The Law of Averages

The Law of Averages

by mcswazey

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What young boy doesn't crave adventure? What young man doesn't wish to be a superhero?

But time marches on, and life grows dull with responsibility. Is it any wonder that old dreams are forgotten?

Welcome to The Law of Averages: In which a man is dragged solidly out of his comfort zone. Be careful what you wish for, you never know when it will come true.

This story follows Daniel Newman as he adjusts to a strange new world. One where superpowers are for sale, where heroics are frowned upon, and where life is constantly defying Daniel's expectations. Dan always thought that he was destined to be normal, but one world's normal is another world's special.


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Interlude - The Old Man ago
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Interlude - The Proud Uncle ago
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My new story is out! ago
Volume 2 Introduction: The Story So Far... ago
Volume 2: Chapter 1 — A Dan Walks Into a Bar ago
Volume 2: Chapter 2 — Bermuda in Winter ago
Volume 2: Chapter 3 — Cosmetic Surgery for Fun and Profit ago
Volume 2: Chapter 4 — A Day in the Life ago
Volume 2: Chapter 5 — Delilah Favored Roses ago
Volume 2: Chapter 6 — Adulting ago
Volume 2: Chapter 7 — Almost a Good Day ago
Volume 2: Chapter 8 — To Protect and Serve ago
Volume 2: Chapter 9 — Aftermath and Ruination ago
Volume 2: Chapter 10 — Time and Coffee Heals All Wounds ago
Volume 2: Chapter 11 — Castle Doctrine ago
Volume 2: Chapter 12 — Conspiracies ago
Volume 2: Chapter 13 — Wild Conjecture ago
Volume 2: Chapter 14 — Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3. ago
Volume 2: Chapter 15 — The Wizard Casts Fireball ago
Volume 2: Chapter 16 — The Round Table ago
Volume 2: Chapter 17 — Behind Blue Eyes ago
Volume 2: Chapter 18 — Everyone is Watching Sportsball ago
Volume 2: Chapter 19 — Be Water, My Friend ago
Volume 2: Chapter 20 — Then You're Not Trying ago
Volume 2: Chapter 21 — A People Person ago
Volume 2: Chapter 22 — Rockabye ago
Volume 2: Chapter 23 — Purpose ago
Volume 2: Chapter 24 — City in Crisis ago
Volume 2: Chapter 25 — Breaking Point ago
Volume 2: Chapter 26 — Conflict ago
Volume 2: Chapter 27 — Vigilante ago
Volume 2: Chapter 28 — The Sound of One Hand Clapping ago
Volume 2: Chapter 29 — Get Help ago
Volume 2: Chapter 30 — Idiots in Fancy Suits ago
Volume 2: Chapter 31 — In This Cold Hell ago
Volume 2: Chapter 32 — Power Corrupts ago
Volume 2: Chapter 33 — Foreshocks ago
Volume 2: Chapter 34 — Shit Happens ago
Volume 2: Chapter 35 — Proceed With Caution ago
Volume 2: Chapter 36 — Enemies? ago
Volume 2: Chapter 37 — The Stories Say... ago
Volume 2: Chapter 38 — Get Crackin' ago
Volume 2: Chapter 39 — Breakfast at Tiffany's ago
Volume 2: Chapter 40 — Patience is Not a Virtue ago
Volume 2: Chapter 41 — Seeker ago
Volume 2: Chapter 42 — All Trails Lead Home ago
Volume 2: Chapter 43 — Peeping Dan ago
Volume 2: Chapter 44 — Drain Bramage ago
Volume 2: Chapter 45 — Regret is His Name ago
Volume 2: Chapter 46 — Go Time ago
Volume 2: Chapter 47 — The Raid ago
Volume 2: Chapter 48 — The Raid (pt.2) ago
Volume 2: Chapter 49 — The Raid (Final) ago
Volume 2: Chapter 50 — Ice ago
Volume 2: Chapter 51 — Sovereign Citizen ago
Volume 2: Chapter 52 — First Contact ago
Volume 2: Chapter 53 — Life and Death ago
Volume 2: Chapter 54 — Dire Times ago
Past Interlude — The Destined Duet ago
Volume 2: Chapter 55 — Bueller? ago
Volume 2: Chapter 56 — Gone Huntin' ago
Volume 2: Chapter 57 — Past and Present ago
Volume 2: Chapter 58 — Time's Up ago
Volume 2: Chapter 59 — Nemesis? ago
Volume 2: Chapter 60 — Quick Decisions ago
Volume 2: Chapter 61 — Predator and Prey ago
Volume 2: Chapter 62 — Worthy ago
Volume 2: Chapter 63 — Revelation ago
Volume 2: Chapter 64 — Whispers in the Night ago
Volume 2: Chapter 65 — Search ago
Volume 2: Chapter 66 — Bad News ago
Volume 2: Chapter 67 — Debriefing ago
Volume 2: Chapter 68 — Home ago
Volume 2: Chapter 69 — Enough ago
Volume 2: Chapter 70 — An Ending, of Sorts ago
Volume 2: Chapter 71 — To the Next ago
Volume 2: Chapter 72 — The Big Guy ago
Volume 2: Chapter 73 — From the Mouths of Monsters... ago
Volume 2: Chapter 74 — ...Truth and Lies ago
Volume 2: Chapter 75 — Family Matters ago
Volume 2: Chapter 76 — The Waiting Game ago
Volume 2: Chapter 77 — You Asked for This ago
Volume 2: Chapter 78 — Concept ago
Volume 2: Chapter 79 — Concerns ago
Volume 2: Chapter 80 — Natural Bias ago
Voflume 2: Chapter 81 — Hello Disaster, My Old Friend ago
Volume 2: Chapter 82 — Terrible Things ago

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I had such hopes for this story. There is so many good ideas and the characters are quite good with interesting relationship. When I started the story I was hyped but just nothing happened.

I stop at Book 2, I'm just bored reading this. Most of the chapters are useless and could be easily replaced with one or two phrases. And the few times something actually happen, the consequences vanishes after 5 chapters or just take ages to appear (with random training, side quest, etc.. in the middle).

This story is really good but it really need an overall plot to make the character move, and the plot need to move quicker than something interesing every  20 chapters.


Apart from that the story is good on every point, it just need a plot.


Decent but not for me

Reviewed at: Chapter 18

Great writing but a little boring. Gets better as it goes a long. Hard for me to relate to the MC and not my kind of story so much. I imagine some people will think it's great and some people will prefer other things.


A new take on the classical superhero trope

Dan is an average joe who got transmigrated in a superhero universe by a somewhat facetious deus ex machina and lucks out with an incredibly powerful teleportation power and a grumpy mad scientist as a sort of mentor.

But humanity being humanity, it only took a few years of mayhem and collateral damage for superheroes to be viewed as misguided and destructive vigilantes who are harshly punished or even directly put down. Even mere holders of strong powers, viewed with suspicion and distrust, are strictly monitored. So, our hero newfound powers might become a boon but are also a liability he has to hide.

Too bad a very nosy and even noisier cop has decided to quite forcefully make him join the Austin Police department. What kind of life can he makes for himself in this new world?

A fun and globally light-hearted story with hints of darkness beneath supported by a strong and colorful cast of side characters.


Detailed review (as of chapter 77)

The side characters are the strength of this story. Dan is somewhat the weak link but that’s part of his self-improvement storyline. It would be better to not overplay that and annoy the readers with it. It's good he's finally improving his powers and using his head, but unless it's plot relevant, the metaphysics of what he thinks he understand about his power when powers are belief based should be kept at a minimum. It can also be problematic to make him too powerful too soon. 

The style is good but not great, no eye-catching grammar mistakes.

I’m sad to say that as of chapter 77 the story seems to be quickly getting nowhere. Most readers would prefer less chapters if it means a better story. Maybe it’s time to take a break and really think about the global plot and direction of the story. At minima you need a guideline of what you want to write in your current arc and how you might go on from there to the rest of the story.

The dark route hinted by the spiked collars seems to have been put too soon unless he plans to turn full vigilante. The trainer blackmail is interesting, especially to maintain his paranoia but it's obviously completely stuck. One question you have to ask yourself is if he will become a cop or not. If yes when and why he will change his mind about it and if not, how he could act against villains and potentially interact with cops. Especially if you plan to use his first disaster relief job as a turning point.

I don’t know, it’s not my story, but the author at least needs to know where his story is going. That doesn’t mean being constrained by it but the earlier you start thinking about new plots or modifications, the easier it is to incorporate them into the story.

The story has potential, don't bury it by trying to push too fast.


...if you like the theme.

This isn't the average isekai where the average protagonist lands in a new environment, gets exploitable powers and starts using them to smite everyone that opposes their interests and -other-worldview.

This story strives to be more, and i love it for it.

This is the slice-of-life story of Normal Dan, average man, unimpressive in all aspects, that suddenly gets some impressive circumstances and struggles to reorient his own mindset, in a subtly-alien land.

This isn't yet another one-step-op, master-of-magic, imma-change-the-world-because-i-know-better wish fulfillment story, like many others on this site. And you sholdn't come into this expecting that.

This work's characters have a layer of realism on them, especially the protagonist, as he truly feels like a person used to be mediocre and trying to get better, but needing to put in a conscious effort to break out of habits. In a world that expects him to want to remain meek, of all places.

It reminds me of the Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant, but serial and just done better. On all accounts.


This story isn't something that you can immediately get into. Putting this out right now before any criticisms are coming though. This story, is great. Sure, it's not really about superpowers, but it's nice. This is basically a story about how a guy who just complied with the status quo, deals with sudden, unchangable events and all the while, tries to fix himself to be a better man. This isn't really going to be actions or anything, it's going to be more like a slow burn. At the end though, you'll be glad you were along for the ride. Usually Hiatus stories tend to not have good endings, or any type of ending at all, but thankfully the author actually put a place where the story could reasonably end before he assigned the hiatus state. So that's another good thing going for him. Anyway, that's all I've got to say. Hope you all enjoy. :)


Super interesting world. i like how the author shows the consequences of super powers. be that political, social or cultural. 

I also like how the mc perceives and has the idea about the powers -him being from a world without powers- and how his views matures and change during the story. How in truth this world is in many ways extremely different and at the same time similiar to his home world.

In my opinion the romantic part is truly good. 

good gramar.

by the way, my personal prefered characters are Dr. Viktor, Anastasia, Abby and obviously Officer Gregoir.


Solid Writing Worth a read

The author proves themselves to be one of the better writers on royal road.  The dialog and scene description is on point.  The plot/tone of the novel is a little all over the place, but that is easily forgiven, in light of the things which are done well.  It is a fun, mostly light-hearted rambling slice of life adventure in a semi dystopian sci fi parallel world with super powers.  Easily 5/5 for RoyalRoad.  The author clearly has the chops to go beyond amateur fiction.


A fresh take on supers

I can't believe it took me this long to review this one. It's awesome.

I don't think I've caught (m)any gramatical errors. Those that have been spotted are fixed quickly. The world feels realistic. It's a very realistic take on how governments and corporations would handle super powers and vigilantes. The story stays lighthearted. Some characters are stereotypical at a glance, but they gain depth as the main character gets to know them.

Recently, a chapter was rewritten because the original had the characters acting quite out of character. A willingnes to take constructive criticism is something many authors here have. Major props for that. The author takes great care to make sure the characters interact with the world in a manner consistent with who we know them to be. When they don't, it's because the author is revealing a new facet that adds to the story.

Don't worry, it's not all slice of life.


Wait. this is an isekai?

Reviewed at: Chapter 79

I never actually realized that fact. But... I guess it makes sense when you think about it. He does get somewhat kidnapped into another world, where he gains both power and wealth, ultimately resulting in him meeting a lo- Holy heck. This really does fulfil all the tropes.

Anyways... This is quite a grand story. It's also a fun one, with the MC having more than just a good ability. Makes it possible for so much growth, to the point where I'm wondering if he can become truly OP with time. Only one way to really tell, I suppose.

I will be waiting. 5/5


I really enjoy this novel. The MC is not as bad as what others think of him. MC is a normal person and tries at his own capacity to be better than who he was. I always enjoy it when I see growth in  characters when compared to other OP MC  that seems to know everything and makes no mistakes. I also like that the chapter updates is consistent and not rushed with plenty of errors.