2 responses to “Guest Review: The Feedback Loop by Harmon Cooper

  1. Aaron Bennett

    I prefer trapped or real death stakes, so that’s good to hear! It makes things much more tense in the heat of battle when there is a real cost to losing. It can get old when the characters simply can’t fail, but I also love the rush of learning a new powerful ability or finding a solution to an immediate problem allowing them to overcome insurmountable odds. Just picked the trilogy up on Audible, and am super excited to get into it.

    I understand the frustration people may have with the “boobs first” physical descriptions of female characters in LitRPG, however, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. It is only natural for a character to notice the physical attributes of the opposite sex FIRST. But this is exactly how we perceive people in the real world as well. I’m damn near 40 years old, and even if I try not to (I don’t bother), the first thing I notice about a pretty lady is that she’s pretty… My perception of my wife of 13 years started that way as well. I noticed with a shock how beautiful she was and appreciated the physical attributes; afterward I began to learned how great of a person she was.

    My biggest gripe with most independent writing (especially LitRPG) is the rushed endings and seemingly shortened stories. But that’s just because I spent most of my life reading 600-800 page novels and haven’t gotten used to the new market. I completely understand that this is a necessity for independent writers to test new concepts and build audiences. I hope they can find success and begin to expand the stories further into full length novels (I’ve seen a few of my favorite authors become more ambitious with their stories and nearly double the size of books later in the series!)

    Thanks for the review!

    • Susan

      I don’t mind boobs first descriptions for the ladies as long as we get the same treatment of the male characters. LitRPG by and large hasn’t caught on to this yet. It took decades for SFF in general to realize women also like scifi/fantasy so why not make the male characters physically appealing. In that light, LitRPG is a throwback to the 1940s in this regard.

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