A relaxed writing style, with occasionally confusing language/grammar. Overall it has a good, personal feel.
Characters are GREAT! Because this story happens over long periods of time, you really get to see how a person changes over the years. A lot of attention is put into character development and growth and I love that.
Story is 5 stars, easily. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what fresh hell is waiting around the corner. Wholly unpredictable and exciting.
Pacing is great, though many chapters are dedicated to research/discovery/buildup/POVs. It all comes together to create a good "interest curve" where the action is spread out by discovery/character interactions.
I dunno what else to say, other than I did not expect to love this story as much as I did. It was completely unassuming - reincarnated as a tree, okay sure what can you do with that? A lot, apparently.
You made me laugh, plain and simple. You made me enjoy a xianxia story. I'm really glad I gave it a chance. This sort of story is very refreshing and gives me inspiration for my own writing. He could suddenly become OP as hell and I wouldn't care because it doesn't matter. There's enough "hints" as to what is going on that I, as the reader, can just fill in the blanks with whatever XYZ cultivation crap is happening. I'm here for the commentary, the subtle jokes, the reversals, all of it. I'm not very far in yet but I can already see the high quality of writing, characters, and plot.
So yes you, the one reading this review, should absolutely read it.
Okay I caught up so I came back to say I'm sticking to what I said and updating this to 5 stars. I highly recommend this story.
Reads like a satire of the genre and does so in an entertaining way.
The characters are fun and interesting, even if there are only a few that last for any length of time. I love how the author can hint at a convoluted backstory without delving into it, and the POV switches are done fairly well.
The plot elements are very creative and engaging, playing out almost like a comedy but reads more like an awesome adventure story. Reminds me of some of the best D&D campaigns I've played. I really don't know what is going to happen next.
So far, the upload frequency has been good.
Could use a proofread.
Its "system" is very eclectic and scattered, so I wouldn't pay too much attention to its minute details. While it IS important, the broad strokes matter far more than each individual skill/level/stat. As such, the frequent bombardment of notifications and stat pages are kind of unnecessary, but you can just skim past them.
- The rune and smithing system is pretty interesting, so I like the system overall, even if the basic elemental system is pretty bland.
- Roland has some pretty strong and unique abilities, but never once did I feel that he was OP. He just has his advantages, which he struggles to use as best he can.
- It is well-written, or at least above average for this site.
- Great plot. No spoilers.
- While the author is able to make pretty interesting side characters, the story as a whole is hellbent on leaving them behind. There are no lasting or persistent connections, so Roland spends an inordinate amount of time by himself. As such, he becomes lackluster as a person over time.
- A little too much time is spent describing the specifics of his smithing and techniques. Maybe others will enjoy this aspect more than I did. People still think Moby Dick is a classic even though it's basically a fishing manual, so maybe that's just not my cup of tea.
Just finished chapter 19.
The Perfect Run gets full marks in its creative approach, world building, and dialogue. There are a lot of challenges to be faced in writing a time loop story, but there is never a dull moment with our insane, humorous, and usually reliable protagonist. The story is pretty fast-paced, action filled, and character-focused as it constantly explores the city from its different factions and perspectives, with the primary goal of pursuing Len, Ryan's long lost friend.
Definitely give it a try.
While the story can be quite funny at times, other reviews gave me the impression it was a comedy. It's not, it's quite serious actually. But it's not the grim setting I'm use to - I mean sure bad and awful stuff happens all the time but the people of this world are just kind of use to it? The evil of their world is just a fact of life, and they treat it as such. It's a fairly dark yet charming setting that puts a lot of effort into understanding the mindsets of the people in it. There's something not off-putting about someone being an a**hole when literally everyone is an a**hole. I just didn't realize there was so many flavors of a**holery.
But the real kicker is the narrative style and storytelling techniques. Everything is woven together by the web of Utter Domination - the story of how our villain came to be an Evil Overlord. Everything feels well-thought out and intentional, and the pacing is perfectly in tune with the development of Gar. The excerpts at the beginning of each chapter are definitely worth the read (I've seen this technique used before to lesser effect, the way it's written here is just so much more informal yet much more relevant to the chapter).
Good chapter length, release schedule so far is good, and there's enough to look forward to that I plan to wait for the next chapter to come out.
By far my favorite superhero story on this website. I love the main character's perspective, the side characters, and the ambient elements of the world. The small things like Odd Summer, calling humans "drones", and soda making packets at the diner really bring the story to life. While there is some statistical stuff, it's mostly cycles of runtime and total mass, not arbitrary numbers for strength/agility that will suffer majorly from power creep later, so I like that. In general, I'd just like to see more stories with non-human protagonists, because the perspective makes the story so much more interesting. That and it's nice to have an MC that's OP in some senses but could still easily be killed in many scenarios. Striking that balance can be difficult.
Anyway, keep up the good work! Please give us more!