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2018 books: The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age, Press Start

The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age by Harry Turtledove (editor, varied authors)
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

The title says it all: A collection of 14 short stories about heroes who lived in the Bronze Age.

Anthology tend to have their very best stories in the first, second, and final positions, so if the first two stories in an anthology don't work for me, I stop reading. The first two stories in this book were boring as heck, and the low rating on Amazon means I'm not alone in that opinion, so I gave up on it at the 9% point.

Press Start: A LitRPG Adventure (SOL Saga Book 1) by Kayla Lavan
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

How did more litRPG get onto my Kindle? This book was newly added, so I downloaded it after my "no more litRPG" rule, but I have no idea why I made an exception for it... Maybe because the main character is female, I gave it a chance.

LitRPG books are one of two things: Either someone is trapped in a virtual reality video game, or they're not trapped and just play it through most of the book. Either way, the character spends most of the time in a video game. That should be a perfect match for my taste! The only problem is these books are always, always so poorly written. Unrealistic characters, powerful male fantasy, female characters who exist only to sleep with the main character, no editing... Just complete trash.

In this book, the main character is female... except she's playing a male character, so. At least my issues with this book were slightly different than mine with other litRPG books. Since she's playing as a man in an ultra realistic game, we get jokes about how much it hurts to get hit in the balls. Yawn.

The one, ONE single thing this book had going for it was that it was actually edited well. In the 12% I read, I saw no typos. Still, even with that, sadly not worth reading.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in these books: 9% + 12% = 21%
Previous abandoned book total: 948%
New total: 969% (Almost ten books!)
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