Noobs is another product of the pandemic. The lockdowns had been going on for what felt like an eternity by the time I started writing Noobs. My kids had been stuck at home all year doing nothing but playing video games. My computer for writing is in the same room as their consoles and pc’s so I was being bombarded with video games day and night. So, when it came to thinking of ideas for a book the only thing that I had been exposed to all year was video games, so I wrote a story about them. I was hooked on video games myself as a kid so I wanted to throw a few of the classic games I played into the story, then I thought it would be fun to have each chapter as a different game and to not say what that game is but to get the reader to try and work that out for themselves just from the environment. It is one of my most popular books and people love trying to figure out all the different games, new and old.

Simon Carr.

If life is just a game, wait until you play death!

Chris and Steve were quite happy sitting in their rooms playing online games until events in a kabab shop changed everything and reset all of the rules.
A deal with the Grim Reaper could give them both a second chance at life if they can play the game of their lives inside some of the games they have only ever seen through a screen, until now.
Luckily they are not alone, friends they had not met, or maybe they had, help the new guys, the Noobs!


5.0 out of 5 stars Goofy gaming adventure

Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2021

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Noobs will probably be enjoyed most by gamers , especially fans of older less sophisticated games, but I really enjoyed it and Asteroids was the only game I ever played. Chris and Steve are 20something slackers who play computer games almost non-stop. An unfortunate pulverising from a meteor causes them to meet the Grim Reaper. GR is kinda cool, so he agrees to give them a renewed life if they can complete 10 games as active participants during the game action. Death in the game means death forever. The other catch is that the games are all retro - Pac man, Space Invaders and Frogger were the only ones I recognized. With the help of Villager number 3 who joined them after an early quest, the non talking alien looking Norge who joined a few quests later, and the almost Lara Croft lookalike ( but not close enough for copyright infringement) who joined around quest 8, the squad fights inflatable bananas, had to cross busy roads while in frog form, had to survive a Hunger Games type winner take all battle, and ultimately face an invading space force. The games environments were interesting and fun, the dialogue was often very funny, and the battles were entertaining. It was a very enjoyable read.

Matthew W Seniff

5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious romp thru video games and perdition

Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Noobs. The author has truly reached a high point with this story. Apparently aimed at the YA reader it’s a readable treat for all readers. This book is hilarious with a capital “H”. I even broke out laughing at times even though that rarely occurs when I read. My dog was even looking at me when I hit a particularly funny section, probably wondering if he should alert the authorities. It has some great world building derived from the video gaming world involving the video limitations of earl gaming. The main characters are developed to the point that I connected them with my own acquaintances. This book in it’s own way leaps across genres in a way that should make it accessible to all readers. I cannot recommend this book enough the author has hit a home run with this story.


5.0 out of 5 stars Life is too short! Get your Norge NOW!!

Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2021

Simon Carr knows funny. Simon Carr understands funny. Give this man a pen and paper, cause he writes funny too!! More than anything right now, the world needs to laugh and Simon Carr can make that happen.
In this book he brings together . . . Gamers! Aliens! The Grim Reaper himself! and Wood!! Lots and lots of wood!!
I have every one of Mr. Carr's books and will continue to purchase ANYTHING he writes. Thanks for the laughs Simon!!


5.0 out of 5 stars A Game with Death

Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2021

This great read is a thrill ride from beginning to end. Online games will never be the same.

Fred Jones

5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2021

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It is not often a book makes me laugh out loud but this one did in spades. Gamers Colin and Steve are killed, sent to the Grim reaper and have to compete in old video games to win their lives back. Wonderfully inventive, aching funny, and gloriously daft it is a super read. The writing is great, the characters are light, the humour crude at times but the story is the thing with this book. Highly recommended




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