World of Shawn

Rated 3.92/5 based on 13 reviews
This is the story of a lonely kid who develops a computer game, using what little of quantum physics that he has read, that renders game levels from maps of any format; the result is just a little too realistic. When he tries to combine this "World of Shawn" with a favorite game of his childhood, "World of One," he soon finds Worlds colliding, to the detriment of his friends. More

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About Jordan M Ehrlich

I am a software developer in Wichita, KS, and have my Master's in Computer Science from the University of Kansas. I am divergent, as I have both a mathematical, computer-driven side, as well as a verbal, literature-driven side. I enjoy humor immensely, as well as history and, most of all, my faith in Jesus Christ is extremely important to me. "World of Shawn," my first Young Adult novel, is my attempt to combine all of these into one story.
I am a big fan of "Harry Potter," "LOTR," "Narnia," and "The Hunger Games," as well as classic TV such as "The Three Stooges," Don Knotts, and "Laurel & Hardy"; their influences are apparent in my work.

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Review by: iamnotabookworm on July 1, 2017 :
One review said that this is a nice original take on parallel universe. I do agree. A parallel universe where the characters in your favorite video game come to life and become part of your reality. I think it would be nice if a handsome prince or hero comes to life and becomes your hero. But what if it's dragons and evil villains wrecking havoc? Doesn't sound fun, does it?

If you are into game developing and online gaming, you would definitely like or have a blast with this book. Me? I was not so keen. I admit, the idea is great. Very unique. But I was just not so sold on it. One reason is that it was a bit hard to keep up or it gets confusing when you are dealing with multiple clones of the fictional video game character. There were times that I was lost on who was being referred to--the real life Shawn or the video game character. The distinction was not so clear so it was easy to get lost and not follow the movement of the characters. I wish the writing was a little smoother so the confusion could have been avoided. I did get the gist of the whole story but I wished it was more. It just did not allow me to get involved.

I give this 2/5 computer monitors. I guess, this story is just not for me. I was not drawn into this parallel universe and I was not moved to participate. I guess, being unable to clearly and thoroughly picture out the scenes in this story contributed to it.

Thanks again, Library Thing for the review copy.

Quantum physics, especially quantum computing, is much an unknown branch of science. It turns existing physics and science on its head; the possibilities are exciting--extremely efficient computing...teleportation, even time travel; we really don't know what all this can or can't do.

- Jordan M. Elrich, World of Shawn -
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Review by: KeyLargo411 on May 10, 2017 :
Not available on KU so probably got it from freebie site or even a couple that get books to read for possible review now and then hmmm LibraryThing maybe will check.

Suppose it's a LitRPG type story, so could be for even teens, didn't seem to be anything 'bad' and/or graphic, but nice entertaining story.Bit strange story with even stranger ending, but again entertaining. Like reading this type thing, hate trying to figure out what to say for no spoiler review.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: thicks7729 on March 31, 2017 :
Pretty good read nice plot and story. Glad I had an opportunity to enjoy it
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Sara Lawson on Nov. 24, 2016 :
World of Shawn was a fun and fascinating read. I was intrigued by the comparison to LOTR, Narnia, and Harry Potter, some of my favorite books, and found Ehrlich’s offer of a new world too good an offer to pass up. He succeeded brilliantly. I loved how he found a way to import maps into his game, making it possible for future users to shape the game to their own specifications. Even more than that, I loved the connection between the video game worlds and the real world, making the video game maps accessible in the real world and the real world a part of the game, simultaneously. Well done.

I also enjoyed the interaction between the two boys, Shawn and Victor. Their geek-out moments were what I would expect from my brother and other friends who are better at in-game interactions than navigating the outside world. Both the dialogues and pranks were convincing. Another aspect I thought was well written was the way Sarah quoted scripture as she battled Abaddon. It was surprising to see him quoting it back at her as well. I have only seen John Bunyan and Madeleine L’Engle do this as seamlessly. I wish there was a better explanation (perhaps to Sarah) of who Abaddon was and why scripture mattered in this scenario.

I do have several critiques, however. I agree with many of the other reviewers that there was too much technical language for those of us who do not understand computer programming or quantum physics. Perhaps this could be explained a little more thoroughly or some details omitted. I was not convinced by how quickly Sarah was able to forgive the offenses against her or how easily she was able to believe her boyfriend was actually the bad guy. I’m sure every guy wishes girls were so simple and reasonable, but I find this highly unlikely. I think she would have stayed ticked off much longer and needed both time and additional explanation to accept that the world was so different than she had known it to be. Similarly, the way Steven was written out of the story was a little too convenient, and also unclear. It sounded like initially Shawn didn’t know what had happened to him, but then later he was afraid to tell Sarah. Details like that need to be clear and consistent, and a little more complicated. Why did the dog come back, but not Steven? Finally, chapter 18 and the epilogue didn’t really fit with the rest of the story and made the ending hard to follow and slightly awkward. This would have been great to introduce as book 2, stretching out the telling of this part of the story, and leaving the book with Chapter 17 as the happy ending.

I genuinely hope Ehrlich continues writing and am looking forward to reading more of his imaginative stories in the future.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: CorrieGM on Sep. 17, 2016 :
I liked the book about a whizkid who is an outcast at school.

The parts about how he creates new code in a computergame were too difficult for me.
The game itself is quite bloody.
His not-yet girlfriend could be a bit less sweet.

I quite enjoyed the book, even though the writer lost me at the end of the book.
I liked his password for the game.
The book seems to be for adolescent boys, age 13-17. Finally a book with boys' talk. I do not mind so very much that I did not understand everything, as long as the boy readers do.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
Review by: montzalee on Sep. 16, 2016 :
World of Shawn by Jordan M Ehrlich is a fun sci-fi book that seems to be more for teens but adults will like it too. It blends "real" world and "game" world together so those gamers out there will really like this one! It had a bullied geek writing quantum physic game design code for a video game. It got confusing and unbelievable, but yeah, it is sci-fi! It was entertaining! Cute, short book, worth the read. I won this on LibraryThing and I am glad I had the chance to read it.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Review by: Charles Mann on Aug. 22, 2016 : (no rating)
I enjoyed reading the World of Shawn. From the brief description, I had a feeling that it would be good. I was not disappointed. The story was interesting and fast moving. It was a mix of fantasy/science fiction/technology thriller. I would definitely recommend it. I look forward to reading more from the author.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: thicks7729 on Aug. 18, 2016 :
Pretty good read nice plot and story. Glad I had an opportunity to enjoy it
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: liza32 on Aug. 18, 2016 :
A must-read for video game lovers! I got this book free, in exchange for an honest review, and I couldn't be happier! Shawn is a delightfully nerdy character dabbling in game design and quantum physics. His scarcity of friends and lack of "coolness" make him an instantly likable protagonist. Kids aged middle-school and up with any interest in gaming will feel an affinity for Shawn and his best friend, Victor. I can't wait for my 7th grade son to read this! Buying him a copy today!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Stephen Merritt on May 21, 2016 :
Very interesting story. What if the first person character computer game you just wrote as part of a school project used some quantum coding that was not understood and connected the gaming world you just wrote to the real world? Shawn is a kid who is bullied and laughed at in school but his favorite teacher encourages him and mentors him on this coding project. This is the basis of the story and it is a good one. Kept my interest throughout the book, the ending was also a surprise.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Review by: daleala on Aug. 6, 2015 :
Shaun has a crush on Sarah. As he programs a game with some untested code, the game starts to play out in real life. Shaun has to save Sarah and the whole world from an evil in the game which has been released into the real world.

All in all, an interesting book. I think the writer cold have let a little too much of programming language into the book, while I was able to understand it, it would be difficult for anyone without who has not dabbled in the IT world to understand and follow the book easily. The writing was a little undeveloped in places, but overall, it was an interesting read.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Review by: Jiggerbugs on Aug. 5, 2015 :
Amazing story idea with enough quantum physics, computer science, and fantasy to appeal to YA and adults alike. You are drawn to the characters with their individual personalities that touch your heart. This book is written with such style that it seems almost possible.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Review by: liza32 on July 17, 2015 :
A must-read for video game lovers! I got this book free, in exchange for an honest review, and I couldn't be happier! Shawn is a delightfully nerdy character dabbling in game design and quantum physics. His scarcity of friends and lack of "coolness" make him an instantly likable protagonist. Kids aged middle-school and up with any interest in gaming will feel an affinity for Shawn and his best friend, Victor. I can't wait for my 7th grade son to read this! Buying him a copy today!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: tiggersruletheworld on May 14, 2015 :
This was an interesting concept for a book. It was very well written about video games and writing of computer programs. It shows the world from both real and computer games intermingling them, and it further the story as it works well. The book is a fun read!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

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