“Whoever will reach level 100 first shall become Earth’s new Overgod.” So said the screen as dungeons summoned invaders from alternate realities, woke up ancient gods slumbering beneath the earth, and empowered humans with levels and classes. A battle royale of worldwide proportions begins as the world descends into anarchy.
But Basil Bohen doesn’t give a crap about the apocalypse.
He would rather live in the woods with his monster pets, but people just won't leave him alone...
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I am a massive fan of Void's work. This one feels a little flat in comparison with many of his other ones. Perhaps it's just a slow burn and will get better, but over 20 chapters in and I'm very meh every chapter release. The characters are fine. Basil is annoying and a little to good at everything. Plato is fine but generic. I do enjoy Vasi and Shellgirl so far so perhaps the story will pickup now.
The plot overall doesn't seem like it matters. The stakes are supposedly really high but the laxadasical attitude of Basil and co don't make it feel that way. Every enemy they face is either so much weaker it doesn't matter or is so overwhelming they just avoid them. And if they can't avoid them, they win by something that trivializes the fight taking the tension out of it. I am not saying it doesn't feel earned, it just makes me not care about the next fight because Basil will just win. Once again, it's still early and that may change, but in comparison to other works by Void I don't feel the weight of the stroy.
System is fine. I don't really care about it I guess? It's to unpreditable to say if it makes sense or if Basil is making a good or bad choice. Like it seems their isn't a limit on classes, and all classes seem too be front loaded so taking one level in everything seems as viable as focusing down one path. Also for a story with Tamer in the title, Basil has very few Tamer levels. It's so few, with such a massive payoff, I don't get why anyone wouldn't take Tamer as an option given its potential for such little commitment.
Cosing thoughts: I don't think it's bad. I think I might be a little to early to judge, but as of this point everything is very underwhelming. I have hope that this will change as I legitmately believe Void is on of the best authors on the site, but if he wasn't the one writing it I probably would of dropped this until it was done.
One of the main pulls of the LitRpg apocalypse/apotheosis is the quick action and stakes.
While an innovative blend of genres Maxine J. Durand has done the equivalent of using nunchucks to paddle a kayak. A calm slice of life pacing with tame conflict fights directly against the other half of the genre. A man attempting Kung fu to float on a calm lake. It isn't working.
I find that the absurdist humour doesn't land, as the apocalyptic setting allows for the more absurd turning the humour into mundane contrivance. The setting this time stretches too wide a net to allow for Maxime J. Durand's brand of humour to land and there been little to nothing else occurring so far in this story.
I wanted to enjoy this story, due to how much I enjoyed Durand's other works but this time it's just not happening.
Overall, it starts out strong and then falls flat. Grammer is very good, only a few errors here and there. The tittle and summary is at least mildly misleading. I've always put down Durands books in the past because of dislike of where the story was heading or the characters, not the writing skill of Durand. This is the first time its just flopped. Every author has a relatively bad book from time to time.
The characters are all two dimensional. Sometimes we will be told other characters have more than that, but we are never shown those diminsions so they might as well not exist.
There are several times where a character does not act along the emotion they have been stated to have, or do other actions that make no sense.
THe lack of drama from some characters was good and amusing at the start about certian subjects, but it turns into a lack of impact from story events instead of "this guy just doens't care about certian things".
It was nice not having a genius at the wheel for leveling up, and I do like that. This was a nice change of pace from other litRPG books.
1st, the tittle and summary could be said to be misleading. At the very least, its sets up wrong expectations in the reader. His main focus is being a berserker, not a monster tamer. Which leads to a great focus on combat, which I would say is a weak point of this story.
The authors is looking for snappy fights, but it comes out rushed. With the exeption of some of the first fights. Not enough time describing the scene everyone is fighting in, impact feels weird, toughness of characteres feels driven more by plot than by stats or realism.
The touching current politics is brave, I will give him that, but it has become more annoying as time goes on. Almost a mirror of how more intense things are getting IRL and the author is unable to keep it out of his book. If you don't like IRL politics in your stories this will be a major turn off.
World seems decently developed, and he has had a bit of fun weaving in memes into the world building.
Voidherald aka Maxime J. Durand does it again! Why is void so good? What's the secret to his focus? What immense dedication must it take to actually complete books on RR! Only void can be so persistent, blessing us with lovely, finished, long, high-quality novels again and again!
As I helped with making parts of this book's cover a while ago, I have been granted the advanced chapters of this tasty novel, so feel free to ignore the chapter number this advanced review was left at.
Now onto the review meats:
Apocalypse Tamer is about a chill countryside dude named Basil who lives with his cat in France. The comedy parts of this book is that Basil choses the "tamer" profession, which allows him to chat with various apocalyptic monsters and adopt them akin to pokemon. Basil's first "pokemon" is his cat and thus a cat-human relationship is born, allowing for plentiful feline jabs at the human's expense.
Like in Maxime J. Durand's other books, the reader can enjoy an immensely complex, unique and fun litrpg system in which our intrepid heroes evolve their skills from level zero to one hundred.
The descriptions of the monsters, dungeoneering and the French countryside life are simply sublime and no spelling mistakes are seen anywhere.
Keep it up Maxime! You rock!
The book has the vibe of a cartoon.
For example, the MC is directly threatened with a gruesome death by a mob of armed fantasy creatures. The MC's reaction is less along the lines of "oh no, this is dangerous" and more along the lines of "this is inconvenient."
And there's also the talking animals. The exaggerated personalities of these animals also goes a long way to add to the cartoonish vibe of the story.
Overall I think this one is not for me. Particularly the MC and his internal logic.
If you just want silly and don't immediately hate the MC I'm sure you'll enjoy the fiction.
I have neither love nor hate for the style.
The grammar and actual writing is fine. There weren't any big mistakes that grabbed me.
Guy just wants to sit in his house thinking he's in a coma/dreaming/crazy. I only read the first couple chapters so I'm sure there is plenty that happens later but I'll never find out.
This is the low point for me. Basil acts, thinks, and is written annoyingly.
- His cat starts talking to him and he thinks "Well seems I've had a psychotic break, I'll have to speak to a doctor about the at some point"
- Then Magic screens pop up and he says the same thing.
- Fights a giant centipede that wants to kill and eat him. Meanwhile is yelling about "property damage." He spares the bug and just puts him to work.
- Fights some goblins. Tries to get them to just be peaceful. After he kills all of them we cut away to him roasting them in his oven like that's fine. This really got me because he's acting like it's a normal and reasonable thing to cook and eat human-like sentient creatures but the idea that the magic screens are real is insane.
As an avid reader of Voidherald fictions, i can say that this new one is quite good.
My only problem for now it's that the characters between his novels are quite similar. The MC has the same situation and that's why is quite easy to connect with him, after all, i already read about him before, only with a different history, even some banters with the characters are similar.
I will be following this new fiction until the end. I love litrpg!
City life aint for this MC. Hes relaxing / retired in the country side with his wit, his cat, and the rest of the forest is against him.
Classic witty banter dialogue is as expected. System is fairly standard.
Unknown what plot direction this is going to go. I don't see this guy going to the dungeon, but almost expect a base builder type story where everything keeps coming for his patch of wilderness.
Initially this looks like an apocalypse litrpg well done, the usual tropes of status screeens and the outlining of a class and team development, its in chapter 3 when it all finally comes together and shows us how hillarious it can be
For you see, the MC is not some dude willing to tear a path for power, with blood and steel, nope, he is a grounded man who wants to live a peaceful life in the woods, so, what does he does when the apocalypse comes for him?
HE DRAGS THE APOCALYPSE TO HIS LEVEL, and forces it to behave in a civilized way
Not current civilization, mind you, the MC is a mixture of modern social values and an "old coutry" type of decisive action man
He has no problem in killing his enemies or preparing for violence, not because he is a modern person who realizes the need for violence, but because his values are still rooten in older traditions that declare violence as a necesesity of life
Basically, take a 18th century dude, give him modern knowledge and throw the apocalypse at him, and he will treat it as another instance of having to crush the savagery of the world, in order to pursue civilization
And its kind of epic and funny
The comedy reminds me of Malcom In The Middle, where the MCs were very extreme people trying to live a civilized life, except that is a berserker and his tamed beasts trying to be civilized when murdering their enemies
Basil (and his cat/dwarf panther) finds out that the world has changed while he was asleep and that now there is a system, all humans have classes, there are dungeons, there are monsters, and he can understand what his pet cat, Plato (who insists he is a dwarf panther) is saying. Oh, and there is the tiny matter of how the first creature on Earth to reach level 100 becomes the Overgod of their planet. With levels being gained by, amongst other things, killing monsters and other humans. So fun times for everyone.
The characters are interesting so far and include a sapient cat and centipede who knows gaming terminology and seem to know more about what is going on than Basil does. The writing style is clear and engaging and the plot pace seems fine so far, but there are only four chapters out for now. The spelling and grammar are also generally very good. There are very rarely a few minor errors, but most of them seem to have been found and mentioned in the comments and corrected by the author.
It is a promising beginning by an author who has a track record of writing popular and enjoyable stories on this site. And for completing books that he starts.
As I am actively following this story, and the author has a history of regular and frequent uploads of new chapters, I will update this review as more chapters come in.