The Calamitous Bob
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The world of Nyil, with its monsters, its knights and its mildly sociopathic gods. Come and see! A soul flees and a soul arrives, blessed by luck. Will she survive? Will she thrive? Will she become a calamity?
After all, luck is such a fickle thing.
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[Disclaimer] I have read up to chapter 50 (ish).
A deceptively light-hearted story that isn’t afraid to pack an emotional punch, The Calamitous Bob tells the tale of Viv (aka Bob), a 21st century member of the French Special Forces, as she is transported to another world.
Thrust headfirst into a dark, apocalyptic landscape of an empire in ruin Viv embarks on an adventure of survival and exploration.
Story first, stats second, Mecanimus tells this story with his trademark sophistication, humour and beautifully lyrical prose. While at times meandering, the story is compelling. There are some downright hilarious moments, however, despite light moments this story has substance and weight. Mecanimus is unafraid to handle dark themes, and does so with gut wrenching effectiveness.
The world building is interesting and one of my favourite aspects so far. Nyil is bizarre, terrifying, utterly alien and I have an inkling this is only the tip of the iceberg.
While the Calamitous Bob flirts with slice of life (compared to A Journey of Black and Red), stat progression, skills, and training scenes are satisfying, and the charactisation is topnotch. Can’t say too much there, but the secondary cast and their interactions are probably my favourite part of this serial so far.
Expect deities reminiscent of a Greek pantheon, snarky AI, monsters worthy of John Wyndham and your darkest nightmares.
Some mention of bosums, mostly modest. Your vocabulary will increase. Entertainment will be had. Happy reading.
Besides the joke title, (a little nudge towards the non-existence of the sound "V" in that world) this story is likely to be one of the best you will ever have the pleasure of reading. Also, I should say that I have read up to chapter 27 on Patreon, so there's that.
Flawless grammar and style help us into the story of Vivianne, Bob for the friends speaking Old Imperial; and how her soul is thrown into a different world due to a marriage dispute turned political strife in the world of the gods. In the wake of said soul baseball, Bob (or princess Bob, long may she reign!) is forced to find her own feet in a magical wasteland rife with powerful undead with magic! (I see you there, you wink to Zombie Knight) This means awakening in a ruined palace in the middle of a magical desert wasteland created by some massive explosion.
In the process of surviving the fallout that created said magic wasteland and created the equivalent of an end-game area rife with absurdly powerful undead, Bob finds Solfis. Our snarky, genocidal-maniac pursuing, and Bob's gateway into understanding her situation and finding a way out. Also, towards finding the skill "Genocidal Maniac". Don't ask. this is all meant to say that the characters are charming, and not one-trick ponies that get old real fast.
Now, while this is glaringly a LitRPG, it isn't the point of the story to be focused on it. It's more like a measure every so often of progress and of comparing. A good use of LitRPG.
To talk a bit more about the style, this is Mecanimus. Author of Journey of Black and Red. If you have not read it yet, go do it: it is an awesome vampire story turned to 15. The style is consistently flawless: comedy and graveness mix and meld beautifully into a stunning prose that is easy to read,
Grammar, at least here on RR, is mostly perfect. Patreon quality does have its hiccups when first released, but most, if not all, are fixed quite fast. And there are no problems with "their", "there" and similar things that make me wish to go blind in some stories.
As a nice little bow on this review, let me just say this: give it a try. I am sure you will enjoy its humor, the snark, Solfis and all the future crew. And the weird scaled cat.
This is one of the most amazing bits of writing I've found on RR. It may or may not be to your tastes, but it's pretty darn awesome. There are still a few editing errors/typos, so if that bothers you...you're gonna struggle a bit with that. I consider those trivial and easily fixable, and a negligible flaw on a otherwise great bit of writing.
This is funny, engaging, and by turns, exciting, thoughtful, and clever. The world building seems good so far, although it's (yet another) totally craptastic world (I'm not a huge fan of that trend, tbh). The mc is uncommonly well done; not a saint by any means, but so far it's very worth following her story. Seriously, this is some of the best writing I've seen in ages, and a darn good story and great MC.
The story is an interesting twist as the protagonist doesn't (technically) die before they are incarnated on a new world. Lots of interesting characters and a very fun story. A smart protagonist that actually seems smart, no two dimensional characters. A fascinating world which is slowly revealed chapter by chapter. Give the story a read, you won't regret it.
Interesting protagonist, fun side characters, good setup. An excellent start, eager to see where it goes. While there are some LitRPG elements, they don't get in the way of telling a good story. One thing I particularly like is that language issues are not just handwaved away. The world feels real, with a realistic setup and economy.
The story is about a woman thrown into an unknown fantasy world. A typical premise done masterfully, with nothing really left up to luck, as you'll know how it happened and why.
The protagonist won't be just granted massive power for no reason, or survive just through luck, as she'll bring with herself the skills she obtained in her previous life, skills that will aid her in surviving and navigating this new dangerous world she finds herself in.
Both comedy and action will ensue, well paced and perfectly depicted, with interesting characters that won't just be a background for an overpowered power fantasy protagonist.
While thirty chapters in is still fairly early in the story, Mecanimus shows an ability to write on a level that will shame most authors on RR, on par with his other (must read) novel, A Journey Of Black And Red.
Do yourself a favour, try reading or you'll miss out.
A great mix of action, lateral solutions, and humor. Writing style is decent, vocabulary solid with pacing more casual than lyrical. Pacing consistently provides tension without teetering into chaos. Main character walks the edge between hero and anti hero without any angst. Absolutely love it, this might be my favorite book on this site, ever.
I was not much of a fan of a Journey of black and red so when this one came out I was a bit sceptical. The funny title drew me in, though, and thank the gods of fiction for that because this is hilarious. I'm at chapter 25 and still giggle every time I read her new 'title'. This novel is a great blend of 'funny' and 'woe upon thee, puny mortal, for thou art but traumatizable flesh'.
Give it a read.
With great world building, characters and pacing. I have nothing to say but excellent. This is definitely the story I have been looking for. I am hoping for a consistent quality up until the end of this novel.
I caught up with the latest chapter and I am now extremely sad.
Reviewed at chapter 24.
The story is well thought out with good pacing. The characters are interesting and the dialogue between them is entertaining. I could find no grammar issues and the story has a good flow (no jarring change in PoV, no sudden confusion of whats going on). Its an isekai with minimal litrpg stats, and has a soft? Magic system (Magic is magical, limited explanations). The Author has a good release track record for their other novel (something like 2 years, it is also good and has vampires... the non sparkle kind), so expect LOTS more chapters.
This is one of those stories of the "Wait, why is this on RR and not in a bookstore?" quality. Your on RR so you'll probably like the genre (fantasy, magic, adventure), so go read it.