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- Publisher: Gnomish Press LLC (September 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O2NDJ2M
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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.
Some reviewers on goodreads compare Orconomics to Pratchett novels. A bold statement, if you ask me. Still, as it’s listed on r/fantasy underread/underrated list and can be used in Bingo challenge, I decided to give it a go. It was a fun read, sort of fantasy satire that has a potential to make you laugh at least few times. It’s actually funny and uplifting but also serious and sad in some places, as every good satire should be.
On the world of Arth, adventuring is the industry that drives the economy. Monsters and Shadowkin (Orcs, Goblins, Kobolds) are killed and their hoards are claimed. These loots are bought and sold by corporate interests, and are sold off to plunder funds long before the hero’s guild actually attacks. You’ll easily see some similarities to Goldman Sachs in Goldson Baggs operations
The story follows Gorm Ingerson - a fallen dwarven hero whose hero’s license has been revoked. He was disowned by his clan and lives as a rogue. Our protagonist is forcibly recruited to undertake an impossible quest with a team of similar fallen heroes. It seems if he succeeds, he may be able to win back the fame and fortune he lost so long ago. He’s teamed with other fun characters – a goblin squire (who rocks and brings a lot of comic relief), clumsy and naïve prophet of a mad goddess, an elf warrior addicted to alcohol and drugs (healing potions in the book), two mages who are at each others throats, a thief who claims to be a bard (even though he can’t really sing) and a warrior seeking his own death. They start the quest to find Elven Marbles. As we follow the story the plot gets a little more complicated and nuanced.
The story can be described as well-plotted and solid high fantasy tale that has humor woven into the plot and the world. The world building is done well and mixed seamlessly into the story. The characterization is done well - even characters that seem very archetypical turn out to be developed by the book’s end. The pacing is just right. It speeds up and slows down in all the right places. The humor actually made me laugh. Naturally it’s unfair for any author to be compared to Sir Terry Pratchett. Simply because no one stands a chance. In no way is this book on par with Pratchett’s book. It is, though, very good fantasy satire. The book is mostly uplifting and can be read to take a well deserved rest from dark books in which characters you love die, become evil or destroyed. On the other hand after finishing the book I was mourning one of characters. Every good satire needs to contain some level of tragedy and Orconomics delivers both.
The ending of the book set ups for sequel that I will definitely read once it’s published,
Indeed, my job in the real world heavily involves such things (I'm a game designer known for such absurdity).
Initially, I chuckled at in-jokes for RPG gamers of all varieties. A satire that didn't take itself seriously. Winks, nods, elbows that sometimes wedged between the ribs.
What I didn't expect was a story. A real story. A great story. And characters. Lovable, loathable, laughable..
This is my favorite fantasy of a comdeic bent I've read since the passing of the great Terry Pratchett. Well done, J. Zachary Pike.
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.
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Combines fantasy with economics, and of course comedy.
The Kindle app had been recommending this book to me for while, but the description really...Read more
And it's called Orcanomics? Just read it, whatever your genre you'll have a good time.
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