Of Men and Dragons, Book 1

Of Men and Dragons, Book 1

by DrBlackJack21

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Jack crash-landed on a planet where the natives are seven-foot-tall carnivorous cat-lizards currently somewhere between stone and bronze age. The good news is the natives think the ship that crashed into their mountain is a dragon and are steering clear of it. The bad news is they just left one of their own as a sacrifice to appease the beast. No matter what Jack and his AI co-pilot decide, his life just got a lot more complicated...

ATTENTION: This is soft sci-fi rather than hard sci-fi, hence why I chose that tag. For those of you unfamiliar with the distinction, here's what Wikipedia had to say. 

1. It explores the "soft" sciences, and especially the social sciences (for example, anthropology, sociology, or psychology), rather than engineering or the "hard" sciences (for example, physics, astronomy, or chemistry).

2. It is not scientifically accurate or plausible; the opposite of hard science fiction.

Soft science fiction of either type is often more concerned with character and speculative societies, rather than speculative science or engineering. The term first appeared in the late 1970s and is attributed to Australian literary scholar Peter Nicholls.

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Taco Was Taken

Grammar is better than average compared to other RRL stories, good pacing, a Unique story that I find awesome, and a good cast of characters so far.

The only complaint that I have is the protagonist. He apologizes constantly for a lot of things that aren't his fault or isn't even apologize worthy, he allows himself to be a doormat for a girl he has only known for less than 3 days, and his face changes color from green to red like a chameleon for even the smallest of things.

Quasar Nexus

The story is a fantastic concept, but falls short. It is action packed enough that it's become bloated with it. As soon as the mc recovers from an injury something will happen, they'll do something stupid and they'll be bedridden again. as Oblivion put it, its sci-fi but not sci-fi. Some things that are common place nowadays arent included and I found it immersion breaking when it happened. 

Not sure why, but the straw that broke the camels back for me was when they didn't have on demand hot water for their showers.

The characters all felt fairly one dimensional because there are few moments without action where character building can take place.

The grammar and spelling are above average for RR and I mainly stuck around because of that.

It's a good story, but quite rough around the edges.

I will not be reading book two if it comes out.


Of People and People

Reviewed at: Chapter 34

There are no huge dire circumstances, there is no prophecy of the fated one, there are just well-developed characters trying to survive in a fairly hostile low-tech world.

The MC is vastly physically overmatched by the aliens and he's not as intelligent as his sister. He's very much an unremarkable everyman which is really not a bad thing, it makes when he acts much more impactful and serves to drive the heavily emotional side of the story. Which it has in spades.

One of my few complaints is that the 'aliens' aren't very alien. There are very few times (outside of the obvious physical differences) where the aliens strike you as such, they're just people. Could be a strength in this sort of story though or if you believe people are people whether they're cat-lizard aliens or not. That one will be up to you, for me the story is definitley strong enough I can overlook it.

Writing is good, clean and without major errors, right from the outset.




Genuinely heartwarming

Reviewed at: Chapter 48

I originally read this story over on Reddit but it definitely deserves a proper review. 

The story I primarily character-driven and as such is very dependent on strong characters to carry the story. Luckily it does it brilliantly. There is decent action scenes thrown in too, but the character drama is the party piece of this one.

So if you want to get invested in some very well-written characters struggle against the world. I highly recommended it. you will be on the edge of your seat cursing at the characters when they are in danger because you will care.



I can't believe I read this for free

Reviewed at: Chapter 57 (Book 1 Finale)

This story got me so hooked I just couldn't stop reading it in one go. There's a few weird quirks like referencing pop culture while the story takes place quite some ways in our future. But assuming the quality of our entertainment industry peaked not so long ago, the rest of the story is why we're really here.
I'd gladly buy this and future novels in the series as e-books, just make sure to give it one more spell check.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some sleep to catch up to.


This story is good but author is completely ignoring any related development which will happen before any civilization developed sentient ai or FTL travel.

Let me explain there would be a spoilers.

The male lead belongs to a civilization that has achieved faster then light travel and sentient AI's but everything else about them is still stuck in 21st century, like say, they can save a planet from an asteroid big enough to derail the moon but they do it by probably ramming there ship in it crash landing on the planet where they were collecting the data.

They have sentient ai but no gene modification, cyborg, or any other related development which is going to come before there would be any kind of sentient ai.

For making ai more like human author thought that it will be good to make them dumb and forgetfull.

It still uses same tech as we use in our daily life just in a FTLspace ship with a sentient ai.

His space ships core is shutdown for some reasons so he is not producing more powere but he probably is using same lithium ion powered batteries.

Also there is no fabricator or other fancy tech, 3d printed food is a current ideas and very close to reaching actual possibility.

He used anti-inflammatory drug and pain meds for his leg injury(in ch9), no nanites or something fancy no drones protecting him(his ship is a deep space scout) no exoskeleton (he has one).

It irks me so much that the author try to write sci fi and use FTL or things like sentient ai and completely forgets any related development which will happen far earlier then these two some of them are happening even if you read any of the sci mag.

If you don't mind above mentioned things then this story is good.

This whole thing being lack of tech and forgetfull ai thing is probably to make sure that ML and FL end up helping each other.


it's so much frustrating for me. I can't read it any more.

Why he didn't use exoskeleton for armour when visiting the village.(this should be a chapter comment not here).





Its flawed but good

Reviewed at: Chapter 49

The story is good but dont think too hard about the science behind most of the plot devices. This could be expained later in the story,  by some of the knowledge being lost due to the AI war.

That being said it has good characters better then most storys on this website.

All in all an enjoyable story and well worth the read



This is a great scifi/fantasy slice of life story. There isn't much going on, yet it is still very enjoyable. The mc isn't op or excessively weak. He is a very intelligent, but average physique, human. The other characters are cliches but unique.  Instead of being one dimensional, they have flaws and strengths, fears and goals and .....personalities.

The story is good without too much exposition. Not the greatest I have ever seen but nowhere close to being mediocre or worse. 

I could go on, but read it. It is worth it.

Thor Aegir

good story but reptiles are not humans !

Reviewed at: Chapter 3

This is a good story. It is well written and the characters are lovable. I like it even if I just started it.

Why only two and half a star ? Because the author did not work on his xenosociology ! What do a species with cat like paws needs of plates ? How can a member of this species easily identify some very human centric tools at first glance ? Why the IA can use the couch word in the alien language that she just learned ? And many other little things...

Author, when creating a intelligent alien race, please leave behind your humanity originated views. This is a first contact situation with a iron age society. The rescued sacrifice should not have the knowledge frameset she displays !

L'odeur de Wumpus

A heartwarming story about a space-stranded man, his spaceship sister, and their adorable lizard friend trying to make their way in a low-tech world after crash landing.

Of the three "space-farer crash lands on a primitive world and befriends a lizard" stories I've read in the past year, I think this one is my favorite.

The spelling, grammar, and style are excellent for a web novel.  They're superior to a solid chunk of ebooks I've read, as well.

The characters are developing nicely, without being too webnovel-trope-heavy - they remind me more of characters I'd expect in a young-adult sci-fi/fantasy novel in a library.  The MC is relateable, if predictable.  The sister character is, perhaps, the weakest so far, but that's just due to a story-reason lack of involvement in conflict so far.  It looks like that will be worked out soon.  The lizard is adorable without being the normal "cute pet/sidekick/girl hanger-on" that's par for the course here.

The world hasn't really been fleshed out much so far, which is understandable.  The small corner that they're living in feels developed enough for now, without having any infodump problems.  In my opinion, the pre-book history (AI war etc) is the weakest bit of world-building at the moment, but it also isn't particularly relevant other than providing an explanation of the "who" and "why" of the MC.

The MC has a solid goal, is aware of solid blockers, and there are obvious threads pointing towards derailments beyond love interest.  The author has done a nice job of avoiding having anything come truly out of the blue so far (all antagonists/problems have been mentioned ahead of time).  It's nicely cohesive.

The biggest peeve I have with the story is how quickly the primitive civilization people adapt to FTL-level technology, language-wise.  It's just that, though - a peeve.  I'd be equally peeved if the story took multiple chapters to work through explaining what a "machine" is, or the dozen other words that couldn't possibly exist for bronze-age tech.  That would probably be peak-peeve, rather than medium-warm peeve.  As is, it's probably close to Goldilock-peeve, because it's easy enough to just ignore.