Thursday, May 9, 2013
It's definitely smart and well-written, but I'm not really sure who the ideal audience is. I think the author went too academic for most people who would have an interest in role playing, but I'm also not sure how many people who want a very academic treatment of game theory would find the author's version of LARPing. Something about it was just...off...to me. I think what it comes down to is not that there are any specific writing issues, but that I just can't imagine who the ideal reader for this book is. I wouldn't recommend it to my friends who love literary fiction and I also wouldn't recommend it to friends who read thrillers.
Again, something just didn't click for me in terms of being entertained. The beginning was slow and contained a lot of the background information necessary to the story, but the presentation was somewhat lackluster. It was too formal for my taste - I know background information is necessary when you're addressing an academic topic that isn't common knowledge, but it wasn't presented in a way that made me want to keep reading. It's a short book, but it took me several days to really develop an interest in what I would normally read in a day or two.
I feel like I haven't highlighted the positives of the book, which are that it IS very smart and the focus on game-playing in an academic setting is quite unique and interesting. For me, however, it all boils down to audience. As I've said many times before, I try to think of my ideal reader friends when I review and what I would tell them. I also try to think of ALL the people I know who read my blog and whether or not I think it appeals to another reader with a different taste than me and my reading twins (triplets?). But in this case, I just can't think of a person who I think would particularly enjoy the book. I usually have a clear idea in my mind of "Oh, ____ would love this book." In this case, I can't come up with an audience for it.
A big thank you to TLC for giving me the opportunity to review this one. As always, please click here for a full list of reviews to get a balanced idea of how others felt.
Posted by Julie G at 7:02 PM