The Simulacrum

by Egathentale

Original ONGOING Comedy Fantasy Romance Magic Male Lead Slice of Life Supernatural Urban Fantasy

"Um... Hello, I guess? Is this where I'm supposed to explain what's going on? Well, I would love if someone explained things to me for a change, but whatever, I will give it a try.

So, my name is Leonard Dunning, pleased to make your acquaintance. According to my ID, I'm a fairly average high-schooler, living alone while my parents are somewhere 'overseas', wherever that may be. I'm tall, pretty fit, living in an impeccably clean house, and I attend a scenic high school full of friends, romance and coming-of-age hi-jinks. Sounds neat on paper, right? Too bad I have absolutely no memory of any of this. One day I simply woke up in this weirdly pristine world with a splitting headache and a nasty case of retrograde amnesia that left me a blank slate unable to recognize even my face in the mirror. Worse yet, apparently this whole place is running on fairly clich├ęd writing conventions and stereotypes, complete with obvious background characters and dense harem protagonists!

So, what would your average guy do in this kind of situation? I have no clue, but as for me, I decided to roll up my sleeves, grab a notepad, observe this weird world and work out what makes it tick. If you are curious about how deep this rabbit hole goes (and trust me, we will need spelunking equipment), you are more than welcome to come along for the ride."

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catalinnr
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Best story in a long time

In short? This story is great.

Why? From the start we are introduced of a mystery that is slowly being unraveled by the MC. Where is he? How did he get here? Why is the world so strange? Who is he? 

The start might be slow for some people, but it needs to be like this since we are seeing through the eyes of the MC. He needs to assemble this puzzle all by himself and all we are doing is watching, unable to help.

Style, plot, grammar, characters, it has it all. But let me tell you about the characters. Even if at first they might seem like tropes with generic actions, it doesn't feel even a bit jarring reading about their interactions with the MC. No battles, no bs powers, no antagonist (not in the generic boss sense), only a relatable protagonist that is acting like a real human. 

The story keeps you engaged and waiting for the next piece of the puzzle to be revealed without spoonfeeding you the solution from the start.

Filipzajac
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Read it and fall in love with Judy

If you are there then you have two choices, either read it and have the best time of your life or dont read it and know that you lost this occasion to read something great. 

In conclusion read it and discover how great can a harem comedy be

jojmist
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Absolutely one of the best on RR.

I cannot tell you how lucky I am to have found this story after reading most of the readable ones on RR. Everything about this story is perfect, and the author is an absolute master at storytelling in this genre and with their English language skills in general. This is an S+ tier creative work that is a tier above others on this site. So, why do I like this story so much?

1) The MC. The MC is so fleshed out, smart, sly, funny, calculative, and thoughtful. It's difficult for me to describe how great the MC is. This is something that you will have to experience yourself.

2) Characters/other character interactions. Other characters, at least the 'main' ones (you'll find out), are also fleshed out with their own personalities as well. They even notice subtle things from the MC and other main characters that you wouldn't expect from other works, making them feel 'complete' as people. The non-main characters are also given their own 'personaliy' so to speak. Compared to other stories where extras are only maybe given some small banter in the background, 'extras' in this novel are fleshed out in their own way. A good comparison could be that you can 'see' the entire classroom of people, instead of just the important characters. Filler characters aren't truly just filler.

3) The world. The world so far as of Chapter 5 for me, is perfect, spotless, and bland. But there are intentional reasons for this, and so much of the world building is out to be discovered by the MC in part due to his circumstances. The author's world-building makes me feel the blandess of the world and it's abnormalities, almost as if I am experiencing it first hand. This is interesting for me, since only great fictional works can make me feel as if I am in the story. Bravo author, bravo.

4) The grammar. 99% perfect in every sense. Sometimes I will find a misspelled word ('comment' may be commend by mistake), or may find duplicated words. However, I can count the amount of errors on 1 hand. This work has been dedicatedly edited, and it shows.

5) The overal language of the story. You have to see how wonderful the writing is to understand. The author has clear masterful creative writing ability.

 

All in all, everyone should be reading this story. I will be utterly surprised if it does not make it to trending soon, and I hope it does. Gluck author, I will be dedicatedly following your work!

Mammoth321
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Usually I'd wait to review,  but what can I say it intrigued me. So far it's pretty original hard to say with only 4 chaps but its definitely got potential in that department. 

The characters are fresh(yes they do have some stereotypes), but with how the story is set up they could turn out to be pretty fun.

Anyways shout out Egathentale keep up the good work I'll try and get a more in depth review in once there's some more chaos in so it's more real ya know

BarbarianBunny
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I've been reading on RR for years and this is my first review. Why? Because this story is worth it. 

It has some of the most fleshed out characters with their own thoughts, personalities, and responses.

With a setting that draws you in with every detail. 

Grammer that doesn't look like a machine translation! What more could you ask for?

Honestly I'm just happy to find a great story when I was willing to settle for an okay one. Diamonds in the rough like this are the reason I keep reading. The Simulacrum is a well crafted story that continues to impress.

acausal
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I don't know exactly what I expected...

...but this is way better than whatever it was. I don't leave many reviews but this is both hilarious and engaging. 

Muttt
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Romance Is Usually a turn away for me

Honestly romance is usually somthing I avoid. If I see romantic haremy stuff I avoid it because how its usually bad. the vague synopsis and the good reviews was what drew me in at first (looking back I missed a romance tag). Maybe it is my genre ignorance shining through here but I loved every minute of reading it (Up to chapter 15) I even stayed up into 12AM to finish it. heh. 

 

The characters use cliches as a springboard for character development and comedy. the cliches dont define them as much as they lightly represent their character arcs

The style is new to me, again ignorance, but I really enjoyed it. Just glancing this isnt a really new concept but I really enjoy the way it has been taken and exapnded on.

The story is purposefully confusing, things are strange and we dont know why. Being expanded on to further the overall narritive in a satisfying way.

I have not seen any grammer issues, but the sentences do seem to be very short and consise.

CleanMyJawls
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Great metafiction, great story

Not bad at all. I was looking for metafiction and came here on a recommendation and this is not only a great metafiction novel, but a great novel in general with great characters comedy and even some decent romance, something I am usually allergic to. 

In short I recommend this to everyone looking for a good read not just metafiction-fans.

Kaleb Bjorkman
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A beautiful rejuvenation of common tropes & genera

I honestly can say this is the best book I've encountered on RR. The only thing I have to say is that the characters are all cliches. This is intentional, and it's a plot point, and the characters incorporate the cliche while still being 3-dimensional characters, so it honestly is a wonderful part of the story. Even the Kuudere character, a trope I've never seen done well before, is a beautifully crafted character, with strong reasoning and backstory for her... personality trait? disability? ...so yeah. I love this novel. Please keep writing it with the same amazing quality it has had so far. Also, I love the chapter lengths, which are significantly longer than most RR stories. The long format makes it a satisfying read anytime a chapter is posted. (Written at chapter 16/ Page 582)

FantasySeeker
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Best Slice of Life on RRL (minimal spoiler)

Style: Slice of life done right, each chapter has 4 episodes which narrates what's needed, not a single paragraph without purpose and 0 attempts to word count/fill pages.

 

Story: OMG! Author doesn't spoil his own content, readers can't predict the plot with usual otaku experience and there's a welcomed existentialist discussion to spice things up.

 

Characters: Cliché! The best of them and on a new level because Author likes them, sure it's possible to spot some favorites and 2 characters are almost left behind, however, IT IS ON PURPOSE. Plot is, first, based on DateSims and players (author/readers) usually end up with a single lover, this story slowly solves itself arround this DateSims aspect aaaaand BAM! A new aspect emerges and we (readers) can no longer see that DateSim resolution, instead we find a cute romance... Nah, enough with spoilers, my point is "every character is important and thanks to them the story finds renovation every chapter".

Grammar: As always, I'm not a native speaker so 5 stars.