Original HIATUS Action Adventure Fantasy Anti-Hero Lead Magic Male Lead Non-Human lead Reincarnation
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A chimera slowly regains memories of its past life as a human in a nonmagical world.  While he is in part James Borland, temp office worker who was on the verge of being converted to permanent, he is also a savage beast who gains strength by consuming flesh of various creatures.

The more he remembers, the larger the effect his old persona has on his actions, which is often at odds with his instincts as a beast that seeks only to consume prey to become stronger.

 

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Hyeon
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interesting story with an main character who really is a monster and doesnt become a human after two chaps and everything is forgotten :P looking forward to it, the writing style is nice aswell~

Atreivahavi
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Dont't start. Author doesn't even bothers to mark his novel as HIATUS or DROPPED

Aesoir
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A Decent (but still flawed) Story

To the credit of the author, as to the revision of the 1st two chapters, I have updated the review score...  that said however, the beginning is still flawed. A non sentient being isn't going to be info dumping in first person. It's better than it was, but if you are really insisting on info dumping in the first several chapters, use a third person narration to introduce the story.

If you insist on keeping 1st person only, let me give you an analogy with what I find wrong.  if i wrote a story about a great dane, in first person. And the scenario is that his owner brought home a chihuahua. The Great Dane wouldn't think "my owner brought home a chihuahua today, it's such an inferior breed of dog compared to I, a great dane!" Because it wouldn't even recognize it's a chihuahua, or that it's even a dog perhaps. Sure I could personify it with, "my owner brought home this... thing.. it's so small, and it wont shut up! It keeps yipping, at everything! I'm supposed to share my home with this barking rat?".

Generally you can "show" everything with a little nuance, show how the chimeras different with its interactions with other chimeras, show the intelligence of the being by showing scenarios in which his behavior is different from others. Since only humans really do the whole self reflection bit...

Anyways, hope this helps! Keep it up!

FakeMask
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I no longer have any respect for the author

Reviewed at: 34.

I would like to start by saying that I normally don't like to attack an author while reviewing a fiction, I am of the opinion that while a creator's work should be criticised, they should not be part of this and that nobody should be allowed to offend the writer. But due to the current situation and the author's behaviour I find myself forced to involve him in this discussion.

About a year ago a new story simply titled "Chimera" took Royal Road by storm, at the start it was just among the Trending but it wasn't long until it managed to reach the top 10 of the Best Rated. Now it is no longer held in such high regard because, as can be seen by the updates, it was dropped a long time ago.

But it is how it was dropped that really bothers me.

The reasons I liked the story were three, first the main character that was a textbook example of a well-written Non-Human lead, second the style which was quite descriptive, last but not least the great attention to details that to me was just the cherry on the cake.

Sadly after a few months of regular updates the author decided to start a small side project for NaNoWriMo called "The Dungeon Boss's favourite game" and that was when shit hit the fan. Why? Because as the new story received more and more positive feedback something nobody expected happened. It quickly reached and surpassed the number of followers of "Chimera" and in no time there it was on the front page, among the Trending Fictions, in the Popular This Week and even the 5 Best rated.

Now you can say this is speculation, but I'm not stupid and I think it's no coincidence that Chimera was dropped right then, when his other fiction exploded in popularity. Iโ€™m not even mad about that, the author saw which of his two works was appreciated the most and decided to focus on that one. Suffice to say I was quite upset about how instead of warning us about what he was going to do the author didn't try to inform his readers and also didn't use the HIATUS tag for months which means I checked the page constantly hoping for something I would never get. In the end though it didn't really hit me that hard, I wasn't really attached to any of the characters, I was just a little disappointed and forgot about it after a while.

It was after half a year that Michael Dale magically reappeared and wrote three Chapters. Like a fool I dared to believe I would be able to enjoy more of Chimera and that maybe I would be able to read it to its end. How naive. I didn't get angry when I realized that he had dropped the story once again, I snapped when I read the updates because good God, those chapters are so bad.

I could stay here a few hours typing why exactly they were so... traumatising but you really just need to re-read the first chapter and compare it to any of the new ones. They're short, lazily written and just feel like an insult to my intelligence (Example: the main character somehow became a grade schooler, like what the hell? An aloof, ruthless man-eating monster suddenly starts having very obvious emotional responses to mundane incidents and pouts all the time?)

In my opinion this is just too much, you're free to drop a story when you want as far as I'm concerned but at the very least treat your readers properly.

(P.S. I realized that it isnโ€™t that obvious so I will explain it here, while the review is a complaint about the way Michael Dale handled dropping the story, the rating is low because I lowered it according to the quality of the new chapters, not because of the treatment received by the readers.)

Cassano
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Really like your story 

It feels like something fresh and not like the same old story 

hope you continue with the story looking forward to reading more of it 

Keep up the good work 

Pale imitation
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Quality read, oddly I can not find any real flaws

Sometimes I suspect that ESL teachers send their students here to learn english. However not with this story! Excellent grammar, syntax, and pacing. Characters are believable and interesting. There is also a different take on the 'MC in another world' which is most welcome.

Tycka
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Really unique story with more unique Mc

Well I've been looking for this kind of story for along time, it's just that others so called monsters Mc are 100% human and do human thinking and stuff. But this one is different, while we have beast that awekens some part of it's past memories it's still a beast just alot of smarter than rest of it's kind. I like the idea how his human past influences him on becoming more human like and smarter but it would be nice that his beast side would influence human side as well . Like now he can't eat humans because of human side, but I think that it would be better that he does eat them to increase understanding of their magic and techniques, it could be that mc does that unwillingly but point is that he still consume them for increasing his powers.

Well we will see how it develops latter on, just don't fuck it by making him human like, cause human in monster form is boring to read, beast who is in human form is much more interesting and unique to read.

Sorry for bad English.

sandro530
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A Gem with Chapter deficiency

Reviewed at: 34.

It is an enjoyable read, and during the 34 chapters of the story it presents us Shaper: A chimera with some memories of James from earth. The author has gone into Hiatus though, and while there are surely going to be some chapters released, they will most likely take months between each of them only for the author to go into hiatus again leaving yet another of many storys on RR which are on hiatus.

human 000
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Unique story with unique monster(mc)

It is good novel and it has interesting story and mc but I believe the author will need to but a lot of effort so that he can great his own unique setting and he needs to plan for future  chapters by writing up 10 to 20 chepters so that he can know what will happen and make his chapter longer so one can feel like he ate full course meal ๐Ÿฅ˜ ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Bochinator
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Good story... so far

Reviewed at: 34.

'Chimera' shows a lot of promise. It's well-written, has a fun plot and a great main character. However, it seems to be falling to the same mistakes I've seen other authors make.

When you start off the story, the main character is a wild monster with the capacity to grow very powerful. As of now, 

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 I've seen this happen before, where a great 'lone wolf' character is ruined by the author's need to add secondary characters. The MC inevitably makes friends and becomes a soft-hearted hero, whether they realize it or not.

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The best example I can think of is 'Super Minion', a story that started off really great. The MC is an bio-robot-thing who kills stuff and survives at all costs... until he makes friends. The whole tone of the story is completely changed, getting much more lighthearted. While there is a serious plot, the story's main focus now seems to be creating humoristic events based on the MC's lack of social skill.

I really don't want this to happen to 'Chimera'. It always sucks when a story doesn't stick to its core ideas. 4/5 for now, but that might change.