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"You have entered the Crypt of Fiendish Worms.”

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in hell? Probably look around for the fire and brimstone.

What’s next?

You'd check to see if you’ve still got pants.

For Lukas Aguilar, it is no different.

Torn away from his former life on Earth, he finds himself trapped in an underground dungeon with no escape in sight and hundreds of questions...

Am I still alive? What is this place? Why am I here?

Vicious monsters stand in the way of answers and in a world where even the smallest of insects sees him as a potential source of food, Lukas will have to grow quickly to survive. Still, an underground cave, a strange assortment of monsters and a screen that just won't stop following him around— You'd think that Hell would be a little more consistent.


Release Schedule

Four Chapters a month, released on Sundays.


Acknowledgments

Exodus for his wonderful artwork and illustrations.

Solo Starfish for his help as a beta.

Skadarken for his help as a beta.

All of our Readers who have left feedback in the comments sections and reviews— we constantly update older chapters and we've made several corrections and edits based on your suggestions.

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Tathagata
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A friend recommended it to me, and I haven't regretted it. Very enjoyable story with a unique take on the gamer systems. Using a supremely powerful no-nonsense character like Inanna like that is something new for me. Excellent humor and characters. The story is kind of slow, which fits right in my alley, and doesn't start with dozens of stats in the face.

One thing that stood out most was the gradual slope in which the schema is being explained to the reader. Every single stat or skill has been explained as a part of the story plot, without being all technical about it.

Definitely recommended! 

exra
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Honestly hesitating to write a review at only 16 ch that the author put out. Usually a story in my opionion can start showing its true potential around 50 ch but pushing it, around 20.

But considering this is now trending, I feel obligated as one of the first few readers to give a quick glimpse at what your heading into.

Overal, the story is ....new? I mean same dungeon premise, but a different spin, isekai, but what is the point of an isekai if your homeplanet got busted. The story itself is about some law dude, who has no humor, and is as bland as grits, who is thrown into a new world straight into a dungeon with nothing but pants. His hero cop out power is this godess who acts like how a god should- bitchy and condescending. He is working hard to kill very unique monsters, cave man style. No instant power ups, no unique weapon, no nothing. Just hard work with a sprinkle of needed luck to keep the story moving. I mean cant kill mc now can we, this isnt akame ga kill is it?

In anycase, the side charecters in this story are more fleshed out than the main charecter. Thats cuz we get more side charecter perspective, and ig its unfair to say, since its only 16 ch. BUt in 16 ch, I would best hope the author had given more of mc side. Unless there was a greater scheme at hand like side charecter and mc clashing in the plot....

 

Grammar flawless,

style pretty nice nothing remarkable, nothing jarring like random 4th wall breaking narrater.

ZeroRewind
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I've been following this duo for a while now, and they've never managed to disappoint me in terms of stories.

The ideas presented in Stranger Than Fiction aren't exactly new— and yet, they feel new.

The Characters:

Thrust into an unknown world, the protagonist— Lukas— reacts in the most believably human way possible: he enters his fight/flight mode, is jittery, injects humor wherever he can, and generally tries to ground himself.

The story behind Inanna is equally interesting, and witnessing the two's first interaction was something I was looking forward to— and was not disappointed on. Inanna is the textbook definition of what the ideal king/queen is. Regal, an earned air of superiority, and overwhelming presence.

Let's be honest, the game system is a character all on its own. For an emotionless thing, it's delivered some pretty amusing dialogue.

The Story:

Though I don't know where Blackstaff and NightMarE are eventually going with this, the amount I've seen has me convinced that the destination will be amazing— so I'm just going to enjoy the journey!

The world building is top-notch— enough information to keep my interest, but not so much that it makes me stop reading out of annoyance. And believe me, I despise info dumps.

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TL;DR version:
Read this. You'll like it.

Nomad1791
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Spoiler: Spoiler

 

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Story 4,5/5

Stranger than fiction unlike probably every other fantasy I've ever read is based on sumerian mythology. For that alone it get's an extra point. Sumerian mythology is completely unexplored (a certain game where people die when they are killed nonewithstanding) and allows the story to flavor it with a unique brand. The story so far is a standard Isekai LitRPG, but instead of a truck or some random gunner, we have the end of the world as a trigger. It's inersting to see why what I assume is the symerian underworld adopted a gaming system. First glimpses seem to explore the absurdity of the typical EXP system as the idea of getting experience because we murder life should be revolting and alien. Yet the gamer accepts it without a second thought. If I had to criticize something, it would be that even at this point, I have no idea what the story will be about. Sure, Lukas wants to stay alive and get out of the dungeon but what beyond that?

Grammar 4,5/5

Grammar's good. There are some mistakes in the later chapters but nothing that should distract the reader.

Style 3/5

The story is written in a typical LitRPG style, which means there's tons of tell and not so much of show. Though I would say the style is better written than the usual standard here on RR and allows for some amusing thoughts from Luke. As a result, the readers feels distant from Luke and his feelings don't come across well. One great way to change that would be a bigger focus on Luke's body language. How does he act when he's scared, when he's frustrated or at his wit's ends?

Characters 4/5

The story's still at the beginning, so characters outside of Luke, Iannana and Schema haven't explored and so far the explorer trio introduced at a later point seems far less interestesing and unique.

Luke's a law student, so he has a rather analytical and lacateral approach to his environment. And the author has managed to capturre this unique breed of humans in an authenthic manner.

Though Luke sometimes fails to react properly to some of the events. He had a bigger reaction towards his ex than the earthquake or the chasm appearing before his feet. His interactions with Iannana and his desperate attempts to maintain whatever autonomy and emanzipation he still has are well written.

As is Iannana. She's not the most symphatetic character for sure. But as goddess one doesn't need to be. Instead she provides a pov on various topics that allow one to examine these from an outside the box angle.

And lastly, the status screen - or schema - is amazing. So much that even though it's technically not a character, I had to include it here. I'm actually quite interested in seeing it respond and screw with Iannana

All in all it's a fascinating LitRPG that can go places. Those passionate about LitRPGs should read this story for its uniquness alone.And those prefer only good LitRPGs should read it as well. It's a good story.

MrBadWithNames
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Stanger than fiction is a really fun story, thus the 5/5 overall score, usually I'd write this at the end but I'll make an exception this time, you absolutely should give this story a shot!

Style, the story is well paced with plenty of time to explore the MC's situation, the only thing I'm not a fan of are the info-boxes, they're a very common tool for writers of this kind of fiction and I think it'd be silly to look down on the story for their use, just a think to keep in mind.

 

The story itself is setting up to be an interesting one, plenty of setup for future events, as of right no not much of the story has been revealed, so I can't really comment much about it.

Grammar was a 5/5, no mistakes I could spot, not that I'm great at spotting em, haha.

 

Characters, they're great, the MC is playing a bit of a straigtman to the rest of the world, I can't help but like the menu itself, it's also great.

I'm still not certain about the godess herself, she seem like an interesting character so far, though I wouldn't call her likable.

 

Again, as stated above, you should give this story a go, it was an interesting read and had some really good world-building early on!

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Interesting, very interesting

Reviewed at: Chapter 12

Overall, I found the work, as a whole, very enjoyable. It's an interesting take on LitRPG's and transmigration. It benefits from assuming that most readers are familiar with LitRPG's and transmigration and thus has an easier time building a familiar but distinct world. I really enjoy the Sumerian inspiration, it's exotic enough to be unique but similar to other heavily used inspirations that the legwork is already half done.

For the story, I found it enjoyable. I like the direction it's heading in. I'm currently under the impression that Lukas, the MC, gets super OP through hard work and near death. And I like that. Rather than handing him the reigns to some awesome powers, he's going to have to earn it. We get an early glimpse of what he can wield but he doesn't keep it and it's implied that he'll have to earn it. I'm rooting for him having to kill his almighty benafactress at the end, but that's just because I like those kinda twists.

The style of the author is well developed and very well put together. It is apparent that they know what they're doing and have an excellent command over their writing. And it's a very voicey piece of work. My only gripe is that the prose tends to get a little too purple for my liking. It's understandable if that's just the personality of Lukas, but sometimes he tends to wax too poetic and it bogs down his bits. 

The grammar was well handled and nearly flawless. I'm rolling some of the style points into the grammar score because they go hand in hand. With the author tending to err on the side of waxing poetic comes the problem of clunky sentence structure. I caught myself having to reread a few times to fully get what was being said or explained. But overall the grammar was very well done.

Character was the weakest portion for me. So far there is a grand total of 7 characters, at least up to the 12th chapter. And the two most unique, in my opinion, are the two characters who don't even have a physical form. It's odd when a static, supposedly informative System Screen displays more character than the MC. Lukas, Elena, Zuken, and Tanya all fall into their respective tropes and roles and I'm sure that there'll be some heavy development one their parts, if they survive. 

In conclusion, a great read that I'll most definitely continue reading and probably update my review when more chapters come out.

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The story is between mythilogy and litrpg. The story takes a different uptake on litrpg as you get somewhat a feeling of how the system originates early.

The flow is smooth to say the least though my problem is the over explainations, I could skim through some and it did not affect my reading experience. 

In the favour of the authors though, I tend to think that over explainations and pictures that give more realism to the story are two sides of the same coin, and since there are always pictures displayed in the story giving it more realism, I think it compensates for the over explainations, just in my opinion i think the story could be better without the over explainations, so thats that.

 

 

The style:

There is nothing to say except it is completely fitting to the story narrative. You could feel that this is how the story is meant to be told. 

 

 

The story:

The story for me is a regular start, but it does not to take any charm from it. Everything has its own background stated, the story is not lacking any plot nor building, the plot from what I have read is page turner. If I have a problem it would be the lack of action and multiple transitions. But that could play either way, since the story only has 13 chapters by the time I am writing this.

 

Grammar:

To me the grammar was flawless and I did not have any problem with my reading experience.

 

Characters:

Honestly I think the characters are the only thng this story is missing/I am waiting for. The only thing to have had a distinct character was the system and the goddess, but honestly that was on the surface. I like to think any character development or differentiation between characters requires time over chapters, so like i said i am just waiting for it.

Skadarken
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TL:DR Version

I have known the authors for a while now and I am quite happy to say that these pair of insane maniacs have only gotten better at their lore, world, characters and story arcs.

In short, I would happily recommend Stranger Than Fiction without regret.

NON-(TL;DR) Version

One of the primary strengths of the authors, from their earliest attempts at creating a story, was the ever increasing attempts to twist existing expectations in ways that made us want to never put the book down.

With Stranger Than Fiction, their ability to write has only gotten stranger, nightmarish and all the more enjoyable and exciting for it.

One of the primary factors that will draw your attention are the characters. They will never appear larger than life nor will they show off incredible talents at the drop of a hat. Yet, there is a factor, a factor that will draw you into their lives, to watch them as they go through seemingly mundane tasks with incredible interest because you feel - you know - that something extraordinary awaits at the next turn. It is a facet of their work that only improves with every chapter.

The System, the gamer system that is part of our protagonist, feels less like a machine that hands skills and tools at X level and more like a character complete with its own quirks and desires. One could go so far as to say The System is just as much a part of the protagonist's development as it is developing from him.

In short, I can state, with complete certainty, that you can stick around for the long ride and continue to be amazed by the stage being set, one curtain at a time.

EmperorOfFinal
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FearmeHorror's Personal review

Reviewed at: Chapter 11

 Great Job so far in terms fo world building and The masters so far you've definitely got scratching my head with the Mystery about how Lukas's world ended and Who our what was responsible for it,Innana?or something even more sinister ?

The monsters definitely managed to freak Me out,especially with the Slime worms ,My God those are disturbing, and the mother *Shudder*

The fact that Levelling up can't be achieved by grinding against weak opponents is assuring since that would be boring and Makes sure lukas is gonna need to confront stronger and stronger enemies.

Inanna's character.....makes me want to punch her square in the face so congrats if thats the reaction you wanted to invoke out of me ,As much as I hate the character I like how she's written and Tanya has me scratching my head asking whats her deal which will probably be Answered later on.Though I'm not sure if the other two Eill live past the first arc ...

Im looking forward to you expanding on the characters their personality and the Gamer system since we still haven't gotten much from that ,hope they'll be a more in breath expansions on it.But overall this story has very good promise though its a bit early to say.