave hitting the east coast and general immediate collapse of society.

 

Alex and his neighbors plan for the womenfolk and kids to trek north on bike to Alex's parents and then Alex, Ed, and Charlie make their way to Boston to rescue Alex's son and Ed's daughter (two lovebirds who are starting their college careers in Boston).  The journey to Alex's parents and the journey south to Boston is fraught with terror and obstacles.  Alex's wife, nephew, and the wives of Ed and Charles make it to the parent's place but the story pretty much stops once Alex makes it to his son Ryan's dormitory.  

 

What the hell... was my reaction.  Look... I've read a ton of stories that turn out to be little more than mislabeled serials, where the author gives you a taste and then expects you to keep forking over money for more.  I did not expect this kind of bullshit from Konkoly... and yes... this is bullshit.  I was furious... no... I am still furious.  Had I paid only $1.99 or $2.99 for the book, I would be more willing to accept this was a mislabeled serial, but I did not.  I paid the price of a trade paperback (which is another long rant because this was an e-book version, but this is not the time and place to rant about that).  

 

That said... the writing was great, the formatting was great... I can't exactly lower my rating.  I would warn people who are considering purchasing this book, you are NOT going to get a full story, a complete novel.  You do get a note at the end where Konkoly does say that he had to end it where he did or he wouldn't have felt comfortable ending it for another three hundred pages... my response to that would be, 'So what? I should have have received a full novel (even if it is one in a series) for the price I paid'.  

 

Buyer beware.  

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