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Harpyness is Only Skin Deep (Tales of Arvia Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B082Z44YDG
- Publication date : January 17, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1997 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#1,415,932 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #2,757 in Humorous Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- #3,334 in New Adult & College Fantasy (Books)
- #4,170 in Dragons & Mythical Creatures Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The writing is serviceable - it's no Orson Scott Card, but it's good enough to keep you engaged. You will need to get used to the switching viewpoints narrative style, which can be a little jarring at first; if I had one suggestion, it would be to use a different font when writing in each character's voice.
So how come I'm rating this book at 5 stars, and recommending it hands down? make no mistake about it, I am most definitely doing that.
Because I love this genre, and ever so often, I run into books in it that don't excel at anything in particular, but are just so... much... fun. They are compelling in the way that french fries dunked in milkshake can be - you know you shouldn't be doing it, and strangers may look at you funny, but it tastes oh-so-good. The analogy that popped into my head was the Stainless Steel Rat series by Harry Harrison, which ended up at a count of eleven, and spawned off all sorts of things like games and comics and whatnot.
I love those SSR books. I adore this book, too, in sort of the same way.
Another example might be what I consider the best Piers Anthony book, which happens to be Split Infinity, rather than anything in the Xanth series or what have you. Not a literary masterpieces by any means, but damn if I don't enjoy reading it for the, uhh, tenth time again ever so often.
So there you go. "Harpyness" will not blow your mind with its depth or cleverness. But it is so approachable and engaging that you simply won't care. And for that, it deserves my recommendation.
He swaps his safe but boring life on Earth for a shot at fantasy heroism, and I loved how flush his narrative was, especially early on, with gaming terms and concepts. Darin is smart enough to get that everything is more complicated IRL, but still a part of him wants it not to be. He wants to buy a suit of armor at the vendor and start leveling up on weaker enemies before getting a guaranteed slot on the core raid team.
Problem is, what he signed up for is a job as Interchangeable (Disposable) Menial on a world where humans are little more than a food supply to the stunning array of monsters, the smallest of which are the size of an elephant. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with a monster, but for all its power, it can't protect him from enemies like greed and the way extremis hardens people.
What I really loved about this story was its warmth. The idea of plugging a real person into a fantasy realm is hardly new, but this story knows nerds. The protagonist is constantly outclassed by the braver, more savvy, more physical people around him. And many of his aspirations prove silly as he comes to understand his reality. But this story wasn't arrogant and judgmental; the reader always feels a sense of camaraderie with the narrator, like they're inviting you to laugh at one another, not mocking you. Darin's journey is about finding ways to be a hero in a world where none of his fantasy fantasies can actually come true, because he's weak and little and still a normal person.
Having managed to survive his first real adventure, he's just one contributor among many. His choice tools are friendship and heart, not magic or power. But even at the end, he retains his conviction that being a hero is something worthwhile, and it has as much to do with decisions as outcomes.
Punchline, it's just really fun, especially if you're a gamer as well as a reader.
The writing style could be developed a bit more, but the story itself is top notch and packed with enough jokes and action that will keep you eagerly reading while occasionally snorting with laughter. A great, lighthearted adventure! Can't wait to read more by this author.
This book made me unattractively snort-laugh at least twice a chapter with fast-paced jokes.
Best of all, the characters feel real and I grew to want only the best for them. The unlikely friendships that develop are genuine.
If you're looking for a litRPG that is funny, action-packed, and filled to the brim with loveable characters, Harpyness is Only Skin Deep is for you.
I need to know what happens next and will definitely be picking up more from this author.