The Best Russian Books in English

Forget War and Peace: this blog offers reviews of fun and interesting Russian books in English, links to their Amazon pages, interviews with new and upcoming Russian authors, with the emphasis on Russian genre fiction: LitRPG, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, mystery and other popular reads.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Play to Live by D. Rus: the bestselling MMORPG novel series now on Amazon!

D. Rus is a new bestselling author of the Play to Live series fame.

In 2012, a young and yet unknown Russian writer Dmitri Rus began uploading the opening chapters of his first ever novel "Играть, чтобы жить" (Play to Live) onto Russia's leading indie writing site Samizdat. The book, depicting the hero's adventures in a sword-and-sorcery world of an online role-playing game, became an instant hit among his readers - mainly MMORPG lovers. Its popularity was such that the manuscript was immediately bought by EKSMO, Russia's biggest publishing house. Despite having already been published in its entirety on the Internet, the novel became an overnight bestselling success. More books followed - at the moment, D. Rus is working on the seventh novel in the series in just over three years.

Set in the world of MMORPG - Massively multiplayer online role-playing games - his books tell stories of people who became stuck in the AlterWorld computer game and are forced to follow the rules of their new virtual home while preserving their own integrity. Similar in style and subject matter to The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, Play to Live novels mix traditional narration with game sequences, giving rise to a new bestselling Russian sci fi genre: LitRPG.

Now finally, the first three books of the Play to Live series are available in English on Amazon. They debuted to rave reviews from MMO aficionados and talks are now under way to have the remaining novels translated into English.

Fun and interesting? - you could say that! Play to Live is packed with adventures which don't become any less real just because they're set in a computer game. The main character Max is equal doses of cool geekiness, selfless courage and reluctant but heartfelt generosity. Real-life comedy and drama played out to the accompaniment of gaming events - a wonderful treat both for fiction lovers and game addicts.

More LitRPG books from other Russian authors - notably, Vasily Mahanenko's cult series Survival Quest (The Way of the Shaman: Book #1) are coming out even as we speak. Stay tuned for new updates!