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Welcome to the Gun Show! The top ten list is populated. The sponsorship program is open. The difficulty is ramping up. The first three floors were nothing compared to what Carl and Donut now face. The Iron Tangle. An impossibly-complicated subway system built out of the world's subterranean railway systems, all combined and then tied together into a knot. Up is down. Down Welcome to the Gun Show! The top ten list is populated. The sponsorship program is open. The difficulty is ramping up. The first three floors were nothing compared to what Carl and Donut now face. The Iron Tangle. An impossibly-complicated subway system built out of the world's subterranean railway systems, all combined and then tied together into a knot. Up is down. Down is up. Close is far. The cars are filled with monsters, the railway stations are less than safe, and the exit is always just a few stops away. But there is hope. For the first time, the crawlers are all working together. The loot is better than ever. And the secret to unraveling it all may be hidden in the pages of a seemingly-useless book. Welcome, crawlers. Welcome to the fourth floor of the dungeon.


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Welcome to the Gun Show! The top ten list is populated. The sponsorship program is open. The difficulty is ramping up. The first three floors were nothing compared to what Carl and Donut now face. The Iron Tangle. An impossibly-complicated subway system built out of the world's subterranean railway systems, all combined and then tied together into a knot. Up is down. Down Welcome to the Gun Show! The top ten list is populated. The sponsorship program is open. The difficulty is ramping up. The first three floors were nothing compared to what Carl and Donut now face. The Iron Tangle. An impossibly-complicated subway system built out of the world's subterranean railway systems, all combined and then tied together into a knot. Up is down. Down is up. Close is far. The cars are filled with monsters, the railway stations are less than safe, and the exit is always just a few stops away. But there is hope. For the first time, the crawlers are all working together. The loot is better than ever. And the secret to unraveling it all may be hidden in the pages of a seemingly-useless book. Welcome, crawlers. Welcome to the fourth floor of the dungeon.

30 review for The Dungeon Anarchist's Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Still very well written and I like the characters, but this one didn't really work for me. The book gave me the feeling of running on a treadmill and never really getting anywhere. I understand the intent, but I found it tedious to read about all of the trains, lines, stations which detracted from my enjoyment. The author goes so far as to say that you don't need to understand the floor, trains, etc. but if so, why bother to put so much effort into them? Hopefully the next one will work better a Still very well written and I like the characters, but this one didn't really work for me. The book gave me the feeling of running on a treadmill and never really getting anywhere. I understand the intent, but I found it tedious to read about all of the trains, lines, stations which detracted from my enjoyment. The author goes so far as to say that you don't need to understand the floor, trains, etc. but if so, why bother to put so much effort into them? Hopefully the next one will work better as a reading experience.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

    As with the first two books, the story, pacing and overall plot is great. Really enjoyed the overall idea as well as the continued progress of Carl and Donut. The three stars is because I felt the subway setting was just too complex to keep track of. The author did his best to explain it via words, but I never really understood the layout or how the various components fit together. I still enjoyed the book overall, but just couldn't wrap my head around that part of the story. (which is, unfortuna As with the first two books, the story, pacing and overall plot is great. Really enjoyed the overall idea as well as the continued progress of Carl and Donut. The three stars is because I felt the subway setting was just too complex to keep track of. The author did his best to explain it via words, but I never really understood the layout or how the various components fit together. I still enjoyed the book overall, but just couldn't wrap my head around that part of the story. (which is, unfortunately, the largest part of the overall plot) Still plan to continue with the series and look forward to book 4.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reader

    Exactly what I feared. The authors idea to make each book a long read about one floor of an 18 floor dungeon makes this an extremely tedious read. You can summarize the few hundred pages I read into 'Train system confusing, what do we do?!'. The self sacrificing "I know this plan is fucking stupid but no other plan risks my life like this" increasingly idiotic and irrational protagonist somehow manages to makes this boring entry even worse. The 5 star bots who write the exact same review for every Exactly what I feared. The authors idea to make each book a long read about one floor of an 18 floor dungeon makes this an extremely tedious read. You can summarize the few hundred pages I read into 'Train system confusing, what do we do?!'. The self sacrificing "I know this plan is fucking stupid but no other plan risks my life like this" increasingly idiotic and irrational protagonist somehow manages to makes this boring entry even worse. The 5 star bots who write the exact same review for every book they 'read' really showcases the author's integrity. -Dropped Ch 17/35

  4. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    The best book so far! Carl, Princess Donut and her sidekick Mongo face the toughest floor yet. The Iron Tangle. The world's subway and train systems have all been jumbled up and linked together into a dungeon of massive and utterly confusing proportions. Navigating the way to the stairs down to the next level in only 8 days will be nearly impossible. Doing so in boxers, with a scrappy sentient cat and her dinosaur pet is just downright epic! Once again, I grabbed up the audio for this book and e The best book so far! Carl, Princess Donut and her sidekick Mongo face the toughest floor yet. The Iron Tangle. The world's subway and train systems have all been jumbled up and linked together into a dungeon of massive and utterly confusing proportions. Navigating the way to the stairs down to the next level in only 8 days will be nearly impossible. Doing so in boxers, with a scrappy sentient cat and her dinosaur pet is just downright epic! Once again, I grabbed up the audio for this book and enjoyed Jeff Hays' performance. Fun and entertaining story! Complex traps, a complicated dungeon and unexpected events carry this story through to floor collapse. Enjoyed it!! On to the next book!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bender

    Full of sarcasm and humour, this is a unique and refreshing series that is unlike no other I've read. Fully entertaining from end to end. High quality prose, taut plot and brilliant pacing... I loved this series so much that I made a full blog post. Highly recommended! https://fanfiaddict.com/2021/07/07/se... Full of sarcasm and humour, this is a unique and refreshing series that is unlike no other I've read. Fully entertaining from end to end. High quality prose, taut plot and brilliant pacing... I loved this series so much that I made a full blog post. Highly recommended! https://fanfiaddict.com/2021/07/07/se...

  6. 4 out of 5

    LauraBlueberry

    Okay, I've a problem now. It's not july, so that I can read the next part. Outragous! So in short: I love this book and its characters! Go Donut! Okay, I've a problem now. It's not july, so that I can read the next part. Outragous! So in short: I love this book and its characters! Go Donut!

  7. 4 out of 5

    slagathor

    Epic rock music starts blasting and the crowd goes wild. Fog machines work on overdrive, giving the whole studio an ominous look. The music rises to a crescendo as the lights flair up, showing the host enter, stirring up the fog as they move towards a large mahogany desk. The music fades out together with the applause. JG: Welcome, welcome, welcome! This is our show Last Level Tonight, thank you for joining us. I am your host, Jack Gulliver! Our main guest tonight is the lovely Miss Slagathor aga Epic rock music starts blasting and the crowd goes wild. Fog machines work on overdrive, giving the whole studio an ominous look. The music rises to a crescendo as the lights flair up, showing the host enter, stirring up the fog as they move towards a large mahogany desk. The music fades out together with the applause. JG: Welcome, welcome, welcome! This is our show Last Level Tonight, thank you for joining us. I am your host, Jack Gulliver! Our main guest tonight is the lovely Miss Slagathor again. This floor was a lot different from the 3rd one, so how was your experience following Carl and Donut around? Slagathor’s ghost avatar sighs dramatically and shakes her head. S: Well Jack, although I appreciate all the work, effort and money that Borant Corporation put into this train level, I feel like they became overenthusiastic and simply overcomplicated things. Even though they mentioned before the start of the level that we don’t need to remember all the trains and numbers, since it only matters in the endgame and we’ll get a map… By that point I honestly had no idea what’s going on anymore, train-wise. JG: If it wasn’t important for you to follow all the trains and station numbers, why bother having them at all? S: Right?! I mean, it’s not like I was totally lost, but I only had a vague idea of how things are set up, so all the big revelations kinda fell flat, since I couldn’t really follow the train of thought, if you will, of Carl or Katia so well. JG: I see. And what about the story? S: As exciting as the previous levels were, here the pacing felt a bit odd from time to time and sometimes the story was a bit of a slog. As much fun as it was spending time with other crawlers, the main reason we are following the show is Carl and Donut, not… well, everyone else. There was a bit too much interpersonal drama for my liking is all I’m saying and not enough excitement. Nonetheless I am happy to see the growth of some individuals, especially Donut and Carl. JG: And will you continue your following of our two protagonists? S: Oh, hell yea! Don’t get me wrong, Jack, even if I felt that this level was a bit of a flop, this series is awesome! It is dark, it is fun, it is gritty and it is surprisingly deep. I’ll have some other things planned, but I’ll continue following my favorite heroes for sure! JG: I’m glad to hear that! Unfortunately that's all the time we have for today. Thank you, Slagathor for joining our show and see you all next week! Epic rock music starts blasting again while the crowd erupts in applause. The camera slowly fades to black as the noise fades out.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Randall

    Anarchy put to paper This is a well written entry in the Carl saga. I'm not sure what the author wants us to think about Carl, but it's a bit worrying. The plot is overly complicated, requiring several included drawings to properly get the concept. This is the result of a too much flour in the dough. You get thick and hearty bread, but it results in many uneven and undercooked parts. The ticking clock element is ever present but our MC and his empathetic tendencies create ever increasing ridicul Anarchy put to paper This is a well written entry in the Carl saga. I'm not sure what the author wants us to think about Carl, but it's a bit worrying. The plot is overly complicated, requiring several included drawings to properly get the concept. This is the result of a too much flour in the dough. You get thick and hearty bread, but it results in many uneven and undercooked parts. The ticking clock element is ever present but our MC and his empathetic tendencies create ever increasing ridiculous situations he consistently bumbles out of none the wiser. In fact, the title is perfect! the book is anarchistic to any solid stances, giving you a sob story one minute, and then throwing that same story out the window with actions that directly contradict it. I get what the story is building up too, and anyone who reads this book will, but the author could cut the story in half and reach the same conclusion. It's good, but be prepared to get a lot of overly complicated explanations and a gradually very serious story. He's starting to remind me of Allen Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta). It's very cynical, light hearted and heavy at the same time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ryan McCoin

    Dungeon Crawler Carl is a fantastic series and shows Dinniman at the height of his game. It's engaging, fast-paced, and manages to sucker-punch you with unexpected empathy for the characters at key moments. Dinniman also managed to inject a lot of humor into this series that helps balance the more serious and darker aspects of his usual style. I can't recommend this series enough and am eagerly awaiting the next installment. Dungeon Crawler Carl is a fantastic series and shows Dinniman at the height of his game. It's engaging, fast-paced, and manages to sucker-punch you with unexpected empathy for the characters at key moments. Dinniman also managed to inject a lot of humor into this series that helps balance the more serious and darker aspects of his usual style. I can't recommend this series enough and am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Clint Young

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    This might have been the funniest one so far. I guess what impressed me most about this book is how the author managed to introduce a boring character, acknowledge that she is boring and work her boringness in to the story in an exciting way. The fake commercial at the end of this one was hilarious! I'm diving straight in to Book 4. This might have been the funniest one so far. I guess what impressed me most about this book is how the author managed to introduce a boring character, acknowledge that she is boring and work her boringness in to the story in an exciting way. The fake commercial at the end of this one was hilarious! I'm diving straight in to Book 4.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Josh P

    Another great one, although it slogged at one part pretty badly but it pulled through. Really enjoying the progression in each book. Slowly getting a larger picture of the puppet master and the universe.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    Princess Donut supremacy! She and Carl are just the perfect duo and things only get better with the addition of Katya. Hopefully there's more Mordecai in the next one! This series continues to have the most engaging audio performance I've ever heard. Jeff Hays is a master. Princess Donut supremacy! She and Carl are just the perfect duo and things only get better with the addition of Katya. Hopefully there's more Mordecai in the next one! This series continues to have the most engaging audio performance I've ever heard. Jeff Hays is a master.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    mazes for days! Wow what an incredible story! I’m not usually the biggest fan of sweet and salty, but Matt mixes humour and seriousness in the perfect amount. Also, the maze in book 3 is nuts. Like so many nuts that all the squirrels in the world could retire.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David Uko

    Another great book 5/5. The story just keeps on getting better. I am constantly amazed and impressed by both the author’s imagination and execution of those ideas. The are countless genuinely funny parts and it is honestly refreshing to read a book like this. I also applaud the narrator Jeff Hays for his work on making the characters come to life. I would definitely reckoned this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    James

    Wildly fantastic read I feel like this book is the perfect blend of litrpg and comedic gold that you rarely find. The character development is amazing and leaves me wanting more. Every book gets better and more coherent. DO NOT SKIP THIS SERIES IT IS SO GOOD YOU WILL LOVE IT AND NEVER WANT TO PUT IT DOWN

  17. 5 out of 5

    Omri Dallal

    Not the same level as the first two When the settings of the story keep changing from floor to floor, the build of it is what makes or breaks the story. Sadly this floor was not as interesting… figuring out puzzles is fun when you have all the information. But trying to figure (as a reader) what is going on and just being told in the end "oh, there is a secret revolving the symbol you don’t know is there or know how it looks, and that's the answer, it's just pointless. So basically this floor cou Not the same level as the first two When the settings of the story keep changing from floor to floor, the build of it is what makes or breaks the story. Sadly this floor was not as interesting… figuring out puzzles is fun when you have all the information. But trying to figure (as a reader) what is going on and just being told in the end "oh, there is a secret revolving the symbol you don’t know is there or know how it looks, and that's the answer, it's just pointless. So basically this floor could be an elevator system, or a bunch of buildings in a campus where the monsters keep hopping from class to class. So what we get in the end is a floor with no real interest. The cast of characters is still funny and very good. I really liked the new one as well, but putting a fun group in a boring situation tops off the fun… Also, the overall backstory is still very interesting, especially with the cookbook. I hope the next floor is better. 3.5/5 still recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andy L

    One of the best An amazing mix of excellent characterization, thrilling world building and unbelievable action. Nice and long to. Totally worth your time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    William Howe

    [email protected]!t, Donut The author is a very disturbed...being, who has done an excellent job sharing various scenes of quite graphic violence and a level of gore that is epic. Almost no stats, but item and creature descriptions more than make up for it. Liked this quite a bit more than the previous novel. The MCs seemed to have a bit more agency and were less controlled by quests. I will preorder the next novel as soon as it is listed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bookwyrm Speaks

    While LitRPG can be a bit hit or miss for me, three books into the Dungeon Crawler Carl series and I'm more hooked than ever. The mix of creative world building, a wide variety of fully realized characters and some wickedly twisted humor just really appeals to me. The fact that a book that has such potential as a long series that doesn't seem to be losing steam is also a selling point. The worldbuilding is interesting in this series, as each floor of the "dungeon" is completely different than t While LitRPG can be a bit hit or miss for me, three books into the Dungeon Crawler Carl series and I'm more hooked than ever. The mix of creative world building, a wide variety of fully realized characters and some wickedly twisted humor just really appeals to me. The fact that a book that has such potential as a long series that doesn't seem to be losing steam is also a selling point. The worldbuilding is interesting in this series, as each floor of the "dungeon" is completely different than the others. In this book, we have a level based on a subway system of many lines and levels, with their own patterns, traps and mobs. This chaotic setup helps create some really interesting situations for the various dungeon crawlers, as well some really humorous settings as well. It is really one of the best examples of worldbuilding in LitRPG. The characters are really what makes this book, and the series as a whole, shine so brightly. Carl is one of my favorite protagonists in any genre. He is just such a fun character, an everyman who's not particularly special in any way, but who's streak of stubborn determination to survive and protect his friends is so endearing. That, and the fact he's just always blowing things up in the most hilarious ways possible. His plans aren't necessarily the most sophisticated, but they tend to get the desired results. His partner Donut, His ex-girlfriend's cat turned intelligent crawler, is a great foil for Carl. A snob who tends to think she knows it all, she is intensely loyal to Carl, even if he's the butt of her jokes quite a bit of the time. She could easily be a coward, but is willing to fight by Carl's side against crazy odds. The secondary characters are an eclectic mix of people, from a variety of countries and backgrounds. The groups that have formed for mutual protection are really interesting, but the stress of the floor really highlighted the cracks in loyalties, and there are a series of betrayals and shuffling in groups that leave things in disarray for these characters. As you get more peeks into these character's pasts, you see just what people will do in dire circumstances to survive. I have to mention the AI for the dungeon in this group as well, because it's snarky announcements are just a highlight, and the way the system interacts with the characters and adjusts things based on their actions to try and keep things at least somewhat fair is really intriguing. Well, fair based on a weird set of morals, considering it's running a lethal dungeon. The antagonists are a mixed bunch as well, ranging from several corporations involved in the dungeon, some nobles from the Skull Empire, all the way down to some crawlers Carl and Donut fell afoul of on earlier floors. They cause Carl and the other crawlers no end of trouble, and there are even a few surprises Carl and Donut couldn't see coming. Oh, there's also a god involved, with bad intentions for all involved, especially as it's controlled by one of the enemies previously mentioned. It's definitely raising the stakes against Carl and the other crawlers, and the hope of what remains of humanity that they carry with them. The narration is performed by the talented Jeff Hays, with an assist from YouTube sensation the Critical Drinker. Jeff is so good at creating unique voices for each characters, and you can't help but to immerse yourself in the story as you listen to his narration. His narrative pacing is some of the best in the business, and you just find yourself flowing along with the story. The Critical Drinker brought such funny life to his character, bringing a bitter world weariness to him, although he was so full of snark it doesn't wear at all. His reaction to Donut is hilarious, and you just can't help but smile the entire time he's in the story. This series shows no sign of slowing down. Three books in, and we keep seeing new and creative story elements that move the story along, and keep the reader engaged. The humor and solid storytelling are just so engaging, and the characters will definitely appeal to a wide range of readers. I highly recommend this worthy addition to the series, and especially recommend the audio version. Its one of my favorite new series, and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tory Thai

    This was leagues better then the 2nd book and I'm so glad i kept going with this series. The complaints I had with book 2 just didn't exist in this book. This returns to form with the inclusion of side characters again that are both interesting and meaningful. I really enjoyed seeing the expansion of side characters and more involvement of the community as a whole with this world. You can experience a better variety of personalities and care more about what was going on. The characters were all ve This was leagues better then the 2nd book and I'm so glad i kept going with this series. The complaints I had with book 2 just didn't exist in this book. This returns to form with the inclusion of side characters again that are both interesting and meaningful. I really enjoyed seeing the expansion of side characters and more involvement of the community as a whole with this world. You can experience a better variety of personalities and care more about what was going on. The characters were all very well written too. I really cared about these people and what happened to them. A few times I really leveled with the trauma of their experience and them really feeling like their doing their best to navigate a really awful situation. I also felt like there was a lot of tension and risk going on too, there are some shady characters and very wild situations that made me a bit tense and even sometimes uncomfortable wondering what was going to happen. I really found the writing super good with getting that feeling of unease on occasion. Its also very funny at times. Once again it's not back to back jokes and it paces it out nicely from the action scenes, serious stuff, character building moments and humor. There was actually a few scenes that made me laugh out loud, have to pause it and then laugh myself to tears until I got it out of my system. Some of the absurdist humor and the relationships built up with these characters, some funny scenes are just snuck in there in surprising ways that just works so nicely with the setting. The plot also was a roller coaster. There are a LOT of moving parts here and even some grey areas occurring with other characters that makes it not entirely clear where things are going. The plot also is constantly moving and in clever ways that builds tension and keeps things moving along. I really love the levels it takes and some of the character focused moments. The world building is sorta same-same. The world building was super focused in the first book, expanded on in the 2nd book and just drip fed here. The world feels super established at this point. The floor change still doesn't feel wildly different other then a new mechanic of trains and train tracks being where stuff is happening and less of a feeling if there being rooms. Changes how the plot is delivered but doesn't feel too much of a change to get too confusing. I liked it. Kept things different. Overall though this book was fantastic, I really enjoyed my time with it. The build up with what's going in the background plot I find super intriguing and I just hope the eventual delivery works out. Luckily each individual book has its own conflict and new centered plot line so the risk of the background plot not delivering isn't too high thanks the the conflict for each book holding up on its own nicely. Starting the next book in this series right away.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Murphies_law

    A hidden masterpiece! I really didn´t expect much when i downloaded the book. After suffering through horrible modern woke fantasy novels and the rather lame three last books of Scalzi recently, i was just looking for something completely different. And I found it in this serie. While the setting and humor of this serie are definitely not as sophisticated as, for example, the Orconomics serie (with which it has much in common), i loved it much more. Unlike in Orconomics and "Too many curses" the A hidden masterpiece! I really didn´t expect much when i downloaded the book. After suffering through horrible modern woke fantasy novels and the rather lame three last books of Scalzi recently, i was just looking for something completely different. And I found it in this serie. While the setting and humor of this serie are definitely not as sophisticated as, for example, the Orconomics serie (with which it has much in common), i loved it much more. Unlike in Orconomics and "Too many curses" the humour seems less forced and the story has a natural flow to it. I think one of the secrets for this is the really great use of irony within the books and that the story doesn´t take itself that serious. Another is Dinnimans fresh version of a love - hate relationship between two very different partners, in this case man and cat. I found it great that unlike in most fantasy novels the main protagonists always seem to stay the underdogs and keep fighting against the odds. This reminds me a bit of Abercrombies first legendary novels.. However, Carl is additionally handicapped by his sense of compassion and his urge to help, which makes his new life much harder. The enforced male foot fetish and the inability to ever wear pants for Carl only adds to the flavour of his new career as troubled hobo anarchist fighting for survival ;-). Even though i am not an online gamer i really enjoyed the story and even (which rarely happens to me) hardly ever felt bored with the plot. its progress or the dialogues. Unlike most other books (Orconomics included) you don´t see the twists coming long ahead. Dinniman managed to surprise me again and again and even made me laugh from time to time. I got so hooked that i read all 4 books within a week. (which is why i only will write one review for them)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sesler

    My Rating System: 5- Perfect for my taste, could not physically stop reading/listening, wanted more afterword. 4- Almost perfect, could not stop reading/listening, probably wanted more afterword. 3- Enjoyed the book, could see others loving it, need to think if I want more. 2- Can see why others might like the book, but I could not, I do not want more. 1- What is this? What went wrong? Why did they do this? This doesn't make any sense! (No idea who it is for but definitely not for me). [Audiobook Ver My Rating System: 5- Perfect for my taste, could not physically stop reading/listening, wanted more afterword. 4- Almost perfect, could not stop reading/listening, probably wanted more afterword. 3- Enjoyed the book, could see others loving it, need to think if I want more. 2- Can see why others might like the book, but I could not, I do not want more. 1- What is this? What went wrong? Why did they do this? This doesn't make any sense! (No idea who it is for but definitely not for me). [Audiobook Version] This book was a little weird for me. I lost interest multiple times throughout the book. On the other hand, the times I didn't lose interest it was great. The story is continuing at a decent pace with hilarious situations popping up. Something I forgot to mention in my past reviews is how everything in the levels are connected and possibly even connected with other levels. I thoroughly enjoy stories where everything is connected. I am really hoping something comes up which connects all the levels into some big picture. The characters are great like always and I usually end up laughing at the dialog between the characters. The narrator continues to do a fantastic job and it really brings the characters to life. The only thing is with the audiobook, which is not really an issue, is that I had to either rewind it or slow the playback speed down during the information dumps to make sure I had a clear understanding of what was going. A few times where there was so much information at once that it was hard to get it straight without having the book to look at. Again, awesome story with unique characters that make me laugh.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christine Rains

    Carl and Donut descent to the fourth floor of the dungeon and face their biggest challenge yet: The Iron Tangle. This subway system is like every train in the world was mashed together in one big mess. It's one thing to figure out how to get to a stairway to the next level, and a whole other thing to just survive the monsters who also ride the trains. Working together with other crawlers, Carl and Donut try to unravel the tangle and live to see another floor. This is the third book in the fantast Carl and Donut descent to the fourth floor of the dungeon and face their biggest challenge yet: The Iron Tangle. This subway system is like every train in the world was mashed together in one big mess. It's one thing to figure out how to get to a stairway to the next level, and a whole other thing to just survive the monsters who also ride the trains. Working together with other crawlers, Carl and Donut try to unravel the tangle and live to see another floor. This is the third book in the fantastic LitRPG series, Dungeon Crawler Carl. Each book just keeps getting better than the last. The author states at the beginning that you do not have to keep track of all the subway lines and puzzles and such to understand the plot, and it's absolutely true. Just go with the flow, ride this crazy story along with Carl and Donut, and see what comes of the mess. The title of this book comes from a prize Carl gets, and it suits him perfectly. He has access to a "secret" book that lets him read advice, recipes, and stories from crawlers in past seasons who have owned it, and it encourages taking the whole system down. From the beginning of this series, I've wanted nothing more and Carl is perfectly suited to the job. He not only has the courage but the heart. Donut is the ideal partner. They pick up a new teammate, Katia, and her growth is amazing. There's a great big wonderful cast of characters, and this book had me wanting to hug NPCs. I already have book four on my Kindle ready to eat up!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Barbeler

    Another great instalment in a fantastic series. This is the first time that some element of the story has tripped me up, though. I feel like the author is totally aware of the issue because he addresses it in the foreword. He says something like 'don't worry about keeping track of it, just enjoy the ride'. This whole book takes place in an environment called The Iron Tangle, and the book's blurb sums it up perfectly - "The Iron Tangle. An impossibly-complicated subway system built out of the worl Another great instalment in a fantastic series. This is the first time that some element of the story has tripped me up, though. I feel like the author is totally aware of the issue because he addresses it in the foreword. He says something like 'don't worry about keeping track of it, just enjoy the ride'. This whole book takes place in an environment called The Iron Tangle, and the book's blurb sums it up perfectly - "The Iron Tangle. An impossibly-complicated subway system built out of the world's subterranean railway systems, all combined and then tied together into a knot. Up is down. Down is up. Close is far. The cars are filled with monsters, the railway stations are less than safe, and the exit is always just a few stops away." Every time the geography of the level came up, my head spun. I could not keep it straight. I tried to switch my brain off and enjoy the ride, but I constantly felt like I had no real grounding in where anyone or anything was. Aside from that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The discombobulation was not worth the docking of a star or anything because everything else was so good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Todd Davis

    I'm enjoying the series. I rate a book based almost solely on how much it entertains me. For me a good gauge is do read the book, or do I watch my favorite TV series, or work on my game world on Foundy VTT. Since I started reading this series it's been almost total reading. Way behind on my VTT hobby. Good job Matt! The charaters seem real. Or, perhaps better to say well contextualize. I've yet to think to myself "he/she wouldn't do that" It's fantasy of course, but I haven't noted any mood breaki I'm enjoying the series. I rate a book based almost solely on how much it entertains me. For me a good gauge is do read the book, or do I watch my favorite TV series, or work on my game world on Foundy VTT. Since I started reading this series it's been almost total reading. Way behind on my VTT hobby. Good job Matt! The charaters seem real. Or, perhaps better to say well contextualize. I've yet to think to myself "he/she wouldn't do that" It's fantasy of course, but I haven't noted any mood breaking inconsistencies in the setting. They are easy/smooth to read. Will Carl be J.G.B.T. ? (I bet Matt knows who I mean by those initials.) I hope so. I see him looking for that all important LEAVERAGE. Again, good work Matt, coming from someone who has read a lot of books (probably 300+). If I could choose 10 books or series of books to forget and read again would this be one of them? We'll see... This is my first review I've written. Perhaps I should be more critical. But, I like to enjoy stories not pick them apart.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Curtis

    A Crazy Convoluted Train-Wreck of Fun! The latest book ups the ante on crazy and convoluted stories involving people and monsters dying in horrible and freakish ways, but it’s done really well. Heh. Rather than describe what I just read, I’m going to tell you to just read it too - and be amazed. One thing I failed to adequately mention in past reviews on this series is the amazing size of each book. Awesome! They are not your average read-it-in-an-afternoon books. Not only are the stories Good, wi A Crazy Convoluted Train-Wreck of Fun! The latest book ups the ante on crazy and convoluted stories involving people and monsters dying in horrible and freakish ways, but it’s done really well. Heh. Rather than describe what I just read, I’m going to tell you to just read it too - and be amazed. One thing I failed to adequately mention in past reviews on this series is the amazing size of each book. Awesome! They are not your average read-it-in-an-afternoon books. Not only are the stories Good, with each adding to the overall depth and quality of the series, not only are they very nicely edited, but they are sizable too. The delight in reading continues for hours, and that’s pretty special in its own right anymore. I don’t grouse about short books (as such), but it sure is nice to have an author give you something of substance. This is a great series, with great characters, behavior, and plot. It’s well-written, well-edited, and polished to a fine shininess. Definitely recommended (17+).

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    I wish I could give this book 10 stars! I’d never thought I’d say this about a book with such a silly cover, name and premise, but this is one of my favorite books ever. I’ve had a blast reading the series so far, but the storyline in this book in particular was so creative and so masterfully told. This is easily the funniest book of the series so far; I laughed my butt off! You can’t help but love the characters and we get more on-page time with a lot of the characters briefly introduced in the I wish I could give this book 10 stars! I’d never thought I’d say this about a book with such a silly cover, name and premise, but this is one of my favorite books ever. I’ve had a blast reading the series so far, but the storyline in this book in particular was so creative and so masterfully told. This is easily the funniest book of the series so far; I laughed my butt off! You can’t help but love the characters and we get more on-page time with a lot of the characters briefly introduced in the previous books. We see a lot of teamwork and that element was fun. I’m just so in awe with every aspect of this book and how well everything came together, and with how it breaks up the serious plot of the book up with spot on humor without taking away from the seriousness. I highly recommend listening to the audios of this series. The narrator is amazing! He more than brings the story to life and he has one of the widest range of voices I’ve ever heard. If you like fantasy even a little bit, check this series out. I’m not a LitRPG fan in the slightest, but these books came highly recommended and I’m glad I checked them out. The writing is top notch!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Quinn

    I read 3/4 of the book in one sitting. I wasn't supposed to, it was only supposed to be a chapter or two before I went to bed, but I could not put it down, I didn't want to stop, and there was an absolute blatant disregard that I had work the next day. I had 3 hrs of sleep to start off the work week - worth it. There's so much action and the drama between the crawlers... damn. (view spoiler)[The whole Hekla arc was crazy. I mean, Carl was warned she might try something to get Donut on to her team I read 3/4 of the book in one sitting. I wasn't supposed to, it was only supposed to be a chapter or two before I went to bed, but I could not put it down, I didn't want to stop, and there was an absolute blatant disregard that I had work the next day. I had 3 hrs of sleep to start off the work week - worth it. There's so much action and the drama between the crawlers... damn. (view spoiler)[The whole Hekla arc was crazy. I mean, Carl was warned she might try something to get Donut on to her team, but didn't think she'd kill Katya for it - she was far more calculating and cold-blooded that I expected. Poor Katya though, what the heck. I thought Carl was a bit of a dick about the Ring of Suffering towards Mordecai, but I guess he's really starting to get peeved at the dungeon shennanigans. (hide spoiler)]

  30. 4 out of 5

    David Christian

    I’m in love with Dungeon Crawler Carl Like, as in I love to read these books. I didn’t originally think I would, from the descriptions alone, but after enough positive reviews I decided to give it a shot. I feel like these books are a surprisingly intellectual deconstruction of the litRPG genre, used to highlight a lot of things about our current mediacracy and modern society. All inside a package of crude jokes and explosions. From a character development and pacing standpoint, the DCC books have n I’m in love with Dungeon Crawler Carl Like, as in I love to read these books. I didn’t originally think I would, from the descriptions alone, but after enough positive reviews I decided to give it a shot. I feel like these books are a surprisingly intellectual deconstruction of the litRPG genre, used to highlight a lot of things about our current mediacracy and modern society. All inside a package of crude jokes and explosions. From a character development and pacing standpoint, the DCC books have never failed to satisfy me, and this book is no exception. Even Katia, who started out kind of flat, is really starting to shine. And Carl and Donut are as great a duo as ever. I can’t wait until the next one.

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