Running into the Darkness. False Flag. Jay Tinsiano. Die Noon. Elise Sax. Under Dark Skies. A nail-biting zombie apocalypse adventure written by New York Times bestselling author Kristen Middleton. Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Wild thought that living in the chaos of her mother's home daycare and dealing with new feelings for Bryce, her martial arts instructor, was a struggle until her world turned upside down.
When an untested vaccine kills more than just a rampant flu virus, Cassie learns how to survive in a world where the dead walk and the living Risen Gods. Aimee Easterling. Demon Veil. Grace Hudson. Demelza Carlton. Myths and Magic. Kevin Partner. Charlotte E. Enchanted Secrets. Kristen Middleton. The Superhero's Test. Lucas Flint. Humphrey Quinn. Another Stupid Spell. Bill Ricardi. White Wolf Black Wolf. Arizona Tape. Jesper Schmidt. Shattered Illusions. Laura Greenwood. The Witch Hunter. Nicole R. Darkness Rising. James E. The Dark Master of Dogs. Chris Ward. Paxton VS the Undead.
The Chase. Athena Grayson. A Warrior's Heart. A Robot Named Clunk. Simon Haynes. Michael S. Susan Kaye Quinn. Well of Furies. Craig DeLancey. A is for Apocalypse. Rhonda Parrish Editor. Noah's Ark: Survivors. Harry Dayle. Brothers in Exile. Joe Vasicek. Allies and Enemies: Fallen Book 1. Amy J. Beyond the Crystal City. Logan Brookfield. Dark Glass. TW Iain. Lost my mate and almost myself. In no shape to help anyone. Then the sexy girl serving me drinks stumbles into trouble with a bunch of wolves who are bad business—I should know. So I save her. The End of Hatred. Rebecca Hefner.
That Voodoo You Do. Jodi Redford. River's Run: Lords of Kassis Book 1. Ruby Raine. Vampire Code. Celia Breslin. January in Atlantis. My Alpha's Secret. Rosa Swann. Shawntelle Madison. Carmen DeSousa. Sadie's Spirit. CB Samet. Wild Game. Alisa Woods. The Alpha Heist. Kate Rudolph. Becca Fanning. Wicked Wind. Sharon Kay. Kate Perry. Kiss of a Dragon. Shifter Origins. This is another Romanian novel that follows the MC sent to another world. But the summoner, unable to see his potential, rejects and sends him back to Earth. However, the gods of each of the worlds he was summoned to also get sucked into it, receiving random updates every time he gets rejected again.
Pushed to the breaking point, they end the cycle by quite literally dropping a meteor on his head. As he puts it, he just wants a life of fun with a supportive family and a little sibling to dote on or be doted on. Since she is his twin, she ends up with most of the OPness he has, an evolved body with higher than normal stats.
And they grow up together, being trained by their Adventurer Aunt. His sister likes armor and adventuring, as opposed to the frilly dresses he wanted her to like, and she ended up with 3 blessings, which makes her a national treasure and target for intrigue. So he spends most of his time worrying about her. Like make up your mind, man. Good novel, I like it, but at 35 chapters in, nothing much has happened. The title says it all. As he completes journal entries and quests given to him by god, he gets extra skill points.
He becomes wealthy enough to buy slaves and a mansion, once again through an incredibly unbalanced questing reward system that would crash the world economy if applied to any sense of reality. If you need a generic hero who does adventures in an adventurer guild and gradually levels up, becomes rich and famous, and forms a harem, this is another typical wish-fulfillment web novel. This is another dungeon building story, with another protagonist who has no memory of his previous life other than a general sense of humanity and understanding of technology.
In this world, a Demon Lord lives exactly years. The old demon lords spend 1 year training the new demon lords, after which the new ones create their dungeons as the old pass away, leaving their dungeon cores to rot. Like always, they have DP earned by luring adventurers into their dungeon, which can take the shape of anything from a castle, to a cave, to a labyrinth, and then making them struggle to survive by either repelling or killing them.
Like Doll Dungeon, the protagonist decides he wants to build a place that encourages people to come, enjoy themselves, and then leave peacefully… with this case being the form of creating his own utopian city. The 1 st volume does NOT have him build his city. Instead, it spends a large amount of time introducing the harem cast of loli monsters he creates, and explain the mildly complex magic system for creating high level monsters which includes medallions, exchanges, and a slot machine style system. On the upside, the MC is OP, and his medallion allows him to basically make any monster he wants, which always turn out to be S classed loli girls: foxes, dwarves, and elves in a world where A is the most you can get without creator intervention.
Everyone loves him, including his mentor, and although all his monsters are lolis, he treats them with a fatherly mentality rather than a perverted one. His previous life suggested he was a gun otaku, and this novel actually gushes over gun warfare about as much as Gun-ota, so if you like the modern warfare against fantasies… this totally has it.
I actually really liked this novel so far. Probably my favorite dungeon building story to date. Try it out! Because Janitor-san is not a hero:. This is a story I read some time ago, and it took numerous tries to get past the prologue. I understand you get what you pay for, but this level of care is openly making the world a worst place. Anyway, a bunch of random people get summoned to a dangerous world. To help them survive, god gives them language skills and crafts a part of their soul into a magic op sword. I tried, I tried to read this novel.
I finally decided to write this just to check it off my list. I award this story 0 points, and may god have mercy on its soul. A world was brought to the brink of destruction by the demon king, the hero was summoned and defeated him. Thus, the world continued to fall into ruin as people are killed by monsters and subsequently turned into monsters themselves. Two boys on the brink of death are summoned from Earth.
Guess which one is the hero? No… no twists here, they are given the ability to make things with magic by god. Their magic is charged by an elf-like species called the eternal slave, a slave race that enjoys being dominated and commanded. The sadist abuses and humiliates his slave, earning points when she cries or is sad. Meanwhile, our protagonist chooses to make his slave happy, finding that her happiness earns him nearly X the mana the other guy earns. Thus he dotes on her, attempting to make her happy, whether it be giving her gifts, commanding her, or binding her soul to his more thoroughly eternal slaves are easy to please.
Magic only does the building of items, items still need ingredients which they have to gather. Basically, he creates a magic circle to make an item in his list, the item requires X number of ingredients and creates arrows that point to the location of said ingredients. He gathers them, throws them in the circle, and the item is made.
Some items come from rare item drops, some come from strong monsters, some come from random locations. As he makes more items and discovers new ingredients, he unlocks new recipes, moving from small thatch houses and simple clothing to something more complex. He never forms any armor, instead just updating his sword, but that aside, a reference to him being a kendo champion or something would have gone a long way to making his battle prowess make any sense.
By killing certain monsters, they turn back into the humans that had been killed, and they end up becoming the population for his town. The arsehat shows up occasionally, mostly to gloat over his discoveries, which are quickly outpaced by the MC. This is not a complex or highly engaging story. Things just happen abruptly, like the aforementioned arsehat magically showing up at random. Yuusha Isagi no Maou Hanashi:.
He and three other boys fresh from Japan are summoned as Demon Lord Candidates in order to protect the demons and demihumans from human tyranny. Now, the former hero has to keep low as he resides in the demon lord castle he once invaded, engage with the daughter whose father he killed, and provide advice to the creation of new demon lords. The story is not greatly written. The exposition is insane, dedicating dozens of chapters to infodumping everything. The tone is mostly humorous, but a lot of the jokes stall in translation.
If the author took the ideas a little more seriously, this could have been a really kick arsed story. In 30 years, Earth will be invaded by an alien species. Anyway, a few days after his announcement, the not god decides to summon 10 million humans and dump them on another world with RPG stats to do whatever they want.
If by the time the last human dies, they have collectively made that world a better place, they will intervene and save Earth, if not, Earth will be invaded. He then accidently gets stuck with the dragon tamer ability, which is useless for a human, since humans and dragons have been fighting an unceasing war and hate each other. And as luck would have it, instead of being summoned to the human continent like everyone else, he ends up in the extremely high-level dragon continent, giving him the very chance to use the dragon tamer skill and quickly grow OP. The dialogue… is often cringeworthy.
The MC… is a bit unlikeable. Kind of a creep, kind of a smart ass, kind of lazy jackass. Most every entry on this list sits comfortably in the cliches of a light novel. The Chinese light novels tend to differ from Japanese light novels, but in the end, the general goal is still wish fulfillment. In all of these stories, you imagine yourself as the MC, fantasizing as he gets all the power and gets all the girls. This is one of the very few stories that seem to strive for something more. The King decided to pit all of his children against each other Stardust style, giving them each a plot of the kingdom to rule.
After five years, whoever garnered the most success won. He gave his favorite son the best land, and his least favorite, the protagonist, the outskirted borderlands. A stark athiest, he defies the church and frees the witch and after witnessing her true powers, she gave him the plan to use her and the other witches along with his knowledge on engineering to revolutionize the world. Each Witch gets one specific power, and he uses those powers to help him realize his dreams, establishing an army, protecting the city, and creating a foothold in the kingdom, often by developing guns, steam engines, and other industrial revolution era devices using the resources at hand.
Furthermore, winter is coming, and every winter results in the release of these magical fissures which infect and turn animals into monsters that attack the nearby towns. Thus, he tries to protect the witches from the church while defending the city from monster attacks and building up commerce. The female characters are strong and independent a surprise coming from a Chinese WN. The story is full of interesting and well-developed characters.
Possibly my favorite on this list to date. Jidou Hanbaiki ni Umarekawatta ore wa Meikyuu o Samayou:. A guy who loves vending machines is reborn as a vending machine. He wakes up in a dungeon, but not your typical underground dungeon, more the kind where every level is a complete habitat on its own. In his case, he wakes up next to a lake and an open sky… which sits a few days travel from a human established village near the dungeons teleport circle. A few days later, a small girl abandoned and near death stumbles on him, and thus purchases food and water to survive.
She has the divine gift of superstrength so she carries him to the village, and thus begins their adventure together. He functions much like a dungeon core in other web novels. He converts money into items to sell and upgrades to his machine. The more upgrades, the more things he sells. His limitations are one of the annoying things. He also can only speak using one of a handful of phrases, making every conversation essentially a yes or no conversation. I hope his voice opens up in the future, but after the first volume, this has yet to happen.
If you like dungeon core web novels, this one provides an interesting variant of that. Wizard with the Flower Blades:. While in the middle of attempting to create his character, which through a scan error assigns him the gender female, there is a flash of light, and he ends up in a fantasy world in the body of his female avatar.
This is one of those rare gender bender other world stories. There are no levels. The MC and other summoned Japanese seem to possess maxed mana in the millions based on their previous job class. Although the MC never finished his character creation, which for some reason makes him special in ways that are yet to be revealed.
Not great, but good enough and engaging enough to be worth a read. This is an interesting world, with an interesting magic system, and interesting characters. Even the bad guys exude personality. A guy dies and reincarnates as a sword. He acquires tons of skills, gets stuck in an mp dead zone, and is finally rescued by a slave whose caravan is destroyed by a monster.
Anyway, she picks him up, he decides anyone will do wielding him considering he practically wields himself and has a skill share ability that means she instantly becomes OP too , frees her from her master, and then basically uses her as his walking dummy. It is a very very generic and inconsistent novel with a dynamic that has no reason to exist. Kyuuketsu Hime wa Barairo no Yume o Miru:. A guy with a rather pitiful life dies and reincarnates as the character from his MMO game. He wakes up in the body of a loli vampire princess. He puts them on display in a castle he acquired and became lord over through various hard to understand circumstances.
The pets became sentient, freeing themselves from storage and finding themselves trapped in the castle, their vampire princess in a coma that lasts years. So basically another Overlord. I wish the protagonist was either female or a guy who wanted to be a girl or was at least established as a homosexual , because it would make all the constant love-dove scenes between her and guys feel a lot less like BL. She plays around in the first town, checks out the adventurer guild, flirts with a young adventuring boy, and saves the town from a well timed invasion… fairly standard fair… but from the point of view of seductive loli princess.
The story felt like it needed a bit more depth. The main monster characters felt like they needed more characterization and time to establish themselves the story really does just jump to the first village without spending any time with the monsters , and while the vampire princess is brutal, nothing about her character is consistent or makes a whole lot of sense.
It pushed the suspension of disbelief a bit too hard. Another one with good potential poorly executed and thus becoming something a tad mediocre. Atelier Tanaka:. When an MC is accidently killed by god, he gets the standard fair another world with a cheat skill. He then wants recovery magic and is thus spawned outside of town. He comes off like the worst stereotypes of a Japanese businessman we have in America an overly polite suckup with extreme perverseness in some very taboo and disgusting areas.
Illusion magic to solve his ugly problem, transformation, barriers, defense… he does none of that. He becomes an adventurer and in perhaps the most unbalanced questing reward system ever he quickly becomes rich with just herbs. A single freaking herb quest nets him enough gold to buy a sword, armor, and live comfortably for three months. Anyway, through various serendipitous events he meets up and befriends various nobles and knights. The story is kind of all over the place. His first night he gets thrown in jail with a lesbian knight and flat out murders a guard to escape prison.
The knight was on death row and… neither of them ever face any repercussions from this incident. Simply fleeing from jail seemed to cause everyone to forget they were ever there. He befriends a goblin on his first mission, and nothing happens… at least not in what is translated, nothing ever developed from this strange friendship. Jikuu Mahou de Isekai to Chikyuu wo Ittarikitari:. This story avoided my radar for far longer than it should have. A guy is summoned to another world. The King gives him a gem that unlocks his powers, which since he is an engineer turn out to be the powers of analysis, time, and space.
Having received the powers of time and space itself, he quickly escapes that situation. The next day she is imprisoned by her father for asking too many questions, and the guy decides to kidnap her off to his world. His younger sister is also entering college and moves into his home, and after explaining the existence of a fantasy world, they start heading over to the world to train, learn magic, and have fun.
As he works and his sister goes to school, the princess acts as a homemaker. Every weekend they go back to the other world and level up and go on adventures the sister wants to become strong enough to protect those important to her. Yeah, pure wish fulfillment here, but also fun. If I could select any cheat skill, Time and Space Magic would be it, so this one resonated with my heart.
Fun story, worth a read unless you want something with heavy story or darker tones. A standard Japanese boy with slightly intimidating eyes and the ironic first name Maou is summoned to another world right in the middle of an obvious confession from the school idol that he was too dense to see. Rather than being summoned as a hero, he was instead summoned to become an experimental weapon prototype.
Infused with black magic, he was enslaved, imprisoned, experimented on, and tortured for months as they steadily turned him into a weapon, meanwhile pitting him against monsters and other test subjects. On the demon continent, he gets a grip on his magical powers and steadily increases them. With over chapters out, the progression of this story is actually pretty slow. I still want to know what happened to his mom, the would-be girlfriend, and his buddy. However, after that chapter, the details kind of slip away a bit.
This is a mistake young writers make all the time, starting out over describing, and then fall back to under-describing. The first girl he encounters is a half fairy with the body and personality of a 4 yo. They instantly become best buds just because the plot wanted it to happen, and then he… sleeps naked with her? In the end, this book takes the events told by chapter 2 in other another world novels… and stretches it to 20 chapters. There is an argument online.
In truth, the similarities are hard to miss. A guy reincarnates as a measly recently born goblin, then he evolves and gains skills until he takes over his tribe and takes on a sexier human appearance, starts kidnapping and adding other species to his group including love interests , then steadily builds a force to be reckoned with. I think RE: Monster is slightly better in a lot of ways. Are they different enough to be worth reading both? I think if you liked one, you might like the other. Goblin Kingdom has some pretty interesting back story about a battle between the gods where the MC is the avatar of the god of the underworld which is slowly driving him insane, although that growing insanity is never really clearly defined as he keeps getting skills that both fight and deliver mental attacks.
In many ways, it more closely resembles Tensei Slime where he is building a Kingdom and pulling in other monsters as pets and allies. It pulls back the sex and skill acquisition a bit. It focuses much more on his unification of the Goblins and building a kingdom rather than skill acquisition, harem, or wish fulfillment. Boring Generic Japanese Protagonist. In fact, this MC is more boring than usual. Him, and this story, are the ultimate in cliched another world. Gets generic and ill described powers that make him OP?
Finds a carriage under attack by bandits and saves a princess? Finds an easily completed quest and instantly becomes wealthy? Generically good guy who just does whatever anyone asks? The guy wins a lottery that sends him to another world and allows him to draw from a pinko machine any number of times until he finds the power he wants. Almost every novel on this list is wish fulfillment in one way or another, but this webnovel has to be one of the most blatantly lazy at it. Basically, the MC is a freaking psychopath.
He takes down an army, cuts off some guys head, and then delivers it to a princess without even batting an eyelash. He burns an unhappy female spirit away and never even thinks about it. Then, as soon as he gets her home, without even having a conversation first , he drags her into his bedroom for mufo mufo god do I hate those words after reading this novel for a bit. The list goes on.
He sleeps with his harem, but like everything else, it arbitrarily put in there when the author felt like it without actually building for it. Wish fulfillment distilled to its rawest form. There is nothing here. Kamigoroshi no eiyuu to nanatsu no seiyaku:. Another one I avoided because of the vague and nonsensical novel description. Basically, 13 heroes were summoned from Earth to defeat the demon god three years ago.
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Why 13 instead of the typical ? No clue, but there you have it. After two years journey, they succeed in stopping the demon god and then go their separate ways. He has a power that only activates given certain circumstances the seven covenants. However, being a heroic person anyway, he saves, protects, and inspires people… even while trying to deny his role in events. God has a problem.
He has a planet that has been stuck in a never ending loop of demon kings and human wars that has caused it to develop slower than the other worlds. However, to test this out, he takes some humans who died in a terrorist explosion, gives them all powers and fortune, and has them make a dry run on one of his other planets before sending them to the final one. Our protagonist lived an awful life on Earth.
His parents were dead and his uncle makes the Dursleys seem civil. He gives his life to unsuccessfully save a girl. Unable to reverse it, God sends the protagonist to the next world knowing his life will be hell with no luck of any kind. Not wanting the MC to seek vengeance on the treasured hundred when they reincarnate to the next world, God further curses the protagonist with the hopes he kills himself.
Unable to get a known job or gain experience by himself, the MC is only left with the massive pool of mana and the death magic he was forced to learn. This is an excellent story. Those first few chapters, while depressing, do a good job filling you with emotion. For all those stupid revenge stories with cartoonish evil characters, this is how you do it right. You antagonizingly go from him at birth and it moves from there like No Fatigue. Still, the pacing is good and so is the story. Is there that big of a demographic of people who just want to sleep all day and do nothing?
Sigh… a guy dies from freaking sleep apnea. Because it was a screwup, they agree to reincarnate him, giving him complete choice in what he wants and enough points to easily be superpowered. The writer seems to be as lazy as the character he writes. His own laziness because even reading is too much effort causes him to rush through his character creation. These will never be my kind of story.
The two stories are very similar, although one involves a female spider in a labyrinth and the other involves a male dragon in the wilderness. However, at no point does he become OP, and every enemy seems to be a chapter fight to the death. The story progresses slowly, and seems to have very little payoff.
Guess which direction he ends up? A lot of other people hate this novel because they accuse the MC of being a coward. Kokugensou wo Item Cheat de Ikinuku:. After nearly being eaten by some wild dogs, he starts looking for another job. Selling soap, gunpowder, and anything else his brain can figure out, he becomes successful and makes a difference through innovation. Like Netooku, this guy is a mooch that everyone seems to bend over backward for with no real particular reason. The MC is useless. Fortunately, no one except him thought to market it in the ways he does.
He then takes it a step further and makes the first ever guns. He inherited 13 slaves, all pretty girls, and uses them to open up his firm… but how he afforded to feed them in the weeks leading up to finishing his building, how he paid for the building, ect… all of this gets glossed over. In fact, most everything gets glossed over.
Release that Witch has similar concepts but is X better. This is only okay. Knights and Magic:. A skilled program developer obsessed with all things robot reincarnates in a world that contains massive mech robot knights that function as their primary form of defense against monsters. Thus, he decides to become a Knight and build his own robot, starting training at age three. This is a fun web novel. Magic works much like programming, so his advanced programming skills and ability to perform during a death march also known as the crunch , lend them to him being a highly skilled combatant.
His small stature and female-like appearance lead to him being cuddled and loved by all the girls, so somewhat harem, but he only has eyes for robots. The pacing is good, the first volume following him growing to the age of Like Otome, a girl is resurrected as the villainess of a romance game she was playing.
This quickly gets turned around in the first few chapters and instead of being confined, she is inexplicably given control of a territory. Thus, as a woman driven by more pragmatic desires, she functions like a proper aristocrat, as opposed to all the love obsessed characters from the romance game who ultimately cause trouble by following their hearts. The story mostly focuses on her building up her territory: creating a business, starting a bank, ect… The pacing is fast, with chapters jumping months at a time.
The writing is decent, but the story never really took off for me. Everything happens too smoothly, there is very little characterization, and no real adversity either. Basically, nothing to keep you reading. Nidoume no Jinsei wo Isekai de:.
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A somewhat stupid god creates a badly designed planet that is slowly going to hell, so she reincarnates an MC to act as the intermediary sort of like The Man Picked by the Gods, but with at least the self-awareness of the poor sustainability of a badly designed world. The MC lived a long life and died at age He is resurrected at the age of 18 while lacking memories of his previous life. Well, he remembers everything except who he was. In his former life, he was a badass kendo master with a massive kill count which included being a soldier in World War II. This only gets creepy when you remember he was on the Axis side and probably sits closer to being a war criminal than a war hero… but the story at least is trying to paint him as a war hero.
Immediately rescues a damsel in distress who was in threat of rape by a gang of men, yadda yadda. Nothing in this story stands out from any and every other another world novel. If I had run into this story a hundred stories ago I might have found something to like, but now it just feels like more of the same. For 25 years, humans were mysteriously pulled away from Earth into the other world, a place of magic where you gain power by killing others and absorbing their runes.
There, fairies put them into malicious life and death games that encouraged betrayal and rewarded recklessness. The last of humanity used their remaining resources to acquire an artifact that will allow one person to go back in time, and one of the four strongest is chosen to go back. The MC is chosen, because he came to the otherworld the latest, yet progressed the fastest of any of them. Thus, he travels to the moment he was dragged into the other-world, 5 years prior to the opening of the abyss. His mission? To acquire as many resources as possible and save as much of humanity as he can, preparing them for the abyss.
Then continues the mad dash as he tries to meet the conditions to complete missions, acquire the best equipment, and ultimately save humanity. The closest thing to this story I can think of is God and Devil World. For me, it starts out strong, but gets weaker the longer I read. There is no characterization, and many many characters are introduced, only to be arbitrarily tossed away and not mentioned again. You never really get much of a feel for anyone, because none of the interpersonal relationships are given a chance to develop at all. Although this novel is Korean, it has the knack of many Chinese novels of making the most cartoonishly stupid and evil people imaginable, and really making you root for the MCs often brutal decisions because everyone else is even worse.
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Many of these kinds of novels can drag me hundreds of chapters before I get fatigued reading them… this one lost me in about Some of it is just hard to believe his near encyclopedic knowledge of the first part of the tutorial, a space noone had visited in 50 years, and his desperation to gain items that are seemingly discarded shortly after, for example.
One of the first main villains actually makes no logical sense if you think about their origins. In the end, that kind of stuff is what kills this story. Tons of unfinished or dropped story lines. Nothing gets tied up. Everyone Else is a Returnee:. Earth is about to reach the next stage in its existence, which includes the addition of mana. Well, everyone except the MC.
A guy with a godlike level of conceal was always left out of everything, including being sent to another world. God catches this error too late, and then sends an angel to help the MC through the ten years until humanity returns. This gives him plenty of time to read every book, visit every country, learn every language, master dismantling, blacksmithing, and every martial arts as well as every weapon. The trial finally ends and humanity returns with our MC massively overpowered but lacking the ability to use mana.
However, there are more problems with earth, the time dilation having resulted in most of the animals on earth also living for years, and thus high-level monsters start popping out faster than expected. I really love this novel. He creates legendary equipment, runs around in a mask like a vigilante hero, and makes the angels all fall in love with him one at a time. It lightly explores how a present-day world would deal with the existence of an RPG-like world, and is full of humor, fun and interesting fight scenes, and an overall interesting story with an overarching problem, just how I like it.
This story is very light-hearted, even when mentioning apocalypse level death and child slaughter it never tries to tug at your heart strings. Anyone looking for a complex, engaging, or emotional story will not find it here. Dungeon Defense:. Eventually, his father dies in prison after molesting a high school girl. Then, the MC becomes a NEET until he completes a survey for a difficult game he just beat, and is summoned into a world based on the game. Instead of the hero, he becomes the 71st of 72 demon lords on nightmare mode.
I mean, NEETs are fine. Never want to leave your castle? They are so pointless and so boring. The novel seems to completely drop this aspect of him by the third volume, but it seems to only add to the inconsistency of this novel, where characters seem to act exactly how the author needs them to act to pass the scene. This guy IS a demonlord, legitimately… and not the situationally misunderstood kind from Black Demonlord. If you want an MC acting like a smug asshole while always getting his way with minimal effort usually through extortion and blackmail , because the story literally is built to make him always get his way with minimal effort, this is for you.
Is this really the Claire that was a man-chasing idiot? Get prepared to read that sentence and variations of it about five times a chapter. However, she ends up in the body of a man-chasing idiot are there even women like that, I find it hard to believe an attractive and powerful woman needs to fight that hard to lay attractive men.
It still contains many of the cliched trappings of most chinese web novels malicious and disdainful people, constant repetition, slow progression , but it lacks any true develop. Everything feels random, not earned. The attempts at foreshadowing are just lazy if only they knew what was about to happen… dun Dun DUN!!! As a result, the tension is also basically nilche. They could have played the personalities off of each other, maybe had her eyeing men and being annoyed by it or something… but that would involve writing depth, and this character has none.
Ascendance of a Bookworm:. A young woman who loves reading is reborn to a poor family in a world where books are hard to come by. After a heavy fever at the age of five, she awakens to her memories of her former life. She decides to dedicate her life to fixing her lack of books problem. A lot of people hate this story because the protagonist is selfish and conceded.
I hate this story for completely different reasons. Specifically, the story is very disjointed. A lot of people hate how she treats her family, which is basically to constantly talk about how poor and dirty they are. However, how dirty can people honestly be? But her family has a string to dry laundry, so they do wash laundry. They yell at her for dirtying her blanket when she cries on it. The inconsistencies permeate this story. An unrelatable girl lives in an unrealistic family.
The Strategy to Become Good at Magic:. She finds herself at level 1, age 4, with all of her skills locked behind her low level. She also has an unhatched egg for a holy beast white tiger. The magic cataclysm that brought her there attracts various races to investigate, and a large portion of the story is dedicated to her interactions with people visiting the forest.
It keeps itself light and funny, as she puts her high-level skills for sale, offering high-level potions, cooking, forest visitor accommodations, and even training. She peddles her wares while mostly just doing whatever she feels like. There is no gain or goal. She does eventually leave the forest, and it seems like the same joke gets repeated over and over again where she goes somewhere, acts ruthless, everyone tsukkomis, and then she goes somewhere else. Not an awful read, even if the story title is meaningless.
A woman is reincarnated in the body of the villainess from her favorite romance game. On her first day of school, she recalls her former life as a commoner and that this was a game, changing her personality from cruel to kind. Of course, she has a good 12 years to prevent herself from reaching her bad end.
The difference between this and DF Otome is that this takes place in an alternative modern Japan that is identical to our world other than the school. There is no magic and no swordsmanship. Instead, the story just sort of keeps going on, with her occasionally making friends, helping people in relationships, and navigating her high school life. When she does interact with the characters from the game, you never quite know how she comes off, because her silly, idiotic behavior as displayed in the narration is supposedly hidden by an unapproachable, cool atmosphere not unlike the school idols.
If you like high school comedies like School Rumble, this would be more appealing. Whitson has evident respect for each protagonist as an individual and is clearly awed by the forces that shape them. The Glorious Mysteries has a unique spiritual edge and readers will find it alluringly imbued with secretive, significant, and mysterious events. Neil McKinnon. It must be approached with the right attitude and from the right angle—from the point of view of finding someone to love — not of finding someone to love you.
Hilarity ensues as Alberto recounts the lascivious details of his lifetime of experience including his first brief sexual encounter in the garden to his marriage to a gold-digger. Alberto is never shy about revealing the many wrong turns he has taken during his travels into the realm of romance or about offering philosophical and often hilariously misguided musings on the differences between men and women. An aura of absurdity pervades this humorous satire of a life characterized by awkward amorous encounters, lascivious liaisons, and erotic irreverence. Pierre Piccard. Set in contemporary Turkey, The Infidel weighs the elements of truth that flow out of Turkish consciousness in the wake of its historical massacres.
Authentic and persuasive, The Infidel is an uncompromising novel of the focussed turning point of events following the revelation of truth. Harriet Richards. A year in the lives, dreams and awakenings of the Protheroe family. Baby Dion is brain-damaged at birth, yet he is a sweet and powerful influence on his parents, his five sisters and his grandparents.
Under his spell, the reader travels through the minds of three generations: a group of wonderfully individual people who nevertheless define family in a wholly original and exciting way. This novel provides an intimate connection to the study of family values and responsibilities. Senior students will be riveted. Katherine Fawcett. The Little Washer of Sorrows is a collection of short stories that explores what happens when the expected and usual are replaced with elements of the rare and strange.
The collection is both dark and comical with engaging plot twists and elements of the macabre as characters attempt to cope with high-stakes melodramas that drift further out of their control. Little Washer startles, however, thanks to its commitment to the fantastic. Derek Hayes. These urban, commuter-friendly stories capture quirky events in satisfying ways.
Edgy, smart and unpredictable, Derek Hayes; stories bend linear story-telling, and shift the narrative voices with such an energetic frequency that readers will want to go back again just to them just to see how he does it. Alix Hawley. Hawley also challenges the conjectures of beauty, revealing that a pristine surface does not secure a happy ending. Dark and sharp, tightly written, this collection will surprise even readers familiar with the crusty undersides of middle-class lives, and the bizarre obsessions that harbour there.
In , Guatemala is emerging from thirty-six years of civil war. Amparo Ajuix, a determined young woman who lives in a Mayan village with her husband, runs a savings club for the local women with the help of an American NGO. The erosion of complicity between them poisons their marriage.
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In , Amparo works as a teacher in a language school for tourists in Antigua. She is tasked with the special case of a man, whom she calls Ricardo, who wishes to study her native Cakchiquel Mayan language. The experience of teaching this man confronts her with the in-between nature of her own culture. She does not speak Cakchiquel perfectly, as her parents do, yet as a Native person she cannot be completely accepted into Spanish-speaking Guatemalan society, and her Catholicism is mixed with beliefs in traditional Mayan gods.
Her crisis about what to preserve and what to discard from her culture is accentuated when her son, Pablito, an enigmatic boy whom she struggles to understand, falls ill. Arturo Arias, Prof. The Path to Ardro e is an exploration of friendship and its limits, life changes, and the challenges and aspirations of writers.
Peter Chisholm, a writer wrestling with his craft, finds himself at forty-two without direction, and so it seems an eerie coincidence to him that unplanned events have conspired to place him in Lochinver, Scotland, developing his next novel, seeking out his former lover, and trying to find a solution to his restlessness and self-imposed fakery. But he has no idea of the fearful ghosts he will conjure. For emerging writer Melissa Picard, on a six-month trip to Strasbourg, France, it will be her struggle with the past criticisms of her writing.
Through a budding friendship with a celebrated writer and a transformative affair with an artist, she begins to understand that her challenges are not unique and that to write with a simple purity, the way Derain painted, she must finally listen to her own voice. Another friend, Rick Connelly, at a creative crossroads of self and meaning is struggling with the control of his writing voice and intently floundering in his need to show what his father meant to him. He seeks the solitude of nature to reshape his instincts about himself and the life path he has chosen. Finally there is Tania, who lost her mother too young and whose immigrant roots shape her in ways she is only beginning to understand.
Faced with her own immanent death from pancreatic cancer, she is stripping her life bare of all pretense, while taking stock of the people and events who have made her who she really is. In the brilliantly imagined title story two young girls become guardian angels to an emaciated drifter with a very dark secret. Their innocence is an armour against the danger that simmers, below adult knowledge, around a northern lake. The Places Where Names Vanish explores the frightening, encoded, and potentially explosive realities of Quebec and Montreal as seen by Ecuadorean expatriates.
Marta longs for escape from her impoverished village, where she is pulled between traditionalism, spiritualism, Catholicism, and a dirty, brutal reality. She gives herself to a soldier stationed nearby who dreams of North America and a career in music. They leave and Marta learns the refugee's signposts: Escape, Exile, Endurance. The Places Where Names Vanish is a wonderfully evocative, subtle and heartfelt novel, which concentrates on one brave human spirit, but raises more questions than any sociological expose.
David Richards. Set alternatively in England, South Africa, and Canada, the novel translates the world of nineteenth-century England. The reprieve from such madness leads to Canada — the place of peace and plenty, where exploiting the dreamers and those who would reinvent themselves is turned into big business. The result is an exhilarating adventure, both tense and riveting. These details of the Spanish conquest weave throughout the narrative, colouring the lives of everyone she encounters in her birthland.
The Reddening Path is cleverly structured, with a style that fluctuates between dreamlike poetic imagery and a traditional quest-for-identity narrative Hale's novel is an intriguing look at post-colonial biculturalism set against a moving backdrop of familial love and personal enlightenment.
If you wish to know the tragic history of Guatemala and of Latin America from the time of the conquistadores, read this compelling novel. You are invited underneath the great greenwood tree to hear how a young man became a hero, and a hero became a legend. Unable now to become a knight, and joined by his childhood friends, Robin Hood leads the most infamous outlaw band ever to evade the king and his sheriff. Blending true history with new stories, popular inaccuracies, and some almost forgotten medieval legends, The Scarlet Forest brings a new life to the greenwood, which here feels as fresh as it does traditional.
With an academic background in medieval English studies, A. The forest is waiting. It is also great to see such a strong female character. Gwilym Dodd, medieval historian at the University of Nottingham. For interview questions or book club and bonus materials go to the author's website. Maggi Feehan. It is here that she meets Ank Maguire and the two discover that they share a connection with the spiritual world, an intuition that is both a gift and a curse.
Sandy Marie Bonny. The characters that readers meet in these places will be oddly familiar or perhaps familiarly odd. Her curiosity and scrutinizing intelligence as well as her ever playful wit guide the reader through close encounters with physical and psychological landscapes and then reveal the uncommon denominators in them that make people unique. The Streets of Winter is a fast-paced, intricately crafted novel of life in the city. Brett, Melanie. Clement, Carla Elm. Fall Czajkowski, Derek. Writing the Real Canada. Reprinted in Viewmag Hamilton, Ont.
Golfman, Noreen. Manners, Steven. June McGillis, Ian. Solie, Karen. White, Erinn. Wigston, Nancy. September Donald Ward. His thematic pursuits usually deal with the human willingness to carry on in the face of an often hostile and baffling universe, where nothing is as it first appears and that is clearly evident in this collection. Jay Ruzesky. The Wolsenburg Clock chronicles the development of a complex machine, and the risks and devotion that went into its construction throughout the Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Modern periods of history.
In a small Austrian city near the Italian border, a Canadian academic wants desperately to save a year-old artifact while Second World War bombs terrorize the area. The artifact, a fourteenth century astronomical clock, has been constructed and restored by a series of gifted individuals dedicated to producing the finest timepiece of their age. This magical device — that kept time, charted celestial motion, and entertained parishioners with a show of automated figures — was not built without personal costs.
Creating an engaging fiction about an extraordinary contraption and its brilliant mechanics, Jay Ruzesky also sketches the battle between the Church and the scientists of the time who both desired to be at the forefront of social conscience, as time became understood and measured in new ways in Western Europe. Reading Group Guide. A provocative reconstruction of the Frog Lake Massacre of that draws on published accounts of survivors Theresa Gowanlock and William Cameron. A must read for anyone interested in the convolutions of Canadian history.
Canadian Content Fall : April 3, Conte, Christy. Hildebrandt, Walter. June 26, Kennedy, Michael P. June 19, Moore, John. May 29, Ritz, Earla. Dandelion Schmidt, Lisa. Prairie Fire Anne McDonald. Alex was in harmony with the water. He taught himself to swim, and liked working the sea off Prince Edward Island as his fisherman father did, but he always yearned for something more.
His brother Reggie despised it all — the water that brought death, the seasickness — and he longed for escape. All three would get their wish, but coincidence would shape those wishes in profound ways. Alex would find himself on a circus trapeze fated to meet the Niagara Falls tightrope artist, Farini. Anne McDonald weaves a series of spells that pull this beautifully written novel through a tightly woven script.
Rich in tone and textured for a very rewarding reading experience, To the Edge of the Sea combines great storytelling with polished literary control. Life does look different from up in a tree, and the man who lives in the root cellar in his long johns has something to tell you. Maybe you will discover what it is like to be an out-of-control pacifist or determine the psychological value of a good pair of shoes. In Translating Women , Stenson performs on the high wire between short story and tale, manipulating narratives while deftly abstracting them.
However high they soar — often high indeed — they are as down-to-earth as honey and jam. A fine and fascinating collection. Make room on your shelf for his stories, and make his characters feel welcome, for they are people you know. I like them. Jerry Levy. Urban Legend , a street-smart and contemporary collection, is comprised of gritty, urban tales about troubled individuals attempting to mitigate loss by searching for their own personal antidote.
These city-centric stories encompass a wide variety of cultures, characters from varying social strata, and earnest examinations of how individuals react when forced out of their comfort zone. His depiction of place is vivid and lends a realism and clarity to the collection. Coby Stephenson. From her family and friends a portrait of Violet emerges of a young woman who has faced down the denial, anger, and depression of her bi-polarity and, despite her struggles, she has bargained for her place in the world as a sister, daughter and mother.
Harriet Richards' almost uncanny gift for inhabiting the minds and personalities of widely different characters is as evident in this collection as in her award-winning first novel, The Lavender Child. The men and women in these stories, and perhaps most of all the children, make their own sense of a world where "There are forces at play so simple, natural, and accidental that nobody can figure them out and see them coming.
There are always invisible connections between people in a small community. There are always loyalties and betrayals. In Walking Through Shadows a clutch of these citizens are singled out for attention. What we discover is both disturbing and yet morbidly fascinating. We meet Spider Girl whose lonely teen life leads her to the dangers of internet chat rooms where Don Wand, the reticent high school teacher, stalks her between his trips to the garbage dump where he collects animal teeth as treasures.
No one is really safe from the prying eyes, no one will escape scrutiny. Not the incredibly fit Walking Woman who allows her fear to overwhelm her fitness, or the lawyer who must post his nude shadow-dancing routines on YouTube. And not the Invisible Woman, who longs for any contact in her bottomed-out family life, but can only find a connection to herself through watching internet porn. Byrna Barclay ed.
Readers of Wanderlust, an anthology of travel stories, will at once feel that need to roam, the longing for surprise, the thrill of just recognizing the threat of danger, and the nomadic impulse simply to move oneself for the sake of moving, that restless and endless quest for a new beginning — even if it means the end of one life and the start of a new one. In every story a character embarks on a journey of discovery. Editor and contributor Byrna Barclay draws inspiration from the philosophers who expounded on the theory that, rather than change, a person simply becomes more of what he or she already was at birth.
When all the animals are gone, and the world become a desert, where shall hope be found? Her skeleton is charged with Restart — a video game-like element for reanimating. Water is a solidly researched novel inspired by the mathematical extrapolation of the length of time a technological civilization can exist. Sean Johnston. There is no plot, just Ronnie eating his purple ice cream and thinking his way through the maze. In the former, elaborate footnotes delineate the characters and their actions, explaining why the story is unfolding the way it is and why the writer has chosen to do this.
At various junctures in the collection Johnston employs devices that adjust his writing to be focused with the lens of metafiction. Shifts in narrative, jumps in time, intrusions into the narrative tension are all common here. In her first collection of short fiction dee Hobsbawn-Smith creates protagonists struggling to navigate the domestic troubles common to life everywhere, including children attempting to make their parents proud, the disintegrating of romantic relationships, and dealing with death and loss. Her stories are rife with the disasters of homelessness, domestic violence, and child abuse, as she exposes the difficulties that arise in relationships between brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, and parents and children.
These stories are strongly informed by local colour. Helen Mourre. There is in each of them a universality that is both mythical and ordinary, delivered in a straight-ahead dramatic telling. But as Tanis moves deeper towards uncovering the secrets of the Tanner family who originally inhabited their home — and the cause of the mysterious stains on the attic floor — Neil is pulled into a drama of his own, as two aboriginal teenagers from his school have gone missing and he is being looked to as a suspect.
Jasmina Odor. Each passionate story in this collection varies in perspective, and yet all share undertones of the trauma of life during wartime. We fall in love with those conflicted by their broken families, as well as immigrants, travellers, and refugees as they embark on their difficult searches for place and finding a home. In this debut collection, we are left feeling overwhelming care for our fellow neighbours and countrymen.
Charles Noble. Charles Noble's counter-novel is a minefield and motherlode of jest, memory and speculation. If Stephen Daedalus had been put to school with the Lutherans instead of the Jesuits, he might have devised this technique to portray his hometown, its inhabitants and his own evolution. Noble's exploration of the literary and topographical culture of Banff, past and present, yields a narrative filled with wit, style and playful exuberance. Peopled with a cast of characters taken from real life and transformed by Noble's capacious imagination, Hearth Wild mingles personal and social history with a unique, compelling fictive style.
Travellers May Still Return. An Honest Woman. The structure of the novel is complex, layered, and interwoven. There are several narrators, stories within stories, and writers making things up and fantasizing while living real albeit fictional lives. There are literary allusions galore and cameo appearances by thinly disguised famous authors. It can all get a little crazy, so McCaig has provided a few support materials: an infographic that maps out the different characters, and relationships and authorships, a fairly detailed table of contents, a few postscripts, and a couple of appendices.
The novel is humorous, and sometimes really funny; it is also a smart and warm and moving read. Lost Boys. These emotional shifts create moods that range from love to horror and from hope to confused absurdity. The story elements, though, remain traditional with accessible plots, varied and unique settings, and well-made characterizations. The Eater of Dreams. Corridor Nine.
Angela of the Stones. In the Embrace of the Alligator. A ANew Book. A Grave In the Air. A Run On Hose. Mitchell Book Prize. A Stone In My Pocket. A Year at River Mountain. Crises build as war threatens; floods occur and a devastating event leads our narrator to a beautiful and surprising formulation of how things are. After You've Gone. Alexander's Way.
All In Together Girls. Anything Boys Can Do. Ariadne's Dream. Back Track. Backwater Mystic Blues. Billy Tinker. Blind Man's Drum. Boundary Country. Brunch with the Jackals. Carnival Glass. Shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. Charlie Muskrat. Cheating Fate.
City of Rains. Now available in eBook format! Emily via the Greyhound Bus. Filling the Belly. Fire Beneath the Cauldron. Reviews Broughton, Katheryn. Four Wheel Drift. Shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Fiction. Glass Beads. Hanne and Her Brother. Hunting Piero. Hunting Piero is the tale of a passionate moral quest, and equally, a story of redemption and of love tested by tragic missteps and their deadly consequences.
Leaving Berlin. Finalist for the 5th Annual ReLit Awards. Lifting Weights. Lucia's Masks. Mahihkan Lake. Man Facing West. Memoir of a Good Death. Mennonites Don't Dance. Monet's Garden. Mortal Distractions. Mostly Happy. My Sweet Curiosity. Long-listed for the ReLit Award for Fiction. Never Going Back. Nights in the Yungas. Reviews Addison, Catherine. Nobody Cries At Bingo. Nothing Sacred. Oil Change at Rath's Garage. If Matt can be the catalyst, Ben and Jack might change as well. Orchestra of the Lost Steps. Parallel Rivers. Phantom Limb. Questions for Wolf. The potent narratives within Rage cast a very specific spell.
They hold us close with their suspenseful conflicts and the fearful uncertainty of what a desperate or angry person might do, and are often as dark as they are enlightening. Raising Orion. Longlisted for the ReLit Award for Fiction. Rose's Run. Silence Invites the Dead. Sky Kickers. Reviews Chung, Stan. So It Won't Go Away. Sophie, in Shadow. Reviews Batchelor, Rhonda. The Alchemist's Daughter. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. The Atheist's Bible.
The Beautiful Children. The Beauty Box. The Biggest Animals.
The Cast Stone. Winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. The Face In the Garden. The Glass Character. The Glorious Mysteries and Other Stories. The Greatest Lover of Last Tuesday. The Infidel. The Lavender Child. The Little Washer of Sorrows. The Maladjusted. The Old Familiar. The Path of the Jaguar.
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