- File Size: 2592 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078KGS4V4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Threadbare Volume 1: Stuff and Nonsense Kindle Edition
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You're going to want to say a lot of the names in the story aloud. It's filled with puns.
The systems side of the story allows for a whole bunch of broken combinations of abilities, which is both lampshaded and directly exploited by characters. Without going into too much detail, this is a story that I expect optimizers to love (especially the sequel).
The only major issue that I have with the game mechanics side is that level progression appears to be much faster for some characters than others, even with the same character classes. While there are some explanations for this, like that it becomes harder to advance after a certain point (much like in many RPGs), and that it's easier to advance when you're in a difficult or life-threatening situation, this never feels sufficient to explain why sometimes characters can advance more in a single evening (without combat) than others do in their entire childhood. This isn't enough to significantly hurt my interest in the story, I just recommend going in with the knowledge that leveling feels very inconsistent.
A lot of story events are driven by bad decision making. Normally, I don't like this, but the author generally does a good job of explaining why these bad decisions are being made. This made it palatable, even when I was face-palming at some of the things the character did.
I quickly found myself investing in the characters, which isn't common for me. There are a lot of interesting people in this setting, and even some of the villains are *interesting* and I want to know more about what makes them tick.
Don't go into this expecting a lot of romance. There are little hints of it here and there with some of the side characters, but this is ultimately mostly about a bear and a little girl, not adults pursuing relationships. I actually found that quite refreshing.
Overall, this is one of the best LitRPGs I've read, and one of the best fantasy novels I've read recently in general.
Threadbare, the golem teddy bear, has to survive his creators experiments, the rough attention of a child, and the destructive vengeance of the household cat. Each challenge he overcomes builds Threadbare’s stats, levels and skills. Soon he becomes more than just a clumsy golem.
Eventually Threadbare even accompanies his human on her adventures as the larger RPG world opens up to her. There’s plenty of action and adventure in the story as well as great RPG game mechanics and rather decent world building.
The only thing that I’d say needs work is the transition between characters. One moment you're reading about Threadbare’s actions, the next sentence your reading about an enemy's thoughts, or the cats, and there’s no transition statement.
Also note the last 6% of the novel are character sheets and a glossary of abilities and skills.
Score: 7 out of 10
Firstly, the light and masterful touch on the story tone, character attitudes, and dialogue is excellent. It reads much like a Pratchett book would. Simply put, it’s just plain fun to read.
Secondly, the action, dialogue, characters, plot, and world are all fresh and new. All of it. Even when you think you might have a handle on what will happen based on your past reading experience, you will likely be incorrect. How’s that for a page-turner?
Finally, the editing is superb. Somehow, through heavily-accented dialogue, status messages, wildly-varied character names, and simply massive amounts of text, practically no editing issues were seen. I don’t recall hitting any. (And that is the point.)
If you like (really) good stories, fantasy worlds, humorous and even ironic situations, and/or LitRPG stories, are then do yourself a favor and read this.
This bear is not him. This bear is so much cooler. I foresee this bear kickin ass.
Additionally, the dialogue of this book is both humorous and fun, with lots of puns and other inside jokes that really make you wonder what is going on.
I'd almost be willing to wait longer for another Dire novel just to read the next book in this series.
It is charming and engaging and I just love it to death. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Plus, I'm a sucker for teddy bear heroes. Especially brave ones. So, this and Paddington Bear - I guess? Can't think of any others at the moment. Theadora from the Stuffed Fables board game?
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Fun characters, a intresting story, good writing and grammer, and a lovable protagonist.