Serial Saturday: Dao of Magic Chapters 61-80 by Andries Louws

Hey all I’m back with the fourth set of chapters in Teach’s journey in a really odd world for this week’s Serial Saturday. It’s Dao of Magic Chapters 61-80 by Andries Louws!

Plot: This covers the start of the second arc and it’s pretty good, Teach deals with some oddballs and some jerks in this set of chapters, while we also get to see the Disciples really cause some havoc.

Characters: We get some new characters in this chapter, but my favorite newcomer is probably Ares. I won’t say why, but she’s pretty hilarious. That said Rhea has easily grown to replace Tess as my favorite character thus far. The fact she’s a giant freaking dragon is just icing on the cake.

Overall: A really fun and chaotic set of chapters.

Serial Saturday: A Question

This week for Serial Saturday I’m doing something a bit different. It’s all about A Question!

Hey all so this will be a quick post and mainly a question. I’ve recently been moving away from reading English original novels, because frankly most of the decent ones I’ve either already covered or they have been published into Audiobooks already, or both. The rest are all pretty substandard and lackluster compared to the ones I’ve read before, but I have since found a new avenue for different stories, Fan Fiction. Yeah I really hadn’t ever delved into it before 2019, but some of the stuff that is out there is pretty good, and I think I’d like to cover it.

So my question is this, and please do answer this with comments, both on my Blog and on GiN. Would anyone particularly care if I started covering Fan Fiction in my Saturday slots? I’ll have to come up with a new name for the column, because Serial Saturday doesn’t really fit, but I think I’d enjoy poking holes in various Fan Fictions. That said they’ll be mainly centered around either Books, or Anime/Manga series. Though there might be some, like one of my favorites is a crossover of Harry Potter and the Marvel universe, which is pretty freaking good. The fact it’s over 1.7 million words long and still being written isn’t bad either. This would be an entirely new venture for me, because Fan Fictions are hard to judge and review without actually knowing the original source material pretty well. I can’t promise it’ll be unbiased and completely accurate as I have experienced so many thousands of different stories that sometimes I mix up character’s stories.

That’s it for this week’s Serial Saturday, and again please do comment below. While my final decision will be mine and mine alone, I will state that I will take others opinions into consideration. That being said I am leaning towards my final answer being yes at the moment of writing this.

Serial Saturday: Dao of Magic Chapters 41-60 by Andries Louws

Hey all I’m back for this week’s Serial Saturday and my first post of 2020. It’s Dao of Magic Chapters 41-60 by Andries Louws!

Plot: This is the third set of chapters in Teach’s journey to teach a bunch of illiterate buffoons to wield arcane and immense powers. It’s also the last set of chapters for the first book according to the author. This is a pretty fun set of chapters with Teach really getting down into the nitty gritty portion of teaching his students. Or neglecting them and really half assing his teaching. Honestly it’s a bit of a toss up here. Still I enjoyed these chapters quite a bit and felt that it ends not on a cliffhanger which is makes the author designating chapter 60 actually a good sign that he knows what he’s doing.

Characters: We get to learn more about the students, although Tess is still my favorite. That being said Rhea is slowly climbing the ranks and may eventually supplant her, although she hasn’t gotten nearly enough screen time for me to really consider that for a while yet. Maybe Book 2 will change that.

Overall: A solid and good stopping point for a story arc, these chapters are just a continuation of Teach, well teaching.

Serial Saturday: Dao of Magic Chapters 21-40 by Andries Louws

Hey all I’m back with the second set of chapters of Teach’s adventures for this week’s Serial Saturday. It’s Dao of Magic Chapters 21-40 by Andries Louws!

Plot: This set of chapters really gets us into the thick of the plot and the main cast of characters that revolve around our main character Teach. Honestly it’s a hilarious set of chapters that really makes fun of the Xianxia and Xuanhuan genres as a whole and I loved every chapter of it. The fact that Teach also bursts out into song with Lola singing “I believe I can fly” is just icing on the cake. No really it’s not at all because I found the idea of throwing a rabbit many kilometers funny or anything. Not at all.

Characters: Of the characters I still think Tess is my favorite, mostly because she’s got that skewed moral compass being a thief and is a really good one. That said the entire cast grew on me, with Ket being a new character I might really enjoy in future chapters. Still this is a great set of chapters for character development, although Teach stays relatively the same.

Overall: A hilarious series, this set of chapters just helps cement my opinion that I should’ve been reading this series much sooner. Although I wouldn’t have nearly as many chapters to binge read if I had, so maybe it’s for the best.

Serial Saturday: Dao of Magic Chapters 1-20 by Andries Louws

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with another series. It’s Dao of Magic Chapters 1-20 by Andries Louws!

Plot: This story is about a Cultivator, who is later called Teach, that gets slapped down into a lower realm and ends up mucking around in that lower realm. It’s mostly a parody or satire on the whole Cultivation genre and it’s pretty hilarious. Honestly if you love the Xianxia or Xuanhuan genres at all, you’ll get a kick out of The Dao of Magic.

Characters: The cast is pretty bare bones to start, mostly consisting of Teach and a few others, like Lola the Bunny. Honestly my favorite character is probably Tess, if only because I enjoy sneaky rogue type characters and she’s a pretty good one. That said Lola comes close, because she’s cute and it’s not at all because I found it absolutely hilarious when Teach starts punting her. Nope, not at all.

Overall: For fans of the Cultivation genre you’ll love this series, so give it a shot.

For those who like: Xianxia, Xuanhuan, Cultivation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Serial Saturday: Siphon Volume 2 by Jay Boyce

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second volume of the Siphon series. It’s Siphon Volume 2 by Jay Boyce!

Plot: First let me say that yes I do know that there is an audiobook release of this already out, but I had this post planned for a while and had a rough draft stored in my notes of my thoughts on the original unedited version on RoyalRoad so I won’t be covering the released versions until the third book is released.

With that out of the way let me say that this second entry in the series was pretty good and covered a ton of threads that came up by the end of the first book and has Jade actually attending the school Dracona that was teased way back in the first few chapters. There were some points where I cringed, but that might just be due to Jade being a dork at times.

Characters: We get to meet a bunch of new characters in this entry, which makes sense given all the new people she has to meet at Dracona. Of the newcomers I think Brady is my favorite, if only because he is the small blades teacher and I’ve always loved the rogue archetype. The rest of the cast is good, although there were some characters that felt a bit forced that may or may not show up in the edited release.

Overall: A solid entry, although I do wish the author was more timely with her releases I am given to understand she has been dealing with health issues.

Serial Saturday: The Undead World by Donkereweg

Hey all I’m back with a review of a series I was asked to do much earlier this year during my Hiatus for this week’s Serial Saturday. It’s The Undead World by Donkereweg!

Plot: This is a typical Isekai/LitRPG but it’s much too dark just for the sake of being dark. The current big go to genre word in the fiction community is “Grimdark” and every newbie author is just tagging it into their stories just because it’s the new fad. Like Twilight and all it’s ilk, most Grimdark stories are utter trash and this one is not much different.

Example: Not only does the MC get NTRed in the first few chapters, which is always a mark in the negative for me, but he loses his first friend he makes after dying. Why? Just because the author felt like being a dick and trying to be dark. There are ways of creating conflict without killing off every other named character or making every MC an edgelord. Take some of the classics like Lord of the Rings. Of the main characters only one dies for good, and even then it’s after being a dick and betraying the party that said character dies.

Characters: Our main dude Dantalian or whatever he goes by now is not interesting to read about and about as 3-dimensional as a sheet of a paper. The rest of the cast is no better, and most character are either killed off or just forgotten because they’re no longer important at all to the Author. Heck even the weapon-smith that Dantalian meets in the Undead City is unnamed in a later chapter. Classic sign of laziness by the author right there.

Grammar: For being a non native English speaker and this being their first work the author’s writing here is about the only good thing I can give this story a plus for. It’s not amazing grammar, but I’ve read worse. Still needs a lot of work, and honestly it could use a few editing passes at the very minimum just for grammar.

Overall: Steer clear, it’s a blatant attempt at trying to get into the writing business by jumping on the latest genre fad, Grimdark.

For those who like: Terrible Stories, Twilight.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.