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.

A Reminder on Column Topics

Hey all a couple months ago there was a rather vocal outcry to a certain post I made. It’s A Reminder on Column Topics!

Why?: I wanted to clear any misconceptions regarding my columns and what they deal with. Because while I love the fact that people commented to such a massive degree on one of my posts, the fact is that everything I said in that post was completely true, accurate and stuck to the topic of that column. I accept constructional criticism and welcome it gladly, I went to Art School for game design, which is how I know most of what I talk about on my blog and my various game reviews, so receiving said criticism is nothing new for me.

But don’t call my posts something they aren’t, and if I absolutely tear apart a beloved franchise for you, please keep in mind that I deal with stories of all kinds. I’ve experienced tens of thousands of them in various media formats from the spoken word to video games, and I’ve experienced just about every single type of story there is out there. What you think is amazing is not necessarily so amazing to me because I have little patience for something that can’t hold my attention enough for me to care about the characters.

Now here is your reminder on my columns. These are the descriptions I have on Windborne’s Story Eatery for each column.

Anime Sunday: My posts on Sundays are about Anime. Simple Enough.

Movie Monday: Movie Mondays are days where I cover some of my favorite movies of all time and some I hate with a passion. You’ll have to read which are which in each post!

Video Game Tuesday: Posts on Tuesdays are about Video Games and the Video Game Industry.

Bookish Wednesday: Posts on Wednesdays are about various books. Previously called Book Series Wednesday.

Translation Necessary Thursday: Posts on Thursday are focused on various written works that are translated from Japan, Korea and China. These include Light Novels, Web Novels, and Novels.

Retro Game Friday: Posts on Fridays cover games from previous video game generations, and the reviews are usually not unbiased as I’m going off memory of my time playing the game rather than playing it recently.

Serial Saturday: Posts on Saturdays are all about amateur English Web Novels that are published online, usually on royalroad.com. Sometimes the series covered will be absolutely amazing, other times I’m going to roast them for their mistakes.

Serial Saturday: Upheaval Chapters 9-16 by Hodhandr

Hey all I’m back again with more of Lars’ shenanigans for this week’s Serial Saturday. It’s Upheaval Chapters 9-16 by Hodhandr!

Plot: Again like the last set of chapters this is really slow and much more Slice of Life than action oriented. That said there is action, just not a bunch of it. Honestly if you want anything resembling a plot, or action you’d best look elsewhere.

Characters: We get introduced to a couple new faces, but they aren’t very consequential in the grand scheme of things.

Overall: An okay set of chapters, but like the last severely lacking in a driving force in the plot or much action.

Serial Saturday: Upheaval Chapters 0-8 by Hodhandr

Hey all I’m back with another LitRPG for this week’s Serial Saturday. It’s Upheaval Chapters 0-8 by Hodhandr!

Plot: The plot is really quite haphazard, and doesn’t really go anywhere. It’s very much a Slice of Life series that has LitRPG elements. That’s not a bad thing exactly, but for some they’ll only get pissed off that the story doesn’t really ever progress. If you were expecting it to be like most other LitRPGs with tons of action and adventure, you will be very disappointed.

Characters: Lars is our main character and he’s very much an airhead. He does things that most would either find horrific or does stuff that most people would think is really stupid. Granted that the plot allows for some ridiculous things, but honestly I don’t like the main character all that much. The rest of the cast is fairly boring at the moment, though it does get a bit better later on.

Grammar: It’s passable, but it can be grating at times. If you are expecting quality work here in terms of grammar, you will be disappointed, but not to the point of wanting to throw something out or through a window.

Overall: An okay series, but it’s not that great. If you’re bored there are worse series to read out there, but there’s also better series to read.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Slice of Life, Fantasy, Airhead Lead Characters.

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

Serial Saturday: Azarinth Healer Chapters 10-18 by Rhaegar

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second set of chapters in Rhaegar’s first novel. It’s Azarinth Healer Chapters 10-18 by Rhaegar!

Plot: The plot moves on pretty quickly and we finally get to see Ilea really put her powers into action against things other than Drakes. And it’s quite a blast to read. That’s all I’ll say, because if you enjoyed the story up to here, this set of chapters isn’t going to change that opinion.

Characters: We get to meet a few new characters in this set of chapters, but my favorite is Ellie easily. That being said Ilea is still the star of the show and I can’t say that it’s a bad thing since she’s such a fun character.

Overall: A fun and very good set of chapters in this series written by a complete amateur.