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.

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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.

Bookish Wednesday: Present Tense by John Van Stry

I’m back with the sequel to Past Tense for this week’s Bookish Wednesday! It’s Present Tense, Book 02 of the Days of Future Past, by John Van Stry!

Plot Synopsis: Coyote has a new task for Paul, one that involves him traveling north hundreds of miles over the post-apocalyptic landscape of California, the place that Paul once called home.  Thankfully, Sarah and Heather have both decided to go with him and between Heather’s shooting skills and Sarah’s magical ones; Paul thinks he might just live through whatever scheme Coyote has enlisted him in. If he can live through telling the girls just what Coyote’s got him carrying in his pack now of course….

Plot: The plot is again pretty good, though not super amazing it was entertaining enough. There is plenty of action and adventure along with harebrained ideas that are plenty of fun to experience through the story.

Characters: We get introduced to quite a few new characters, and while saying who my favorite new one would be a huge spoiler, I will say that Coyote is definitely my favorite overall character.

Overall: A solid sequel and middle book in a solid trilogy.

Bookish Wednesday: The Airship by Skyler Grant

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with the sequel to a fun LitRPG series I’ve covered before. It’s The Airship, Book 02 of the Laboratory Series, by Skyler Grant!

Plot Synopsis: Emma is back! The core has been transferred to an airship crashed deep on the Rim. There, Emma and Anna will encounter feuding factions, terrifying monstrosities, and new powered foes in need of becoming research experiments. With a badly damaged vessel, they must steal, scavenge, and fight for what they need to upgrade to survive. More upgrades, more insults, more science

Plot: The plot is pretty awesome, and just as snarky as the first entry, which is excellent as that was my main draw to the first book. While fairly short it does do the plot justice and I really enjoyed this entry.

Characters: We get a ton of newcomers in this entry, and while I won’t say who is my favorite newcomer, I will say that Emma is just as crabby as always.

Overall: If you enjoyed playing Portal, again this would be the book for you. A solid sequel.

Bookish Wednesday: Io Online by Dave Willmarth

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the first in another LitRPG series. It’s Io Online, Book 01 of The Greystone Chronicles, by Dave Willmarth!

Plot Synopsis: In the latter half of the 21st century, Alexander and his guild mates play Io Online for fun and to earn a living. It’s the largest VRMMORPG on the planet, and the source of income that supports families around the globe. Given the chance to test a new experimental immersion system, the friends must give up their high level characters and begin again at level one….

Plot: The plot is pretty great, in fact it’s one of the better LitRPGs out there. I’m looking forward to listening to the sequel quite a bit. While there are plenty of standard plot devices that occur, they are utilized in such a way that it isn’t grating, at least to me.

Characters: Alex is our main character and PoV for most of the story. He’s a great lead character, and while he’s not the best I’ve ever seen I found myself enjoying his story quite a bit. The rest of the cast is also pretty awesome.

Overall: A good LitRPG and one of the better ones out there. Definitely worth a read if you love games or good Fantasy.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Awesome Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

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

Bookish Wednesday: Past Tense by John Van Stry

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with a series I stumbled across fairly recently. It’s Past Tense, Book 01 of the Days of Future Past series, by John Van Stry!

Plot Synopsis: Paul’s been having a bad day, perhaps one of the worst days he’s ever had. And now into the middle of all this, his instructor just got drafted by some mystical goddess to help save a world. As for Paul? Well, he’s really not supposed to be there, and if he thought he was having a bad day before all of this, it just got worse, a lot worse. He’s now on a one way trip, forced to help a man who despises him…

Plot: The plot is pretty good, nothing spectacular, but not super terrible either. It was entertaining and I enjoy the use of Native American mythology in conjunction with more standard Fantasy. I won’t say more about the plot, because this book is fairly short, but it’s good for quite a few laughs.

Characters: The cast is pretty good, and while Paul is occasionally incredibly dense as hell, he’s not a terrible lead character. Of the side characters I think Heather is my favorite, if only because she’s quite true to her own nature.

Overall: A good first book in an fairly interesting series. Worth a read if you like Fantasy.

For those who like: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Native American Mythology, Good Plot, Decent Csat of Characters.

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