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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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    New Krozam
    Status: chapter 209 – failed ambush.

    Pretty decent crafting-focused story. It's quite slow-paced and the crafting descriptions are so plentiful and detailed that you really have to enjoy that kind of things to get through them. There are also some problems with the MC's personality, he's so introverted and paranoid that there are long periods in the early part of the story where he barely has any meaningful character interaction. Romance comes into the story pretty late, and the time when the MC gets together with his girlfriend is entirely time-skipped, but after the time skip, there are some pretty enjoyable romantic moments. Action is pretty well written, MC is quite intelligent and likable despite his flaws, and after the first 90 or so chapters, MC finally starts having a bit of a social life. The story is moving in a good direction, MC has finally started to develop as a character and there's far more character interaction in the later half of the story compared the first half. Writing quality is pretty good overall, it feels mostly quite professional, though the author has rather severe problems with punctuation.

    Recommended if you're into crafting-focused stories, otherwise you might want to skip this one.

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    Status: chapter 52 – making a decision.

    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

    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 99 – getting emotional.

    I'm really enjoying this story so far. It's managed to avoid the harem trope, and exchange it with actual character growth as the MC gets older and becomes more mature. Although he's still wary of other people (for good reason), he's finally starting to learn to relax and talk to others, without just suddenly changing his personality. It's been a good, well-paced change.

    I have also enjoyed the mix of action, drama, and crafting. Especially the crafting as the author has yet to fall in to the "OMG, I can make anything and I'm ridiculously OP, forever!" trap. The pacing of the MC's equipment upgrades has been solid and logical, which seems like something that's incredibly difficult to find in most crafting stories. I enjoy his growth through making logical mistakes. It males him more relatable.

    If I were to give any somewhat negative points, it would have to be that the sub characters tend to be easy to get attached to, but go away and seem to not be heard from again, but honestly: that's the way life works sometimes. People come and make an impact in your life, then they might move away and you never hear from them again. It's a solid touch in the author's world that can seem rough, but is very realistic.

    Overall, I recommend this story for people who want a well-paced, enjoyable read about an MC who isn't OP, has relatable trust issues, and has to actually work for and make the power he gains, by himself. If you're looking for a very fast-paced "MC crushes all and gets every girl in existence", then this is not for you.

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    Status: chapter 6 – change of plans.

    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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    World building is.... not that great. essentially never mentions anything unless it's directly in the way of the MC. which is basically never.

    Pacing... slow. very, very, very, very, very, very slow. 

    The writer puts way to much detail on unimportant or boring aspects of the crafts while not actually being very well informed about said crafts. Will write 3 PARAGRAPHS about how the MC smelts, shapes and hammers some materials but avoids at all costs actually talking about the real technical work or any of the real process's. All while talking about the most bare bones aspects that any layman might possibly think is needed to craft said object. 

    I have read other craft heavy stories before and all of them tried their best to focus on explaining to the reader the parts that were actually interesting, talking about chemical reactions, talking about the tools needed or substituted, talking about the history of the item in our world or heck even just explaining the emotions of the crafter during and leading up to the crafting. 

    NOT HERE. This story never goes into any details that are actually interesting or useful NOR correct in some cases. 

    You would think that explaining magical circuitry or REGULAR  circuitry would be on the table... but no. It just blandly states things like "The MC looked at the work in his hands, it appeared to be similar to transistors, resistors and capacitors" And done. Nothing else. I think I may have literally quoted the writings right there. and that's where any explanations or details about crafting in this book end. After that its just long winded writing of events that literally can be broken down to "He did the thing and now he holding a finished product" 

    Go read Craft maister or Upgrade Specialist in Another World, Overgeared or even Weakest Occupation "Blacksmith" Become The Strongest. 

    Especially go read Ascendance of a Bookworm. Way better crafting explanations and actually useful knowledge to be gained in all of these other books.

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    Status: chapter 25 – making a deal

    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 173

    - I like how the level up system works, the skills just don't magically increase in levels and require an actual practice. 

    - The other characters also has some degree of depth on them, although they still follow your usual cliché Isekai SCs, at least they have more range when it comes to their interaction with the MC. 

    - The pacing is still okay for  now, it's also explained Roland's level discrepancy among his peers. Utility classes has more advantage during the early phase when it comes to levelling.

    - The story telling is also interesting despite the formulaic plot.

    What I don't like about this novel would be the MC's personality and paranoia, this lead to the ff:

    - His distrust towards other people made him a recluse and anti-social, which heavily affect his knowledge towards the current events.

    - His ignorance lead to so many stupid decisions and being taken advantage of. 

    - His all work no play attitude also made him so dull and boring, majority of the novel would revolve around him levelling his Utility classes due to the lack of interesting dialogues. 

    This wasn't my main reason why I rated this 3 stars, it's still 4 stars for me until tje novel reached the arc where he got his Runesmith Lord class.

    - The novel starts to move at a snail pace, so many filler words and unneccessary details. Every time something happened in the recent chapters, there will be a repetitive explanations that were already explained in the previous chaps. There was even a chapter where he just listed his skills and wrote the details, just a tad bit longer than what's written in the Text Box. It's not much of a problem if there's like a daily release, but waiting for 3 days and read a bunch of step by step process on buying something that could sometimes take 3-4 chaps, and I'm left with "that's it?" feeling, it is really disappointing. 

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    Status: chapter 52 – making a decision.

    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 22 – auction

    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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