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In the year 2057, the world has become a corporate-run utopia for the super-rich, and a hellhole for all the rest.
Catherine 'Cat' Leblanc is an orphan that is about as far from super-rich as one can be. When the Incursion alarms start blaring and the sky starts raining hungry xenos, it's just another blemish on an already piss-poor afternoon.
A cyberpunk magical-girl alien-invasion LitRPG.
It’s exactly as wild as it sounds.
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Word count isn't too high so far but what's been put down sets up an intriguing powerset, primary conflict and sociopolitical setting. Cast seems faceted and reasonable so far - traumatized does not mean unreasonable, authoritarian does not mean inflexible, this sort of thing.
The title says it all. Had a bunch of good laughs like a havent had in some time. Also liked the pacing and the characters. Keep up the god work.
P.S - many words here so I'll reach the 50 word limit so yeah. fifty words; fifty words; fifty words; fifty words; fifty words; fifty words; fifty words; fifty words; fifty words; fifty words; fifty words.
Dude needs some help editing. A single scene can be multiple chapters, and that makes the story feel choppy and unsatisfying to read.
Edit: Forty chapters in and the story is still in the same building.
This is good. Like real good.
The world building is fun to read, each chapter at the start have a bit of lore. Lore and pieces of what happened to the world in the story, Cat as someone that lives there would be awkward to have her tell about things that happened 30 years ago, or topics that she herself wouldn't care much about, so having these tiny lore pieces every chapter is good.
So far all of the main cast makes me remember them because all of them cativate in a certain way that makes me explode in sweetness. The interaction between them is another thing that makes this story so worth it to read. The Ai being human-like in teasing the mc is one of the best things that happen.
The volume 1 maybe would lead into misconceptions about the story being all about killing things, until you remember how much time have truly passed in the story.
It was about 6 hours. And in these 6 hours we get a mc that worries about her own, shows why she was chosen to be a Samurai and have awesome character.
And Volume 2 comes and we get a different vibe all together.
we see Cat living her now not that much normal life, time spend with her family, with her girlfriend. Then she goes into another kind of mission that isn't about killing aliens.
Things don't feel forced, the plot just kind of rolls. People exist and they want to do stuff, or to get stuff.
Overall RavensDagger always makes good stories and this is another one of it. If you want to feel good, in your mood give this a try, if you like guns and sci-fi guns possibilities read this too. Raven have made it so that he can make anything just because it crossed his mind and because the mc would want to try that.
An interesting take on a dystopian cyberpunk type world. It's got drama, action, humor, and romance in good measure. And I'm always wondering about what will come next.
Fair warning, some might find the pace a bit slow in regards to time frame. A lot happens in the first twenty or so chapters, but it's all on the same day. You can get a lot of entertainment out of it, but some might feel like there isn't any progression.
I read the blurb and decided not my thing. Post apocoplytic? No thanks. Super hero(ish)? Yeah no. Crippled orphans? I round up the change at the grocery to avoid feeling sympathy.
Unfortunately I ran out of the other things to read. So here I am again. What's one chapter right? After all a couple of the authors other stories are pretty good. Just one little chapter and I'll move on to something else.
Or so I in my naivety thought.
OMG this story is so hilarious and fun. The mc and her interactions with everyone around her are priceless. The characters are vivid and engaging. The story itself I'd give maybe a B or a B+ but the characters really bring it to life.
This is a review of the first volume of Stray Cat Strut.
RavensDagger has created a compelling and interesting future world that straddles hard scifi and science fantasy. Cat, her orphan friends and the other samurai are all well-drawn and interesting. The first volume is let down by a lack of real peril or a coherent antagonist, but I have high hopes for the development of this story and will definitely keep reading.
The author's voice is clear and strong, which is to be expected from an experienced writer. However, the pace rushes occasionally, with quite short chapters and choppy action transitions. There is room, however, to polish this within the short chapters, adding more of the sensory detail that's missing and providing some welcome respite in the relentless pace of the action.
Barring a few minor typos, there are no mistakes or errors of grammar or spelling worth pointing out. But, at the same time, RavensDagger doesn't make much, if any, imaginative use of grammar or sentence structure in a way that would earn a full five stars. That's not really a criticism, though. It's still 4.5 stars for grammar.
The first volume is a pretty linear plot. There's little sense that anyone Cat cares about is every truly in danger (arguably, other than herself - but she's the title character and, hence, unlikely to die). But, to be fair to RavensDagger, this first volume is really just laying the groundwork of introducing Cat, her world, the samurai and the invaders. Although I think more work could have been done to make the story more compelling, with more conflict and tension, there's no denying that the journey through Cat's world is captivating and horrifying in equal measures. If nothing else, it's an easy read.
This is where the story shines. Cat is a convincing young punk, golden-hearted under her crusty exterior. As such, her ascension to samurai feels both just and logical. A hero who's an orphan could come across as an easy reach for someone with no obligations or responsibilities. But it's quickly and persuasively shown that Cat has endless obligations and responsibilities and, for all her flaws, handles them as well as she possibly could. It also meshes well with her ascension that her priority will be using her new opportunities to make life as good as it can be for her charges - but also that she's already got a bit of a hero complex, so she's not going to shy away from doing the job of a proper junior samurai.
For all that this may feel like a critical review, the pleasure of the narrative lies with the compelling journey of its protagonist and, although I think that journey could have nicer scenery, that doesn't make it not worth your time.
Stray Cat Strut is, at time of writing, the story on RR that I most look forward to seeing update and I'll still be here to write a review of the second volume when it's done.
Cutesy sums it up well, and from what I've seen it applies to everything this author writes. I suppose it's nice enough to begin with, but too much sugar gets cloying.
If you can overlook the lack of internal logic and the utter and complete idiocy of the protagonist (self-admitted, at that) and every last other important character (other than the nine or six-year old super-samurai, of which so little is seen that it's hard to judge), it's filler stuff with lots of innuendo to attract male readers with imagine-lesbianism and hot nuns.
Reading for when you want to smile fondly and occasionally grin with your brain turned off.
The story is a mix of litRPG, cyberpunk, and an alien invasion. It sounds ridiculous, but it works out quite well. It's not a serious, rational fiction, but it is a fun read that has you cheering for the MC.
The plot is pretty straightforward: It's around the mid-21st century, and alien invasions are threatening Earth. The government has basically given way to corporate overlords who control much of society. Everything and everyone is judged on how much they are worth, and there's a huge disparity between rich and poor. At the top of this system are the Vanguards, or Samurai as they’re more commonly known. People who are granted power to fight the aliens by another race of advanced aliens.
The story centers around the MC who gets caught in an invasion, and finds herself isolated. The MC needs to save her friends, and gets a "system" that allows her to do so. She kills the aliens, gets points, spends points on weapons to better kill more aliens and get more points, and so on.
The characters are fun. They have personality and are likeable. The MC, Cat, is a one-armed, one-eyed orphan who (with her two, also crippled friends, is in charge of a group of younger orphans in one of the poorest orphanages in the city.
The world is interesting. It’s a dystopian cyberpunk setting, where megacorporation set the rules. It’s pretty well fleshed out and doesn’t go too far that it becomes ridiculous.
As far as grammar, it’s well-written. No obvious mistakes, and good sentence structure and word-flow.
All-in-all I’d recommend this if you just want something fun to read that’s not too deep.
Sassy lesbians, snark, combat nuns, dystopian cyberpunk and an alien invasion - what's not to love?
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