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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.
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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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I want to like this story, but I really dislike the MC. The action is written well, the skills are awesome, and the world building is superb.
I don't mind that the MC has a snarky attitude. I mind when he just won't shut up. Not even to progress the plot. Then I found that his sister and his niece are becoming just like him. I can't enjoy 3 Jason's in the novel.
Read up till chapter 335ish on Patreon.
I ended up purchasing the volume 1 novel, and the first half was very well paced for my tastes. Honestly up until the last 20 chapters of the novel, while the writing was worse, it wasn't bad enough to make be regret the five dollars I spent.
The last 20 chapters did that on their own.
The main character(Jason) doesn't face consequences for his actions. There had been hints of some consequence early on that had led me to assume that the climax of the 'main' story would have weight and gravitas.
But the author doesn't follow through. Instead of the fight with the hyped antagonists being the climax of the story and featuring some amount of pay off, it is solved in one chapter. The following chapter hints that maybe the real conflict was trying to do the right thing instead of the actual physical confict. But that is ALSO solved in one chapter by basically recruiting a very powerful character that at most was vaguely interested in Jason by association.
I recommend reading the first 40 chapters if you can find it for free, then stopping with a generic 'He moved on to adventure' style headcanon.
The novel gets some extra points for an excellent hook and strong start, but that can't really excuse going nowhere with it, nor the lack of a rising action or climax. I would recommend the author plan an ending for his works before they start, as that may have solved some of these issues.
It wasn't outright terrible, but it wasn't vivid and didn't help convey any themes or ideas. Maybe in a better plot it would have appeared more competent.
Honestly, I can acutely remember a few points where the writing was inelegant, but the absence of outright errors is worth at least 4 stars.
Honestly, if this story would give the side characters the room to breathe, I think I would be more positive about them. It may even improve the story itself. Jason is vaguely interesting, but he doesn't change his actions in differing contexts and doesn't really feel like a cohesive character.
This used to be one of my favorite stories, the humor resonated well with me and I digged the side characters as well as the world that was built.
However, as soon as Jason started to go back to "our world" / Earth I completely lost interest, 1) because it didn't make any sense, while 2) I read this to become emerged in a fantasy world, not our own. 3 stars
A lot of this novels comes down to an MC that, rather than earning their accolades, walks into them.
This is not to say that the MC doesn't go through some stuff, just that a lot of what he does gets too outsized a positive reaction.
He shouldn't have the fealty of high level nobles and adventurerd for what little he does. He shouldn't successfully socially manipulate anyone given his inexperience and background. This compounds with the standard 'anointed one' MC powers and abilities.
The grammar is good and the powers are creative, but the issues above make the rest of it unpalatable.
I enjoyed the first volume. Would that 5 stars.
The second volume is is turning into a depressing story that is completely losing my interest. Getting tired of seeing Jason's few love interest dump him or die. The plot has just gotten too depressing. So it's slipped to a 2 and am done following.
At first, I was hyped for the story. It had cool powers, the essences made for a unique system, and the main character even got a cool [Spoiler] familiar in the beginning. Although I wasn't the biggest fan of Jason's constantly snarky personality and constant philosophical tangents that unecessarily made the dialogue longer, I could deal with it. The side characters made it bearable to stick with, plus at this point in the story Jason's constant Earth references hadn't gotten that bad.
And then chapter 45 hit.
Look, I'm all for making the main character stand up to authority figures, and prove his worth. But his pure snarkiness in that chapter just made it unbearable. At that point, it felt like the author was just bashing on religion, and the people who followed it. He chooses to treat the people who respect religions as mindless, treating them as an "obstacle course" to get out of. This doesn't sound that bad typing it, but if you actually go read the chapter as a religious person, I can garuntee that you will feel pretty angry.
I still stuck through it, but in later parts, the PC and the extremely forced political and philosophical nature of Jason just made this impossible to read.
If you've seen other reviews then you'll know most can agree the early chapters were Fantastic, sadly they were taken down and are now available on amazon. Once the 2nd Big arc happens the story nose dives off a cliff, and In the 3rd big arc it somehow manages to do it again.
You'll learn in the 1st arc the BIG BAD of the story are gods and super gods who everyone and their mothers says they don't involve themselves in mortal affairs, including the gods. But in the 1st "extra" chapter after the 1st arc we see the gods have a city built in the multi verse full of people they order around and poses so they can meddle, and they do it all the time. So big contradictions everywhere. In the 2nd Arc we learn why the MC got his speacial treatment and he's tasked with fixing reality or else it will end all existence everywhere, but that gets back peddled into just the world. This plot gets resolved off screen, it's an afterthought and instead the story focuses on the mc being a whiny bitch. In the 3rd Arc The MC is aware that the same reality problem is happening again and no ones brought it up at all. Instead we're shown some forced political marriage plot with forced events that ignore the MC's abilitys, meaning if he used his powers and behaved like he should these events wouldn't be possible).
Bottom line this story feels like an Author who did have some great piece of art to share with the world but sold out really hard. Each update is more about getting the word count out and reads like someone writing cause it's their job and not their passion. If your into flavorless bubblegum then this is the story for you.
I absolutely loved the first arc, the clueless naked isekai facing a blood cult full of cannibals. The power system, the character intros, the action, it was awesome. But then I realized a couple of dozen chapters later that nothing was happening.
Once the author started talking about his Patreon I noticed that the chapters never seemed to add anything to the story, which had gone from tense fantasy action to laid-back slice-of-life travelogue and endless training montage. The MC, who was believable at first, just turned into a dick who was mean for no reason except his own ego.
So I read a bunch of reviews of the story, and all of them said basically the same thing, no matter whether a reader got to chapter 40 or 80 or 350. ALL of them said that the first arc was great and the story degenerated from there. So, this is where I step away. I don't want to waste days or weeks of my life on something I already see degrading, and which I've been warned about.
To the author: You have great ideas, and you've gotten some good feedback from others here about how to fix your writing. I hope that you do, and that the next story of yours that I run across has tighter pacing and better character development, because as far as ideas go you're already doing quite well.
As I said, starts good, not really original but reasonable isekai start, but the author does a few things that ruin the immersion.
Not that saying that ever stops someone from reading. The first big thing I didn't like what how Cassandra was handled. It seemed like the author got bored of the relationship between her and the MC and wanted to introduce a new love interest and took the easy way out. For an author who like being political, the forced easy way out he took with their relationship was juxtaposed with the motivations and behaviors of the characters he created. In his defense, we really didn't get to see any real connection, they were just suddenly a thing and we didn't have much development. That being said, he didn't replace it for anything at all.
I also wasn't a fan of how Farah was dealt with. One thing that I think is the mark of a great author is the ability to kill off an important character believably. I think the author did this really well... but then he brought her back. Yes it was a sort of in universe way but it was another cop out, I would have been much more interested in a whole new character.
The author seems to be a fan of political ideology and I was a fan when, in the beginning Jason would go on rants about his opinion but it wasn't too preachy, it seemed natural in the given circumstances and Jason sai "I don't know" a lot. Then it got old somewhere around 200 maybe and now it became super preachy, especially when different political structures were judged from different perspectives. The proclivities for self righteousness started to become apparent. Yes the author points out that a feudal system is detrimental in general as it favors nepotism and inhibits equal opportunity egalitarianism, however the character s are quick to bash the moraly good rich people because they were born rich. I mean, every time a rich person doesn't agree with the common denominator, they are bashed because they are rich, even when they have the strategically superior idea.
I would actually still objectively give volume 1 3.5-4 stars for pacing, but there is too much mix up of character identity. Many times I'm miffed because a character acts like a different character. The story really starts to tank when Volume 2 starts. Jason comes back to "earth" and man does the whole think start falling apart. Jason seems to have ditched his entire modus operendi. For someone with stealth powers that does a lot of stealth he become overly flamboyant. For someone who is supposed to be more experienced he seems to be devolving. And then the SJW preachy tone that started as a whisper is nw a howitzer. And to be honest, I wouldn't mind it if the author showed even a passing understanding of pasig political and economical structures, historical records, or was even remotely objective about it. I would never have minded the preachy political stuff if he was able to demonstrate a competent advocacy for the other sid, but no, it's alway Jason just steamrolling his ideas on everyone. Maybe someone likes being religious because it gives them a set of ideals to live up to. Maybe obedience doesn't mean capitulation. I mean, it would be different if he only told them off when trying to convert them, but nope, he just tells random gods to sod off for no reason at all, and also expects to receive respect when he is entirely unwilling to give any. Several time the author shows Jason recognizes that others may see his flaws as flaws, but insists that they are just his characteristics so we see very little growth in character.
the author still believes the Iraq War was about oil... which is hilarious because if you directly google insisting that it was, you still only get hits that it wasn't. In fact oil imports from Iraq cut in half after the invasion and stayed that way for the next decade. The US did not get any oils from Iraq without purchasing it and they also did not succeed in franchising it. The main oil goal in the war was to prevent a petrol-dictatorship. Like, this is so easy to google. Just google "how much oil did the US steal from Iraq," and the answer you will get is "none." Besides the fact that googling that is a recipe for confirmation bias, it only further proves the war really had nothing to do with oil. Also, it seems easily forgotten that America is the largest UN contributor by such a ridiculous margin that it takes the next 10 countries to be equivalent, and that makes sense because The US has more financial AND military resources than the next 10 countries combined as well.
The author believes capitalism is about raising one person up while everyone else suffers, which is the antithesis of capitalism. Capitalism is about exchanging goods and services so both parties benefit. Do some people get rich while others don't? Sure, but that is the nature of life not capitalism. I don't think the author realizes that, in the US for example the top 50% have a million dollars in assets (includes house, car, etc) of that most are of Asian or Indian demographics, also the US contains 50% of the world's population of people with a net worth of 1 million dollars. Obviously capitalism is working pretty well.
honestly there is just a ton of trashing of other countries that aren't Australia. America the most, but plenty of others, which is rich considering Australia is a country without free speech, dodgy search and seizure laws, and disarmed its populous. As Stalin said in regards to free speech "Ideas are much more dangerous than guns, if we don't let people have guns, why should we let them have ideas?" Also calling all Chinese and Americans racist was a nice touch too, and a few borderline racist remarks from the author himself.
you know now that I think about it, Volume one definitely deserves 3.5-4 stars if you stop reading by the end of volume one. Do you end the book with the MC dead? Sure, but you know what? It actually works. You might want to read the interludes a bit for a little extra closure on some things, but don't read volume 2
This could have been a good book - and it was for the first 30 chapters or so - but then something happened. It was funny, the main character was a relaxed Australian who wasn't looking for adventure, more for talking to people and enjoying the sights.He was confused, in over his head, but he was friendly and likeable. But 30 chapters in he turned into 100% smug asshole.
The failure mode of clever is asshole, and that is everything Jason is. A person who constantly denigrates his friends, throwing out references they can't understand just to feel superior. He mocks people whose best friends and relatives have just died and when called out, tells everyone it is the best time for laughter.
He is that piece of shit guy that can spoil a whole party by himself. The one who finds himself alone in mamas cellar because he can't find a job and no-one wants anything to do with him.
The writing was good, some nice action sequences. World building interesting, a different twist on how to gain powers and seemed to be a good diversity among them. But the main character made me quit. In a genre filled with shitty main characters, Jason was the worst as yet.