The Calamitous Bob

by Mecanimus

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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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D. Redbeard
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Like the title says, The Calamitous Bob is yet another gem from Mecanimus.

The story has an interesting if not entirely original premise, and it doesn't reinvent the wheel, but the author's writing blows other works in the genre out of the water. If you've read A Journey of Black and Red, then you know what I mean.

Start reading now, and don't let the first couple of chapters fool you. This story is a bit slow to begin but it's more than worthy of your time.

Gibb, Occasionally Omnipotent Annoyance.
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I'll admit to a bias right off the bat. Fantasy stories of any kind that feature the real rammifications of physics, logistics and scaling will always hold a place in my heart. I always try my best to dig into fantasy wherever I find it, but I find so, so many stories whose world is nothing more than a flate plain whose boring nature is only mildly disrupted by the common tropes.

So far, this is not that. When someone is stabbed, not only do they get injured, there are magical factors at play. Magic isn't solely postiive, it's a permeating and indiscriminate force. 

And, though I'm not the best judge of character unless they're absolutely terrible or absolutely fantastic, I can definitely say that these characters all seem competently written, and the author judges very well how the audience will view a character after an action.

All in all, I'm massively biased due to the nature of the world and action, and I don't care. Read it, don't read it, up to you. But for my money, this is better than most stories on this site.

whoKnowsBro
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i rate double of max. would read again. also would like more to read. keep up the great work.

would recommend to others but too short for now. I require more story about bob.

 

If I had a time machine, i would go into the future just to read this.

10/5 would recommend

An_Amazing_Username
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I don't have anything bad or even negative to say about this story. It's a simple concept that is well excecuted. that being said I have to say that I can't help but feel as though the author has big plans for this novel and I for one am looking forward to what ever the author has planned. 

The only thing that might concievably bring my opinion of the book down would be the release schedual. It's been fast thus far and the author has said it will countinue with daily releases until chapter 30. I'll keep reading even if the releases slow down substantialy but... eh I don't know. I had a point or something.

Scodillo
Overall

You can't spell 'slaughter' without laughter!

Reviewed at: Chapter 32: The Twisted Ones

This is one of the most reasonably paced, well developed litrpg- type fictions I've read on this site. The main character's luck is openly acknowledged, their power coming at a cost, and they are consistently shown to have limits just like everyone else.

If you're looking for a sort a story with a strong female lead in a dark, unknown world with no compunctions about doing what needs doing, this is the story to read!

JetFish
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Good story, not my favourite style

Reviewed at: Chapter 30. Bloody Business

The Calamatous Bob is a well written isekai fantasy litRPG which definitely deserves a comedy tag, as it defines the whole stories tone.

Although I like my stories to be slightly darker and less of a slap stick comedy act.

The story often dictates your mood into a vulgar soldier kind of humour (knowing Bob's background it's understandable), and when you have to slap your thigh laughing every second chapter because of bobs/solfis egdyness, it takes out a lot of the wonders and mysteries of magical fantasy world, which i highly prefer.

Only the earlier chapters, before meeting her problem solver golem, really hit my tone. After that it got a bit too much into wiping out stupid undead with funny spell names and ridiculing the local fleshbags about whether they're able to do photosynthesis.

Nonetheless this is a great quality story, just not exactly my prefered style.

Speaking about quality style... A Journey of Black and Red, a Vampire story taking place in North America during Colonisation, by the very same author, is darker in tone, if I remember correctly. Might be a reason for the author to broaden their repertoire.

H4ck0r
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I have an extremely short attention span, and while reading the other books from Mecanimus I sometimes felt bored, not often, but I skipped atleast 4 chapters per book after a short amount of reading (4/5) hours. I can normally read up to 8.

This book has kept me reading till its last chapter without being bored (excluding a little bit of the beginning. Not the beggining beginning but chapter 5-10).

 

lenkite
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Even Better than his other work

Reviewed at: Chapter 18: The Bringer of Death

This book is SO good that I read all chapters in RR and every single chapter in Patreon over a weekend. Mecanimus has matured as a writer. His other work - a Journey of black and red is well written. However, it tends to be slightly boring at times and has trouble sometimes holding the reader's interest when the story wanders.

Calamitous Bob is written in a more focused style. You get the feeling that the author has actually planned the story out with an end-goal in mind. Sure it has elements of comedy - but they are mostly dark comedy. Be prepared for undead - loads of undead and fear at the beginning.

The story is well-paced and thrilling. It starts as a gritty survival story in the beginning - she has no chance at combat early on with her stats/skills - and gets into action when the MC manages to reach the edge of the deadlands and is better trained as a caster.

The grammar and writing is top notch. The newer chapters on Patreon may be a bit rough but the ones on RR seem to be well-polished.

Do note that the story is touch grimdark. A fair amount of characters, even people you might like tend to kick the bucket on a regular basis.

The only negative thing I have to say for the story is that I wish the author would give distinct speech patterns for different characters.  Too many people speaking American english in the same way is distressing. Basically, though the characters are distinct, they (incluing the MC) all feel as if they grew up in the same neighbourhood. 
dr lichdeath
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pretty sure i already read this somewhere before several years ago

might be a previous older version and this version is it being the rewritten/ reuploaded version

 

still its pretty good

i love the pet dragon and the references

i hope it will continue this way with frequent uploads and good content im quite curious about future interactions