December 27th, 2017

Book with cat: On stack

2017 books: Four books, including one with the biggest, most amusing error ever... [Book #49]

Usually I post books in the order I read them, but I'm going to put the amusing one first. I almost got up out of bed last night just so I could post about it.

Lore Online: A Game Alive LitRPG Series by Trip Ellington
Rating: Hated (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

I'm going to quote from the book. Everything between the ---- is quoted, bolding as it appears in the book. My quote starts in the middle of a story paragraph.


If only I could afford a real gaming rig, he thought.

SHOULD MORE FUTURISTIC TECH BE THREADED THROUGH? Re: Still watching things on a screen, checking bank account online. iPhones, cellphone, landlord's curlers, grocery bags - perhaps more near-future options could be made up for those and more. definitely in need of revision here. the story is meant to take place 50-60 years from now, so a lot of this will need to be reworked. I've made a few changes myself, but please feel free to tweak as needed.

He looked down at his grey t-shirt and jeans...


Back and forth notes between himself and some reader, in the middle of the published story! I laughed out loud for a good long time at that. That is a new one...

Stopped reading at 3%, though I did skim to see if there were more notes like that.

Dungeon Crawl by Skyler Grant
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Typical LitRPG. One day I'll delete the last LitRPG book off my kindle, and that will be a good day indeed. Stopped at 3%.

Dungeon Born by Dakota Krout
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

This was an odd story. In it a man is killed by a necromancer, and for some unexplained reason his soul was stuffed into a gem. Somehow the gem evolved into a dungeon core, and every dungeon core becomes a dungeon. So basically it was a story told about how a dungeon (as in D&D, something adventurers enter to kill monsters and find treasure) came to be.

An interesting idea, but wasn't very well written, so I gave up on it pretty fast (8%).

Captain's Kid by Liz Coley
Rating: Liked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

I liked this book. I liked the story, I liked the characters in it, I liked the writing... and yet I didn't want to read it. Every time I picked it up, within a page or two I started watching the clock. Why? I have no idea. Like I said, I was interested in the story and wanted to know what happened next. I liked the characters, and I believed them as real people. The writing itself was fine (or, as it was self-published, good).

The plot was about a kid whose mother was killed on a mission, and he and his father were about to go on that same mission. The two had never talked about losing her, each lost in their own grief. While that more personal plot was going on, there was a wider one about two different groups of warring geneteched humans on a new planet.

The "aliens" (very geneteched humans) were interesting, and I was interested in both of the plotlines. I have no idea at all why the book never clicked for me. I thought maybe it was me (too distracted by RL stuff?), but as soon as I finally gave up on this one (at 62%) and started a new book, I was lost in the new story.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in this books: 3% + 3% + 8% + 62% = 76%
Previous abandoned book total: 76%
New total: 76% + 76% = 152% (one book + 52% towards the next)

Currently reading: Weregirl. Will I reach 50 books by the end of the year? Which means either give up on this book after the 48% mark or finish this book? Stay tuned and find out!