Hey all I’m back with a book I highly regret bothering to read. It’s The Gorgon Bride by Galen Surlak-Ramsey!
Plot: The plot is just stupid, it involves some Joe Schmoe pissing off Greek Gods left and right just to progress the plot. It had the potential for a heartwarming story, but devolves into a never ending spiral of stupid. Our main character goes from one situation to another just fucking up again and again, and for no real reason other than “Greek Gods are all assholes”. I mean yes that is pretty much the bottom line when it comes to Greek mythology, ALL the gods are just jerks who deserve multiple punches to the face, but if I wanted to read that I’d go look up the original myths rather than bothering to read this pile of rubbish.
Characters: Honestly I hated every character, except maybe Jessica who just happens to be a tool rather than a dumbass or just a plain old ass. Still I didn’t like Jessica as a character all that much, because she is a figurative and literal tool. Alex our protagonist is dumber than a starfish, which is impressive given that they have literally no brain, but almost no other characters are any better.
Overall: Stay far, far away from this pile of crap. It’s just treading old ground and does nothing really new or fun.
Hey all I’m back as promised and since it’s a Wednesday that means the subject is going to be about books. It’s Welcome to Ludus, Delvers LLC Book 01, by Blaise Corvin!
Plot: The plot is fairly good, it circumvents many of the standard Isekai tropes by making our leads not that powerful and completely unable to understand the locals, well most of them. Still it’s a fairly fun read or listen, and I enjoyed this series quite a bit, until the third book. But I’ll leave that book for another time.
Characters: Henry and Jason are our two main lead characters, and they’re pretty intelligent people disregarding that they have to deal with the stupid rules of Ludus which are fairly stupid sometimes. That being said my favorite character was Marine, for being a pretty capable young woman despite her introduction. That being said some of the cast is annoying, like Keeja. Overall a fairly decent cast.
Overall: An okay series, but fair warning that the later books don’t hold up to the standard set in this book.
For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Good Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s Dragon Seed, Archemi Online Book 01, by James Osiris Baldwin!
Plot: The plot is really dark, and frankly way too grim for my tastes. It’s not a bad plot, but it’s just really dark for the sake of being dark. A phrase I’m saying a lot lately it seems like, but that just be my imagination.
Characters: Hector is our main character and he’s a bit of a dumbass. The fact that his Dyslexia transfers to the new world he’s found himself in is kind of silly but also makes sense. That being said the fact that he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed is a real let down. The rest of the cast is just as dark as the rest of the story, and frankly I didn’t like pretty much everyone except for one person whom I will not name.
Overall: This is an okay LitRPG, but definitely not for those who dislike the darker fantasies.
For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Drama, Action, Adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.