The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss
OK, I probably shouldn't have taken money from a mysterious eccentric to solve a theft, given that I'm not a detective, and that I am sometimes outwitted by puzzles in children's video games. I probably shouldn't have stolen bags of ...more
4.5 adorably geeky stars.
My grandmother used to say that there was nothing worse than trust-fund kids with plans
this is the perfect example of "right book, right time." i grabbed this from my daunting "promised to read soon" stack because it looked fast and fun and it turned out to be both of those things and also EXACTLY what i needed. i've been in the glums lately, which needs ...more
Category: A Book Guaranteed to Bring You Joy (which seemed fitting because receiving this arc from the amazing, and now popped full of pillz, karen brought me joy before I even cracked it’s cover.)
4 Laughter Stars
I have a love/hate relationship with most “manic pixie dream girl” characters, into which I would lump Dahlia Moss. While I love that they broaden character roles for females to include klutzy nerd girls with poor social skills into media they always seem to be portrayed by actresses w ...more
The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss is definitely an audiobook you should avoid listening to in public, lest you want the people around you to think you’ve completely lost your mind. Folks generally don’t react well to someone bursting into spontaneous maniacal laugher, I find.
And to think, I almost let this gem pass me by! A book like this doesn’t technically fall under the Sci-fi and Fantasy purview, which is what I ...more
I liked the storyline with the idea of online play, in MMORPG Kingdom of Zoth, crossing the boundaries to real life when (view spoiler)[ Jonah is killed with a physical version of the spear that had been stolen from him in the game. (hide spoiler)]
I felt like the story was written around Dahlia’s jokes and one liners and they came across as contrived and forced.
I found that th ...more
Jobless-for-over-a-year Dahlia Moss is surprised by an offer of a job, for which she'll be paid a grand, and another grand when she finds a certain spear. She is not a detective, never has been a detective, but for a couple grand, she's game. "Game" being the operative word here, as it turns out that this spear is not real, but an artifact in an online game. As she discovers in a painful dinner "date" that Jonah, her client, set up to get her started on the case.
But the ...more
I know that’s a really bold statement, but it’s the truth. This book is freaking hilarious, so much so that it probably isn’t the best idea to read it on public transport, because you will laugh, and people will stare.
The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss is the story of Dahlia Moss, who is a charming, adorable hot mess that instantly found a place in my heart. She’s 60 percent Codex from The Guild, 20 percent Veronica Mars, and 20 percent of a totally ...more
The problem with reading this as an advance reader copy - starring a protagonist you can *totally* relate to, with zany situations, great witty dialogue, and hilarious characters - is that I'm totally and amazingly in love with Dahlia Moss AND I NEED MORE STORIES STAT. ...more
Dahlia Moss has long been out of work, lost her boyfriend to a dental hygienist, and lives with a crazy roommate. So it's a regular day when a stranger asks her to recover a spear stolen from him in a role-playing video game and offers her $1000 upfront. She's no detective, but with rent money due, there's no backing out of this one. Then her benefactor turns up dead, killed by a real copy of the ...more
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. The spine of the book had a pink unicorn, which of course made me think that it was a fantasy. But, no, it was not. It is a silly, goofy contemporary murder mystery based around an online gaming community called Zoth. And I loved it. I was in a mood and needed a light fluffy book that would cheer me up. This zany novel did the trick.
I kept smiling and smiling at the ridiculousness of the main character, Dahlia and her world. I ...more
It might be the funniest book I have ever read. I laughed out loud dozens of times and that is not an exaggeration. You don't even need to get the references to th ...more
Truth is, my husband's the one who's really into MMORPG, and whenever I get a break from work, I spend some time watching him play, steal, kill, demand and pursue heroes, villains, combatants, dragons, elven archers, et al. By wa ...more
Dhalia Moss is living with a friend since her boyfriend dumped her for another and has no income and no prospects of job, even though she makes the effort to go to every interview available. Her life literally sucks, until she gets a job offer she can’t refuse. She’s paid a high amount of maney to find the “Bejeweled Spear of Infinite Piercing” which happens to be a digital item from a MMORPG.
I’m a geek at heart and this story is just great! Since the beginning is very funny. When ...more
If y ...more
The story really is a madcap romp, very easy to read, and the mystery makes sense, if you know what I mean. The sid ...more
Max Wirestone may just be the king of quirky, unique one liners. Seriously, there was not a point that I wasn't laughing while reading this book. I either 100% understood the references being made, which had me quietly snickering to myself in self-satisfaction or I was full blown, shamelessly guffawing in public, which I've been told actually sounds more like maniacal cackling. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Sorry, I'm not sorry, this book was Drop Dead Fred hilarious.
I don't usually read within the humor genre, for
If you are a geek, you will appreciate the humour in this book.
I was drawn to the book by its interesting premise. A broke, unemployed, single girl. A murder. MMORPG. The prospect of romance amidst all of it. It had the promise of a fun, fast-paced new adult contemporary romantic comedy.
While I didn't quite get what I was expecting (dial up the fast-pace and absurdity of everything and tone down the romance), I had a great rid ...more
Confession: I used to be a World of Warcraft addict. It’s true. I participated in lan parties in my boyfriend’s apartment with his roommates and their girlfriends. We were cool like that.
What does this have to do with The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss? Well, this book is ideal for anyone with basic knowledge of MMORPG’s. (That’s massive multiplayer online role playing game’s for those not in the know.)
This boo ...more
This is not your typical mystery like Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot. Fast-forward to the 21st century where kids and adults get into role-playing games on-line, dress in ridiculous costumes to attend a gaming convention, and spend ridiculous amounts of money on mythical weapons. BUT...the weapon is stolen and the gamer is later found dead.
So, to investigate this crazy ...more
The main sell of this story is the complete geek fan service it provides. It ...more
Once I started it, I could tell this was meant for the YA audience but it was ok for us adults.
Though, I did wonder how old dahlia was? I didn’t catch it if it was mentioned.
Definitely reminded me of Veronica Mars. Except that Dahlia isn’t really a PI, she’d just interned at a detective agency once. And now she’s stumbled into a mystery.
I preferred it over the previous book I tried “the frame-up” which had similarities & intended for the ...more
You might think, from the description, that this is a book for the nerds. For those of us who adored Ready Player One, and want more worlds invested in online role playing games. A detective investigating a theft in an MMORPG? What could be better?
Back away slowly. Set down the book, close out the Amazon page, and keep it rolling.
For one thing, this feels, more than anything else, like a book for Nerds written by someone who only has a passi ...more
4 extra lives
I must admit that before I became addicted to reading, I was addicted to playing MMORPG’s.
If you don’t know what that is, you may be a little lost with parts of this book, but don’t worry, you will still understand what is going on. This is a really fun murder mystery that should be read just for the fun of it. Dahlia Moss is a girl down on her luck. She can’t find a job, her cheating ex-boyfriend dumped her for a dental hygienist, and she has distanced herself from all of he ...more
What drew me into this book was the synopsis. I used to watch Veronica Mars as a kid and I’m crazy about The Big Bang Theory (who isn’t?) and I’ve recently started watching The Guild. I’ve also had my fair share of mind blowing Comic Con experiences. This book is perfect for geeks. There are amazing references, a few of which I actually understood (Peter Capaldi’s eyebrows) and they were quite funny.
This story ...more
Except the next day the police show up at her door. Things have taken a ...more