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3.0 out of 5 starsUm sure, okay... I guess.
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2019
The book was okay I guess. Definitely not the best by this author. Where it started with promise it quickly became repetitive. Work the farm, bang a chick, kill one or two people and then bang another chick. Rinse and repeat. I honestly skipped like every single sex scene and realized it was like 60% of the entire book. There was very little plot. Any hint of plot progression ended with the mc banging another chick. I found that boring. The violence, and political tensions in the book was well written but at the same time there was precious little of it. The main character was not flushed out at all. The reason is because he lost his memory ( which I'm okay with) but it's never explained why. Or how he got his abilities. Or why people have status screens. Nothing interesting in the least. I doubt I pick up the next one unless I'm bored, I guess.
1.0 out of 5 starsI’m sure there is a feminist award of some type the author could be up for at some point.
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2019
The author used a formula in this book that is appearing in many books in recent years. Males are weak, not too bright and evil just because they are male. They need women around to tell them what to do, keep males away from their evilness and do the thinking for males. The whole book is nothing more than male bashing.
This was an odd book in some ways, yet very common in others. First there is a minor spoiler, but no real information.
Arand has once again chosen to kill off characters you should care about for no particular reason. It does nothing to add to the story, the characters in the story appear to blow it off right away so it doesn't impact them, it's only there to make the novel darker. Pointless and depressing.
Why two stars? I usually like Arand, but like so many novels lately the MC is a beta male. Arand doesn't try to hide this as there are many comments about the women training the MC. The MC is basically a caveman in mentality and does whatever the women tell him to do. If that's your thing, then the novel may get another star, but the lack of any real story won't get you much more.
First a disclaimer, I own all the books by Arand /Darren and I have read them all except for Cultivating Chaos. I like their style with or without the graphic sex. I will try not to give any spoilers. The first book is usually the hardest to get through at the start. The style starts with the MC not fully formed sometimes even a total zero. The author patiently builds up in detail the MC and the universe involved. Weaknesses and strengths evolve and secondary characters appear and develop. As the characters develop the action picks up but now the backstory and details are set. This story is well written, an MC who basically starts from scratch and gradually rises in power. He of course develops a harem somewhat grudgingly. There are beastkins and the status of humans and the sexes is surprising. There are a lot of emotions and emotional conflicts by the characters. There is personal loss suffered by the MC and secondary characters. The ending leaves you wanting more because you get invested in the story. The ending is satisfying not a cliffhanger but there are things left unsettled and there is a sense of foreboding. Can't wait for the next couple of books. It is months away though. Only consolation though is I re-read the previous volume of any of the authors' books whenever a new volume appears. So be patient when you start this, the pace will pick up and it is a great read. Enjoy and remember Randi usually doesn't fade to black.
I'm a huge William D. Arand fan, but this book was a miss for me. Felt pretty dry and didn't hold my interest in the slightest. I couldn't care less about the characters and the world wasn't all that interesting.
I couldn't put it down! My initial thought was Stardew Valley (or any other similar farming RPG) meets Overboard. Someone with enchanted tools on a farm with hints of memories but nothing specific, "I know this, but I don't know why." Mix that up with Randi Darren's amazing writing style and you've got the beginning of the story.
But it gets better!
We find that Past Steve sold his memories to give Current Steve a headstart in the world. But why? While this leads to some hilarious situations (and cursing of Past Steve), we end up getting some pretty good insight as to why he would have sold off his memories.
The land of Lamals is different than Steve suspects and worse than any of his expectations could prepare him for. He gets many strange looks from his women because of his lack of knowledge about the land and customs and this is a critical piece of the story because Steve views the world as many of the readers might, so the women are not only telling Steve, but informing us readers at the same time.
Mystery, intrigue, humor, excitement, sadness, animal girls, a touch of racism, and well written and well spaced sexy times makes for one of the best reads I've had in 2019.
I'd pre-order book two right now if I could. Hurry up and take my money!!
5.0 out of 5 starsI own all the books!!! Must buy more!
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2019
The author is truly amazing. Sure there us adventure, action... and Adult ACTION. It is interesting how the whole story developed. There is sex... a whole lot. That's life get over it. It is for a reason. Based on the world that is developed. I rate this a five and have rated all the works of this author 5 stars. Cant wait to buy the next book! Read the Otherlife Series! What tale with this devious author spin next? Cant wait... take my money! There are even audio books on audible!!! Not for this book yet... YET.... will probably buy that too. Well. Check his work! Pick one up. You will totally like it. Read this in a day and a half. Work and all... great read. Will read again. Always something in the details... pay very close attention to details... likely to miss something. No more hints now... Enjoy.!
Now to be fair I am a fan of the authors style, but saying that there have been offerings by other authors where I've had a serious case of the 'meh's'. Not with this one.
There are obvious links into the general world that the author weaves between stories. With this we have a protagonist with no memory, thrust into a world which has obvious game mechanics (to us with working memories). Despite the fact that he starts off with quite a dark view on things he does warm up as we learn that he's not a total arse, he's just trying to make sense of the chaos he's been flung into.
The humour as ever is good, pleasantly dry and sprinkled liberally without obscuring the underlying taste of the story. As with any harem scenario there's plenty of 'action' but it doesn't slather over the plot like a tin of English mustard on a hotdog.
I'm really looking forward to the next - and possibly future volumes., if nothing else because the protagonist takes such a straightforward view that is refreshing without egomania.
This story sort of reminds me of the other series of books Randi wrote similar in many tiny ways and very much as good but almost completely different in so many ways, the main character is a masterpiece of someone in this situation he goes from funny to evil but always believable way it's just him all the characters are full and you become invested in there lives, the story and the humour will draw you in from the beginning and chapter by chapter more of that is played out to you until you are hopelessly lost in this amazing little world.
This book is more than worth a read, just hoping and waiting patiently on as many more Randi may wish to write, for me the more the merrier.
A new series from Randi Darren following the story of Steve,, who wakes up with a box of tools in the.middle of nowhere, but missing all his memories. And his only clue is a message apparently from himself. Very enjoyable. I want the next book now.