It was tough one to finish. I can't fully explain why without going into spoilers or pouring far more effort than I'm willing to into this review. (ThIt was tough one to finish. I can't fully explain why without going into spoilers or pouring far more effort than I'm willing to into this review. (There's some of it on my status updates).
The first half of the book was almost unbearable because of Jorg's inner monologue. His evil is artificial as heck, and the only reason why this pretentious fella passes as a marginally competent being is because every other character is portrayed and an utter oaf.
Jorg is never treated as a child - which he is, 13 years old - despite sounding like a brat trying to look cool about being all evil and gritty and shit all the time. Allow me to demonstrate:
I said, getting angry now. I don’t like to get angry. It makes me angry.
This astounding piece was apparently cool enough to appear not once but thrice over the book's length.
The book gets better whenever it moves away from Jorg's thoughts, and there was even a slight hint of a decent explanation for his artificially evil thoughts and behavior, which kept me interested enough to finish the read.
But this hope was utterly crushed by a minor reveal from the last chapter......more
It shows the ridiculousness of the fantasy worlds in games. The disconnect between them and reality. With a pinch of “ghost in the machine” if you'reIt shows the ridiculousness of the fantasy worlds in games. The disconnect between them and reality. With a pinch of “ghost in the machine” if you're partial some reflections about consciousness a la Matrix movies. In which case, get the hell out of my review.
Despite my overall disappointment, I liked Mogworld and I'm willing to read Yahtzee Croshaw's second book Jam. The whole MMORPG thing, despite being the main draw and the gate for many jokes, felt a bit limiting. Another theme might have a better result.
I laughed so much on first chapters it became impossible for the book to live up to its start. I expected some slumps. Set my expectations low and still enjoyed the read. But the slump came in the form of 50% of the remaining chapters. The characters lost their charm, and although I found myself laughing every once in a while, I never actually cared about where the story was going.
Yahtzee's humor carried this book:
He quickly left the scene, horizontally and on the business end of a cannonball.
They watched with the terrified but respectful eyes of trapped zoo patrons watching an escaped gorilla decide whose children to eat first.
This one showed all the hallmarks of deliberate vandalism, and I’d done enough looting in my time to recognize the work of a fellow enthusiast.
Some required you to know a thing or two about MMORPGs:
Desirous for vengeance they may have been, but most of their type wouldn’t even do their own washing-up unless you called it a “quest” and paid in cash.
But overall it was like pacing alongside a sad clown on a limp donkey. He made some incredibly funny remarks every time the beast tripped. But then the laugh died, you faced the horizon, and the only thought left was: “are we there yet”?...more