One cannot open this book without cherishing the memory of classic text based rpgs and muds The whole series is imbued with it.Critics claim that the author had single handedly created a unique genre LitRPG I think this is a bit overenthusiastic, as the concept is certainly not unique, there were other books published before, having similar gaming concepts, including Ernest Cline s Ready Player One, Conor Kostick s Epic or Piers Anthony s Killobyte The author s writing style is, however, worth noting The English translation is excellent, although sometimes I felt that the characters speech had been slightly modified to be accessible to an American audience.The author tried his best to introduce variety, which is quite a challenge when the game in question is mainly hack and slash Socialising of course is natural, so is love and hate, but there is a lot to see and think about when the real and the game worlds are in contrast.My only slight disappointment after finishing this book is that everything seems to be perfect Perfect friends, a perfect woman, a perfect world the challenges the main character has to face, with two exceptions, would not have affected him much, had he been unsuccessful.To add to this, the author has great freedom to ensure the main character s success, as we are only introduced to new rules and items skills, equipment, weapons, etc when the character learns of their existence This, of course, is true for any novel, but in this book s case I feel it is dominant.The entertainment value is certainly great, which or less outweighs this flaw I cannot complain about the length of the story either.The book is well worth reading, it s uniqueness certainly stands out from the rising number of works appearing in the same genre. Okayinteresting premise This is the second series I ve started that is placed in a game world become real, at least for those in it I liked the first series better that said there s only 2 of them This series gets a bit serious as it goes along and it took me a little longer to get really involved in itbut I did and I plan to follow it up.It seems a new phenomenon is sweeping the world Is it a plague Is it something else It seems people are being sort of absorbed into video games They become real digital characters as it were The bodies go into a sort of continual coma and separating them from their gaming capsule doesn t effect it They stay in the game.This seems like a danger but to some, the badly handicapped, the aged any who s body has failedto them could it be a blessing It seems so to Max as cancer has given him a fast approaching death sentence This story is a good one, fast moving and will really appeal to any gameron line mmorpg er, rpg er, even table top player That said I believe others may be drawn in also The story takes place in a fantasy world so that may draw some in It s based on a science fantasy premise with the very real vehicle of fully immersive game play.The book does feel to me as if D Rus is very young I have to wonder if the apparently young Russian author is a fan of David Gemmell His attitude about game things seems that way to me anyway I guess see for yourself I can recommend this one highly Enjoy. [Ebook] ⚖ AlterWorld (Play to Live #1) ☾ A New Pandemic The Perma Effect Has Taken Over Earth Of The Near Future Whenever You Play Your Favorite Online Game, Beware Your Mind Might Merge With The Virtual World And Dump Its Comatose Host Woe Be To Those Stuck Forever In Tetris And Still They Re The Lucky Ones Compared To Those Burning Alive Eternally Within The Scorched Hulls Of Tank Simulators But Some Unfortunates The Handicapped And The Terminally Ill, Shell Shocked Army Vets, Wronged Crime Victims And Other Society Misfits Choose To Flee Real Life Willingly, Escaping To The Limitless World Of Online Sword And Sorcery MMORPGs Once A Seasoned Gamer And Now A Terminal Cancer Patient, Max Grasps At This Final Chance To Preserve His Life And Identity So He Goes For It Goes For The Promise Of Immortality Shared With A Few Trusty Friends And The Woman He Loves Together They Roam The Roads Of AlterWorld And Sample Its Agony And Ecstasy Born Of Absolute Freedom This was really bad Like watching someone play Warcraft while they explain the rules and details behind every strategic decision while leveling up their character how many intelligence points, how much mana, how many experience points per kill, whether or not to buy a weapon or level up first, etc, etc It was so bad I can t even recommend this to hardcore gamers because they shouldn t be reading anyway They have crafting skills to level up DNF at 64% If you re looking for something like Ready Player One, this ain t it. A enjoyable and entertaining story AlterWorld is a Virtual reality MMORPG Very similar to Sword art online, Legendary Moonlight Sculpture Ark Taking the concept of being trapped in a virtual reality a step further the protagonist abandons his cancer ridden body for the chance to grasp a potentially immortal virtual existence in the VRMMO of his choice in this case Alterworld.At time of writing this book is free on I recommend giving it a try. This book interested me from two different perspectives On one hand I m a gamer, on the other I m chronically ill I may not be dying from any of my illnesses, but my quality of life is quite low because of them Would I choose to enter an MMO for all eternity if I could Honestly I m not sure Maybe, but probably only if my husband came with me Said husband is busy playing an MMO as I type but he says he isn t sure either If I could go back in time and ask my December 2013 self one of the lowest times of my life I know she would have said yes in a heart beat I enjoyed the blend of game description and plot in this story At parts it was like listening to a friend describe his latest DD adventures We have equipment stats and ability descriptions that might be hard to follow for non gamers, but are quite familiar to those who have rolled a d20 once or twice Yet the book is only half game, intertwined is Max s new life with other very real people and problems As you get farther into the story the immersion gets deeper until the end when you realize for some it is no longer a game at all I quite enjoyed this book and immediately upon finishing went to download it s sequel The Clan There is a third, The Duty, already out with the forth, Inferno, releasing June 20th According to Goodreads there is a fifth and sixth planned for the series I would give AlterWorld 5 stars and so far The Clan the same I would recommend it to other gamers and non gamers should give it a shot too DNF 56%I was looking for a good LitRPG, and this seemed like a pretty famous one so jumped straight in.I m now having to stop at just over half way through Flat characters I could push through if the game and world building was solid, but the sexism I m not normally one to care much, but damn the author majorly goes out of his way to be a neckbearding white knight sexist and confirms that everything women do is wrong Mildly terrifying.I did enjoy the grinding gnolls in the beginning It wasn t exciting, but it was kind of mind numbing in the same way that actually playing an MMORPG is So that s a bit meta.I ve no doubt that LitRPG will be the next big genre, so I m determined to get my hipster credit in before it lands hard If anyone has any suggestions, let me know I ll be trying Eden s Gate and Dragon s Wrath soon, as I ve heard good things. Believe in everything Believe in the main character, and believe in AlterWorld imbued vicarious pleasure to what is happening with the other characters Cool twisted plot, don t miss, secrets and mysteries are mushrooming look forward to continue the third book.
Excuse me, but what the f k is this Women are apparently meek fragile things who can t do anything but curl up into fetal position and wait for a big broad shouldered man to come save her This is the largest pile of sexist shit I ve had fed into my brain for the longest time The amount of negative affixes attached to women in this audiobook is astounding Women are portrayed like 5year olds who cry at nothing, smile, blush and shy, this is an all together extremely unhealthy view, it s like the author made them mentally handicapped or something Good thing they still look hot and function for sex, cuz that s the most important part, right The main character even speaks extremely condescendingly to his friend girlfriend Calling her a child, using a terrible demeanor which isn t helped by his greasy voice It s like the perfect wombo combo for creepy af sexist dude with a terrible ego complex which the author feeds shamelessly Oh and nothing says empowering women like throwing in a gang rape suicide, just to ice the cake, in case women weren t portrayed defenseless enough.Aside from the blatant tarnishing of women, the content of the book is really bad itself When it s not ranting about boring loot and stat gains like it s describing how to lvl up a character, it s just ranting off hp dmg done to creatures The combat system is literally him just saying hit taken, 10hp lost hit given, 25hp taken Its the absolute cheapest form of combat descriptions I ve EVER heard Please do yourself a favor and pick up Ready Player One instead of this steaming heap of DNF at 53% she s such child, really I d seriously had it, I m embarrassed continued as far as I did So regret not reading enough reviews on this Finished in September 2014 I think I ve found my favorite sub genre within fantasy Sci fi, if you will I really like this type of book This was a wonderful surprise, I highly suggest you check it out if you like books such as Ready Player One I m not even a gamer I have family members who game I however do not I don t own a game console and even my computers, wait for itdon t have any games I do read though and there s just something about imagining being able to immerse yourself in a world that, according to all of your senses, is just as real as real life, and where you can do just about anything or be anyone thing you d like You re simply limited by your own imagination This book takes it a step further by transferring the users consciousness willingly though sometimes not permanently into that universe It is cleverly done and just a great read I think the translation to English creates few hiccups, nevertheless I am purchasing the follow up after I finish this narrative I purchased The Crimson Campaign and The Broken Eye and am shelving both of those books to come back to later I want to read the next in this series right now to learn how things turn out The book is not perfect, but its flaws are vastly overshadowed by its positives.