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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Levi Jensen is, by all accounts, a loser. He failed sixth-form, never got to university, and works at a no-future fast-food restaurant. The only thing he's good at is gaming. When his father starts dying of a new type of cancer, only treatable privately and at impossible expense, Levi's one hope of saving him becomes the million-dollar cash-prize for winning the dark-fanta ...more
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
If you like nerdy science fiction about virtual reality and gaming as much as I do, then you should definitely check out Save Game. It’s clear from the start that the author has a deep love of all things geeky. Not surprisingly, the author has a podcast where he gets to talk about nerdy topics on a regular basis.

Given the premise for this book, people should only pick this up if they have a love (or at least an appreciation) for gaming culture. Readers who look down on those that play
Steve Stred
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve followed any of my reviews or writing stuff, you’ll know that I connected with Joseph last year and had the pleasure of beta reading his release ‘Beyond the Black Gate.’

Now, Sale returns – and what a return this is. ‘Save Game’ is a complex, layered story of the desperation and lengths you’ll go to save your loved ones. The book follows, Levi. A dedicated gamer who is struggling to wrap his head around the idea that his father is seriously ill and if they don’t come up with the money f
Ross Jeffery
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Author Joseph Sale is at it again, a master of creating worlds and putting his readers slap bang in the middle of them – one would say that Sale’s signature is a deranged mix of Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, infused with the cinematic brilliance of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, garnished with the rich tapestry of George RR Martin’s brilliant epic that is Game of Thrones. But having mentioned these titans and drawing comparisons with them, it is also doing a disservice to Sale; as his work is
Tomas Marcantonio
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Joseph Sale spins a great yarn here, altering between video game addict Levi’s mundane and often depressing real life, and his thrilling VR adventures in a sprawling fantasy world. The home chapters are involving and grounding, and it’s in these parts that most of the heart hammers fall. The game chapters, meanwhile, are to the reader just what they are to Levi – escapism. The world of the game has a deep lore, frantic battles, and interactions with NPCs and fellow gamers which keep the quest in ...more
Nick Braker
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A hero you root for in both worlds

Levi is about to lose his father but he has hopes of saving him by winning a contest in the VR world. The author pulls you willingly into Levi's life both in real world and virtual, making you care about both. I struggled with the story in the first few chapters but soon fell into the cadence the author set and I couldn't wait to read more. I loved the ending and enjoyed the wrap up of characters involved.
Iseult Murphy
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the story of Levi; Brummie, drop out, son of a dying father and gamer. It’s also the story of Levi, vampire monk who battles to win the Fate of Ellaria, a game with a million in prize money for the first to defeat it. Levi wants the money to pay for an operation for his dad, but the game is so detailed, so real that playing it becomes important in itself.
Both the game and real life stories are compelling. The characters are likable. The game is magnificent. I couldn’t put this down.
Erik Bergstrom
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I entered 'Save Game' by Joseph Sale already a fan of his fantasy and horror writing, though I knew I was about to engage in something entirely new. Once again, I'm in awe of Sale's shifting writing identities—here, he's mastered the gaming/virtual reality genre (if that's a thing). Yet there's one thing that remains in all his writing, which is his heart.

'Save Game' is the type of book that could be a quick one-day read or something to savor. Personally, I had to take my time with it. I'm not a
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Joseph Sale is an editor, novelist, and writing coach. His first novel, The Darkest Touch, was published by Dark Hall Press in 2014. He currently writes and is published with The Writing Collective. He has authored more than ten novels, including his Black Gate trilogy, and his love-letter to fantasy: Save Game. He grew up in the Lovecraftian seaside town of Bournemouth.

He edits non-fiction and fi

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