I don't really remember what attracted me to In Real Life, the new graphic novel by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang. I've read some stuff by Cory Doctorow and liked it, so when In Real Life finally showed up at the library, I was more than happy to read it.
In Real Life is the story of Anda, a girl who falls in love with the new MMORPG Coarsegold Online. Her mother lets her play under the stipulation that she only hang out with girls her age, something relatively easy because of the guild Anda has joined. But one of her new friends, Lucy aka Sarge, talks Anda into killing gold farmers for real world money. Anda agrees and life is good until she meets Raymond, a gold farmer from China. Raymond is the first gold farmer to actually talk to her. And so she starts to learn about his life and the horrid conditions under which he lives (he farms gold for hours every day, and is suffering from a back injury but doesn't have a doctor or coverage to get it treated). Things come to a head when Anda's mother discovers the money coming into her Paypal account and Sarge discovers Anda's friendship with a gold farmer.
In Real Life was a really interesting story about economics, video games, and bullying (sort of). It was also a really interesting look at how we take our lives here in the West for granted (and what it's like elsewhere in the world).
*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.