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 resonates with me so much

Reviewed at: Chapter 079

I still have more of the story to go, about at chapter 80, but ever since the beginning this story has really hit me hard. I'm also a call center employee, probably eternal office worker, and a lot of what the main character feels and thinks are things that I've felt and thought before, too. Reading this story is like imagining out what I would have done in the same situation, it's a satisfying train of thought. I'm looking forward to finishing what's been written already and seeing what gets released in the future.

Also, as a gay man in a Poly relationship, I appreciate how well written a fairly similar relationship is written in this story, too. The characters involved very clearly care for each other and their interactions seem so normal that it's like a conversation I'd have had with my partners at one point. I have major respect for the author for that and I appreciate everything he's written so far.

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To be completely honest, this is well written. It is worth a read. It’s better than a lot on this site but it’s very far from perfect. This is an advanced review, so I’m gonna do it in sections and it’ll be very long. I’m still bad at reviews so bear with me.

Potential Spoilers ahead, duh:

- Style Score: 4 stars - It’s a Dungeon Office thingy, mixed with how much working at a call centre sucks. And friendship. Maybe romance. Possibly real world issues. Read it yourself this bit is hard!

- Story Score: 4.5 - It’s well done. You never know what to expect which is always nice, the driving force behind the story seems to be lacking a tad, there is a story to it though, there are persistent questions that we want answers too which seem to be the draw to keep reading long term. For example: What is the dungeon? What does it want? Why does it exist? Existential tangential stuff. Betters the story. It’s got a good, solid plot, that seems to be going somewhere.


- Grammar Score: 4 - My favourite part. I have found virtually no spelling mistakes! Only debatable stuff (meaning it actually depends what country you’re in and what you consider the English language to be). The only persistent real mistake is a thing where the same person speaks but with separate speech according to the punctuation. There’s nothing that really prevents people from understanding what’s being said or is intended. Still means it’s only a 4 star though.


- Character Score: 3 - Here is the main gripe. So. The characters are...fundamentally lacking in places. They seem to be sets of...things/ideas that the author thought up and combined. Some of them are great! Don’t get me wrong they often seem like fully functioning characters that could step into the real world and be exactly what they’re meant to be, an example of which would be Secret, who has been characterised very well as an abstract alien entity. An example of the opposite would be Rufus who doesn’t seem to be exactly what he is at times. I felt he rarely acts in the same way. There are other issues here, with other characters. For example Dave, is he autistic or just not very sociable? Did Dave really have an abusive childhood, and if so how is it affecting him? James, does he really have depression, or is he just fairly normal but working in a dead end job struggling to make ends meet? It’s difficult to say. Partially due to the nature of these things. But not wholly. 

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Apart from that, the other issues I’ve seen seemed to be due to 2 things. The sexuality of two of the characters and a newly formed polyamorous relationship. Now, the main character is Bi and another is gay. This is fine. It’s 2018. This does occasionally ruin immersion for Straight people (like me) reading and tbh I suppose that’s fine if the same thing happens in the opposite situation. Just move on from it is my advice. Then there’s the polyamourous thing, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. On one hand, share the love! On the other it devalues s** and relationships in general, often resulting in two people  who have a real relationship but “get with” others, which is...not really what love is supposed to be. But then what is love? Is a question that very few people can answer, no points for googling a definition.

The only big issue I, personally, have with the story is this: Anesh is kind of pathetic and British, while James is heroic and awesome and American. Sure maybe that’s how it is in this story, but it continues a stereotype I see in a lot of American movies and I don’t like it at all. What’s wrong with equality? Or, God forbid, a British awesome heroic guy and a pathetic American. Also, there was a part where it was *suggested* that the Bible was fictional. Which isn’t fair. You never say anything like that about the Qu’ran or the Torah. Just because Christians don’t usually stand up for themselves doesn’t make it okay!

It is a nice story. The puns are fantastic and sometimes require a little thought, it took me half an hour to get the ‘post mortem’ joke. The dungeon tropes, fantasy setting and anime-worthy action sequences make the whole thing very enjoyable to read the majority of the time.

So sorry this is so long, here is my review as of Chapter 60: Overall Score - 3.5 stars.

Thx for reading if you got this far! PM me if you disagree or take issue with anything I’ve said here. I apologise profusely if I’ve caused anyone offence or if I was overly harsh on the story.

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Doesn't go anywhere

First five or so chapters are pretty great, doesn't go anywhere after that. I really feel extremely disappointed, i even took a quick look at chapters like 30, 40 and 50, just to make sure nothing changes. Look at spoilers to see what i found.

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I've read until c.12. From the name of the novel you'd think MC would patiently grind away and accumulate stuff, but no, every time he goes in becomes a struggle for survival for seemingly no reason other than because it's a action novel.

The planning aspect is kinda fun but nowhere near enough to support the novel by itself, and the action isn't very good at all since the characters are just normal people, it boils down to some guy flailing around against living office objects. The comedy, while pleasant, is also not enough to support the novel by itself. While the characters just come across as normal, uninteresting people.

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. 

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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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There's a office themed dungeon like space in your office.

The story so far is about looting and fighting the animated -but not limited to- electronics.

The story is good but i just don't like that they remain 'normal' after this long, in their extraordinary adventure surely they must received something fantasy like abilities.

I'm sure they may or may not receive something along the story but I can't wait any longer.

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First of, the description is horrible, I would highly recommend putting more than 1.5 sentences into it and actually describe what the story is about.

The story itself is nice, solid start with an interesting concept and believable characters.
But once the novelty has worn off it gets kinda tedious. Sure there are a few new enemies and encounters but overall not much development.

We are not closer to discovering what is actually going on (as far as we as reader can tell), there is no progress with the characters, all the "abilities" are pretty much novelty and have no actual impact on the happening.
Even the gear does not really progress much, despite how much its talked about in the story. At chapter 38 it's still mostly a chaotic melee with handaxes and hammers.

Sure there were some real improvements in between but those got "used up" and then never replenished despite their great success.

So while its good, its a really slow burn and, for me at least, it gets kinda tedious to continue reading at this point.
There is not much I look forward too in the next chapter, it's gonna be some more looting and dangerous encounters without much meaning.

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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

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.

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I'm looking forward to seeing how the story continues from here. It is definitely, one that I will be following until I am no longer capable of following it. Also, it's great to have some decent Bi representation in fiction.