I finished Continue Online this week and started Video Game Plot Line Tester. First, my thoughts on Continue Online. It was well written. It has a good story and character progress. I just don't think the story is for me. If I ever continue reading it, it would be because I have finished my uber long list of books to read and I am bored. With that said, at least I would be willing to continue it at some point. Some, I would hesitate to even pick up another book by them. That isn't the case here. And I am a very harsh critic. While I may rate it as a 3.5, others may give it an entire point more. It just felt slow to me. Again though, it's the character's story. He's got personal issues he is overcoming and that has everything to do with his drive to play the game. For me, there needs to be something more on the line than overcoming a mental block. There may be, but it wasn't shown in the first book. I mean, it does work at intrigue with an underlining conspiracy, but that wasn't enough to keep my interest. The game play was okay, but the leveling was slow. I did like the ability system though. That was creative. That would be one reason I would continue reading. For now though, I'm gonna listen to the rest of the genre and see if we have any more that really stand out like Way of the Shaman or Awaken Online. Now, on to Video Game Plot Line Tester. So far, I've enjoyed it. I've got about 4 hours left in the audio version. I think the majority of my complaints come down to the narrator having a bland voice. There isn't enough personality put into the characters although they are written to be distinct so you aren't going to confuse them. I'm not sure if this is the author's first book or not, but some of the characters need more fleshing out but over all, I am liking the leveling process. I have one complaint with the story/characters but it may not be valid for everyone. And that is that they seem kind of one dimensional. This is another one that I am aiming at giving a 3.5 because it is a decent story, but the driving points aren't anything major besides trying to make a living and raising his little sister. I will finish it and see where it goes before I say whether or not I would read further if it is a series or not. Like Continue Online, the writing seems go, with the exception of the Goblin's lack of english due to a low intelligence, but even the way that is done, it is creative so I wouldn't avoid this author's work based on the writing. I think with a new narrator, I would be more into it.