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Metagame
     

Metagame

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by Sam Landstrom
 

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In sci-fi author Sam Landstrom’s MetaGame, he creates a believable but disturbing world with fewer than six degrees of separation. In fact, every single person, product, pastime, and proclivity humans take part in is interconnected. Life is the Game — and winners never die.

In the Game, points amount to currency and top scorers are eligible for

Overview

In sci-fi author Sam Landstrom’s MetaGame, he creates a believable but disturbing world with fewer than six degrees of separation. In fact, every single person, product, pastime, and proclivity humans take part in is interconnected. Life is the Game — and winners never die.

In the Game, points amount to currency and top scorers are eligible for immortality. A mysterious, unifying force, the OverSoul, calls the shots, and an individual player’s health contract can be indefinitely extended — and with the offer of a permanent twenty-year-old’s body and health, it’s with fanaticism that gamers play the Game. D_Light is one of the best players in his family and will do anything to win, even kill. When he’s invited to a MetaGame — an exclusive, high-stakes competition — he jumps at the chance. But after the first quest, D_Light’s overly ambitious ways brand him a renegade. With a warped sense of free will that is needed to prevail, D_Light must either kill someone he’s grown to love — or lose everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935597162
Publisher:
AmazonEncore
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Sam Landstrom has been a technical writer for Microsoft for several years, having written hundreds of online articles teaching software development. Previously, he programmed robots for a DNA sequencing laboratory at the University of Washington that contributed to the Human Genome Project, among other genome sequencing projects. In his free time, Landstrom enjoys writing, listening to audio books, playing Dungeons and Dragons with his co-workers, and spending time with his wife and two kids in the Seattle area. MetaGame is Landstrom's first novel.

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MetaGame 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 505 reviews.
UbiquitousCandor More than 1 year ago
This Sci-Fi action novel was a great read. It was more than a book to pass the time. I found myself playing the role of characters or "products" at various points of the book and experiencing it for myself. The political and social issues the book brings up are amazing and provide a very interesting spin on them. Most interesting was the issue of reproduction and civil unions replacing marriage. Bravo Mr. Landstrom
Crazymonkey-christy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it, as a geek, and the technical speak was interesting. I liked how it immersed you in tech-speak from the first page, and explained as it went how the world worked. The book reminded me of William Gibson's style with the techno-babble, but it was easy to get into and enjoyable. I also think it needed another round of copy editing. There were a few there/they're/their issues and some grammar that set my teeth on edge, but I'm a little picky about grammar and spelling.
RangerElf More than 1 year ago
It seems to want to imitate William Gibson's style, but it's tiresome, overly complicated (as opposed to complex), and plays around with certain gamer metaphores ("frags"? Really? Is this a quake-novel?) like some kind of cult. I couldn't get past the second chapter, it made me tired trying to keep up with it. Sorry.
AirfieldDiva More than 1 year ago
If you don't like science fiction or role playing games, don't bother with this novel. If you do, then give this book a chance. It takes a couple of chapters to "build" the author's world in your imagination, but once you do it is a good read. An interesting look at the future. Hey, it's free.
PurpSharpie More than 1 year ago
Very original and enticing. Wonderful free book, I would have paid the full price for it, its worth it. It helps you understand Gamers and the "Coded language" they speak in lol! A great read!
wjbiii_ny More than 1 year ago
The name of the main character was an immediate turn-off for me as it came off a little hokey. The book started slow, since I'm quite used to the big "grab" of the modern novel. (There was no murder on the first page). Overall I thought it was a great and thought provoking novel. A modern internet generation twist on Huxley's "Brave New World." There are a lot of lessons to be learned hidden in the action. I would definitly read a follow-up to see what happens next!
tigresslilly More than 1 year ago
If you like post Apocalypse/ alternate reality sci-fi reminscience of Wells' 1984 than this is the book for you. The book has a sort of cultish feel with its use of internet/gamer slang that immediately draws people of that subculture in. It has elements that are futuristic and desirable as well as aspect of the society that are so repugnant and violent and confuse to a modern reader. Religion is very heavily used in this book and the author has clearly drawn heavily from Christianity but also pulled in a lot of pop-culture neo-paganism. They ending makes the religious overtones so heavy handed as to be a little oppressing and the author goes from assuming intelligence in the reader to being overly heavy handed with the "message" of the book. Beyond that the journey is wonderful. It surprised me to find a book of this quality for free download. I would suggest it to all my sci-fi gamer friends and probably a few of the normies too.
kanis More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything quite like this before. It had a very unique plot that was refreshing from the normal ....vampire this.... wizard that. It was as though fantasy and science fiction were smashed together. I was very pleased with this freebie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came across this title while perusing my choices in free eBooks after purchasing my new Nook. The initial reviews on the story prompted me to get it and read it for myself. All I can say is: Wow! This is a novelette that makes you really think: what if? I have been an online gamer for over 6 years so I have an understanding of a lot of the concepts in the story. Overall, I found it slightly chilling, definitely exciting, and thought provoking. A definite must-read. I am recommending this eBook to all my friends who are also gamers and avid readers.
chadsmith729 More than 1 year ago
I finished the book last night and I have to say that it's a wonderful book. I am very curious why no publisher has snatched this book up but more importantly why nobody has commissioned the author to write more. I guess when you are a technical writer for Microsoft you really don't need a full time job to write novel's. This book is somewhat technical, though the author does a nice job at explaining and more importantly relating the technical jargon into daily life. If you are a gamer or not it really wouldn't matter, though you will fair better if you have some experience in D&D, EverQuest, or WoW then it will make some more sense to you. I really enjoyed the love triangle that was between D_Light, Lily, and Lyra. Though, I think it could have been explored more in the relations were deeply analyzed and put into the spotlight. Overall this is a very good book, and for free you really can't go wrong. I do have to say (I've noticed this a lot with the recent updates to the Nook) that for every 1 page that it shows on the Nook, it's actually 2 in the book. It's really annoying because it says it's 291 pages, but takes 2 clicks to get to one new page number. If you are reading this and have some power to get it fixed, please do. It's really annoying. Great job Sam and I look forward to keeping an eye on your progress as an author, and I too have a wife that's wonderful and edit's my work. If you want any readers for any upcoming books give me a shout. Thanks, Chad R. Smith
Fiery_Aries More than 1 year ago
I have read several books over the years and this is the first in which I have felt compelled to write a review. I very my enjoyed the pace, plot, characters, and writing style in this book. This book had wonderful originality and there was never a dull moment. I downloaded this on my nook simply because it was free and ended up not putting it down until finished. With Jain's opinion of the reader being a sci-fi fan a must I do agree. Even more so if you are into MMORPGs. I will definitely be recommending this to my friends!
Anonymous 15 days ago
The elf queen sat on her thrown? C'mon. That and other obvious errors should have been corrected before publication. I didn't care for the flawed theology. No, it's not a book of theology, but this is my review, so I can say this. The main character, D_Light, is so easily relatable that I saw much of myself in him. The concepts of a future where even work is a game, and people literally step into RPGs is unspeakably fascinating to me! Even the exposition is so skillfully written that it kept me interested through the whole book. I have read it twice now, and highly recommend it to anyone. Well, maybe not to people who get really hung up on the theology of it, but to everyone else, definitely! It is such a fast and easy read that it feels more like reading a pamphlet than a book. Outstanding!
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One can see the influence of cyberpunk classics in the first few pages, and it's a great thing. Metagame is a fantastic entry in the genre where the lines between reality and virtual reality are now removed and the world now accommodates an entire civilization where life is now a game. Any cyberpunk fan will greatly enjoy this fun take on the genre.
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Reminiscent of Inception, Blade Runner, and Total Recall, but still manages to be its own fantastic stiry. Bravely done.
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This really plays on what is a person
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It did start slow and I considered just giving up on it. But I decided to give it another try. I love scifi and gaming so that helped a lot through the book. I'm glad I gave it a chance.
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