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The Simulacrum
The Simulacrum
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“Um… Hello, I guess? Is this where I’m supposed to explain what’s going on? Well, I would love if someone explained things to me for a change, but whatever, I will give it a try.

So, my name is Leonard Dunning, pleased to make your acquaintance. According to my ID, I’m a fairly average high-schooler, living alone while my parents are somewhere ‘overseas’, wherever that may be. I’m tall, pretty fit, living in an impeccably clean house, and I attend a scenic high school full of friends, romance and coming-of-age hi-jinks. Sounds neat on paper, right? Too bad I have absolutely no memory of any of this. One day I simply woke up in this weirdly pristine world with a splitting headache and a nasty case of retrograde amnesia that left me a blank slate unable to recognize even my face in the mirror. Worse yet, apparently this whole place is running on fairly clichéd writing conventions and stereotypes, complete with obvious background characters and dense harem protagonists!

So, what would your average guy do in this kind of situation? I have no clue, but as for me, I decided to roll up my sleeves, grab a notepad, observe this weird world and work out what makes it tick. If you are curious about how deep this rabbit hole goes (and trust me, we will need spelunking equipment), you are more than welcome to come along for the ride.”

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Amnesia Fantasy Creatures Friendship Love Triangles Magic Modern Fantasy Proactive Protagonist Psychic Powers Romantic Subplot
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      Status: ch 7 part 2
      Feb 12, 2019

      In short? This story is great. Why? From the start we are introduced of a mystery that is slowly being unraveled by the MC. Where is he? How did he get here? Why is the world so strange? Who is he? The start might be slow for some people, but it needs to be like this since we are seeing through the eyes of the MC. He needs to assemble this puzzle all by himself and all we are doing is watching unable to help. Style, plot, grammar, characters, it has it all. But let me tell you about the characters. Even if at first they might seem like tropes with generic actions, it doesn't feel even a bit jarring reading about their interactions with the MC. No battles, no bs powers, no antagonist (not in the generic boss sense), only a relatable protagonist that is acting like a real human. Comparing him to the generic author self-insert that most stories are about would just not be fair.

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      Status: ~chapter 9~ part 3
      Feb 13, 2019

      Story that made me create account here.  I recommend it to anyone and everyone. Main character is great tho a bit M. Every moment of this made me want to read more. 

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      Status: ~Volume 1 Epilogue~
      Feb 15, 2019

      The mystery and comedy balance together well. The characters follow archetypes while acknowledging that they follow those archetypes, allowing us to not feel as though it is cliche. At the same time, they slowly begin to develop personalities outside of the archetypes, making themselves into new people. 

      I am curious as to how this will end. 

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      Status: ~chapter 7~ part 1
      Feb 12, 2019

      A good start, it raises a lot of questions! Continue like this :)

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      Status: ~volume 1 epilogue~
      Feb 28, 2019

      Hello Guys! First review here, but I will try to be as complete as possible.

      Grammar: It is good for a novel, and there are a few mistakes. On a more important note, sentence fluency and construction could be improved in some areas. Overall the novel is fluent enough and read-friendly.

      Story: The story itself is unusual. I read a lot, and stories like this are rare to find. The story is the development of a construct, in which the main character resides. At the end of the first volume, it is unclear what is the role of our main character. Overall the story is delightful, it is unusual, as I said before, so you have to like it.

      Characters: I have to say... they are unexpected. The characters seems "false" because they are part of the construct. But sometimes they surprise you, and you can glimpse something "real" from them. Overall they are as interesting as stereotypes can be with a touch of "strangeness" to them.

      Personal Comment: I liked this novel because it's new and is fascinating. What would I have wanted? Some more "acuity" from our main character, like trying to explore his powers sooner or realizing that something is really abnormal in his abnormal situation.

      Thanks for the good read.

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      Status: ~chapter 14~ part 2
      Feb 18, 2019

      I love this story everything in it is good I love all the characters especially Judy I like slice of life style I hope it continues like this.

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      Status: ~chapter 13~ part 3
      Feb 17, 2019

      10/10 IGN RAtings. MOAR!!!

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      Status: c11 part 4
      Feb 15, 2019

      This is a great story.

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      Status: ~volume 2 prologue~
      Mar 8, 2019

      The Simulacrum is a story about a man thrust into a anime/manga and trying to figure out the how the world works while also trying to take care of his friends inside of it. 

      I state that because I don't think the synopsis the author included does a good job of telling you what your about to read. So if you're liked the sound of it I recommended reading this book. The writing is solid. The characters feel fully fleshed out and the dialogue between them is solid and helps characterize them. I do find that the dialogue sometimes has a bit too many references buts its a minor gripe.

      The writing and characters are good but the overarching plot seems to be heading toward the boring side.


      The idea of a character finding themselves in some sort of show or story told for entertainment is a really unique and interesting idea. In this department the story really holds up. Following the cast in experimenting with the world is really fun and only ever stalled when the genre shifted. However it seems like the writer is going down a very boring path for how the protagonist ended up in this story. It appears that the world is a simulation of sorts run by (in perspective to the protagonist) all power full beings. The protagonist is somehow related to an unknown factor that is interfering with the almighty beings. Thats about the gist of what we already know. Its boring, plain and simple.

      It might be a bit unfair to judge this plot as it is now. It could develop in a direction I've never seen before or could never imagine. But even if it does that doesn't mean anything if you stop reading before it gets good. Maybe its because the last part of this story I read focused on this plot thread but just knowing how mundane and boring this overarching story is makes me want to not read this book. I do however have some suggestions to possibly help improve this part of the book. *Note* While I myself may think this suggestions will make the book better I could be wrong. They might not jive well with the style the author is going for or the could just be plain bad when pen is put to paper. I make no guarantees that these would improve the plot.

      -Add a character that just like the protagonist has been awakened in this world, but may have different goals than the protagonist. A possible route for this could be having this character be from an older simulation. A character like this could also help mitigate the protagonist from becoming a "Chosen One" by having other characters share powers or have their own unique ones from being awakened.

      -Have the one of the "almighty beings" or the trouble maker they're chasing descend into the world.  Give them some interactions with the protagonist. It would make them a much more real threat and story factor. They could try to enlist the help of the protagonist or try to destroy him. They could even simply ignore him and go about performing some feat of strength, like creating a new high rise building out of nowhere and having everyone but the awakened act like it always existed. Acts by these beings could be done without them actually descending or appearing in before the characters of the story. But I think it would give them more personality and make them more interesting if they were to appear in person.

      That's all I really have for suggestions. The rest of this book is really solid. The author could be aware of how boring these segments are and could already have plans to correct that. I hope he does because the rest of what's here is really good and worth reading.


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      Status: ~chapter 17~ part 5
      Feb 23, 2019

      I like it so far!It's a good meta-novel with comedy, an over-arching mystery in the setting, a facade of romcom, with promises of other genres joining in as the story progresses. It is both a great read in the paragraph to paragraph (fun dialogue, descriptions and internal monologues), and chapter to chapter (anticipation, revelations and twists).I don't think it's for everyone, but it's definitely worth a try.

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