Question: How JNC license novels?
@paul-nebeling Yep, I know. That's the problem with taking a complete "short story" and trying to serialize it without starting from scratch. In retrospect, SAO:Progressive is what Kawahara should have done in the first place instead of trying to continue the story using the original Aincrad book as a base.
Honestly, I really do like Kawahara's stuff, not as much for the characters or the story, but for the sci-fi. The real gold from all the SAO arcs is his imagination on ways VR/AR technology can affect people's lives. AW book 5 is probably my favorite because, in the middle of reading it, I took a 2 hour break to research orbital elevators, and it was fantastic.
@myskaros I'm glad I'm not the only one that looked up orbital elevators while reading vol. 5. That's my favorite Volume in the series.
I’m quite happy Aincrad didn’t go on forever, I liked GGO a lot and like the series being an ongoing look at different VR games in the future world. All that sci-if stuff would be missing from an ongoing virtual dungeon delve book. I like Progressive (it wasn’t actually the first SAO I read) but am also happy the narrative didn’t spend a dozen books there before moving on.