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  • By J. on April 20, 2015

    I love the litrpg genre, where people immerse themselves in a fully lifelike VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). I loved the Alterworld series by D. Rus, and when I heard this series (Way of the Shaman) by another Russian writer was being translated into English, I couldn't contain my excitement! I eagerly awaited its release and this book does not disappoint!The main character is (unjustly) sentenced to prison for eight years. The world is economically dominated by a particular virtual reality game and prisoners are forced to mine raw ore for other players to buy off the government. Prisoners are given a random starting character (not of their choosing) and can feel all sensations, including pain. Prisoners may not leave their designated mine area except under specific and hard to achieve parole conditions.The main character is given a fairly ridiculous main class (shaman) and a difficult to improve profession (jeweler). Much like the Korean novel Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, the main character must use his fortitude, gaming skills, and quirks of a despised class/profession to succeed against all odds.I enjoyed this book so much that I practically read it in one sitting! I can't wait for more!

  • By Guest on April 28, 2015

    If you love spreadsheets, this book is for you. This is a crafting spreadsheet turned into a story (heavy on the spreadsheet, light on story). I was bored the entire way through. I can't believe I read about making a wire ring for like 90 pages. There was one thing about it that annoyed me above all else, however.We're probably all MMORPG players here, hence the lure of this book. You remember that guy who made a lot of money crafting? You asked him his secret and his chest swelled with pride, his eyes went feverish, he whipped out 34 different non-disclosure agreements and make you sign them all, then leaned down dramatically and whispered in your ear that he was about to change your life. You listened with close attention as he whispered, "buy low, sell high" in your ear, like he was imparting the secrets of creation and the universe itself to you instead of advice every 6 year old with a lemonaid stand knows. Then as he leaned back, all smug and convinced he was the wisest person who ever lived, you disgustedly kicked his chair out from under him and left the room.This book was written by that guy. It's an entire novel about how nobody ever thought of buying low and selling high before. In fact, the character routinely gets hailed as a genius by everyone else in the book for doing things any moron could have thought of. It's a hallmark of bad writing. You pretend everything your Mary Sue character does is genius by having everyone act like it's genius, rather than actually coming up with anything that's genius.

  • By Ho-Sheng Hsiao on April 28, 2015

    The author did something very clever.Everything around the book sounds like a great mix of sci-fi, tech, and fantasy. Seeing the title of the book referring to a "shaman", I have also read enough urban fantasy to not get my hopes up -- the vast majority of urban fantasies I've read leaves me cold. The authors writing it were not connected with themselves, seemed to be writing things to just make a buck. They don't understand magic, or spirit, or consciousness. Given that the book centered around an MMO, I figured the author will treat the shaman's class as just another game mechanic. But that's ok, it looks like great fun anyways.And while the vast majority of the book involved just that, a protagonist that finds clever exploits to move him through the system, it's not what the book is grounded into. Even from the beginning, the main protagonist was being guided. And so the ending is awesome :-)But there are also larger questions this story surfaces up. Within the first chapter, the author laid out some ideas on where our "real" society is headed to: we have seen advances in AIs which may well threaten the way we make a living as humans and immersive VR technologies capable of inducing existential crises. What's missing from this book is a pervasive sense of malaise many of us feel here, probably because the protagonist was able to level up quickly enough.This story is a spiritual journey disguised as a sci-fi. That's what makes it awesome. That disconnection with spirit is something many of the modern day medicine men and women have discussed, something accelerated by technology. Yet somehow, this story weaves that in, as the protagonist discovers deeper aspects of himself.One of my friends initiated in the ways of the Dagara likes to speak of the Keepers, the Breakers and the Menders. The Keepers are the ancients with a pre-modern view. The Breakers are most of us, with modernist and post-modernist views. We like to separate the Good, the Beautiful, and the True into little pieces until the wonder has been sucked dry. Then we search around, wading through our malaise and existential misery wondering how things can have gone so wrong. The Menders are those of us who, even now, seeking ways beyond the Breakers, beyond modernity, while honoring the ancient ways.And you can see that in this story.I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. I hope to see deepening of the story. Well, maybe it will turn into a spy thriller. Who knows?

  • By Eric on May 18, 2015

    *Minor spoilers ahead*Survival Quest is a fine addition to the litrpg genre. One of the items that helps differentiate this title from its fellows is that our protagonist does not deliberately seek out the vrmmorpg world he is placed into. Instead, he is made to join the digital realm after accidentally exercising his hacking skills on an unintended target, earning him the equivalent role of a gold farmer. As he played the relevant game as a hobby prior to his incarceration, he is familiar with some, but not all of the steps he must take to level up in his new role. The immersive experience he is put through gives him advantages and disadvantages that help to advance our protagonist, as well as the plot. The main downside to this title is that as of the time of this review, the book has no sequel available for purchase, leaving readers right with our protagonist preparing himself for the mostly unknown challenges that await him.

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