You know the setup: A young man on Earth hit by a speeding truck who ends up in a generic fantasy world.
But what about this: A young man in a generic LitRPG fantasy world hit by a carriage who ends up in modern-day San Francisco, and yet still wants to be a hero anyway? That's how Systemless starts, and boy does it never let up.
Join Eryk Solbourne and his two Earthen friends Francis and Delta as they adventure across the United States and try to achieve the impossible: becoming the ultimate hero in a world where levels don't even exist.
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This is still not really my cup of tea, but I wanted to come back and read the whole of what has been put out to this point.
There is nothing wrong with this book, the mc is alien and kind of annoying, but the author does a good job of making the mc feel alien and yet still relatable.
Somewhere around chapter 100 the whole story seems to enter fever dream status where it feels like the author decided to change the direction of the story and couldnt figure out how to. Plot points seemingly appear and disappear for no reason. Earth gets weird. The whole story feels like it's missing some form of guiding plot point. My only hope is the author can find a way to bring it all together for a satisfying ending.
*updated after reading up to chapter 155, origional review below*
I stopped at chapter 30. I tried to keep reading but it was not my cup of tea.
It's well written and has some funny parts, but over all it's kind of boring in my opinion.
There's just no driving story to it I guess. Its slice of weird life. Still worthy of 4 stars because of how well it's written but doesnt have anything to capture my attention.
Not entirely sure how to rate this story; it's funny, it does what it sets out to do, but I also got pretty annoyed while reading it. I think that stem largely from the main source of humour being misunderstandings and those misunderstandings at least seeming easily avoidable. I'm waiting for the characters to stop for a moment and properly sort out the situation except I have no hope of that happening. I would say that kind of humour gets old except I still kept reading and laughing each chapter.
What this means for me is that unless the story changes in some way, I can't really se a future for the story as something I would keep reading. That doesn't mean this story is straight up someone elses ally and it's probably read better spaced out over several days rather than read all at once the way I did.
Besides that it's well written with a constant style and a lack of any typos that I could see
Takes a few chapters to find it’s rhythm, but once the tone and main characters get set in stone it really hits its stride. Don’t expect anything serious or heart pounding, as this story largely focuses on slice of life comedy, like one the good Adam Sandler movies.
For me, the characters are what keep me coming back. They seem as though they should be annoying on the surface, but they have a unique charm and character that really endears them to you.
In summary, this story is wacky, light hearted and really doesn’t take itself seriously, but which makes it a delightful read.
Systemless is hilarious.
What starts as a fish-out-of-water story becomes a big genre mashup: road trip, fantasy, strategic gamelit, and the character-focused comedy that glues it all together. It becomes a little like National Lampoon movies and a little like Scott Pilgrim—but, surprisingly, still has an epic scope. That's what makes it feel fresh, original, and super-endearing.
I'm gonna break down my review categories in the order that makes most sense to me:
Character: Systemless is a comedy first and foremost, and if you want a good comedy, you better have good characters. Luckily, this is the story's strong suit!
We very quickly gather a threesome: the pompous but good-hearted wannabe hero Eryk, internet funnyman Francis, and snarky, bitter Delta. They balance each other well, and their exchanges are hands-down the funniest bits of the story. (I mean, seeing Eryk happily punch through a vending machine just to grab the snacks is one thing, but I can never forget the moment when Francis heard "his ding.")
It's also refreshing that Francis and Delta aren't just along for the ride. They have their own long-running plots alongside his. All three of them are developed enough that they shift from comedy to occasional dramedy seamlessly. (And if you don't like the sound of dramedy, remember that Scott Pilgrim would lose all its soul if it didn't have some grounded drama.)
Style: Most of the story is told from Eryk's perspective. The Special chapters (which are NOT optional and ARE good) are all distant third-person narration giving other characters some much-needed spotlight.
Eryk's system also comes with UI elements, which I find clean and easy to read.
I have no problems with the style, and while I like Eryk, I also like getting peeks into other characters' lives.
Story: So much of the plot is so strong. The core of it is that the only sound way Eryk can keep leveling up on Earth is by...going on a road trip! It's the perfect setup for goofy and varied adventures.
Eryk gets a second storyline that mixes things up even more. It's a major spoiler, so be warned:
It turns out that Eryk, unbeknownst to himself, could either be the destroyer of his homeworld Mystix (and Earth!) or its savior. This really ups the stakes and throws a wrench into what is otherwise a pretty lighthearted romp. This is why I said above that the story somehow preserves the epic scope we tend to associate with fantasy.
And the lead-in to this reveal is...wow. If the Eryk/Francis/Delta exchanges are the funniest, his OTHER adventures that start around chapter 40 are on one hand the most dramatic parts, and on the other hand the most pure-ass fun I've had reading. It's just so fun to puzzle out this mystery over Eryk's shoulder.
That part of the story is excellent. I'm taking off a star because the direction the road trip takes is...well, it's fun, but it's not my favorite.
tl;dr: it gets progressively sillier. You might love that, though. If you're curious enough, open the spoiler:
When the story opens, Eryk is the only truly silly element on Earth. This changes bit by bit. I think the sweet spot is the wrestling mini-arc: it's plausible, but just silly enough to make the laughs outrageous. The arc after that has some fun Hot Fuzz-esque elements and a ridiculous conspiracy that did make me smile—I just didn't like it as much.
But by the time they get to Santa Barbara, I have to put my foot down: California surfer-dude pirates are stopping their train. And they built a castle.
If this sounds amazing to you, READ SYSTEMLESS RIGHT NOW.
Basically what I'm saying, though, is, I feel like I just watched five TV seasons.
Grammar: Generally great, no huge mistakes. There are typos now and then, but it's always readable.
Overall: Systemless is a quirky, quality romp with more than a few dramatic twists. Read a comedy off the beaten path! Try it!
Turns out that you have to be a certain level of driven and delusional to live your life with the goal of becoming an S-rank Adventurer. And our boy Eryk has both of those in spades!
Thankfully for Eryk, and many many innocent bystanders, he finds a pair of unlikely friends to help guide him on a grand adventure in the bizarre and alien world of California. The friends Francis and Delta really help round out the rough edges of his reckless personality while adding their own enjoyable perspectives and personalities.
The story has many dramatic moments and no shortage of new and interesting adventure for the three to get themselves into, from mobs to surfer bro kingdoms you'll never be left with a sense of listlessness.
A story of bumbling ignorance, touching friendships and a healthy dosing of cringe, all in good fun.
Systemless earth is just really, really fast pace they jump from one place to another constantly and is (to me) focused on humour. At first I expected it to be an overpowered Mc on earth but that isn't really what's going on. There's good fights, good humour, good grammar and an actual story behind it. Who knows, maybe some romance aswell!
I really enjoyed reading the first several chapters of this story. It starts off with a bang and everything is fast moving. It doesn't stop to hold your hand at all and tell you what's going on, allowing you to learn along the way which is something that some people may be turned off by but i enjoyed it and prefer it that way.
It's one I will definitely keep reading as it pulls you into this crazy world right at the jump, giving you no time to breathe.
I did feel like I was reading a video game which is a good thing imo. The dialogue is short, crisp and too the point. There isn't any flowery words or fluff, everything is just what it needs to be. There's action from the get go and no lulls keeping you down. Overall if that's your cup of tea, then you will definitely enjoy it! It's definitely got plenty of video game and RPG elements. Not sure what it is but I kept getting Disgaea vibes. I may be off my rocker, but that's the atmosphere i got from it, even if the gameplay systems weren't the same. Maybe its the very vibrant cover art and characters.
Overall great writing and look forward to seeing where the story goes.
Thanks for the writing!
Systemless is a silly and amusing yarn that solidly flips the usual isekai story on its head, bringing a fantasy LitRPG hero to mundane Earth, while retaining his ability to use his video game like powers. While perhaps not the most original twist on the idea, TheDude3445 manages to do it right.
While there is plenty of situational humor just from the expected clash of cultures you'd normally see in a "fantasy warrior shows up on modern Earth" premise, the fact that his RPG power system carries over, and it's very nature incentivises him to keep trying to be an adventurer in a world that doesn't particularly want or need one, forces Eryk to adapt to Earth while still being forced to work with his game system. It makes for an interesting dynamic that I haven't seen done in stories like these; usually the "fantasy warrior on Earth" gimmick has the heroes also battling enemies from their world that likewise made the trip over, giving them an external threat to face. Systemless presents the hero with an internal challenge he can't just stab away.
This review is being written as of Chapter 20, and the chapters are nice and short for quick catching up. So far, the characters are solid, but we're still in the earlier stages of getting to know them. Overall, though, it's a fun, quick read, and I recommend it for fans of the lighter side of the isekai genre.
I hate how this novel just forces misunderstandings and sells that as plot. It is really frustrating to see how NO ONE can actually explain normally what the f is going on to him. Can't anyone just explain anything simple enough, that Eryk understands it? I mean it isn't hard. The charakters are also pretty unrealistic and messy and i dislike this story. The premise is a good one, but the rest? Idk about that
It's my first review here on rr, and english isn't my native language, but for the chance of creating a card in the story here i am.
Most of the chapters are short but the story dont feel rushed, it keeps a good balance of narrative development, the isekai aspect is explored in his own way, while the characters also progress in a unique way, Eryk keeps the protagonist status because the system but he still feel so much human, his interactions with the others characters and Earth is a good way to enjoy the story, to laugh and think about the world we live while still enjoying a good story.