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Not worth it

By Bobthebuilder, member

Jul 17, 2018: Aparently im a glutton for punishment, as I read about 80 chapters of this. The premise is incredibley interesting. Super powerful alien decides to conquer world to save it from humans. Begins by growing up as a human himself, and learns to deal with human emotions. Also the entire world/universe domination thing. The mechanics and scope of the abilities, creatures, and technologies the writer comes up with are pretty cool too. Some are genuinely entertaining.

The issue comes forom the sheer level.of OP Bath is from the start. There is no real conflict or challenge as Bath overcomes everything without even having to exert himself. He fights off alien armies, human armies, and remakes the world however he wants wothout any trouble. I dont even oncider this a spoiler, as there is no tension – he takes over the world with a couple weeks of work. The enemies and competitors that were even marginally fleshed out all lose almost immediately. Even the emotional problems expected from a 500 million yo alien growing up human dont cause any real trouble or internal conflict. His sole moments of weirdness are sexual attraction to a prepubescent Lisa, though to the author’s credit its done in a not creepy way, and feelings of missing his family when hes away. Also some pride and stuff thrown in. Unfortunately none of these things lead to more than a thoight for.half a second befpre the story moves on.

Most damingly as far as lack of conflict is the benign acceptance of mind control by all of the human characters. Lisa who was raised human, and mostly has the normal.morals.of one dpes not swem to have any problem with basically mind controlling the population of the city, and evemtually the planet. There is nothing more than momentary regret on all pf the characters part of massacring the mikitary of what was their home till just days earlier. Lisa who knows there has been major population control through mind control going on sees no problem with it, and they argue that as hunger and illness have been splved nothing else matters. Again anyone can disagree on what the best putcpme is, but another potential source of major conflict/char cter developement was w sted.

Overal im 80 chapters in, havent done more than skim the last 10 hoping for anything to get better but it hasn’t. Maybe the author improved the stpry even further in, but without a major rewrite its not worth the effort.

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