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( Read Pdf ) â Soulstone: Awakening Ú Aaron Hope plays video games, like a lot, just not professionally When he entered the EpiX Games PVP World Championship on a lark, this college senior never expected to make it to the final round, nor to get drugged and shoved into the alpha test for World of Ruul The premise for this virtual reality MMO is simple Find all eight treasures scattered throughout the world before the maelstrom s forces devour everything in sight The only catch You can t log off, and if you die well, let s just say what happens in the game doesn t stay in the game An irreverent talking bunny, and Nice pacing and an awareness of being a brain in a jar.A lot of funny banter.Our hero, Aaron Hope, is flawed and self aware of his flaws Dark Heart, the main female adventurer, maintained her aloofness and mystery through out Two Manchu was good comedy relief, and also provided a good foil for character debate about situations, rather then contrived internal dialog And the bunny, George W Bunny Ribald, audacious, bold, back flipping, just awesome for a B An irreverent talking bunny, and Nice pacing and an awareness of being a brain in a jar.A lot of funny banter.Our hero, Aaron Hope, is flawed and self aware of his flaws Dark Heart, the main female adventurer, maintained her aloofness and mystery through out Two Manchu was good comedy relief, and also provided a good foil for character debate about situations, rather then contrived internal dialog And the bunny, George W Bunny Ribald, audacious, bold, back flipping, just awesome for a BUNNY LitRPG elements handled well Soulstone Awakening A LitRPG novel World of Ruul Book 1 by J.A Cipriano is an action packed role playing game where the game is life or death The book is about gamers locked in the world of a game with their mind only but they feel everything that happens to them If they die, their body dies so they have to be careful The characters are awesome and the plot and creatures imaginative But what really makes this book POP is the fun side stuff thrown in The fun and great dialogue, the str Soulstone Awakening A LitRPG novel World of Ruul Book 1 by J.A Cipriano is an action packed role playing game where the game is life or death The book is about gamers locked in the world of a game with their mind only but they feel everything that happens to them If they die, their body dies so they have to be careful The characters are awesome and the plot and creatures imaginative But what really makes this book POP is the fun side stuff thrown in The fun and great dialogue, the strange creatures that are hilarious, and I love the inappropriate, crazy bunny George I laughed a lot due to this crazy bunny Great story Holy hell Yeah, I know these two don t really mix well together, but I thought it may work better than Holy shit We shouldn t be using bad words, after all.I couldn t stop listening for the last few chapters and eventually gave up and made myself comfortable on the sofa for the big finale, while staring at the opposite wall.And when the final word was said, and audiobook effectively over, I sat there stunned for quite a while Mind started wondering and theory crafting about what s going to h Holy hell Yeah, I know these two don t really mix well together, but I thought it may work better than Holy shit We shouldn t be using bad words, after all.I couldn t stop listening for the last few chapters and eventually gave up and made myself comfortable on the sofa for the big finale, while staring at the opposite wall.And when the final word was said, and audiobook effectively over, I sat there stunned for quite a while Mind started wondering and theory crafting about what s going to happen next that I didn t realize end credits started I actually listened all the way through production, tone master, best boy grip, stage lighting, catering and special thanks Audible hopes you ve enjoyed this programme snapped me out of it.My brain went into a dark alley and held a loud brainstorming session with itself There are so many possibilities now The book is over, yet the main quest hasn t even started Well, technically it has, but I wasn t the one to argue with a rogue brain I must find the sequel Urged by higher powers I ran to check for it A thousand angry goblins banged on their little war drums while the page was loading in a mind numbing agony of internet slowness.There it was Crisis averted I haven t been so happy to see a sequel since Alien 2 I clearly saw myself on coma inducing medication until part 2 was published.Okay I may need to take a small step back.I believe I sound like a newly converted Scientologist now This shit is awesome Trust meWell, no.I ll tell you exactly why is this so freaking awesome If you ve been or still are an MMO gamer of any kind, whether it is a MUD, A DD or everyone s favorite World of Warcraft and or its clones , you just can t miss this book You re not allowed.I haven t had so many flashbacks to my own life sinceReady Player OneIf you read it, you ll know exactly what I mean If you haven t, then Gods have mercy on your soul.Lucky for you, I read it before discovering Goodreads so there s no yet another hour long review to read I may work on that, though.This is only my second book by J.A Cipriano, and I m forever hooked now If this guys steps on a type writer in the middle of the night, I want to see what came out I need to see itYou can t possibly go wrong with Supernatural, right For those of you who read my review of hisPound of Flesh , let me tell you this one is even better And comes with 10 to Geek stat.After reading Pound of Flesh I noticed I have another one from Cipriano in the queue Soulstone, huh This one was awesome but I ll space these books apart and will read the other one in two months or so You should take all things in moderation, right Well, no again You should read awesome books as soon as there s a chance And if there isn t one, create it This book is filled with the same kind of new and refreshing humor only Cipriano comes up with Whether it s a friendly jab, always relevant sarcasm or something utterly ridiculous which will make laugh out loud you ll have loads of fun reading or listening Belly laughs of the best kind.Of course, it s possible you won t find it funny at all Especially if you had a sense of humor surgically removed or you re an alien overlord trying to learnabout humanity In the former case, please stop reading now and seek the nearest bridge In the latter, seek the nearest black hole.There are too many good jokes and situational humor, but I won t say a single one for two reasons One, taken out of context the joke may not be even remotely as funny as you ll find it while reading Two, I don t enjoy spoiling things for people.Did you notice how I managed to write a 700 word essay without mentioning neither the plot nor the characters Yes This review will be as spoiler free as possible You know the target audience now everyone who likes fantasy, humor and has played a game in their life and you can thank me later If you chose not to pick it up, however, you ll be forever sorry you didn t, but you ll also be oblivious to it Kind of like never watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead.You ll here from other people everything there is to know about it, and the sequels, and comics, and games and the entire franchise, but you really won t know anything And that will be your cross, for the rest of your life.I noticed how a couple of friends added Pound of Flesh to their to read book shelf on the same day I wrote a review for it That makes me very happy If you found out it was a good move back then, you ll want to do the same thing now as well.Nik Magill made listening a breeze, for which I m endlessly thankful, and took the somewhat excessive amount of cursing No, not talking about Warlock spells here like a real pro.It was exactly appropriate amount of cursing for an MMO gamer, but people raised in conservative religious families might disagree Still, if you don t count Bible, those people don t read Fantasy genre so I m not too worried.I ve been channelling my inner geek for so long while reading this book, it almost felt I went back in time and played the game at my very best Such a satisfying experience Deja Vu overflow.Mandatory Audible links US UK 20 USD or 17 GBP Or 1 Audible credit for members 10 USD 8 GBP , best way to go.Also mandatory disclaimer This book has been provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.Unusually enough, Audible version hadn t been added among editions of the book But by the powers vested in me by Goodreads Librarians, I pronounce this injustice resolved appropriately I love Goodreads 3In case it wasn t clear by now, and we re rapidly approaching 1100 words, this is a strong 5 material.You, also, should get top marks for actually staying with me through all the ups and downs of this novel of a review I prefer Liz, but can t deny Jenna was, indeed, a tremendous actress A bigger and prettier version of this review is here, on my blog So, I don t have a toooon of experience within this genre, but what I have read is very similar in some way to either Sword Art Online,.hack, The Matrix, or Ready Player One This one isn t too different from those in the basics either Hell, it even uses RPO as a reference at one point I knows what it is, and I liked that about it.In this story, a college senior is drafted into saving the world from a nearly sentient virus by A bigger and prettier version of this review is here, on my blog So, I don t have a toooon of experience within this genre, but what I have read is very similar in some way to either Sword Art Online,.hack, The Matrix, or Ready Player One This one isn t too different from those in the basics either Hell, it even uses RPO as a reference at one point I knows what it is, and I liked that about it.In this story, a college senior is drafted into saving the world from a nearly sentient virus by being very good at a video game that was expressly made to mirror the game that the virus itself has created So, it s got some common tropes in this genre, which is not necessarily a bad thing There s only so far you can go to make this is a virtual reality MMORPG except that it s actually real on some level so don t die or you ll really die seem different, you know For me, first and foremost, how entertaining a novel of any genre is to me is always the most important factor I appreciate good writing when I find it, and super original ideas, but if a story is compelling and told in a compelling way, I ll enjoy it all the same Even if it uses tropes that are very familiar to me If it has characters that I like and that I root for, chances are that I m going to not hate it.Anyone who reads my reviews regularly and I can t imagine that anyone actually does will know that I love it when books reference my favorite things in enjoyable ways So, this book pretty much wins on that front right from the beginning In chapter one we get a character that is cosplaying Tifa Lockhart, red gloves and all, so I did a little heheeee because FFVII is absolutely among my favorite games of all time Plus, it s from my generation, and so there s something specifically for someone who grew up or lived through my generation to relate to Gets in my old lady duds and shakes my cane Kids these days don t appreciate FFVII for how amazing it is, because it s graphically inferior to the games they know You re missing out, kids You re missing out That s okay though, because they re remaking it probably And, I sort of understand where they re coming from I had a hard time getting into old BW movies for the same exact reasonAnyways, I mostly enjoyed my time with this book Aaron was an enjoyable character and I quite liked his adventures in leveling He is absolutely foul mouthed like me He references a lot of real life things that I also like Diablo, Penny Arcade, Star Wars, Skyrim, etc, etc, etc so my inner and outer nerd nearly always had an opportunity to have a little smile of recognition These sorts of things make parts of the story you would think are boring like level grinding not actually as boring as actual level grinding is George the Bunny was also a pretty good character, though there were times that I thought he was a bit over the top Ok, a few times but I still appreciate a bunny who swears that much.This was a pretty easy listen, because it was quick, and I never found it to be overly plodding, even during the level grind, but it was an easy listen because Nik Magill nails the narration I liked Nik s narration of one of my favorite books ever, and so seeing his name on this one made me very excited to have a listen He did a real great job with this one and I enjoyed my 8 or so hours with it I will definitely put listening to books Nik Magill narrates on my to do list As I said in my review of the last book I listened to him narrate, his voice is mesmerizing This sounds a bit like I m fangirling and I guess I am in a way , but I actually mean this as in his voice hits a note, or a timbre or a tone or whatever it s actually called that just sounds nice I like some narrators because I love the accents they can do, or I love the accents they have I like this one because I just like the sound of his voice shrug My one criticism that I can think of is that Dora, the merchant and one of only 3 women that Aaron ever meets throughout the book was fucking ridiculous She s a merchant, FFS Her job is to buy fucking trash items and sell some potions So, my eyes rolled as far as they could go when the first thing out of her mouth was something along the lines of Hey there big boy how can I heeeeellllp you touchy touchy paraphrasing, but you get the idea I d have ignored it, but then she did the same thing to Player Two as soon as she met him Having her just buy some trash instead of theor less oh sure, I ll buy your goblin swords, but first can I have a go at your 69 Staff of Penetration out of nowhere for no reason would have gone over better.Thankfully, other than Dora the Cocksplorer, this book has 2 other capable women that s actually a lot for a LitRPG in my experience , Darkheart, who is a Paladin and the leader of the We need to beat the Maelstrom initiative, and Jo, a pink haired sassy blacksmith I actually really liked Jo, but she was only introduced within the last 20 minutes or so So, we ll see what happens with her in the future perhaps Also, I was given a free copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review