The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt (Hey, How About Treason?)


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    I really dislike the very first volume, with the anti-hero protagonist who seems to stumble from one misunderstanding to another, making him look like a genius while his ulterior motifs are hidden. The lack of memorable characters and the foreseeable story outcome made the bad novel - from my point of view - complete. I was expecting simply more just alone by the book's description.

    The second volume on the other hand was surprisingly good - I was hoping for a change, since light novel serialisations usually based on a bigger opinion with more releases in Japan than in the west. If it would have been only the first volume, I am certain it would have been shot down before the release.

    The second main character of the story arc in the second volume did lead the story style into a more "Death Note"-alike-style which I really appreciated. It seems almost every thing I criticised before in my amazon review was either healed or iron flattened. There was still a ridiculous chain of events, but with additional character development as seen with the second volume, the whole story did get much more potential.

    What do you think? Anyone else gave the light novel a try?



  • When I read V1 I had some difficulty getting through the beginning, I kept getting bored, just wasn’t into any part of the story at all.

    Wasn’t until way later when they actually had the Mine that I started to take an interest in the book, I have V2 and will read it probably later this month, as I work my way through the backlog.



  • At about 60% done with v2 and liking it better than v1.
    From all the LNs and Medieval shows I’ve seen I don’t blame him about not wanting to be king in v1. Like @Rahul-Balaggan mentioned tho it got better towards the end.


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    I actually enjoyed the first one. Although the fact that everything he did went sideways ("Process has successfully failed") was a given, it was how it went sideways that I was always trying to guess.

    I haven't received my copy of the second one yet.


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    I also enjoyed the first one quite a bit. It reminded me of the first Miles Vorkosigan book, where a genius-but-overconfident hero keeps getting in over his head because his cleverness is greater than his common sense. The fun is in watching the situation escalate out of their control because a Clever Plan succeeds beyond their expectations, leaving them scrambling to catch up with a new Clever Plan - which also goes out of control...


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    Both volumes of this one so far have been very good. I'm looking forward to volume 3.


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    I actually liked the first volume, but I think it's a yen press license so JNC probably will not do this one.


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    @silvermane yes. It's Yen Press so it's been licensed threw them.



  • This is not a license suggestion topic, it's a LN discussion topic... >_>


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    I really enjoy the Realist Hero novels, but this is nothing like them.

    The comedy aspects (slacker, things backfire, the arm twisting) are just not my kind of humor. If it had been written as a serious story I'd have liked it much better.


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    @myskaros facepalm Doh! sorry


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    To be true I like both Volumes.

    But a qustion on the side. Who also thought that the name which got blacked out from the school list (the one with the top scores) was Ninym rather than Wein? Second Volume sheet a little more light on it.

    I for once am more a fan of the comedic tone in the first Volume. If I want to have a serious LN about Nation Building with little comedy I would stick to "realist hero", "rebuilding of a nation by a realist demon lord" or Dungeon Defense (ok we get further from a Nation and comedy).


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    @saskir said in The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt (Hey, How About Treason?):

    But a qustion on the side. Who also thought that the name which got blacked out from the school list (the one with the top scores) was Ninym rather than Wein?

    I suspected that, but the prince is obviously very capable including at swordplay so it could be either one. If the prince wasn't in the top 10 he was probably intentionally lowering his scores.


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    @harmlessdave In the second Volume it is more clear.