The Daily Grind

by argusthecat

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Comedy Contemporary Supernatural

A terminally bored IT guy finds a sub-dimension in the back stairwell of his office building.  It escalates from there.

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This series has several positives:

---The viewpoint is written clearly and fluidly, making what is happening easy to follow and understand.

---Even though the premise isn't new, it is an interesting variant.

---The character's actions and reactions are consistent with what we know of him and his motivations.

---It handles suspension of disbelief nicely by having a clear demarcation between 'real world' and 'here be dragons'. It looks like that might blur as the story progresses, but the initial separation makes it easier to get the story going.

---The balance and timing of action versus the character thinking about and reacting to what just happened is good.

On a 'could be a plus, could be a minus' note, the protagonist looks like a slow developer, as opposed to immediately OP or quick growth. I personally like stories either way, so this isn't a negative for me.

So, overall a solid start. It is an open question as to whether this has a plot / larger theme or is more slice of life, but it looks like it could do well with either.


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Solid Premise, But Story Goes in a Suboptimal Direction

Reviewed at: Chapter 058

The Daily Grind is a decent story with an interesting premise and magic system that starts strong but makes some suboptimal story choices.

The basic premise of the story is that an IT Call Center employee discovers an office-themed dungeon dimension, and begins to explore it, eventually getting his friends involved and delving as a group.

The early plotlines where the focus is more on discovery and exploration is the strongest part of the story, with the novelty of the magic system and setting really shining. 

Eventually, the plotting of the story gets a bit too slow, with the story arcs feeling somewhat cyclical. A serious missed opportunity in the story is that the characters get skills and the story subsequently forgets about them. While a lot of the skills are seemingly useless, having the characters find creative ways to utilize or apply them would have been much better than just completely neglecting them. This leads into another issue I have. While I understand why the author paced the story the way they did, I think it took way too long for any cool or exciting skills to appear, resulting in skill gains being something just to glance over since the reader could expect that none of them would be story-relevant.

The characters in the story are a bit two-dimensional and simplistic in personality, and their interactions get very repetitive and lack depth. The intelligence of the characters and quality of their planning and strategizing seems to widely fluctuate based on the needs to the story. I personally have no issue with the MMF relationship that appeared in the story, but it came out of nowhere, and the lack of significant depth to the characters and their interactions makes it hard to care about.  

Finally, while the editing is good, it could be improved, specifically with regards to spelling and phrasing. 

Overall, if the premise intrigues you, give this story a shot, but don't hold your breath for solid plotting or complex characters.

(As of Chapter 60)

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Excellent.  It's existential Dungeons & Dilbert.  Something is profoundly wrong with reality, and the protagonist is well aware of that, but then again when wasn't something wrong with reality?  Anyway, there's money and candy.  Strange candy.

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Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp, Living Staplers.

Reviewed at: Chapter 108

Its top quality. There is nothing else to say. It's unique, well written. Has no grammar issues. The Author is really interactive, and the discord is a blast with all the theoretical possibilities this universe has to offer. The characters are well built and the universe feels ever-expanding. All in all its a fun unending read. the chapters are infrequent but huge so each release is satisfying. Read It.

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Hit the ground running, fell flat halfway through

Reviewed at: Chapter 056

Started great, butbsaw a significant if gradual drop in quality, particularly as previously established character traits were disregarded entirely and suddenly in later chapters

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I've read a lot of garbage on this site. Shit tropes on shit tropes, etc. If you've been on RoyalRoad for awhile and want something new to fantasize to that isn't absolutely cringeworthy, you've come to the right place.

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Interesting but needs more/better action and is missing Yaoi/boys love tag

Reviewed at: Chapter 095

Interesting story with interestingly weird dungeon, I wish there was more action though. That said, I enjoy the story but not a missing yaoi tag. I do not like it when there is a tag and the author purposefully does not use it. Another problem is that characters seem a bit dumb sometimes. Still, if you are not bothered by that it's a fun read and worthy to be given a try. 

Moist Nugget
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I think the story is original, well written, somewhat realistic and would be an AMAZING SCP. 

C'mon Author. Talk to the people running the SCP foundation wiki and have a colab. 

Doctor Zero
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Man, I am loving the hell out of this book! It is the only thing I've read for a week. I am glad there are so many chapters left. Where the hell is this book going? I'm addicted!

Kit Temple
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Addictive But Disjointed

A very engaging story that is a fairly addictive read.  The style jumps around somewhat so there are better chapters and worse chapters.

A lot of people got upset when the author suddenly went towards a threesome (MMF) sex focus in the middle of one chapter after pretty much zero sex or even relationship references.  He got a bunch of negative reviews at that point and seems to think they were all gay-focused reactions - but personally I found it simply jarred the story and any sort of focus on sex no matter what genders involved would have had a similar problematic effect on the story.

All the initial chapters are pretty gripping, but there are a few parts you need to speed-read through in later parts of the story.  One is all the dream sequences - I think most of us aren't interested in long-winded surreal dream sequences.  The second is the final chapters where long boring conversations got quite tedious.