Orconomics

Orconomics

by J. Zachary Pike

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BN ID: 2940046216356
Publisher: J. Zachary Pike
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 223,918
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Zachary Pike was once a basement-dwelling fantasy gamer, but over time he metamorphosed into a basement-dwelling fantasy writer. A New Englander by birth and by temperament, he writes strangely funny fiction on the seacoast of New Hampshire. He has written and directed several award-winning animated shorts, including Zelig Award winner "The Toll" and "Endurance Challenge: Mordred's Isle" starring Billy West.

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Orconomics 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Classically_Trained_Nerds More than 1 year ago
Love the book! I had it as both an Audio book and paper back to speed up my reading. Both where awesome. I gave the writing an 8 out of 10 and the narration a 6 out of 10. Narration could have been better but nothing that will take away from the awesomeness of this book. Mr Pike needs to start writing the 2nd book as soon as possible as I will be all over it! I love the fact that he is clearly making fun of our world and MMO gaming in a very intelligent way but also has a solid story line that fends for itself. Reminiscent of Terry Pratchett. Who ever is reading this review and hasn't purchased this book you really should! You will not be disappointed. I Made a video review of this book on your tube here https://youtu.be/4xf5yaAtbE0 Follow me on twitter as I would love t o Nerd out on this book with you!
JBronder More than 1 year ago
In the world of Arth, The Heroes’ Guide has turned slaying and looting into the economy of the world. Now you can invest in different quests with the possibility of profit from the loot that may be claimed. This story is about Gorm. He went on a quest that ended badly and has been disgraced. But he is confronted by the Guild that gives him the option of go on a quest for a mad goddess or death. So, Gorm gets the rejects of all quest companions and is now trying to make the best of a crummy situation. This is an amazing story! I love fantasy and when I saw this book I couldn’t wait to get reading it. This turns you normal fantasy quest on its head with a disgraced dwarf and a group of companions that are more likely to kill each other than work together. I was laughing all through this book. From the farmer haggling over a reward for running off goblins to Noncombatant Paper Carriers (NPC) to protect them from injury from the agents of light. As a child that grew up around Dungeons and Dragons this book was perfect. I can’t wait to read other books from Pike. I received Orconomics for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
SageA More than 1 year ago
I knew I was in for a fun adventure when the prologue had me cracking up. Pike did not disappoint as he married humor with high fantasy in Orconomics: A Satire. You can't help but love Gorm with his cynical personality and post-hero lifestyle. We follow him, along with a massive cast of characters, as he is asked (aka forced) to go on an epic quest. Pike's writing is witty, strong, and he has developed some solid characters. I highly recommend this read to fantasy fans and look forward to Pike's next novel!
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite The life of a hero is one that is often considered to be wondrous. A hero is someone who rescues damsels in distress, slays monsters, and most times is greatly rewarded. But a hero is also one who does these things often with no promise of a reward, thrown into a situation where they must be a hero without any warning at all. But times have changed and being a hero is no longer just a one-time event. Instead, being a hero is a job. A job that one will attend to every day, working their way up the ladder to become the best hero around. But not everything is as it seems and even heroes can fall from their pedestal; and for those like Gorm, it becomes more imperative to hide from the other heroes than to try to become the best. If you’ve always been drawn to fairy tales and stories of happily ever after you’ll definitely be drawn to Orconomics: A Satire (The Dark Profit Saga Book 1) by J. Zachary Pike. Of course, it’s not exactly the same tired story you’ve probably read before. This is an entirely new twist on those traditional stories and it’s got some very interesting heroes. I loved the characters - from Gorm and Gleebek to Mr. Flinn, Brunt and, of course, some of the plunder funds. There’s a lot of action and adventure in Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike and that’s something anyone will enjoy. You will definitely be drawn in by the story and, of course, by the Dark Prince himself.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Orconomics: A Satire (The Dark Profit Saga Book 1) by J. Zachary Pike takes us into the world of professional heroes. It is an everyday thing for heroes to rob the monsters of their money, but the quest Gorm Ingerson is about to embark on will be more then just the normal quest. Arth economy is driven by adventure, and Arth is a land full of magic and beings like Orcs, Goblins and more. Rather than just some handsome prince going for the money, the hoards that are held by such monsters are taken and bought up by corporations. If the “bad guys” want to avoid being killed by heroes, they have to apply for special NPC papers. It is in this world that Gorm stands up for an undocumented Goblin and ends up getting himself marked for recruitment. It is anyone's guess how the quest he is sent on by a mad goddess's prophet will turn out. Have you ever wondered what a world like the fantasy games we play would really be like? This book answers that question in a very fun romp through an adventure land. I loved every moment and every page of this book J. Zachary Pike has created a world that is equal parts satire and adventure in its own right. Gorm is an interesting character, a man who knows how things work in his economy, and yet he is willing to stand up for others when the occasion calls for it. If you would like to take a romp through a fantasy land filled with all the creatures we tend to love in other stories, this is a great book for you. It is rich and fun and perfectly enjoyable.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite Wow! What a spectacular read. I just finished with Orconomics: A Satire, the newest work by author J. Zachary Pike, and I can truly say that I haven’t had so much fun with a book in a long time. In this engaging novel we are introduced to the world of Arth, where heroes have become professionals. The economy of Arth is run on the adventures of heroes, so much so that hoard futures are bought and sold, heroing contracts are developed and entered into, and heroing guilds are formed. Gorm Ingerson, an ex-hero, finds himself in quite a pickle of a situation when he, along with a party of other rag-tag heroes, is forced into heroing for an unlucky goddess bent on forcing a prophecy regarding some marble statues to come to fruition. I so enjoyed this book. So much so that even at the end, (which isn’t inconsequential at close to 400 pages), I was looking for more. Orconomics: A Satire is an excellent book. Any lover of humor or fantasy would love it, and anyone who enjoys the books of Terry Pratchett would enjoy this work of J. Zachary Pike just as much. I highly recommend his book to anyone looking for a unique and interesting take on both fantasy and economics, but in such a fun and lighthearted way that you’ll find yourself chuckling throughout. I understand that Mr. Pike is continuing to work on more ventures in this direction, including animation, films, and more books, and I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In Orconomics: A Satire (The Dark Profit Saga, Book 1) by J. Zachary Pike, heroes have stepped up to a professional level, where the adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world filled with magic and ethereal beings. Hoards can be sold or bought and there are contracts for heroing. This new system is a debacle to Orcs, Goblins and the like. To avoid being killed, these once feared dark creatures have to apply to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers (or NPCs) – which means they have papers, are employed and thus non-attackable. When Gorm Ingerson, a Dwarven ex-hero, is recruited to take a quest for a mad goddess, powerful corporations and governments show an unusual interest in his progress. Together with his ragtag group - the goddess’s prophet, Grom’s goblin squire Gleebek, a beautiful elf, two mages who hate each other, an annoying bard, and a suicidal warrior - he must find the lost Elven Marbles. Without a doubt, Pike gives fantasy fans a fresh, fun addition to the genre. The world building closely resembles our own, so every aspect of politics, economy and whatnot hits close to home and made me chuckle as I read through. It is tough being a hero in a fantasy world where magic, economy and bureaucracy collide. Even more so when you’re a disgraced former hero who is forced to team up with oddball characters. Pike has a wry sense of humor that translates well onto the page, with lines like “Treasure hoards don’t shrink!” adding to the entertaining nature of the book. It may seem that the story is satirical through and through, but as it progresses the story takes a much more thrilling turn, and things get decidedly more epic in scale.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite Fun, fun, fun! That is truly the best way I can describe Orconomics: A Satire, the great new read by author J. Zachary Pike. In this incredibly engaging new novel, a party of misfit heroes is commissioned, or shall I say coerced, into professional heroing by an insane goddess. “Professional heroing?” you may ask. What on earth is that? Well, professional heroing may not occur on Earth, but it certainly occurs on Arth, a world in which adventures and heroic deeds are now the basis by which the economy runs. Our motley crew of ex-heroes, led by dwarf Gorm Ingerson, find themselves in quite the dilemma when the crazy goddess who bullies and blackmails them into helping her is determined to get a prophecy fulfilled. In a world where dwarves like Gorm, goblins, orcs and others like them have been forced to become “Noncombatant Paper Carriers” or “NPC’s,” this is no small task. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. It’s hard to find truly unique reads these days, especially in the realm of fantasy, but Orconomics: A Satire fits that bill completely. I laughed out loud throughout the book and was also on the edge of my seat a few times. This book would appeal to any lover of fantasy, RPGs or just funny fiction in general. Economics and fantasy, who knew they could come together in such a funny and inventive mix? I would wholeheartedly recommend this book by J. Zachary Pike, and certainly look forward to any new book he might have in the works!
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was first published by Kurt's Frontier on Invincible Love of Reading. Synopsis:  Gorm Ingerson is a hero who’s fallen on hard times. After a bad adventure, his hero’s license has been revoked, and his dwarf clan has disowned him. Now he has a chance for redemption. With a prophet of a mad goddess, a goblin squire, an elf who’s addicted to healing potions, two mages who are at each others throats, a bard who can’t sing, and a warrior seeking his own death, he must find the lost Elven Marbles. At the same time, there is another mystery to unravel, because all is not as it seems. On the world of Arth, adventuring is the industry that drives the economy. Monsters and Shadowkin (Orcs, Goblins, Kobolds, etc.) are killed and their hoards are claimed. These hoards are bought and sold by corporate interests, and are sold off to plunder funds long before the hero’s guild actually attacks. This is an arrangement that is unfortunate for the Shadowkin, who apply to become Noncombatant Papers Carriers (NPCs) for marginal safety from the heroes. Review: J. Zachary Pike has written a brilliant satire. Taking the worst of Earth’s corporate world, he applies it to the High Fantasy world of Arth. For those who have played Dungeons and Dragons, or similar games, this is a satire that will leave you laughing, though I bet dungeon masters will get some nasty ideas. (Healing potion addiction comes to mind.) For fans of fantasy, the mixture of fantasy with a ruthless, high-stakes corporate world makes for some entertaining reading.