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Quasar

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Valen's Legacy by Jan Stryvant is a bit more traditional Urban Fantasy, though it has a very slight touch of LitRPG in a special ability the MC has. The MC is a nerdy, average but poor college kid who suddenly gets kidnapped, caught in a gunfight, then bitten by his deceased father's best friend who turns out to be a were-lion in order to save the MC's life. Turns out his father was a mage who was working on something big that the magical world would (and did) kill to control or destroy, and he ends up in the middle of a brewing war between shapeshifters of all stripe and the mages, with dwarves and elves and goblins thrown in for good measure.

This is a long series, 14+ books out so far.

Yeah. It did look pretty damn long. Are the stories short?
 

Bull

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Yeah. It did look pretty damn long. Are the stories short?
Eh. I wouldnt say short, per se, but they are a bit shorter than average. The books seem to be about 250 printed pages long according to their store page, and theyre fast reads.
 

Quasar

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The Gorgon Bride - a modern hero’s journey. Aphrodite is such a bitch. A pretty nicely told story involving the Greek Gods. Amusingly it’s the second story in a row to focus on Euryale.
 

molikai

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Valen's Legacy by Jan Stryvant is a bit more traditional Urban Fantasy, though it has a very slight touch of LitRPG in a special ability the MC has. The MC is a nerdy, average but poor college kid who suddenly gets kidnapped, caught in a gunfight, then bitten by his deceased father's best friend who turns out to be a were-lion in order to save the MC's life. Turns out his father was a mage who was working on something big that the magical world would (and did) kill to control or destroy, and he ends up in the middle of a brewing war between shapeshifters of all stripe and the mages, with dwarves and elves and goblins thrown in for good measure.

This is a long series, 14+ books out so far. I'm enjoying it, for the most part, but this is another Harem series (The MC, being a Lion, develops a Pride of wives that include a were-cheetah, a tantric witch, a dwarf, and several others by the point I'm at), with a bit of a heavier dash of smut and porn thrown in. They're one of my only complaints about the series, honestly, as they distract from the story. But they're skippable enough, for the most part, if a bit ridiculous (The MC goes from zero to sex to "my wife now!" in about 6-12 hours, on average, if not quicker. It's silly.)
Yes. It's a bit of a running gag that he picks up a new long term partner roughly once per book.
It's a series I keep up to date with, though - and yeah, the stories aren't short, but they aren't long, either.

Arcing above:

Read the Bone Dungeon last week - Liked it! And Also 'You need a Bigger Sword 'the day after!
Liked both, looking forward to sequels.

Beyond the Wall, by Pwyll Duggan - I want to see where this goes: MC just /appears/ in a vaguely japanese themed village with normal and monster people (Who all want to be his wives, because Reasons) where the village is dependent on the 'Shielder' to go beyond the wall, slay monsters, and collect their soul energy to level up and power the shield that keeps the monsters out - and that has been horribly mismanaged for over a year.

Saga Online (Book 1: Occultist) by Oliver Mayes - MC is a beta tester for new features of a game, gets puleld in as an emergency replacement for their top streamer to fight some new content, and gets involved as a streamer himself to get out of a financial problem - as the one with highest votes at end of the month gets a big cash reward. Things go slightly wrong and he ends up finding a unique class - that is the first the game has for playing a villain.

Skeleton In space (Book one is Histaff) by Andries Louw - Our MC is a Nexcromancer's basic skeleton, from a fantasy realm that runs on Gamelit rules, that somehow gets teleported into a different universe that is an uber-hitech space setting, that /doesn't/. But he imp[orta the gamelit system with him, and.. it's a fun read.

The Idle System by Pegaz A - MC dies, finds himself reincarnated in a magic-based world with levels and so forth, as a Sider - They appear every few huindred years - he just missed the last one - and bring all sorts of technological advancement! He gets the Idle system - LIterally, he can put idlers in skills to automatically leve lthem up after a given period based on how many idlers he puts in them... And yes, he gets ridiculously powerful ridiculously quickly.


Lastly, Greyblood: Adventurer Academy by Daniel Prince - Our MC is a half-orc, hiding his heritage because in a lot of places, half orks are killed on sight, due t oa wat about 2o years ago. He gets a rare adventurer class, and goes to adventurer school!
 

LizardBite

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I would recommend We Walk the Night by Seann Barbour, which is a series of Urban Fantasy novellas loosely inspired by 90's Gothic Punk like World of Darkness, all written by an author who is, if I do say so myself, very smart and sexy.

That same very smart and sexy author also wrote Jamie Christmas, which is also on Kindle Unlimited, and which is a satirical novel about an elf who gets kicked out of the North Pole.

In more serious and less self-promotiony recommendations: I quite like Jenna Lynn Wright's Hellion books. Pretty decent urban fantasy series about a demonic assassin lady.
 

Eric the .5b

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I would recommend We Walk the Night by Seann Barbour, which is a series of Urban Fantasy novellas loosely inspired by 90's Gothic Punk like World of Darkness, all written by an author who is, if I do say so myself, very smart and sexy.
I enjoyed them. Definite emphasis on the "loosely inspired", which even as an old fan of the CWoD, I think is to its advantage. It has a distinct and very consistent, humanistic tone, and it's about hunters bonded to predatory animal spirits who fight a rather fresh variety of vampires. It's pretty keen.
 

Jetpack

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What the heck, I'll put up my wife's series. They are male/male romance and all free on KU (bless you KU).

https://www.amazon.com/Blackbird-Reeds-Rowan-Harbor-Cycle-ebook/dp/B078QF4YTS/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=blackbird+in+the+reeds&qid=1555125459&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Devon Murphy has never believed that there were fairies at the bottom of the garden, but when he’s in an accident on his way to his grandmother’s house and comes face to face with the biggest, baddest wolf he’s ever seen, he’s forced to reconsider. When his grandmother asks him to look into a string of suspicious accidents, he finds a much bigger mystery to unravel. From his childhood best friend to the too-attractive Deputy Wade Hunter, everyone in Rowan Harbor seems to have something to hide. Devon has to get to the bottom of it all before the accidents turn deadly. First of nine - 7 are published, 8 has barely been started. Oak is my favorite character.

https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Death-Lords-Underworld-Book-ebook/dp/B07PBKGZ5G/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_4?crid=LDF8VO0GXOW0&keywords=prince+of+death+sam+burns&qid=1555125414&s=gateway&sprefix=prince+of+death,aps,167&sr=8-4-fkmrnull

Gifted power over life and death, Lysandros has spent millennia in the underworld, listless and alone. The youngest child of Hades and Persephone, he’s been sheltered from the threats in the world above. Theo Ward hasn’t been so lucky. After watching his mother wither away, he’d do almost anything to have her back. When a messenger appears at the Banneker College of Magic and offers the young professor a chance to save her, Theo can’t pass it up, even if it means going straight into the underworld and dragging her home. But Theo gets more than he bargained for when he crosses paths with the prince of Hades. Set against the king of Olympus, they must shed their past burdens and learn to trust in each other, so they can face down a storm that threatens to wipe the nation’s capital off the map. first of 3, but they plan others in the same world. Second one is in editing.

https://www.amazon.com/Straight-Heart-Wilde-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B07261Q71C/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1555125630&sr=8-3-fkmrnull

On the same night that Alex finds himself disowned and sleeping on his best friend's couch, he meets Liam, who saves him from being mugged. It's a strange time for him to be starting a relationship, but everything about being with Liam feels right. When it becomes apparent that Liam isn't exactly the prince charming he seems to be, Alex has to deal with some hard truths about not just his new boyfriend, but his own history as well. first of 4. and the very first book! Got a print version hanging on our wall with the copyright. Looking at it right now :)

Not bad at all for 2 years.
 

drrockso20

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all 14 James Bond books by Ian Fleming are available on the service, so that's worth looking into
 

PeterM

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I haven’t read the Bond books in yonks. I remember more than a few disturbing details, but I’m not sure if that makes me want to reread them more or less.
 

Ulzgoroth

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I have mixed feelings about Andrew Seiple. Well, on review, it's mostly that I tried ThreadBare and didn't take to it at all. But his currently-singleton dungeon core take, Bunker Core, I thought was good and laying interesting threads for a sequel.
The Wraith's Haunt Series (book one: Dungeon Lord) By Huego Hesta - MC is picked by an evil god, and they have an argument: Nature vs intent. Can this good guy, with the powers of a /bad/ guy, stay good? Oh, and we're dropping you into the fantasy world where you've been playing your favourite MMO with your friends, and while your boss is an evil villain, the good guys aren't much better, AND THEY ARE CHEATING. Very good, quite funny.
Liked this series pretty well, though I don't love its way of trying to keep tension by threatening to drop a certain anvil that it kind of can't actually go through with. At least without nerfing it considerably.
A Dungeon Core Epic series (book one; Station core) by Jonathan Brooks - first of our 'MC becomes a Dungeon' entries: In this instance, MC is kidnapped and turned into an alien, high-tech defence module where things go wrong IMMEDIATELY.
Reading this one now, and at this point it's purely for the sake of being able to deposit a properly scathing review. If it had an editing pass it would be mediocre, as it is it's frequently painful to read. I nearly dumped it halfway through the first chapter from the sheer density of prose failure. The author is also very into detailing mechanical contrivances that are supposed to work but shouldn't, or are supposed to be clever but are incredibly obtuse.
Empire of bones Series (Book one: Veil of Shadows) by Terry Mixon - long after the fall of the Terran empire, the planet where the heir to the throne fled to is venturing back into the stars, and starts discovering exactly what happened - a rather good bit of space opera, with a rather unpleasant enemy.
I've read all of Empire of Bones and will probably keep doing so, but it's...distinctly less on the 'trying to be good' side of milSF than Glynn Stewart's stuff is. It's readable filler, but I don't think well of it.
You Need A Bigger Sword by Natalie Grey and Michael Anderle is a VR game story, focusing on the characters in both the real world and the game. I don't always enjoy those, but it was done very well here, and both settings are equally interesting and even have a lot to do with each other. The main character is a young woman who is very good at mathematics but finds herself working as a blackjack dealer, which she hates. Her roommate gets her involved in the first true VR game, and she finds that she both enjoys it and si very good at it. Her mathematical mind lets her see the rules that affect everything that's happening and makes her a very good player, and her desire to play the game for fun and make friends makes her a good leader. She happens to trigger a secret quest that even the game's owners didn't know about - inserted by a former owner that they got rid of - and it threatens to derail the company's plans to make money via sponsorships and corporate cooperation. So the MC ends up fighting both the game and the company, ably assisted by her roommate and some new friends, including a guy who works for the company but wants to help her because she's doing nothing wrong. There' s a good amount of online game jargon, at least to me who doesn't play them, but not much in the way of actual details. I'd call it Gamelit rather than Litrpg, for those who make a distinction.
I liked this one fairly well. It's strictly a 'the game is a game' story - the stakes are non-trivial because there's money involved, but basically slice of life rather than trying to make an epic out of an esport. An aspect of that is that the game appreciably works like real games - the MC plays a tank and getting and holding threat is a constant (though not overly belabored) factor in play.
 
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