TNT: Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 03 by Toika

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the third book in Yu IlHans journey. It’s  Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 03 by Toika!

Plot Synopsis: Having overcome the Reaper that ambushed him in the Abandoned World, Yu IlHan returns back to Earth to work on his equipment in his forge. He receives a couple visitors, one expected and another unexpected, sort of…

Plot: This book moves the plot very quickly along, with plenty of battles to enjoy. I won’t say it’s there isn’t a boring “info dump” because there are some portions that could be called that, but that’s what you get for reading a LitRPG.

Characters: We get introduced to a couple new faces, but mostly it’s just people we know in this book. Of them all I quite enjoyed Lita’s portions.

Overall: A solid third entry, this also marks the first sixth of the book approximately.

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Bookish Wednesday: Slime Dungeon by Jeffery Logue

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering a book that is sort of a LitRPG. It’s Slime Dungeon by Jeffery Logue!

Plot Synopsis: Death came on swift wings. A soul, blessed by a goddess, falls to the land and enters his new life. He clings to a single memory, the defining moment of his previous life. Now, he learns how to succeed in his new life, as a new dungeon heart. To become the best dungeon he can be, he partners with the one existence all dungeons need: his bonded Dungeon Pixie.

Plot: The plot of this first book isn’t that bad, although it is fairly short. There are some LitRPG elements, mainly when Dock, our Main Character, is evolving his Dungeon. That being said that’s pretty much it for those elements, for the rest of the book it’s pretty standard Fantasy. There are multiple Points of View, but the main action takes place almost entirely around the Dungeon.

Characters: Dock like I said above is our main character. Clare is his partner and while she’s pretty good for a female lead she does get outshone by side characters quite a bit. That could also be said about Dock as well. The entire cast is interesting, but they aren’t super amazing. However for a up and coming author Mr. Logue has done an admirable job with this.

Overall: This is a decent read, but there are better reads out there. However there are worse ones out there as well, like Unbound Deathlords.

For those who like: Fantasy, LitRPGs, Action, Adventure, Drama, Good Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters.

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

TNT: Sevens Volume 01 by Mishima Yomu

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering a series I had the chance to start while I took my trip a couple weeks back. It’s Sevens Volume 01 by Mishima Yomu!

Plot Synopsis: Lyle Walt is a young noble boy and heir looking forward to the day he can inherit his family’s territory. Except around when he was 10 year old, his parents started neglecting him more and more in favour of his little sister, Celes. On his fifteenth birthday, he is challenged to a duel by his sister to see who will inherit the household and horribly loses, being cast out of his family. Afterwards, he gets treated by the family groundskeeper and receives the family heirloom Gem from him that Lyle’s grandfather had entrusted to him…

Plot: This first volume is really quite good, as it gives us a sense of Lyle and his world. It’s a pretty standard Fantasy world, with each person getting a unique Skill to help them in life. It might be something like Reading to quickly memorize any book you’ve read (I’d love this personally) or a more combat oriented skill like increased speed or strength.  I won’t get too far into the plot, because of spoilers but needless to say that I really enjoyed this first volume.

Characters: Lyle is our main character, and he’s actually pretty decent for a main character, if a bit clueless and naive about the world in general. Thankfully the female lead Novem is much more knowledgeable and frankly she’s an awesome lead. There are other characters we get introduced to but of them all, I have to say I enjoy The First the most. If that confuses you, just read the book. In general though the entire cast is amazing.

Overall: A solid first entry in a series that is pretty amazing.

For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance, Drama, Awesome Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above. Give the series a shot though, you will more than likely be pleasantly surprised.

Bookish Wednesday: A Princess and An Ooze by Ian Rodgers

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’ve got a book for a younger crowd. It’s A Princess and An Ooze, The Royal Ooze Chronicles Book 01, by Ian Rodgers!

Plot Synopsis: The world of Erafore is one full of magic and mystery. Heroes battle dragons, mages confront demons, and the gods watch over it all. Yet among these incredible beings, a single creature is born with the power to rewrite the destiny of the land. Taken in as a pet by the princess of the Kingdom of Varia, a mere Ooze will rise…

Plot: This is definitely aimed at the younger crowd, as the plot is pretty standard. That isn’t to say there isn’t some surprises for the older readers, but that this won’t be a twisting mess of plot like a thriller would be. While I enjoyed the book, I’ll probably end up recommending this to people with younger children around the age of 8-14.

Characters: Jelly, our main character is an Ooze, or Slime. He’s pretty interesting, for being a ball of goo. There are much better lead characters out there, pretty much anything by Sanderson or Conroe for example, but he isn’t as bad as some books I’ve read in the past year or two. The rest of the cast is just as interesting. The Royal Family probably is my favorites of the “side characters” but the entire cast was pretty good.

Overall: For those with younger fantasy lovers, or that are younger fantasy lovers, A Princess and An Ooze will be a great read. For those looking for more mature reads though this will probably not meet your desires.

For those who like: Fantasy, Magic, Oddball Lead Characters, Good Plot, Great Cast of Characters.

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

TNT: Praise the Orc Chapters 1-40 by Lee Jungmin

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the first set of chapters in a recently fully translated series. It’s Praise the Orc Chapters 1-40 by Lee Jungmin!

Plot Synopsis: Praise the Orc! is about Jung Ian, a cafe owner with a dark past, jumping into the world of virtual reality in order to protect his sister from any predators. However, things may not be as simple as they seem, as the world and its inhabitants proved to be much deeper than he believed them to be. Witness as he explores the lands of Elder Lord as an orc, a species labeled as the “game creator’s mistake”.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, although it’s very light on the LitRPG aspect. There is almost no explanation of skills and stats, which I find to be a bummer as that’s part of the charm of the LitRPG genre. However it does have tons of character development, so that isn’t terrible at all. There is almost no romance in these first few chapters, although there is some hints at a possible romantic sub-plot.

Characters: Ian is a pretty awesome main character, although I find that the lack of interaction with his sister Yiyu more than a bit disappointing. Especially when you compare the series to something like Legendary Moonlight Sculptor where Weed is constantly grubbing for money in order to pay for his sister’s education. Even worse is the fact that he starts playing Elder Lord to protect his sister from lechers.

Overall: A decent LitRPG, but lacking in some critical areas. You could do worse, but there are better series out there like LMS or Ark.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Korean Novels, Action, Adventure, Decent Plot, Great Lead Character.

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

Anime Sunday: Losers of Summer 2017

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the duds from last season. It’s my Losers of Summer 2017!

Knights and Magic: I really wanted to like this series, because I very much enjoyed the Light Novels. However the pacing of the Anime was terrible, not Campione terrible, but damn close. If it had been a 2-cour series we might have actually gotten a decent Anime. It’s a pity that we didn’t.

Isekai Shokudou: I actually really enjoyed the series, however the fact that I completely forgot about it until I was rechecking the list of Summer 2017 Anime for this post means that it’s a loser in my book. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t create a very lasting memory for me.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday. Did I miss any that you think I should’ve included? Post your answers below.

Bookish Wednesday: Reboot by Domino Finn

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering another LitRPG series. It’s Afterlife Online Book 01: Reboot by Domino Finn!

Plot Synopsis: Tad Lonnerman is having a crappy day stuck in crappy traffic late to a crappy meeting. On the bright side, his game development career is the only non-crappy thing he has going for him, so life isn’t all bad. At least until he dies…

Plot: The plot is okay, frankly this isn’t as gritty as other LitRPG I’ve read like Awaken Online, I feel like this is more of a Young Adult novel, although maybe aimed at later teens rather than younger ones. There is still some really serious scenes, but overall this is a much more tame LitRPG. It’s not the best and I’d probably put it at average, but on the lower side of the curve.

Characters: Tad is a pretty decent main character, but there are things I wouldn’t have done that he does. The rest of the cast is okay, although I find that I actually enjoy Jazzie the most out of the side characters.

Overall: This is a decent LitRPG, but there are better ones out there. That being said there are also worse ones, like the Unbound Deathlord series.

For those who like: Fantasy, LitRPGs, Action, Drama, Good Plot, Decent Cast of Characters.

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