Yahtzee Wrote a Book

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I haven't really been into MMO's Ever in my life (Not even Runescape), so it's kind of a hard sell. However... I like the idea, Yahtzee's choice of words, and it's perhaps the closest I'll ever get to meeting him in real life (to imagine that he touched my book would make me so happy).

I'll throw down a pre-order, methinks.

I wish I could read this from the beginning because I was a little confused at first, but once it got going I had quite a few lol moments. This book certainly won't appeal to everyone, but if you've ever played an MMO before, I think you'll get a kick out of it. I can't wait to pick it up now!

For the people who say it sucks, stop complaining already and go write your own damn book about MMOs if you think you can write better.

I liked it quite a lot! I'll be buying it when it comes out, for sure.

"OH GOD! YOUR EYES!! HURRAAARRGLAB!!!"

This looks great. Certainly gonna be buying this.

Fuck, double post. Sorry.

OANST:

Venatio:

OANST:
Holy crap. That was laughably bad.

Screw you, its a satire of mmo's which goes about it by making the story that one of the npc's, Jim, has become self aware as have many others. Anyone who has played an mmo will understad the humor involved. if its not your cup of tea then get the hell out of the tea party.

I liked it, and I already ordered it a month back. Hope it comes soon.

Oh, no. See I'm not saying that I don't understand it. I'm saying that it's bad. As in poorly written. Glad that I could clear this up.

Sir, may I say that you seem to have a very high standard for literature. This is not War and Peace. This is a fun book about an undead man's quest to die, not the next A Tale of Two Cities, so please lighten the fuck up if you don't mind.

Thank you for your time.

At the start of the chapter i thought there was little variation in what words he used.. But after first page that got better.. Then i got into the story, and found it very interesting.. And just could not stop reading until the end.. I would actually like to see this book through, it kept my interest..

Well done..

Here's hoping for an audiobook version of him speaking incredibly fast... :P

Eh, if I was to compare this to any Pratchett, and I'm loathe to, it's like the Colour of Magic, before Pratchett really started to shine. Instead of having an interesting story and characters everything here is just used to throw reference after reference out.

I mean, the colour of magic wasn't particularly great, and that's coming from a die hard Pratchett fan. This seems to be a book with all the problems of the colour of magic and none of the charm that it had.

Dull, one joke characters, disjointed events and I have to say his writing style just pulls me right out of getting into the book, when you're using words like "retarded" you just lose me.

I can see definite inspiration from the works of Douglas Adams. It's quite similar in many aspects.

zombie711:
did you know that you can preorder it form amazon.com and amazon.co.uk?

Well if you didn't..... you can pre-order it from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk?

ResiEvalJohn:
I wish I could read this from the beginning because I was a little confused at first, but once it got going I had quite a few lol moments. This book certainly won't appeal to everyone, but if you've ever played an MMO before, I think you'll get a kick out of it. I can't wait to pick it up now!

For the people who say it sucks, stop complaining already and go write your own damn book about MMOs if you think you can write better.

I wasn't 100% keen myself, but I don't think that people should be able to write better in order to say they thought something was rubbish; I think Stephen King is a terrible writer, but someone must like him that keeps him on the Bestseller list, and I doubt my writing is a patch on what his is to his publishers.

I liked it, some kind strange style of writing, which makes it doubly interesting for me.
I ordered it on suspicion of quality weeks ago (on amazon.de actually :P ) and look forward to get my greedy little fins on that one.

Xanthious:

SteelStallion:

zombie711:
did you know that you can preorder it form amazon.com and amazon.co.uk?

Well, you can order it from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk!

Do you mean to tell me that you can preorder Yahtzee's book from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk?

More to the point though I would pay good money for an unabridged audiobook (read by the author). I have very little time to actually read sadly. Though due to the all the travel my job affords me I have tons of time for audiobooks. In the last year Ive listened to all 14 Wheel of Time books, all 4 of the Song of Ice and Fire books, and am currently on the third book of the Mistborn trilogy.

audiobook? from the guy who is the voice of ZP?

It's 350 pages long, that's about 15 minutes at ZP speed :)

Nah, I'm sure he'd get someone else to read it or find a way to slow himself down to a more narrative friendly style if he did.

EDIT: Had a quick scan of the excerpt, I think I'll give it a shot next time I'm in need of a new book, a fiver's not much to risk on finding a new author I may enjoy.

AUGUST?!!!

I agree with the notion that it would likely be better if I knew exactly what was going on. I mean, come on Escapist. You know you're not supposed to run things out of sequence. What are you, Fox? I would have rather had a preview of the first 10 pages like Amazon's "Look Inside" feature.

ShadowKatt:
I'm a bit amazed by Yahtzee. He does his game reviews, writes at least one commentary each week, plays games for review purposes which comes down to cramming as much gaming into x amount of hours as possible, where x is the number of hours he's not writing or recording said reviews and commentarys or taking care of The Mana Bar(You didn't all forget about that, did you?) and yet somewhere along the way he's found time to write a book as well? Granted I'm not much of a reader but I have to wonder, if I may borrow from Yahtzees own repitoire of snappy offhanded comments, if he's not spreading the Branston Pickle a little thin over his own bread.

Don't forget the time he spends making Fun Space Game: The game

I've had my copy on pre-order since he first mentioned it at the end of ZP :-)
This preview makes me really excited and wishing that it would hurry up and get released so I can read it :-D

easy evil:
I"ll see how it get's reviewed But the cover reminds me of LFG .

A morally reprehensible undead warlock accompanied by a persistent bunny rabbit? I can't see the similarity at all.

Venatio:

OANST:

Venatio:

OANST:
Holy crap. That was laughably bad.

Screw you, its a satire of mmo's which goes about it by making the story that one of the npc's, Jim, has become self aware as have many others. Anyone who has played an mmo will understad the humor involved. if its not your cup of tea then get the hell out of the tea party.

I liked it, and I already ordered it a month back. Hope it comes soon.

Oh, no. See I'm not saying that I don't understand it. I'm saying that it's bad. As in poorly written. Glad that I could clear this up.

Well I think your wrong, glad I cleared that up. Really - what were you expecting from Yahtzee? Stephen King? Its a cheap book that is good in its own context.

I'd like to see you do better.

Stephen King isn't very good, either. Granted, he's miles ahead of this, but he's not exactly one of the greats.

You'd like to see me do better? No, you wouldn't. You don't want to see me do better. You just want to act like a petulant child and stick your tongue out at me.

Look, I'm sorry. The language is stilted. It reads like someone who thinks they are clever trying to be clever except that it isn't clever. The dialogue is terrible. It's conversation written by someone who apparently has no idea what people sound like when they talk. Everything about it screams amateur.

Also, it strikes me as strange that some of you are so vehemently defending a man who has made a career out of being insulting against insults. "But, but you're being a big jerk"! Yeah. Okay. Maybe I am. But isn't that why you love this guy so much in the first place? Because he's a big jerk? He's a super troll, and while that's occasionally amusing, it's certainly not a basis to ignore his own failings. He's a bad writer. This is really bad.

OANST:

Stephen King isn't very good, either. Granted, he's miles ahead of this, but he's not exactly one of the greats.

You'd like to see me do better? No, you wouldn't. You don't want to see me do better. You just want to act like a petulant child and stick your tongue out at me.

Look, I'm sorry. The language is stilted. It reads like someone who thinks they are clever trying to be clever except that it isn't clever. The dialogue is terrible. It's conversation written by someone who apparently has no idea what people sound like when they talk. Everything about it screams amateur.

Also, it strikes me as strange that some of you are so vehemently defending a man who has made a career out of being insulting against insults. "But, but you're being a big jerk"! Yeah. Okay. Maybe I am. But isn't that why you love this guy so much in the first place? Because he's a big jerk? He's a super troll, and while that's occasionally amusing, it's certainly not a basis to ignore his own failings. He's a bad writer. This is really bad.

I think what we need here is for you to take an example from the text, which you qualifies as badly written, or a conversation which you believe is wrongly phrased, i.e. not how people sound when they talk.

Maybe then we can get a little further than this:

"it sucks"

"no it's great"

"no it sucks!"

The whole thing.

OANST:
The whole thing.

oh come on there's got to be somewhere in it where you went "this is poor writing, it would have been better phrased like this".

lag produced db post.

well, its official, I will be ordering this from amazon and amazon.co.uk

thats right, I will be buying two copies, one I keep for myself, the other I will un-officially donate to the local highschool library.

SenseOfTumour:

Xanthious:

SteelStallion:

zombie711:
did you know that you can preorder it form amazon.com and amazon.co.uk?

Well, you can order it from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk!

Do you mean to tell me that you can preorder Yahtzee's book from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk?

More to the point though I would pay good money for an unabridged audiobook (read by the author). I have very little time to actually read sadly. Though due to the all the travel my job affords me I have tons of time for audiobooks. In the last year Ive listened to all 14 Wheel of Time books, all 4 of the Song of Ice and Fire books, and am currently on the third book of the Mistborn trilogy.

audiobook? from the guy who is the voice of ZP?

It's 350 pages long, that's about 15 minutes at ZP speed :)

Nah, I'm sure he'd get someone else to read it or find a way to slow himself down to a more narrative friendly style if he did.

EDIT: Had a quick scan of the excerpt, I think I'll give it a shot next time I'm in need of a new book, a fiver's not much to risk on finding a new author I may enjoy.

I point to his Aprils Fools video, contrary to popular belief, Yahtzee can indeed talk under two-hundred words per minute.

Don't need to read past page 4 to know one thing:

BOUGHT

Steve5513:
Here's hoping for an audiobook version of him speaking incredibly fast... :P

Now THAT would be epic!

This is great! I've read all of Terry Pratchet's books and I used to play WoW for a short while. Can't wait to read the book, although I fear I'll be reading it with your voice, Yahtzee.

DayDark:

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The whole thing.

oh come on there's got to be somewhere in it where you went "this is poor writing, it would have been better phrased like this".

A troll is a troll.

I wasn't going to read the excerpt for the same reason I don't play demos; I hate getting into something and then not being able to finish it. I finally got curious after reading the sheer amount of BWAAAAAAAAAHHHH in the comments from both sides of the Love It/Hate It war.

I'm curious as to what makes something "bad" to someone else. I can understand comments about the way the writing flows; I don't have that problem with this book based on the excerpt, but I know what people are talking about. If a book's narrative style doesn't "sound" right to you in your head when you read it, it can be hard to concentrate on the plot no matter how much you might find it interesting. That is a valid concern.

That said, I don't get what makes this "bad" to some people. For me for a book to be "bad" it would probably have to have managed to escape the editing process entirely, insult my intelligence, and have unlikeable characters. Different authors have vastly different narrative styles and you're never going to find one that appeals to everyone. The style of this one isn't quite as descriptive as I generally prefer my books to be, and I have the suspicion that it's probably something I'm going to devour in a single sitting because of it... but I liked what I read. Some of the MMO references are undoubtedly going to go right over my head, but it made me smile several times. I enjoyed his short stories, and I think I'll like this just fine for what it is; a silly, snarky romp.

Also, I would 100% rather give some of my (not)-hard-earned dollars to a new, inventive writer who has given me free, enjoyable content for years over shelling out for yet another 600+ page retread of old territory by Stephen King/Dean Koontz/Whoever.

I will order this at some point when I do not have to pay to replace the microwave that I just blew up. Blue lightning in your kitchen inside a small metal box is alarming.

Zayren:

DayDark:

OANST:
The whole thing.

oh come on there's got to be somewhere in it where you went "this is poor writing, it would have been better phrased like this".

A troll is a troll.

No, really. Everything from the first sentence on.

OANST:

Stephen King isn't very good, either. Granted, he's miles ahead of this, but he's not exactly one of the greats.

You'd like to see me do better? No, you wouldn't. You don't want to see me do better. You just want to act like a petulant child and stick your tongue out at me.

Look, I'm sorry. The language is stilted. It reads like someone who thinks they are clever trying to be clever except that it isn't clever. The dialogue is terrible. It's conversation written by someone who apparently has no idea what people sound like when they talk. Everything about it screams amateur.

Also, it strikes me as strange that some of you are so vehemently defending a man who has made a career out of being insulting against insults. "But, but you're being a big jerk"! Yeah. Okay. Maybe I am. But isn't that why you love this guy so much in the first place? Because he's a big jerk? He's a super troll, and while that's occasionally amusing, it's certainly not a basis to ignore his own failings. He's a bad writer. This is really bad.

You know what forget I said anything. It's obvious that you and I have contrasting views. And you think I am a jerk? Where do you get off deriding me as a "petulant child"? It's apparent that you think that you are justified in insults when such are thrown at you. Tad hypocritical dont you think?

And I am not defending Yahtzee, I am defending the book - its not that bad. I found it funny, a light read as it were. And your critizing it as if it were anything then that.

And I am justified in asking "can you do better?", because you so quickly label all of this writing as horrible, without one single saving character, that surely you must be some high and mighty author who doth wield his pen like a mighy sword upon the evils of blank parchment. Critics are suppose to show some humility, otherwise they are just trolls.

And thats the differences between a critic like Yahtzee and a troll like, well, you: atleast a bit of humility. Mention a good thing here and there, just dont look like you have a blood vendette against the author. And if there isnt a good thing? Dont just say "all of it".

Venatio:
Where do you get off deriding me as a "petulant child"?

That was in response to you saying that you wanted to see me do better, which is the spoken equivalent of a pouty kid sticking their tongue out.

OANST:

Venatio:
Where do you get off deriding me as a "petulant child"?

That was in response to you saying that you wanted to see me do better, which is the spoken equivalent of a pouty kid sticking their tongue out.

I see you have yet to respond to the rest of my post.

Venatio:

And I am justified in asking "can you do better?", because you so quickly label all of this writing as horrible, without one single saving character, that surely you must be some high and mighty author who doth wield his pen like a mighy sword upon the evils of blank parchment. Critics are suppose to show some humility, otherwise they are just trolls.

And thats the differences between a critic like Yahtzee and a troll like, well, you: atleast a bit of humility. Mention a good thing here and there, just dont look like you have a blood vendette against the author. And if there isnt a good thing? Dont just say "all of it".

Okay, Sally. I'll validate you. You caught me. I'm a bad person and a big meanie-pants who hurt your feelings and said bad things about your favorite troll. I happen to be right, but that's besides the point. I feel terrible for the way that I've said completely true things about this guy that you don't know's writing abilities. In the future if I have nothing nice to say then I won't say anything at all.

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