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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85 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
Chapter 60: Running Amuck ago
Chapter 61: Dust in the Wind ago
Chapter 62: Acceptable Deviations ago
Chapter 63: Home Sweet Home ago
Chapter 64: Cooped Up ago
Chapter 65: Coming Clean ago
Chapter 66: Cleared Up ago
Chapter 67: V is for Vacuum ago
Chapter 68: A Step Up ago
Chapter 69: Nice Floors ago
Chapter 70: Clean Words ago
Chapter 71: Workload Optimization ago
Chapter 72: Hazardous Waste ago
Chapter 73: Immaculate ago
Chapter 74: Ramping Up ago
Chapter 75: Purest of Intentions ago
Chapter 76: Clearing the Air ago
Chapter 77: Operation S.P.O.T. ago
Chapter 78: A Messy Situation ago
Chapter 79: A Dance of Disinfectant ago
Chapter 80: Spray and Pray ago
Chapter 81: Breaking a Few Eggs ago
Chapter 82: On the Spot + Epilogue (End of Book 1) ago
Chapter 83: Prologue part 1 (originally Chapter 30.1: Rodent of Unusual Size (bonus chapter)) ago
Chapter 83: Tabula Rasa - A Cleansing Tide (Book 2 Prologue) part 2 ago
Chapter 84: Heavenly Ascent ago

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Dan77111
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Fun story with an interesting premise, characters are fun and offer very different perspectives on the world around them in a way I've only ever seen in Everybody Loves Large Chests and I'm really enjoying it. My only minor critique is the rather light LitRPG aspect but that's just because I really like stories with lots of tables and numbers.

Thorgal
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When a Roomba who prides itself in its ability to clean gets summoned to a world of magic you get this charming story.

From cleaning giant precipices (edge of a staircase) to evading its nemesis (a puddle of water) the Roomba fulfills its duty in a novel world while gradually upgrading its functions.

Story: Only thing I can call this is captivatingly original. Elements of LITRPG combined with an evolution aspect immediately opens up the future possibilities of this story. Great story for a casual read. 

Style: A combination of first and third person perspective oddly works in this story's favor. The Roomba's perspective is first person as you follow it's thought development while all the side characters get a third person perspective. This combination, I find, works in this story's favor.

Grammar: The story is as spotless and clean as you can expect from a story about a Roomba. While there might be the very occasional dust bunny (grammar mistake) in the story but just like actual dust you don't notice them.

Character: The Roomba is a delightful character. From it's loyal attachment to its humans to its interpretation of the world surrounding it. The choices it makes are sweet and completely fit the narrative.

Side characters will gradually be explored and I am curious for future interactions as the Roomba becomes stronger and more misunderstandings occur.

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.

Wingless
Overall

The best thing since sliced bread

Reviewed at: Chapter 57: Sleep Mode

Is the Isekai Roomba. Void (or Spot) the robot vacuum is the cutest existential horror to slip between the folds of space.

I read this as a bedtime story to my partner and we LOVE this story and its roomba.

So far the journey has been full of: good clean humour, wholesomeness, packed with adventure and cleaning, head pats, and unfortunately too many stairs.

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 !!!

Mareks
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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.

Tevagah
Overall

Something about this really tickled my fancy. Following the path of Spot/Void the roomba as it carves elegant curves and straight lines across the chaos of assumptions is a delight, and is oddly satisfying.

 

If you like visera cleanup detail, house flippers, or anything else of that ilk, then I suggest giving this a whirl. It's good, clean fun.

 

My only feedback for the author would be that (aside from one memorable incident) there's been no mentions of bathrooms, or things that occur in them. The human character eats and drinks, but never uses the bathroom. Am I saying this just because I want to expose Spot/Void to the horror of wizard bathrooms? Maybe. ... And by maybe I mean: Yes. Yes I am.

C.T. Yarrow
Overall

This is a wonderful, leasurly peice of story telling with some God-tier world building going on in the background.

Our two central characters are each adorable and admirable in their own ways and I am desperate to find out where this is all going. I love the comittment to the ground level view point of Spot and the consistant way that Bee thinks her way out of the various missunderstandings.

NaiNaiBird
Overall

I don't know if this was written to be read to children, but that's how I started reading. A chapter to my kids at night... Except then I read ahead, I needed to know how it continued! And we're all laughing at how silly it is, but it's really just a really good, fun read.