The Island Tastes Like Chicken (A LitRPG)

The Island Tastes Like Chicken (A LitRPG)

by James Tadhg

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  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

Raccoons are the worst. Not because they get into your trash, but because they cause plane crashes. At least that's how Ben felt as he washed up on the shores of Killjoy Island.

Armed with hundreds of hours of Role-Playing Games, Ben must brave the chicken flavoured wilderness, uncover the secrets of the system, and face off against mutated monsters from his childhood, all while balancing the basic necessities of survival.

Nothing is sacred on Killjoy Island, and as always, Happy Dying.

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Little Racoon
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I came here for the mc's hatred towards raccoons, I stayed for the humor that brings a smile if not a laugh to my face every time I came back to it.

Style: 5 stars. There's very little I can nitpick about. The irony and sarcasm that comes with the humor creates some kind of dark comedy that I can imagine the mc laughing in pain every time those notifications pop up. Although a LitRPG, the numbers aren't shoved down my throat and are more like a supporting tool to everything that's going on.

Story: 4.5 stars. The worldbuilding isn't dumped all in one, but revealed through the mc's interactions with other characters. The plot is moving on pretty well with its share of action and breaks, and it seems that an exciting development is coming very soon. However, I did find the mc recovering a little too well from dangers, which slightly dampened the "realism".

Grammar: 4.5 stars. There are some typos and grammatical inconsistencies here and there, but didn't break the flow much and isn't very frequent. I suggest doing a quick scan every once in a while to catch those pesky oopsies.

Character: 5 stars. The banter between the current cast is extremely entertaining and fun to read, and I like how the mc also has his more serious moments. Gnome is definitely my favorite, however.

Overall, please don't bully the raccoons :(

Seeker
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Not bad but not for everyone

Reviewed at: 2 - Newcomer

My rating is based upon personal enjoyment only. I didn't like the style but it was well written and consistent in it's slightly surreal presentation. I am not a fan of surrealism, melodrama or any other system of overemphasis which is unfortunately how this story is written in the initial chapters. 

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I TOO CAN KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE BEAR

Reviewed at: 6 - Call Me Benjamin

Where to start? With racoons probably.

This is, literally, the best LitRPG I have ever read on Royal Road. Let's pass quickly on the style and grammar, raccons are highjacking my private jet too. It's flawless (couple mistakes being quickly edited by the author), professional, simple and straight forward. The story is very easy to read, to follow and enjoy.

The story is written at the first person as we follow Ben Quayle, like the bird (and this author is obsessed with birds). Ben dies (it happens) and wakes up on an island full of dangers, weird creatures from the late 90s and way too much achievements to unlock. Ben is smart but Ben didn't watch Bear Grylls last weekend. Surviving gets tricky really quickly- food, fire and... birds pile up in the troublemeter. C'mon Ben, you can do it! You're an interesting character and ressourceful. You're believable and we call all relate to you. In two words: you're well-written (Is it 4?)

The story remains intriguing for now, as I reached chapter 6. Not every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, letting us breath between combats, exploration and survival. I enjoyed the pace, and the prose (like I said). Dialogues are smart and well-balanced. I would have enjoy more descriptions of the island. Alongside the creatures (love them), I'd like the playground to be more unique, more vivid. Killjoy Island should stand out, like its inhabitants do.

Anyway, a racoons broke into the cockpit so I must conclude quickly. The Island tastes like chicken is an atoll of fun in a gray ocean of GameLit litterature. I loved every part of it and-

*loud crash*

*silence*

*a bird flies*

"Welcome, Traveler. State your name"

Oh f*ck me...

SR Fauth
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Let me preface this by saying that there are SPOILERS! Almost as bad as that meatloaf you left in the fridge for a week. Almost.

With that being said, let us being:

STYLE SCORE: 5/5 The world Is clean, covered in blood, and well written. The writing style, stylization of the combat, and character descriptions draw you in and don't let you go. Much like a pit trap. Overall I really enjoyed learning about the world and the people within it. Even if some of them were PvP murdering scum.

STORY SCORE: 5/5 Love the story. It is literally Lost meets Hunger Games meets LITRPG. And my title to this review doesn't do it justice. It's a great blend of genres, has compelling and interesting content, and has a very interesting and somewhat mysterious storyline. I cant wait to see where the story goes.

GRAMMAR SCORE: 4.5/5 There were a few instances of misspelled words, a few punctuation issues, but overall nothing that impacted the overall pacing or quality of the content. This is a well-edited and reviewed piece of fiction.

CHARACTER SCORE: 4.5/5 I have this thing against sparing your enemies who just tried to kill you. I think that soured me a bit on the MC, but I can see it not as a character flaw but a personality trait. He's not a violent homicidal maniac and he has obviously been there for far less time than others. Overall he is beginning to develop well, although I seriously hope he feeds his potential new part leader to Gnome.

OVERALL SCORE: 5/5 I loved it. The blending of genres, the development, and world-building, the interesting talking mimic that will only eat people under four feet tall. Every step of the read was awesome and you certainly get a like and follow out of me.

Jwbenjamin
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Fast Paced Action And Awesome Humor

Reviewed at: 11 - It's Just A Game

I admit, I didn't know quite what to expect when I first clicked on "Tastes Like Chicken". But what I have received is a fast-paced, well-written action-adventure satire with delicious amounts of absurdist humor and a main character I find truly enjoyable. This serial is a delight to read, and made me laugh out loud more than once.

Style: 5/5

James Tadhg has a wonderful grasp of his authorial voice and of the tone of the story itself. It flows quite well from slower moments of preparation and contemplation into frenetic action and has more than your doctor's daily recommended dose of puns sprinkled liberally throughout. His style sucks you in and carries you along almost effortlessly. I understand he edits these drafts before and after posting, and his work definitely shows in the final product. Top marks!

Grammar: 4/5: Probably the weakest point (and it's not very weak at all), there are some errors here and there that were little things -- word choices that didn't work for me, mostly, and the occasional choppy sentence or mis-spelling--but since this is an in-progress draft they're certainly nothing that will jar you out of the story. Just needs a polishing pass or two once the book is finished, and it'll shine just fine.

Character: 4.5/5

Ben is an enjoyable MC (And I'm not just saying that because he has excellent taste in naming conventions) who reacts mostly believably to the insane situation he's found himself in. I enjoy the quiet moments we get with him, remembering certain things from his past life. I personally wish we could get more of those to flesh his character out more. I would dearly love to know more about the man, to get a deeper sense of who he is and what makes him tick, but I understand we're still in early days yet and James is still explaining the system and the world to us. So I can wait.

Which brings us to:

Story: 5/5

I'm just gonna say it, I love the way Tadhg has set up this world. I love the mechanics he's introducing -- a hilarious 'you are what you eat' concept that I can see giving rise to all kinds of shenanigans in the future being my particular favorite. I also love that he's starting the MC at rock-bottom and making the poor guy struggle, rather than making him OP from the start. I have a personal preference for those kinds of protags, and it's nice to see one written so well as this.

Overall: 5/5

I'll be honest; I came here for the review swap, but I'm staying because Tadhg has well and truly hooked me with this delightfully quirky tale. I want to see what happens next. I want to know what hilariously bad puns he's going to throw at me. I want to know more about how this world works, and how poor Ben is gonna get out of it in the end.

And if quirky-fun adventure romps with an absurd sense of humor and unique mechanics are your cup of tea, you should join us. Pull up a chair, pop some popcorn, and just embrace the madness.

You'll be glad you did.

PistolShrimp
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This review tastes like chicken

Reviewed at: 6 - Call Me Benjamin

A brilliant, quirky start to your usual isekai / litRPG story. Though, is it really an isekai? The verdict is still out on that one, but it's one of the many quirks that make this story so enjoyable.

It's a strange survival-type story: the island tastes like chicken, the monsters are barely-disguised copyright infringements, and whatever the administrators of this kill-happy game of not-life and death are taking, I want some too.

The title is not a joke: the island actually tastes like chicken. That should just about set the tone. Everything is ridiculous, hilarious, and a little over the top. The six chapters I've read so far have been fun and exciting, without a dull moment in between.

 

Style

The author has this down in spades. The descriptions, the fun moments of introspection, the constant references to everything pop culture--it's all well executed. There are some particular stand out moments to me that really show how well the author has their voice down. Take, for example:

But all of those things were happenstance, or decisions other people made for me. None of them were my own. Like a Sims character, I was living my life, unaware that some entity beyond my world was deciding what I do, and dropping me in the pool before removing the ladder so I drown because I’m incapable of climbing out any other way. That last part in a strange way felt like a fitting metaphor for my current situation.

Honestly, there's so much life in this. There's so much character! Way more  than most published novels, let alone what's on Royal Road.

However, I do have one complaint which is the narration style in the first chapter. It's a little over the top compared to what we get from then onwards. Furthermore, the protagonist is narrating from a point in the future, but it's somewhat vague whether this is a distant point or close. That vagueness makes the first chapter a little weak, but once the style normalises it gets a lot better. I'd recommend that the author brush up the first chapter a little and trying to cut down on some unnecessary bits in chapter one.

Even so, it's a pretty minor nitpick. Since most authors have a stronger first chapter and weaker everything else, I'm happy that the troubles pass so quickly rather than get worse over time.

 

Story

The pacing is excellent and there's barely a dull moment so far. Rather than being bombarded with stat screens and beefy explanations, the author has chosen the fun way: don't explain anything, leave the protagonist flailing. And it's very entertaining watching him flail.

He's not incompetent by any means, but watching him fumble his way to a semblance of victory in an act as simple as lighting a fire makes each moment a delight.

I personally don't like overpowered protagonists so I like seeing that each small victory matters.

Unfortunately, I can't say much more than this since I'm reviewing so early into the story, but so far I've been loving what I read and am yet to get bored.

 

Grammar

There have been some issues with tense, but the author has corrected them almost as soon as they've been pointed out. There are very few spelling errors and nothing glaring that will take you out of the story. The language flows smoothly, making this an pleasant read. Overall, well done!

 

Character

You know how in a lot of LitRPGs, especially those on Royal Road, the protagonist is either a wet towel, a murder-happy edge lord, or has the social prowess of Plank from Ed, Edd, and Eddy? Not in this story. The protagonist is alive!

So far, I've only read the one character, plus had a brief encounter with the not-so-Tarantino-esque, maybe-clinically-insane Mr. Pink.

What I have seen of Benjamin Quayle, the protagonist, has been refreshing. We get a heap of personality plus several flashes of his life before the crash which help to really ground the protagonist's character.

Ben is methodical yet quirky. He's capable yet clumsy. He's a real person with real personality. Reading in his voice is a delight.

Oh, and did I mention the system message voice. Whoever is writing those popup messages to Benjamin is an idiot and I love them.

 

Overall

I'm writing this review as part of a review swap, so I came here with the intent of finding flaws and helping the author improve on any weak spots. But honestly? I'm struggling to find any that aren't just nitpicking.

Maybe there's that issue with the narration at the beginning. The first chapter is extra quirky and isn't as in line with the rest of the fiction's tone. It could use a trimming. Other than that? Maybe the descriptions could use some sprucing up. The settings are described pretty briefly, but then that does allow the pace to go a little faster.

Yeah, not much to criticise at all. Perhaps that'll change in the future, but for now, this has been an amazing start to a really fun and quirky story.

If you're looking for something entertaining and fun, with an interesting protagonist, excellent pacing, and a good mystery to keep you hooked, then this is a really promising start.

Gyoded
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Birds, trolls, talking boxes, oh my!

Reviewed at: 12 - Troll Hunting, For Dummies

I don't recommend big bird hunting.  Or troll hunting, even if there is a guide for dummies on it.  However, I highly recommend this story, and Ben seems to be getting the hang of all the crazy creatures running around.

Style: Author has a very engaging style flowing from his hands, and this story is an absolute joy to read.  Pacing is well done, action and info-dumps well balanced along with the system messages from the scared-of-copyright overseer.  The dialogue flows great in this story, seamlessly merging with the prose.  More of a personal opinion, but sometimes the use of onomatopoeias felt a little out of place, especially when they were a little more frequent in the earlier chapters.  Felt like sometimes they could be changed to just descriptions.  Sometimes they weren't italicized and sometimes were, so I suggest some consistency unless it's a stylistic choice.

Story: Yes, this is a litrpg, but no, it is definitely original.  The isekai at the beginning felt unique and new, and for some reason, poor raccoons are being blamed.  Island survival is always very fun to read, and when it's accompanied by killer birds and axe bears that are contrastingly peaceful, it creates a unique story that the author is skillfully weaving together and keeping me wanting more.

Grammar: Saw some comma splices (very few), but author is quick to fix mistakes pointed out and otherwise the grammar is very solid.  In no way did it break my immersion.

Character: Even from the first chapter, characterization greatly shines.  A character that only appears in the first chapter is unique and fleshed out.  The mc's own voice clearly comes out through the writing, and the system even has its own delightful (air quotes) personality.  Very well done.  Don't think I could praise characters enough, so I'll stop here.

The island does taste like chicken, and so do the birds.  Don't yet know why, though, and I can't wait to follow this story and find out.

WhimsicalDeity
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Few to none of the LitRPGs I've read have started off as strong as this piece does, and even with only six chapters read, I can tell it's going to be a particularly solid addition to the genre. Should you be a fan of LitRPGs and looking for your next read, I encourage you to start this one.

Character:

Likely the most refreshing part of the piece. While some LitRPGs use the main character as an often emotionally-flat vehicle to fight, level up, and advance the plot, we instead get bursts of character throughout the text. Each sentence feels like it's through the lens of a real, dynamic (and somewhat goofy/cheeky) human being. This helps us get a great sense for who our MC is while also pepping the chapters up with humour and spirit.

Style:

Executed well. A strong variance of sentence and paragraph lengths. Sentences show high levels of variance in terms of how many are simple/complex/compound, and the words flow nicely. No real critique here, which is to say, the piece is highly pleasant to read from a style perspective.

Story:

To some extent, there are elements of the same story in pretty much every LitRPG out there, and this is no exception. That being said, where it differs from the rest makes it curious and interesting. From the level of intense mystery hanging about the situation our MC finds himself in, to the absurdity of the names of the MC's enemies, we're left delighted, intrigued, and ready to read more. It's unclear as of yet exactly what the end-game is, save for surviving until tomorrow, but that just adds a good layer of suspense to the early chapters.

Grammar:

Nothing noteworthy, which is to say, the grammar is good, and any small errors are few and far in between.

Overall, give it a shot! I'm enjoying it, and if you're anything like me, you won't be disappointed!

Dylan King
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The Island Tastes Like Chicken is a LitRPG/Isekai story that seamlessly melds comedy with genuinely tense action and struggle. For full disclosure, I am not usually a reader of these genres, so this review may be influenced by how poorly read I am in them.

Story:

This story follows Ben, a normal-seeming human with a dislike of racoons, as he is killed in a plane crash and reborn/revived/trapped within a survival based rpg game.

On the surface, this is a pretty standard opening for the genre, but once the layers begin to peel back, something fresh begins to reveal itself. 

Firstly, comedy is weaved seamlessly into the narrative via strong authorial voice and some really tight character writing. The early revelation that the island's early creatures were, in fact, pop culture references was hilaruous and as a result, I'll never look at Big Bird in the same way again (furbies, on the other hand, have always been terrifying).

Added to this, was the real sense of struggle the author has worked hard to maintain. Every inch of progression is paid for in blood, sweat and even more blood, and that makes for an inredibly compelling narrative.

Style:

Prose is generally excellent. The author has a smooth style and a strong voice, which makes this work incredibly easy to read

Grammar:

This is a well-edited work. I see no real issues.

Character:

Ben is a well realised protagonist, and his internal monologue is a real highlight of the work. I'm looking forward to learning more about him, though preferably through his exposure and subsequent reactions to new situations on the island, rather than via flashbacks.

 

Overall, this is an excellently crafted work, and was a hugely enjoyable read even for someone not usually a fan of the genre itself.

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Just wow!!! This story just got me clicking next chapter all day long. I thoroughly enjoyed the start of this story and it only continues to keep me intrigued and expecting more. Authors sense of humor is amazing. 

Style - The entire story (that I have read so far) is very well written and easy to follow. The writing style is impeccable and obviously polished. The pacing was fast and very fitting.  The author has a good grasp of the language. It really helps along with the imagination with vivid scenes. 

Storytelling - The author does it beautifully, and the pacing is perfect. The plot itself seems well thought out so far! 

Grammar - No noticeable issues other than the very occasional typo. 

Characters - I'm new to this genre but I truly enjoyed this! The author skillfully crafted a fantastic world with characters. Only issue I had with mc is that he had almost no long-term incompatibility with the environment where he “appeared”, or with the creators of that place. He acts as a well-prepared pro gamer who forgets everything when he turns on the game. So it seems a bit unrealistic from the point of view of human psychology.

Overall, I’ve never read such genre and style and I’m greatly enjoying it.