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Fortuna - Michael R. Stevens 3½ stars

I was immediately drawn into this story while reading the "look inside" preview online and ended up reading the book in one sitting. Jason, a computer science major at Stanford University, gets caught up in an obsessive online role-playing game that sets his personal life into a freefall. I was enchanted by the beautifully depicted world of Fortuna, set in Renaissance Italy, and was caught up in the events resulting from Jason’s addiction to the game. I'm not a "gamer", so the book dragged a bit for me in the middle and during some of the more technical explanations of the game. However this did not draw me out of the story nor detract significantly from the flow of the book, as they were seamlessly blended into the story and were important to understanding the game of "Fortuna".