Opening Moves

Opening Moves The Earth is changing The alien invasion brought social upheaval advanced technology and an armada of peacekeeping robots But Alan a college student pursuing a now useless degree cares little abou

  • Title: Opening Moves
  • Author: Cosimo Yap
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Earth is changing The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots But Alan, a college student pursuing a now useless degree, cares little about all of this He has only one thing on his mind the Game A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization Alan can t wThe Earth is changing The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots But Alan, a college student pursuing a now useless degree, cares little about all of this He has only one thing on his mind the Game A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization Alan can t wait to play, recklessly diving into the digital universe Soon though, Alan realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.

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    1. The MC is suppose to be a gamer good enough that someone is willing to lend him multi-millions of dollars for a capsule. And the MC wrote an AI.Yet this same MC is a total idiot. He seems to have forgotten all game experience as well as reverted to some guy just entering puberty.It made the novel painful to listen to. I gave up eventually.

    2. Like this is okay as a power fantasy, but holy shit the MC literally got handed everything and got told what to do all the time, and it was just cringe to me in that respect.

    3. OMG - loved this! This is RPG geekdom to the max, but so much fun. The story moves along and you kind of feel like the main character throughout. I feel like I am playing the game myself most of it is very satisfying on how it flows. I worry that the next one will become too "political" (I don't care about governmentsI like monsters and powering up). We'll see! Very excited about the next book.

    4. There are maybe three really good LitRPG books set in a SciFi world/universe and this is, maybe, the best of them. I'm usually pretty loth to read science fiction book even though as a youth I devoured them, but LitRPG adds a new taste to the genre that makes it interesting. I would recommend this book to any science fiction reader or LitRPG fan. You can't possibly go wrong buying this one.

    5. Such a good premise. Huge scope. If anyone read or watched "No Game, No Life", it's mechanically like a universe scale version of it. I read this for free when it was being released online chapter by chapter, but bought the book as a kudos to the author.

    6. 4.5 stars ~ really really REALLY liked this book. Liked the character, who was not perfect, liked the virtual world, liked the game, liked the story. Really enjoyable all around and what I like in my gaming books. Definitely ready to jump right into the next one!

    7. Nope. Just nope. This is a bad, bad bookI suppose I should say something about it So, the idea behind the story isn't bad pretty good even. In fact, no aspect of this book does the concept justice. What makes this book so unbearable is the protagonist. He has no personality. No even a bad one. I could not tell you one character trait he possesses. What pissed me off even more, is that everything just comes so easily to the main character there is no adversity or challenge everything just seems t [...]

    8. A swing and a whiff heard around the world. So give this one a pass, trust me, the market is pretty much saturated with LitRPGs these days (and I am happy about that).There are some good ideas here, and there are some entertaining bits. That's it though, it is not even at the same level as the sum of its parts. It's held together by info dumps, stupid, and idea shifts. The author seemed to change his mind about what he was doing or where he was going from chapter to chapter. The real protagonist [...]

    9. I enjoyed this book a lot. It's easily the best book in the LitRPG genre I've read, but that's not really saying much. The writing isn't bad and the book flows well. The world-building was great, and it really felt like I was with the main character in the different locations throughout this book. That being said there are still a handful of typos and awkward sentences. Not a big deal to me but can be a turn-off to some people. It also had the same kind of overpowered main character that manages [...]

    10. This story has more holes then Swizz cheese. Besides the illogical plot and foreshadowing that hits the reader like a brick, its simply lacking in everything besides world building. What where the characters name again? I forgot even though I dropped the book only 5 minutes ago. That should sum it.

    11. Ok.Since diving into the LitRPG genre, I am trying to pick up the right books and set the expectations bar. The absolute king here is certainly Ready Player One but that one is specific. To read it, it is more something like unlocking a class specific quest. If you have experienced the same things as the author had, then you can completely immerse yourself in it. So, it is incomparable to other LitRPG books, and it may not even be a pure LitRPG, but definetely has more common things with the gen [...]

    12. Main character was just lame. "uhhh" was about all he could say - yet somehow he continued on his path to invincibility. I didn't get attached to any of the characters. I didn't give up on the book, and the last part got more interesting, but no way will I continue with the series.

    13. The stupidity in this book finally got to me and I had to stop reading.The MC is "supposed to be" the uber smart nerdy type, smart enough to create an AI that has a personality that I can only describe as Scheming and passive aggressive! He is "supposed to be" this amazing gamer, one that's so good that others are willing to invest 10 Million dollars worth of equipment on so he could play (gam3) yet he's entire dialogue seems to boil down to "huh?" or for the sake of variety "huh" like the scar [...]

    14. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed and parts that drove me nuts. Here is this guy that was selected for a super AI, that has an investment made on his behalf, that can accomplish anything, yet he is so obtuse that he can't make basic decisions. He has no friends. He has no relationship with his family. He agrees to everything people ask him to do. This book is more about an AI and it's human servant than a human with an intelligent virtual assistant. It did improve by the end (thank [...]

    15. I am not sure if it was really worthy of 5 stars or if Nick Podehl narration tricked me into it, but I really did enjoy the "litrpgish" book. I added the "ish" because the Gam3 is basically a reflection of reality, albeit a slightly easier reality to improve and advance oneself. Now the reality reflected is a sci fi universe and there is real world impacts based on actions in the Gam3, so it is almost like inside the game is really the true reality. Yes I am probably over complicating things, bu [...]

    16. It was interesting but the main character was annoying and plain stupid on more than one occasion. Anyway the overall plot was intriguing and the world and its backstory were pretty detailed. I'm definitely reading the sequel.

    17. Good science fiction litrpgWas a good read. Letting the Main Characters growth happen as the story goes on. The MC does need to grow up some and not have his AI do all the work.

    18. Unexpected Great read. Was not expecting it to be so good. Has detail, fights and such. Things and places. More details.

    19. This is a good book.I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read more of this series. I'd recommend this book to anybody.

    20. I'm in both camps on this one. There's parts of the story that are really compelling and I got totally drawn in - the story itself feels like the start of an exciting and epic journey. But the relentless fight scenes and reading out of veeeerrrry long lists of stats just ruined it for me. Clearly some fighting is going to happen but I don't feel enough work was put into developing the characters. I remember Alan and Eve but that's it.Also, I'm confused about (a) the age vs. behaviour/dialogue of [...]

    21. As a few have said, the strength here is in the world building. It is true that the protagonist seems to be his AI, but I think that was intentional. As the book progresses, he begins to become a little more himself. I actually enjoyed the book, and would recommend it. It is something of a power fantasy, however the book explicitly states that Alan has been handed the things he's been given. I'm really hoping in the second book he makes something happen on his own, without having so many crutche [...]

    22. I really enjoyed this book. It does a good job setting itself apart from other books involving people who are spending all of their time in virtual reality worlds. Unlike other books like it, this book has a character with a lot of curiosity and wonder rather than him being some guy struggling to survive through bad situations. Also, there are aliens, which is cool. I loved pretty much everything about this book except for one part that really annoyed me because the main character acted uncharac [...]

    23. I listened to the audio book and enjoyed it quite a bit. The reason for only 3 stars is because the MC is such an idiot! Every conversation he has is like uh, ok, um alright. He also does a bunch of stupid things. Maybe I should think of the MC being Eve who has to deal with a stupid meat suit for her vessel, lol.Other than that though, I thought it was well worth the listen. Nick Podehl was great as usual.On a side note. I'm getting a bit tired of a lot of these litrpg novels that have main cha [...]

    24. Very fun read with a VERY interesting world within which the plot takes place. I'm really enjoying the book a lot. My only complaints are the MC's occassional awkwardness with social interactions, and the MC's way of speech sometimes when he over-uses fillers such as 'like', 'or whatever', or 'or something' instead of just forming a sentence and not adding on crap that diminishes the statement at the end. Petty complaints for the most part. Just wish he'd buck up considering everything else he's [...]

    25. Another Scifi LitRPG. This one goes quite deep into the skills system. I will mention that the difference between a skill and an ability is that a skill is something that can be learned whereas an ability is something you are born with. That is the difference. But all in all that was the one and only fault I found with this series. I am still on book as of the time of this review. But I am loving it. The main character's self recessive personality is great. The bossy AI is interesting and there [...]

    26. I love the setting of this book, the universe he's created and the overall story. The main problem I couldn't get past is that the protagonist supposedly wrote an AI; a fully functioning combat assistive AI, and yet he's portrayed as a total moron without any capacity to make his own decisions. He relies entirely on his AI for advice on how to spend his ability points & which skills to take, and he passes this off as being because he only wrote his AI by 'following an online tutorial'. No on [...]

    27. Started out so slowlyI admit I abandoned this book twice before continuing, it began so slowly. Then it picked up the pace and became interesting and fun. I can't say that I'm rooting for the hero, he has no real back story so he feels 2 dimensional. But it was entertaining and I ordered the sequel.

    28. Main character was a bit of a Gary Stu coupled with that AI of his, but that didn't bother me. I guess it really depends on your perspective. You could look at how he gets most of what he wants and think "Gary Stu." Or you could look at the fact he was the one who created his AI and think, "Even if he usually gets what he wants, it's not luck, just the result of preemptive work."

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