The Legend of Randidly Ghosthound

by puddles4263

Original ONGOING Action Fantasy LitRPG
Warning This fiction contains:
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As the system initializes, the world shifts. Geography is rearranged and mixed, and levels and stats are instituted across the globe. On that night, one young man was walking through an underground tunnel, his mind on the small problems of his easy life. Because of his location during the shift, he starts in a dungeon far above his level, with no knowledge or teacher, or Newbie Village to guide him. Without a class, he struggles simply to survive in this world changed by its new connection to the Nexus.

But struggle he will, for he is Randidly Ghosthound, and this is only how his legend begins...

 

Cover credit to cthulupillar

 

**Author's Note**

This started as a way to destress and play with overly complicated stats systems and level systems, and I just kept writing. I don't really take it very seriously, but feel free to read and enjoy.

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Signeow the Cat
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Excellent Start, Jarring Tone Shifts

Having read several hundred chapters of this story, I can't make myself finish it, even though I want to. The beginning of the story is excellent. The character is likeable, his power progression is believeable, and his interactions with the world, for the most part, make sense. However, issues arrise the further into the story you get.

A little while into the story, just when things start to get interesting and the survival, town building, litrpg elements are getting good, the author shifts the setting to an entirely different planet and story type. This new setting seemed to be more of a xianxia novel in a Chinese-analogue world. While I enjoy that type of story too, that isn't the story I was having a great time reading. The sudden shift in tone, character personality, and setting were jarring. As I followed along with it, I got to where I liked the new story as well. It was the same writer, after all, and one of their strengths is in their depictions of the supporting characters. It got to the point where the xianxia setting had been going on for far more than the initial setting, in terms of chapters. Ultimately, when that story arc ended, there was yet another jarring, abrupt shift back into the original setting, entirely abandoning the other world with little resolution and satisfaction in regards to the supporting characters, who I had grown to like reading about.

 

Additionally, even though the story had shifted back to the original setting, the tone of the story changed yet again. The new story was more about a fledgeling god guiding and interacting with the people who worshipped him. I'm not talking about the literal story elements regarding that, those were introduced in an entertaining way. I'm talking about the MC's interactions with other characters in the story. This type of story can also be entertaining, if done well. Unfortunately, I don't believe it was done well and I found myself no longer enjoying the story. Part of that probably stems from the increasing amount of "edgy" story choices. I'm not normally one to turn my nose up at that kind of thing, but it got stale very quickly.

 

All in all, I do recommend the story, but I can't give it more than the 3 stars I've rated it for. The repeated shifts in tone and direction hold me back from doing so. The author desperately needs an editor, as much of this story could use rewriting to match the tone of the rest of it. It feels more like three different stories than it does a single story with multiple arcs. If you can put up with that kind of thing, then I highly recommend it. Personally, I could not.

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Long time lurker/reader, Rarely post/review

I'm splitting my review into two main parts: Rebuttal to criticism of this fiction/author and review of actual product, read if interested.

Review of "The Legend of Randidly Ghosthound":
Overall high marks.

STORY 5/5: The story is compelling and drags you onward. It starts with a college student and puts them through a crucible of horror and discovery tempering them into something MORE. Once he's introduced back into the general populace I feel the fiction really picks up and does a lot to both appeal to the OP MC faction while still having him go out and experience the world and realize he has to gain power at the edge of death (for the power growth faction) if he wants to actually accomplish his goals.

CHARACTERS 4/5: Believable and understandable growth arcs for most characters. I'm only awarding a 4/5 because I am not dragged back to this story time and again for characters as much as I am the story in general. Not for any particular flaw in character design or portrayal.

STYLE 4/5: Usually third person limited on the MC which gives a very descriptive and interesting perspective on all the changes to the world and the path(s) he takes to try to influence it and control his own destiny. Jumping character narrative for other perspective adds a different flavor to the story and fills in gaps in understanding. For the most part the jumps are very fun and explain how the rest of the world sees the MC, only giving 4 because there are a few perspectives I felt were redundant and/or a waste of time, this is most likely personal and open to taste but I'm hoping 4/5 works for most people.

GRAMMAR 3.5/5: Overall very good. Update 6/25/18, I'm downgrading this section to 3.5. In recent chapters the errors have been increasing. Sometimes in the 3-4 range per chapter. It has gotten to the point where it is distracting somewhat, I can still understand the story but it's like speech to text recognition or a bad auto-correct. Someone should say 'sure' to agree with you not 'shore' *unless you're doing an accent*. Will probably downgrade overall to 4.5 if continues, but other features keep drawing me back and I still enjoy the fiction.

Originally posted 1/4/18:
REBUTTAL TO CRITICISM: I came out of my lurkerdom because enough people have been leaving negative comments to the author about his/her release schedule that s/he felt the need to respond to them. Short version: Puddles has released 2,000 pages in the last 9 months for free, at a consistently high quality and maintaining a spot in the top 20 Active-only ranking on RRL.

Puddles will usually try to leave a rough draft on the Patreon daily and if you have to have your fix and don't care that the proofreading/editing is non-existent then there you go. If you're on RRL only and want to read for free take solace in the fact that it's one of the highest volume producers in the top 20 and yeah, you might go a few days without and then get 4 or 7 chapters at a time. If you think that's unreasonable then go ahead and publish your own fiction on here and we'll be delighted to let you know how you measure up to your standards.

 

TLDR: Very good. Don't get bent out of shape on release schedule, take comfort in the fact that the release volume is high and well done.

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Likely to be quite divisive among litRPG fans

Written after reading up to chapter 232. No spoilers.

STYLE (3): As far as writing and storytelling goes, it's the standard 3rd person with POV shuffling. It's fairly well executed, though I feel it often takes away from the story instead of enhancing it.
The author's tendency to tally the protagonist's skill gains in a single paragraph gets annoying after a while.

STORY (3): The expectations set from both the synopsis and first several chapters make it easy to be disappointed with later developments, which are, all things considered, pretty bland.
The post-apocalyptic setting is left to develop in the background, which I personally find to be a pitty. The System is pretty interesting, though.

CHARACTER (2): The protagonist is an antisocial fellow bearing serious childhood trauma. Otherwise, he is extremely passive and uninteresting.
Most other characters are much better, especially ones that are not part of the 'lead cast' of the current arc. 
Generally, the protagonist damages the whole fic more than anything else, since the POV is mostly on him. (Protag: 0/5; Others: 4/5)

GRAMMAR (4.5): Not perfect, but definitely not an issue either.

One small thing to add- the author's representation of spears is idiotic at best, though I'm not sure if it's on purpose or not. 

Rant about spears

 

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Fabulous first Arc, then where did the story go?

Caveat, I have stopped reading at Ch 180 for a bit.

The first arc was very well done. The MC's cheat power was actually believably set up. The initial character development was intriguing as many of the secondary characters became established, our MC, however, goes from a normal college student with a girlfriend and others he is fanatically devoted to and becomes an asocial hermit who wants nothing to do with people.

He fosters and mentors a village, grumbling all the time if he interacts with them. He rebuffs and rejects a potential love interest. By the end of the first arc, the MC is starting to respond to this redemptive love interest. Then the author going so far as to say, 'oh, their attraction is artificial', and even kills off the love interest. In more ways than one.

BANG! We arrive at the second arc and the story shifts from a Litrpg survival and city builder, to a xianxia tournament novel. The author goes out of his way to ditch the litrpg by having the MC consume a potion that blocks 'system notifications'. The MC becomes even more antisocial and seems to be becoming the stereotypical 'Cultivator', arrogant and rude with violence as their first option. That city he fostered? He sends them a message, once, and then forgets about all those bothersome people for at least the next 50 chapters.

Grammar: Is mostly good. Frequent missing words. Several times sentences were left confused as things like 'couldn't' became 'could'. Not terrible and mostly ignorable.

Story and Character: Both suffer a similar fate. Excellent up to chapter 120 or so, then rapidly being thrown by the wayside. Going from 4-5 stars to maybe 2.5.

 

I will be going back and try to finish the story. But the direction it is heading now gives me little hope of recovery.

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Well written and going places

There's only the rare gramatical mistake or awkward turn of phrase, and the plot is progressing at a decent pace while also making the character's skill progression and research into the new rules of the world feel earned.

The only real problem is the main character's name. I mean, "Randidly Ghosthound" sounds like something Ned Flanders would say after being pulled into an RPG - "those ghosthounds ran-didly off with my staff!"

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Well written story, but like most, gets worse over time.

 

Characters are fleshed out better and more realistic than in most stories here, but i just can't connect to them. MC is just unlikable. Other than his piercing gaze, he basically does not have anything.

 

And since that multiple POV rotation started, reading have just became a chore.

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The start is ok. World gets LitRPG like system and MC spawns in a dungeon which makes him much stronger than anyone else. I can roll with that, could have been done better, but it wa worth the read.

In the first part the MC starts collecting people and builds a community and deals with the new world. Again, I can dig that.

For some fucking reason, suddenly bunny and turtle people appear and, because people hated them understandably, soon dissapear again. Kind of weard, but I can get over it.

Now comes the big one, for some reason, propably because the author was bored of his own story, the MC gets transported to a whole new world and the whole point of this story changes. Prior we had a survival of the new world kind of story, suddenly we had one of those Chinese stories where all people do, is train and in battles stand around and fight with their energy. At this point I really thought about dropping this more than once. But I pushed on. In the end this part in this new world is longer than the actual story I was promised, which was a survival story in a LitRPG world.

When the arc is over back it goes to our world where there a heck of people you don't even know anymore, fighting a new antagonist. I dropped it somewhere in that arc.

 

So should you read this or not? It starts off better than most stories on here (which doesn't say much) but quality drops and drops and drops. Actual story doesn't really have anything to do with what it promises. I wouldn't read it again to be honest, but if you don't have anything to read at the moment, try and see for yourself.

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I like stories with characters but here is a perfect exemple of 10 dimensional characters... every person you come across has a chapter dedicated to his goal and his story and so you rapidly learn that not a single person can be trusted with friendship in this system world.... and personnally that's not what I seek in a fantasy story. People might like that but not me..

Moreover the MC is a socially awkward guy who takes quite a few decisions contrary to his character..

He seeks his childhood friend just to ditch her as soon as he finds her (well that was particularly underwhelming)! And that's his drive for the first hundred chapters..

Ah he goes to another cohort to pay back a debt and discovers that even though he's most likely the strongest human or the strongest of his zone he is but a weakling to others who trained since birth and tries to catch up (which doesn't seem to happen until it does in one go)!

And best of all, every plot hole is justified by the creature (super villain) who orchestrated everything in every little detail but then finds the way to get part of her ass kicked by the MC!

Add to that the releases that can be once every two days to 14 chap at one go in a month... and tadaaa lose your readers.

Anyway I didn't have much of an affinity with the MC so I hope you all do!

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I spent 8-something days plowing through 380 chapters. It was a gruelling death-march but I feel like it was worth it. I immensely recommend this story.

STYLE:
It's well done, if a bit ordinary. Don't expect any sort of flowery prose.
STORY:
The synopsis is all you need to know. Or, it should be. There come a moment where there is a massive shift in the 'Setting' where the story takes place. It was less than optimal and not extremely interesting at some points, but it was passable. Later on, the Setting reverted back to where it was before the shift and I think that changeback was very needed.
GRAMMAR:
Despite there being something like an editor to this story, I still often catch what appears to be auto-correction being hard at work. Not the sort of mistakes a person would make. It's very rarely a word that doesn't exist (typo) or a double-strike but some words are obviously wrong, if close to what the correct word should be.
CHARACTERS:
Lots of them. Varied and fleshed out. It very rarely feel like a character's motivation is to forward the plot, although sometime you feel it slightly.

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TL;DR: Start is an amazing survival LIRPG story with OP MC, turns into shitty Chinese tournament training novel where MC doesn't have to do anything really to survive. 

This is a story that was amazing and has become very shit lately. Like I would rate it a 2/5 shit lately compared to a 5/5 start.  

The premise on how MC is OP as fuck is that he doesn't take a class (unlimiteddddd skillz) and he got a huge boost by living in an area for months while time outside the dungeon didn't move. Feels like a cope out, but I can roll with it. (Except no one else gets the time dilation and can only stay in for 24 hours when they get their own dungeon... huh....)

So excuses for him being OP aside, the start is great. But enter in training montage.... and more training.... and more.... and more... and more.............. Seriously though it is all he does, goes out and kills stuff, comes back and trains.

We do get some character growth for him, but it is limited and he kinda feels like a brick most of the time never laughing or relaxing. Just training and discovering more about how such and such is holding back his epicness. 

But you are sucked into the story at this point, the author introduces actually good characters that we all can get behind. Until this most recent arc... It is utter shit. He goes to spear nation and fights in tournaments... then more training…. Then more tournaments followed by pompous little shits who challenge the epic MC. I’m literally skipping chapters at this point, it is the same crap over and over. Instead of finishing what could have been a 10-20 chapter arc it has become the most mind numbing repeat shit. 

 Author for the love of god get him the fuck out of that world, it is ruining everything about this novel.