Non O. Ya

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  • Video Game Plotline Tester

  • Dark Herbalist Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Atamanov
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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  • Performance
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  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Would you be prepared to work for free? How would you like to bust your hump for a large corporation 60-plus hours a week without a wage or a single day off for the vague promise of some mysterious perks in the distant future? You'd refuse point blank, wouldn't you? But what if the job in question was playing a state-of-the-art fantasy MMORPG game? And what if this was the only thing you're really good at? Especially considering that your in-game partner is someone really special to you - and this person already lives a virtual life?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a good LitRPG. Author should play more games.

  • By Non O. Ya on 27-02-18

Not a good LitRPG. Author should play more games.

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Reviewed: 27-02-18

A bland attempt at a story by an author who seems to have only ever heard of the topic of videogames in passing - from some radio show or vague recollection he must have picked-up sometime on holiday a few years ago.

Packed with glaring plot holes and a frankly bland attempt at world crafting, the story starts to smell generic by the 3rd or 4th chapter (when the MC realizes he's been granted abilities that were mentioned to have been removed from the game, just as an example.)

From the author's glaring lack of understanding of basic game design and general mechanics to the atrocious dialogue from some of the characters (a 14 y/o girl who seems to have the speech pattern of a sage old man from time-to-time) the entire story seems aimed to remove any sense of immersion for the poor soul listening.

For those poor aficionados of the LitRPG genre: avoid this book. You will be physically cringing at some points.

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