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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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I cannot lower this review below 3 stars because the writer is consistent and really good.
It has been a whole year reading this novel.
Story started good but the inner monologues or questions about life and stuff is just became tiring to read. The MC also stopped his progression for whatever reason and now he cares if people from his world dies.
Oh dear 100k people in x country died Imma throw a tantrum about it for 5 whole chapter talking about life decisions.
Now some times he act like an edgy kid and others he act like an old grumpy man, in the first arc he was acting like an adult, how someone progress from unique MC to an edgy kid?
Dude got tackled by an transcendent existence and was chillin, took it like a champ, a true op MC would.
A city in his planet blows up and he is like "reeeeeeeee"
Updated review, last chapter 395
At the beginning few chapters, it's quite fun to read, I was expecting litrpg comedy of the sort. But it turned into something serious but nonsensical in the same time, quite ridiculous.
It's written upon xianxia main recipe, it's guaranteed it going to feed your youthful ego. So don't expect any realistic & sensical aspect in it. The plot's map is clear, but the execution was all over the place. The drama mostly craps, the emotions felt so forced & plastic, the humors is dryer then sahara.
The characters, they're literally pretty much two dimensional, good guys vs the stupid bad guys. It could end up good if not for the thick plot armors & the nonsensical logic which is in my opinion ruined it. If you have a penchant for Mary Sue, this is your thing.
The grammar, well I'm not a fluent English speaker so it's not my coin to say what's good & whats wrong. But it's very good in my opinion.
Overall its good to read if you just wanna waste your time and stroking your youthful egos. Where you can imagine yourself as the baddest smug bastard in the neighborhood, while acting all wise like Dalai Lama the slayer.
Just like what's someone told me, it's the snack story, not the full course kind of story, but it still fun,.. sometimes. And you'll be guaranteed to get chuunibyou drama most of the times.
I do regret coming back out of curiosity,... Dammit
Just meh in all departments. MC is aggravating, story crawls like a glacier. At the start it's interesting and really gets you hooked, it even shows signs of an overarching plot line, the magic system is interesting. Then you realize that the MC won't ever stop being obnoxious and stupidly confrontational (basically suicidal) followed by the realisation that the aforementioned overarching plot went and silently killed itself.
Started out as something with passion behind it, while it's now just a soulless product to milk the juicy patreon money.
The first part of this story is amazing. The characters, the action and storybuilding - great!
When Jason goes back to earth, I could literally care less about the entire thing. I would much rather it had been a quarter of a book of him going back, writing wrongs, being betrayed and doing his thing.
BUT WE'RE STILL THERE!
I'm getting exhausted about the story at this point.. I generally let weeks lapse hoping for forward progres, but it's all just revolving around nothing. We get what he needs to do. There are no characters that any1 cares about.
Just frikkin end it, dude. Let Earth blow up, or not!, but just get back to the characters we care about.
Which... I have totally forgotten the names and personalities of at this point. So you're gunna have to drop like 5 chapters worth of 'oh, this is why this person is important' etc.
So good in the beginning, but it's fizzling out.
Oh, um I guess I need to make this longer because spoiler things don't matter. I guess I'll simply reitreate that the first full arc of the stry is fantastic and I can't wait to read more of that. He was the plucky underdog instead of the tragic and constantly misunderstood overdog. I mean, I get it... but the horse is really dead, bro.
I loved the first arc of the story, but each arc after that gets worse and worse. Initially, there were good characters, but now everyone feels like a slightly different version of Jason. His sister, his friends, his fucking niece (who I suppose is meant to be an endearing character but only manages to come off as an annoyingly smug brat).
And don't even get me started with the mc's messianic complex and his poorly disguised crypto-socialism that is shoved in our face more and more as the story goes on. Because, of course, in a society with a strict aristocratic system and where power makes right, some preachy nobody weak as a toddler would be allowed to spew sjw crap and even disrespect the damned gods to their face.
Edit: dropped because after 400+ chapters, getting horribly tortured, and actually even dying a few times, mc (who happens to be on a mission to literally save the world) still gripes about his pretty absurd 'morals' while, for the nth time, he still ignores them anyway. After reading about it a dozen times, the whole "I'm so scared of my own darkness" angle startd growing old.
Reviewed at ~146, but that chapter has been deleted.
Too Similar Character Voices
Other reviews have called this the "everybody is Jason problem", I think that's imprecise. The characters are distinct, the problem is one of voice: word choice, sentence structure, phrasing, etc. These things are too similar.
The dialogue between Jason and Humphrey is too similar to the dialogue between Jason and Clive, not because the same things are said, but because they are all said in the same way.
Story Feels Bland
This isn't a criticism about the events of the story, it's a criticism about the telling of the story. Some stories are very good at evoking certain emotions in readers: The Wandering Inn is very good at emotions associated with tragedy and emptiness, while The Practical Guide to Evil is very good at evoking thrilled amazement. This story, however, is very light on the emotions. It's very dry and even events that should have emotional resonance don't have much.
As a quick example: Jason and friends just won a difficult victory but there's no celebration of it, no satisfaction, it's just a thing that happened, among a whole bunch of things that happened.
The grammar is fine, there's the occasional mistake, but only the rare ones cause my reading to stutter.
The characters are the primary underpinning of problem #1, see full discussion above.
Style is the primary underpinning of problem #2 (story feels bland), see full discussion above.
The story itself isn't really the problem (the problem is mostly in the telling, not the events). The biggest problem with the story is that the opening is full of action and adventure, but the majority of the story is politics. The opening sets expectations that are not matched by the rest.
Style: It started alright, but quickly became so goddamn political, sometimes I'm not sure I'm reading a story, and not an attempt at a thesis on political science, one which would most certainly not pass, because at most the political rambling is just eye-rolling at best.
It's also depressing as all hell. By that I mean, it's just one thing after another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, you get my point. Constantly we are bombarded, with little rest, no catharsis. It's exhausting.
Grammar: It's pretty good, no complaints.
Story: Like this story, and thousands of others, it started off alright, and for the most part, it was, nothing revolutionary, but alright. But like a lump of meat left to sit outside, it started to rot. As you get further into the story, it starts to feel like you're reading a xianxa novel at times, and not a good one.
Characters: This is where I, and almost everybody, have the biggest problems, but nothing stands out as much as the MC, and when almost every popular review mentioning how shit of MC Jason is, it's clear there is a massive problem.
So Jason can be described as a wannabe politician. From the start of the story, he was pretty wacky, and he got more than a few chuckles out of me, and for the most part, he still has that wackiness. However, it's his constant politicking, which is eye-rolling at best, his overwhelming edginess, and all-around attitude that makes him just a crap MC.
It's become abundantly clear, that Shirtaloon has become more concerned with trying to make Jason seem cool and profound, and less concerned with writing a character that people actually want to read about. Which he fails at.
Constantly seeing Jason contemplate if he should be killing people 400 chapters in, when it's been stated that he's gotten over it multiple times, the constant "I'm trying to be a good person, but it's hard" "I stopped being human a long time ago" and bundles of edginess makes me want to physically reach in the story, and tell Jason to shut up.
As I saw another reviewer point out, Shirtaloon has actually gotten worse at writing since he started this story, it's astounding. He's not profound, he's not cool, he's just become a massive edgelord, who is extra special because Shirtaloon wanted him to be.
That's not the only problem with the characters, yeah we don't just have to deal with one Jason, but somehow his personality has become an infectious disease, and everybody starts to become Jason. Emi, his niece, is literally just him, but female and 12.
All and all, read this story at your own risk, ignore the dumb politicking that the author attempts, and you might make it without dropping it.
I will say I really enjoyed reading the earlier portions of the story. Those parts introduced a well thought out blending of LITTRPG and cultivation, a world with some interesting variations, and people were individuals if a bit overly focused on this random dimensional traveller. That story is no longer on RR and so I don't feel should reviewed here.
What is here is kind of a disappointing mess for many of those who've read the earlier parts. Its wish fulfillment, blind to the very flaws that author claims in the character as well as any other flaw that might pop up.
Other reviews have covered a lot of ground on the issues here but I'd like to point out the two parts that most bothered me.
One of the first mini villains is constantly shown up as a characature of petty inept nepotistic nobility as evil. But let's contrast the two to see if his real crime was simply not having as many advantages as the MC.
Noble: has had an easy path to power funded by his family.
Jason: has a power that causes power ups to effectively fall from the sky, referenced as doubling the profit of any venture multiple times and granted expensive power ups from his powerful friends to fill his missing holes, including a skill book that appears to have been a one of a kind artifact.
Noble: not a particularly good fighter, relying heavily others to make up for this weakness. We don't really see any training and there may not be any given the parent in charge of his education is really a politician.
Jason: a great fighter, like many MCs better than really makes any sense, basically never looses. And trained constantly by the literal heir to one of the most widely known adventurer schools with all the knowledge they've acquired.
Noble: uses his family name to clear roads and open possibilities. Not that he could really avoid people knowing who he is.
Jason: uses his status as an outworlder and connection to the visiting celebrity of his friends and all their connections to do the same. Because without those nothing makes him any different than any of the other hard working adventures in the area.
Noble: hides behind his family, particularly his father a deputy to the governor, when things go wrong.
Jason: hides behind his friends and a gold rank adventurer they're connected to who seems that they have the clout to dismiss the governor if they want when something goes predictably wrong.
Jason: risk himself bravely, though a little less so since he seems to be made of evasion and armor as things go on. Dedicated to being an adventurer as his choice.
Noble: a coward and unwilling to face real risk. But that I can see didn't really have an option to be something else. From his behavior he would clearly be more comfortable as a politician, but unlikely to have a real option given what his family wants from him.
I had hoped the story would turn back around to the level of the early chapters, but I don't think I want to keep waiting for that.
also TW: abusive relationship and spoilers
The real breaking point though was once he's back on earth. We've seen that in his past that his trauma as it's implied is that he "Nice Guy"ed his best friend despite her not being interested in him and instead being consistently into his brother that way. Then when she had the option left him to go be with his brother who she married. She handled the break with him poorly, but being that all were basically kids at the time that's not a surprise. Jason then destroyed his life as as much as he possibly could, as a way to punish her. A childish and borderline abusive tactic, that is entirely on him. Though as with her handling of the break up at their age it's not really anyone's fault, just his responsibility. On his return to earth one of Jason's earliest acts is to tell her that he will show her that there really is magic out there like she's always dreamed, that all her wishes could have come true, but that he's going to make sure she can't really ever touch that magic but lives a long extended life knowing she's missing everything she ever dreamed of. Clearly seeking to punish her for not wanting to be in a relationship with him, after all who wouldn't want to date someone who's primarily personally trait is being an ass and flaunting that he knows things they don't to everyone he meets?
Without giving any spoilers, in the middle of the story is a twist that is by far the worst twist I have ever seen in any story ever and I am still upset about it to this day, I haven't read this story in months and every time I think back on the twist I get angry about it. The grammar of the story is great, the characters are fleshed out, and I kind of like the style of it. But the mc is so stupidly righteous and I will never understand why, the other characters do things for seemingly no reasons at times and the plans they come up with oftentimes are stupid if not downright purposely dangerous. And back to the twist now, I see no reason for its existence. Not one. I liked the story until that point but it just ruined it for me and was so unnecessary.
A very good start, but as the story progressed i began to lose interest in it. The story just became a chore to read after a while, therefore i opted to stop reading. while this story may not be for me, it definitely a few interesting ideas that i found cool.