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Can’t access it

By darksnow, member

Sep 10, 2020: I loved it and read it years ago, it was funny and i loved the characters. I decided i wanted to do a re read. But i keep getting ads from the link, and can’t get on the website.

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Satisfying end, but should I continue?

By sunflowerofice, author of Technically Abroad

Aug 26, 2020: So I’m not going to claim to be the best reviewer, but I got to the end of arc one and since it had a proper conclusion I feel I can do a proper review.

Anyway this story takes place in a world that seems to have both better and worse technology depending on what aspects of it you are looking it. That includes robots, but a lot of tech that barely functions so its actually an overall bigger hinderance than what it would be with what we have etc etc.

Now for the characters lets start with the MC named morgan. One thing about this MC is that it’s never been verified up to this point of we have a male or female one. At first I thought he was a guy then later I thought that she was a girl now I am leaning towards him being a guy, but I still could see her as a girl . . . It doesn’t take away from the story so far, but it is a tickle in my mind that wants to be answered.

The bestie of the mc Karina is a very happy out there girl who works hard and tries to do what she can to get what she wants, in her case becoming an actress. It’s a fun contracts to morgan and hey yin and yang characters work for me so to speak. If you have someone that pulls someone who sometimes weights them down you can get both directions so to speak moving of "lets run down plot line" and "wait we gotta check before we run down plot line" and having both options works.

Last of the main cast is a robot named R8PR that you would pronounce like on star wars. He is a robot that shouldn’t exist because it was made against certain rules or something like that, I forget the exact wording to explain it. Because of that the robot hides in abandoned places (a common thing where they live) and surfs the net a lot to look at things.

On to the plot. This next bit might have spoilers so i’ll use the at symbol as a barrier between here and the last part in case you want to avoid spoilers.

You learn about the social media killer. Basically someone who does cancel culture on a big scale by pulling out all sorts of private personal information and ruining their life. From political figures down to school students and the cast tries to find the killer. R8PR helps a lot there and they eventually find the killer and hunt them down and get mistaken for them and a lot of pinball stuff that still works and fits while the robot does research and the people do the foot work, sometimes resulting in one of them being harmed bad enough for a hospital visit.


I will say that the story arc had, to me, a good conclusion. It felt like a good ending point for Morgans story, but it turns out it isn’t the end of the story. For some reason this is odd to me and makes me unsure if I will continue. I want to, but at the same time the ending was very well done in a way I dont want to risk losing that feeling of closure by reading more if that makes sense.

Sort of reminds me of when an in person friend published a book and I read the whole thing on a car ride with her to a convention to sell her products and at the end I said something like "I like how it had a proper conclusion so you don’t have any thoughts on a sequel" only to be told it was the first of a trilogy.

A great ending can be great, but at the same time if it’s to good and not the full ending it, to me, leaves me unsure if I want to continue while wanting to. I’ve had other stories where I loved the first in a series but the rest sort of fell fast and hard.

So I will say this the first arc was something I really enjoyed. It’s not series enough to be a pure comedy not to comedic to be a proper drama in a way that works. It has good characters a fun and interesting story and a really good ending, but since it works like a multi book series there will be a new conflict in arc two and likely three four etc.

I will say that’s the only reason I haven’t started arc 2 yet. Because I’m not sure if I want to risk the good feeling of arc 1s end and move on to arc 2. I know it might prevent me from a great second arc, but for now at least I’ll leave it be.

although to be honest I’ll probably read it at some point, but for now it’s a more of will i read it now or later.

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A LitRPG Matrushka

By theredsheep, author of Pyrebound

May 23, 2020: I’m not going to bother with an elaborate intro here, because everybody knows this story. I’ll just say that WtC is a LitRPG. I have never played a tabletop RPG in my life, have no interest in it, have yet to actually unabashedly like a LitRPG . . . and I went through all million-plus words of WtC in a week. Because WtC is much more than a LitRPG.

So much more, in fact, that it’s hard to pin down what it is, because it’s so many different things at once. First, it’s a hardcore litRPG full of statistic wonkery and munchkinry. Then, it’s a deconstruction of role-playing tropes. Then it’s a loving tribute to the culture and experience of tabletop gaming. Then it’s a psychological drama, exploring one man’s efforts to overcome his personal demons. Then it’s a romance. Then it’s a series of well-executed action scenes. Then it’s a work on moral philosophy. Then it does something else. And it shifts more or less seamlessly between all these modes without losing control of its overall tone or pacing, which is frankly a remarkable accomplishment.

With so much wrapped up in it, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something you love. That’s the good news. I especially enjoyed a particular epic duel somewhere around the million word mark (if you’ve read it, you know the one I’m talking about). Other high points: ingenious problem solving, intricately developed fantasy conceits, generally good pacing, and the odd burst of sick but still funny humor. At one point there’s a madman slaughtering hundreds of innocent people, and it’s being played for comedy, and . . . it works. He pulls it off.

But by the same token, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something you really, really don’t love. For me it was the mechanics-heavy sections, plus everything related to [a certain school of magic which shall remain nameless]. The romance parts also don’t do a lot for me because, while I want Joon to find some happiness in this crapsack world, the foreshadowing on his love life is a bit heavy and the resolution so long in coming that it feels a bit like watching a man hammer a nail at 2 fps. Your mileage may vary, of course. Keep on moving, you’re bound to find something you love further on.

Final observation, neither criticism nor praise: every work reflects its author’s mindset. Your characters can’t help being reflections of you. I was struck by the essential optimism of Wales’s work; it reminds me of Neal Stephenson, another proud Midwesterner. It feels like there’s a general assumption that everyone in this very grim fantasy world has agency and is capable of self-improvement, even if they don’t take advantage of that opportunity, and that only ignorance and disorganization stand in the way. That I don’t personally view the world this way only makes it more enjoyable.

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