I used to be a prolific reader. I could power through a book in twenty four hours if given the appropriate leisure time and the book in question was a much anticipated release. My daily long commute on public trans, much needed lunch breaks, the dragging empty hours of filling a quiet office during evening shifts were all hours that were filled with a never-sated need for reading. My work bag contained a change of clothes, my lunch and at least three paperbacks at all times. You never know when you’d finish one at midnight and still have four hours of your overnight shift in perfect solitude.
My library probably deforested a small country. I’m sorry. I really am. This was pre-Kindle days and my local library only had so much in my preferred genres of fiction-based entertainment. Especially the way I plowed through entire shelves. I promise that every book I couldn’t give away or donate was recycled. Honest.
Anywhoo – finally giving up gainful employment to be the Stay Home to my first two children had me dreaming of days when I could knock out a few chapters during nap time or after I put them quietly to bed early in the evening. Or, dare I dream, be that confident put together mom on the playground sipping her coffee and reading her hardcover while her darling angels ran around playing nicely with other children.
Unprepared for the realities of toddlers that didn’t nap – refusing to sleep at all until exhaustion kicked in! – and then needing constant handling on the playground to keep the city from calling animal control on me, it has been years since I’ve been able to read a book in short enough time for me to remember how it started once I finished it. I’ve been lucky to read two books in a year for lack of interest, focus, and time. I’m glad to say I’m getting better and getting back to reading. It has help that, in the time of becoming a Stay Home and now, technology has gotten so much more exciting and making it easier to access books! Now I just have to fight the lure of other online time wasters to actually go read….
It was lent to me – Kindle to Kindle! – by another reader friend who wanted someone versed in the old school D&D tabletop gaming. His lady wife had read it but, never having played any sort of RPG, felt she might have missed some of the fine nuances of the genre. So I gave it a go.
It starts as a classic Game World vs Real World and how they bleed over. It was a fairly popular trope at some point or at least it seemed like I read a lot of “Gamers play module and end up in other universe totally by accident” books somewhere in the late 80s/early 90s. From there it takes the predictable character evolutions and swaps them up. Swaps them up realistically even! As realistically being subjective in a world of orcs, dragons, and magic sword, of course. The characters were real and engaging, both the characters and the “characters”, for those of you having enough tabletop/larping experience to understand the difference. The motivations were not ham-handed or contrived and the solutions were clever. I really enjoyed it. So much so that I’m currently on the third book! In three months! Can you believe I’ve read so much in so short a time! I can feel my brain coming alive with imagination!
Edit! (Sorry – I probably should have included the link to the second book too, to save you the time of trying to hunt it down.)