• The Mechanical Crafter, Book 1

  • A LitRPG Series, The Mechanical Crafter Series
  • By: R.A. Mejia
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (311 ratings)

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The Mechanical Crafter, Book 1

By: R.A. Mejia
Narrated by: Jill Smith
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Publisher's Summary

He was given another chance at life and from the infinite possibilities available, he chose to come back as a mechanical man, a Metalman, named Repair. Now he has to contend with a research lab full of gnomes who say he owes them for bringing him back from death, a strange city that is going through a magical industrial revolution, and adversaries that want to see him broken into pieces.

Full of action, adventure, and of course crafting, join Repair on his adventure through this strange fantasy world where magic and technology meet. He’ll dive into the city’s dungeon to kill monsters for XP, and gather resources to figure out the solutions to his problems. Because if he doesn’t become more powerful, he’ll not only lose his freedom, but the life of his friend. 

The Mechanical Crafter is a LitRPG adventure.

©2020 Ramon Mejia (P)2020 Ramon Mejia

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Meh got extra meh.

The story is very bland. MC jumps around in direction so much you lose investment in the story. Could have been good but an supposed intelligent character decides to live as a barbarian.

Also not sure on the choice of a female VA. MC and most characters are male. She is also very soft spoken so it makes it hard to hear her sometimes.

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Nope

Just not into the whole "the MC is a good guy so it's excusable to have this level of dumb logic." So he justifies and then congratulates a kid who stole from him so he could afford enough to join a guild of people who's class is LITERALLY scavenges off others' kills while they are busy or overwhelmed. They get exp for it and pretty much make dungeon diving awful. 1. The guild is official, allowed, and openly? Respected. 2. The kid wanted you dead 2 seconds ago and is smarter then most adults. 3. This is played off as cute and acceptable. 5 chapters later and he is still justifying and supporting this kid's idiotic sociopathy.

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Meh-

main character seemed wooden (pardon the pun) where there should be drive acts like a passive participant and the world hollow. things got a little better at the end. one good thing is this is the first litrpg that successfully captured different interest levels from different players. the gob was great.

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it's pretty good

I just want to say this, Grown man BTW. this metal man is 45 years old. being indecisive.this dude is thinking about his relationship with a kid goblin. this book is alright, I'll get book 2. hopefully it'll be better.

The fighting is alright. This story is what I'd call above alright and at the edge of good. No World building. This book is something you'd get if you like reincarnation. Or books where the Mc is a scout type. The start of this book is the best, the middle follows after, the end is the worst

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Please buy this book

I really enjoyed this novel. I have been following Mejia for a while and I consider this to be his breakthrough novel. I am happy to see him come into his own. His earlier work was lacking when it came to the world building and character motivations. Here the world is fully formed and all the characters, not just the MC, had distinct personalities and quirks.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It kept us company through a recent road trip.
Kudos to you Mejia and welcome to my must buy list.

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Interesting trip!

Although I am not a “gamer”... never played video games... I enjoyed the creativity of the book. Slow start because LOTS of “gamer” talk, but caught on enough to get the gist of what the jargon was about. Once the story got moving, it was fascinating and very interesting. Reader was good and appreciated the voice changes - easier to follow the characters. Yes, will buy book 2 and follow the saga!

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Loved it!!!

Great story and narration!

Repair (an engineer from earth reincarnated into a Metal Man's body in a fantasy world) is figuring out his new life. He is owned by some gnomes at a gnomish collage and working for his freedom and citizenship. On top of all that he has to figure out his new body, class, and what he wants to do with his life without guidance as he is now a member of a lost race! Simple right?

Jill does a fantastic job with the narration - really bringing the story to life!

I loved this book, and can't wait for the next one to come out!

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A relevant story considering

This is a clever sort of story in the vein of Aesop stories considering everything that's going on at this time with sex skin color Social status it shows the problems that we are having in a very interesting way and is something that everyone should read

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Ok, but some story problems

The narrator's choice for the goblin voices was rather annoying. Would have been fine if they weren't such major characters. The world was interesting, It is mentioned that he doesn't feel pain, and it takes him being on the edge of dyeing to even start to feel fear, yet he still seems to have sexual feelings? Some of the characters emotional reactions felt inconsistent. The big conflict between him and the gnomes at the end was totally avoidable. If they were willing to knock of the huge amount of debt to have him stay, then all he really had to do was take a lower cut, and have them pay to heal his friend. Boom problem solved, Instead it was clumsy, heavy handed, and made the ending of the last act rather flop for me.

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Also if the gnomes need him to help them win a competition, why are they not power leveling him? Even if all they wanted was to research his abilities wouldn't they benefit from him having access to more of them? If they want to make sure he doesn't die, why don't they make him take a couple guards with him into the dungeon?

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that time I got reincarnated as a robot

I'm struggling just to listen to this. the MC comes across as robotic (yes, I know he is one), and the author's world views bleed in a little too hard.

from the time he was fighting for his human rights, which felt far too out of place given the situation, to the piss poor haggling, which was unbelievable as it could possibly be (the guy seriously kept lowering the offer and adding more to the deal), this whole thing felt as disconnected as it could possibly be.

I have every reason to believe that the author doesn't even read books and decided to write one.

will be looking for a refund, but won't get the hours back I wasted on the first several parts of this book.

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  • 06-27-20

Nothing really unique here.

Story seems very tame which is disappointing to what it could be.

The MC is mechanical (Naturally) but barely explores that option.
The MC is a crafter but didn’t even explore any of it within the first hour of the audiobook. Maby it did later? I dropped off around one hour in.

I would say other things but it would spoil the story for someone that may actually like it, but the story is certainly not for me.

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  • @ZennyReadsAlot
  • 08-26-22

Mechanical delights for LitRPG

The Mechanical Crafter by @ramejiawriter. Move out the way Ironman... Repair is in town. The pop cultures referenced throughout make this #litRPG novel both unique & amazing. The characters are written with a quality above some other #LitRPG novels out there. 📚5/5🌟 #BookReview into

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  • 11-11-20

meh

very mediocre story. learns nothing of the world.
the voice actor is 10 of 10.

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  • Peter Karlsson
  • 08-04-20

I like it.

I bought this book first, cause I was bored and thought "Meh. Why not!"
Even as I bought this book, my mind was half set on returning it.
Now as I have listened to it I don't think I will.
I really liked this book more then I thought I would, with comedy that I knew references to and funny situations.
I am so used to guys, making goblin voices. So I found it both refreshing and interesting to hear a woman make a goblin dialect.

Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-20

Great series

I love this book and can't wait for the next one. It is also great to see that even tho the MC is humanoid he is not human himself. Interesting to see where the author takes us in this new series in a great genre

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  • Lee Melia
  • 07-05-20

Amazing.

I have loved this story from the start. I hated having to pause in my listening for any reason, if I could I would of listen in one go but RL kept getting in the way. The characters are amazingly constructed and the story flows and develop well through the story.

I also like the narrator as well and will be looking for my book that he has done as well.

ROLL ON THE NEXT BOOK.

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  • Jason Burton
  • 07-02-20

Resurrect as a machine

Standard litrpg resurrect story but instead of the normal human he chooses a metal man, no food or sleep worries. Waking up he finds himself as a possession and starts on a plan to earn some money and pay off his debt.

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  • 07-16-20

mc is a cry baby but good story

good story but mc is over dramatic
I like the crafting idea
and a machine who should be 30 or 40 yet is like 12