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Richard Royal has a hard life.

He lives in a corrupt, church-controlled dystopia, his family is soon broken, and the only joy to be had comes from the escapism of his full-immersion gaming. 

Introduced to a new and very illegal game, he finds himself in the body of a dragon, on a quest to find a dark and evil power to serve. But the game is more than it seems, and the dragon is more than a beast. Soon Rich's life is far, far more complicated than he ever expected. And the threats against him grow, both in-game and in realspace. 

There is no path that will not lead to blasphemy. And the dark secrets revealed will change two worlds, before all is done.... 

A new litrpg saga, set in Threadbare's world of Generica Online.

©2019 Andrew Seiple (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Stop! Read the Small Medium trilogy first

I know it sounds strange, but I actually recommend reading the three trilogies in reverse chronological order (i.e. Small Medium, then Threadbear, then Blasphemy Online - Small Medium lightly references Threadbear, so you feel like you are dropping into a place you've vaguely heard of and been intrigued, and both trilogies reference the Crash/Change/Fall, so you're interest is piqued when you realize this book is set BEFORE that happens and you will get a front-row seat. If you read them in chronological order, it won't be as fun, I think, because each new trilogy will be in a new land with new characters and very little idea of learning more about something you're already intrigued by.

This is a fun look into the beginning of Generica Online, and it has the same sort of clever world building and engaging characters we have come to expect from this author. Fans of Lovecraft will particularly enjoy the many nods to eldritch horror. I also liked the mashup of eldritch and computer speak - LDAP Sign, Haskell, the Yellow Icon, etc. The larger mystery of how the Change happened is yet to be solved, but that just leaves us salivating for the next book in the series; the main characters' tale is nicely self-contained. Fingers crossed we will meet some of the players and at least some references to the NPCs we have come to know and love from the other books, but even if not, it should be great.

One other thing: I wish they had gotten the same reader for this series as the other two - this guy is pretty damn good, with all the right skills, but the other dude was absolutely magical and I miss his hyper-expansive Game-announcements voice. Oh well; like I said, this guy is still pretty good, and maybe Richard and Ruttgeroyal wouldn't have sounded as "right" coming from anyone else (also, this guy is really good at girl voices, which is a hard trick for a guy to pull off).

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Too Convoluted

There's just too many convoluted tropes, even for a LitRPG. The concept of having the videogame that's actually a parallel world and humans are inhabiting immortal like game characters is already an interesting story by itself. Then add in that the MC is switching bodies with a real dragon who inhabits his body while he's running around as a dragon is pretty interesting... THEN add in the long background story with an abusive father, poor upbringing, and a mother who gets sent off to an indeterminate camp....... THEN throw into the mix a government/dictatorship that is overly controlling with hardcore religious fanatics. Don't forget about an underground-railroad/resistance, and you are left with a 12-hour long story that has way too much going on. Oh, and I didn't even mention all the other issues that take place within the game world... Sigh*

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I don’t understand the harsh reviews.

Yes this book does appear to be related to the “thread-bear” universe. No the characters and story don’t seem to be connected in any way to the plot and characters of Stuff and Nonsense or any of the other books in that series. Calling this a prequel would be much more than a stretch.

My only guess is that people were disappointed that this is not another volume in the previous series. Taken on its own, this book is categorically not a 1 or 2 star book. Rating it below a 3 in my opinion is just inaccurate. It’s well performed, well written, its characters are compelling, and the plot is engaging. Even if you dislike the content, I think it’s hard to justify a 1-2 star rating for any book that has all four of these characteristics.

Is Dragon Hack better than Stuff and Nonsense?... No, it’s not, but it’s definitely an interesting story that’s worth the credit. Ignore the reactionaries and give it a try.

I think that at the very least this series will eventually shed some light on how the universe of ThreadBear started out, and maybe we’ll get some more context for how it ended up the way it did. Both of which are things that I am eager to learn.

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Pacing and DIssassociation

The story takes way too long to set up and doesn't have any constant direction. I'm honestly disappointed because after listening to Threadbare, I feel Andrew Seiple didn't put enough concern in how good this book could be. I could feel a great story being dragged along and see an MC fractured for the sake of a crappy twist.

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Spectacular as always

A fantastic addition to the world of Generica, and a grimly humorous take on the future.

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good but the characters suffered from dumb

it was a fun book but the characters had trouble acting optimally in the situations they were placed in. A lot of the authors worldview leaked through and those were the weakest parts

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just to much

The writer tried packing to much together and did not go into much of any of the threads trying to close them all. to many tropes and popculter refrences for their own sake, many not fitting I to the world they are trying to build.

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Very Good Book

Narrator was really good. The story was great. Couldn't stop listening. Can't wait for book 2

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The start of the Threadbearverse!

This story goes back to the origins of the Threadbear world. It is well-written, humorous, and a thoroughly enjoyable tale, though it has a bit of a more serious side as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will certainly get the next book in this series, if there is one.

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nick podehl is amazing but story is bad

story tries to make a religious civilization after a second civil war in america. super police state and you follow a 13yr old in puberty who just wants to see porn/get laid. the premise is decent but it tries to comedic but it always falls flat. the religious state doesnt make sense and the kid is no one special just gets lucky in fights. the ending was good but i had a very hard time finishing it at all. wouldnt reccommend.

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  • Kakuzu
  • 05-18-22

Interesting but nothing exceptional

This is the review of the first book. The story seems to be pretty unique, it doesn't bother you with the stats details like many other litRPG titles. The narrator's voice is pleasant to hear.

What I didn't like so far is that the story is a bit hard to follow, I'm not sure if it's the narrator's fault or the story itself. I feel like I'm reading the book myself (sometimes I have to read a phrase 2, or 3 times to understand). The sound effects ex "slap" that the narrator is trying to reproduce sounds very cheap and breaks the magic. It's kind of frustrating that the Mc doesn't know about what happens with his in-game character when he is offline and neither his companion who is supposed to be intelligent; doesn't say a thing about that after so much time. The fact that the Mc change bodies with his in-game character A.I. seem a pretty dumb idea in this context.

This story is very close to a novel I know about a human who is reincarnated as a monster and fights with other monsters in order to level up and survive. If I put this story ( at least the first book ) with that one I can see what's missing.. there's a lot of description but when it comes to actions, it's laking. The Mc is a dragon in a world where dragons are supposed to have many slaves, but the author fails to translate the might, the emotion, and the way in which other characters (A.I) respond in relation to the Mc.

I'm happy I didn't have to buy the first book, but even so, I might try the next book hoping that the story will be more clear/interesting.

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  • andy
  • 10-15-21

slow starting but only a little then picks way up

as i said sart is slow but is very good if you like a bit of compex story as its a parallel story following two, nice characters development, good jokes, but relly give this a try as the wording is good natural very natural, but good 100% going for full series yip.

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  • K Mich
  • 07-15-21

Far more than a power fantasy

This story is about much more than just 'being a cool dragon'.

Seiple often writes story that are more than 'just' a fantasy, but this one is maybe more so than others.

The story 'outside' of the online world takes on much more than I thought, and initially it bugged me. The protagonist is pretty young and not at all in any sort of position of power. The story is not at all about a 'power fantasy', but the story is better for it overall.

The only minor annoyances are that the MC (and the reader along with it) has almost no agency is the story and that the interesting quirks of the fantasy world are not explore in this book (maybe in following books).