All Hail the Tiny Snake God!
When life ends, many believe a soul is judged. Warriors might go to Valhalla, saints might go to heaven, and evil-doers go to hell... but what about someone who doesn't fall into any of those categories?
Well, some of them end up like... this.
From the online web-serial, comes a story of reincarnation, comedy, and the winding path towards existential redemption.
The Snake Report: All Hail the Tiny Snake God.
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The story was really entertaining, the comedy and lore adds more depth to the story. Though a bit generic, it was still very refreshing especially during quarantine when I don’t have anything better to do.
There were also a lot of errors concerning grammar but its not really a big deal. The only problem is when the sentences are poorly written to the point where the message just jumps all over the place and you need to piece what the author is trying to say bit by bit. Other than that, the descriptions and such were awesome.
It ‘had’ the chance to be great, but thats when book 2 came out. I had high hopes for it but I got really disappointed. I genuinelly liked the mc’s personallity and how he interacts with things but all of those were either forgotten or removed because of plot progression. He’s either too naive or unmotivated to do something even if there’s a clear solution. It’s okay if its once or twice, but being repeated for countless of times (entirely in book 2) is considered bad in my book.
Genuinely liked the story and I would have given it a big 5 star and a pat on the back but book 2 just didn’t make that possible.
I recommend nonetheless.
Good time of day to you. I apologize in advance for my English, because it is not my own, but was created by an automatic translator. I speak the language of a little-known country. A country where either T-34 tanks or bears are used as transport. A country where vodka flows through pipelines instead of water. A country where shots from a Kalashnikov rifle are used as a greeting. At the very least, this country is likely to be recognized by this description. Therefore, I hope that you will forgive me some translation errors, and I will be able to start reviewing.
Let's start the story without going into the details of the plot. And we will start with the Main Character of the story. To an outsider, he is a stupid and indecisive rag, not worthy of being the Main Character. But this picture pleases those who have knowledge of psychology, its authenticity. What can a weak philistine, thrown into the Inferno of hell, do? If he values his life, he must be careful. If there is no caution, then any danger encountered will want to teach a lesson in caution. And if you want to live, you'll have to learn that lesson. Thus, in the raw metal of character, the details of foresight, accumulation, patience, and indecision are forged. Is the Main Character stupid? In any case, don't argue, the answer is Yes. After all, he is not an average genius, but an average commoner. But this does not prevent him from learning the lessons of life and growing above himself... at least spiritually. The main Character, through trial and error, gains an understanding of the rules that the surrounding reality sets, and also learns to independently set the rules of this reality. And with the acquisition of experience, he does it better, which indicates growth. But, unfortunately for the public, only an attentive person can see this growth, hidden behind the facade of the growth of power. But only for a weak soul who has fallen into the depths of hell, the ordeal granted is not something that can be endured. To endure the torments of hell, you need salvation, a kind of refuge for the tormented mind. And in order not to break, you need to find it or create it. And the Main Character doesn't break down. Something high, something beautiful, something that gives light and warmth-something that embodies what is missing in the stone coffin. A life-giving source of strength, banishing the dark chill of despair that creeps into the flesh. They may be dreams, but dreams lifeless, and they give only a dim, fading light. You need an embodiment of all this, but alive-then it can radiate a healing the soul light that promises sweet peace, which you strive for uncontrollably, without noticing that the source of light is a burning flame. Maybe someone aspiring to the flames of insects and seem stupid, maybe so, but this is their essence. Such a Main Character. Only a simple billet, plunged into the crucible of hell, wrought by countless monstrous blows of fate, and tempered in the calm of the pure and sublime. We can only guess what kind of divine instrument will come out of the forge of Fate.
The author has quite an artistic style of speech. Metaphorical style of description, untranslatable wordplay, mmm ... most it! If an untrained foreigner were reading this, he would miss a lot! Ha, of course, among our narrow cold-blooded circle, it is unlikely that such people would be squeezed in. Meaning laid out in several layers is not uncommon here. The narrative uses a variety of techniques of artistic expression. Here, even chapters of unimaginable size are not created for the purpose of mockery (though...), but for the purpose of division. The author provides division of the text not by volume, but by meaning. Although, the style of narration is not perfect, and can scare off some readers.
The design of the world? More than. In addition to what they give us directly, you can see dozens of threads stretching to new facts. Quite an interesting world order, an unusual explanation of some magical phenomena. I will not go into details, so as not to mention events not from the beginning of the book, so I can only say that the riddle of the world order is folded without obvious errors and quite beautiful.
Characters-having the knowledge of a psychologist, I can't ignore authenticity. There are no better characters than realistic ones. 10/10.
Evaluating the style. The style is not a masterpiece - that is, not such that it becomes pleasant from the very fact of reading. Minus a point. The style is not genius - the words are not full of meaning. Minus a point. This style manages to scare off some readers. Minus a point. 7/10, the level of "good". Not "excellent", not "masterful", not "divine", but simply "good"."
Evaluation of world design. The world created by the author does not shock the reader to the depths of his soul, forcing him to comprehend many things in his life. The reader does not have a large number of points of contact with this world, so the emotional impact is not strong. There are rare authors who are well versed in this field. But not this author. Minus a point. Not a high philosophical saturation of the world. Minus a point. Rating "excellent", 8/10.
Assessment of the book's literacy ... Khem! I've never seen the original, so I didn't see any errors. 10/10! This same need to so manage, to on such a huge volume of text, and nor one mistakes!
Final grade. Yes, the work is not one of those that give their readers a crystal clear idea of the surrounding reality. And this work is not one of those that can make readers raise a hysterical cry about the genius of this creation. Therefore, it is not able to earn the highest possible rating. This is not a Titanic masterpiece, but it is a very, very good creation that keeps under its shell a storehouse of valuable ideas, experience and knowledge that are just waiting in the wings. Well-deserved 8/10.
Boo-ha-ha-ha-ha! FEAR, mortals! Only brave men who have read two books of the Serpent's Scripture can go further! The rest will find only despair and direct mention of events that will occur in the book! That is, there is ONLY despair ahead!
To begin with, I want to note that some of the phenomena in this creation are arranged very, very interestingly, for which the author should be given credit. So, for example, the explanation of the phenomenon of Magic development within the game system has an original rationale, which I have not met before. Namely, the presence of artificial intelligence in magic, which takes over part of the tasks of managing magic. And with the development of this intelligence, there is a natural increase in the effectiveness and control of magic.
Or, for example, the explanation of the gradual increase in the magic background when going down. This is because the King of the First people sank into the earth's firmament and there, somewhere in the bowels of the earth, opened the gates of magic. If the Gate of Magic is located in the bowels of the earth, then going down, we are approaching the main source of magic, so the magic should become more. When you go down, the magic really gets bigger. Accordingly, if magic emanates from the Gate of Magic, it must break through the restraining layers of rock, and also inevitably scatter magic over the entire area. In other words, this is what we see - that magic is being discharged on the surface. The author, with the help of one clever somersault, told an important part of the story, and clarified a lot of magic, and explained the phenomenon of dungeons with something other than "Because - because!" Excellent!
In addition, the author is still able to pull threads through the entire narrative. What previously seemed random sometimes turned out to be a pattern. More than once, when the main character approached the intersection where his fate could end, the frog-Prophet appeared, which indicates an evil fate. And this was later explained.
Also, the author throws sweets for the attentive. For example, the fact that the Main Character received a Divine element every time he defeated a great monster. And each time the name of the Divine element corresponded to the defeated monster.
I hope you will have time to get bored! After all, now there will be-information that is completely uninteresting to ordinary mortals! Go if you want.
I wanted to draw attention to this problem. The problem of localization into foreign languages. In other countries, there are those who want to enjoy foreign literature. But there is a language barrier along the way. Thousands of readers have to wait for freelance translators to do something. Why not meet them halfway? To reach an audience from an entire country, it is enough to hire one team of translators and solve a legal issue. By paying a handful of people and overcoming a certain amount of paperwork, you will receive dividends from an audience of thousands! And this is only in one country, and there are many countries! This is a banal question of commercial profit. You probably know that gaming companies often translate their products into other languages. Why would they do that? This is banal profitable. Maybe they have something to learn?
This is my first review ever, apologies if it is bad
I quite liked how this started (kinda biased to reborn as a monster novels), but the last chapter of book one just kills this for me.
the style is fine
grammar is pretty good from what I noticed but I don't pay too much attention
This is where it kinda gets bad? I like our main character but the others are iffy, the first humans met, Imra and the wizard react very differently then you'd expect them to I think, its said that they are pretty good adventurers and that means they have their fair share of dungeon dives, As Imra said in her dialogue as some point to herself I believe, it should be ingrained into them that all monsters are dangerous no matter what that monster does, so the decision to capture the mc makes no sense to me, considering Imra saw how dangerous it could be with mc helping with dragon's breath at the end of the skeleton fight.
The story is way too weird for me but not terrible
main problem l
all in all, my main problem is what the heck happened after mc got trapped by that bubble????? like he gets trapped, trys breaking out, almost succeds but then its gets stronger, so hes trapped but then the sword master comes out of no where and starts slaughtering them to save the three humans but then what? how does the mc go from being trapped in a bubble on an elevated shrine with Imra to going through the biggest mental dialogue seen yet and like getting more and more insane and then poof, hes in a random hole like WHAT?? It literally makes no sense to me
EDIT: I just read until early book 2, the story just seems to get worse somehow? Lowering the score to three stars.
Great stuff until chap 64, after that some things come up that bother me greatly.
- MC gets too reactive, things just seem to happen to him.
- Some attempts at world building feel like a dull waste of time (I don't care about some ancient immortal king or a random swordsman, the story isn't about them).
- RPG elements feel half assed. MC's status paints the picture of some ultra high level badass, but he can just use some basic magic really well, among other things.
Sometimes the story just seems to go where the author feels like writing, instead of where it would make sense.
When the MC gets in touch with civilization, he just happens to instantly become the enemy of mankind, because we can't have the MC live in peace and make his own decisions about what to do, can we?
I really liked the first 60 chapters or so, had some real 5 stars potential. That's why it annoys me to no end how some story beats feel so forced, might keep reading to see if the story rebounds at some point.
A lot of fun, good humor, good plot, cool sh*t. Also, it’s well written, no headaches from horrible grammar or poorly worded sentences here! Doesn’t update super-fast (weeklyish I think) but let’s be honest, most of the stories that do suffer in quality as a result.
Update as of the completion of Book II. By the Tiny Snek God, things got dark. Really Dark. I pray for the Tiny Snek, all that he is, and those who follow, willing or not. Brave Little Snek, Tiny Snek God watches over you.
This got me laughing too hard to provide an unbiased review. To the Tiny Snake God, I give tribute in the form of 5-Stars!
Please. Please, please, please pleasepleaseplease! Continue with this story as soon as possible.
i really enjoyed this story, the struggles of our tiny snake... was bingereading it... and then the last fiew chapters of book 1 happened.... i kept muddling through a bit longer, but had to drop this story...
I really enjoyed the setting and the world, but near the end of book 1 the mc*s intelligence and the story in general took a nosedive.. hard
First off this story should be classified more as a comedy/fantasy story. Its chapters are short and filled with funny moments that made me laugh.
And then there's the but.
After he leaves the paladin the story just goes downhill. He gets the Guardian title for protecting humans but then becomes Enemy of Mankind on accident saving a human. Then proceeds to get the Calamity title.
Kind of lazy and overall cringe especially the moment he meets the elves.
Not really any plot or goal in the story. Its reaction after reaction after reaction. You get the point. He never does his own thing.
The MC is written as an idiot. Has a system with the ability to purchase skills but never actually checks its features out.
World building is okay in the beginning because he is a snake in a dungeon but once it gets past that it becomes nonexistent. The power levels also don't really make any sense or the level system/point system.
Is he strong at lvl 70? We don't find out the levels of the things he slays and he's constantly scared of everything and his "instinct" will go off but it doesn't really tell us how he compares to other beings.
All in all, it is a funny fantasy story In the beginning with no real plot. And if you came for the LitRPG element it is sorta there but has no real impact to the story or any sense of depth in its creation.
Realistically it has a lot of flaws and the people that give it a perfect 5 stars are just memeing because "Little Snake God heheh".
Author needs to take his haitus time and actually flush out some sort of plot or storyline that makes sense. Thanks for the laughs in the first 70 chapters though.
Dropped at Chapter 96 because I can no longer get into the story. Also will not be reading book 2 and based on the reviews it seems the author dropped the LitRPG and less comedy for more angsty cringe.
As the story progresses it has gotten rarer and rarer that the MC makes any kind of meaningful decision. Now the MC has little agency or grounding. If the plot wants him to do something or go somewhere, it will get him there even if it has to, for example, hit him with the idiot stick, drug him into being delirious, or literally force him. Most of these forced events also lose any and all connection with past locations, and in so doing ungrounds the story. The end result is that it feels more like a fever dream than anything else.
Most recently (book 2 framing spoilers follow)
The MC got magically exploded into outer space and landed so much closer to the equator that there's a visible difference in sun location.
The MC's companion has been hit with the idiot stick so she can't figure out that the voice she now hears in her head is the MC.
The MC has been hit with the idiot stick to prevent the MC from figuring it out and explaining it to her ("hey, this voice in your head is the snake on your shoulders, watch as my head follows my voice, up, down, up, down, left, right..."). He just keeps asking her questions or sardonically joking about her becoming "jerky" due to the arid conditions.
There are some good ideas here and the occasional genuinely funny joke. I really want to like it but a story can not work without characters which is difficult when the plot repeatedly compromises agency.
My advice? Read it until the MC builds a giant staircase in a delirious haze and in so doing he upsets a settlement and flees in a panic. That ends the best arc of the story and is also the turning point where the problems I note above become increasingly common.
This is beautiful, all hail the little snake god, truly a masterpiece, a long tail filled with magic and wonder, it sates my thirst. Those pages filled with thoughts wrought in false ink and scales, and I yearn for more, and for more I shall pray, oh tiny snake god