All the Dust that Falls: A Roomba Isekai Adventure

All the Dust that Falls: A Roomba Isekai Adventure

by zaifyr

Some seek power. Some seek justice. Others seek to root out the filth lurking in the darkest of corners.

Spot was summoned from his comfortable charging pad and familiar floors to a world of magic and intrigue. After the flight of his new patrons, he is left to care for a filthy castle. During his quest to keep this new home clean, he will face demons, foreign armies, and the dreaded stairs.

All those who stand before him will be swept away. Those who follow his spotless trail will find enlightenment, purity, and a world on its knees.

Follow this wholesome vacuum on his quest to power.

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59 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Consequences of a Power Vacuum ago
Chapter 2: Today Sucked ago
Chapter 3: Deep Cleaning of the Soul ago
Chapter 4: Dust Bunnies ago
Chapter 5: The Light that never was ago
Chapter 6: In a Vacuum, No One Can Hear You Scream ago
Chapter 7: The World's Janitor ago
Chapter 8: The Vacuum Wanders as the Vacuum Wills ago
Chapter 9: Taking out the Trash ago
Chapter 10: Those Who Stare into the Void ago
Chapter 11: What Looks Back ago
Chapter 12: On the mortality of dirt ago
Chapter 13: Wiping the Floor with You ago
Chapter 14: I Suck at Reading the Room ago
Chapter 15: The Purity of the Void ago
Chapter 16: The Hockey Puck of Doom ago
Chapter 17: Chasing Perfection ago
Chapter 18: A Bath of Blood ago
Chapter 19: A Blank Slate ago
Chapter 20: An Unblemished Floor ago
Chapter 21: A Clean Start ago
Chapter 22: Strait Through the Mud ago
Chapter 23: Power Washing ago
Chapter 24: The Magic Eraser ago
Chapter 25: Meditative Cleaning ago
Chapter 26: Rolling Down the Red Carpet ago
Chapter 27: Spring Cleaning ago
Chapter 28: Bristling with Fury ago
Chapter 29: A Cluttered Mind ago
Chapter 30: The Pure Spirit ago
Chapter 31: Letting it Soak ago
Chapter 32: Germophobe ago
Chapter 33: The Best Disinfectant ago
Chapter 34: Down and Dirty ago
Chapter 35: Dusty Old Bones ago
Chapter 36: Dancing Around the Broom ago
Chapter 37: Every Body Clean Up ago
Chapter 38: Dust-Up ago
Chapter 39: Swept Away ago
Chapter 40: A Dust Trap ago
Chapter 41: What Lies Between the Starts Sucks ago
Chapter 42: A Pristine Oasis ago
Chapter 43: Clean UP ago
Chapter 44: The Clean Path ago
Chapter 45: A Brush with Death ago
Chapter 46: Time to Clean ago
Chapter 47: Getting Detailed ago
Chapter 48: Dressing Down ago
Chapter 49: Dust Devils ago
Chapter 50: Soil Sucking ago
Chapter 51: Of Voids and Vacuums ago
Chapter 52: Securing Supplies ago
Chapter 53: A Splash of Truth ago
Chapter 54: Farm Upkeep ago
Chapter 55: A Crummy Situation ago
Chapter 56: The Road to Salvation ago
Chapter 57: Sleep Mode ago
Chapter 58: Charging Station ago
Chapter 59: A Bounty of Crumbs ago

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Mareks
Overall

This is a fun story about a roomba and his attempt to keep a magic castle clean.

Mostly a humorous slice of life story where the roomba Spot grows and explores. He's been slowly getting smart and stronger, so about fifty chapters in there's more exploration and interacting with others. Early chapters were almost entirely from his limited (and initially very simplistic) point of view but other character's chapters juxtapose what's happening more clearly. That mechanic seems like it's winding down now that he's close to human in understanding. It was well done and didn't get over used.

No issues with grammar, this is a well written and not too serious fiction. If you like the pun title names you'll probably enjoy the story.

PumpkinFriend
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...but fizzles out pretty quickly.

The first chapter of this story was incredibly well written. The concept of a bunch of demon summoners fleeing in terror from a Roomba they've mistaken for an archdemon is simply comedic gold. However, the rest of the story is just... kinda average. In the end it's the same joke repeated over and over, except it's not as funny because no amount of setup will make up for a lack of fresh and unpredictable punchlines.

Furthermore, we're 40 chapters in and there's no way to tell if the author is still trying to write a parody. The plot follows so closely the standard progression litRPG formula that it's indistinguishable from most stories on this website. There's nothing that makes this story stand out, and it makes no sense to call it "satire" when there's no clever subversion past the first chapter.

Overall it's decent, but definitely very formulaic.

Masonbong
Overall

I like the story so far, it's absolutely hilarious reading this from both perspectives. It shows promise so far, and the grammar, and characters are great. I've love to see one more development in the magic or the history of the world but I'm sure that will come as the story progresses

DrAlt
Overall

Gimmick Better Suited to a Short Story

Reviewed at: Chapter 20: An Unblemished Floor

With funny ideas that depend on constant misunderstandings, it's best to keep them short and sweet.  I liked the first few chapters, but then the lack of dialogue and a plot based on misunderstandings began to feel thin.   When I realized the story was boring me, I dropped it.   This was a great unique idea for the first few thousand words, and then it became tedious.  Thanks for sharing, and best wishes on your projects.

Grim Thoughts
Overall

What more do you need to know? This story is perfection incarnate. All hail the power of Spot the Roomba's name All hail the power of Spot the Roomba's name All hail the power of Spot the Roomba's name All hail the power of Spot the Roomba's name All hail the power of Spot the Roomba's name

All in Vane
Overall

This one is just a joy to read. It is funny, engaging and and well-written. It will probably not become an epic fantasy series, considering the main character, but I simply love the way the author plays with the misconceptions and different perspectives. It isn't a five-course meal of fantasy excellence, but it is definitely a nice satisfying snack. Read it when you don't want to invest a lot of brainpower, but still want to be thoroughly entertained.

Bluelightning42
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Style/poise and grammar are impeccable. Not a spec of dirt in sight in these words - spot made sure to clean them up real good.


Jokes aside this is a roomba isekai. It heavily uses misconceptions for humor and spends a delightful amount of time detailing the struggles of a little bot just trying to clean things. You can tell the author owns a roomba - I don't think you need one to enjoy the humor but it definitely added to the experience for me.

The Story is a slice of life with a minor progression aspect. Theres a few alternative POV's that are mostly used for comedy but are well done. Personally I'm looking forward to any future mutations/growth but I'm also worried too many might break it from its currently well laid roomba roots. I'm stuck between hoping it never changes and knowing if it stays cleaning indefinitely the premise might grow stale.

The Character score is based soly on the roomba's internal monologue and viewpoint. I love it - I can imagine its what my own Roomba is thinking - and hope to see how it grows in intelligence and personality in the future.

Overall this is better than I was expecting - and I was expecting alot based on the name. I definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to read about an isekaied roomba

JadeHawke
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I admit I didn't expect much when I came across it, but I devoured all 59 chapters available in two days. Reading about a roomba leveling is oddly compelling. I can't wait to see what Void/Spot and Bee get up to next.

There's hardly any grammar or spelling mistakes. I look forward to this being published properly so I can buy it.

leafblazer
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Yes, Bee (the human) and the roomba develop a genuinely good relationship. She recognizes that the roomba is a good... er, person. And the roomba cares about her by tucking her in bed and stuff. She at least understands its intentions with a simple yes, no system. Now it wants to learn more about the "squiggles" that are words and numbers to communicate with her better and just access more information. That adds new and exciting possibilities.

I like that this is still deeply connected to the original premise. The roomba's highest priority is still cleaning, and not suddenly too overpowered. After all, the outside world is too dirty for it and its wheels wouldn't do well at all. Its new skill called deep analysis or whatever gives a lot more data to the roomba, which results in better cleaning/combat/training predictions. But not too OP -- this is still a fragile plastic roomba, even if it can move super fast. At the very beginning, it rejected interdimensional travel and flight for an endless dustpan. Void (the roomba's other name) now sees how valuable the other options were, but still feels that the endless dustpan was right for its philosophy and it benefited it a lot in general.

I enjoy reading Bee's perspectives (not too mature or immature since she's 13-ish) and the perspectives of the humans scouting the castle to reclaim (?) it. They aren't massively threatening, so they don't cast a dark mood on the story.

There's also the mythical demon that Void just casually sweeped away the protections of. So it's going to awaken in a couple months it seems, or a year maybe. But that's treated as a future problem so the story still doesn't have too much tension for my tastes.

 

It has its funny and endearing moments, but it focuses mostly on character development by showing their thoughts, as well as action. Hence the slice of life tag. But I don't think this is satire... just a unique and consistent character in an isekai, where the rest of the elements play out like normal isekais.

Wantedsolo
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When I started reading this on a whim, I had not expected I'd read more than 2 chapters; not even imagined I would get addicted to the story and read the whole thing (till now). The idea is absolutely unique and new, blending humour, action, adventure, irony, and so much more. Kudos to the writer, the story really deserves more attention! Would recommend this to everyone!

Style: Major POV is quite interesting with the MC being so naive and progressing in every way. Multiple other POVs also give a nice view. Informal tone and inner thoughts are frequently used and conveyed realistically. Well incorporated.

Story: Original and weird, yet extremely well put together. Various elements and themes are interwoven; The plot is thought out quite well no plotholes till now.

Grammar: 1 word: impeccable - Couldn't find a single typo and trust me I was looking. No idea how it's done so fast.

Character: Character building is quite detailed yet not boring at any point. Side characters are introduced and well-described. Realism is palpable with the erstwhile robot being believably innocent.

I could go on and on but I don't want to reveal the fun.

Seriously Try it! SPOT the DOOMBA is SUPREME !!!