Master LitRPG Recommendations Thread

Discussion in '2018 LitRPG Books' started by Paul Bellow, May 19, 2017.

  1. Prax Venter

    Prax Venter Author of Entrhalled and Irrelevant Jack LitRPG Author Citizen

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    One of the first LitRPG series I started with and it’s a great example. I think 6 is technically not the last book but it wraps up the series. These are also on audiobook so it made it easier for me since I tend to listen to books in the car and pick up reading when I’m at home or work.

    Book 7 is translated and out now but not on audiobook yet
     
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    LastStarfytr Level 6 (Footpad) Beta Reader Citizen

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    Not really new but Viridian Gate Online series by James Hunter is an excellent series with a pretty good audiobook experience too. The first 4 books and the “DLC” book (kind of a spin off character book) are all on audiobook. There is a fifth book not yet narrated.
     
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    One more series is Awaken Online by Travis Bagwell. Two books and a “side quest” book out now with audiobooks. A third part (4th book) called AO: Evolution in the works that is due out next month in ebook, print, and audiobook.
     
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    Windfall Level 18 (Magician) LitRPG Author Citizen

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    I don't know why I just saw this, but I just have to tell you that when I read it I cracked up soooo hard :D
     
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    I'm currently reading Fayroll 3
     
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    I've got a few recommendations that I can share that I don't think were already mentioned. I wouldn't classify all of them as great but I enjoyed them nonetheless. In no particular order.

    Dodge Tank by Rick Scott - 3 books currently out, I'm waiting to re-up my KU subscription to read the 3rd.
    Ring of Promise by J.A Capriano - 3 book series, no longer on Amazon tho, I liked the MC being a tank (since that's what I generally play)
    Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw - Not litrpg but one of the books I enjoyed the most in the past few years
    Unbound Deathlord by Edward Castle - 2 books out so far
    Level up or Die by Apollos Thorn - 2 books out so far
    Codename Freedom by Apollos Thorn - 2 books out so far, I liked the Level up or die more but this was also decent
    Ritualist by Dakota Krout - 2 books out so far
    Re-Start by Dan Sugralinov - Translated from Russian, 2 books written, 1 translated, a 3rd is coming

    Well that's a start and should keep you busy for now... I'm sure I'll think of a few more later.. ;)
     
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  8. Paul Bellow

    Paul Bellow Forum Game Master Staff Member Shop Owner LitRPG Author Citizen Aspiring Writer

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    Great list, @Grudge. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    It was a great book, but it was a total cliffhanger. And usually I am fine with writers working at their own pace, and if it takes a while to come up with a sequel, I understand. However he is just whiney. He whines, and it's obvious he just is not interested in doing anymore with the series. He should just admit it so people can stop asking about it. He picked up some social issues and has been working on a different book, he needs to just stop with the Dawn of Wonder. . This is a rant obviously. For some reason this guy specifically bugs me. I think he is trying to make a work of art with utter perfection which doesn't exist. He needs to piss or get off the pot.
    Hi Guys, Hope everything is going well.

    Oh...And I really have to recommend Restart-Level 1, and also Downfall and Rise for LitRPG
     
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    Downfall and Rise was good, I should have included it as well. Although I would argue that it was more of a cliffhanger ending than Dawn of Wonder. :) I actually didn't think it was too much of a cliffhanger, just that he found some information and started training to accomplish a new mission that he started on that info (trying to avoid spoilers).

    I guess I can't really complain about the wait at this point, I only read it earlier this year. I cut my teeth waiting for authors like Jordan/Martin/Rothfuss (and in two of those cases am still waiting), so it's not too bad so far. I know he took a break to work on his masters thesis, but that's done now and the bars on his website are moving. The thing that's interesting to me about your complaint is that I originally picked up the recommendation from someone who was complaining about another author and pointed to Renshaw as a good example of showing progress even if he's slow while the other author didn't.
     
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    I can see that.

    Yes, I read it abit after it came out. And the meters on his dashboard don't really move, and he has tons of drafts and revisions. Like I said though, good book, and I have to admit that even after talking about it I am thinking of re-reading it. :)

    That's funny :)
     
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    Books that should be considered foundation books for Virtual Reality cyberpunk, net-runner, and the for the precursers of LITRPG books.

    These are not LITRPG but set the expectations of cyberspace and VR universes

    I highly recomend
    Robert N. Charette
    Never Deal With a Dragon. And the entire Shadowrun series published by TSR on the 90's.
    Depicts life with hackers plugging into the metaverse through neural jacks and projecting there counchences into cyberspace.

    Neil Stenenson
    Snowcrash, depicting the metaverse and published in the age of America online, Prodigy, and bullitain boards. Published even before the internet became commonplace.

    Diamond age,
    Reamde,

    William Gibson

    Johnny Mnemonic, book not movie
    Neuromancer
    Count zero
    Monalisa Overdrive


    Rudy Rucker
    Hacker and the ants,
    Software - wetware - freeware - Realware

    Robert J.Sawyer
    WWW WAKE - WWW WATCH - WWW WONDER,

    Charles Stross
    Halting State
    Rule 34
     
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    I read Mathew Sylvestor's Spetsnaz: A Permadeath LitRPG Book recently. It was absolutely littered with typos and grammatical errors but it had a fairly unique premise that I haven't seen in other LitRPG books yet.
     




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