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The Runesmith
The Runesmith
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What happens when a man gets transported into a foreign world filled with magic?

Will his knowledge in hardware technology help him out after he discovers its correlation to the words of power?

How will he fit in with the other noble houses as the lowly 4th son?

How will his story play out in a world where stats and skills equal power and status?

Come and find out as we embark on his journey.

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      Status: chapter 52 – making a decision.
      Nov 29, 2020

      There does seem to be a fairly simple formula to the story so far. Protagonist progresses, they stagnate (by the almighty power of the idiot ball!), the plot kicks them up the bum with some action, and then we start the cycle over again. It's honestly sort of frustrating, but also not.

      It's interesting if nothing else. Though it does annoy me how strongly the author seems to be avoiding character interactions. Like the protagonist just starts getting involved with characters, starts making friends, and then they go away and those characters the author spent however many chapters building up aren't relevant anymore. And it's more annoying because they seem insistent on the irritating gnome girl being a recurring character, to the point where it is detrimental to the story as they take every opportunity to reintroduce that character into the protagonist's life for some reason, instead of using a random throw away character or whatever to make the world feel like there are more people in it than I can count on one hand. Are they going to be friends or whatever with the protagonist and a character that'll stick around or not? Just decide already, because I already hated her and this isn't making me hate her any less for crying out loud. My god, it's frustrating.

      As is common for webnovel authors the author has some odd ideas about how people act and what makes a compelling story. It's very hit and miss, and I'm beginning to realize this entire story is a big miss for me. It's really just not interesting to be. There aren't any meaningful character interactions, the action scenes all seem horribly forced and I just hate the plot going on in the background with whatever that noble guy is trying to achieved for whatever convoluted reason the author dreamed up. The fact that the protagonist started working for the gnome guy in the first place and that the town was so closed off to the protagonist, to the point where they essentially got threatened into working for someone, was just not interesting to me.

      More and more it just feels like this story is engineered to bore me and string me along the many tiny interesting things and ideas the author manages to sprinkle throughout the story. In all honesty this is a solid case of great idea, poor execution. And it was just so incredibly saddening when I realized that.

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      Status: chapter 26 – examining scrolls
      Sep 13, 2020

      Overall, it's an underwhelming and very uninspired work. I'm really not against the use of clutches like game systems, fantasy tropes etc., but those are tools with which you should build a story - instead, what you see here is mostly that the author revels in the clutches themselves with little to no care to the story. Worldbuilding is basically a collage of tropes, characters are all tropes, magic mechanics are tropes, plot is a trope and so on and so forth, there really is no originality whatsoever in this piece, almost as if it was being written by an algorithm.

      Now, though it's mainly bad, it's not ALL bad. The writing itself is cute (not groundbreaking in any shape or form, but it's casual and clear-cut; I've never had the notion that I couldn't understand what the author wanted to convey or how to picture in my mind a scene he was describing) and MC is not a disagreeable Mary Sue. Quite the contrary, he's relatable to some level, though the author drops the ball very hard on the way the world interacts with the MC's quirkness and age - as I said earlier, the world is just a fantasy trope running on automatic, so don't get your hopes up for that.

      On a side note, I gotta give the author a thumbs up for the audacity of having the MC being reincarnated in a game-like fantasy world, just to then go to a virtual/magic illusionary copy of his previous world so that he could then use a VR set to simulate a videogame-like trial. Bonkers. That was good. Rest is bad.

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      Status: chapter 25 – making a deal
      Sep 8, 2020

      This has the potential to be a cornerstone of the genre; nay, it doesn't just have the potential, it's starting to be the cornerstone of the genre.

      The writing is flawless and very professional-looking while the Game Elements are well pondered and easy to understand without being simple. The MC is not overpowered and needs to put in lots of effort to reach his objective. The only complain is the "low" release rate of three chapters/week, not enough for avid readers.

      It's a serious novel, without smut or similar tags, so it's criminally underrated: give it a shot and it won't fail you.

      Excellent work Kuropon!

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      Status: chapter 52 – making a decision.
      Nov 29, 2020

      Well, this is one of the few novels I'm actually reading right now. I like the way this blends the crafting with combat, adventure, and world building. Due to the fast release rate, there isn't much time to go into specifics of certain aspects, but I feel like I'm given enough information that I can fill in those bits with my own understanding. 

      Overall, this is what I look for in a novel. I see a lot of people vocally expressing dissatisfaction with certain aspects, but I can't understand why that would be an issue. To each their own I suppose. 

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      Status: chapter 6 – change of plans.
      Jan 30, 2021

      MC is kinda like this regular Japanese MC's. Stupid, uninitiative, dull and boring. And despite having high buff to logic he is never logical. 

      It's just trashy. Maybe there is something interesting later, but I don't want to endure this boring bullsh*t in the hope it becoming something good. 

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      Status: chapter 22 – auction
      Sep 2, 2020

      This is by far one of the more entertaining light novels that I have read. My only complaint is that there are not enough chapters coming out. There are three a week but I am voracious when I find something I like! 

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      Status: chapter 21 – finding a way.
      Aug 29, 2020

      There has been less crafting and more character development and back ground than I came for but I assume that is going to change soon, cus he is about to go heavy into the crating profession. The MC makes decent decisions and the story has a tendency of upsetting my predictions. I also like how the author has skillfully and naturally managed to avoid most of the cliche isekai fantasy tropes. All of which are signs of a good writer and an interesting story.

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      Status: chapter 15 – loot and research
      Aug 11, 2020

      Very good story. Puts a good spin on the 'runesmith' trope and done in a very understandable and precise way. 

      And most of all reliable release rate 

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      Status: c86
      Mar 10, 2021

      I really enjoy this. I've always been a fan of crafter-based stories. With the addition of the combat, I find this series very enjoyable. This is currently my favorite thing I'm reading. So naturally, I very much like this series.

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      Status: chapter 47 – progress
      Nov 13, 2020

      Progress-es really well. Ha! Good read.

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