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Otherlife Dreams The Selfless Hero Trilogy

Remember his password When their brains were synched with the game it scrambled most of their memories The problem is that whoever loaded their minds into the game loaded them completely If they die the. Rating 30 stars I did this backwards I read all the other William D Arand books first and now I am reading this With other peoples reviews it seemed like all the other books in some way tied into this one So far this is one of the weaker books this author has written It started off pretty well The main character Runner had a goal in mind He was leveling up he built his group up with sexy uniue women and then pretty much nothing Nothing really happened in the second half of the book Nothing happened with the four women runner was with He stopped leveling up Maybe it was because this is one of the author s first books in this universe It seemed bland I will probably finish the series just so I can see if this series ties into all his other series but so far I am not impressed

Summary Otherlife Dreams The Selfless Hero Trilogy

Runner has a problem He and 499000 men and women of the military are trapped in a game Runner is the only person in the IT department in game the only one with administrative access rights And he doesn't. Otherlife Dreams was the first book in William D Arand s Selfless Hero Trilogy It was typical LitRPG with a classic Sword Art Online set up It was actually pretty hardcore on the RPG aspect and elements of the story even for a LitRPG book What is had going for it was that despite going heavy on the RPG nature of the VR world the hero found himself trapped in this was not one of those LitRPG books that got bogged down in endless streams of mindless repetitive stats It had some stats for sure as one might expect but I did not feel they ever overwhelmed the actual story The story was a mix of action and adventure with some small harem elements I think the premise in this story was good There was the real world and the VR world The VR world was a fairly typical fantasy realm The real world was actually a far flung sci fi future where space travel and VR tech is common place Our hero Runner along with the rest of the crew on his spaceship are living in a fully immersive VR world as their bodies lie in cryosleep for their space journey Things go awry when someone manages to trap nearly half a million players into the game To make matters worse death in the game results in the players falling into a coma none awake from in the real world As an added complication the AI running the game has received a sudden unexplained massive power boost and upgrade so the NPC characters and the VR elements of the game have all got a lot realistic Runner was a lieutenant and VR tech manager so he would have the power to log the trapped players out of the game if only his memories had not been so scrambled that he has forgotten his password He rushes to level up before too many players start dying as levelling up also seems to release a few of his forgotten memoriesIt was actually a fun idea that never uite translated into uite as an exciting story as it had the potential to be For once the main character Runner was not the issue Despite the fact that he gathered up a harem of ladies to help him on his uest he proved a decent enough guy and was easy to like The secondary characters were a bit so so but they did have their own distinctive personalities and were OK I think this ended up seeming a bit slow as Runner basically just plodded around the VR world with no other goal except to level up I m usually OK with stories that move at a sedate pace and focus on the character interaction so I m not sure why I did not enjoy this one It could be because I m just coming off reading two big regular fantasy authors in Terry Goodkind and Mark Lawrence and this self published LitRPG is suffering a bit by comparison As with a lot of the LitPRG I ve read this one was not an overly female friendly story Not because it was particularly offensive but because it was a flat up male wish fulfilment fantasy story Runner was an average sort of guy but soon found himself surrounded by his harem of adoring NPC females The only other male characters ended up being villains of various sorts Then there is the fact that this was another of those LitRPG harem stories I swear the LitRPG genre has developed into the male euivalent of the romance genre The haremromance elements of this story were pretty inoffensive compared to most as Arrand took the slow build approach I actually like that as it at least gives the feeling that the relationships that develop are based on than just lust Still Runner only ever surrounds himself with hot females so this story does go hard on the teenage male fantasy dream side of thingsI did not enjoy Otherlife as much as I enjoyed Super Sale on Superheroes the other book by William D Arand I ve read The two books had a lot of similarities but I feel like SSoS was a much better version of this story The setting was defined in SSoS and both the characters and story were interesting I actually picked this series up because I read somewhere that all of Arand s series are loosely connected and I have a compulsive need to read all series in the correct order lol All in all this turned out to be a fairly average read I ll read the second book in the series because I know Arand can do better and because I want to learn how this world ties into the SSoS world There was also a fun twist at the end of this one so I m interested to see how that will change things going forward with the storyRating 25 stars I m rounding up to 3 stars but mostly because I have fond memories of Arand s Super Sales on Superheroes book and the building blocks that make up that series were present in a less polished fashion in this book Audio Note Jeff Hays did a good job with the audio for this book The only annoying flaw he has is his tendency to give so many of the female characters weird Irish accents

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Ir brain dies Now it's time for Runner to flex his skills as a power gaming min maxer and see what he can do Because every time he levels he might just gain the memory of the password Time to go Hardcore. The book is about Runner a Military ship computer system analyst who at the start of the book wakes up with no real memories and a computer prompting him to enter name and password to access his system He finds he cant remember the password but a prompt shows him that if he enters the game he is logged into he will be able to level up and regain his memories with the caveat that if he dies in game he will be brain dead in real life He then tries to set up a game character but it glitches and he can only set up 1 Characteristic He maxes it out and then enters the game Upon checking his stats he finds that they are all 1 with the exception of Charisma which is 64 Well being an avid gamer Runner feels he can make it work Well does he ever He goes about increasing his level and stat bonuses assembling a party that includes 4 female NPCs that become Player characters due to his strange influence They include a rougue a barbarian Warrior a non human sorceress and a merchant turned archer After a wild series of adventures which includes Runner teaching them to access the ships wiki they manage to get through the basic area and are ready to continue their uest to level up and find out what really happened to the ship and why the crew is trapped in it I heard this called litRPG and it fits The plot is fast paced with interesting characters you really care about the book delves into deeper issues about the nature of reality friendship and love as well as bigotry and acceptance but in an organic way not a preachy sanctimonious way There is lots of action and some truly funny dialogue As far as the narration all I can say is this is the best work of Jeff Hays yet Vibrant funny touching snarky he brings the story to life in a spectacular way I can t wait for the next book in the seriesI was given a copy of this book free of charge by the narrator in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook boom


10 thoughts on “Otherlife Dreams The Selfless Hero Trilogy

  1. says:

    Otherlife Dreams was the first book in William D Arand's Selfless Hero Trilogy It was typical LitRPG with a classic Sword A

  2. says:

    This one's for the guysI think this book has a very specific audience; RPG players who are male I've played many RPGs and enjoy virtual reality stories but being female don't really fit the target audience Why does it seem like it's for guys only? Because every female character description includes her bust size And they are all gaga over the main character Allofthem And all the secondary characters ARE female Yeah Othe

  3. says:

    The initial concept was fun Thousands stuck in game game glitched main character is special because of the breadth

  4. says:

    The idea of a character being launched into and stuck inside an MMO is becoming a regular genre these days but William Arand manages to separate himself from the pack Most protagonists usually benefit from their status in the form of

  5. says:

    Rating 30 stars I did this backwards I read all the other William D Arand books first and now I am reading this With other peoples reviews it seemed like all the other books in some way tied into this one So far this is one of the weaker books this author has written It started off pretty well The main character Runner had a goal in mind He was leveling up he built his group up with sexy uniue women and then pretty mu

  6. says:

    Mini Review4 Stars for Narration by Jeff Hays3 Stars for StoryPros At 2x speed the story didn't take long Jeff Hays' narration gave the story personality Simple plot and cookie cutter characters Writing was okayCons Vague setting for both virtual real worlds God Mode Uninteresting Harem Setup Conflicting plot

  7. says:

    SolidThis is a good fun read and I await the second bookDoes have some editing problems but I didn't find many

  8. says:

    DNF 50%This book is not meant for me Kittens Everyone else appears to like it though so probably it's just meRead in September 2016

  9. says:

    The book is about Runner a Military ship computer system analyst who at the start of the book wakes up with no real memories and a computer prompting him to enter name and password to access his system He finds he cant remember the password but a prompt shows him that if he enters the game he is logged into he will be able to level up and regain his memories with the caveat that if he dies in game he will be

  10. says:

    Ok i'm not gonna lie to you half the thing that got me to read this book was the cover I'll tell you what Collin it was a bit slow in the first half but they really picked it up after halftime Went from zone coverage to man to man and they really brought the fight back in the last uarter But was it enough to get us through to the semi finals? We can't be sure I've got shiny book syndromeohh look a book about space

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