World of Shawn

World of Shawn

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ISBN-13: 9781492714903
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/23/2013
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

I am a software developer in Wichita, KS, and have my Master's in Computer Science from the University of Kansas. I am divergent, as I have both a mathematical, computer-driven side, as well as a verbal, literature-driven side. I enjoy humor immensely, as well as history and, most of all, my faith in Jesus Christ is extremely important to me. "World of Shawn," my first Young Adult novel, is my attempt to combine all of these things into one story.
I am a big fan of "Harry Potter," "LOTR," "Narnia," and "The Hunger Games," as well as classic TV such as "The Three Stooges," Don Knotts, and "Laurel & Hardy"; their influences are apparent in my work.

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World of Shawn 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Liza32 More than 1 year ago
A must-read for video game lovers! I got this book free, in exchange for an honest review, and I couldn't be happier! Shawn is a delightfully nerdy character dabbling in game design and quantum physics. His scarcity of friends and lack of "coolness" make him an instantly likable protagonist. Kids aged middle-school and up with any interest in gaming will feel an affinity for Shawn and his best friend, Victor. I can't wait for my 7th grade son to read this! Buying him a copy today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book; very engaging; really kept me thinking, and remembering the video games i grew up with! I love that it's about programming and game design as well, two of my favorite areas.
BonnieDaleKeck More than 1 year ago
Not available on KU so probably got it from freebie site or even a couple that get books to read for possible review now and then hmmm LibraryThing maybe will check. Suppose it's a LitRPG type story, so could be for even teens, didn't seem to be anything 'bad' and/or graphic, but nice entertaining story.Bit strange story with even stranger ending, but again entertaining. Like reading this type thing, hate trying to figure out what to say for no spoiler review.
thicks More than 1 year ago
Pretty good read nice plot and story. Glad I had an opportunity to enjoy it
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
World of Shawn by Jordan M Ehrlich is a fun sci-fi book that seems to be more for teens but adults will like it too. It blends "real" world and "game" world together so those gamers out there will really like this one! It had a bullied geek writing quantum physic game design code for a video game. It got confusing and unbelievable, but yeah, it is sci-fi! It was entertaining! Cute, short book, worth the read. I won this on LibraryThing and I am glad I had the chance to read it.
Constant2m More than 1 year ago
World of Shawn was a fun and fascinating read. I was intrigued by the comparison to LOTR, Narnia, and Harry Potter, some of my favorite books, and found Ehrlich’s offer of a new world too good an offer to pass up. He succeeded brilliantly. I loved how he found a way to import maps into his game, making it possible for future users to shape the game to their own specifications. Even more than that, I loved the connection between the video game worlds and the real world, making the video game maps accessible in the real world and the real world a part of the game, simultaneously. Well done. I also enjoyed the interaction between the two boys, Shawn and Victor. Their geek-out moments were what I would expect from my brother and other friends who are better at in-game interactions than navigating the outside world. Both the dialogues and pranks were convincing. Another aspect I thought was well written was the way Sarah quoted scripture as she battled Abaddon. It was surprising to see him quoting it back at her as well. I have only seen John Bunyan and Madeleine L’Engle do this as seamlessly. I wish there was a better explanation (perhaps to Sarah) of who Abaddon was and why scripture mattered in this scenario. I do have several critiques, however. I agree with many of the other reviewers that there was too much technical language for those of us who do not understand computer programming or quantum physics. Perhaps this could be explained a little more thoroughly or some details omitted. I was not convinced by how quickly Sarah was able to forgive the offenses against her or how easily she was able to believe her boyfriend was actually the bad guy. I’m sure every guy wishes girls were so simple and reasonable, but I find this highly unlikely. I think she would have stayed ticked off much longer and needed both time and additional explanation to accept that the world was so different than she had known it to be. Similarly, the way Steven was written out of the story was a little too convenient, and also unclear. It sounded like initially Shawn didn’t know what had happened to him, but then later he was afraid to tell Sarah. Details like that need to be clear and consistent, and a little more complicated. Why did the dog come back, but not Steven? Finally, chapter 18 and the epilogue didn’t really fit with the rest of the story and made the ending hard to follow and slightly awkward. This would have been great to introduce as book 2, stretching out the telling of this part of the story, and leaving the book with Chapter 17 as the happy ending. I genuinely hope Ehrlich continues writing and am looking forward to reading more of his imaginative stories in the future. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
CorrieGM More than 1 year ago
I liked the book about a whizkid who is an outcast at school. The parts about how he creates new code in a computergame were too difficult for me. The game itself is quite bloody. His not-yet girlfriend could be a bit less sweet. I quite enjoyed the book, even though the writer lost me at the end of the book. I liked his password for the game. The book seems to be for adolescent boys, age 13-17. Finally a book with boys' talk. I do not mind so very much that I did not understand everything, as long as the boy readers do.