Orconomics: A Satire

J. Zachary Pike

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Orconomics: A Satire

Orconomics A Satire Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day but Gorm Ingerson s latest quest will be anything but business as usual The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth a world much l

  • Title: Orconomics: A Satire
  • Author: J. Zachary Pike
  • ISBN: 9780990859628
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
  • Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson s latest quest will be anything but business as usual.The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with magic and fewer vowels Monsters hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes Guild actuProfessional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson s latest quest will be anything but business as usual.The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with magic and fewer vowels Monsters hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes Guild actually kills the beasts Of course, that s a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin Orcs, Goblins, Kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers or NPCs to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.When Gorm Ingerson, a Dwarven ex hero with a checkered past, stands up for an undocumented Goblin, he inadvertently singles himself out for recruitment by a prophet of the mad goddess to undertake a suicidal quest But there s to Gorm s new job than an insane prophecy powerful corporations and governments have shown an unusual interest in the quest If his party of eccentric misfits can stop fighting each other long enough to recover the Elven Marbles, Gorm might be able to turn a bad deal into a golden opportunity.

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    1. C.T. Phipps on said:

      ORCONOMICS is a story about how horrifying your typical Dungeons and Dragons or World of Warcraft economy would look like if it was taken at face value. Basically, the idea that there's an entire class of people who exist for the purpose of exterminating numerous other classes of people in order to take their stuff. This is the central build-up of the story that you're supposed to miss what this sounds like until the final moment of the story when, oh no, this is actually like all the other horr [...]

    2. Merrill Chapman on said:

      Economics typically gets short shrift in Sci-Fi and fantasy. It doesn't really matter the genre. The fact is that when spaceships go out a' faring, or knights out a' questing, no one ever brings anyone with a degree in accounting to keep track of expenditures. The exceptions are few and far between (to enjoy one of the best in manga, I recommend Spice and Wolf). I first wrote about the problem years ago in In Search of Stupidity: Over 20 Years of High-Tech Marketing Disasters: Captain Kirk, Mr. [...]

    3. Dixie Conley on said:

      I thought I'd like this book when I saw the cover and read the title. Now that I've read it, I know I was wrong -- I LOVE this book.This is a saga about professional heroing. That's right. The hero business has gone pro. You can even buy and sell hoard futures -- the chance that a given hoard will produce great loot. There's heroing contracts. And guilds. And accountants. And so many other fun little details. But the most important of those are the NPCs -- the former enemies of light who have go [...]

    4. Eldridge on said:

      I read this book because the Austin Science Fiction and Fantasy book club selected it for this month. There were only a few words that I had to look up: sconces, piscine, ululating, and cantrip. It is a very easy book to read, there is no profanity or explicit sex and I could recommend it to young readers. This was a very funny laugh out loud satire. The dialog is snappy but not sarcastic and reminded me some of the best wit of Heinlein characters. There is also dark humor simply stated that bro [...]

    5. John on said:

      I think that one of the most rewarding parts of sifting through self published books is that despite the number of wretched books, and the even greater number of simply mediocre books, you'll occasionally find a gem sparkling through. It's for these moments that I write this blog. These are the books that need someone to stand up and shout, nay demand, they receive wider attention. I only wonder how many more books there are out there that I'm missing. If only there was more time to read. Then a [...]

    6. Kevin on said:

      I was lucky enough to win a copy of Orconomics through a giveaway.If you look at my book shelves, you'll see that I don't give out 5 star reviews very frequently. A work of fiction needs to have the combination of excellent writing, three dimensional characters, and a plot that is both well-crafted and interesting. Orconomics has all of these qualities in spades.In a work of fantasy, it can be difficult to introduce a new world with magic and monsters while not losing the reader in too many det [...]

    7. Kurt Springs on said:

      This review was first published by Kurt's Frontier on Invincible Love of Reading.Synopsis: Gorm Ingerson is a hero who’s fallen on hard times. After a bad adventure, his hero’s license has been revoked, and his dwarf clan has disowned him. Now he has a chance for redemption. With a prophet of a mad goddess, a goblin squire, an elf who’s addicted to healing potions, two mages who are at each others throats, a bard who can’t sing, and a warrior seeking his own death, he must find the lost [...]

    8. Mike on said:

      This was unusual in several ways. Firstly, it was based pretty obviously not just on the sword-and-sorcery genre, but on Dungeons and Dragons--even down to the party arguing about shopping and adding up points and levels. That's not unusual. What's unusual is how well it's done, in general; that it's not only witty, but also deeply serious and in places outright tragic; and that it's a satire on our world's financial institutions and their corruption, as well as a tale of sword-and-sorcery adven [...]

    9. Matthew Greenbaum on said:

      Just a wonderfully fantastic book I went into this book assuming it would be a pretty well written, amusing book. I came out realizing it was a very well written, hilarious and thought provoking story that wraps up well while leaving me wanting more from the author in general and these characters in particular. If you liked the way movies like Cabin in the Woods, Shaun of the Dead or Club Dread poked fun at their genres while still being excellent examples of the genre then you will love this bo [...]

    10. Scott Wozniak on said:

      Brilliant!! Yes, there were clever digs at the financial crisis of 2007-2008. But rather than be over the top and distracting, the economics embedded in the story were written with such skill that it served to make the world more realistic. (How would roving heroes support themselves? Investors combining to fund the quest based on an estimate of loot is actually quite realistic. That's exactly how the exploration of the new world in colonial times was done.)But the characters is this story were [...]

    11. Logan Horsford on said:

      After listening to this book, I was immediately annoyed. Why? No audio book 2 waiting for me. I find that annoying.Good: I liked the tone of the book. The plot was good. Sneaky. Relevant to today's times. All that stuff.Bad: It's the normal problem you get when there are more than a few regular MC's - you start to lose track of them. 'Who the hell is that again?' Not nearly as bad as GoT but for me, when it gets above about four I start asking that.Ugly: No book 2 in audio form! Make it happen! [...]

    12. Joshua Hair on said:

      This book far surpassed my expectations. Mister Pike, you are amazing! As a debut novel, it hit on all the right places. Just as the title promises, there is humor, there is a strangely in-depth and incredibly satisfying economics lesson regarding heroing, and there is the occasional orc. Mostly, however, there's an incredible amount of fun to be had. Please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book. Oh, and Mister Pike? I'll be pre-ordering the second book as soon as it hits the marke [...]

    13. christina carlson on said:

      Heir to the Pratchett throne!!!Like Terry Pratchett? Here is the heir to the throne! Charming, funny, witty and most of all thoughtful writing that Sir Terry would have loved. Do yourself the kindness of reading this book!!!

    14. Kaushal on said:

      This book was surprisingly good. I expected the humor and poking fun at the typical heroics we see in fantasy, but I was not prepared for a plot that actually managed to hook me and make me sympathetic to the characters. Fun book overall, although the ending leaves a lot of thing open.

    15. Tom Wright on said:

      Hilarious. And clever.Great plotting, great story.(view spoiler)[Loved the references. D&D, Game of Thrones, Leeroy Jenkins, etc. (hide spoiler)]

    16. Anton on said:

      Absolutely terrific, among the best the Meme Fantasy genre has to offer. Both a charming deconstruction of D&D-style fantasy and a good heroic fantasy story in its own right, as well as finding a good balance between funny and serious. The last sixth or so of the book got so dark and depraved that I briefly considered becoming a socialist, and yet I was still giggling at something every few minutes.

    17. J.B. Garner on said:

      From jbgarner58.wordpress:Everyone loves dinner with a show. Well, as long as the food is good and the show is entertaining. So, well, maybe, in the real world, we don’t love that many ‘dinners with a show’. However, there are still the good ones. Excellent literary meals mixed in with an extra dose of entertainment above and beyond the main course. For tonight’s entree, we have high fantasy with a dose of satiric humor that is called Orconomics. So, does this fantasy satire make for an [...]

    18. Daniel Kenefick on said:

      Revised upwards from 3 to 4 stars, because its stuck with me. No spoilers, beyond a few allusions to generic-sounding events. A rollicking adventure that's an unusual take on the usual fantasy - a blend of MMORPG culture and economics that is a(n intentionally) thin metaphor for the financial crisis. Needless to say, there is a potentially world altering event that only our hero and his companions can forestall, but not everything goes according to plan, and on the way everyone learns something [...]

    19. Dylan Evans on said:

      This is a fantastic story of higher level commerce and economics applied to a fantasy world. The entire idea of options on an adventuring party's adventure was a wonderful satire in today's economic and fit very well as a natural progression of how many D&D parties end up.The author's style is pretty smooth in most places but there were a couple places with the complexity of the prose threw me and I had to re-read the entire section. However, it was a beautiful satire and that glossed over m [...]

    20. Glenn Conley on said:

      Something tells me that if I was not a World of Warcraft player, I might find this book interesting. Because that's what this book is. World of Warcraft. Imagine that all the NPC characters, and the actual players were in real life, doing quests, running dungeons. Being Orcs and Trolls and Gnomes. Like its their job to do quests and such.If I didn't play WoW, this might appeal to me. But as it is, It bores me to tears. Because I've played WoW for so long, that it actually bores me to tears; well [...]

    21. Lory Raye on said:

      This is by far the best book I've read in at least 10 years. Actually, I read it twice in a week and the second time reading this book is a lot like the second time you watch Fight Club. The first time blew you away and then when you watch/read it a second time you see all of the foreshadowing that you missed the first time. I just can't stop thinking about this book and how it equates to the real world. We need Gorm!I know this review doesn't make sense, but this book has my mind racing. Orcono [...]

    22. Nicolas Lagrand on said:

      Excellent all aroundMost authors only do one thing well in their books and other elements are merely touched upon. Somehow this book is on the surface a compelling and at times moving fantasy novel, while also taking a little time to make good inside jokes about the tropes of the genre, and at the same time is a well thought out critique of the modern financial sector without being preachy about it. Which was good as I don't agree with every implication made therein but my enjoyment wasn't lesse [...]

    23. Chelcey on said:

      I'm catching up on entering all the books I read this summer/fall into . I really enjoyed this story and felt like it was a fresh new tale that I could be immersed in. I remember looking for the sequel to this book directly after finishing this one only to discover that there isn't one yet, sad! Will definitely be looking for more in this series!

    24. Trevor Sherman on said:

      I don't know why it is called a satire, It was good but I didn't think it was at all satirical. Still for the comedy/fantasy book it is the characters had a surprising amount of depth to them. It was a good length coming in at around 11 and a half hours. well worth the time if you are looking for a good humorous read.

    25. Alice on said:

      Fair 5 stars. I laughed a lot and almost cried once or twice. It was clever, marvelous, and terrifying. A strange way to characterize a humor novel. But there you have it.Plot: what you think is happening is not what is happening. Trust me. I had this feeling from the moment they signed the quest but it was still not what I thought was happening.The world is very familiar to fantasy RPG players and completely accessible to any other reader. It just has fewer vowels. Some jokes make it a gem for [...]

    26. Jasmine Wahlberg on said:

      I've read and listened to this book five times now, and I still love it. I've reviewed it on Audible, which was where I first listened to it. I have both the Audible version, which has an excellent narrator with a slew of unique voices, and the Kindle version -- just as great to read in print.I picked up this book expecting a stock "Bored of the Rings" kind of satire. What I got ranged all over the board, from hilariously funny to incredibly poignant. It wasn't "just" satire, or "only" fantasy, [...]

    27. Tammy on said:

      While I am not as avid gamer as some I found the perspective of this book to be so enjoyable that I didn't want my commute to end. I would love to see this 'world' converted into a game setting - just don't know how to do the market/trading side :-D. I have tried to read some of the more traditional dungeon crawls which just bored me silly with their brawling and looting but this book comes at you from a different perspective and the belief that there may be a higher purpose. Beings are beings a [...]

    28. Ryan Shwayder on said:

      I had no idea what to expect. I'm a sucker for portmanteau, puns, and all manner of jokes favored by fathers across the globe.Indeed, my job in the real world heavily involves such things (I'm a game designer known for such absurdity).Initially, I chuckled at in-jokes for RPG gamers of all varieties. A satire that didn't take itself seriously. Winks, nods, elbows that sometimes wedged between the ribs.What I didn't expect was a story. A real story. A great story. And characters. Lovable, loathab [...]

    29. Chris on said:

      A very enjoyable read! I loved the way J. Zachary Pike weaved the various fantasy tropes and turned them on their heads with a wink and a nod to the reader. I was very impressed with one scene where things might not be quite as they seemLooking forward to getting book 2 as soon as it is available!

    30. Eric on said:

      Hilarious from start to finish. Anyone with fantasy gaming in their past, (or present), should definitely read it.

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