Finding themselves permanently stuck in this strange new world, the gang tries to make the best of it by finding the nearest tavern and getting shitfaced. The plan goes just fine until they lose Katherine and Chaz. They soon discover that they aren’t the first players Mordred has sent to this world.
Author: Robert Bevan
Publisher: Robert Bevan
Release Date: 12/10/2013
My Rating of ‘Critical Failures 2’: 5 out of 5
My Chosen Format: Kindle
I know, a lot of the readers of my blog probably aren’t as big of a geeky nerd as me and thus will not be overly bothered about a hilarious fantasy-comedy series set in a Dungeons and Dragon style world. Unfortunately for those readers, there are six or so of them at present and I’ll be working my way through the lot in the coming months.
This will be a fairly short review as I can’t mention too much without giving everything away as a spoiler-type thing.
Critical Failures 2 leaves off with Tim and the Gang still in the fantasy game world of Caverns & Creatures thanks to their evil Cavern Master sending them into the game with magical dice. Much like the first book, anyone who enjoys to laugh can get on with it, even if they don’t enjoy Fantasy Role Play Games. I have had a few friends who tried it and fell in love with that rib-shaking pain they get from laughing too much (one even became a D&D player after reading).
The gang, much determined to not die in this magical world due to the knowledge that death in the game equals you dying for good in real life as well, do their utmost to make friends. As luck would have it, they stumble across ‘The Whores Head Inn’ and discover that they aren’t the only people Mordred (their evil Cavern Master) has sent into the game before.
Fail Harder sees the group do everything they can to earn money in order to find a way back home. Be it mundane jobs or ‘werewolf’ duty. Other highlights of the book include undead love, more from Cooper, everyone’s favourite incontinent half-orc who can’t help but share pretty much all of his bodily fluids with those around him, zombie gardeners and, quite possibly, the greatest (non-sexual), most hilarious scene you will ever see using a dildo.
I am currently re-reading the series to get myself back up to speed so I can properly enjoy the newer books and am finding so many good gags I missed the first time round. If anything, they are better the second time around (and this comes from a man who is vehemently against re-reading).
Fan-boy moment over.