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Trouble With Horns
Trouble With Horns
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More than a hundred years into the future and the world has been through hell and back, not that ancient history matters to Terry as his girlfriend of three years dumps him in the middle of a park. As a way to distract him, his twin sister convinces him to dive into the newest fantasy VRMMO with her. Reluctantly agreeing, neither of them could have known the adventure of self discovery Terry would find himself plunged into.

A mishap in character creation leaves him stranded far from his sister, with a randomly generated character and plethora of problems. The first problem, of course, is the fact that he appears to be a demon girl, and the second? A gorgeous redhead with her sword at his throat.

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ActionAdventureDramaGender BenderGirls LoveLitRPGMatureRomanceSci-fi
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Alchemy Appearance Changes Beautiful Female Lead Character Growth Clingy Lover Conspiracies Doting Parents Empires Futuristic Setting Game Elements Gamers Hiding True Identity Jobless Class Love Triangles Male to Female MMORPG Nobles Online Romance R-18 Secret Organizations Secrets Tomboyish Female Lead Transgender Twins
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    New termii
    Status: 86: way too fast

    I am very rational, I love to read, I love science, and I know what is happening to our world in a vague sense. I read this story in one day, about 2 weeks ago, and I was thinking whether I should write a review or not. I think I should.

    What drew me to read this story was the premise of action, adventure, and LitRPG. The writing style is good and although I found many pointless parts in the story, it didn't bother me too much while reading.

    I would rate the writing style 5/5 as it is good enough for a web novel. No bonus points are given, but that's fine. 

    Action/adventure/LitRPG I would rate at about 3/5. 

    Minor flaw 1:

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    The main character seems to "go with the flow", he has no real ambitions and strives for nothing but playing a game and enjoying the world.

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    Minor flaw 2: This MC progresses by going with the flow and getting overly lucky repeatedly. Which is kind of at odds with LitRPG. I'd like to see a MC who has earned their standing in some way. 

    Bigger flaw 1: No consistency in the length of days in the game, there were chapters where the main character woke up early, went to the market and then went to bed because it was too late. A similar thing happened when the main character traveled to a town with a good grinding area nearby. The group left early in the day, arrived late in the day, and had to go to bed within an hour. Are the cities in the game 40+ km apart?

    Bigger flaw 2: the realism of the battle scenes. 

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    For example, the newbie MC and his newbie girlfriend leave an inn where 2 rogues are sitting. After they leave the inn, and I assume they didn't walk backwards, the MC sees a dagger coming out of the corner of his eye. From one of the rogues who should have been inside the inn, but apparently left and not only followed them, but overtook them to assassinate them from the front? To pick a fight with a melee fighters? Pretty stupid in a lot of ways if you ask me.

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    Bigger flaw 3: 

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    when the MC was kidnapped, again, a whole day passed. Is there no way to respawn when you are kidnapped? Are you supposed to rot in a cave if someone kidnaps you? I think the MC said something along the lines of waiting and seeing what will happen. Kind of pointless to waste a day in the game, blind, bound and without anything to do.

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    As for the other tags, I'd rate them about 4/5. I think Gender Bender is very interesting in such a world, I think the 18+ chapters are extremely well written. But I have to deduct 1 point because I found some stupid parts:

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    The main character immediately believing an AI has a consciousness, the kind of drama the main character's ex-girlfriend causes, and the general way the main character acts. Granted, not too unrealistic, but still stupid, and I don't like stupid.

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    I would put the final rating at ~3.5/5. But the real deal breaker is the pseudoscientific way the story tries to justify a bad transgender transformation, which drops the rating to 2 stars.

    To make this feedback fair, I'll try to explain exactly.

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    1st: I think that the transgender part in the story has been treated similar to how mainstream media treats it. This is currently a real social contagion (in the USA). For those who don't know: It is scientifically very possible to be born with body dysmorphia, about 1/30, 000, meaning you can never be comfortable in your own body. That number rises to 1/50 (currently in the U.S.) if you make sure the population lives an unhealthy lifestyle (~42% obese) and make them question their own gender identity. Are you really a girl? Are you really happy? Wouldn't it be better to be born in a different body? Etc. This story, unfortunately, does just that. No facts are stated, only feelings.

    2nd: an example would be when the main character talks about having a female body in the game. He is happy that the female body in the game is so much more flexible than his real body. And instead of thinking that he should work out in real life, he wants to become a woman. He says the same thing about his weight and height. We never found out his weight and height, but he is apparently sad that he is big and weighs more than his female body in the game. In my opinion, he should change his male body in real life by training instead of thinking that he should change s*x. (Yes, you can lose weight, become fit and flexible as a man).

    3rd: When he tells his family that he wants to be a girl, they react like idiots. They tell him they will support him, but they really don't. I would expect my family to question my beliefs first and only then accept them. His family pushed him to have his gender changed as soon as possible. His family bought black market s*x-altering-technology literally on the evening their son talked the first time about wanting to change his s*x.

    Didn't anyone think that maybe he wanted to have his sperm frozen so he could still be a parent after the transformation, no?

    Did no one think that he might want to test a male character in the same game first, no?

    Did no one think about the fact that he has other psychological problems, no?

    Did no one think to contact a doctor, psychologist and other experts, no?

    I don't understand the rush in making a life altering decision. 

    I don't understand why the main character is living an unhealthy life, in a messy apartment, alone, with money problems, apparently without friends, and his family finds the solution themselves without experts. Yay, let's just ignore scientific research. The MC seems to have more of a midlife crisis, with no meaningful goal in his life to sustain him, no ambitions, no responsibilities, and probably depression.

    4th: "Would you rather have a living daughter or a dead son" - MC. 

    This is probably the most inhumane and stupid quote that trans activists use today, because it implies that you either change your gender or die. And this quote affects people with depression way too much. Depression has many causes, can lead to death, and can only be treated with the help of others. When you have depression, the only realistic way is to let others help you. But that only works if the people helping you are not trying to convince you to bombard your body with hormones and drugs used for sterilization, disfigure your genitals, and take on debt to pay for the drugs that will most likely kill you in the future from cancer. (S*x reassignment surgeries in the U.S. Generate about $1.5 million per person for the pharmaceutical industry)

    Don't get me wrong, not feeling comfortable in your body is a real problem. There is a step-by-step progression you can take to feel right in your body. And the first step, whether you are trans or not, is not to take life-altering drugs. The first step is to get your mind and body healthy. It's as simple as that. And only after that should you consider life-altering drugs. I don't care how people live their lives, but I hate it when people influence others in toxic ways. If people want to be transs*xual, I don't care, but it annoys me to no end when people with problems have their lives ruined by alternative facts and stupid ideologies. And I sadly think this story is promoting stupid ideologies. Being tolerant is good, being overly tolerant and helping people to hurt themselves is not. 

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    New lenn
    Status: c86

    It's a well wrote story with a mission. Many times I really wanted to drop it but I forced my self on. The s*xual fantasies in this is way too heavy and very unrealistic which detracts from it in the same way as harem novel does. The love fluff is adorable between the two mc's and the action along with it make it a good novel. If the "let's f*** around every corner" was cut by half it would be a great story.

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    Cauldrons
    Status: c7

    Has potential but falls into several cliches and hazards stories like this often fall into. I honestly believe this could be great and maybe further along it does get better, but from what I've read it hasn't gotten that far. The character could be interesting, but they aren't, the main problem is the author seems to try and shove the s*xuality and beliefs of each and every character to the forefront of their personality traits even when it doesn't make narrative sense or is jarring for the reader. Introduced to a new character? The first thing that comes from them is them questioning the main character's preferences or them making some commentary on it. I understand the story's focus is on the s*xuality and the restraints the main characters feel with it, but again the way the character interact and bring it up is like trying to use a jackhammer to drive in  a nail. I believe introductions like this can be done well and flow with the story but from what I've read so far the author hasn't gotten to that point yet.

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    Ah what can be said about the marvelous misadventures of Tami? 

    That she is one of my favorite characters from an amazing lineup of main characters written by Vale? That the world feels so fleshed out and interesting, much larger than one thinks on first glance? That the fight scenes feel visceral and raw, but in a way that just pumps you the f**k up? That the s*xy bits are... Well fantastic. 

    Vale's done it again folx. Get ready to get horn... Horny? No... Horned? Sure. Horned. 

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    Jathura
    Status: Current

    I think this story marks a real development of Valerie's writing style. We have a well crafted world pottering along in the background with greater meaning teased throughout the story while the heavy character focus drives each chapter. Each chapter is long, well written, and covers a great deal of events. Characters are well realised, believable, and really engaging.

    This is the dream for transgender fiction. While the story is still in early stages it's so promising and I can't wait for each chapter release, as soon as I'm done reading I'm back to wishing there was another.

    Well done on this story Vale!

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    ChiriVulpes
    Status: Current

    this story hit me like a truck. It stripped me of my ace identity, and I woke up in a new, beautiful, demi world

    (read this story you'll like it I promise)

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    Trashlyn
    Status: current

    The Trans Lesbian story you need to read!

    QuietValerie is back with yet another amazing story! With "Trouble with Horns" Valerie once again skillfully weaves together multiple genres, themes and tropes to create an engaging story that grabs you and holds on.

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    Venu
    Status: c13

    Thank you for the nice egg in this trying time.

    Each chapter leaves me looking forward to where the story will head next.

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    maeve
    Status: --

    So goooooood! I can't wait to see how things turn out for Tami.

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    pynkbites
    Status: 59: newly physical

    Y'all ever get that awkward question, "Hey, how come you always play as a girl in videogames?" and struggle to answer it without delving deep into your painful genderfeels? Well, that's the central premise of this story, and it's brilliantly done.

    If you could live your true gender in a total-immersion VR simulator for a week, what would it make you feel? F**k around and find out, friends. This story's a winner.

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