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The Game (The Game is Life Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Schott
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Book Description

PART 1 of 4
"What if life as we know it was just a game?
What if, instead of traditional schools, children learned by participating in a virtual reality simulation, one that allowed them to experience "life" from birth to death -- multiple times?

What if one player, on his final play, could change the world forever...?"

Product Details

  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484904834
  • Publisher: Terry Schott; 2 edition (December 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009U5TCKU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,491 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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122 of 133 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Conflicted, yet eager for the second installment January 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off, I must state that there were many things about this book that I liked, and I was disappointed to affirm that I may have to wait quite a while for Book Two to come out. In many ways it was a fun read.

But I can't give it more than three or three and a half stars right now because of all the grammar problems, mostly in regards to punctuation. For many people this is not a major concern, and I understand that, but I found the problems so distracting that it took me away from the story constantly. I almost stopped reading thirty pages in because the errors were so consistent and glaring. I don't know if the author needs to brush up on sentence structure rules, or if it's a case of insufficient proof-reading, but it definitely detracts from the quality of the writing.

I would say the majority of sentences on each page are comma splices (sentences only joined by a comma, with no coordinating conjunction), which lends to confusion, especially about the connection between the two thoughts. Again, most people may not care, but it bothered me. The worst, though is the poor use of apostrophes: always using "It's" for possessives, instead of its, and sometimes using 's to indicate plurals. There are also a large number of sentences scattered about that are missing words or containing extra ones, especially verbs, so the reader has to fill in the blanks or figure out what was meant.

The reason this bothers me so much is that in many other ways this book is just great, and I think if it were polished up appropriately, it would rival the work of many more well-known authors .... I think Terry Schott has a great future, but things like this can really make the work appear less professional than it is.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Part One June 19, 2013
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First off, I'd like to offer an apology to Mr. Schott. I said some very rude things about you this morning as I finished this first installment. Please understand that it was in the heat of the moment and that I actually have no desire to jab you in the left kidney with a server spike. Also, I'm sure your parents are fine people. Again, it was in the heat of the moment and I'm very sorry.

Now, getting to the actual book, I enjoyed it. It was a free selection over the winter and I am just now getting around to reading it. I've read Head Crash and Ready Player One in the past and felt that this would be similar. It took me a few chapters to get hooked but after that I was engrossed. The characters were fantastic and the story line kept twisting. By the end, I couldn't wait to see how it all turned out. And then it ended. Really? That's the end? You son of...

Sorry. Lost it again for a moment. It's just that there were so many questions left. This "free" book is now going to cost the price of all the sequels and probably other books you write. It was entertaining, I really cared about the characters and was completely lost in both worlds. I'm hooked.

I'm not a grammar Nazi by any means, but you could use a proof reader. There are errors in there that can only be caught be a skilled human. It was a little distracting but I can be a nit-picker at times.

So, I'm off to buy the sequels and see where this goes. The best part about being overloaded on reading material is that I can get Part Two right now. I'm excited to see what happens next. And don't let my server spike reviews on Amazon worry you at all. It was going to be a "gift" for George R. R. Martin.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading advertisement October 22, 2013
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Note: Since I published this review, the author has changed the way the book is listed on the Amazon site. He also requested that I add that this review may contain spoilers. So read the rest of the review only if you're not concerned about spoilers. (Although the spoiler is only spoiling the first part of the book.)

The Game is an enjoyable book that violates one of the rules that editors use to not buy science fiction: Earth is a computer simulation. However, even though the novel goes against this rule, it's not at all badly written. Not bad for a self published novel.

However, there is a bit of bait and switch in the advertising for this novel.

There are two types of series in science fiction and fantasy (and probably literature in general). First, the series of related stories. In this type of series, each novel is self contained, but exists in the same universe as other novels and stories. Science fiction examples of this would be Niven's Known Space series or Poul Anderson's Technic Civilization series. If you read one of the books in the series, you'll read an entire story, from beginning to end. If you read all the books in the series, you gain more than just a series of books but some underlying world building. There may be interconnections that add to your enjoyment or civilizational changes that create a meta-story above the individual stories.

The other type of series is a story that doesn't fit into a single book. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings trilogy was (at least partially) a trilogy because of limitations on book construction. It is possible to now buy a copy of Lord of the Rings (which is one story) as a single volume.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting
Nicely done and unpredictable. Keeps you engaged and intrigued

Looking forward to book 2.

Can't add more without revealing the plot.
Published 7 hours ago by ginko tree
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 day ago by Micki
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great reaf
Published 2 days ago by Laurie Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
Very unique perspective, very good detail love how the story twist and turns into the events that unfold each chapter... Recommend to anyone
Published 3 days ago by Tim
3.0 out of 5 stars Teen Matrix
Not bad. Kept me reading. But not lots of depth. The main characters are a little too perfect, but I guess the plot requires that. Like a teen fiction Matrix.
Published 4 days ago by Toby
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and unusual situation
An interesting book. The characters were sympathetic. Nice and fast paced . It is worth reading and I am glad that I read it. It was certainly unusual.
Published 6 days ago by Lois Ruff
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book but ends blunt. Don't think ill read part two.
Published 6 days ago by Antonio Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 8 days ago by Thomas Winchell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Matrix with a twist
Same idea as the movie but full immersion in a simulated world, living an entire lifetime in a few months, is done willingly by a society that uses it as a learning tool. Read more
Published 9 days ago by John Y
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
First off to the negative reviewers IT IS A FREE BOOK, that he published himself! Be thankful! The world is not perfect and neither are us readers so we should forgive minor... Read more
Published 14 days ago by hol
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More About the Author

If everybody loves a story (and we all know they do!), then what must they think of the Story teller?

That was my Grandpa, and my Dad, and many of my Uncles and Aunts...and me.

Combine that with reading, and that's who I am; a story teller.

Hope you like them!


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