Contradiction

Contradiction

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Reincarnated as a pokemon!

Look, its not like it's poorly written. I'm just not sure why pokemon society is so humanized. There doesn't seem to be a reason why a giant dragon would sit at a desk doing paperwork, other than to "humanize" him. Which is kind of unnecessary, pokemon emotions have been pretty humanized already. What purpose do people serve in the world?

At some point, if pokemon are going to be so humanized, ya have to ask the big question. Why not just write about humans rather than pokemon pretending to be people? It's just weird. It could be a great story, too early to tell. But it's very baffling for anyone that's looking forward to a pokemon fanfic. Cuz there's hardly anything "pokemon" about it.


Blue Box Cultivation

As the title says. As of chapter 18, nothing has really happened. Kind of a basic survival story so far, except our m.c. must have been a boy scout. Seems like it's on easy mode, dude isn't struggling at all. Which isn't bad, we don't have much of a backstory for him. The whole start a fire in a few minutes made me jealous though, cuz that ain't easy.

 

The title of the novel makes it seem like there might be a more comedic tone, but there has been no levity in the story. Very serious tone from the outset. A weird mix of cultivation and litrpg. At this point, neither really matter. The cultivation is at low levels so far, so no magical shindigs, just physical enhancement stuff. But not mystical in nature, seems like just a healthy normal dude. The litrpg stats don't matter. Just a bunch of numbers without context. Probably how our character becomes broken in the future, but as of ch. 18 literally serves no purpose. 

Grammar seemed fine, couple typos probably from autocorrect.

If you're a survival nut and love stories like that, you'll be disappointed with this. The author does address food, water, shelter. But it just comes so easily to our m.c. The guy is doing workout sessions to muscle failure on day 2? Or 1? And there's no consequence to that. Survival isn't the focus of the story, its just the backdrop in which the story takes place. And the hardest parts of survival are the spirit beasties attacking our character. Rather than the actual difficult parts.

 If you're looking for resolution, I'd wait until 40 chapters are out. 18 chapters and the first arc seems to have just started. We just got our second character introduced, so it's going pretty slow.

 

Hope this helps

- Contradiction 


Marauding Gods

Hard to read (book 1 review)

An interesting concept that is poorly communicated. Paragraphs are repeated multiple times, bad punctuation, misspelled words, wrong words, bad sentence structure, etc. Its just a step above an MTL. Which is unfortunate, because it might be good. But I'll never know because the writing is pretty scuffed. I read reviews that it gets better, but the entirety of book one is bad. And I'm not willing to go through a second book of this.

Nothing really happens book 1. There's a lot of lore/info dumping. Not really world building since so much is unexplored. But thats what happens when most of the story takes place literally in no mans land. Theres the start of a climax at the end thats really disappointing. I say start, because it never ends. That's the prologue to book 2. WTF..... just when ya think there's finally going to be a payoff for slogging through the grammatic swamp, book just ends at the climax. No resolution. Sure, there's a book 2, but do ya really want to suffer more for a payout that might never come? I don't. It's why I'm dropping this.


The Reincarnation of Alysara [Progression LitRPG]

Here's why; there's no meaning or purpose behind the story, and it isn't a slice of life.

The stats, are literally meaningless for storytelling purposes. They serve no function, which is why the character gets a ton of em. She could literally have no stats page, and it wouldn't make a difference to the story, which means it's just a chore to read.

The skills page is similar in the fact that we're inundated with skill descriptions that serve no purpose to the story. There's more skill descriptions than there is actual story. If reading a stat page is your thing, have at it. Not for me though.

The system is very similar to a certain healing monk punching her way through the world. Almost feels like a carbon copy, but its just slightly different. Which is a shame, cuz it's a bad system in the monk story and it's even worse in this story.

The race she is a part of has futas rather than men. It's not bad cuz they're futas, it's bad because it also doesn't seem to serve a purpose. Like it doesn't have an impact on the story, at all. The culture seems to be the same if they were village men. It didn't seem to have an impact on their society, so what was the purpose other than reminding me of the horrible hentai I've watched. Just.... the worst hentai. God save my soul.

The "story" follows a formula. Theory craft with techno babble, skill up, short convo with parents, event happens, and rinse, cycle, repeat. I'm skim reading, and not missing anything. Thats not good.

Why you might like this story; you enjoy stat/skill pages with big numbers that go up and up, long chapters, decent grammar, and a skill system similar to a certain monk punching the world into oblivion. If you enjoy these things, give the story a shot. There's just not enough to keep me around.

 

-Contradiction


Modern Awakening - A cultivation, LitRPG, apocalyptic novel

80 chapters of tutorial that does little but preach. I'm over it. A tutorial that is a cake walk for the M.C.

Grammar seemed fine.

Pacing is awful, reference the 80 chaps of tutorial. The story hasn't even really started.

People feel alien since they are basically sleepless robots that just grind grins grind.

If that's your schtick, read on. I'm bailing


Druid - A LitRPG Story

As the title says(keep it simple stupid. Or stupid simple. Whichever you're feeling in the moment). The story as of chapter 29 has been fairly simple. It's not a bad thing either. It sticks to LITRPG roots, and is a steady progression fantasy. Kill monsters, raid dungeons, level skills, and level up. Wash, rinse, repeat. Normally, I'm not a fan of this. But there's something satisfying here. The cast isn't massive, so you won't forget who's who while waiting on updates, but isn't some  "I hunt alone!" edgelord fantasy. The fights that should be boring by now are still engaging. Not the most thrilling, but still solid enough for a webnovel that has fighting in most chapters. There seems to be breadcrumbs of a grander plot, but for now it sticks to the basics and is better for it.

I'm not sure how I feel about the worldbuilding. Seems to be a humans vs monsters world setting, but not much of it is explored. It's unclear if this is a good or bad thing, as said exploration would be a bit of a slog. I dunno how this story would feel adding more to its already grindy premise, but I'd be ok finding out if the author takes it in that direction.

Grammar seemed to be pretty good, no noticeable errors that detracted from the story.

The class selection portion in the beginning was a little confusing. In the sense that most people get certain classes and create a large demand for others. I was under the impression that class selection was under the individuals control, but I may have misunderstood.

Overall if you're looking for a litrpg that doesn't feel like a powerwank, give it a read. It's worth it


Needlessly Defiant: Nether Monk Book 1

Story seems to be all action. Pretty par for the course with litrpg's, not the worst thing. Except the action sucks. Why? There's no tension. The fights aren't described in the worst way, nor is the pacing bad when there's a fight. It's just not interesting. The M.C. is immune to magic, and almost immune to physical damage. Needs specially made enchanted weapons just to get hurt. Kinda kills tension. Any negatives are quickly offset by the absurd luck stat.

Any negative traits seem to be ignored. MC banes are an inability to cast magic and "hard to get along with". Literally. Yet he's using soul magic and getting along swimmingly with the first people he comes across. Guess we can't have any negative traits for our pseudo God character, huh?

 

Is it possible to enjoy this story? Yes. It doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, you just have to turn your brain off and recognize that this story won't follow its own rules if it detracts from the most "awesomest character ever". But don't try to make sense of the story. It's a powerwank first and foremost, and it will not deviate from the script, even if the literal character creation gave that impression in ch.1.

 

Grammar seemed fine, couple typos, but nothing major. As far as powerwanks go, it's not the worst on this site. If all you want is an OP M.C., you'll probably enjoy this story. Guess I'm a needy lad that wants more


Casual Heroing

So we've got a would be Casanova that swings for the fences when it comes to women. He may get shot down time and time again, but our hero will not be deterred! There's some baking, with a bit of magic thats starting to be explored, but this is not your royalroad murder hobo story. This is a comedy with characters that feel real, and their motivations make sense.

Grammar seems good, but I ain't an English major, so take it with a grain of salt.

I've greatly enjoyed this and can't wait for the next chapters to come out. It should be noted that if you're looking for something more serious, or action based, you'll probably want to pass this up. This ain't no teen edgelords story, and the litrpg aspect has been almost non existent.

TLDR; read this story. It's lighthearted, deal with it. 


Blind Judgment

This story will surprisingly suck you in to it. After the first two chapters, I immensely enjoyed this story. That being said, I did almost drop the story before chapter 3, and im glad I didn't. I'll get into why later.

It's about a blind man that gets transmigrated to a litrpg world. He's not a white knight character, that's for sure. But he's not exactly evil either. The world is pretty standard litrpg. Seems to be only humans with monsters around, but that could change. Pretty early on still, and a lot is unexplored.

The pacing of the story is pretty solid. Oddly enough, I think the character being blind is what facilitates this. Only so many ways to describe the world when you take sight away, and this forces the story to move along yet still describe the world in a fulfilling way.

The magic system is a better example of a litrpg. Typically litrpg's are a "hard" magic system. It tells you exactly what it is, how it works, etc. There's no room for misunderstanding. "Soft" magic systems don't tell you jack. They're a lot more mysterious. You can tell there's a cost, but you're not sure what it is and magic is usually much harder to understand. Examples are Aragorn, Harry Potter, Dresden files, etc. This story is a bit of a mix. There's stats, and skills give a basic description, but its unclear what the limits are, or the cost. The skills feel earned as a result of the M.C.'s hard work, rather than cheap hand outs. The only thing that felt cheap was the Title he received, but its kind of forgivable. 

The not so good; this is kind of nitpicky, but I'm not sure what functional purpose the first two chapters served. It seems like there was no point to the torture in the early chapters, other than to make the m.c. blind and show you how much of a hard mofo he is. There are a dozen ways this could have been done better like a concussion, I.E.D., etc. And the m.c. already has other mental demons he's dealing with, so the torture didn't really do anything for character development.  

The whole soldier bit was weird. What was a squad size element doing in the middle of nowhere. Didn't make sense to me at all, or that the highest ranking leader was just a sergeant. Furthermore, they were split up enough that they couldn't support each other. Was pretty weird. The way the soldiers talked isn't how soldiers talk, and I still have no idea why the sergeant went back stateside with the wounded when he was fully mission capable. It's nitpicky because if you never served, you might not catch it. But if you have, it'll jab you in the bloody eye on repeat.

Overall, I recommend the story. Its got just enough mystery to keep you hooked, and the pacing is neither rushed or glacial. Characters are mostly believable, besides the first couple chapters


Mark of the Crijik

A reincarnation story into a world with a heavy litrpg influence. Heavy as in it has shaped society and its customs, not heavy as in people stat checking each other screaming my power levels over 9000. But who knows, maybe that's in store for the future XD.

There's a surprising amount of intrigue surrounding the litrpg aspect. Which is surprising for a genre that's been beating a dead horse for years. It's become pretty apparent that all that glitters isn't gold, and that having a blue screen with lots of stat lvl ups isn't necessarily a good thing.

The grammar is fine, it doesn't detract from the reading.

The entire story has been told from the viewpoint of a baby m.c. He's only 5 months old, which leads to some bizarre scenarios like helping his father study at work. This was a major turn off for me because a baby character doesn't have agency in the world. He has to be carried everywhere, he needs someone to change his diaper daily, burp him after meals, etc. So the author gave him a bit of agency with a special skill, and it was kind of believable. What wasn't believable was everybody's reaction to it. Nobody batted an eye at him, started treating him like an adult. And my question is why? Why not age your character to a point where they have agency and can be treated like an individual. What functional purpose does having a 5 month old m.c. serve? It might be important, but as of chapter 29 it just seems like a silly choice. Which leads to the final topic; pacing.

The pacing is really slow. Really, really, really slow. Which inherently isn't bad. It's a webnovel, it's to be expected. But it can be frustrating when you're given a soft end date of 25 years (refer to the synopsis) and 30 chapters only equal 5 months. We're only 1/60th of the way through at this pacing. And I don't know if I'm strong enough to slog through child years to get to the good stuff.

If a baby m.c. isn't a deal breaker for you, read this. It is intriguing and can be a bit of a page turner. But if you can't stand reading thousands of words from baby m.c., maybe give this story a pass.