After finishing Iraq Under Siege, I wanted to read some fiction. So I chose to read Overlord: The Undead King by Kugane Maruyama, a Japanese Light Novel (translated) that a friend lent me sometime ago.
In Overlord, Momonga is one of the last players of a virtual world that is being shut down. He stays in the game until the last minute, wanting to enjoy all that his guild had built during the game's heyday. But when the servers shut down, Momonga finds himself still his character in what looks like the game world. The NPCs who were always silent are now talking and have the backstories and personalities the guild members wrote for them (including the last minute change Momonga made for Albedo, which he feels incredibly guilty of). Now Momonga needs to figure out where they are and whether or not he can trust all of the NPCs; he must now be the Overlord in truth! I found Overlord a bit slow going in the beginning, even though it was necessary to set up the game world of Yggdrasil before everything became real. But once the servers went down and the NPCs came alive, the book became super fun! I loved Momonga's attempts to appear outwardly calm and collected for everyone while internally he was freaking out. I also loved that Maruyama included an intermission part way through the story that showed what the main NPCs were thinking of Momonga. The end fight was also incredibly fun, where Momonga is trying to be super cautious but discovers that whatever world this is, he's so much more powerful than everyone. It's a very fun story, and I'd love to read more!
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.