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Morgan Mackenzie had a very bad day. First at work, then at home, and then her bathtub fell through a portal to another world, with her in it. Now she's stuck thousands of miles from any sort of civilization with nothing but the bathtub and a lace puffball scrubby. But she learned magic, so that's sorta nice. Now if only she could find some clothes...

 

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l nimbus
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How to survive a summoning ( buck naked ) 101.

I mean, Morgan is wearing NOTHING but the sky.....and a sentient lace puffball scrubby. For those of you who want confirmation that Skyclad is worth the read, let me be simple.

- It is.
- Why the hell are you still here?
-Oh, a wiseguy, eh? You want me to point out what makes it worth your time? Well then, sit down, shut up and let me tell you why YOU are going to read it.


Now, there are SOOOOO many things wrong with a story where the MC gets her powers from being nude, but i just can't bring myself to care about any of them. Skyclad just might be the first of it's kind, and i reccomend you read it before a few knockoffs come around and spoil the experience.

 

Story:

The image of an iron, soap-filled bathtub falling out of the sky and crushing an entire nest of [Giant Eagle Chicks] will forever be imprinted in my mind. And that's only the second chapter. Storywise, the beginning has SOME similarities to Randidly, but is better done. So, far, its been both a very good serious story and a barrel of laughs.

While we have Morgan ( and her lace scrubby ) tromping through one of the largest, and most dangerous forests in the world, the singular side chapter has given much appreciated perspective as to events happening about the world. I was also quite satisfied with the System, as it provided an interesting read in itself for both casuals and number crunchers. On another note, the usual 'Class Selection' was handled in a VERY unique and satisfying way. Kudos to that. ( I'd like to see some other stories try and rip that off ).

So far, there is a picture painted of a grim world, where humans aren't exactly on the top of the food chain. While limited so far, the monster selection and naming has been good. Tyrannorabbits and Electric eel hydras, anyone? Pass me the charred Shadowlands Lynx, if you would.

Style:

Ah, now we get to this. I usually don't have much to say about Styles, but this one more than gets the job done. It doesn't just vividly paint pictures in your mind, the author's use of wry humor at the right moments injects some lightheartedness and humor into other wise grim situations. The prose and wording flows smoothly, giving you a delectable read.


Grammar:

Nothing so here, people, move along. Yes, yes, its perfectly done, i assure you. Take it up with my lawyers if you want to disagree.

Characters:

So far, a cast of three. Well, more or less the MC, her lace scrubby, and Rella, a side character. But, even with those small numbers, it is surpringly strong. The characters make an impression from their very first meetings with the reader, and only build from there. They're people, they screw up, they do things. They aren't paper cutouts, devices to advance the plot or souless machine moving from one stain to the next, eager to obliterate it. ( Well, maybe Lulu. But hey, isn't that the purpose of it's life? ).

The point is, the characters are great. So, UNLIKE Randidler, the MC isn't an introverted sociopath. Yay. We can actually cheer for Morgan here. And maybe imagine ogling her too. Just for lulz. Before she hands our asses to us.


Conclusion:

A good idea transformed into a great story. I don't know why this isn't Top 100 YET, but it deserves that spot. Keep on trucking.

Iori Angel
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Solid world building, funny and well written?

I love how everything is so far, I found the premise of a naked female lost in a system game world attractive. Ok the way she power up is funny, but it's worth it. It change from the OP female I read about, this one struggle.

Aaldemariande
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Completely worthwhile.

 

Humour with a reasonably competent protagonist. Doesn't hurt that the writing is in my preferred style. loved the endish bits of chapter 4. Thought it added just the right touch.

 

Dear Author please keep on keeping on, you rock.

Lordofthepies
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So from reading the description I thought this story would be a dumb reverse harem or whatever (female MC who has to be naked all the time? REALLY?) but I was very pleasantly surprised after giving it a chance.  The grammar is very good and the world and characters are well fleshed out.  Plus it seems like the author has at least a general idea for where the story is going. Hopefully this continues and doesn't devolve into endless sex scenes or whatever.

 

Keep up the good work!

Guisarme
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A great story in the making

Have enjoyed this story so far. MC is following a very original path which is a breath of fresh air. Also as world building is my favorite this story gets a A+. You can tell that the author has already planned out the story in advance, which almost always is better then flying by the seat of your pants.

Nicbrightside
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Review written after finishing chapter 12.

This contains spoilers.

 

Style:

Nothing to scoff at. The style revolves mostly around following the main character with as of yet three chapters dedicated to wider world building focused on other characters. I find this ratio to be perfectly acceptable and the focus on the side characters does not overstay its welcome, getting back to the main character that should be the focal point without requiring too much wait time. All in all the style is perfectly serviceable. Could it be better? Maybe? But since I can’t articulate how then I can hardly fault it for that. Chapter lengths also have plenty of meat to them, no one wants to follow a story, see there is a new chapter and only find out there are a few hundred words to read.

 

Story:

Well the overall premise, the ever prevalent ‘Isekai genre’ as it has become known as, is getting to be so pervasive in so many forms of written media that I can’t help but knock the story for using it in the same way you’d find eating your hundredth steak of the month to be a little tasteless. That being said it does have a few unique things to keep it interesting. The nudity without overly sexual content was a distinctive way to go and the anthropomorphised loofah another thing I’ve never seen before.  The life threatening situations feel weighted enough against the established systems and skills Morgan has at her disposal to not feel too ‘plot armor-y’ when she survives. The explanation of the inner primal aspect of herself facilitating her own survival might also go some way towards explaining the lack of mental breakdown I’d assume your average person to suffer when faced with things biting off limbs or shattering knee caps when running from huge wolves or giant rabbits.

 However adding to the negative aspect of ‘oh another Isekai’ would be two things I wish to mention. First is the idea of power via tattoos, by no means an original idea as I’ve seen more than a few stories on this very site go the exact same route. I understand the draw, tattoos are cool and the physical depiction of a power a definite expression of the author’s desired explanation of it, but…well…like my qualms with the whole Isekai genre it’s a case of unoriginality. The next I would like to bring up is a potential pitfall for later chapters. The isolated aspect of Morgan’s situation is expected when one is dumped into a strange forest in a strange world. The problem is that a story without dialogue can grow stale quite fast and there is only so much talking one can put into a story between the main character and herself or the main character and something that can’t reply before it becomes taxing. I am interested to see if the author agrees with this sentiment and if so how they plan to affect its change in coming chapters.

Grammar:

At most I saw maybe two or three spelling or grammatical errors in the whole thing thus far and since I can’t even remember them precisely, a perfect score is all I can give.

Character:

Morgan appears to be a rather typical Isekai protagonist, albeit female. Down on her luck, cheated on, described as smart but apathetic, there really is nothing new here. Is that to say it’s bad? Well perhaps not, but I would hardly call it an amazing thing. While she doesn’t turn into a bawling, shivering mess like I’d expect most underpaid waitresses to when they find themselves almost dying several times in a single day, she doesn’t go full ‘sudden rambo’ as so many Isekai protagonist’s do. She makes mistakes, lets her emotions cause problems and maintains a functioning level of fear even after acquiring super human abilities, all of which keep her as an identifiably human protagonist and thus relatable.

 While we haven’t seen much of other characters yet I would like to mention that getting your brain exfoliated to death sounds like a horrific and highly inventive way to die, so kudos to the author.

 

Overall:

A good story. Is it my favourite? Not at the moment, but I will follow and continue to read it in to see where it goes. I see potentially interesting things on the horizon (how the author will deal with Morgan’s first contact with another human will be interesting to see) but also potential hazards (my aforementioned bit on lack of people to converse with). There are good points and bad points in my mind, though I would say the good outweighs the bad and I would recommend you give this a go, though please do remember everything written here is simply my own opinion and you might disagree with it entirely.

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 I've been following this story and lurking on it for some time.  Given the direction of the story, and the novelty of the hook, I felt compelled to register and leave a proper review.  

From the first moment we meet Morgan, she is a lively and compelling character who is then thrust from a world we are familiar with into a scenario outside of her understanding.  We learn about her and a well laid out world as she herself learns about these things.  The world-building chapters are fantastic as well- they provide a rich backdrop to frame the narrative direction.  The action and pacing are excellent, and the mythos tying into the world that we, the readers, are familiar with provides for a nice twist midway through with this story.

On the whole, I am delighted to see where A Man In Black takes this- I would heartily recommend Skyclad to anyone who is into the fantasy genre as well as tabletop and/or RPG gaming.  You'll find it well worth the read.

chakfor
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Style: I'm digging the style of the story so far. The MC has matured and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes in the future.

Grammar: Nearly flawless. Nothing to see here.

Story: Storyline is well fleshed out. Unlike the others I actually enjoy the interludes and watching the rest of the characters slowly being melded into the story. While it does distract from the MC a bit I feel it's still better than having them thrust on us suddenly.

Character: MC has dropped the idiot ball a few times, but given the overall theme she doing pretty well. The author has given her some super powers but they've come with super-drawbacks as well. It'll be interesting to see how it balances out.

CleanerFuzzball
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This story is well worth a read, it's actually a relatively new take on the usual tropes and I cant wait to read more.

chay
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It's a good story, I love it

The chapters are long and well written.

There are good emotions in the story 

I hope you will continue writing with a good place.