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- Print Length: 438 pages
- Publication Date: November 21, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B081VRFXBM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Vainqueur the Dragon Kindle Edition
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To be blunt, neither the title nor cover do it justice. The author clearly also hasn't been farming or buying reviews as is the current norm. This has prevented him from competing on an even footing in the genre. On short this should be in the top 10 but he didn't get lucky and doesn't know how to market or simply choose not to.
Hopefully he'll figure it out or find someone who will for him. It would be excellent to see him get the attention and funding necessary to shine.
So in respect for the author and their work, I am going to start pasting this along with a generic review I found somewhere. “This was a fun book. I am glad that I read it. You should try it too.”
Now, since I have to keep explaining myself to people who don't like my reviews, I guess some clarification is in order.
1. I am 100% against criticism for works of art. Art is subjective, meaning reviews are irrelevant. The observer's opinion is only relevant to the observer. It is my belief that regardless of what others might say, I have to experience the art for myself.
2. I read upwards of 20 books a month. The $10/month I spend on Kindle Unlimited, feels like I am cheating the authors. But since I can't afford 50 books a month if I were to purchase them directly, all I can offer is a positive review. That leads us to the final point.
3. If I get to the end of a book, then it was worth my time. I give those books 5 stars because it helps the author get exposure on Amazon. That is the only reason I write reviews at all.
I understand that people are people and they are going to do what they do regardless of my stance. I know the way that I review books upsets some people. I am sorry they feel that way but as many have said, they will just ignore my review going forward. In fact, if you made it this far through my review, you should definitely read the book and completely ignore all of the reviews here. You are a much better judge of what you will like than anyone here.
Editing wise it seems like there are a lot of skipped words but its not so bad as to make it unreadable.
I did enjoy that it was kind of a different take on what dragons usually are and how they act. While still feeling very... dragony.
It was worth the time and money so thank you
Top international reviews
Dieses Buch ist der absolute Wahnsinn und ich habe so enorm viel lachen und grinsen können über die ganzen Situationen die da entstanden sind...
Die Story ist einfach zu verfolgen, keine komplizierten Wendungen oder Vorgeschichten, simpel und einfach geschrieben.
Die Mechaniken sind auch super, da ist wirklich jedes bisschen durchdacht und ich habe das Gefühl hier wurde immer das "was wäre wenn..." angewandt bevor ein weiterer teil geschrieben wurde. Es ist einfach toll und ich hoffe wirklich sehr das ich einen zweiten teil sehen werde von Vainqueur und Victor
Das kommt mit auf die "Bescheuerte idee die sich als absolut geil entpuppt" liste xD
Written in a discworld-style of literary comedy, despite humble origins this tale just gets more and more ridiculous, and subsequently entertaining.
Off the bat, wow, this is good! What “There Is No Epic Loot Here, Only Puns” is for dungeon core stories Vainqueur is for general LitRPG. This is primo satire, boys and girls. Something that the genre has only toyed with, by and large.
Vainqueur is the story of a powerful, wildly vain, and surprisingly clueless dragon named Vainqueur who learns his world was ALWAYS an RPG world. He, like all other dragons, was just too far up his own rear to notice. When a thief named Victor carelessly spills the beans while trying to rob his horde, Vainqueur gains a class and realizes he can rake in the gold as an adventurer. He pressgangs Victor into being his “minion” and sets out to get rich and settle an old score.
And that’s just the beginning. The relationship between Victor and Vainqueur is hilarious as is Vainqueur’s endless narcissism. The author has clearly read plenty of RR stuff and the things that have inspired a lot of the authors there. Iseikai, other Japanese entertainment, Lovecraft, “chosen one” tropes, fantasy in general...all get some good riffing. I had a blast reading this.
And what do my eyes see but...competent technician writing skills?! What madness is this? The author...knows how to use commas!? I MUST DO THE DANCE OF JOY! Oh, and the author is actually French. I’m pretty sure punctuation in French is pretty close to English, but 10th grade French was a long time ago. Either way, it’s a non-native speaker doing better on the technical side than most native-speakers in this genre.
However, there were two punctuation goofs and some typos in the story. “Dragging” instead of “dragon” stood out. But for being a non-native speaker and for having honestly good technical skills, I’ll cut the author some extra slack.
I really have little negative to say about this book. Sometimes the humor is a little too cute for its own good, but that’s highly subjective. One character is revealed to be bisexual, but this is literally one sentence as part of a joke that is never mentioned again. That didn’t seem to be the most...considerate choice. But it’s a minor thing, so I can’t dock too much for that.
The LitRPG side is consistently present, but this isn’t a crunchy book by any means. Levels and classes are where it’s at. But those are really more for opening storytelling doors. VERY soft magic system would be a good way to think of it.
Seriously, people, read this book.