by Outback Quill

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Living life in a virtual world was never part of my plan. My dreams of the future were of university, of being a world renown researcher and pharmacist. Being one of the many unfortunates forced into a virtual reality capsule to live out my days as a popsicle, was not part of that dream. But not all dreams can be achieved, and sometimes, it’s the dreams we never knew we had that come true. I dreamed of walking a path of science, and now in a world known only to the mind, I walk a path trodden by the greatest scientists of all. 

In these frozen dreams, I walk the path of a disciple of natural philosophy. 

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Reviewed at: Chapter Seventy one

EDITED 31.12.2021

TL;DR: It's a wish fulfilment self-insert LitRPG (by setting, no numbers at all) much more focused on the social aspects of gaming, so expect the parts of sword art online/log horizon not about fighting. The premise is weak, but if you get over the start (which still is cringeworthy) it is readable and good. It certainly caught my attention.

Soo, another book by the outback quill, huh? I am starting to get a hang of the stories she writes now, though. You know, strong female heroine (self-insert) wish fulfilment, but overall a relaxing and sometimes funny reading. 

The start seemed more episodic, giving a space of several chapters to an event some unspecified amount of time after the previous episode happened. But, after that the most recent chapters (eeeeh, after chapter...30? maybe?) start developing a more continuous plot with some more medium and a hint of a long term goal besides the short term ones.

But, if you really start thinking about the system, you realize the reason it isn't featured more is it is not thought through. It is, after all, giving our heroine amazing powers without any levels, indicators or just scaling.

In the end, I decided to think about it as more of a fantasy with the LitRPG aspects hastily and shoddily bolted on and promptly forgotten, so that the premise makes sense and the players can think about it as a game.

On the whole, it is fun to read and I got over the first twenty-something chapters in one afternoon.

Oh, and I like the tidbits on famous alchemists and pharmacology, it fits nicely into the story. 

Advanced Idea Machine

An enjoyable read. Several things I like about it. Seems like the author have throught things through, can't say the same for the main character though 😉 

😁👍👍 good job 

And apperanty the review is not allowed to be this short.  

So to add to the above

I appreciate an author who can write fantasy or adventure where the stakes aren't of the life and death sort. 


A potion with all necessary ingredients

Reviewed at: Chapter fifteen

Disclaimer - I am a romance writer with a habit of seeking valid reasoning behind every smallest emotion/action/interaction. LitRPG/Sci-Fi is a tad too dry for me in emotional space. So with that in mind, take this review with a pinch of salt.

Story - This is an interesting story of a girl, apparently, with some physical disability that prevents her from taking a useful job in the human world, being inserted into a virtual world by some scheme of her parents. The girl is intelligent, analytical, and wants nothing more than to return to the human world escaping the 'digitalization' process.
So far so good, the plot got me hooked. What I can't digest is how quickly the girl accepts her fate in the new world. Her mind feels already 'digitalized'. It may be just me but I can't feel a trace of sadness at the way she was cheated into this.

World Building - The writer does a good job of this. She has a flair, obviously already being published is proof of her skill.
I like the details with which everything has been described. We get old and new world mixed, there are elves, dwarves, mythical creatures, and races, then there are VR games and giant science corps. It feels like the author is trying to brew a potion with all ingredients :)

Grammar - Grammar is spot on. Some minor glitches in some places, some of them quite basic. Quick proofreading should fix them all.

Characters - The MC is intelligent, beautiful, with a physical ailment and a tragic past. All ingredients for the readers to feel empathy. Although I feel her insertion in the digital world and the acceptance of it was too fast. The initial chapters almost feel like she is looking forward to her time as an alchemist in a new world. I would have liked a little more rumination on what's going on in her mind. 

Overall I find it an interesting read, a brew of all necessary ingredients. Give it a go if you enjoy a bit of everything.




I love hacking stories.  They're my fav niche type.

Hacking as in extending the game engine as far as you can take it.  Hacks, exploits, outright cheats to create items that shouldn't exist, or to defeat enemies way above your weight class.

The protagonist is a very likable nerd, who's into pharmaceutical research, who got stuck into a game world. Now, she gets to nerd out, hacking her way through the game's alchemy system.  Awesomely well written slice of life, with the charm of a bright, inquisitive protagonist, who like any good scientist has way more questions than answers.  She's researching, and coming up with stuff that hasn't been seen before.  She's poised to cause a revolution, and we get to read about her engaging and interesting adventures.  

Not for everyone, but do give it a try.  You may like, I certainly did.


Decent writing but no staying power

Reviewed at: Chapter twenty three

Protagonist is veering towards a Mary Sue, with everything needed given to her for free. As of ~chapter 25 she has yet to struggle with anything except the Tragic Backstory. 

Writing is decent and I read up to the current content. So its fine, I'm just not interested enough to keep reading. Will greatly appeal to some though.


I enjoy laughing and this book makes me laugh. Reading a genius like Kadia. Is like reading a combination of children's books and L.G Estrella. Kadia is far from perfect, and has mental health issues. She's been though a lot and will take time to get better. I will enjoy every moment. From watching her invent new alchemical creations. To her learning more about the secrets of this new game world she made. Plus thier are BOOMY'S! Maybe we'll even get WHIZ BOOMS!!!!


Overall I really like what I’m reading!! I am very interested in the story’s premise. It starts off fast and exciting and slows down in-game as the MCs world is developed. I appreciate the depth and detail that goes into the MCs motivations and background knowledge, although her initial reactions seem a bit muted and it would make more sense if her internal dialogue showed us her reasoning to generally stay calm and making the best of her situation by focusing on her passion. Which seems to be exactly what she does. There IS drama though, and it is believable and feels real. Other characters are also fleshed out and seem to have a personality although the dialogue can be a bit wordy and could seem more natural. But that’s just the writing style - it is thorough and I appreciate being able to see the entirety of an experience in detail. Very high quality RR experience so far, excited to keep up with it.


I know I've said it before in other reviews, but I really love when science is done well in a story, especially the wet sciences.

This one is no exception.

Yes, technically it's alchemy, but, here, we have an aspiring pharmacist, now alchemy in a virtual world putting to use knowledge of the history of chemistry, as well as good, scientific method. Yes, it's using magic and magic, alchemical ingredients, but the process is true to the scientific method, in all it's meticulousness.

If course, it doesn't hurt that the characters are relatable, the interplay been characters is realistic and humorous, and the plot is good, too. The grammar is above expectations for most self-published webnovels, too, which is an added bonus.

All in all, well worth the read!

(Blah blah blah, word content minimum, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah 200 effing words blah blah blah no efficiency of words blah blah blah blah blah who waffles around with this many words blah blah blah blah blah Wing, you need to change this -it used to be 50 blah blah blah blah blah blah blah i can't even come up with more words blah blah blah blah hasn't anyone heard of economy of words blah blah blah blah blah why use 50 words when you can use 10 blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah I'm so sorry, ms author ma'am blah blah blah blah)


Easy to read,no Grammer mistakes, characters are fleshed out and feel like people not robots, world building is going strong. Truly a good read can't wait for more will probably buy it if it hits Amazon. Hopefully it keeps going strong I know author just got hit with bots bombing the reviews. 


This story to put it simply, is absolutely amazing. I binged it in about a day or two, it was just so good I couldn't put it down.


It isn't often we get to see everything from the point of view of an alchemist, but stories like this are always my favorite. The MC doesn't go out and slice through her problems, she has to slowly come up with new solutions and methods. The MC is also a delight, and very realistic. She doesn't take being forced into a game world well at first, as she shouldn't its a traumatizing experience. But despite that we see her trying to forge a new life for herself. 


The style of the story is great, its not so slow you get bored but not so fast you're left wanting. The characters are all multi deminsional and you don't have a hard time distinguishing them based on their individual personalities. 


The grammar is good, there's an occasional typo but nothing so bad it makes the story unreadable. 

The story is overall amazing, while the character sort of gets handed some small cheats she still has to struggle to figure out solutions for her problems. Which I love. While an OP character is fun to read its also incredibly satisfying to read about a character that fails and has to work for success. And Kadia is willing to work for every inch of progression she can get. She's a wonderful protagonist, smart in a way that's not simply told to us but shown to us time and again. 


All in all a wonderful story that can and will suck you right in.