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The System Apocalypse Short Story Anthology, Volume 1

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A bounty hunting survivor. A Galactic dark elf. A woman who has given up her humanity to become something more.

These stories and more are available in the first short story anthology for the System Apocalypse, covering year one on Earth. When the world ends, humanity steps up, finding new ways to survive in a world with classes, magic, and monsters. The anthology features exciting, new stories by five new writers and a new, never publicly released short story by Tao Wong. 

The System Apocalypse world was first introduced in 'Life in the North' and is a LitRPG science fiction and fantasy post-apocalyptic work that features monsters, science fiction technology, character sheets, supernatural races and ancient myths in one heady, LitRPG brew

Stories and writers featured in this anthology include: 

Craig Hamilton - "Hunting Monsters" has our protagonist doing what he does best. Finding those who would exploit the System and the people within. Except this time, there are even more complications than normal.

Alexis Keane - "Tooth and Claw" is a heart-warming tale of friendship that knows no bounds of race or distance.

Ix Phoen - "Rebel Within" tells a tale of hardship in South America, where the monsters are not always the ones outside the walls. 

Tao Wong - “Debts & Dances” covers the arrival of the System from the perspective of our favorite Truinnar Lord. 

R.K. Billiau - “Phoenix Rising” covers an unconventional hero, one whose mind is slipping from him before the apocalypse. Will the apocalypse be his salvation? Or doom? 

L.A. Batt - “Overture to Obliteration” brings us to far-off New Zealand to glimpse the wreckage the System has wrought.

©2019 Tao Wong (P)2020 Tao Wong

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My First LitRPG Book, Literally

This was a really good introduction into the world of The System Apocalypse, providing a variety of viewpoints to explain what's happened, how it came to be and how different people coped with the terrifying change the world has undergone. There were three stories which really stood out for me, in the order that they occur: Tooth and Claw - A surprising perspective, it's not just us human's who get to benefit. The nice touch of an ever-improving internal dialogue, as the story progresses, provides the non-verbal indication of the protagonist's progress. Phoenix Rising - A devastating illness becomes a potential boon, an intriguing premise which I'd really like to read more of. Overture to Obliteration - Hands up, I was given a promotional code by the author of this particular story, thanks Luke! So, it's with hand on heart (yeah, I took one of them back down to do that) I can say I've not laughed so much at any other audiobook, the story and protagonist are just insane. Again, would really like to read more of it. So, am I going to read Tao Wong's series of stories? I'm not sure. His contribution to this collection absolutely helped tie everything together, but in some ways it felt a little slight, full of information but everything seemed effortless, too full of superlatives. What I'd like to see is a shared universe series, with other writers working on their own tales but guided by Tao's concepts; whether that's complete standalone novels, or ongoing collections of short stories, I suspect would come down to the determination of the authors involved. I hope that they have been rewarded enough to do so!

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  • Kevin
  • 28-01-20

A fun diversion

A nice dive into other stories. We explore some different classes and locations. The noir detective and the new Zealand were the most fun in my opinion.

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  • Charles Meyer
  • 22-02-20

I enjoyed the various points view

I couldn't really get into Tooth & Claw or Debts and Dances but overall the collection is great. It's good to see inclusions from around the world. I hope to read more from Craig Hamilton and L.A Batt. Keep up the good work!

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  • Nighteyes
  • 26-09-20

not bad

wonderful world building! most of the characters are fun, all are interesting... the stories and narration are of varying quality, but they are never bad... if you enjoy the universe, you will enjoy this book... if you just want the overpowered main character, this might not be for you...

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  • Mark
  • 09-09-20

Not as good

There are a few authors that are decent, but none of them are as good as Tao Wong and none of the narrators are as good as Nick Podehl. I am not a huge fan of Podehl's voice (and some narrators on this have a better voice), but his range of voices and his ability to convey words, concepts, and character feelings FAR exceed any of these narrators. These stories are similar to many of The Best Of Science Fiction for the past few years...so focused on structuring a story to provide social commentary (much of it tied to our own specific paradigms and not related to the System Apocalypse Universe) that the story itself SUCKS! Where Tao Wong treats gay/bi relationships as normal and gender fluidity as something interesting to surprise the reader and make them question their preconceived notions, these authors focus on it to the point that the characters become caricatures with none of the soul of Tao's characters. That includes the dog that is more Willoughby (annoying "Which-way-did-he go" Warner Cartoon dog) and less White Fang. Buy it-Burn it-Trash it? There are a few gems, but it is a long slog to get to them...definitely not a buy it unless it is on a deep sale.

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  • Nathan P
  • 03-09-20

Excellent short stories

All of the stories are great and two did a great job editing and going between them. They all feel like they truly belong in universe and don’t read at all like cheap lazy fan fic. Well done to all of the authors

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  • Michael L
  • 22-06-20

Great Short Stories set in Tao Wong's System

Never realized I need a short story from a Pet's Point of View, but Buck will have you wanting more. I can only hope there will be more of The Phoenix in the near future. Very glad to see other authors adding to the System.

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  • Young-Ah Kim
  • 30-04-20

Fascinating

Fascinating, surreal, real, sublime. I came into this anthology to bide my time until the next system release. It turns out I enjoyed this anthology as much as the original.

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  • Kindle Customer Char
  • 30-04-20

I really enjoyed this book!

I really enjoyed the different stories and how they looked at this world in different ways. All the stories were good. If you are looking for a new book, great series! You should try them out!

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  • Danny Moody
  • 27-04-20

Love this post apocalyptic world

This is a great compilation of stories. They provide some depth to the world that Tao Wong creates. There is a great cast of narrators today go along with the stories.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-04-20

A great collection of shorts

I think Buck's stories are my favorite arc. But I'll be listening to this at least one more time. But one the next listen to I might skip some of the characters.