Brimming with swords, sorcery, and wit, Orconomics: A Satire introduces Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. For the licensed wizards and warriors of Arth, slaying and looting the forces of evil is just a job. The Heroes' Guild has turned adventuring into a career, selling the rights to monsters hoards of treasure as investment opportunities. Corporations spend immense sums sponsoring heroes to undertake quests, betting theyll reap the profits in plunder funds when the loot is divvied up.Questing was all business for famous Dwarven berserker Gorm Ingerson, until a botched expedition wiped out his party, disgraced his name, and reduced him to a thieving vagabond. Twenty years later, a chance encounter sees Gorm forcibly recruited by a priest of a mad goddess to undertake a quest that has a reputation for getting heroes killed. But theres more to Gorms new job than an insane prophecy; powerful corporations and governments have shown an unusual interest in the job. Gorm might be able to turn a bad deal into a golden opportunity and win back the fame and fortune he lost so long ago.Promising fun, fantasy, and financial calamity, Orconomics: A Satire is the first book in The Dark Profit Saga, an economically epic trilogy....
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Orconomics: A Satire (The Dark Profit Saga #1) Reviews
Take a standard, vaguely European fantasy setting with parahuman races that would be familiar to anyone who has ever played a fantasy role playing game. Stir in modern capitalism. Place in a pan of bitingly wry humor, bake in an oven set to "Douglas Adams" and viola! Orconomics!
Author: J. Zachary Pike
Length: 389 Pages/ 11 hrs, 46 mins (Audio)
Release Date: September 30, 2014/ December 21, 2016 (Audio)
Publisher: Gnomish Press LLC
Narrator: Doug Tisdale, Jr.
I happened to notice this title looking through Audible one day. The title intrigued me, as did the cover, so I said what the hell. Best credit ever spent! While the title has satire written into it, and it does have many humorous elements, it also has a serious fantasy soul mixed in to it, taking the typical fantasy tr ...more
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, ...more
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:
...as Captain Kirk, ...more
Excellent all around
Most 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 ...more
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!!!
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 ...more
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 ...more