Slum Online

Slum Online

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by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
     
 

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Reality bites for college freshman Etsuro Sakagami, but on the MMO Versus Town he's a karate master who can handle anything. Who will be his greatest opponent-the seemingly invisible Slasher Jack, or his would-be girlfriend Fumiko?

L to R (Western Style). Reality bites for college freshman Etsuro Sakagami, but on the MMO Versus Town he's a karate master who can

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Reality bites for college freshman Etsuro Sakagami, but on the MMO Versus Town he's a karate master who can handle anything. Who will be his greatest opponent-the seemingly invisible Slasher Jack, or his would-be girlfriend Fumiko?

L to R (Western Style). Reality bites for college freshman Etsuro Sakagami, but on the MMO Versus Town he's a karate master who can handle anything. Who will be his greatest opponent-the seemingly invisible Slasher Jack, or his would-be girlfriend Fumiko? Etsuro Sakagami is a college freshmen who feels uncomfortable in reality, but when he logs onto the combat MMO Versus Town, he assumes the personality of "Tetsuo," a karate champ on his way towards becoming the most powerful martial artist around. While his relationship with new classmate Fumiko goes nowhere, he spends his days and nights online in search of the invincible fighter Slasher Jack. Floating in between real and virutal, at last, Etsuro finds himself face to face with his most powerful opponent...

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In real life (RL), he is Etsuro Sakagami, a directionless slacker of a college student, floating through life without any real ambitions or even connections to those around him. Online he is Tetsuo, a fighter in "Versus Town," a virtual combat game. As Tetsuo, he has purpose and ambition (though still no interpersonal connections). He wants to be the best fighter in Versus Town. To do so, he must win the annual tournament, defeating the Big Four. But both of Etsuro's worlds are shaken by new arrivals—in RL by Fumiko, an attractive, conscientious student, and Versus Town by Ganker Jack, a mysterious and seemingly unbeatable fighter who attacks only the best combatants. Combined, the two newcomers may be either Etsuro's downfall or his salvation. The young man's ennui comes through very clearly—so clearly in fact that it is difficult for readers to care any more about him than he cares about real life. He is just not a very likable character. The online combat scenes provide some tension and excitement but most of the story is comprised of tedious descriptions of button-pushing and joystick movements. The protagonist's introspective musings on life are not only boring but also philosophically suspect. Even hardcore gamers will have trouble making it through this novel.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421534398
Publisher:
Haikasoru
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
681,646
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Hiroshi Sakurazaka was born in 1970. After a career in information technology, he published his first novel, Wizards’ Web, in 2003. His 2004 short story, “Saitama Chainsaw Massacre,” won the 16th SF Magazine Reader’s Award. His other novels include Slum Online and Characters (cowritten with Hiroki Azuma).

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