Life Reset

by shemerk

Original Fantasy LitRPG Magic Non-Human lead Virtual Reality
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity

The book is published on Amazon (and includes a bonus chapter and a prologue that are not published at RR). For a more polished, streaming read, please get it HERE

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A LitRPG Novel.

Synopsis:
After being betrayed and cursed by an extremely rare spell, Oren, a once powerful and influential player, found himself as a 1st level Goblin!
Without even a fraction of his previous power, he vows to somehow pull through and seek revenge on those who betrayed him.
His greatest advantage are years of personal gaming experience and thorough knowledge of the game's world.

But first, he has to figure out how to survive long enough playing what is basically a low-level fodder monster!


Main themes:
Character leveling, Settlement building, adventure.
Updates:
once a week, usually on Tuesdays.


Disclaimer:
Once completed, I intend to publish the book via Amazon as an ebook.
The published book will undergo tweaks and adjustments, as well as a professional editing.
Those changes would NOT be published here in RR.

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Lazy Giant
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The first 700 pages (25 chapters)

I had left this story alone as a rainy day measure, you know, to read when I felt there was a lack of update to some of the good works on the site. 

I am glad I did so.

Story and Style -

The story approaches the whole stuck in VRG in a unique way. Heck, even the excuse/reason sounds more believable than others.

The author provides lots of metadata on why things happen, which is a good thing but sometimes the info dumps happen too often which destroys the flow of the story.

The pacing is something that I personally think helps really draw you in (strange?).

I mean, there are some really fast paced stories( too many here on this site) and then there are the slow ones like 'child of ebon' (an absolute crawl) and 'Arcane Emperor'(great story but I think it uses too many words to drag the scenes, though it's done beautifully).

This one is more in between, if you are playing a monster race(Every review needs a bad joke).

Early on it has already been revealed that the escape would take years (again monster time), which mixed by the fact that weeks have already passed in-game, the chapter release rate is consistent(mostly) and the author hasn't raised any 'RL needs me' flags is another positive to me.

The avg word count per chapter is one of the highest on this site, and very much appreciated. Thanks for sticking to this dying format.

Then comes the main selling point for the story. The world building. Unique, in a good way. More under character. Read on. :P

Character -

How can you ever hate a goblin?

Why would you not read a story that follows multiple of these ingenious creatures?

If you think otherwise, something is wrong with you. It seems you have yet to accept the darkness within you.

The background details for most of the important characters seems well furnished to me. What's interesting is the background details are not something that are fixed (as seen with a certain hob-gob). 

Then again, except for the MC, the rest of the clan never had much as a background. Goblins. What else would you expect? You thought some of them had experience that could stand alone as a book in itself? Well, go read a wiki about them. Eat, shit, brawl, mate, sleep. That's a goblin for you. So what if some learn to use magic or make same mistakes as humans and learn chemistry.  Shit happens. So take it in stride and turn in into a skill.

What is truly interesting is how the clan faces issues tied up with starting a new settlement.  The struggle is real. The screw ups are very much possible. The MC has potential to be an OP character (so sad he is a giant dog's personal Bitch, so sad... muhuhu). The threat of eternal death is as far as the cave in your own ruled area. You have the X points to be required thing. Be it Faith, research, energy and what not. Everything has a cost. Priorities need to be set. Relatives to be killed. Good God! Why isn't this in top 5 already!?

The only thing that bothers me is lack of more 'sentient' NPCs. Sure he can make more but it seems better if he rather found more. 

Grammar

Expect some errors. Don't be a douche. Even first editions, heck, even revised editions of published books got some errors in them.

What matters is that they are bare minimum. The story reads out well and will be a joy to read unless you go grammar nazi on it. The words are of common usage and the structuring is simple. A casual reader will have no troubles. I am one of them so I would know.

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If you aren't sold by now... You got issues, mate.

Krushah
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This is a really good one! Starts a bit slow but the plot and action build quickly. Occasional grammar and spelling mistakes, but overall easy to understand and follow the author's meaning and intent. I consider it good to very good technically. Style of writing started out decent  and has improved to what I consider good, developing into their own characteristic style.

The story is a perfect combination of character leveling and settlement building. The characters and their growth are unique, fast enough to be interesting but not easy or predictable. Decent character development for the MC, who has advantages and uses them well, but is not OP.  

One of my new favorites. Look forward to reading this and hope it is the beginning of many books from this author.

Humanprototype
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Style- Readable but there are some issues with info dumping and being overly descriptive and verbose when it isn't needed or relevant to the story. Basically it needs editing.

Story- Overall the story feels somewhat contrived and illogical. Plots threads were continually started and then quickly discarded or set aside for more new threads making it feel like no progress was being made and the story was just going in circles. After finishing chapter 8 I was particularly annoyed as it made me feel like chapters 1-8 was just a really long-winded prologue part 2.

Grammar- Some problems but not enough to be distracting.

Character- MCs character is somewhat inconsistent and the villians are too over the top for my tastes.

ajrswim2000
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This story looks promising with a great setup to the setting and future progression.  I'm looking forward to where the story goes next.

tempest86
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Its still early days, but this is a very promising story that I will be following with great interest. I love this kind of story, monster/ player dictomy, system glitches, and solid characters. The premise is good, as a player that was betrayed and then did something very stupid, pretty much to see what would happen. We've all done that and in a virtual world I cant see any reason why he wouldn't.

Releases are slow, about once a week, which given the quality is understandable even if its frustrating as there arent many chapters.

Im hooked and can't wait for more

N1onEarth
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it's not bad. but it's not great

this story has one major problem. it's not logical, everything from the mastery system to the monster change and level drop scroll would never be part of a regular mmorpg much less a VRMMORPG. even how the company reacts to the whole stuck in virtual reality situation doesn't make sense, nevermind the situation itself. also why didn't the rest of his guild members just leave and create their own guild. i mean they had the members and the MC's skills they didn't really need to go through all that trouble. 

other than that it's good, its just the shame that the story is built on one big illogical mess.

reddir
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I found this so far (up through chapter 9) enjoyable and engaing.

There is a relatable PC, curious supporting characters, and distinct scenarios and interactions.

I don't like some of the meanness of some of the background characters - I always cringe when I see such characters in a story, but I have to admit that such people exist in real life so are not out of place in a story. Just a personal preference as I prefer man vs environment rather than man vs man.

Grammer is not great but passable.

The style (?) has kept me entertained and continually surprised in the way it is unfolding. There are enough clues that I get a general sense of what will happen but the way in which it plays out is always a bit different than I expect - keeps me on my toes :)

It might be too early to really review the story. It is ok as a kind of scafolding for just the fun of the twists and developments - serviceable without being special. Will have to see what happens in later chapters, I find it hard to judge this until at least 2 or 3 times this many chapters are posted.

GeoOlive
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Well written, very interesting story. Good character development. 

I especially enjoyed the community building, as the main character attempted to turn a few goblin refugees into a safe and prosperous town. This reminds me of the Chaos Seed series by Aleron Kong in this regard. 

Another plus is that he came up with a rational explanation of how a person could get stuck in a VRRPG. Looking forward to reading more. 

Btw, this is easily good enough to publish. I suggest that the author consider contacting an agent. 

phuang2001
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Fascinating LitRPG-townbuilding

really well done story so far.  engaging character with good problem solving.  Not an OP character and I really am enjoying the logistics and allocation of resource challenge.  I am very interested to see where this story goes.

Xuzo
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Looks Promising - 12/1/2016

Story looks like a great new take on the nonhuman/LITRPG genre.

Starting with a new type of betrayal which leads to a very interesting MC with formidible world knowledge. Looking forward to how the story progresses!