He Who Fights With Monsters

He Who Fights With Monsters

by Shirtaloon (Travis Deverell)

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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.

Latest chapters appear here. Books now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, Audible and as paperback here.

All chapters following book 3 are available here, but due to Kindle Unlimited requirements, the chapters from books 1, 2 & 3, except for the first story arc, can no longer be hosted here.

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.

This web novel is also available at scribblehub.com

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Strange Business ago
Chapter 2: Of Course Magic is a Thing ago
Chapter 3: Local Cuisine ago
Chapter 4: Cannibals and Spelunking ago
Chapter 5: Wizard ago
Chapter 6: Potent Potable ago
Chapter 7: Spoils ago
Chapter 8: Dark Magic ago
Chapter 9: Escape ago
Chapter 10: The Evil Pit of Evil ago
Chapter 11: Dashing Heroics ago
Chapter 12: Sanguine Horror ago
Chapter 13: This is the Part Where We Step Back ago
Books available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and Audible ago
Chapter 267 (Volume II): A Better Pants Solution ago
Chapter 268: Time to Front Up ago
Chapter 269: The Single Greatest Thing on This Planet ago
Chapter 270: Some Secrets Change You Forever ago
Chapter 271: It Would Be Weirder If Magic Wasn't Responsible ago
Chapter 272: Not the Regular Sort of Dangerous ago
Chapter 273: Boogie Man ago
Chapter 274: More Plausible Than the Reality ago
Chapter 275: I Suggest You Be very Polite ago
Chapter 276: A Leather Coat and Tight, Black Pants ago
Chapter 277: A Knife in Its Sheath ago
Chapter 278: Underworld Bargain ago
Chapter 279: Time to Rip Off the Band-Aid ago
Chapter 280: Bullets, Bikes and Blood ago
Chapter 281: A Good Friend and a Very Bad Enemy ago
Chapter 282: Flavour Text ago
Chapter 283: Time For Context ago
Chapter 284: Brown Trousers Time ago
Chapter 285: The Complete Set ago
Chapter 286: More Valuable Than a Life ago
Chapter 287: Uncontrolled Factor ago
Chapter 288: Agendas ago
Chapter 289: Hegemons ago
Chapter 290: Guilty Conscience ago
Chapter 291: Uncommon Mistake ago
Chapter 292: It's Complicated ago
Chapter 293: A Big Dose of Normal ago
Chapter 294: Moppet ago
Chapter 295: Always Tell the Truth if You Can get Away With It ago
Chapter 296: Discretion is a Good idea ago
Chapter 297: The Cold Eyes of a Stranger ago
Chapter 298: Looking Down the Point of a Sword ago
Chapter 299: What Your Uncle Has Been Telling You ago
Chapter 300: The Moments That Decide Who You Are ago
Chapter 301: I'm Mysterious Now ago
Chapter 302: Hardline Position ago
Chapter 303: Otherwise Best Avoided ago
Chapter 304: Terms ago
Chapter 305: Section ago
Chapter 306: Core Users ago
Chapter 307: What You Call Observing ago
Chapter 308: Not the Monster ago
Chapter 309: Letting Him Run Rampant ago
Chapter 310: Old Testament Power ago
Chapter 311: My Turn ago
Chapter 312: Visually Distinctive Henchman ago
Chapter 313: Of Course It's Him ago
Chapter 314: The Price of Transgression ago
Chapter 315: The Time For Bold, Decisive Men ago
Chapter 316: Technical Issue ago
Chapter 317: The Long Game ago
Chapter 318: A Moment For Drastic Measures ago
Chapter 319: Foiled Plans ago
Chapter 320: Quite the Year ago
Chapter 321: Full Houseboat ago
Chapter 322: A Wizard Did It ago
Chapter 323: The King of Everyone ago
Chapter 324: I Came Back to Show You Wonders ago
Chapter 325: Mercy ago
Chapter 326: Ideal Circumstances ago
Chapter 327: The Blood and Death Guy ago
Chapter 328: A Lot of Anomalies ago
Chapter 329: Pitch Meetings ago
Chapter 330: Moving Forward ago
Chapter 331: Flemish Baroque ago
Chapter 332: Not Ready to Leave ago
Chapter 333: Decision ago
Chapter 334: What You Have to Do ago
Chapter 335: The Direction We Want Them to Go ago
Chapter 336: The Dangers of What I Do ago
Chapter 337: We Were All Monsters ago
Chapter 338: Options ago
Chapter 339: I Need Time ago
Chapter 340: Walkabout ago
Chapter 341: Too Valuable to Lose ago
Chapter 342: All I Can Do is My Best ago
Chapter 343: A Modern Myth ago
Chapter 344: Breakneck Pace ago
Chapter 345: Grand Tour ago
Chapter 346: New Groove ago
Chapter 347: Get to the Chopper ago
Chapter 348: What's Left of Your Principles ago
Chapter 349: Contingencies ago
Chapter 350: Humanity ago
Chapter 351: Media Blitz ago
Chapter 352: Grandmotherly Advice ago
Chapter 353: A Bloke With Vast Cosmic Power ago
Chapter 354: A Very Long To-Do List ago
Chapter 355: Another Step Forward ago
Chapter 356: Tactical Flexibility ago
Chapter 357: Broken ago
Chapter 358: Never Enough ago
Chapter 359: Media Landscape ago
Chapter 360: Instability ago
Chapter 361: Supernatural ago
Chapter 362: Arms Race ago
Chapter 363: Sword-Fighting With No Shirt On ago
Chapter 364: Candid and Authentic ago
Chapter 365: Warmth and Levity ago
Chapter 366: An Intelligent King ago
Chapter 367: Hunted ago
Chapter 368: Gamble ago
Chapter 369: Dying of Thirst in the Desert ago
Chapter 370: Enough Power ago
Bonus Chapter: Silver ago
Chapter 371: Old Affairs ago
Chapter 372: End Run ago
Chapter 373: Giving Face ago
Chapter 374: Not in a Position to Criticise ago
Chapter 375: Honour ago
Chapter 376: They Get to See What I'm Like
Chapter 377: Fanboy ago
Chapter 378: A Very Bad Mistake ago
Chapter 379: An Unexpected Direction ago
Chapter 380: Parade of Delights ago
Chapter 381: Collateral Damage ago
Chapter 382: I Intend to Do Damage ago
Chapter 383: A Chance to Control the Narrative ago
Chapter 384: You Shouldn't Lie to Your Wife ago
Chapter 385: The Decision Has Been Made ago
Chapter 386: First Priority ago
Chapter 387: Node Space ago
Chapter 388: Loaded For Battle ago
Chapter 389: Going For Gold ago
Chapter 390: Prepare For the Rematch ago
Chapter 391: Finish the Job ago
Chapter 392: Inevitability ago
Chapter 393: The Edge of Madness ago
Chapter 394: Trying to Be Merciful ago
Chapter 395: Appreciation ago
Chapter 396: Brooding Loner ago
Chapter 397: High Maintenance ago
Chapter 398: Treachery or Cowardice ago
Chapter 399: Comely Wenches ago
Chapter 400: A Lot Like a Guess ago
Chapter 401: It's Okay to Laugh ago
Chapter 402: Dignified Moment ago
Chapter 403: When Someone is Under Your Gun ago
Chapter 404: When, Not If ago
Chapter 405: Not Entirely Ethical ago
Chapter 406: Ahead of Schedule ago
Chapter 407: Open Wound ago
Chapter 408: Looting a House Burning Down Around You ago
Chapter 409: Domain ago
Chapter 410: Needs of the Moment ago
Chapter 411: A Beautiful Woman and a Sack of Cash ago
Chapter 412: You Have to Be True to Yourself ago
Chapter 413: One More Secret ago
Chapter 414: Instinct is All We Have ago
Chapter 415: Step Back ago
Chapter 416: Guns & Money ago
Chapter 417: Old Habit ago
Chapter 418: It's Still Not About Killing Monsters ago
Chapter 419: Open to the Unanticipated ago
Chapter 420: I'm Going to Bet on Myself ago
Chapter 421: No Perfect Options ago
Chapter 422: Stillness ago
Chapter 423: Whatever We Face ago
Chapter 424: You Really Aren't Local ago
Chapter 425: A Sliver of Hope ago
Chapter 426: End-User Licence Agreement ago
Chapter 427: Negotiations ago
Chapter 428: Another Day for Vampires ago
Chapter 429: Less Freud and More God of Healing ago
Chapter 430: Little Cost in Exploring ago
Chapter 431: Intentions ago
Chapter 432: I Need That Song to Play Out ago
Chapter 433: Wash Them First ago
Chapter 434: The Language of Passion ago
Chapter 435: Forthright Honesty ago
Chapter 436: Pertinent Factor ago
Chapter 437: More Focus on Nipples ago
Chapter 438: The Job That's in Front of You ago
Chapter 439: Going Suspiciously Well ago
Chapter 440: One of Asano's Secrets ago
Chapter 441: Swarm Against Swarm ago
Chapter 442: Necessary Evil ago
Chapter 443: Balls ago
Chapter 444: Which One of Us is the Villain ago
Chapter 445: That Passion Didn't Come From Nowhere ago
Chapter 446: The Upstart Magician ago
Chapter 447: Too Much Over Pride ago
Chapter 448: Trust All the Way ago
Chapter 449: Time to Choose ago
Chapter 450: Four-Score Men ago
Chapter 451: The Very Opposite of Fantastical ago
Chapter 452: Small Mercies ago
Chapter 453: Salus Mundi Suprema Lex Esto ago
Chapter 454: Something Other Than Human ago
Chapter 455: Everyone Calls Me Gary ago
Chapter 456: I'm the Bait in Question ago
Chapter 457: The Past Can Wait ago
Chapter 458: Dragon Lady ago
Chapter 459: What Could Possibly Go Wrong ago
Chapter 460: Kind of His Thing ago
Chapter 461: Of Course He Doesn't Have Pants ago
Chapter 462: Connotations ago
Chapter 463: What a Monster Surge Feels Like ago
Chapter 464: Strategic Doctrine ago
Chapter 465: I've Seen Your Best ago
Chapter 466: Responsible Dad ago
Chapter 467: Surge Protocols ago
Chapter 468: Disappointed or Relieved ago
Chapter 469: More Paperwork ago
Chapter 470: Multi-Talented ago
Chapter 471: Don't Say You Weren't Warned ago
Chapter 472: Contribution ago
Chapter 473: Small-Town Lifestyle ago
Chapter 474: I Don't Need to Invent Icecream ago
Chapter 475: Remaining Unremarkable ago
Chapter 476: A Damn Fine Way to Start Off a War ago
Chapter 477: It Will Not Be Fine ago
Chapter 478: A Story of War ago
Chapter 479: Any Help They Can Get ago
Chapter 480: Supplies ago
Chapter 481: Enemies Even I Would Fear ago
Chapter 482: True Elites ago
Chapter 483: Diligent and Considerate ago
Chapter 484: That Doesn't Make the Pebble Important ago
Chapter 485: They Don't Send Their Best People ago
Chapter 486: An Old Friend That He Had No Time For ago
Chapter 487: Never Underestimate Adventurers ago
Chapter 488: Better Strange Than Scary ago
Chapter 489: Going Overland ago
Chapter 490: Small ago
Chapter 491: Uneasy Allies ago
Chapter 492: Supply Chain Problems ago
Chapter 493: The Hitting It a Bunch Plan ago
Chapter 494: I Liked the Fighting Better ago
Chapter 495: That Usually is My Day ago
Chapter 496: Unyielding Faith ago
Chapter 497: Something He Could Never Get Back ago
Chapter 498: Dignified Young Adventurer ago
Chapter 499: I Can Do Sleazy ago
Chapter 500: An Object Lesson in Foolish Risks ago
Chapter 501: Murky Waters ago
Chapter 502: Integrity is Forever ago
Chapter 503: How Deep a Hole ago
Chapter 504: The Part That Knows How to Quit ago
Chapter 505: Bad Apples ago
Chapter 506: Idiot Plan ago
Chapter 507: The Days They Sing Songs About ago
Chapter 508: The Source of the Madness ago
Chapter 509: A Fair Fight ago
Chapter 510: Put the Mask Back On ago
Chapter 511: I Don't Think You're Angry ago
Chapter 512: Staying with Friends ago
Chapter 513: Meanwhile, Two Weeks Ago in Vitesse ago
Chapter 514: Hegemon's Will ago
Chapter 515: A Story About a Magic Trowel ago
Chapter 516: What It Sent Us ago
Chapter 517: I Am Not Jason Asano ago
Chapter 518: That Powerful and That Old ago
Chapter 519: One Battle at a Time ago
Chapter 520: No One Telling Me I Can't ago
Chapter 521: A Lot More Steps ago
Chapter 522: A Normal Man ago
Chapter 523: This One Time ago

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Otter Pops
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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.

Jasenerd
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Very strong start, weak follow through

Reviewed at: Chapter 114: Climbing Mountains

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. 

Story

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.

Style

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.

Grammar

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.

Character

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.

 

HappyMiel
Overall

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

Maxsimal
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Suffers from unearned rewards

Reviewed at: Chapter 59: Falling Short

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.

Gregory Cunningham
Overall

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.

Jingunjan
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Issues. Subjective Issues, but Issues.

Reviewed at: Chapter 124: It's About How You Use It

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.

yuway
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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.

simianpower
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A great idea wasted on bad character and plot

Reviewed at: Chapter 44: Complimentary Ointment

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.

Mudrost
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As I said, starts good, not really original but reasonable isekai start, but the author  does a few things that ruin the immersion. 

SPOILERS

 

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

Nattkorpen
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Good start, but the most unbearable MC ever

Reviewed at: Chapter 137: More Than One Clown

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.