How To Tame Your Princess
My name is Nicolas
Nicolas "Nick" Siegel.
People say I’m weird.
I don’t know why, and the voice in my head won’t tell me.
Oh well, never mind…
You want a cookie? I baked them myself. With love~?
This is a story about an atypical player in a typical VR fantasy game, (re)written by an author—that's me—who still sucks at delivering synopsises.
Follow the adventures of Nicolas "Nick" Siegel, alias Elric Walker, alias the Wandering Knight, alias the Reckless Imbecile, alias...Victoria—Wait, what? Okay...err...Follow Nick Siegel, a young...man(?) afflicted with mild sociopathy and a worsening case of split personality, as he tries to make sense of the world around him and travels the virtual reality of Untold Tales, battling against undead butterflies, strange curses, and himself, and maybe find love.
I swear this is a romance!
(Previously: “Tales of the Blood Princess”)
[Sexual Content] is present only in specific side-story chapters which are entirely skippable if you do not wish to read them.
Real reader's comment:
"World War Chicken has been fought. The area is destroyed, blood has been spilled, and the wrecks of the machines of war lay scattered. Mothers have cried, children have been traumatized, and only holy fire can burn away the foul creations spawned in its wake.
Oh, and a grown man made a complete fool of himself."
– by Dosahder, at chapter B0-C07.1
"Saying it starts slow is kind of inaccurate. It's more like a long rope attached to a speeding car. Eventually the slack in the line runs out and you're hooked."
– by ErgoPhobia, on the 13th Dec. 2017
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Ages ago - at least if you measure time like the Wandering Knight does - a story was born. It was created just like this world was, by being birthed out of Chaos. Or almost. For in that pure note of Harmony, there was still a beautiful flavor of Chaos - almost like a sliver of creation itself. It gave that story a touch of genius, allowing it to put on many a different masks, to speak in a miriad different voices. Some of these - like the Voice of Exalted Insanity - attained divinity in their own rights.
But sadly, that story came to an end, much sooner than it was originally meant to. The Voices fell silent, only their echoes still around in these digital caverns of reality. But a rebirth was prophecized. And so the people have waited, so that the Author can once again submerge himself into the Primal Waters of Chaos and bring forth a new gem of a story for us mere mortals to read.
And it finally happened. It is here, the Essence of Chaos even purer, than in the original...
May this story walk the full road its creator intended for it. And may the Followers of the Omniscient Crazy Kaleidoscope bear witness to it.
Reading How To Tame Your Princess B0 is like looking into a funhouse mirror, in a alternate universe where the nonexistent gods there went mad after caffine overdose. You see a world in all excruciating details, but actively trying to drive you mad with disorientation, random tangents, and spontaneous genius/insanity. If you are looking for a meandering misadventure in a realistic VR sci-fi themed world of foolishness, this is your fix.
The story is told in first person of a certain Elric/Nick, who is......wierd in terms of normal society's definition of 'normal'. The huge amounts of random musings that painstakenly add details to Nick is one of the best done in any fictions, including but not limited to professional writers' stories. Nick seems more alive, more real, than all the 2-D protagonists in whatever other character development focused fics out there combined. When I say musings, I don't mean the morality and pretentiousness debate escapism themed japanese LN likes so much, but actual opinions of what I suspect to be a real person IRL (who I happen to empathize with, so I may be biased).
Overall, I'd say best fiction on RRL, but then every review says that. Let's just say it's tailored for people who likes realistic characterization, somewhat logical consequences and exploring a world with different rules, but scoffs at "epic" fights of ever increasing power and stakes caused by artificial emotions/righteousness/louder shout.
Style: Direct insight to the thoughts of a living, breathing character who just happens to be terminally insane. What more could you ask?
Story: Slow as f*ck, but who am I kidding, who cares about story if you enjoy the characters that much? Edit: go straight to B1 if you're looking for story.
Grammar: periodic typo of random words every once in a while. It doens't affect understanding at all, but it IS a bit annoying.
Character: It's basically what makes this the best fic on RRL. I'd give it a 6, sadly my hacking skills is not up to the job.
good old craziness has returned for another showing.
oh how I wish we could sooner reach the fun that was the after genderbending madness xD
I would like to give this a higher rating but it’s just so hard to read for me. Trying to follow the train of thought of more than a few characters, including our main character, is a fruitless effort. I don’t give this lower because there have been a few moments when I legitimately laughed. Most of my time was instead trying to parse what was happening after skimming layers of madness until something actually advances the story.
You will I’ll figure out quickly on whether you like it or not based on its unique style.
Reviewed at: B0-C04.2
The return of Nicholas/Elric/*spoiler* is something I have been waiting for! While this story may confuse and frustrate some with its chaotic nature, I personally find it both enjoyable and refreshing.
As mentioned, the style of this story is chaotic and can be interesting to follow at times. However, in order to fully display the nature of the MC it is needed, with jumps of logic and random tangents throughout. While it is chaotic and crazy, the author manages to keep the *feel* of the story consistent, which does allow for a slight sense of normality when reading. Regardless of this, the descriptions of the characters and world (though odd) are vibrant and full. Something that I noticed is a significant improvement from the authors previous work. You get a real feel for characters especially as they are visually well constructed within the story.
At the time of this review the story is only just really starting and some of the tages *cough* Gender Bender *cough* are yet to come into play. Almost all of the current chapters has been primarily character and world building in order to demonstrate the level of chaotic insanity that the MC possesses. Because of this, many may find the story to be slow (the author has also realised this), but it is necessary to ensure the MC's motives can be explained without them appearing (completely) random. Regardless, now that the plot(ish) part has begun, you can expect more in this regard.
The side stories so far have provided titbits and glimpses into the wider world (both in-game and RL) but are yet to link with the main story.
Grammar (and spelling)
The grammar and spelling within the chapters is very good. There is the odd error here and there which is usually picked up in the comments and corrected quite quickly by the author. Occasionally there is an odd use of a word or turn of phrase but they do not detract from the story.
The MC (and only character with any decent screen time) is crazy, literally crazy. He has a very different take on the world then your average Joe. So far almost all the conversations held so far have been between him and the voice in his head. However, his schizophrenic alter-ego is separate enough as to feel as if they are different characters, yet they are as crazy as each other. This could be polarising for people but I personally love the interactions between Nick and the voice in his head.
So far we are yet to meet the rumoured love interest (the author did say it was a romance) and the only other characters seen have been in the RL based prologue and the side stories and so have had very limited (if any) interactions with the MC. Regardless of their short screen time, these characters felt as real as the MC and did not feel shallow or forced.
I love this story in all its chaotic glory. The author has produced something polished, vibrant and different and (having read the previous work this is a re-vamp of) I am very excited to follow as this continues to grow.
P.S. I love the inclusion of the accompanying music to each chapter. You should also bring back your reading recommendations that often were supplied with TotBP chapters.
After reading everything published, I was troubled. Maybe some institution leaked my inner dialogs for public release?
(They absolutly did.. not)
(Pretty much. Dead computers tell no tales)
After I did some consultation with the only sane voice in my head, I relaxed and gave the rest of Book 0 an unbiased read.. and I got hooked on it
(That part about your ex being an abusive tower of muscle was off...she was not THAT abusive.Just quirky)
[Shut up. My nipples are still sore 30 years later]
The inner dialog is something I deeply enjoy in this novel, were the MC can really express himself in a way that is done rigth.
My only grip with the history is the fairly obvious real life identity of the MC female interest for the MC. I know what histerical denial can do, but see no reason for the MC main voice to ignore what all the clues and even the second voice in his head is implying. Dragging it longer makes no.. less... well , ok , makes sense.
Other than that, this is the perfect insane history done in the most sane way.
This story..... I like it? There were no grammar/spelling errors that I saw.
The characters are good? I think?
Might be losing my sanity by reading this book.
Great review, brain.
So, I'm a bit lost on where to begin with this piece of work...
We have a surprisingly well written collection of unreliable narrators... a colorful cast of characters... and a slightly confusing writing style. The character design alone is good enough to have kept dragging me back relentlessly over the past few days as I binged the series.
Truthfully though, book 0 dragged quite a bit for me. If I hadn't had it on good authority from three of my friends that this story was worth it (even in its unfinished, and at the time Hiatus state)... then I almost certainly would have given it a hard pass once I hit Chapter 4 or so.
As far as specific breakdowns go:
Style: It's incredibly ramble and tangent heavy... which is partly some of the whole "unreliable narrator", and partly some fluff. It gets better in book 1, but earlier chapters were... rough. There was also the problem of either all the exposition in the world, or none at all. Again, it starts balancing out in the later chapters, and hits a steady rhythm eventually. (3.5)
Grammar: Fluent English, and a capacity to bend "the rules" for effect, I can dig it. It isn't without flaws and typos... but then again, what WN is? Maybe I just notice more from my days editing... but I've found plenty of similar flaws in published novels in the science fiction sections. (4.0)
Story: So... I had absolutely no idea what was going on at the start of this... even with reading through author notes and getting vague descriptions of what will happen. But the story is consistent, foreshadowed well without being obtuse about it, and actually carries quite well. Here's hoping book 2 is just as fun a wild ride. (4.5)
Characters: This is where the story truly shines in my opinion. The cast of this chaotic tale is a collection of eccentric persons, creating a dizzying venn-diagram of mental health issues... but done well. You won't find your obsessive goblin slayer here, or your edgey demon hunter, or your internet edge-lord. Instead you get a delightful cast of folks who just can't help but give in to their vices here and there, but also are neither controlled nor defined by them. (5++)
Grips your heartstrings gently until you notice it's stuck in the vice grip of a literary, slightly demented, boa constrictor that just won't let you go until you spank it.
Read at your own peril
Sadly on hiatus but who knows what the future holds!