Posts on Saturdays are all about amateur English Web Novels that are published online, usually on royalroadl.com. Sometimes the series covered will be absolutely amazing, other times I’m going to roast them for their mistakes.
This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the third set of chapters in Arthur and Lucy’s adventure. It’s Once Human, Now a Parasite Chapters 81-120 by Crow!
Plot Synopsis: Having traveled to the Underworld to retrieve his foster daughter with his wife Lucy, Arthur now faces off against beings so much more powerful than him that he realizes he’s way over his head…
Plot: This is a really mind boggling set of chapters and I’ll be honest, it’s just about where I stopped the first (and thus far only) time I read the series. So while I really enjoyed this set of chapters, it ends on a pretty big cliff hanger. Next time I cover this series will be when the situation is resolved. We’ll see.
Characters: We get a ton of new faces, but Lucy, Arthur and Saly are the main focus of this set of chapters. That being said we also get some surprise visits from some old friends.
Overall: If you weren’t interested in the series before, you ought to be by the time you finish reading this set of chapters.
This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second set of chapters in Kyle’s adventures. It’s Our Chaoz Chapters 17-26 by SlyOkami!
Plot Synopsis: Having been suddenly told that what he once thought of as a game is now a reality, Kyle and his friends prepare to deal with the fallout and face off against the demons and the demi-goddess that stuck them here in this reality. But along the way Kyle starts remembering things, things he’s been blocked from remembering….
Plot: This is where the story starts to get really, odd. Odd is the best word I can use for this, because I really can’t describe it without spoiling things. So if you are at all curious at what has even me stumped to describe, you probably should read this series.
Characters: We get introduced to quite a few new characters, but our star is still Kyle, for the most part. We get other PoVs and they are quite interesting to read. I can’t say more without spoiling things.
Overall: Definitely worth reading, I’m stumped even describing this story, and that’s a rarity for me.
This week for Serial Saturday I’m covering the second set of chapters in Arthur’s adventures. It’s Once Human, Now a Parasite Chapters 41-80 by Crow!
Plot Synopsis: Arthur, an incredibly successful businessman was kidnapped and tortured for months by men his wife hired just so she could get his money. After months of this hell, he was given a second chance, a new life in a different world. Arthur would, of course, rather start a new life; than stay and continue to be tortured…
Plot: This set of chapters stays fairly dark, but it also is a lot more heartwarming. Now you might be saying, “Michael that goes against the point of Arthur’s actions up to this point”. Sort of, but it makes sense to me as it’s about Arthur growing past the horror of what he went through at the end of his previous life. That’s all I’ll say in regards to the plot, as any more would probably be incredibly spoiler-ific.
Characters: We get quite a few new faces this set of chapters, but my favorite is Saly. You’ll find out why if you read the chapters.
Overall: A solid set of chapters in a fairly solid series.
This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the first few chapters in a series that’s completed. It’s Our Chaoz Chapters 1-16 by SlyOkami!
Plot Synopsis: Kyle was a simple gamer, he always picked the strangest classes or jobs and his characters almost looked the same. He played for the combat, he played for the grind and he played for his guild but above all he played for the story. Kyle is a roleplayer, one who enjoys the simple parts of this virtual life. Whether his guild was starting a war or ending one he’d always have his drammatic entrence or exit, his decleration of annihalition or demand of surrender. After all that? He divulged himself in the game’s story, the interaction with NPCS (Non Player Characters) and their advanced AI. He went through many questlines, many tales of heroics and many more adventurers of legend, but one thing always remained true with his character….
Kyle absolutely loved to the play the villain.
Plot: The plot of these first few chapters is introducing us to the main characters and really understanding what’s going on with Kyle when he starts up this new game. It’s pretty good although if you wanted a righteous main character you’re going to be highly disappointed.
Characters: We get introduced to a lot of characters, but Kyle is our main lead. The rest of the cast is just as good as Kyle though, with some nice depth to them. That being said my favorite side character is probably Sly.
Overall: A solid start to a series that thankfully is already completed.
For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantastic Plot, Great Cast of Characters.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.
Personal Status: Fully read. I’ll get to covering the rest of the series soonish.
This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the first part of a series that I rather enjoyed quite a bit. It’s Apex Predator Part 01 by Caerulux!
Plot Synopsis: Earth is a fairly small place, but it’s all Bath has. It’s the only home he’s ever known for all of his 500-or-so-million years of life. One day, Bath realized his treasured Earth was being drawn into the next mass extinction ahead of schedule. So, fascinated by the humans and their quick rise to power (after all, setting off a mass extinction is a pretty sizable achievement), what’s a nearly all-powerful, somewhat bored, morally ambiguous, savagely violent, shapeshifting alien entity to do other than assume the form of a human and do some front-line investigating?
Plot: These first chapters are really quite interesting. Bath is probably one of the most entertaining non humanoid character I’ve ever read and these first chapters do quite a good job of introducing him.
Characters: Bath is our main lead, but he’s not alone in this story. The rest of the cast is quite good, although my favorite one other than Bath is Lisa.
Overall: A very solid start to a series that I rather enjoy.
For those who like: Sci-Fi, Intriguing Plots, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.
Personal Status: On Hold, Letting chapters accumulate so I can binge read it during this summer, if I can last that long without wanting to jump back into the series.
This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second set of chapters in one of my favorite web novels. It’s Ghosthound Chapters 41-80 by Puddles!
Plot Synopsis: As the system initializes, the world shifts. Geography is rearragned and mixed, and levels and stats are instituted across the globe. On that night, one young man was walking through an underground tunnel, his mind on the small problems of his easy life. Because of his location during the shift, he starts in a dungeon far above his level, with no knowledge or teacher, or Newbie Village to guide him. Without a class, he struggles simply to survive in this world changed by its new connection to the Nexus. But struggle he will, for he is Randidly Ghosthound, and this is only how his legend begins…
Plot: This continues the start of Ghosthound’s rise to fame in the ruins of Earth. While these chapters are still fairly foundational, they are also still fun as hell to read. While this isn’t where I would say the series is at it’s best, it’s also just starting to take off.
Characters: We get to meet quite a few new characters in these chapters and while they are all good overall, Randidly is still my favorite by far. That being said Lyra is quite fun too.
Overall: A solid set of chapters, if you haven’t started reading this series you really ought to start.
This week for Serial Saturday I’m covering a series that’s completed by it’s author. It’s What is it like to be Eternal Chapters 1-20 by CorpseDead!
Plot Synopsis: Have you ever thought about what is it like to be Eternal? What does being Eternal even mean? Maybe I can show you what it is that you are desiring. What lies at the center of the universe, when you reach the peak of strength and power? Can love reach that place too, or do you lose your feelings the stronger you get? How long can you travel and hold onto yourself, before feeling that you are starting to fall apart, losing your mind to your strength? How long is your road? Your feelings? What’s going to win over you? The Darkness and the Hate? The Love and the Light? Or maybe none?
Plot: The plot is pretty straight forward and is clearly influenced by Chinese Xuanhuan and Xianxia novels. That being said it doesn’t follow most of the genre’s standards which is really refreshing. The main characters are almost never separated among many other things that seem to get Western readers in a tizzy.
However, I’m NOTgoing to recommend this series. The main reason is that the author shoves his own bigotry and homophobia down your throat about 70 chapters in. I dropped the series immediately after reading an incredibly bigoted sentence that instantly enraged me. If the author hadn’t done that, I’d probably praise this series endlessly as what I hope to see in most Xianxia or Xuanhuan series for the way the author treats love interests. But they did and frankly it pisses me off that what was turning into a rather awesome series quickly was destroyed by only a single sentence that the author wrote.
Characters: Hiro and Alice are our leads and they are a pretty awesome pair of leads. It’s a pity that the Author decided to utterly destroy his story by including his own prejudices.
Overall: Stay far away from this series. While it’s completed and starts off really strongly, the single homophobic remark the author makes absolutely ruined my impression of the series entirely.
Personal Status: Dropped because the Author is a homophobic bigot.