Champion is Playing (Lazy Review #35)


Dumb guy beats geniuses at their own game.

In a world where the elite let one game decide their standing. A digital world with dragons and goblins. If you do well in the game your success in life is guaranteed. Enormous amounts of time and money are spent educating the next generation so that they can perform well. Now here comes Dan a simple man from the past who manages to outwit them all. The only problem is that Dan doesn’t know why he keeps winning.

Book 1 of 3: Champion Is Playing

by Anton Emelianov (Author), Reviewed by Ike Stepp

Was it Good? It’s a great read.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how engaging was it? 4

1=couldn’t finish the book
5=Put down a few times to do other things
10= Finished in nearly one session 

Review: (Champion is Playing)

The heart of this story is the constant misunderstandings. The main character, Dan, stumbles around the entire book, winning due to a mix of dumb luck and his rivals grossly overestimating him. The most fun you will have with this book is Dan doing something stupid; it somehow works, and the rest of the cast reacts in shock and awe at his achievements. Rinse and repeat that exact formula fifty more times, and that’s the whole book.

Was there anything that took away from my enjoyment of the story?

What took me out of the story more than anything else was Dan himself. I find him to be an unlikable character. He’s not the smartest, which is fine, but the way he explains away circumstances is frustrating. Reading people’s reactions to Dan’s actions was fun, but hearing Dan’s thoughts was not. For this story to work, he makes the most illogical jumps in reason.

The other thing that took away from my enjoyment of the story was how the female characters were written. Despite all of them being elites of society with the best training and upbringing money can buy, they are portrayed as illogical, hysterical, or obsessed when dealing with the main character.

My Opinion

This book is both fun and frustrating. However, I enjoyed this more when I turned my brain off. In the end, though, I cannot really recommend this one.

Will I check out more from this series or author?


Feedback, suggestions, or recommendations about this review are always welcome.

Anyway, thanks for reading!

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