Created by Dev Logan, Omnitopia is the most popular and successful massive multiplayer online game ever But now as Dev is about to roll out a major new expansion to Omnitopia, there are people preparing to play a different game one that is meant to strike at the heart of Omnitopia and bring the entire system crashing down.
Omnitopia Dawn Created by Dev Logan Omnitopia is the most popular and successful massive multiplayer online game ever But now as Dev is about to roll out a major new expansion to Omnitopia there are people prepari
In the middle of the first chapter of Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane, I kept thinking I ve played this book Not I ve read this book , but I ve played this book , as in there s a game just like this And there is The beginning of the book is from the perspective of a player in an extremely immersive massively multiplayer online world that is so detailed that at first the reader doesn t realize that the perspective is inside a game Then, he steps back into real life, and you realize he was playing h [...]
While not without at least one serious flaw, Omnitopia Dawn is wonderful, classic sci fi, and deserves a bigger readership than it s seeming to get This is an easy book for if you re a fan of you ll like the game company Omnitopia located right next to the ASU campus, and I d give limbs to work there is so reminiscent of early Kim Stanley Robinson s utopianism that I dreamed about him last night The black hat white hat thriller plot driven by strong if stereotyped characters is pure Robert J Saw [...]
While not an MMPORG player myself, I know a fair bit about them from my geeky RPing friends I m geeky but not RPing, if you see the difference That may make me the perfect audience for this book I suspect actual gamers might object to some of the details.Published in 2010, this book is near future, set in 2015 Some of the future tech is already obsolete who has a PDA any just use your smartphone for that , but overall the near alternate future is fairly believable.From fairly early on, I predict [...]
This book is badly written, but it is like a train wreck, I can t look away.My response to chapter 1 I was a gamer when I was in my mid 20s My husband and I would spend every spare moment gaming One day in the middle of an 8 hour raid one of the other players apologised for being distracted, his children had just came in and bothered him.I was horrified He had children and had spent 8 hours game playing with people that he did not know.For me game playing is something done by people with plenty [...]
Unsatisfying.This book describes a conflict between a Good CEO and a Bad CEO each of them own large companies which run MMORPGs Corporate America being what it is, the Good CEO and the Bad CEO don t directly interact in fact all we see of the Bad CEO is a couple of scenes in which he introspects about how guilty he feels because he knows he s a bad person In fairness, a decent chunk of the Good CEO s screen time is taken up with the author narrating how awesome it is that he s such a nice person [...]
I had some problems with this book, resulting in a slog through the first three hundred pages The bad guys are all way too evil, of the twirling mustache type the good guys pretty unalloyed good Lots of business talk which is important but does nothing for me Very few of the characters change or grow in any way off the top of my head, I can think of Arnulf and Angela, and Cora, and that s about it Not counting Delia, who may change after the action but was mostly being reacted against I wonder h [...]
This started out a little slow, and took forever to introduce all of the major characters But most of the characters felt real to me once I got to know them, and I think I m going to miss them now that I ve finished the book I enjoyed this world, even though I ve never really done any gaming like this The aspect that really fascinated me was the happy work environment with all the loyal employees who loved their job and felt like an important part of a team creating something really great togeth [...]
I had no idea this book was coming In fact, I found it completely by accident a serendipity that completely turned my day around Disclaimer anything Ms Duane writes, I read That said, I like to consider myself a pretty good judge of literature after almost forty years practice The product description gives a decent synopsis of the plot s frame, but it leaves out how rich the characters are, how complex the game is, and the many threads that go to make up the story If you like what Ms Duane did i [...]
It s fun, it s light, it s got glowing trees and swords made out of code I was skeptical when I learned the book was about a MMORPG, since that story has basically been done to death, but I held out hope that Duane would surprise me with something new Unfortunately, there s no new story here She spends most of her time establishing her cliched characters, the good guy corporate man and the bad guy corporate man I do like the Omnitopia universe, standard issue as it is, though its world building [...]
I m a big fan of Diane Duane s Young Wizard s series This is the first adult book of hers that I ve read I can see a lot of similarities in her themes between this book and the Young Wizard s series.This book takes place in 2015 An online game called Omnitopia think World of Warcraft meets Second Life times 100 is about to update to its latest release The main characters are the owner of the company and an experienced player who has just been given the opportunity to create his own little corner [...]
I liked this story just fine, and I ll probably read the next installment with some enjoyment But I think it s important that reader s coming into this story know what it is not It is not an uber geek exploration of VR worlds and tech In fact it spend relatively little time on tech and on how the worlds work inside the game most of it is spent on character and on how cool the games are There s some neat stuff here, but if you re into gaming on the techie side, this probably will seem a bit fluff [...]
Another story partially set in an MMO Basically a story of industrial espionage culminating in a hacker attack against the game world I like Duane s writing and have read a lot of her books, but I m finding her characters are becoming and two dimensional The good guys are all very similar personable, competent, inclined to breezy flippancy while they heroically do this or that, never showing the smallest character flaw Maybe this is a byproduct of all the young adult books she s been writing, [...]
I m not sure why, but I expected of the novel to take place in game I was expecting it to be like Ready Player One The game sounds like it would be fun The main focus of the story is actually on getting a new expansion released and the stock price of the company releasing the game It s actually interesting than it sounds because a lot of it does play out in game It s not as good as Ready Player One but it was entertaining.
This is likely a gamers dream book It has everything, VR, WOW like community and gaming, game characters from every genre At its heart, this is a revenge novel with conflict between competing software developers While not exactly well written, I was riveted to the story and raced through it I listened while at work yesterday and kept missing my breaks because I didn t want to pause the narrative Great book.
I read this at the recommendation of someone that said this book was a better written Ready Player One Unfortunately I can not agree with that assessment The writing was OK but the story isn t too similar to Cline s novel It seems the virtual reality world is almost a background element to this book It is about corporate espionage in the digital age It is missing the identifiable hero And the ending last two chapters is disappointing and takes a big 180.
I had to roll my eyes so often and so hard while listening to this audiobook, folks around me probably think I have some kind of nervous tic.The good guys in this story are so perfect, so righteous and so very honest it gets kind of ridiculous.There are no grey areas or moral ambiguities, leading to dull and boring characters.It s a shame, really In capable hands this could have been quite epic.
I so want to play online in the Omnitopedia worlds Sounds like a combination of WoW and Second Life and something bigger What variety and what fun I flew through this book, it sucked me right in and I was even okay with the ending Can t wait for 2.
Very enjoyable I would love to work for that company
That was certainly a story I m not really sure what to say about it.The book is about a MMORPG that is on a level past what we see today People actually log into it as a virtual reality, and within the world there are little sub worlds of different themes and game types In many ways it s like the internet itself with various web pages, except the pages are worlds where people take on roles Most of the ones described are your typical fantasy tropes with orcs and elves and swords, but it passes th [...]
I ve had a complicated relationship with Diane Duane s writing over the years Basically, when it comes to sci fi and fantasy, she s written everything imaginable young adult, children, adult, sci fi, fantasy, original series, franchise novelizations X Men, Spider Man, Star Trek, SeaQuest DSV, of all things Her Middle Kingdoms series explored alternative sexuality ie, a high fantasy world where bisexuality over heterosexuality was the norm in the 70s and 80s, which wasn t really a common thing An [...]
Some fiction about gaming and hackers strains my ability to suspend disbelief The setting and characters in this book are painfully believable, from the ideally successful tech company office space to lifestyles of tech CEOs to gaming culture.I got really into the story, wanting to find out the deep, dark secrets behind the company with apparently feverish loyalty The story felt finished, but I am imagining all kinds of possible ripples and continuations, wondering what happens next in this elab [...]
I struggled a bit because I m not a techno junky but it was a pretty good read Lots of tension, characters I would like to know better, a place I would love to work And it s only the first in a series By the end I was hooked and looking for the next book Alas, it hasn t been published yet I am waiting impatiently.
This book was ok There were parts that were good and parts that bored me so much It was less about the gaming itself and of the behind the scenes of the gaming and that bored me It was ok, just not great.
Everything Diane Duane writes is awesome and this was no exception There are a lot of AR VR books out there but both the story and the MMORPG at the center of it are completely unique I can t wait for the sequel
Not quite a good a Ready Player One, but still this is a really terrific book.
It dragged on, what I thought would be a doomsday book ended up to be a heartfelt story.
Picked up due to author Good read but with the changing viewpoints I found myself irritated keep in mind I am pmsing Will look for .
It was a well written book but to me it felt like I was reading a really long prologue Nothing exciting happened until the last couple chapters.
I seem to be coming across a lot of books recently where the author is clearly a very good writer, but the book is only ok This is another I don t play, nor do I have any interest in, MMORPGs don t have a problem with them, it s just not my thing , so the glut of fiction books about them the last few years doesn t speak to me I picked this up because it was available through the library ebook system and I liked the cover art This book is slower than molasses I get that it s the first book of a s [...]
In the style of Michael Crichton at his absolute best, blending gripping science fiction with a harsh, believable reality bestselling author Diane Duane brings the incredible Omnitopia Dawn to life, combining the world of a massive multiplayer online game like never seen before, with an the exciting world of corporate gaming and intrigue If you re any sort of tech geek, or just like playing video games, Omnitopia Dawn will suck you in and never let you go, making you forget worrying about that n [...]