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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,412 ratings  ·  164 reviews
In sci-fi author Sam Landstroms MetaGame, he creates a believable but disturbing world with fewer than six degrees of separation. In fact, every single person, product, pastime, and proclivity humans take part in is interconnected. Life is the Game and winners never die.

In the Game, points amount to currency and top scorers are eligible for immortality. A mysterious, unif
Nook, 296 pages
Published October 4th 2009 by Smashwords, Inc. (first published May 18th 2009)
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Penelope Fletcher
I don't read sci-fi books often, but the synopsis intrigued me.

I dropped a star because for me the book gradually lost it's...sparkle, and by the end I was wondering where the finish line was. It started strong but at times during the middle I was lost. It may have been easier to follow if I had connected to the main character, D_Light, more than I did.

That said I thought it as well written and made complex relationships, and practices that are seen as taboo in today's society easy to follow, a
Benjamin Thomas
"Metagame" by first time author, Sam Landstrom is a cyber-punk style of science-fiction novel that is utterly original in style and scope. Essentially, it is about a futuristic society where life itself is one humongous game. Points earned equate to currency so the better player you are, the richer and more powerful you are. Top scorers are eligible for immortality.

Kudos to Mr. Landstrom for creating this world. He has obviously spent a lot of time and energy extrapolating mankind's current tren
Lady Entropy
3.5 Stars.

I really really wanted to give this a better rating that I gave, oh, Twilight, but I honestly, couldn't bring myself to give it a 4.

The strength of this book is the setting, which is elaborate, gorgeous, complex and frankly interesting. This writer would do wonderfully in creating roleplaying games. The downside to it is that, well, everything else is pretty weak: the structure crumbles under its own weight, the pacing is atrocious, the stakes are never that high (and the revelation of
MetaGame von Sam Landstrom habe ich gleich zweimal hintereinander gelesen. Einmal als Roman und das zweite Mal, um die im Buch beschriebene Vision der Gesellschaft wirklich zu verstehen.

Das Buch spielt irgendwann in der Zukunft. Die Gesellschaft ist in sogenannten Familien organisiert, deren Mitglieder jedoch nicht klassisch verwandt sein müssen, sondern eher ein Mittelding zwischen einer Firma, MMO-Gilde und Religion sind. Alle werden von der sogenannten OverSoul regiert, einer künstlichen Inte
As an avid reader, especially in the Sci-Fi genre, I've encountered a fair amount of original story-telling when envisioning a (dystoptian) future society, but I have to hand it to Sam for being particularly original in the vision he casts for earth in the future decades (if not hundreds) of years from now. He takes some pretty well known concepts like genetic manipulation, MMOG and and other fairly well known elements in our current culture and extrapolates them out into some pretty fun places ...more
Metagame is the story of D_Light who lives in a future in which life itself has become a game, where basic jobs have been boiled down into games in which players earn points that add up to currency and if you have enough points you can get a show at becoming immortal. D_Light is an upstart player who finds himself invited to take part in a Metagame, a prestigious, potentially dangerous game with high rewards.

First of all, as someone who has not read a great deal of science fiction, I found the w
Erik Noren
I have always loved high-technology and dystopian style novels. MetaGame fell right into this wheelhouse. The story was easy to follow, didn't involve a confusing number of characters and was quite linear.

The overall plot was compelling and the technology appeared well integrated for the most part. In some cases there were superfluous side characters or situations which didn't really serve any purpose than a pure plot device to set up a situation before they were quickly forgotten.

The ending was
(Originally reviewed on Otherwhere Gazette)

From time to time, a book comes along that has such an interesting concept that it’s hard to get out of your mind. Metagame, by Sam Landstrom, is that kind of book.

The basic concept is pretty simple. On a future earth, the world has changed in some really significant ways. Instead of everyone working, everyone instead plays games. In fact, your game is usually your job, called a “grinder game.” For example, people in a law enforcement grinder game get p
Pamela (slytherpuff)
Jul 26, 2011 Pamela (slytherpuff) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gamers, sci-fi geeks, distopia/utopia readers
See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up.

I do not usually delve into the world of sci-fi and I am certainly not a gamer (much to my husband's chagrin), but I could not get enough of this book. Landstrom creates a world that seems all too plausible in the far (near?) future. The characters are realistic, and arrogant, and flawed, but you can relate to them. Their names consist only of handles you'd find on the internet. No "Jennifer" or "Joshua" plain vanilla names.

There were several "Oh no!" m
Incredible sci fi. The plot is a little weak but the world building and the 'what ifs' that make up the best sci fi stories are all there. The character is a little weak - you never really sympathize with him - but it doesn't matter, you can feel for his story and his very detachment makes you realize that this futuristic environment is almost guaranteed to create a population of veritable sociopaths. He isn't at all likable but is the most likable of his peer group. Every action he takes makes ...more
StealingShade Productions
Published in 2009, MetaGame, by Landstrom, Sam is a science fiction novel I found through my Pixel of Ink account. I held onto it for a while before really getting into it, though when I did, it seemed strange that I hadn't dove right in. The world Mr. Landstrom creates is fun, and believable.

Opening these pages takes us far into the future, where The Game is everything. Think of your favorite MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game, for you noobs), but live, and ongoing at all time
I read all genres and this book was quick to grab my interest. I have read a few science fiction books before and enjoyed them, I am not really into gaming but I thought I’d give this a try. I was caught by the storyline and setting right from the beginning. I agree with other reviewers that maybe a grown man, puking and crying in the shower is not the best start to a story but it got me hooked.

The story is set in a slightly dystopian future version of earth and we follow D_Light and the world
Dystopias can be a useful way to examine philosophical concepts, but are generally only interesting if the author deigns to actually examine them. There's some decent thought in the last chapter or two, but for most of the book, it's about as shallow as the hack-and-slash video games that part of the setting emulates. The characters are, with perhaps one exception (and that character only in the final chapters), flat; considering they are mostly named with chat handles, the writer may as well ha ...more
Kendra Le
This book is an enjoyable twist on the classic cyberpunk genre, with some more updated/modern additions. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't have a problem at all with Landstrom's pacing; it has its moments of suspenseful action, alternating with more contemplative downtime--both of which make sense in the context of the plot and character development.

The characters were interesting and I cared about most of them, and many of the concepts this novel tackles are intriguing: what it means to be huma
I thought this book pretty interesting.

It's one of those "emerging story" books where you're thrown into the story and it's background and premise is explained as you read it.

For a first book, it's pretty darn good. You get into the characters, feel for them and there's a few twists that you wouldn't really expect.
Before I begin my review I should probably state how I got to this book and what expectations I had. About a year ago I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and absolutely fell in love with it, going so far as to recommend it to everyone who was capable of reading basically. Of course that was a debut novel and so there wasn't more I could immediately delve in to and so I started looking around for similar books but there weren't any obvious contenders. Now of course this was part of the reason ...more
Feb 16, 2011 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of hard scifi
Shelves: books_2011
I was a little nervous going into Sam Landstrom's debut, METAGAME, because the description reminded me a bit of Neal Stephenson's SNOW CRASH, of which I'm not particularly a fan. (I found it dry, cluttered and dull.) However, METAGAME proved to be an entirely different reading experience, one that I immensely enjoyed.

Set some time in the future, METAGAME tells the story of a changed world, one where life is, quite literally, a game. Grinder games function as their version of jobs, while spank ga
Okay, the truth is that I probably only enjoyed this book enough to give it three stars, but... even though it wasn't really my cup of tea (I don't read a lot of Sci-Fi), I definitely think it was worthy of four stars . It's the sort of story that stays with you after you finish it. I imagine I'll still be thinking about this book for a while, which should earn it an extra star.

What I liked: it had a good pace, and held my attention from beginning to end. It was an unusual story - never knew wha
My thoughts:
This book was completely the opposite of what I was expecting. I am not a sci-fi reader, let me stress that again - NOT a SCI-fi reader. I really didn't know that this book was science fiction. I read the synopsis and it sounded kind of dystopian-ish-plus-action which I love. It was a futuristic dystopian-type sci-fi-pretty-technical-but awesome. The world building and technology was....WOW INCREDIBLY PHENOMENAL. It totally blew my mind. It was very detail oriented, and so so so SO c
Hali Sowle
What if the human condition became only applicable if viewed as through "the game"? What if the only work that was done was to live in the game and to make the game happen and your family was not the people you related to but a loosely gathered group of people who worked together to create a game within the game? And what if the game didn't just reward you but could kill you if you weren't fast enough, strong enough or smart enough?

Welcome to the world of MetaGame where people live in what appea
Xan Shadowflutter
This really isn't quite a 4, but I enjoyed it so much in spite of its problems, that I feel anything less does not do the book justice.

Metagame is the second "gamer" or "game-world" book I have read. The first was "Ready Player One," which I thoroughly enjoyed. I thought "Metagame" was wild and imaginative. Having said that, I'm not a gamer, and my knowledge of current quest games is limited, so an experienced gamer's reaction might be quite different than mine.

"Metagame" is a first effort by S
Apr 08, 2010 Goronmon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gamers
As a gamer myself I have to say that it was hard not for me to enjoy this book quite a bit. It explores gaming taken to the extreme where just about everything we do is integrated into some form of gameplay and Landstrom does a great job building a rather complex and fascinating world for the book to take place in.

Unfortunately, in many cases, this "world-building" seems to replace a more developed storyline along with more fleshed out characters, especially when it comes to their relationships
This futuristic novel depicts a world of astonishing scientific advances combined with a world-wide society governed by "The Game of Life." The Game provides everything to all of humankind - points earned are the currency used to purchase whatever a person needs, the OverSoul is the "God" who is worshipped in churches, and the government operates entirely within The Game.

This book is full of unfamiliar jargon which was quite confusing at first. The main character, D_Light, was so self-centered,
An interesting book that takes place in a world where everyone lives and works in a Metagame.

The main character D_Light has just had to kill someone he thought wanted to be with him after she attacked him and is left thinking about greater things.

When he is invited to join two of the highest ranking members of his house for a high society, high stakes game, he is astounded. However, he meets a girl along the way that he falls head over heels for and wants to help.

The group journey through a few
The debut novel of Sam Landstrom is decent at best. His ideas (like his tech-twist on the fantasy familiar), though not wholly original in the realm of sci-fi, are interesting. Actually, the most interesting, and best, part of this book is its ideas as the execution of narrative, plot, and characters are all equally dismal.

In the beginning of nearly every chapter, Landstrom adds some text from fake books, sermons, or interviews from the world of MetaGame in order to expand its universe, and the
MetaGame takes place in a futuristic world where biotech, nanotech, gaming, and "religion" merge to blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

Another dystopia but this one is disguised by the apparent freedom most people are given. But its all virtual.
Mankind is distracted daily in their virtual reality games, winning and spending points as currency, being ruled by an OverSoul that's not really understood or revealed. The main goal is immortality, though. That's a fantastic endgame, if you rea
Kim Pallister
Metagame is a scifi thriller that takes place in and around MMO-type games. In this vein, it's similar to Snowcrash, Rainbows End, Ready Player One, and many others.

I found it to be a very engaging story, with some provocative bits technology futurism. I give the book a 3/5 or so rating because it was in dire need of editing. There were parts that were too long and should have been left on the chopping block, and there were parts that could have used cleanup, and some poor choice of language tha
The Raven That Reads
What if life was just one big MMO? That's the question that this book answers.

This book takes place in the future. At least, I think it does. I assume it does. I'm pretty sure it does. That was kind of unclear. Let's just say it takes place in the future. Civilization as we know it now is gone. People we believe to be beautiful would be considered average, even ugly. Life span has changed so someone in their 50's is now considered young and youthful. Everyone is fit, and those who become lazy a
Sam Landstrom creates an interesting future where the entire concept of humanity as we know it is morphed into a multibillion person computer game. Normal day-to-day functions such as child raising and law enforcement are transformed into "grinder games" where players are jacked into the network and earn points based on their performance. Players belong to great houses (read Guilds) where status is determined by your point totals. It is in this world where a group is called to play a Meta-Game. ...more
Eric Wallace
Landstrom has constructed a believable future world where both work and play have been incentivised using the psychology of a rewards system. "The Game" is interesting in its own right (even apart from the plot), particularly as the author doesn't explain all at once: rather, he strings you along with tidbits that gradually increase your awareness of the history and purpose of the game. One such partial revelation I enjoyed was how each chapter begins with an epigraph quoting someone ostensibly ...more
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