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Funny And Insightful

By robertotest26, member

Feb 16, 2019: Is you are a racional individual and open minded i believe you can enjoy the story. Don’t take it too seriously just enjoy the good stuff and tolerate the bad (there are moments in the story that are subpar but there are few in my opinion). The MC is a cynical prick, His way of expresing his ideas to both readers and characters is with a variation of sarcams, pessimism and self deprecation but even then you would enjoy his take on the world both because there are very funny (plenty of times his internal monologues are hilarious but not all) and insightful (if you reflect on the core idea of what he says you would find that is a very valid argument, again not every time). Anyway is a pretty good read, it is not a exeptional novel but i don’t think that the author had that kind of goal. Enjoy and Think.

I have just read the other reviews now so i’m adding this paragraph. The best one that i think that the person actually read most of the whole thing is "the cynic’s progress". It really describe the story well.

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Extra Dark Roast

By Shaeor, author of Chosen Shackles

Jun 18, 2018: This review was done as part of a swap.

The first thing I would say is that Existential Terror and Breakfast is a strong departure from the YA tropes that generally pervade web fiction.

Malcolm Steadman is absolutely front and center of a small cast, here. Punctuations are counted down over the course of the story to add ambient pressure and a sense of direction. But this story may lack the urgency of typical heroic plots, you may guess. I think things pick up around chapter nine when Malcolm first tastes false hope and motivation, and they really find their footing in the last sequence. Editing needs are dismissable, I can imagine no better way to structure or pace, and the end is very fitting. If you can get into them, the repeating structure of the chapters can be engrossing.

SPOILER! It’s a tragedy. I almost wish this had been stated outright.

Malcolm Steadman’s tragedy brings good to the world, however. Throughout the story, he is inadvertently benefitting people by his struggle and is perhaps transcended by this. But it’d be easy to say he lacks redemption. I considered whether the catharsis of a proper tragedy is found here, and I believe it is.

The ending follows logically from the main theme of the story, which is a sort of illustration of what philosophy can do to a person. There is sometimes an undercurrent of real contempt in the writing, I think, which is slightly indulgent. With definite themes of capitalism’s oppressive nature, social expectation, and repression, there is a good bit to chew on in Existential Terror and Breakfast.

That will be my last point. This story requires reflection to be truly great, in my opinion. I enjoyed the read, but it was not always easy to. I would not have written this book, personally, and I would disagree with the Author on some of its implications. But it is a genuine and artistically sound work. I give it the Mystical five on that basis alone. Respect.

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My Breakfast With Descartes

By Rhodeworks, author of Not All Heroes

Mar 8, 2018: The title of this work says it all, really. Over breakfast, a character named Malcolm grapples with all the classic existentialist quandaries. Do we have free will? Has everything in the history of the universe been leading to this moment? Is our awareness a curse? Does how we conceive of things form a prison around us? Can I trust my perceptions? And so on and so on.

There’s a tight style here, reminiscent of Hitchhiker’s Guide or The Stanley Parable. It felt, however, slightly imitative. I found the simple tension of the various countdowns wonderfully effective, especially when combined with Malcolm’s state of mind. The writing is technically strong, but a repeated use of ‘it’s’ instead of the correct ‘its’ stuck out to me. I never had to find myself fighting the prose or doubling back to see if I had missed anything, however.

It’s an interesting, different concept. However, by Part 20, I was finding it harder and harder to continue, feeling that the concept may have overstayed its welcome and mined out just about all the entertainment it could get. As wonderful as the concept is, it is somewhat limiting.

The strangest feeling that ETaB gave me was that it might be better suited as some kind of webcomic. I feel a more visual medium could be wonderfully evocative.

With that said, however, I’d still recommend checking it out.

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