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    Above and Beyond the Rest

    Ascendance of a Bookworm, stands high above the crowd of isekai light novels, which struggle to maintain even a semblance of its organic world-building and character interactions. You will not find another light novel capable of carrying itself with such a wholesome atmosphere while still gripping your heart, perhaps even drawing some tears from how well these two seemingly conflicting feelings can blend together.
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    Pleasantly surprised at the richness of the world building. Fun reading. Now off to get part 2.
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    Worldbuilding - The True Potential of Isekai

    Ascendance of a Bookworm shows how good the unfortunately painfully boring isekai-genre can be - What would happen if a person with extensive knowledge about the modern life gets reincarnated in a medieval world? The story takes place in one district of one city of this world und takes a deep dive into the lifes of the common people. It shows just how precious the advancements of the modern age are and because of the masterful worldbuilding the city and its people seem very real. The pacing can seem a bit aggravating at timess (e.g. one chapter's just about Myne trying to cook japanese food) but the explanations of all the things Myne brings into that new world are so detailed and fascinating, that i felt like want and could replicate them. Not only that but the effect of all of these "inventions" are explained in a way that not only seems completely reasonable but also let's you feel the impact of some of these things. All in all the pacing worked very well for me. Unfortunately the writing can be a bit hit or miss at times especially because the writer tends to repeat herself a lot (probably because of the translation from japanese and the nature of the original version of the novel). Also some (too spoiler-y for this review) aspects of the story irk me even after finishing the third book. Still if you love realistic fanatsy worlds and want to feal the true potential of an isekai-story, or just really love worldbuilding, you're going to devour this series. I sure am.

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