A certain trickster spirit was fond of saying, 'me and my big fat mouth'. That could be Jasper Stone's motto. There's never been a situation in his life he didn't make worse by opening his mouth, because when he does, ridiculous amounts of trash-talk and overconfidence just spills out. He's never managed to do anything with his wits -- but when the God of Fools tosses him into another world for amusement's sake, he'll need to put them to use. Because there are bandits, dragons, and cultists out there -- none of whom appreciate Jasper's particular gift for insults.
--Cover by the inimitable Vitaly S Alexius.
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I'm always quick to pick up anything new by NoDragons. Trash Tier is off to an excellent start and I'm really looking forward to seeing where it goes next!
Style - NoDragons is a top notch writer with a fantastic style and amazing flow. I love the voice of this. It starts out hilarious, and the tone and pacing kept me invested all the way through the first 13 chapters. Like with his other work, the system (systems in this case) is fun and compelling, and extremely well put together.
Story - It's still early days but I'm expecting this to be a light hearted, humour packed progression fantasy. It's a fun premise that has a god swoop down and steal away one of the world's most exceptional trash talkers, to take him to a fantasy world where even gods fight to survive.
Grammar - I didn't pick up on any grammar issues.
Character - This is where the book really stands out. Jasper is hilarious in a way that's extremely hard to pull off. I'm amazed the author's been able to keep the trash talk going so consistently, but it's great, and I can't wait to see what levels it gets taken to!
Definitely well worth checking out. Chapters are coming out quickly and so far none of them have disappointed. Highly recommend!
Story: The story is about Jasper – an idiotic fool with a big mouth and an apparent lack of the ability to keep it shut – as he is sent to another world by a god. The God of Fools.
He struggles through, using his wit and the few things he has learned and gained since coming to survive in a cruel world.
There are no major issues with the story as of writing this review.
Style: The style is well done, with a nice flow to it and no noticeable problems to speak of. There are also aspects of the author's writing style that add a bit of a comedic flare to the story that helps draw me in just the slightest bit further.
Grammar: There are no glaring grammar issues, with only a few tiny ones that do not mess with the flow of the story in the slightest. They are the type that an author might miss whilst writing or editing their chapter.
Character: This is a very big point in the story, if you ask me. The main protagonist can be described with many words, but the biggest one is obviously, that he's a fool.
I almost immediately hated the main protagonist, Jasper, but at the same time, he has a bit of a comedic flare about him and the events going on around him that it still drew me into the story. And my distaste of him aside for the moment, his character – along with the rest of the characters as of making this review – have been very well done, with no issues to speak of. He has a major problem with keeping his mouth shut at times, but also is very smart and resourcefull, and knows how to get out of a jam when he needs to.
The author does a pretty good job with the accents, and making the world Jasper is sent to feel medieval.
Overall: The story itself is beautifully written, and I have to give the author props for his work. There are no major issues as of yet that I have noticed.
Okay I love this story.
Style: Typical to NoDragons, it's got excellent prose and grade-a jokes. From the isekai moment to him discovering the world, it's all smooth and intensely interesting.
Story: That flows into my story rating too. Learning about the world, about the tensions around the protagonist is very fun and compelling. I like that a lot isn't spoon fed to the reader, because we're behind Jasper's eyes and in his head, and he doesn't know shit all about this new world. But it's not navel-gazing either, firmly focused on the now and surviving his current threats. The larger conflict (as it's been revealed) is interesting as well, and the way the System is set up with arcane terms and suchlike is top notch.
Grammar: it's great. If there were typos, I neither noticed them or cared. NoDragons could be misspelling every other word and I'd still enjoy it.
Character: Jasper Stone is a great character to follow around, and learning of the world with him is the best. Inferential worldbuilding has always been a favorite of mine, and having it couched in a desperate yet entertaining character like Jasper is a chef's kiss.
Goddamn, I love this fiction. Read it!
The biggest hurdle for engaging me in a story, especially those that start like this, is getting passed how absolutely normal and often unlikable the protagonist is generally depicted; how I instinctively wish they would drop into a hole and die because I would rather it be me spirited away.
Fortunately, Jasper Stone is immediately engaging. Bit characters are intricately fleshed out, teasing that they might not actually be temporary -- should they live. I have favorite characters and it is too soon to have favorite characters.
I like highly descriptive locales, believable character profiles, witty banter, and tight fight scenes. I like boxes and skills and classes and all that nonsense. This does all of them in the non-suckiest untrashiest of ways.
I also find myself impressed with the wordcrafting as well as the -cough- insults...
Deep world-building was a surprising bonus, but I suppose not that surprising because No Dragons knows what they're about -- and are generally insufferable as a result.
From a story point of view, I'm already wondering how the god arc is going to play out even though it was just casually mentioned in passing. The framework so far could entice the reader to start drawing up their own maps, making one of those really annoying lore/god/skill lists that would look good in a WotC book, draw a large table like they have in Path of Exile for choosing paths.
As of Chapter 12 I am disgusted that I have to bookmark and favorite another fiction.
The story starts off very traditional isekai litrpg, but slowly evolves into something more.
The fool drinks and drinks stumbling from place to place not sure where they are where they are going. The traveling minstrel dances and sings traveling the world with an unclear destination. The butterfly flutters from flower to flower.
Our main character, Jasper, is the chosen/avatar of The Fool. The Fool is mysterious let us further delve into their befuddling profundities. Jasper the traveling minstrel does not set up and build a base like many other protagonists. He moves from tile to tile like a butterfly and flowers. We learn the world this way and this way the Author changes the normal formula.
The beginning is easy to follow, kind of reminds me pf the beginning of No Game No Life. Around chapter 23 an event happens and the writing style/prose gets a bit more trippy. It kinda feels like I'm hallucinating when I read it. The details and logistics of everything don't really line up in my head when I read, but I think this was done by the author on purpose which is good and a refreshing mixup to the normal writing style here on RR.
I look forward to where this story goes in the future.
This is an absolute banger. I'm a huge fan of charisma style characters and I already read all of NoDragon's books, so this is no exception. I don't have the time to write a full review right now but im trying to catch up with all the novels im reading with some feedback, so this'll have to do for now. The writing is great, the characters are realistic, and you should be reading the book instead of this.
This story could have been decent. Bit of a knock-off, but nothing special.
Instead, it's really, really good. And, it's even written really well. A joy to read and quite funny to boot. Only sad bit is that there is still so little published and I can hardly wait for more.
Your story has something that a lot of people that can just write don't have. And it's soul and feeling. Many times I read a story like this and I'm waiting for it to be good and tolerating stiff ass writing ,but you? You put some real elbow grease into this. And I just gotta as long you keeping on progressing as a writer this shits only going to be better.
The character is an asshole. The best asshole you have ever read about. The way he copes, advances, adapts and keeps moving on is just a joy to behold. The world is interesting, and is pleasure to see it react to one of the surprisingly good insults from the protagonist.
First off the system is a lot different from other stories and I don't understand any of it like the mc so I feel like I'm learning things alongside him which is nice. Everything is pretty well written and I like the world building so far. That's pretty much all I need to say so definitely check it out.