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December 15th, 2018

LitRPG books should be a perfect match for me. They're the genre of books where people are either willingly or unwillingly trapped in MMORPGs -- massive multiplayer online games. Unfortunately, almost without exception, these books are trash, the bottom of the self-published barrel. In addition to having some of the worst editing of any self-published books, they're generally about the most unrealistic male characters beating the game in completely unrealistic, wish-fulfillment sort of ways, with the most beautiful of women beating down their doors.

Once I realized that about the genre, I deleted all of the litRPG books off my Kindle. Or so I had thought...

Travail Online: Soulkeeper by Brian Simons
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Liked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Knowing the above information, I almost deleted this book without trying it. I'm glad I didn't. While it is litRPG, it was nothing like all those other bad books. The main character was not just female, her main job in the book's game is seamstress -- so far from an overpowered job!

The book wasn't perfect, and like all other litRPG books the out-of-game scenes were quite bad. For example, the CEO of the gaming company was sitting in his office. An engineer brought him news about a major bug in the game. The CEO said something like "What the hell? This doesn't hurt me personally! Get out of here, you idiot! Stop bothering me with this trash!".

But the in-game scenes were quite good, and the book was fun and entertaining. A rare exception to the "all litRPG books are trash" experience I've had.

Awaken Online: Catharsis by Travis Bagwell
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Another litRPG book, and though it didn't work for me, at least it wasn't in the typical way I have issues with this genre. In this book, we met a kid who...zzzz. It was so boring, I never even got to the gaming parts. Stopped at 3% in.

If a litRPG book doesn't hook me right away, it doesn't get much of a chance.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in this book: 3%
Previous abandoned book total: 1,363%
New total: 1,366% (13 books!)

Currently reading: Custodians of the Cosmos. Completely unsure if I'll continue with it. It's a comedy scifi book, but thus far the humor isn't at all working for me.

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