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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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.
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.
*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 ret*rd or if he really is ret*rded. The only thing I'm certain is that the novel is stressing me out with all the mistakes the MC makes.
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!
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.
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~!
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
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
This story started out great. It was fast-paced, which fit into the beginning's 'struggle to survive' theme. But once everything had settled down, the story was still speeding along. It skips over all of the rest periods that could have been used to promote character growth.
The story's fast pace was fine though... until I briefly stopped reading. I stopped binge-reading for 30 minutes, came back, and realized I didn't give one lick about the characters.
The ant lady and anti-Garth were the only ones I thought were even interesting. Once a certain event came up I all of a sudden realized, "Hey, this is a really bad story. The premise was interesting, but the actual story isn't."
When, in the middle of meeting his In-laws, they ran out of food and had to go into town. They have been visiting this town for at least half a year (or however long the apocalypse has been going on) and get mind-controlled into joining this adventuring group.
His wife/girlfriend is pregnant and they are in the middle of meeting her family. THIS IS NOT OKAY!
I know some people will say, "Oh, this just shows how dangerous the world is!" I call BS. The author just wanted a way out from the family meeting. They have never had a problem with the town until now. You expect me to believe that, just as the story had reached a natural point to slow down a bit, they get mind-controlled?
That was when I stepped away and realized the characters are all bland and 2-Dimensional.
Cliff-Notes version of the spoiler: Something bad happens out of nowhere. I call BS, then realize I don't actually care about the characters.
I didn't even mention all the plot points the author just drops, for whatever reason.