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  • It Gets Complicated After That

    It Gets Complicated After That

    Sci-fi

    Suppose that you are a male. What would you do to get a job that paid one billion USD per year? That is the wrong question... What would you NOT do to attain such a job? What vile, despicable, underhanded deeds would you do to get your hands on that amount of money and position? But wait there is more... What if you must take the job or you and everyone you love will be killed? Would that affect your decision? Now suppose that you are a female. Would you marry a guy that was paid one billion USD per year? But wait there is more... You can marry the guy or you will be kidnapped, tortured and then killed. Plus, your flesh would be eaten by the torturer, if you did not marry the guy. Would that affect your willingness to wed the guy? I mean, how bad would the guy have to be before you screamed, "I would rather be tortured and my flesh eaten than be married to this guy."? In the story, Teagan Shrike turns eighteen the summer before his senior year in high school. From one day to the next, he goes from heir apparent to a fortune to a fugitive from two drug cartels, the police and a shadowy relative who wants the billion dollar job badly enough to kill him for it. Teagan must make a series of life and death decisions. He must also decide whether he wants to marry the 'correct' girl and take up his position as head of a family of inbred, wealthy and deadly monsters in human form.

  • The Rise of the Three Crater Alliance

    The Rise of the Three Crater Alliance

    Magical Realism

    Have you screamed to an unfeeling universe: ANYWHERE BUT HERE? Have you ever gotten the urge to just chuck it all and run off? You know start completely anew. Rock determines though he was grown from DNA to be a badass assassin, he is just not that into his job. His problem... When you are an it, your controllers will not allow you to quit and settle down in some house and become a category five hoarder. So he runs off into a midwinter Colorado snowstorm of Biblical proportions. Between one step and the next, he is transported from a snow-covered fir forest to a sun-drenched forest on another planet circling another sun. What is more, he is not the only transportee. Someone or some thing is dumping LARGE predators on the planet. That entity is also dumping an anthrax-like disease into the air killing LOTS of people. Rock has gotten his wish: He is somewhere else. Admittedly he is further away than he had expected, but close enough. He must now build a new life. Along the way, he picks up a very powerful female wizard, a very lonely female dragon and an effective female oracle. He also convinces a full U.S. Marine Corp Expeditionary Force to throw in with him. (Where did they come from and why?) Oh, lest I forget, he stumbles across some dwarves who REALLY want to make the best steel in the universe. (Monomaniacs anyone? There IS such a thing as being too focused.) So the question becomes: How do you build a nation with such desperate parts?

  • The Sea of Grass

    The Sea of Grass

    Magical Realism

    In your normal 'guy is summoned to the medieval setting' the goal is to conquer the Demon King and live happily ever after. This one is quite a bit more complicated. Some aliens 14,000 years before the opening of the story created a planter to grow some plants. This plateau is the Sea of Grass. Planters come in all sizes and shapes. Some are round. Some square. Some rectangular. They all hold soil where plants of various types are grown for one reason or another. I have always found the arguments for UFO's and ancient space aliens visiting earth to be silly. What if 14,000 years ago a set of space aliens created a planter that had corners in: Off the coast of Baja California to Savannah, GA to James Bay in Canada to Jasper, BC and back to the Baja? The planter is divided into six valleys with a long thin lake DEEP lake in the middle. Each valley is about 700 miles by 700 miles. In the valley the top soil is 60' deep... Yes, 60'. Most topsoil is measured in inches throughout the world. The total depth of the planter is 348 feet. The walls are made of basalt. The valleys are filled with 10' tall grass. All the mega-fauna for the late Pleistocene are still alive, plus there are nasty animals that we have not found so far. Everything in human history is changed. The ice from glacier on top of North America in the last Ice Age was used to make the lake in the Sea of Grass, thus the water level of earth went up 100' instead of 300' at the end of the last Ice Age. The Chinese took over the world, more than once. As the story opens a century has passed since the last collapse of worldwide Chinese culture. The nobles of that century would not allow steam power to prosper, so the resulting revolts destroyed everything. Dr. John is summoned to repair the containment wall and to address a whole host of problems. His problem: He arrived over a thousand miles from where he was supposed to be... AND he arrives in the midst of a war. Watch how Dr. John fights a series of battles of fighting retreat to reach the Inner Sea... What awaits him there? Do you believe in happily ever after? Say... Are the aliens REALLY gone?

Moments

Turn the tables and drink the sweet wine of victory. The price: Black Star's blood. View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C428
22 hours ago
This chapter is mostly about Black Star creating and testing OP cheats to raise money thus raise his own level. To his followers, he is looking out for them. We shall see what happens. View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C426
3 days ago
You forgot the uplifting background music and the voice of assurance. View More

urza: Frenzied sword paused before his enemy, posing with a practiced ease born of a hundred strange quests he'd received from Black Phantom.
"Until now, I pressed against the limits of class and version- but no longer! The spirit of my master and leader is with me-This is My STAND! BLACK STAR!"

The Legendary Mechanic · C426
3 days ago
What is really weird is that to the Players, the game is fantasy. They can die an infinite number of times. To the NPC's, it is REAL and death is final. View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C424
4 days ago
Dude, You missed the point of these chapters. The Chinese people now have a social index points system. The novel could be canceled by the censors for good reason, bad reason or no reason. In addition, the author has to express SUPER love of country or wind up in a very unfortunate place. View More

Hentai_kun: Can't he just write China#1 and end this boring arc ?

I can understand the e sport aspect in a game novel but here it's just a filler (the MC isn't a player) , the author didn't develop enough the players in Han Xiao's team for it to be interesting.

The only interest is that it would increase Han Xiao's reputation and attract more players to him so this competition doesn't need to last more than 1 or 2 chapters.

The Legendary Mechanic · C424
4 days ago
Exactly. Instead of boring everyone to death, the author just skips over it, I for one am GLAD. View More

MizunoKage: He actually skipped the grinding arc by using "9 months later"... Maybe he'll head back to Aquamarine for the start of Version 2, as well as the Player Finals? Maybe they'll be a cat fight between his harem members if he brings Aroshia with him.

The Legendary Mechanic · C416
1 week ago
LOW PROFILE!!!! I find that hard to believe much less accomplish. View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C416
1 week ago
I am a bit confused by this chapter. The Sunhil involved are the survivors of some of the worse combat imaginable. Why did they not make a better showing? Did they under estimate the MC so much? View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C415
1 week ago
What? You did not know... He has to add Ames to his harem. View More

Fenrir323: Thanks for the Chapter. What is his level 95 Class advancement Quest?

The Legendary Mechanic · C415
1 week ago
Dark Tower defense. What an interesting possibility. View More

Rends: So everyone else is playing in FPS mode and Han Xiao in Tower Defense mode?

The Legendary Mechanic · C414
1 week ago
You know what this means don't you? He will now be REQUIRED to swing by and pick up the loli. Maybe he will even pick up his gorgeous sister as a beard. View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C413
1 week ago
Hey! you forgot the 'Throw Popcorn at the villain' part. View More

JonesSoda: Cockroach ember still alive?! Boo! Boo! Get off the stage!

The Legendary Mechanic · C412
1 week ago
I am now getting an idea of how vast this story is. My question becomes: How far did the MC get in his former life? How many times did he restart the game? View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C408
1 week ago
I wonder. Ames may spark an entire new forum. View More

Mr_SpinelesS: So basically as soon as Version 2.0 starts there will be an Ames Fanclub division of Black Star...

The Legendary Mechanic · C408
1 week ago
What does it mean, first comment? The chapter has been up for a while. View More
The Sea of Grass · C14
1 week ago
Ember Dead? What a baseless canard! Who could possibly believe such a silly storyline? Ember is off licking his wounds having a horrid time, fuming and cursing. He will show up at the least opportune time and the MC will have to deal with him AND the disaster of the day. View More

CaTastrophy427: I spy a flag about ember, like it wasn't already obvious he's still alive

The Legendary Mechanic · C407
1 week ago
I am not sure about this chapter. The feeling you get is that he has struggled, struggled, then BAM it's all over. View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C404
1 week ago
YES! YES! I can see it now. HX charges the interstellar news groups a royalty for publishing his content. If they try to blow him off, he drops Ames' name... GIMME THE MONEY OR ELSE! View More

Joysanz: Time for CAPITALIST HX to take over BATTLE HX

The Legendary Mechanic · C401
2 weeks ago
Can we say Harry Potter? YES! Ames is Dumbledoor on a bad hair day... People keep forgetting how dangerous magic is until something like this happens. View More

MorosKyrios: Tourist Guide: I promise you are going to enjoy your stay here in Floating Dragon Island. This is a beautiful, quiet city where you can relax, sit by the porch, enjoy great meals and feel very safe. Created by her Majesty, the sweet and kind, Ames. You can see her above in the outer space, with your zooming lenses, waving her hands just for you.

The Legendary Mechanic · C400
2 weeks ago
The cavalry has arrived. Now Ames will say something like, 'This had BETTER be amusing. I MUST be amused to go out of my way for such a trivial matter.' View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C399
2 weeks ago
I would not normally agree with you, but these two armies from so-called civilized nations are setting with there thumbs up their *asses. Now Ames is forcing them to fish or cut bait. Or she could just destroy them to see the pretty lights that result. View More

JonesSoda: Ahaha floating island will "accidently" bump into both federations and destroy them for her amusement and just cuz they were only standing there and being little b*tches.

The Legendary Mechanic · C399
2 weeks ago
Our MC has now exhausted most of his avenues of escape. Only if he can goad one or the other of the assembled fleets to attack can he win. Then there is Ames. What will happen when SHE shows up. Will the other two fleets join in to curry favor with her? View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C398
2 weeks ago
I disagree. Organizations have a tendency to be methodical. The premise is: The bead could be with one of the mercenaries. The DarkStar has exhausted all other lines of investigation, so this one is next on the list. Once they have captured all the mercenaries and still not found the bead, they can move on to the next avenue of inquiry. View More

N0xiety: So, basically all this for a chance that the black bead MIGHT be on one of the mercenaries? How are they even sure? It could have been anyone really. Too big of a gamble for such a war. Author is just pushing too much with this stupid battle. I guess Darkstar is made of retards who just gamble entire fleets on long chances. Guess fleets just fall from the sky for them huh? Fleets grow like weeds for them? Also get out of here with that Ember sh*t ffs! This is the 3rd damn encounter! Are you kidding me author? Recycle characters much? Cockroach enemies and too many 'coincidences' are not fun author. Lately, i feel like author is doing everything in his power to elongate the chapters with long ass descriptions of the situation that seem to repeat. Guess this author also mastered the fillers huh? Smh...

The Legendary Mechanic · C398
2 weeks ago
Boss Shao is just too unlucky. a skewer through the hand... a red hot skewer... Ooo, the author must be into S&M... Not that there is anything wrong with that... Nudge.. Nudge... Wink... Wink... View More
Great Doctor Ling Ran · C100
2 weeks ago
YEAH! A doctor on the road with a transformer. Whenever the evil transformers reek havoc on the populace, our MC fixes them up for a nominal fee. View More

Nunyabloodybidness: Yeah, but is the car a transformer? That's all I want to know.

Great Doctor Ling Ran · C100
2 weeks ago
Exactly! Our MC pulls all this mech stuff out of his storage and modifies the spaceship. What a great idea. Can he do it? View More

formoia: There was only one choice left but to turn the spaceship into a giant gundam using his mech skills and fight the giant death egg in space

The Legendary Mechanic · C396
2 weeks ago
UNDERGROUND? I would have never thought of that. Why would there be passages big enough to allow passage for ANY ship, much less a spaceship? Too weird. View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C396
2 weeks ago
Now our MC has shown yet another side. Our MC is also a master pilot. How special. View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C395
3 weeks ago
D@mn, I missed this completely. The bad guys are now trying subtlety. As I have said all along about this novel: Normally the bad guys are STUPID. In this novel they are as crafty as the MC. How the MC can take advantage of their scam, I cannot exactly see. View More

Arkard: Sorry DarkStar, You can't scam a professional scammer.

The Legendary Mechanic · C395
3 weeks ago
Aroshia has lived a sheltered life (or so she remembers), I wonder whether stuff like this will actually shake loose something and illuminate her past. View More
The Legendary Mechanic · C394
3 weeks ago
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