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The Mech Touch · C974
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IcyFire99: Yup, I agree it has gone on to long without having a system. There is also to much that has gone on for 600+ chapters that has nothing to do with the MC making or creating new and innovative Mechs.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

SorcererCat: I use to support this Author a lot, but now I don't. This author has turned what could have been an interesting story into a joke of random crap. At about chapter 350 the author had the MC stop using the system by leaving it at home to join the military draft. The military draft is called the Vandel arc that never ends.

The Vandel arc has gone on for over 600 chapters, It is now chapter 900+. Which also means he hasn't gone home to get his system. WoW, how can this be a story about a MC with a system if the MC only had a system for 350 chapters and the next 600+ chapters he has no system? What a joke.

This arc has gone on for over 600+ chapters without returning to the main story line. The side adventure has become the main story line. The character has been stuck at the same level of mech design for over 600+ chapters. He has gotten better by about 10%. He hasn't moved up to Journeyman Mech designer from Apprentice mech designer even after 600+ chapters. Durring these last 600+ chapters the MC has only dabbled with mech repair and a couple quick 4-6 chapters of 2 challenges of mech design. Every thing else has been an "Adventure of random crap" that has nothing to do with Mechs out side of people fighting in them and them needing to be repaired where the MC tells some lackeys to go fix them.

Over Two thirds of this LN have nothing to do with mech design and have nothing to do with a system. On top of that the author has writen the store where the MC has had his whole company taken away or even given away. The MC has no control over his company and the usurpers have done everything they can to take advantage of him. That includes his family that force him to sell them 25% of his company for a small amount of money. He already had 50 times that amount of money in assets (if he sold his ship or sold off some of his credits with the Clifford Society) yet sold it to them anyway. The usurpers have ignored everything the MC told the company to do and how to run the mech production to keep his X-Factor in tact. All I can assume is that the author will have him go back and keep working at his company that he no longer owns and keep making all these usurpers tons of money while he gets peanuts.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

eval: That story starts really good then became great then turn into a bore with 150+ chap arc that no one really cares about. Focus on the mech system! Great story with an awful pacing. The author is good at world building and details but sucks at knowing when to put an end to an arc.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

gimem: I had to have a dig around, but don't bother reading past c416

It's an endless filler arc that would make the Naruto anime producers cringe in horror. If you do get to this point, just treat it as the end of the story and make up your own comfortable tale of adventure because no matter what you imagine, it won't be as filler-tier as the endless military arc.

There are some good parts past this, but nevertheless, this story had a HUGE plot shift and pretty much spat right in the face of most of what had been built up in the previous 400 chapters. It LITERALLY packed up and left it all behind. You will know what this means when you get here. Anyway, I can't say I hate it, but this has stopped being the story I enjoyed for many, many chapters.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

SorcererCat: You don't even have a clue yet. Ill fill you in. The Vandel arc has gone on for over 600 chapters, It is now chapter 900+. Which also means he hasn't gone home to get his system. WoW, how can this be a story about a MC with a system if the MC only had a system for 350 chapters and the next 600+ chapters he has no system? What a joke.

This arc has gone on for over 600+ chapters without returning to the main story line. The side adventure has become the main story line. The character has been stuck at the same level of mech design for over 600+ chapters. He has gotten better by about 10%. He hasn't moved up to Journeyman Mech designer from Apprentice mech designer even after 600+ chapters. During these last 600+ chapters the MC has only dabbled with mech repair and a couple quick 4-6 chapters of 2 challenges of mech design. Every thing else has been an "Adventure of random crap" that has nothing to do with Mechs out side of people fighting in them and them needing to be repaired where the MC tells some lackeys to go fix them.

Over Two thirds of this LN have nothing to do with mech design and have nothing to do with a system. On top of that the author has written the store where the MC has had his whole company taken away or even given away. The MC has no control over his company and the usurpers have done everything they can to take advantage of him. That includes his family that force him to sell them 25% of his company for a small amount of money. He already had 50 times that amount of money in assets (if he sold his ship or sold off some of his credits with the Clifford Society) yet sold it to them anyway. The usurpers have ignored everything the MC told the company to do and how to run the mech production to keep his X-Factor in tact. All I can assume is that the author will have him go back and keep working at his company that he no longer owns and keep making all these usurpers tons of money while he gets peanuts.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

Cestarian: I managed to read a lot of this stuff. In short, I liked it for 200 or 300 chapters, there were some MAJOR mistakes the protagonist does due to the author simply not comprehending that giving a massive percentage of your company that you will devote rest of your multi-century life to, to a greedy family that's never done **** for you, is absolutely ridiculous. No amount of pocket change changes that. And there being global laws that prevent business owners from owning more than a 49% share of their own company is even worse.

Giving the remaining shares up to that to mostly some random individuals installed by an intergalactic megacorporation to spy on you actually for free (no pocket change this time) is absolutely absurd.

The guy basically ran his company straight into the ground because of draconian laws that dictate that there will be no running a company any other way than into the ground, and yet the company seems just fine and he somehow retains more or less full control over it despite not actually having that control on paper

In fact the company doesn't even need him, like 300 chapters in he gets shipped off to a war where he dawldes aronud for the remainder of the currently written content. It's been like 400 chapters of this terribly boring war arc (actually more than the mech design and company management arcs at the start...) but not even 400 days have actually passed. The ratio of chapters to in-story days is higher than 1! that should never happen!

The worldbuilding is relatively thought out, the characters are passable, the storyline is also passable, but the pacing is just the absolute worst I have ever seen. I was bored of this war arc just 3 chapters into it, and I've suffered over a hundred times that in hopes of the author getting back to the good stuff.

But the author does not seem to have any intention of doing so. At least not within the next 400 chapters anyways. I could forgive the author/protagonsit making completely moronic business decisions and acting like it was smart or somehow noble and not actually just completely stupid. I could even tolerate how he writes in 5000 lap circles about the artistic beauty of mech design everytime the guy works on anything (I mean the author is so passionate about this you might think he actually is the protagonist) but what I can not tolerate is a boring arc that's drawn out over more chapters than all the half-decent content that came before it.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago
I could stomach the cultivation tropes (begrudgingly),
until the war/vandal arc
then it turns too dull to not skip View More

Sinfish: I originally enjoyed this novel quite a lot, leaving about a 4.4 rating.
But by chapter 300 I felt the novel was more like a 3.8, and by chapter 360 I feel the novel is a 3.0

The story is split between mech design; how his mechs perform in combat; the MC running a mech business, the MC leveling up to become the ultimate designer/billionaire businessman/man of society, and the MC blindly running off into suicidal adventures every now and then. That's listed essentially in order of how well the author writes them.

As the world expands, many glaring weaknesses arise. People are strangely interested in killing the MC, but he takes extremely poor precautions against danger and makes practically no attempt to discover the mysterious factions in the dark attempting to assassinate him. He survives essentially by plot armor, yet repeatedly dives back into danger with little protection despite ostensibly being a successful businessman with no interest in involving himself in violence.

Worse, the novel originally puts itself out as a system novel, but as the novel goes on, it becomes evident the author has minimal interest in writing a system novel, and it becomes the worst kind of system novel; operating almost purely as plot device and deus ex machina rather than the MC cleverly using a unique advantage he's been given.

People who hate harems will be pleased to discover that Ves Larkinson, young multi-millionaire, is not only uninterested in romance, but is completely asexual because he has essentially no interest in other human beings, with his closest companion being a pseudo-intelligent robot cat. He has no lovers, no business partners, and only the most superficial of friends. There are plenty of named acquaitances, relatives, and rivals to keep track of, but without exception, the MC brushes off any entangling feelings he might have so that they're no stronger than the concern you might feel for that kid you sat behind in 5th grade whose name you forget a decade ago.

It is fortunate that the MC has the system, because it is frankly unimaginable that he could survive more than 2 months as a going concern with the business decisions he makes. Appallingly, the author tries to make you feel perfectly reasonable suggestions older and wiser businessmen than him make are immoral or beneath the MC. The author's grasp of running a business is pretty poor, which is problematic when you're writing a novel that is about 1/3rd about a mech corporation.

Speaking of the system, it is obvious that the MC repeatedly make poor decisions in his "skill tree" and expenditures in his system. What's really irritating is that the MC as the author's voice makes terrible justifications for his decisions that essentially insist they're smart decisions, when they're so blatantly not.

Perhaps due to his incredibly poor use of his cheat system, the author must make the MC go gallivanting off into the wilderness on adventures, whereupon he always profits tremendously for being stupid.

Inexplicably, the novel's universe uses cultivation novel tropes where technological spread is essentially non-existent; while humanity rose to greatness by reverse engineering alien technology scattered across the galaxy, lower tier human civilization is completely incapable of reverse engineering higher tier human civilizations and nobody ever wants to make a profit by selling technology even though the galaxy is rife with independent corporations. Even if you teeth-grindingly can accept this, one of the basics of the novel is that secretly, cultivation legit exists, in that experts in mech design, mech combat, and presumably a wide range of other disciplines can have massive gains through basically concentrating real hard and feeling one with the Force, yet this has failed to become common knowledge throughout the galaxy. The MC accesses it through the secret method of thinking really hard about his artistic concepts, and thinking super hard when crafting his mechs by "hand" (actually through a computer interface using automated robots but whatever), all of which has real, quantitative effects on mech performance, yet somehow, society has never noticed this.

Fundamentally, this is as ludicrous as nobody ever discovering you can achieve a higher free throw percentage by keeping your eyes open, as it's a basic feature of the universe.

Anyway. Starts off good, gets worse. and worse. and worse. Don't say I didn't warn you.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

faux_critique: Sensei... You put down in words all the complaints I had bottled up😤

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

Sinfish: I originally enjoyed this novel quite a lot, leaving about a 4.4 rating.
But by chapter 300 I felt the novel was more like a 3.8, and by chapter 360 I feel the novel is a 3.0

The story is split between mech design; how his mechs perform in combat; the MC running a mech business, the MC leveling up to become the ultimate designer/billionaire businessman/man of society, and the MC blindly running off into suicidal adventures every now and then. That's listed essentially in order of how well the author writes them.

As the world expands, many glaring weaknesses arise. People are strangely interested in killing the MC, but he takes extremely poor precautions against danger and makes practically no attempt to discover the mysterious factions in the dark attempting to assassinate him. He survives essentially by plot armor, yet repeatedly dives back into danger with little protection despite ostensibly being a successful businessman with no interest in involving himself in violence.

Worse, the novel originally puts itself out as a system novel, but as the novel goes on, it becomes evident the author has minimal interest in writing a system novel, and it becomes the worst kind of system novel; operating almost purely as plot device and deus ex machina rather than the MC cleverly using a unique advantage he's been given.

People who hate harems will be pleased to discover that Ves Larkinson, young multi-millionaire, is not only uninterested in romance, but is completely asexual because he has essentially no interest in other human beings, with his closest companion being a pseudo-intelligent robot cat. He has no lovers, no business partners, and only the most superficial of friends. There are plenty of named acquaitances, relatives, and rivals to keep track of, but without exception, the MC brushes off any entangling feelings he might have so that they're no stronger than the concern you might feel for that kid you sat behind in 5th grade whose name you forget a decade ago.

It is fortunate that the MC has the system, because it is frankly unimaginable that he could survive more than 2 months as a going concern with the business decisions he makes. Appallingly, the author tries to make you feel perfectly reasonable suggestions older and wiser businessmen than him make are immoral or beneath the MC. The author's grasp of running a business is pretty poor, which is problematic when you're writing a novel that is about 1/3rd about a mech corporation.

Speaking of the system, it is obvious that the MC repeatedly make poor decisions in his "skill tree" and expenditures in his system. What's really irritating is that the MC as the author's voice makes terrible justifications for his decisions that essentially insist they're smart decisions, when they're so blatantly not.

Perhaps due to his incredibly poor use of his cheat system, the author must make the MC go gallivanting off into the wilderness on adventures, whereupon he always profits tremendously for being stupid.

Inexplicably, the novel's universe uses cultivation novel tropes where technological spread is essentially non-existent; while humanity rose to greatness by reverse engineering alien technology scattered across the galaxy, lower tier human civilization is completely incapable of reverse engineering higher tier human civilizations and nobody ever wants to make a profit by selling technology even though the galaxy is rife with independent corporations. Even if you teeth-grindingly can accept this, one of the basics of the novel is that secretly, cultivation legit exists, in that experts in mech design, mech combat, and presumably a wide range of other disciplines can have massive gains through basically concentrating real hard and feeling one with the Force, yet this has failed to become common knowledge throughout the galaxy. The MC accesses it through the secret method of thinking really hard about his artistic concepts, and thinking super hard when crafting his mechs by "hand" (actually through a computer interface using automated robots but whatever), all of which has real, quantitative effects on mech performance, yet somehow, society has never noticed this.

Fundamentally, this is as ludicrous as nobody ever discovering you can achieve a higher free throw percentage by keeping your eyes open, as it's a basic feature of the universe.

Anyway. Starts off good, gets worse. and worse. and worse. Don't say I didn't warn you.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

SorcererCat: BTW here is my review on this LN. It matches this guy's review.

I use to support this Author a lot, but now I don't. This author has turned what could have been an interesting story into a joke of random crap. At about chapter 350 the author had the MC stop using the system by leaving it at home to join the military draft. The military draft is called the Vandel arc that never ends.

The Vandel arc has gone on for over 600 chapters, It is now chapter 900+. Which also means he hasn't gone home to get his system. WoW, how can this be a story about a MC with a system if the MC only had a system for 350 chapters and the next 600+ chapters he has no system? What a joke.

This arc has gone on for over 600+ chapters without returning to the main story line. The side adventure has become the main story line. The character has been stuck at the same level of mech design for over 600+ chapters. He has gotten better by about 10%. He hasn't moved up to Journeyman Mech designer from Apprentice mech designer even after 600+ chapters. Durring these last 600+ chapters the MC has only dabbled with mech repair and a couple quick 4-6 chapters of 2 challenges of mech design. Every thing else has been an "Adventure of random crap" that has nothing to do with Mechs out side of people fighting in them and them needing to be repaired where the MC tells some lackeys to go fix them.

Over Two thirds of this LN have nothing to do with mech design and have nothing to do with a system. On top of that the author has writen the store where the MC has had his whole company taken away or even given away. The MC has no control over his company and the usurpers have done everything they can to take advantage of him. That includes his family that force him to sell them 25% of his company for a small amount of money. He already had 50 times that amount of money in assets (if he sold his ship or sold off some of his credits with the Clifford Society) yet sold it to them anyway. The usurpers have ignored everything the MC told the company to do and how to run the mech production to keep his X-Factor in tact. All I can assume is that the author will have him go back and keep working at his company that he no longer owns and keep making all these usurpers tons of money while he gets peanuts.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

hity: I liked it in the begining, but the more I read it the more I disliked the character. The MC went from a guy operating in the moral grey area to Mengela pretty fast.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago
1. What is your opinion of the “war” arc?
2. What is your opinion if Ves’s character? View More

BattleLord: My current chapter is chapter 878. I don't believe in the Premium System so I and many other readers progress through the novel at the same rate. Do you have a question that isn't considered a spoiler that I can be of assistance with?

The Mech Touch
2 months ago
Can you still call it good when the vandal ark has been going on for 400+ chapters? View More

Tibbles: This is one of the best and well thought out Orginal novels on Qidian. The relaxed and smooth transitions and clear descriptions of the characters, mechs and building processes are amazing to see from someone who is not a professional writer. But all of these pale in comparison to the godly battle scenes in this novel. By far some of the most exciting and powerful battles and battle descriptions I have ever read. Even if you don’t normally enjoy mechs you should try this novel.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago
what happened to the system? View More

Exlor: Hello, this is the author of The Mech Touch, and I'll shamelessly review my own story to provide some clarification.

This novel is my original work and I'm writing it as I go. My goal is to write a webnovel with the consistency and quality of Qidian's mainstay stories. This means that I will do my utmost to keep up a regular updating schedule and upload chapters with decent word counts without detrimentally affecting its quality. I have a decade-long history of writing fanfiction and have published about 800,000 words in a dozen different stories, so I'm an old hand at this. I know more than almost anyone else what readers demand from authors, so I will work hard to meet your expectations.

The Mech Touch is a story that I came up with a whim, but found it good enough to start writing immediately. I wanted to write an engaging sci-fi mech novel but from an original premise. Incorporating a 'System' into the story might be a cheap and overused plot element, but its fun and it works for the audience of this website.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

Cestarian: I must applaud you for sticking to it and working hard despite the handful of negative reviews you get (including my own *cough* yeah I don't think I held anything back, the vandals arc is taking a literal forever though, seriously, I hope you pick up the pace soon aren't we at like 200 chapters of vandal ****? 200 out of 600 chapters are this vandals arc where the main plot just completely takes the back seat? And it looks like we're in for another 200 chapters of it at this rate? come the **** on dude... This is way too many chapters for the number of things that happened, step it up for gods sake.)

I hope you keep it up.
(**: Sorry for the mixed messages mate)

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

Hoatian: Pleas get a better proofreader! Chapters starting from 137 are really really bad with a lot of errors and typos!!! The rest is ok, nice story albeit sometimes you explain things unnecessary long and drag it on. If you would it make little juicier sometimes the immersion in your story would be better and you would be more hooked up reading it.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

Squelsh: "consistency and quality"
So is there a reason for the multitude of spelling and grammar errors?
There are also many chapters that have sentences that mysteriously just stop. This is not an app issue as was reported in some of the comments as the same cut off sentences are present when viewed with Chrome and Firefox on a PC.
What is interesting is that going by the comment dates all of these issues were reported to you on the same day that the chapters were released, nine month old comments to show you did not edit a single chapter.
Errors getting past a proofreader are understandable but failing editing them is not.
It is even somewhat understandable that a pressed for time (or simply stuck-up) author might not edit those chapters released for free, yet there are five month old chapters with a Spirit Stone cost attached that have not been edited also with all the errors pointed out in the comments.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago
Have you read past chapter 420? View More

BattleLord: I have spent a lifetime reading and writing countless stoic management reports, design briefs, equipment analysis reviews, and business presentations. None of which I would ever describe as witty, insightful, or entertaining until I read by chance The Mech Touch by Exlor.
His LMC company designs and builds machines of war from the ground up. This novel will leave your nerd senses tingling for more, and if you think flicking a wall switch to light up a room is magic you will find this book magical from chapter to chapter.
Toss away your paperbacks, embrace technical devices and immerse yourself in 'The Age of Mechs'!

The Mech Touch
2 months ago
Wait until you hit chapters 400+.
That’s a good read. XD View More

VelocityRex: 24 chapters in, gotta say this is great entertainment.


Imma too lazy to write a more.
Bam bum dim dong Bam bum dim dong Bam bum dim dong Bam bum dim dong

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

star_ocean: The story starts out good, but once the chapters get into the 300s, it moves slower. There's a lot of pointless filler that doesn't move the story forward. Overall, the main character is 2 dimensional while all side characters are 1 dimensional and by that I mean they don't evolve.

The story outline has a lot of potential but the author doesn't fully exploit it. Furthermore, the author treats technology as a form of magic and appears to have a misunderstanding of hardware and software.

Even though the story is about giant battle armor in a tech based universe, it's better to think of it as magic, i.e. alchemy and refining if the reader wants to enjoy the story.

The author's view on economics, war, and morality is detailed in many chapters through the main character but those views are rather shallow and the MC often comes across as a hypocrite.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

noBiggie: Starts out good. MC got a system, Missing parents, powerful relatives. You know, typical cliche. But all of it changes, because you enjoy the mech building MC who progresses fast. You enjoy the story, the world building, and mostly the mech that gives people chills. Not so much as characters, no only the hair raising mech mech that only MC can make is what we are here for.

Typical author that loses his sight. There is no system after about 200 chapters, way too many characters, and the war arc sucks. Why do you introduce that big of arc, and continue with a sub arc that's way too long. And the mindset of MC makes me wonder, did he have ANY kind of personality? None whatsoever. He is decisive most of time, but indecisive wimp when author wants him. He is smart, but not so smart decisions when story suits it. His thoughts on neural interface(thats how pilot use mecha) is hypocritical. Hey, yes I opened bag of worms. I think this is topic like infinity war that fans made up reasons for writers laziness. Readers come here and open up philosophical debate for what is authors attempt to make MC relate to how humanity should think on brain manipulation.

No, its not what book advertises itself to be, you may like beginning, and hate as it progresses or vice versa. I hated it.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago

Cestarian: Yeah, the vandal arc is ridiculously long, we get 400 chapters of more or less what the story promises to be, a guy designing mechs and running a mech company, followed by 500 chapters (AND STILL COUNTING) of the guy going for years and years through some war, where 80% of all those years are spent doing philosophical debates and mental gymnastics to make his bad decisions seem less bad, while floating through space.

I can not count how many chapters the author spends on the guy just ranting, a fictional character ranting, to himself, about fictional ****, mostly the same fictional ****, in an infinite loop. His 1 man philosophical debates never end, they just increase in volume as the story progresses, it does nothing to progress the story, it's not really character development anymore (I mean at the start they kinda were, where he had some major epiphanies and ****, but now he just rants and rants and doesn't reach any sorts of conclusions...) it's just like a bunch of filler text.

Personally I think the story is somewhat bearable if you just skip over most of these mental gymnastics, and if you read 700 chapters of it you can't deny it's interesting right? The worldbuilding is pretty great... It doesn't happen until finally in like chapters 860-870 where we get to the part that this entire war arc has been building up towards... The climax is in sight, finally after all this time. But the end of his military career isn't, he's been promised a position in some super secret mech design team after his time with the vandals ends, god knows where that leads (another 400 chapters of philosophical debates maybe?)

This whole military career thing is like a huge detour from the main story, the main plot. A detour so huge that it's got more chapters dedicated to it than the entire main storyline has had up till this point.

Honestly, the problem isn't that the plot or story or anything is particularly bad, it's just bad writing, the author doesn't know how to pace his story at all.

The Mech Touch
2 months ago
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