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Book 5 starts with chapter 341.
Jason wakes up in a mysterious world of magic and monsters. He’ll face off against cannibals, cultists, wizards, monsters, and that’s just the first day. He’s going to need courage, he’s going to need wit and he’s going to need some magic powers of his own. But first, he’s going to need pants.
Follow Jason as he makes a place for himself in a world that is strange, yet sometimes strangely familiar. He’ll meet crime lords and aristocrats, gods and monsters on his path from would-be victim to heroic adventurer. At least, he tries to be heroic. It’s hard to be good when all your powers are evil.
Release schedule is 5 chapters per week, Monday-Friday USA time.
Please note: I am Australian and this story is written in Australian English, so there will be less of the letter Z and more of the letter U.
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Just love it only found it about a month ago on Audible went through all 3 books on there then found this just finished volume 2 and about to start 3 love the characters and the story arks world building all of it just want more and more in my opinion it's amazing
A good story with interesting characters and concepts. Regular updates and very easy to binge read!
Also the way the characters evolve is in a natural and smooth fashion which works very well with the flow of the story!
Sometimes the writing style is a bit unclear (and wasn't a huge fan of the bit with the door on Earth) but overall definitely 5 star!
Was 4.5 and i changed it to 5.
The author is really good, the story is great and the characters are even better.
Mc is kinda anoying, but in a refreshing way. All thr side characters are lovely and not generic, are all different and intereating.
The start is a bit slow, but it just gets better with every chapter.
I also didnt get bored while reading this, and i usually get bored and take breaks from all my novels, so i totally recommend this novel. Probably the best one on this website.
As of Chapter 294~
The MC is enjoyable and i think the writers hit a good stride in the most recent ark. There was a slight lul in the pacing during a previous ark involving some episode in a bottle shenanigans but i really like this wise cracking protagonist facing some very short awkward realities.
I think the biggest criticism is that the writer is a tad too into his protagonist, but all in all I think that lends a certain air of 'ITS Soo Cool' to Jason which is kinda nice.
If it was possible to give a higher character score than 5 I absolutely would. The development of MC feels natural. Flawed and imperfect. Gradual. 11/5 rarely do you get someone who can encapture the damage done to a character's mentality so well.
Generally when you get the "normal" isekai MC they quickly turn into this cold detached sociopath who only cares about power leveling. Jason suffers through his decisions goes through clear anxiety and depression. He angsts about the changes but moves past them to survive. Yes he continues cracking jokes and is always quirky to the max, but he becomes darker as it goes on. Subtle and occasionally brutal nods to his embroiled mental well-being are given on a consistent basis if you watch his interactions. Masterful work.
Yes the beginning of the story is slower than many would like but that is the price you pay for PROPER world building. While the novel starts off a bit messy and it is clear the author had not yet hit his stride the improvements made even by the end of arc 1 are tremendous.
Truth be told my main complaint (beyond an occasional misspelling or incorrect word placement.... which honestly could just be because Australian is a different dialect of English than I'm used to) is the lack of chapters. I've read through what's available twice and am still left wanting more. Easily my favorite web fiction!
So, first, let's start by saying that I am up to date with the novel at the moment.
Then we will continue onto the good points of the novel.
First one is a character building, author has quite an insight to show how one person transforms into another version of oneself, though different experiences.
Second, an interesting consept of power, while I won't call it too unique, it is one of the good system novels, pluses are system ain't intelligent, it has restrictions, it isn't too strange to the inhabitant of the isekai world as they have something like that.
Third is a fantastic world and villain building, there's alot of different scenarios that happen so that something bigger can happen. Villain's mostly aren't generic.
Fourth is humor, it is here and it is good.
Fifth is explanations, if there's a super strong bad guy who appears, he doesn't simply give up once the job is half done. There's a reason why the bad guy is around the strength of the place where he appears, either because of the lack of something or some restrictive factors.
I think that is all that I will write here, stay safe and healthy, and have a great day.
This story had a damn good start, but then got a bit lost for a while, at some point in the last hundred chapters or so, its gotten back to being damn good.
There were a lot of complaints about how the MC was written, but honestly, I have found Jason to be quite funny and I enjoy his interactions with the rest of the characters. Maybe the salty aussie banter translates better for me as a South African than for a northern hemisphere audience. I will say that for a while, Jason would have slotted in perfectly in a season of Gilmore Girls, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. The dialogue is now solid, and while Jason was a bit flat as a character, the author has improved his writing to the extent that he now feels like a person with real emotions.
The other place the story fails a bit is... the story. It got a bit wonky in the middle, lacking direction and missing an overarching threat and a sense of purpose for a while, but it seems to have a decent direction now, and I am actually interested in how all the threads develop. My only small complaint is that the "villain" is once again, not fully fleshed out, though, there is no word limit on the internet, so does it really matter if the chapters are constantly ratcheting up the tension?
This is, for now, my favourite story on RR.
I started reading HWFWM when it first started going on RR (feels like a long time ago, but really hasn't been all that long).
In the beginning, I was wary: was this just another isekai litrpg in an oversaturated genre?
But the book quickly distinguished itself with its solid prose, unique magic system, and excellent characterization. Characters all had motivations that were consistent with worldbuilding and felt alive. The MC, Jason Asano, is a standout. He undergoes significant hardship and character development. Additionally, he's just an entertaining MC to follow because he likes to ramble and act bizarre to throw people off balance. He's not at all a typical MC and that atypicalness is 100% shown, not told.
I took a break from this book for a while, waiting for the backlog to pile up. Now that I'm caught up again, I can only say that this book is excellent and has an incredibly ambitious scope. Thankfully, Shirtaloon has shown himself having the appropriate stamina to keep writing continuously, and the series is profitable enough to fund itself far into the future. In other words, I have faith the book is going to have an end, and given the scope of the world we've seen so far as well as foreshadowing, that end is going to be epic.
100% worth buying the series on Amazon (to catch up to the RR baseline).
Thanks again Shirtaloon for sharing this story with us. I was having a pretty terrible day when I decided to kick off my binge (around the start of arc 2) and your book made my day significantly better. What more can you ask for?
I will keep it short and simple.
This book is writen in an increadably entertaining and fresh way. It is captivating, hillarious and sometimes even completely serious! (but only sometimes!)
Jason, um Asano? I only know realized that I have only ever heard his name (read title) is an out of the ordinary MC that is both as lovable as he is annoying.
The aduio books are something that got me through countless (50h 57min countelss) hours of tedious work!
Finally I have to say, Colin for president!
Thanks for you work!
I genuinely cannot stop reading this series. I started reading it from the book on Amazon and tore through the first two fast enough that I knew I couldn't wait and had to keep reading here.
I like it so much that I fully intend to join the Patreon when I catch up.
So far, I've read 300 chapters in less than a month and have no intent on stopping.