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Orconomics: A Satire (The Dark Profit Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This isn't the way it used to be. I used to gather with my friends, pack snacks, get a comfy chair, a #2 pencil, and then vigorously prepare myself for...
An Adventure. Our own adventure.
And, so did Mr. Pike.
In Orconomics we have themes of 'getting back up again.' The fallen hero, staggering back to his feet. We have corporate politics, complex conspiracies, and some wonderful world building in a red-tape strewn fantasy setting. All of this is admirably done with a mind for flow and excellent structuring. Pike knows how to plan a book. Lucky for us all, he also knows how to write one.
Characters come alive with his touch, winking at fantasy staples (quite literally in the Bard's case) and adding needed depth and humor. Needed, because the story is shockingly rife with dark themes that are tactfully handled.
All of this is possible because, like I said, Pike was and is a gamer. No, not a headset-adorned man-child basking in the glow of an FPS at three in the morning (Though, he could be). A GAMER. Armed with a pen, some paper, an imagination, and more source books than any single person should ever have to own.
This influence is the crux of the sly humor, directed towards old RPG junkies and new cRPG-ers alike. It shines through in his use of party dynamics, their fun jabs at one another, their tactics. This man knows his stuff. He grabs these elements, and adds life and personality. Meaning, he has spent time away from the table and venturing into the outside world, living.
I was enthralled in the craftsmanship.
The inner nerd, however, is a two edged sword.
For all his purposeful winks and nods and open guffaws there are a few moments where that berserker of a fanboy rages out. A few melodramatic moments. A few easily forecasted emotional punches. Things Mr. Pike probably loves in his entertainment, but needs to bridle in order to keep control of his book, which otherwise shows great restraint in its craftsmanship, knowing just how far it can push a joke before it should back away.
Also. Typos. Embarrassing typos. They weren't all that often, and we all have them, but they were apparent here. Get out that fine combed brush.
So, I end this review on a bitter note? Never. I gave it five stars. Amazon says this means "I love it." Because, I do. I laughed, I cried, I jumped out in anger at the corporate machine and its cruelty. I gloried in a message that is all too true today. Games are dumbing down. Story stops mattering. We aren't true heroes, but exterminators.
Pull out some paper (or an electronic device) and join Mr. Pike for an adventure. He's already working on his next book, and it's going to be a good one.
Pike weaves a fun and touching story of a rag-tag group of unlikely heroes (with plenty of baggage) thrown together to recover some curious marble statues. I enjoyed watching the characters interact, grow, fail, win, and lose, while learning more about this curiously familiar money-driven world.
I highly recommend this book if you enjoy Dungeons and Dragons (or any fantasy role-playing game), and/or Terry Pratchett.
I had it as both an Audio book and paper back to speed up my reading. Both where awesome. I gave the writing an 8 out of 10 and the narration a 6 out of 10. Narration could have been better but nothing that will take away from the awesomeness of this book. Mr Pike needs to start writing the 2nd book as soon as possible as I will be all over it! I love the fact that he is clearly making fun of our world and MMO gaming in a very intelligent way but also has a solid story line that fends for itself. Reminiscent of Terry Pratchett. Who ever is reading this review and hasn't purchased this book you really should! You will not be disappointed.
Made a book review of Orconomics on youtube. Come track me down -Classically trained Nerds
In fact, I loved it so much I went and bought the print version as well as the kindle version, so I can speak for the differences, if you're curious. The kindle version doesn't have any formatting issues that I'd noticed and it's fine enough, but if you have a few extra dollars you might want to go ahead and buy the print because I found it to be slightly superior. There's font changes to denote writing, and illustrated page breaks, and the magic wheel is shown in the front. If you can live without the little extra details, the kindle version is fine.
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This sounded like a fun read going in, but I was a little hesitant as satires can either be very funny, or pretty bad.Read more