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Histaff: A Sci-Fi LitRPG

Skeleton in Space, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 9 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lots of broken bones, a dim-witted RPG system, and a dash of magic; Skeleton in Space.

Douglas is a simple summoned skeleton, formed from an old battlefield when some ancient fossil of a necromancer raised him for a nefarious purpose.

His memories are a bit foggy, but who cares about remembering when there is walking to be done! Or stabbing cows! Douglas loves life, the simple joy of doing repetitive tasks - like battering down a large tower door - is all that's needed to keep his clacking bones satisfied.

But just after he completed his most recent task, the wizard he was fighting took out a weird crystal…and now there are stars everywhere. Will the floating, freezing skeleton find out what happened? Or will that wrecked spaceship on a collision path be the last thing going through his empty skull?

Come join Douglas the magical skeleton as he tries to live a fulfilling life in a sci-fi universe!

©2019 Mountaindale Press (P)2019 Mountaindale Press

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I Love It!

A simple skeleton's journey through self-discovery.

I find this book immensely gratifying. It is remarkably similar to the "Everybody loves large chests" series. While this book doesn't have any harem aspects, sexual content, or a homicidal box, it does have the same vibe of having a complete dumbass of a main character.

It is incredibly funny watching as Douglas slowly figures out that red things are bad. The extremely patient skeleton is a wonder to behold. Since his skull is empty he can perform miraculous feats, yet they often are counter balanced by equally moronic actions.

Our main heroine is a good counter part to Douglas. She is everything he is not and makes for a good literary partner. She is always excessive and it is satisfying to experience Douglas's continuous lack of regard for her words and actions.

The transfer from fantasy to sci-fi is explained well and happens quickly. There is an excess of notifications when leveling up or skill descriptions and the like but it is nothing I haven't heard before. After listening to so many Litrpg's I don't really mind anymore. The ending was an interesting conclusion to this particular book. It had me worried for a second but the "split of character" left me satisfied. Don't understand what I mean by that? Get the book and find out!

TL;DR A comedic adventure of a no-brained skeleton's adventure of self-discovery through time and space. It was a fun and laughable journey through a universe with substance and backstory. The characters had substance and there was clear character progression. I highly recommend this book and any sequels that come hereafter!

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Plot Hijack

As other reviewers have noted, the first half of the book was well done and the focus of the book was on track. The second half was confusing and the ending of the book had little to do with the first half. Perhaps it was two books merged into one, but I would have preferred to follow the story of the skeleton throughout the book.

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Amazing read it for sure!

This has to be one of the greatest and most unique litrpg works yet. A seamless blend of magic and sifi.

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Clueless wonder

A skeleton summoned and clueless. Pretty much sums up this story which makes it a perfect start for the first volume. Only issue I have is after he is how old he is after he lands on the ship but then again he has concept of time.

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Could be about 30 Min long

It's not worth it. it's 8.5 hours of filler and a little bit of story. The idea is good. I'll give it that. but with how long the book is and how little actually happens I will not get the next book if there is one. If you want to get an understanding of the whole story listen to the first and last few chapters and you got it. you won't miss much in between.

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  • BJ
  • 07-16-19

Unique and has potential

The story was enjoyable and progressed decently. There were a few rough spots but only because the main character was starting from scratch and progressively improved and the reasoning reflected this. I will definitely be looking for the next installment to see what happens.

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Good idea poor execution

This was a disappointing overall listen, slow and underwhelming but with a really good idea.

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Interesting story but falls short

It was slow building, written in the 3rd person, and has almost no dialog. I understand they were trying to show the slowly developing intelligence with humor. The Nan (not a number) references are beyond the average reader that is not a programmer. I it reads like a good intro that goes on too long where the protagonist grows through accidental Spur of the moment choices. I hoped it would be more like the dungeon series by the same publisher.

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Cool and original gameLit

This book was freaking awesome, I loved the 'bonehead ' MC. It was very fun to listen to and the narrator did an amazing job like he always does.

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lost me at the end

Started off strong. Very little character growth mostly because he is dead. Interesting world building. Narration was good. Lost my attention at the end.

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  • Bugeag Sebastian
  • 07-07-19

no just no

the author is selling this as a litrpg but is nothing of the sort , he just inputted some levels on a really bad story and tricked the reader. no more of his books