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Book Recommendations > Play to Live, a new MMORPG series by bestselling Russian SF author D. Rus

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message 1: by Smilla's Sister (last edited Jul 24, 2014 06:19AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Smilla's Sister (smillassister) | 3 comments Hi guys,

This isn't strictly "self-published" but the bestselling Russian SF author D. Rus has just published the English versions of the two first books of his cult Play to Live series independently on Amazon, so I suppose in this sense he is self-published.

The first book of the series, AlterWorld, goes free on Amazon today so grab your complimentary copy and tell us what you think!

A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! And still they're the lucky ones compared to those burning alive eternally within the scorched hulls of tank simulators.

But some unfortunates - the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits - choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.

Once a seasoned gamer and now a terminal cancer patient, Max grasps at this final chance to preserve his life and identity. So he goes for it - goes for the promise of immortality shared with a few trusty friends and the woman he loves. Together they roam the roads of AlterWorld and sample its agony and ecstasy born of absolute freedom.

Quoting the author's official bio:

D. Rus is a young Russian author whose books took the Russian literary market by storm in 2013. AlterWorld - the first novel of his Play to Live series - made him a bestselling author overnight as critics now credit him with single-handedly creating a new science fiction genre: LitRPG.

Set in the virtual reality of MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games - his books tell stories of real people who'd become stuck in the game and are forced to follow its rules while preserving their intergrity and fighting to make their new world a better place.

The five books of the series have created a huge following as more authors followed suit, making LitRPG the latest bestselling Russian genre that merges science fiction, fantasy and gaming conventions. D. Rus has been nominated for Start, one of Russia's prestigious literary prizes for the best debut science fiction novel.

The first two novels of the Play to Live series - AlterWorld and The Clan - have been translated into English, and talks are under way to have the rest of the series published on Amazon.

Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments As this section is for author's use, I'm am going to move this thread to recommendations.

Smilla's Sister (smillassister) | 3 comments OK, thank you very much!

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