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The Outer Sphere
The Outer Sphere
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Garth Daniels is a down on his luck handyman in a quiet little town in the middle of America when our universe is co-opted into a war between an unstoppable race of reality-hopping monsters that feeds on the flesh of living creatures, and a conglomeration of thousands of realities, nested inside each other like a matroska doll.

We're the new layer.

These monsters, the Kipling, can only be defeated in a reality with very specific physics, otherwise they are unstoppable, and so Earth's universe has been assimilated to give us a fighting chance.

Garth must set aside everything that he knows, and think fast to adapt to the new laws of nature if he wants to survive.
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      Status: c104
      Aug 26, 2019

      Be warned: This story has a very disapointing arc conclusion at chapter 100 that will divide the readers. 

      I'm just writing this because I'd like to have been warned by a review and not wasted my time with the novel, but there wasn't one with this warning yet. I'll try not to spoil, but wrap it in spoiler warning nonetheless:


      There will be a build up of 100 chapters of the MC's plans to save the Earth by rebuilding a city and protect humans from the inner circle civilizations, but everything will have an abrupt and unfufilling end, while the story will pick up 800 years in the future, as if resetted. All previous characters gone, everything the MC had accomplished, thrown out of the windows in a single chapter.


      The story was faulty but entertaining up to chap 100, yet the arc ending was Game of Thrones S8 level of bad. You've been warned. 

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      Status: 136: laser spiders
      Jul 5, 2019

      A wild and unpredictable ride, and I've loved every minute of it.

      I would really like to give a constructive and well-considered review, but, honestly, I'm just not great at writing that kind of thing.... If I had to nitpick flaws, I would say that there were two or three immersion-breaking typos in the hundred and thirty-six chapters I've read so far -- a number, I think, that expresses how well written this novel is. I would also say that I'm a bit concerned about the statistics, which no author ever does truly well, and relative levels of power between characters and the broader world. These things can be hand-waived to some degree, however, and aren't vital to the story.

      Pretense at constructive reviewing aside, what I would truly like to say is that I have been thoroughly enjoying this novel. The humor, the characters, the world-building. Every part of it so far has been an adventure that continues to surprise me and make me laugh. I've read a fair number of stories that fall under the litrpg umbrella, and this has really stood out to me as something special. I highly recommend it.

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      Status: chapter 188: motivation
      Dec 15, 2019

      Just finished binge reading this to the current chapter (188), and I've enjoyed almost every minute of it.  That's including the controversial chapter 100 twist.

      This series almost feels like a mishmash of isekai meets Discworld with an almost Stainless Steel Rat main protagonist.  The setting is original enough that it takes on a life of its own outside the usual trope comparisons.   It mixes comedy and action in fairly nice portions, with some fairly dark overtones to both.

      The characters are amazingly creative and well written.  Garth is not your usual super-genius who constantly outwits his foes.  He's clever, sure, and witty as hell... but he's flawed like any other human.  One interesting trait that sets him apart from the usual power-creep isekai protagonists is his desire to be a part of a community.  This is almost always a risk vs reward decision, as a successful community is about give and take, not to mention trust.  I'd say the most painful moments in the series are when he puts himself at risk for these ideals and gets hurt defending them.  On the flipside, it also paints him as an amazing character that you WANT to see succeed even more as a result.

      Even after the controversial twist chapter I won't spoil, I still enjoy the series.   Not everything works out hunky dory, and there's tons of series where the protagonist always comes out on top.  What's interesting is to see how he can survive failure.

      Please keep the series going, I am thoroughly enjoying the ride no matter where it goes!

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      Status: c119
      Nov 20, 2019
      I didn't read any reviews before I started reading this story and that was my mistake.
      Like other people have mentioned the story starts amazing, I really liked so many of the concepts in this story and the world building is really wonderful. The MC specially is very charismatic his personality is very amusing, and I'd say it's one the best aspects of the story.
      If I had to point out something I didn't like would be that maybe there was too much tension, too many fights where everything seemed at stake where the MC would end up half dead most of the time (when this happens once or twice it's cool, but if it's too much in a short period of time then it becomes tiring).
      But then chapter 100 happened...
      This was like watching someone build up a castle of cards for two hours, and when the thing is already 5 ft tall the person building it says "You know what? Let's start over. Hang with me for another couple of hours and we will go way past 5 ft.
      Little spoilers bellow
      Something happen and there's basically a reset. All the development is pretty much discarded, the MC goes back to being weak, and the story continues with only him and none of the other characters.
      Now, there are some people saying that this can be undone because there's time travel in this story. Supposedly the MC will get stronger with these other characters and will go back in time where the story will resume but better (perhaps), but the way I see it what comes next is some sort of filler (which lasts for at least 20 chapters, but I assume it's much more than that.)
      If this development after ch 100 is just a temporary filler, if the MC will go back in time just to proceed from there after as people have speculated then you would need to read this story knowing that one way or another some characters/developments could end up being discarded (if he goes back that version of the future probably wouldn't exist after all).
      I could be wrong, but after thinking about that I couldn't read more than 20 chapters past that point

      I mean, if you really are interested in this story, then go ahead, it isn't bad at all, or else I wouldn't have given it 3 stars. But maybe it's better to go in without getting to invested. Treat this story as a lover that might or might not break your heart.

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      Status: chapter 169: something hardass this way...
      Nov 4, 2019

      hello everyone.

      this is first time I write a review. so take it easy on me.

      the comment of readers can be devastating most of the time.

      not that  their wrong. but you have to compromise somewhere. like this story is nice. it's not repetitive... doesn't praise MC for being beautiful, handsome, smart and whatnot in every chapter. he's not going to on genocide on every sect cause every sect happen to have stupid young master to see the MC women... and this and that...!

      yes... it was bad when the world building suddenly changed everyone died. I shouted like : F***********ck!... but it's still nice to read... it's not boring. the writer put effort in it.

      i don't know much about a good story's qualities . just speak my feelings.

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      Status: chapter 162 : it's got electrolytes
      Sep 23, 2019

      A refreshing departure from the conventions of modern fantasy, somewhat reminiscent of works like Xanth and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as well as RE:Monster. The shared experiences of the 21st century establish a relatable setting and cast – which the author promptly subjects to all manner of fantastical dystopian circumstances and inter-species culture shock.

      The Outer Sphere checks all the boxes. Western Fantasy? Check. Wuxia-sized world-building? Check. Aliens? Check. Drama, mysteries, comedy, romance, epic battles, and genuine tragedy? Yep. Complete with System mechanics, artificing/magitech, innovation, civ-building, moral dilemmas, politics, alien s*x... You name it, it's in here somewhere. All delivered brilliantly. 👌


      My only criticism would be that so far depictions of cultures and interpersonal relations have been a bit.. flat. The scope of diversity just isn't quite what I would expect of a vast interconnected universe. But then, it could certainly be worse. Stick to what you know, I s'pose.

      Cheers, and keep up the good work~!


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      Status: c161
      Sep 12, 2019

      its amazing, like that in itself is not enough to describe how amazing this book is to me. I binged this entire thing in one sitting and spent most of my f**king day reading it, and it was a great day. If there were more books like this that made reading genuinely fun again and not something to pass the time at this point I would be content with life. The Characters, world building, plot, drugs, and the genuine happiness I felt for Brian made me laugh far more than I probably should have gave me a sense of fulfillment. Overall it's a 10/10 great read that makes me want to worship this author

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      Status: c41
      Jun 11, 2019

      This story is genuinely amazing, The main character is hilarious and getting smarter and funnier every chapter.

      There has already been hints at the huge world that is to come and I look forward to catching up over the coming days.

      Thanks Macronomicon for the awesome story and the entertainment

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      Status: chapter 226: the clone wars.
      Jan 24, 2020

      The post 100 chapter is abrupt and difficult to get used to at first, but just like the previous chapters created and built a world that sucked you in, post 100 chapters do well to add to that world and give a different experience alongside the Garth we know and love. The timeskip is important for various reasons which you'll learn as you read along but from start to finish, this story is one of spontaneity, ingenuity and well written comedy. Every witty comment and inside joke makes you laugh and honestly, I may cry when this story goes on hiatus. I recommend you read it. 10/10!!!

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      Status: c140
      Nov 1, 2019

      *sigh* I thought everyone was being overdramatic about post-chapter100 being horrible. But they weren't.

      The novel went from light fast-paced to political slow-paced. I don't mind the reset, but the world-building is taking too long.

      I don't really know if the MC is acting retard or if he really is retarded. The only thing I'm certain is that the novel is stressing me out with all the mistakes the MC makes.

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