Darwin, a video game addict, is sitting in his bathrobe and slippers playing his favorite MMO on a Christmas night when an uninvited guest breaks into his house to steal his belongings. After the scuffle is over he finds himself transported into one of the sword and magic RPG-style MMOs that he has always loved to play, albeit one he has never heard of, where he has to overcome trials and tribulations at every turn as he fights for his life alongside new companions.
Most of the prose in this book is dedicated to the literal description of a rather bland MMO, it’s like playing one without the fun. The central interesting plot element, that of a protagonist transported mysteriously into this alternate world is barely explored, then just as a somewhat obtuse flashback that promises more context behind the central mystery is delivered the book ends. That’s right, the key mystery is only really addressed substantively as a tease in the final chapter in flashback form raising more questions than it answers.
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This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.
Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Nick Podehl?
I struggle to be concerned at all about the remainder of this series thanks to the mundane content of the first book, primarily out of fear that I might be subjected to another unsatisfying installment.
What was most disappointing about Patrick Rothfuss’s story?
This promised to be high fantasy with tantalizing hints at the great deeds of a legendary character. Sadly the entire book was spent describing this character's life as a beggar and a university student at a school for wizards. Sound familiar? There were a few glimpses of grander things to come but this entire book was a tease. There is a narration within this story that describes the main events of the book. Outside that narration we are literally told without much fanfare that this guy is a big deal who did great and terrible things. Unfortunately we only see the most prosaic university stuff in this book, with several areas of 'magic' taught as school disciplines almost as an extension to science. There is no grand adventure or payoff at the end, no satisfying conclusion, just a small excursion near the end. The book tediously goes on and on about how poverty stricken the main character is with every opportunity for him to improve his lot undone by some whacky circumstance contrived by the author. High drama if you're a shopkeeper.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The book did paint a picture of an interesting world with good solid character development, and a central deep mystery. The premise of telling the story from the future with some foreknowledge of events instead of the usual prophecy trope is interesting but it goes too far at times and then the main narrative does not deliver on even a fraction of that promise. The central mystery never went much of anywhere despite promising that it might before fizzling. Blazingly obvious conjectures or conclusions frustratingly escape the main character in relation to this central mystery.
With the whole of human history altered, Denny Younger may be the last rewinder in existence - and the last person on Earth with a chaser unit capable of time travel. While caring for his ailing sister, Denny must discover a way to recharge his device before he's left with no defense against a past that wants him dead. Before long, Denny notices a mysterious stranger following him - keeping tabs on Denny, his family, and his friends. Is Denny just paranoid?
I enjoyed the first book. Sadly this story was a poor followup. The writer had the main protagonist act incredibly weak and foolish in order to develop the plot in the desired direction. So much so that it was ridiculously frustrating to read/listen. Then at the abrupt conclusion of the book you realize that the story is all about setting up a challenging problem for a sequel. In a book that feels a lot shorter and less substantive than the original the reader is cheated.
World-famous competitive skydiver and coach Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld presents proven tools and techniques for success and explains how they can be used in everyday life. Dan survived a plane crash from which 16 of the 22 people on board were killed. He was left critically injured and woke up from a six-week-long coma with a broken neck, broken skull, severe head trauma, a collapsed lung, and other serious internal injuries. Against all odds, Dan recovered and went on to become one of the greatest competitive skydiver in the world.
This is both an amazing story and some of the most effective motivational coaching you will encounter from a true world class coach and champion.