Title: How to Avoid Death on a Daily Basis Author: Mooderino Rating: Unrated Genre: Action / Adventure Status: Work in Progress Fandom: Original Fiction Words: 200 chapters and counting. So loads. Summary: Link: Gravity Tales, or Royal Road (five chapters behind). First of all, the author has an insane update speed. This updates five days a week, one of their other stories updates every day, and then they've got a third that updates on Sundays. There's other stuff too, but I don't think it's currently updating. So I found this through the original webfiction voting page thingy. It bobbles around the top five stories, so thought I'd give it a go after Worm and PGtE worked out nicely. I'll try to avoid major spoilers, but there's going to be several minor ones. The main character, Colin, is a dick. Late teens, surly, and full of angst. Offensive towards everyone, full of anger, and a massive pessimist. He ends up in charge of a group of other teenagers, because nobody thinks things through, uses common sense, or realises that literally everyone is out to get them. There's lots of repeated "I'm not sexist/racist, but...", especially in the earlier chapters, but Colin's a dick. He's not a complete caricature in either direction, and he seems to have mellowed out as he's realised that everyone is equally incompetent, regardless of what colour their skin is, or what they have in their trousers. This is illustrated very early on, where he tells the girls in the group to take extra care, and not to go off chasing sparkly things, because they're in a medieval world now, and so the locals will all want to rape them. He then points out that just because they're ugly doesn't mean they'll be safe. Of course, the unforgivable thing is, he's proven right. Colin's problem is that the rest of his group are idiots. He tells them this repeatedly, but tells them not to worry, because he is too... He just isn't quite as stupid as them. He's self-centred, and expects the worse from everyone. It does turn out that he's correct, people suck, and will try to fuck you over any way they can. The group once again go "oh wow Colin, how did you see through the lies about free puppies and ice cream?", before falling over themselves to send several thousand pounds off to a Nigerian prince who needs their help. More recent additions to the cast are better about this, sort of, but Colin still tends to come out the best. And as soon as Colin's back is turned, they screw everything up again. It gets repetitive, although it's amusing to see just how bad they can foul things up. Plot contrivances can get a bit annoying (oh no, it's that one character we bumped into twenty chapters ago again!), and despite everything going wrong for Colin, it mostly works itself out in the longer run. The fantasy world seems to function at least a little on narratavium, and Colin (and crew) are genre-savvy enough to understand that carrying a shiv in your boot is a good idea, as is shanking someone in the back, rather than offering a gentlemanly duel. The story is not great to start with, but I kept going, as I thought it showed promise, and it does get better as the author gets more into their stride. The author isn't technically brilliant, you can see where things have been inspired from, and the sex jokes aren't as funny as the author seems to think they are. Also, Mooderino only seems to describe characters once, and then barely makes mention of their features again - it does make sense, but it does mean the main cast can be a bit forgettable. There is a banner on the GT site with chibimodels, which suffices. There are problems, I'll admit it freely. But there's little to no lore involved in background reading, the humour is (for the most part) not overbearing or too dull, and the plotline is pretty interesting. I've been swinging between 3 and 4 whilst reading, but I think I'm going to have to go with the higher, because I'm putting it up for reccing, and I did enjoy reading it. If it had all been as bad as the bad bits were, I'd have dropped it, so I'm leaving it on a 4/5 Final note: On Colin - he's more of a Ciaphas Cain or a Blackadder than a Flashman. He's a coward, and a wanker, but he isn't really a completely horrible person. He's just portrayed as mostly unlikable.