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Quite boring.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-2020

After the old man kicked the bucket the story kinda halted for some action and terrible romance, when I say terrible I mean it. There is literally no way the main character should attract women except the lack of better alternatives, who the hell says 'I didn't give you permission to kiss me' on their first kiss! and he didnt recognize her even though she is one of the 10 or so human beings he had interacted with since he was a kid! The entire war thing was a bit pointless and unrealistic, its like he wants to play a rogue, wizard, warrior, knight, noble. the entire story would have flowed better if he went to the academy after his town was ransacked, but nope relying on plot armor and contrivance he manages to single handedly tip the scales of war into his favor. The MC also lacks agency and purpose. The only choice he made was between warlock, sorcerer or wizard. and that's already a forgone conclusion. he doesn't take any proactive steps on the path and it blatantly foreshadowed that he will just learn what he needs to on the way. I might stick around foe the academy arc if its interesting but I don't have high hopes.

Hard to relate to a MC with an unknown past.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-2020

The IRL stuff is really badly executed, it goes on how he was a victim of circumstance, how he did some terrible things and how he is haunted by his past but all that is pieced together by one liners at the end of a few chapters. The master of none perk system synergy was sort of okay since it is iffy when the protagonist plays by a different ruleset from other players because of their own personal struggles. Then the author did the hidden quest mine stuff which is fine but there was no info on weather other players enjoyed this feature aswell, which is highly unlikely since this is the only way to mine more of the only centralized currency in the world so companies would have invested massively in the game yet where is their impact? Plus the other master of none npc gives the MC special privileges and can teach him and coach him into varrious jobs. The virtual world despite the supposed realistic npcs, have their lives revolve around the MC and his actions. The constant world firsts just makes the game feel lonley, its like an empty server with how often jack gets the world firsts which is a bs mechanic without a way for other players to bridge the gap. The actual runtime should be shorter due to how many level up notifications there are aswell.

Scatterbrained plot.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-2020

Just straight up hypocritical, bad 4th walling, lazy world building, over emphasis on appearance, easily abusable dungeon growth system, dungeon relegated to a plot device for horror story monster origin story (which is probably the main draw), no consequences, no constraints on the system. The MC and the setting is pretty boring. plus the dungeon seems to be running on a different rule set. So if you are looking for a dungeon building novel give this one a pass as its just a plot device and plot is random which could take away from genuinely ideas from flourishing.

More of a setting than a lived in world.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-2020

Down on his luck MC gets plot item that results in a massive power up that beats the main antagonist which he discovered by luck, exposed the villian by luck and got the item by luck. everything feels so contrived and the villian dynamic is the same as the occultist but instead of being chased by the cps you are chased by late rent. plus if the economy was suffering then a VRmmorpg rouge like would not be as lucrative. The dungeons sucked aswell and most of the game mechanics shown and not told are from skyrim. The entire premise of a character you spent hundreds of hours on disappearing because of something outside of your control is just a bad business model in general.

Why is this even a book?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-2020

Arthur randomly tells his parents about his rebirth making them all sad and stuff before ditching them for 2 years and coming back in a cringeworthy entrance opening(literally opening the door to the S ranked bosses room to find the MC on top of the corpses having a mock battle to show off and basically having every main event revolve around him) + now 2 years have passed his family forgives him and thaatss what truly matters .... rubbish. The entire story is basically a training montage yet there isnt even a story to pad it out.. the academy stuff was really short as well he went into specifics about how he got his own training room and had a schedule and stuff but it was all fluff im properly done with the series.

A story so unlikely that fate had to be the excuse

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-2020

All that build up for fate to write the third act! Instead of meeting Nanny for the location of the sword they literally did the falling down a hole into a fortuitous encounter again! Hajar could have died 10000 times but fate had his back, in a period where he doesn't have the neural network he devised a pseudo Lulouch V Britannia sacrifice with literally millions of variables that if it didn't turn out that way he would have been screwed. In fact the fact that he was imprisoned for 9 days or the governor was a spirit knight or the fact that he was about to agree to Neros plan or the fact that he exhausted himself just facing the king should have doomed the pan as well. + how he just said no I will not die and then didn't die killed my interest in the series.

A bit too much snark.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-2020

A lack of stakes and overuse of troupeish characters made the story a bit too boring yet the litrpg elements want me to see what happens. I highly doubt Jim even has a wife with how much she is brought up as a source of internal conflict. I just imagine the pizza caller guy from the key and peele sketch saying he has a wife everytime she is brought up. For a book titled the castle of noob town- 15% of it is about building a castle 25% is about fights 30% is about village affairs and another 30% is fake anecdotes about his wife. The blooper section that was hyped was only 3 minutes as well and it wasn't that good.

Did they just low key say that physics is made up?

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-2020

Physics is wrong, the universe has a system modeled after rpg's that lets you gain power by absorbing magic marbles. Riiigght. This book panders to an american audience who know what the hell they are talking about with all the american intertextuality of places I dont care about and systems of governance that aren't important. This book panders to people who think they would run things better if they were in charge and feeds the savior complex. like 95% of apocalyptic books it does the same 95% of people died so I know what's right thing. I'm done with with the series, versions 1 through 1000 can all fail for all I care, its honestly such a dumb system to create soldiers and the marbles are such a plot device that the story literally has no stakes. And what's with the authors compunction to turn people of mexican descent into monsters. There is no story worth following as the MC always has a side quest to do.

The second book was better IMO.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-2020

The MC was a bit too passive in his decision making and a bit too eager to give up his humanity to turn into the elexie or whatever, that concept wasn't really explained well. All the philosophical improvement was shunted to the side for the maximal training time thing. What's the point of freedom if most of its content is leaked and most of the game time is spent inside a training centre. The increase in fans doesn't feel earned and the romance is a bit generic. The MC feels like a tool and the book doesn't provide a lot of options, hemming him into this protector role. The progression system is kinda bad aswell. It would have been better to have the basic functionality unlock then progress the system you use through use, as it would provide an opportunity cost to locking yourself in the gym.

Predictable and not very interesting.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-2020

The main cast starts off galvanizing the listener of both genders with a scandalous/tragic backstory then they get the first ever vr game's new classes which is just ainz and albedoXshaltear from overlord. which plays by a different rule set from the other players + they play longer than other players and are in contact with the head GM. with how much they lay on the tragedy you know they are going to make it by the end which is what they did in a power trip, wish fulfillment sort of way. The players are their backstorys untill they die and become their characters. The book is a mix of scandal and wish fulfillment and there is not much I can take away from the book as the lack of stakes, action and originality makes it a middling book.