Bookish Wednesday: You’re Not Allowed to Die by Kip Terrington

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering another LitRPG series. It’s You’re Not Allowed to Die, Book 01 in the Twenty-Sided Eye Series, by Kip Terrington!

Plot: The plot is pretty standard Isekai/LitRPG and it’s honestly nothing new. There are serious issues I have with the pacing as it’s incredibly slow and not that action packed compared to other series. In addition the plot isn’t all that interesting, and due to that slow pacing I just mentioned it doesn’t go anywhere.

Characters: Joe is one of our main characters and I absolutely hate him. He’s shallow, incredibly childish and a complete dumbass, and even when he’s told straight to his face that it isn’t a game he refuses to believe it. Spooky Joy, the other main character is just as bad. She’s shallow, nor all that helpful and I find Navi from Ocarina of Time to be a better fairy companion than Spooky is. At least Navi helps point out things, Spooky is actively hiding the situation from Joe for pretty much no reason.

Overall: Stay clear of this garbage pile of a LitRPG, it’s a waste of your time to even contemplate reading it.

 

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Bookish Wednesday: Dystopia

Hey all I’m back for this week’s Bookish Wednesday with another topic that I’m finally getting around to covering. It’s all about my hatred for Dystopian novels.

Dystopians? Really?: Yeah, I absolutely hate the genre. It started with me reading The Giver as a kid and being utterly disgusted with it. Stories don’t have to end with a happy ever after, but honestly a story shouldn’t be so depressing and that’s what The Giver was to me.

So many novels, including stuff like Brave New World, The Hunger Games, 1984, and their like are just all made as social commentaries. Honestly if the authors wanted to write a social commentary, they should just submit an op-ed to their local or national news outlet or write an essay and submit it to a scholarly publication.

Instead they write incredibly depressing stories that are pretty much tailor made specifically for literary analysis in order to showcase what the author feels is wrong with the world. For me Dystopian stories are the epitome of terrible writing. A novel should be a way for the reader to escape their day to day lives, and these novels are all about the things most people will want to escape from.

How is that rational?: It isn’t and I don’t claim that my hatred of Dystopia is a completely rational hatred, in fact one reason I haven’t written this column until now is me coming to terms with that fact. I think that Dystopian stories are bad writing because they are made specifically to make the reader think about their life and what can go wrong. And for me that is absolutely the antithesis of what reading is.

I read to get away from my own inner despair and hopelessness that I struggle with every waking moment due to my severe depression, and Dystopian novels showcase the worst parts of my own mind and thrust it into my face. I don’t need that crap given to me in the form of a story since I get it already from my own inner voice that tells me to give up and just die every moment of my life.

That’s it for this week’s Bookish Wednesday.

 

Bookish Wednesday: Literary Analysis

Hey all I’m back for this week’s Bookish Wednesday with a topic I’ve mentioned many times in the past and I’m finally getting around to covering. It’s all about Literary Analysis!

Literary Analysis?: So I’ve mentioned that I hate literary analysis many times. There’s a reason for it, and that is because to me, a story should be enjoyed for what happens in the story rather than searching for a deeper meaning. Sometimes those deeper meanings might be as blunt as a sledgehammer to a face, but one shouldn’t judge stories for the deeper meanings that may or may not be what the author intended. I hate the fact that literary analysis is so heavily emphasized in school in America. It takes the joy out of reading stories, and that turns many people off reading entirely for the rest of their lives.

Do I do literary analysis for my work? Of course, but I try to keep out of it as much as possible, because for me doing that takes the enjoyment of any story and turns it into a debate waiting to happen. Stories to me should be enjoyed, or not enjoyed, for what happens in the story itself. A story shouldn’t have to be mandatory reading material for whatever deeper meaning people might pull out of it, and that’s where the main problem I have with literary analysis is. Reading a novel is an activity to get away from the world, not to dredge up deeper meaning to have a scholarly debate.

That’s it for this week’s Bookish Wednesday!

Bookish Wednesday: Forming the Company by Daniel Schinhofen

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with the sequel to Gamer for Life. It’s Forming the Company, Alpha World Book 02, by Daniel Schinhofen!

Plot Synopsis: Having been given the option to live the rest of his life in the Virtual Reality game Alpha World in place of his prison sentence, Seamus is now known as the Summoner Alburet. He’s made friends and become close with multiple people, a thing he never thought to have again. However upon summoning his third demon it turns out to be Stacia…..

Plot: This entry in the series is quite good, but it also brought up a ton of questions about Alburet’s past and what really happened to get him into prison. The plot does keep plodding along and honestly was quite a fun entry.

Characters: We get to meet a few more people, including a certain expy of a favorite Archaeologist of mine and most likely many, many others. However my favorite has to be Alburet’s party. They are all great characters, and honestly I like the entire bunch of them.

Overall: A solid sequel and second entry in a series that’s shaping up to be one of the all time LitRPG greats.

Bookish Wednesday: Live by Daniel Schinhofen

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with the sequel to Beta. It’s Last Horizon: Live by Daniel Schinhofen!

Plot Synopsis: Last Horizon, the world’s first fully immersive RPG leaves Beta goes Live! Rejoin David, Miriam, Will and Lavender as they spend David’s last few months trying to find happiness and joy within the world of Last Horizon, and deal with those not content to let the friends enjoy their time together.

Plot: The plot is pretty amazing. I want to say more, but it’d be so spoilerific that it’d take all the fun out of reading it for yourself. Let me just say that I very much enjoyed this book.

Characters: We don’t get any new faces in this book, although we do get a few people who weren’t major characters in the first book get promoted to that status. Christoph for example is one such character.

Overall: A satisfying sequel to Beta, I hope that we haven’t seen the last of these characters.

Bookish Wednesday: Gamer for Life by Daniel Schinhofen

Hey all I’m back for this week’s Bookish Wednesday with another LitRPG. It’s Gamer for Life, Alpha World Book 01, by Daniel Schinhofen!!

Plot Synopsis: Seamus is facing life in prison without parole. While doing his time he’s given an option by the Department of Justice and the biggest virtual game maker around, Mindblown Entertainment. If he will help them test long term immersion he will get the chance to play the latest game from Mindblown, Alpha World. All he has to do is sign away his legal rights and sign an NDA. Now exploring Alpha World, Seamus becomes the Summoner Alburet….

Plot: The plot is actually really great, and deals with some rather heavy topics, including mental trauma. That being said this first entry is more about setting up the world rather than any of those more heavy topics. But I figured given the incredibly heavy nature of those topics, I should mention them in case people don’t want anything to do with a series that deals with them.

Characters: Alburet is a great main character, but the entire cast is pretty amazing. My favorite is probably Fluff though.

Overall: If you like LitRPGs, or series that deals with tough mental health issues, Gamer for Life is a must read.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Gaming, Drama, Action, Adventure, Romance, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Bookish Wednesday: Beta by Daniel Schinhofen

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s Last Horizon: Beta by Daniel Schinhofen!

Plot Synopsis: Advances in technology have led to the creation of ever more realistic virtual reality games but now Full Immersion Virtual Reality is finally coming true.  David and his oldest friends sign up to beta test the first game of it’s kind, Last Horizon. Last Horizon will give these old gamers the chance to live out one last adventure together.

Plot: The plot is pretty interesting, especially considering that the main cast of characters are all old people. It’s a rather unusual take on the genre, where most of the cast is all young people for the most part.

Characters: The entire cast is great, but my favorite might just Thaylen. That being said David is very much the main character, although there are frequent Point of View changes.

Overall: An excellent LitRPG, and a must read for any fans of the genre.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Gaming, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.