The Outer Sphere

by Macronomicon

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-fi LitRPG Magic Male Lead Strategy
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Garth Daniels is down on his luck, running from his life in a quiet little town in the middle of America when our universe is co-opted into a war between an unstoppable race of reality-hopping monsters that feeds on the flesh of living creatures, and a conglomeration of thousands of realities, nested inside each other like a matroska doll.

We're the new layer.

These monsters, the Kipling, can only be defeated in a reality with very specific physics, otherwise they are unstoppable, and so Earth's universe has been assimilated to give us a fighting chance.

Garth must set aside everything that he knows, and think fast to adapt to the new laws of nature if he wants to survive.

Cover by Asera, a cool, helpful dude, who doesn't get enough props. Go check him out!

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Welcome to the War ago
Chapter 2: Leanne ago
Chapter 3: Abstinance and the other thing ago
Chapter 4: Sphere Postal Service ago
Chapter 5: Takin' 'em back to School ago
Chapter 6: Confrontation ago
Chapter 7: Gunfight at the Library ago
Chapter 8: Obligatory Grinding and Harold's day. ago
Chapter 9: Peas and Carrots ago
Chapter 10: Nubile Warrior Princess ago
Chapter 11: Wet Dreams may Come ago
Chapter 12: Asshole Tiger ago
Chapter 13: Seedling Lockpicking ago
Chapter 14: Overdose ago
Chapter 15: Butter Race ago
Chapter 16: Have Some Class ago
Chapter 17: A Date With Sandi ago
Chapter 18: Good God Greg ago
Chapter 19: Venture Capital ago
Chapter 20: Familiar Treats ago
Chapter 21: Round Two ago
Chapter 22: The birds and the Succubees ago
Chapter 23: insults and Injuries ago
Chapter 24: Plant Drill Sergeant ago
Chapter 25: Performance Review ago
Chapter 26: Succubi in Foxholes ago
Chapter 27: For Safekeeping ago
Chapter 28: Slap-Chop ago
Chapter 29: Culture Shock ago
Chapter 30: Fire Solves Problems ago
Chapter 31: Never Interrupt me When I'm Rich! ago
Chapter 32: Opera makes Pot Fancy and Expensive ago
Chapter 33: Working hard at Looking Chill ago
Chapter 34: Spell Theory ago
Chapter 35: Under Siege Too ago
Chapter 36: Purple Heart ago
The Road so Far ago
Chapter 37: A Real Bad Guy ago
Chapter 38: Throw the Wizard a Bone ago
Chapter 39: Bad Business Partners ago
Chapter 40: The Speech ago
Chapter 41: Letters ago
Chapter 42: Orders ago
Chapter 43: The Home Field Advantage ago
Chapter 44: A Victimless Crime ago
Chapter 45: That'll wake you up in the Morning! ago
Chapter 46: Powdered Courage ago
Chapter 47: A Real Bad Vacation ago
Chapter 48: The hero of Outpost 8901 ago
Chapter 49: Consequences ago
Chapter 50: Appearances can be Deceiving ago
Chapter 51: When the Student is Ready, the Master Appears ago
Chapter 52: Personal Hygene ago
Chapter 53: The Heist ago
Chapter 54: Homecoming ago
Chapter 55: Give me a Hand ago
Chapter 56: The First Lesson ago
Chapter 57: A real bad First Impression ago
Chapter 58: Keep your Friends Close ago
Chapter 59: And your Enemies Crucified ago
Chapter 60: Getting Ready for a Visit ago
Chapter 61: The In-Laws ago
Chapter 62: Gate Tag ago
Chapter 63: The Other Shoe ago
Chapter 64: Mad Scientist's Anonymous ago
Chapter 65: Clear Smarter, not Harder ago
Chapter 66: Punching Up ago
Chapter 67: Aggressive Cuddles ago
Chapter 68: Look Toward the Future ago
Chapter 69: A real bad Day ago
Chapter 70: Bell's Breed and Feed ago
Chapter 71: Obligatory Quest ago
Chapter 72: Run, Forest, Run! ago
Chapter 73: I don't Recall the Rest. ago
Chapter 74: Next Tier ago
Chapter 75: A Moment's Peace ago
Chapter 76: A long Day ago
Chapter 77: Hold My Baby ago
Chapter 78: What WOULD your Mother Say? ago
Chapter 79: Ms. Banyan (AKA the gang solves the baby Problem) ago
Chapter 80: A Tangled Web ago
Chapter 81: Experiments ago
Chapter 82: Queen ago
Chapter 83: Date Night ago
Chapter 84: Job Interview ago
Chapter 85: Stay Classy ago
Chapter 86: Twelve heads are better than six ago
Chapter 87: Rubbing his nose in It ago
Chapter 88: A New Breed ago
Chapter 89: Fleshweaver ago
Chapter 90: Offshoots ago
Chapter 91: He Started It ago
Chapter 92: Molesting a Dragon ago
Chapter 93: Looking as Dangerous as possible ago
Chapter 94: Doppleganger Faux Pas ago
Chapter 95: Intermission #1: Outskirts with Jamal ago
Chapter 96: Intermission #2: Bad Behavior ago
Chapter 97: Shit hits the Fan ago
Chapter 98: Thy list of Crimes ago
Chapter 99: Eight Thousand Tons of Muscle. ago
Chapter 100: Best laid Plants ago
Chapter 101: Garthspawn ago
The Road so Far ago
Chapter 102: Fugitives ago
Chapter 103: Car Troubles ago
Chapter 104: Chairman Mao ago
Chapter 105: Children's Fables ago
Chapter 106: Sibling Rivalry ago
Chapter 107: Collision Course ago
Chapter 108: Slugmatch in the Alley ago
Chapter 109: Cat and Mouse ago
Chapter 110: New day, new Opportunities. ago
Chapter 111: Hardball ago
Chapter 112: Disastrous Second Impression ago
Chapter 113: Playing with the Rules ago
Chapter 114: Stepping on Landmines ago
Chapter 115: Throwing the fight. ago
Chapter 116: Secret’s out ago
Chapter 117: Putting it all out There ago
Chapter 118: Dangers of Pissing in the Dark ago
Chapter 119: Overdose Pt. 2 ago
Chapter 120: A whole new world ago
Chapter 121 : Treasure Hunt ago
Chapter 122: Sleep Talking ago
Chapter 123: The Fire ago
Chapter 124: The Exodus ago
Chapter 125: No Excuse for Ignorance ago
Chapter 126: Negotiations Break Down ago
Chapter 127: Priorities ago
Chapter 128: Now Hiring! ago
Chapter 129: Taking care of Business (and working overtime) ago
Chapter 130: Doodles & Plans ago
Chapter 131: Meeting the Competition ago
Chapter 132: Eskapeh Mushroom ago
Chapter 133: Gold Digger ago
Chapter 134: Old Acquaintances ago
Chapter 135: Complete with Treasure ago
Chapter 136: Laser Spiders ago
Chapter 137: Bucket List ago
Chapter 138: Exit Stratege-r-y ago
Chapter 139: First Volley ago
Chapter 140: Never Start a war of Attrition Against a lich ago
Chapter 141: Wingman ago
Chapter 142: Downtime ago
Chapter 143: Wrestling’s fake ago
Chapter 144: Von Neumann Probing ago
Chapter 145: Denial is not a river in Egypt ago
Chapter 146: Sorting shit Out ago
Chapter 147: Working Hard, or Hardly Working ago
Chapter 148: Dry-humping a Fossil ago
Chapter 149: Dirty Operating System ago
Chapter 150: What is your type, Anyway? ago
Chapter 151: Secrets ago
Chapter 152: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ethical Kidnapping ago
Chapter 153: Hold my Liver ago
Chapter 154: The last Morning ago
Chapter 155: You Break her, you buy Her ago
Chapter 156: Exponential Growth ago
Chapter 157: Dirty Deeds ago
Chapter 158: Done dirt Cheap! ago
Chapter 159: Soul sumo Wrestling ago
Chapter 160: Jelly Bean, The Goblin Queen ago
Chapter 161: Soda & Mascara ago
Chapter 162: It’s got Electrolytes ago
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ronrironin
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Guess I Should Have Read More Review About Ch 100

Not going to lie, the change-up at Ch 100 is what threw in the towel for me. I had been gradually losing interest before then, the power creep was getting out of control and I frankly wasn't much of a fan of the drugs. I stayed on because it seemed like the story was leading up to something but after getting to chapter 104 and then perusing the reviews I realized the author had no plans and the entire story just got a reboot.

I wish this hadn't happened, I wanted more of Itet - who had just gotten a big change to her character and I was excited to know more about her - and Sandi - a personal favorite character whom I felt needed some more fleshing out. Would have liked some more hot harem action as well, more in-depth over his duties as an Apostle of Fertility, but c'est la vie.

Instead, starting earlier but really hijacking the story around Ch 80, we get Nega-MC: the evil creature but WAAAAYYYY overpowered dopple of the MC who casually shows up and wants to hang out with the MC like the end of Scott Pilgrim. This guy becomes most of the next 20 chapters in what I imagine is a set up for the reboot (hinted at from what little I've read but don't care).

At the end of the day, this story suffers a lot from JJ Abrams Syndrome, the ability to start a story strong and with interesting ideas but unable to follow through and in the end leaves people more disappointed because they invested their fandom into something that ultimately let them down.

I can't recommend anyone read this because it starts off so well, so engaging, that when the disappointment comes all that you feel is heartbroken.

Will definitely give a look at the author's other works, nothing like a prolific author to pay attention to, also might head over to his brother's stories, but I'm done here.

Garrdor
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The timeskip makes sense, quit whining

This is one of my top five favorite internet stories (or whatever the term for stories released by chapters online is), on this site or any other. Here are some of the things you can expect in this story.

  • System Apocalypse - magic stuff starts happening on earth, and humans gain special powers. It's a very light system, more cultivation with named skills. People have stats and skills, but rather than levels they have tiers and skill proficiencies. It's a fairly seemless integration of the two styles, with power progression without the characters seeming to be puppets of skills, everything is earned (or at least imaginatively BSd).
  • Engaging Characters - all the characters are fun to read. The MC is a funny guy, using creative magic to pull of some crazy stunts. He's fairly amoral, but uses his "the ends justify the means" mentality for the side of, not good exactly, but at least humanity. He thinks through situations, current and future, and often comes up with a plan, but he can and does still lose. He has a vapid and sweet love interest, not in the way that she's a cardboard cut out of a character with boobs, but rather she was intended and written to be that way. There is an alien woman, who is actually written using a non human mindset as her baseline, which shows clearly through her actions and dialogue. There are a host of side characters, each written uniquely and without there individual motivations explicitly stated, yet still easy to understand.
  • Massive Universe - magic hits Earth, and with magic comes monsters, but perhaps even worse is the bureaucratic Galaxy spanning government. In addition to surviving bloodthirsty monsters, humanity also needs to deal with a horde of new cultures and officials and clans and businesses, most intent on exploiting the newest land grab. The government isn't a cartoonishly evil faceless behemoth, instead it's a collection of different groups acting with recognizable and sometimes unrecognizable motivations.
  • Cool Magic - the magic is cool. The MC is a wizard who's main source of power is being more creative than other people, constantly pushing the envelope of what he can and can't accomplish within his fairly narrow skill set. Related to this and the above, all the aliens/monsters are neat and have believable cultures.
  • Plot - with such a massive overarching in story universe, the author still finds time to throw in handfuls of ground level antagonists or situations that the MC needs to overcome. This is done through either the previously mentioned clever magic, or using equally clever substitutions (like commercial enterprises or social maneuverings).
  • Fair Warning - there is a fairly massive timeskip, a lot of people in other reviews seem to dislike it. I like it a lot, without giving too much away the MC has been punching above his weight since day 1, and when sh*t hits the fan it has repercussions.

The main reason I fell in love with this story was the quick thinking main character and the authors sense of humor. The reason I kept reading this story was I realized that if I whined at the author enough, he'd change stuff, an instant 5/5 star quality. I encourage everyone who reads this review to yell at Macronomicon, requesting your own very individual alterations to the story.

Beyogi
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Interesting story, sympathetic protagonist

Edit: Warning, the following review only applies to the story pre chapter 100. Apparently the author lost interest in his previous plot and did a very hard reset.

 

I think most of us know magic system apocalypse stories. A few have found a permament place amongst the top 20 of RR. But most of them have either unsympathetic protagonists and/or overpowered protagonists.

This isn't the case here. The protagonist is neither a psychopath, nor an unredeemable White Knight. He's a smart person, thrown into a shitty situation and given a decent cheat. And that's all it is. Not an insurmountable advantage, not a god-mode. Overall the guy largely succeeds on his smarts. He's the guy to use traps and run away or surrender if necessary.

As for the story it's a sytem/mana apocalypse setting. The protagonist is basically just trying to survive and thrive. Friends and enemies derive from either the setting or his quest for survival. That said his ultimate goal is to find love and live a happy life, not to become the ultimate power.

There's some hints of more plot behind this, but as of chapter 35 it's still largely about adjusting to the apocalypse.

Wen Adams
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Magic That Seems Magical

It's a really good book. I haven't felt excited for one ever since The World Seed came out, as druids are badass. While the system isn't the same, the seemingly endless possibilities that magic can do is how it's supposed to be. 

Every update puts a smile on my face (no homo) and has great characters that seem to react like people who would live in the situations, hard asses and smart people. 

Read it and see for yourself. It gets better after a couple chapters, so read it at least until chapter 10 to see if you don't like it. 

Good job author man, keep it up!

fishsandwich
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Interesting at first, but tapers off as you go

Found it novel and interesting at first. Moves pretty rapidly, discarding some characters pretty readily. Not bad in of itself, but my main issue is with the MC's rapid change in character from smart and pragmatic to somewhat silly and flippant, to just stupid and annoying. He has dumb smart guy syndrome and I feel no sympathy for him.

More planning was needed to maintain a coherent story. Not enough time was spent fleshing out the MC's motivations for some of his frankly stupid decisions. The other characters are still fairly interesting, but they are side characters and do not require the depth of character needed for a MC. Couple that with rapid and large time skips with random seemingly inconsequential foreshadowing and I just stopped enjoying the story. Read up to Ch 32 before calling it quits.

LordofVoids
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A rather critical review

This review contains spoilers.

The style and grammar are great. I understand everything that is happening and was pulled in for the first 40 to 50 chapters.

The story is also solid, the mysteries were slowly being unraveled and I never felt confused with the story.

The character is what made me drop the story. You are telling me that some nobody suddenly has thoughts of "saving the human race" after getting his power. I get that, but the way that the guy's decisions are written makes it seem like he is impulsive. The author glosses over the entire economics of how he makes money. So he basically has an infinite source which he uses along with his power to somehow gain the trust of his fellow humans. So many holes. Why should they trust him? He has no experience leading. He doesn't seem to have any charisma. You cant just waive off the entire logistics behind feeding, clothing, providing jobs for, and settling disputes with money and it's the apocalypse so we should help everyone. If you try to get people to join, they aren't just going to flock to you. That's how humans get enslaved.

interesseret
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Don't mind the litrpg or sexual content.

The premise of this story isn't exactly groundbreaking. The "apocalypse" starts and the MC is thrown into it, having to fight for survival. Very Randidly Ghosthound-esque. 

However, in this story you get a much more human MC, who doesn't seem like a mechanical front. He isn't dumb, oblivious, cold, insane, or any of the other stereotypes that this kind of story often brings. 

It's a great example of show don't tell. It is a litrpg (and I usually absolutely hate those), but you are rarely told stats and abilities through anything, but the MC using them. If you are the kind of person who like reading through 3 pages of size 12 text worth of data every chapter, this isn't for you.

Note, that at one point the story seemed to be going in the direction that a lot of stories on rrl have: story tapers out, sex becomes focus. This doesn't happen. Luckily.

 

In short: it is absolutely worth reading. It's fun.

DaruneAlbane
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Up to chap 100 .. just keeps on gettn better

DrMonotone
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Comedy......... Fucking....... Gold.........

 

Edit: Couple months later and this shits still fucking good, no lie. Came here to write a review on this baby only to find I already wrote one, so it is the good times two!

Silencer7
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Its a good novel, wierd? yes! Still a good novel though. The writer has a good hand for narration and his use of dialogue is on point. 

The book started of realitively mild with an MC that who get's smarter(??) over time to fulfill his dream of creating an INTERESTING business empire(no spoilers here).

Overall I would the only real downer is that sometimes the narrations though the authors aforementioned talent for narration thus make up for it (a bit), but the info dump does get old fast.