I did it. I read this thing from start to finish. Mostly. My mind is staggered by the amount of time I have dedicated to tackling this monstrous mountain of words and pictures, and now comes the big payoff for others: the first review of this story on SOL.
Why hasn't it been reviewed before? I can only speculate that the extreme length has probably put others off; it really is almost unbelievably long, having taken me around two months to get through--and that's coming from the same person who read all of Tales of MU in a little under two weeks. Another reason for the lack of reviews could be that there are definite ups and downs in reading this, but the writing style leads to the "downs" being just long as the "ups".
Getting into the actual review a bit after this admittedly too-brief amount of fore-reviewing, it's important to talk about pacing in this story. That is to say, there isn't really any. The entire thing is written with nearly every second of time for every character accounted for, hence my previous mention of Tales of MU since the writing method there is similar. This means that readers will always know exactly what is happening at every second of the day, the exceptions mainly being while everyone is asleep. I'll retract the previous statement, however, because even the dreams of the characters are covered in extreme detail. Hell, even the DAYDREAMS of characters are covered in multi-page technicolor!
Whether this is good or bad is up to the preferences of the reader; it absolutely fleshes out the characters more and ensures that the reader is intimately familiar with their hopes, dreams, fears, and other thoughts, which I found to be a great positive point in favor of this story. On the other hand, it also means that it spends quite a lot of time expanding on characters and scenes that the reader may not be nearly as interested in.
I will confess that I spent increasingly longer amounts of time skimming over scenes involving certain characters. I became so aggravated by one female character, in particular, by around chapter 15 that I was unable to read anything involving her for most of the rest of the story because she was just too annoying. It should be noted that this is in no way a criticism to the author--the character was written perfectly--the issue was that I strongly disliked her and couldn't handle her monopolizing so much page time in such repetitive ways.
When writing an extremely detailed accounting of events like this story, it's inevitable that such characters will exist and bother some readers. For me, the fact that there were some characters which I disliked caused the other characters to become even more enjoyable. No harm, no foul here, but it's something that I would be remiss in not accounting in this review.
To get it out of the way quickly, there were amazingly few technical errors in this story. I have read printed books with more errors than this had, and it was jaw-dropping at the level of quality throughout. I think, in the entirety of the story, I noticed somewhere between five and ten minor errors. A job seriously well done.
Plot-wise, this story makes sense...sort of. Readers will have to suspend their disbelief at the stupidity/undereducation/unbelievability of some characters, mostly towards the beginning of the story. Truly, it's just mind-blowing that anyone could believe these things, even in a fictional setting, so I took off my thinking cap while reading much of the initial setup parts to avoid overheating my brain.
After the story gets going, probably somewhere around chapter 15-20, which will likely take most readers multiple weeks to reach, it settles into a more typical high school harem type story as seen on SOL and elsewhere. I mean this in the sense that every female who is mentioned is probably up for a dicking at some point and the reader can safely stop worrying about how things got to where they are. Drama at this point comes from each new conquest or from incremental achievements on previously-conquered ladies.
One thing that I found amusing was that the author spends a moderate amount of time discussing STDs and condom use from character perspectives; this is to say that some characters say things like "use a condom!" to the main character, and then the main character uses one and then promptly forgets about it. Typical 2000's kids, with their super oldies music and their free love and their unprotected sex. Wait a minute...
I've mentioned the characters briefly, but they are the high point of the story. In any type of writing in this style, where every second is accounted for, there either needs to be a huge amount of action or very interesting/entertaining characters. The amount and frequency of sex in the story becomes quite mundane, but quite a few of the characters never do, continuing to evolve right up until the last-written chapter. One character, for example, which I initially dismissed as being dull and annoying, ended up turning out to be exactly the opposite, and later became one of my favorites. This was great to watch, since it happened very gradually over the course of many chapters and weeks, and I could see the changes happening in precise detail.
The main character for this story, by contrast, was a bit frustrating because he was...how to put this nicely...dumb. There were quite a few situations which he managed to unwittingly stumble through, and then this became his mode of operation to such a degree that, in later chapters, he specifically remarks upon his ability to magically say and do the right thing. This is sort of explained away by other characters calling it "instinct" or various less-believable things, but it was a bit aggravating to continually read about this kid who was essentially flying by the seat of his pants almost every second of every day. To put it bluntly, I never found myself reading to find out what he was going to do, it was always about the other characters.
Once again, I think the author does a great job of conveying these characters, flaws and all, to the reader. No punches are pulled (all punches are rolled with), and no foibles are covered up or glossed over. While I frequently wished that this was not the case about some characters, I respect the author tremendously for maintaining such a high level of focus and detail throughout the work.
Now comes the hard part: the sex. I can honestly and literally state that there is nothing I have ever read which has an amount of sex which is in any way comparable to the content of this story. It's like being cast directly down into the second circle of Hell, and then, from there, being cast into the second circle of Hell's Hell. Nearly every scene has sexual content, even if it's just passive and in the background. As an example, most conversations involving the main character occur while someone is fellating him. There is full description of the act along with the conversation, but, in this world, it is completely normal and accepted.
In my review of Jay Cantrell's "Daze In The Valley", I specifically mentioned that the author managed to avoid making sex seem boring by putting more of it into the background as things progressed. This story does the opposite. Every sex act is described as though it's the first one that the reader has seen, for page after page after page after page. Seriously, they're long. Anyone who has read my other reviews knows that I don't usually read just for the stroke, so it was a bit of a turn-off to be constantly bombarded like this.
That's not to say that they were all boring, by any means; there were plenty of scenes which were extremely hot and interesting. Interesting, in this context, meaning that the scene advanced the plot; I would estimate that the majority did not.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around this story. Overall, I keep coming back to the thought that IT'S SO LONG!.
I really can't get over how lengthy it is, and how the author managed to keep it interesting for so long. If anything, my desire to continue reading the story was increasing as I progressed, with the most interesting developments starting to occur within the last 10 chapters or so.
A big thanks to the author, editors, consultants, and others for all the time spent on this story. It's been a journey, both uphill and downhill, to get to the (current) end of "Six Times A Day", but I can honestly say that I'm glad I did, and I'm looking forward to reading future chapters.
That's right. It took two months to read an INCOMPLETE story.
I'd recommend that everyone should read this, but I can't imagine that many people will have the time or dedication. So instead, I'll say that if anyone reading this review thinks that they might be interested in reading this behemoth and finding some of the best-written characters on SOL, then by all means go for it. Chip away at it a little bit at a time without trying to rush to the end, and eventually you'll decide that you either love it or hate it.