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Sevens
June 1, 2017
Status: Completed
Sevens is not a masterpiece, but in my opinion it is close to that. I enjoyed the adventure of the protagonist that had to face problems that varied from small and unimportant to some of the most unexpected (like harem problems). It is well known that light novels had fallen in recent times because the authors wrote to entertain a certain demographic community. This trend started about 8 years ago, and soon everyone started writing about weak and unimportant characters that suddenly receive a boost in power under certain... more>> dark circumstances (being killed, trapped in a game, bullied etc). Yet this novel from the beginning seemed to try to put some distance between those types of novels. I didn't expect too much as the wimpy and relatively useless protagonist was more or less the usual cliche used by most authors. Even so, I felt that the premise held some value so I continued to read. Now, in just 4 days while having to take exams in my final year of university, I finished reading all the volumes of this novel. Do I regret doing this? Absolutely f**king not.

I will not delve to deep in the story itself, but I'd like to at least tell future readers to never place this novel alongside novels like Death March, SAO, or New Gate. While they have popularity, most people actually feel annoyed by the simplicity contained in all of them. The pace of two of them is deadly slow while another one is recycling itself over and over again. Enjoy, dear readers, you will have the chance to see a protagonist rising from his ashes while creating the most believable harem in the entire history. Enjoy for there is drama, there are unexpected twists and the good parts and unforgettable. The protagonist will not disappoint as long as you look over him, and the seven side characters that are the pillars of his support can be considered the best addition I've ever seen.

There are a lot of things to be said, yet, the story is not held together by using simple turn and twists, so there is no way to present them by taking only a few things from each volume. This review in itself sounds quite illogical, yet, as I'm addressing the people who had given up on the j-novels because of their reused formulas, I believe some people will understand why I'm comparing it to other novels.

Lastly, the translation is by no means perfect. It needs some heavy editing, yet it manages to send the meaning of every sentence, more or less. Give it a try, it might be quite pleasurable.

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The Lazy Swordmaster
November 26, 2016
Status: c22
I will divide this review in three, as my opinion changed three times in 22 chapters.

First, interesting premise. We have a tired front line soldier that could finally find his resting place. His past torments him and he tries to act as juvenile as possible. But then he is forced into action. 4/5

Second. As we see him "acting" for the first time we see his shrewd side. He doesn't try to become a shield for everyone, so he is by no means meddlesome. The only problem is his physique... more>> which should be weak but presented as strong. Even so, while the fights were quite boring because he relies on his restraint spell rather than on his sword skill we are still impressed by his cold blood. 4. 5/5

Third. Why is he acting like a teenager with a coca cola addiction? His entire image was simply destroyed. His sadness, regret, terrifying memories were shoved down the toilet to make him a character that want to enjoy life more than anything else. 2/5 general but 1/5 for me as I had the bad luck to see the same crap being used in light novels.

I'm not sure if I will be able to read this story if the author continues with his snack and beverage obsession. Good luck to the future readers. You might enjoy it more than me.

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Magi’s Grandson
January 28, 2016
Status: --
Good start, nothing special but at least we don't have the usual sissy protagonist that suddenly becomes strong. A little later we find out that a sissy that suddenly becomes strong is not the only thing that can destroy a novel. Nope, a story where ... more>>
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We have to deal with an MC that has absolutely everything from best parents that are recognized everywhere as the strongest to friends that are closer than siblings and beautiful girls with no backbone

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can become equally boring. Once again we have an author that doesn't understand the difference between creating interesting characters and self imposed ideals.

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Strongest Abandoned Son
July 11, 2017
Status: c104
Well, dear users of NU, please place this novel alongside IRAS (I'm really a superstar). Once again, we have the usual dose of racism, the usual dose of unending "coincidences" where our protagonist stumbles upon some beauty, the usual dose of I'll teach you a lesson and the usual dose of impotency (oh, wait, the protagonist of IRAS is just too retarded to use it).

This story is, leaving racism, tons of women and freaking coincidences, quite alright. Which, after erasing all of these, is actually only left with... more>> one or two chapters worth reading among the sea of blatant excuses to make some kind of plot. The protagonist, which is reincarnated from a cultivating world to the modern one, is from the start caught into some sh*t by his own will. You see, he knows he is weak, that he has to do something to become stronger, yet, he decides that if a woman says pretty please, he might as well kill considering his position. Now that he has enemies, instead of, you known, laying low and waiting for the heat to weaken, he shortly after gets in even deeper sh*t. At most, during all these coincidences where by some luck a woman appears in front of him, with huge knockers, plump ass, perky white rabbits, godly face and sh*t like this (I'm taking most of these titles from the novel) the protagonist has cultivated for a maximum of 10 days. When he faces enemies he will always complain he is not strong enough, but I think the author even forgot that he gave the protagonist the skills to create talismans that could be used to attack.

Going in another direction, we have quite a few arcs (chapters where the protagonist has to deal with some sh*t because you know, he's so cool and strong) where the author is giving our protagonist a patriotic heart. The enemies, which of course are either Japanese or Korean, attack indiscriminately the good citizens of China, and a flame of patriotism flares in our protagonist's heart while he is also scolding the present generation for not hating the globalization, and accepting to buy things from either these two countries (J and K). He is also making a commentary about how they forgot about the war and only those old people that have seen the horrors know how much they should hate J and K (the same old people that go abroad on holidays in Europe and are mostly considered the rudest people possible). Most of us here know how f**ked up is the regime in China, so we will skip the useless explication of the retarded reasoning. Anyway, yes, the protagonist which is from another world and has come into the country where the police is working together with the mafia, considers that he has a duty to protect the integrity of the country. Well, let's say it straight - f**k IT. Anyway, the main girl, which is the most perfect, also has the same views (you know, if the woman is not racist, we can be certain she is not going to be accepted by our communist protagonist). At some chapter she says how much she is detesting the northern American company named Starbucks, especially their cake which she considers to be extremely bad. She only enters the premise being forced by a situation. You can imagine the hatred and pain of entering an northern American enterprise, how they are forced to pay money for the coffee or for a snack, where they have to sit at a table and drink/eat what they ordered.

At some point you wake up and realize just how f**king retarded is this story. There is no plot, there is just a bunch of coincidences, racism and women that are mixed together to give some sort of logic to the story. I'd gladly give 1/5 stars.

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The Dark King
April 8, 2017
Status: c241
The title of this novel is "the dark king". You would expect some major political setting where a young man becomes extremely dangerous following the path of slaughter. He will have all kind of special encounters, will go through fire to reach his purpose and would always aim for a higher stage. So what the hell do we have here? I sincerely don't know. So I will write in spoiler why exactly is the story so fragmented. Two versions, long one here, short one next.
LONG VERSION
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The MC is a genius of the past that survived a nuclear apocalypse thanks to his invention, 'cold storage', which put him in a hibernating state for 300 years. When he wakes up he coincidentally arrives at a orphanage. He is adopted and soon drafted in the special military that deals with dangers behind the wall that protects the city. He first becomes a scavenger, one who searches for vestiges of the past in the safe areas outside the wall, and later becomes a hunter, one who hunts dangerous, mutated animals. He has a group of friends since the military academy, the ones he calls 'brothers', and another pack of friends from the orphanage, friends with disabilities that he plans on using to create facilities where he will develop the former society, a mission entrusted to him by his father. Now here comes the first huge division. He falls in love and plans on discarding everything. Absolutely everything. He forgets about his friends from the military academy, he forgets about his friends from the orphanage, about the mission entrusted by his father and plans on having s*x with a beauty until he dies... Or not, her father would not allow it so he sends him to the highest security prison "cough"gay camp"cough". Yeah, you read that well, he is almost raped the second he arrives in his cell after he is brutally tortured. He manages to remain with his normal butt hole, but everyone else in that prison is f**king asses like there is no tomorrow. In the end he finally escapes after five years and manages to get the help of a weakened noble family, that bails him with a few words and a sh*tload of money. He gets revenge on the corrupt judge and then he starts his plan to raise the status of the noble family that bailed him. He remembers about his friends from the orphanage and he plans to use them, but now one of them has decided to quit the group, so he remains with three of them. Soon after that he forgets about them once again. Anyway, from this point on he is going to invent new things (about two), train from time to time (one, two hours a day), joins the alchemist faction which is evil in the face of the holy faction (spends a few hours once and never returns), and then joins the holy faction which is annoying in the face of the alchemist faction (even though he might get caught f**king with both). I still can't grasp the reason, but his gains amount to 0 beside some money and a little status. Before joining the holy faction he cripples his left hand btw. And now he needs to repair that one too. Anyway, now he becomes the perfect assassin after training fora few months on how to use knives with only one hand. Like this he manages to kill about five knights from the alchemist division... Why? well, he wanted to recover the chip containing all the patents of the former modern world from the 'cold storage device' that arrived in the hands of the alchemist faction. So he killed them. And also faces one of the strongest knights of this faction even though his knowledge about close combat amounts to a few months of training. At this point he also start forgetting about the noble family that he promised to help. At chapter 241 he starts a holographic device containing all of the inventions of the past and plans on using them to gain status most probably in both factions. Why did I drop it here? Until now the story hasn't managed to create a stable footing for the MC, can you imagine the author being able to so now that he is trying to recreate the industrial revolution? In the end what is the name of this novel? The inventor king? The kid with PTSD and Alzheimer? No, he is the dark king. So dark that I have no f**king idea what is in the end his real plan, his real skill, and so on.

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SHORT VERSION
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So, to reduce everything to + and -
Pros
+ A smart MC
+ Interesting beginning
+ Interesting power ups
+ Interesting side characters
+ realistic plot
Cons
- The plot goes through the shredder
- The side characters are changed faster than socks
- He doesn't obtain any new useful abilities even after he is capable of hunting by himself beside strength enhancing
- His revenge stops after killing one judge
- The so called friends disappear from the story for no reason whatsoever
- The MC becomes extremely ruthless almost instantly.
- The MC tends to forget about important missions and promises.
- The world itself even after 241 chapters is not explained, but we finally get a clue. It seems the story has stolen a lot of things from "attack on titan". For some reason now the noble families are actually in the outer city. There is another one. An inner city. The MC never tried to find t his information.
- Finally, no offense, the translation is extremely crappy. Better than machine translation by a little.

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Martial God Asura
March 8, 2017
Status: c722
The curses of every long novel are: first the pace, second the characters and third the conclusion. No matter how much you want to see a long and good novel, expect a higher disappointment once it surpasses 1000 chapters. If the author makes the mistakes of using cliches or reusing one formula known as 'there is always a bigger stage' since before he arrives at the 1000th mark, then you can expect some incredible trash. And once you see how such a novel surpasses 2000 chapters, you can be... more>> sure that the author already lost his touch and his desire to write anything new, and he will continue until he finally gives up completely on all characters wrapping everything up in maxim 10 or maybe 20 chapters.

In my case I sincerely detest the protagonist with all my heart. His personality and actions are just annoying, especially his righteous mindset which for some reason can create a good excuse when it comes to rape, murder, slaughter, stealing, lying, destroying, and so on. This novel is not about a martial god, its about a dangerous psychopath that obtained enough power to act against everyone. The side characters, especially the female ones are lame excuses of damsels in distress from the first one to the last. The enemies are dumb enough to remind me of Wile E. Coyote. Most of them manage to self destruct while the rest allow the protagonist to grow enough to become a threat.

I will sincerely advise everyone to skip reading this novel. It might be attractive because its a long read and can alleviate your boredom for a longer time. But this is just an illusion. This story is already rotten to the core.

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Your and My Asylum
January 6, 2017
Status: v1 afterword
I'm trying to understand what exactly could be reason for creating a story with interesting characters only to plague it with tons of anime references. I'm trying to understand why the backstory of the MC seems tens of times more interesting that the present story. I'm trying to understand why BL is the best backstory hobby for two underage girls. Why are there tons of cringe worthy puns? Why is everyone so detached from reality? In other words, why was there a need for another story about a summoned boy... more>> by some cliche beautiful girl? Her cruelty and obsession with gore seems so far away from her description that I can only think that the author used it only to make some sort of difference between his work and the others. Its like having two hats, one blue and one dark blue. The rest is all the same. Complex political setting? Check. Moronic friend of the female lead? Check. Retarded anime reference once every two or three paragraphs? Check.

If the author writes four volumes about the MC's backstory with an interesting end
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either him ending with his rival, or having his "deity" awake from her coma"

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then he will receive ten stars. He already got three from me only for the MC backstory.

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The Magus Era
August 7, 2016
Status: c201
This story is really a pain in the ass. First, its clear that the author is paid by word instead of quality. Each chapter starts like old dragon ball episodes, with a review of the last chapter. The MC is reincarnated, but this premise holds no ground or anything. After he is reincarnated he has an absolutely OP spirit inside him that always complains about making one mistake. The MC never asks him what is that mistake, for f**k sake, he is not even questioning his presence inside him. Also... more>> the MC parents are morons, he somehow is able to
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speak, walk, use magic attacks

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since the day he is born or a little later, a few days at most, but they just believe he is a genius.
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How the f**k can a kid who does not have the necessary knowledge about words start speaking since the moment he was born?

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After that we have a spiral of events that are completely random.
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A clan who somehow is capable of attacking everything including the king ministers is left alone for some f**king reason. A school where the MC is a genius who needs two months to understand what his tutors needed a hundred years or more. The students want to kill him but his overprotective tutors just ignore it after treating him like their princess. And the sh*t that just made me lose all my interest, the freaking generic characters, the peerless beauty, the sissy boy, the fatty and the plain character join the group together with an Op mad girl who is loved by her parents enough to allow her to kill servants like bugs but still send her with unknown people in an unknown land.

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The logic is completely f**ked up. Don't read it. This is just my advice.

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Seoul Station’s Necromancer
May 20, 2017
Status: c146
I don't know why Korean novels manage to bring forth such entertaining premises only to change them as time goes on. It's like running downhill at full speed only to come to a sudden stop as you change your direction towards a tree. Seoul Station Necromancer remained true to its title for about ten to twenty chapters. After that we obtain the ... more>>
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dual classes

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Why is it a problem? Simply because everyone was attracted towards this dark branch that magicians in novels rarely move onto. Instead we obtain a Korean Kirito. Even so, there were a few redeeming factors, as the bad reputation of the protagonist made everyone feel excited imagining the scenes of carnage that will follow once he decides to 1) take over Korea 2) take over the world 3) become the biggest enemy of the entire universe and all its dimensions. A few scenes managed to attract most my attention thanks to their let's call it less than usual way to depict a protagonist:
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One of them is when Melody, the high priest of the other world acts like a slave towards him because of his reputation, treating him like an evil god. Second, his march in the desert with tens of thousands of summoned beings to destroy some terror group that was hired to kill him

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These two were the cream of the crop. They fixed a path of carnage that made my blood boil... yet the author f**ked up.

Why? More exactly, he downsized the protagonists evil actions by giving him some cheesy backstory
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he didn't attack anyone, he just protected his land, he only became a monarch over a territory no one wanted, etc etc

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This was the base for the sudden change of the protagonist. First, the protagonist became a lot meeker, no longer interested in carnage or sh*t like this. His love life became a chain that we are reminded from time to time and his friends... well, they are simply said the ads you are forced to see when watching an interactive sport game. They somehow get in trouble, they barely mange to survive when suddenly !!Super Hero Intervention!!... the protagonist appears and saves the f**king day.

Now, at the third part of the story,
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We get crap like inter dimensional conflicts that resemble a game of Starcraft with the possibility of a duel between the two lords as revenge by the losing party. The 72 minions of the evil god that wanted to invade the planet are suddenly acting like chess players, while other worlds have entered the stage. I sh*t you not, the entire world is f**king attacked by a huge army of another world, yet the 72 minions that are way stronger than these sh*theads haven't sent their armies to do the same thing. The story slowed its already snail like pace to raise the levels of the rest of the protagonist party, his sister is suddenly sick with some god seed which can make her capable of receiving information and power from one god that will chose her, and next who knows, maybe his mother will become terminator. The last chapters detail the invasion of the planet of those that have previously tried to invade earth. Which should take a while as other characters suddenly joined the party

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In conclusion, this story is worth its rating only if you stop reading after 70, 80 chapters. After that the story changes a lot, and it becomes impossible to recognize the protagonist. For me, as it is right now, it is not worth more than two stars. <<less
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Heavenly Jewel Change
March 11, 2016
Status: --
One of the most stable works from this awesome author. This guy here, which acts foolishly almost all the time, was the base for his most iconic character from Douluo Dalu, Tang. While we can complain a lot because this character acts very foolish, we forget that the most impressive main characters from other novels are either reborn after they made a lot of mistakes and died, or they are old enough to understand how important is to make the right decision at the right time.

Read this novel, and... more>> later you will find out how he slowly matures. I only have, sadly, two complains addressed to this author, my first would be the pace which slows down quite a lot from the eight book, and the unbalance created by a character that was replaced with a more mature version of his instead of following a certain formula. Still, these are, in the end, acceptable flaws for any novel. We are readers in the end. I will give 5 stars towards this beautiful novel which is ranked between the 10 and 20 places in my top.

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Chronicles of Primordial Wars
April 27, 2017
Status: c160
Most probably one of the few novels on this website that has nothing to do with xianxia, xuanhuan, wuxia or fantasy. The only genre that stands out is the supernatural. With this as the base, both the action and the adventure becomes an unforgettable ride.

The protagonist is in the top three of the most down to earth. His progress from a simple ant towards a core member of the tribe is so well done that at some point you even forget how relatively simple is this story compared to... more>> many others. Especially the action and the romance.

The action in this novel doesn't follow the usual cliche where arrogant enemies pick fights with the protagonist for any reason whatsoever or where the protagonist always seeks power and doesn't care how many he has to kill. In this novel the action is based on the fight against nature, which in that world is downright scary.
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Only recently the action started to include humans as enemies.

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As for romance, while many enjoy seeing the protagonist surrounded by beauties that have a backbone and can contribute towards the protagonist rise to glory, in this case we actually get a more primitive mindset. Women are more important than men for their role in procreating, which also downsizes their importance in fighting. Only a few of them have an active part in the tribe hunts.

Overall, the most important thing is to see this novel as an entire different creature compared to almost all other popular novels around here. Enjoy the supernatural ride, where dangers can come from the most harmless things possible while the power only comes from mysterious sources and only after going through a lot of hardships.

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The Amber Sword
April 23, 2017
Status: v1c23
This novel is a mess. A mess of MMORPG elements, light novel troupe with tsundere side girl and airhead main girl, fantasy elements, swords and magic and xianxia/xuanhuan development of proud enemies, extreme good luck, plot armor and reincarnation. After 23 chapters, I can say that the protagonist is acceptable with a decent mindset. If he became a solo warrior that later on met companions, then the story would have been a very entertaining one. However, it didn't take one chapter before the author decided to bring the main... more>> girl, with her mysterious personality and background and also with her predisposition for adventure which clearly attached her to the protagonist as an accessory until her own identity will surprise everyone. This is not even a spoiler, for one chapter to be so evident, the story already took an arrow to its figurative knee.

The rival exists, as a decent swordsman that is both proud but at least somewhat capable. The stinky old man that has authority but has to bow in front of the awesomeness of the protagonist also appears. And the plot takes a quantum leap as the protagonist obtains something resembling the purple card from TMW. The problem comes from how fast this object became capable of giving the protagonist enough power to surpass tens of levels. What for players with no fear of death took three years, he managed to accomplish in about two weeks.

If you enjoy Japanese light novels with tsundere girls that always falls in some sort of misunderstanding, before creating unnecessary trouble for the protagonist, then you are going to love this.
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BTW, this chick is also some goddess of war that went through a lot, as the author reminds her from the days he was playing as an Otaku. Her eyes were filled with sadness as she remembered her adoptive parents being slaughtered by the necromancers's skeletons. In this world the protagonist wasn't capable of saving her adoptive parents and she cried her crocodile tears for about three paragraphs, and then she moved on. Shortly after she followed behind the protagonist that was as nimble as a cat because of his training with a shadow class player in his former world, while caring a few tens of kilograms through a dense forest in a dense night. I don't know, maybe she has some goddess skill, like pinpointing the protagonist d*ck smell and following like a beast in heat.

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Another concerning matter comes from the translator. He translates this Chinese novel as he would translate a Japanese one. So you are going to see onii-san and anesan.

In my opinion, it's trash. In your opinion, it may be gold. But if you think I've written anything wrong, then please, reread this novel until you find something that denies my point of view.

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Sovereign of the Three Realms
May 28, 2016
Status: v1c134
SOTR had a somewhat good start considering the story is another ... more>>
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strong practitioner gets to inhabit the body of a weak character that dies because of its stupidity or misfortune and nobody sees any difference when the character suddenly changes

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. Well, jumping straight into the fray, I can say the development from the first ten, or maybe twenty chapters was outstanding. A complex political viewpoint, enemies with brains and connection and a protagonist that can use his knowledge to raise his power faster than anyone. Then we are get hit with cliches.
First one?
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Women start to do anything for him, even if it meant rape. Oh, I should also add that one of them includes her own disciples and another one her sister.

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Now, this is a little funny. Don't get me wrong. But the characters that behave this way do it without any strong reason. One of them is even at odds with him but "slowly" which actually means fast as hell, at most 20 chapters, decides that becoming his s*x slave would be a good idea.
Second?
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He is "special". How special? He read everything. No really, everything. Playboy, Hustler, you name it. Thousands of prodigies were trained by him. He is better than anyone and is able to fight against other cultivators even if they are more than one realm above him. What does it mean? From not being able to put up a fight with someone a LEVEL above you, he suddenly manages to beat cultivators two realm higher. His is already the sovereign of the Three Realms when it comes to his pride and self esteem. You all should known about plot armor. This one has something different. Very different. I call it, memory armor. How so? If sh*t happens, he needs two seconds to remember where he read that sh*t and how to resolve it. Yeeeah, I love that kind of reasoning.

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And now lastly,
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Inconsistency. From the scary emperor that has a strong personality and a clever mind, later on he becomes some sort of vegetable that makes simple mistakes. From a spiritual vein in fields owned by our protagonist family that may be a huge danger, we go to the civil war. To a kingdom where those that reach the eleventh level of the first realm are considered some sort of rarity we find out that the kingdoms around them have a lot of cultivators two realms higher than their rarity and for some reason never decide to attack them. Cultivation is a joke, he somehow finds a shortcut, makes a big point about not disclosing the means, but later on he starts giving it left and right. His best friends simply become some old memories about debauchery. And with the new arc we get the true plot armor. Sincerely, I'm just reading it because its on wuxiaworld.

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In conclusion, this novel is worth about twenty chapters. The rest is a complete mess. Without the first twenty chapters, one star would have been enough for this novel. I recommend you to read it just to see how hard can you cringe when the flood of stupid replies and events starts hitting your screen.

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Emperor’s Domination
May 16, 2017
Status: c620
While this may sound surprising for many, LI Qiye is most probably the best protagonist for a Xianxia novel. Why? Because a xianxia novel describes a protagonist that tries countless times to overturn fate. Yet, we always expect to see a protagonist that starts from zero being capable of doing miracle after miracle even though that protagonist isn't much older than a teenager. We expect to see a young protagonist showing the same amount of adult charm as a character that lived for thousand or maybe even more years, the... more>> same amount of courage, boldness and will. But no matter how we see it, that kind of thing is impossible unless the author uses certain cliches. "The ring", "the purple card', "the cube" and so on. But this novel decided to embark on a completely different path. A path where the protagonist is proud and arrogant while creating miracles at every step.

Wait, proud and arrogant? Wouldn't this make an annoying prick instead of an interesting protagonist? Yes, 99% of time yes, but this is that 1% that defies this generality. And for a very simple reason actually. Because he lived for long enough to see and know more than everyone. He knows what he has to face at the end of his path, so he wouldn't allow his will to bend down in front of anything, for his nemesis is something that surpasses everything else. It's like telling yourself 'you can do it', for thousands of times. Once you understand this you actually see the protagonist in a completely different light. You see him as someone who had to walk on the bones of his friends, his pupils and his loved ones. And no matter how sad and lonely he is, to be able to not bring shame to those that sacrificed a lot to give him a path to defeat his nemesis, he is not even allowed to grieve for that would be the end of his path of domination.

For this reason, I came to love this novel as more as pure entertainment at some point. But, of course, the enjoyment of this novel wouldn't be worth that much only because of the protagonist by himself.

We have some of the best women in xianxia. Since I had the ill fate of reading Coiling Dragon as my first xianxia I became deeply annoyed by how easily can a love story become the weak point of a xianxia. The harem is always the redeeming factor. Yet, going after each woman without considering her talents and only caring about her looks doesn't work that well. Read MGA if you want to deny my point of view. I especially enjoy the introduction of 'sword maids'. I couldn't stop myself from laughing seeing how interesting it is to give something unique not to obtain beauty but maids. Many novels either present completely innocent protagonists that are as dense as dark matter, or pimps that give priceless manuals, weapons or medicines just to enjoy some fuk.

The world building is the most serious part of this novel. Everything moves according to lines drawn before LI Qiye managed to recover his mortal body. While this may seem annoying as the author can always give the protagonist the plot armor known as 'the plan', at some point you understand that there is a different line of thinking used by the author. But, well, some people may understand it faster than others so I can only recommend everyone to read it and try to find it.

Lastly, the side characters, which include the beginning weak and not extremely important characters that have some good will towards the protagonist and the high amount of enemies. Here we see something extremely good and something good. First, extremely good. The protagonist is not a saint. Even though he appreciates loyalty, he only grooms those that deserves it. So at some point he starts discarding those that are not that important. This comes as a surprise, as some of these people are good friends. Next, the enemies are mostly the same pricks we are generally annoyed by. Yet, seeing how they are killed in masses somehow gives a refreshing feeling.

In conclusion, this novel is full of jewels, and it's truly different from the general xianxia. Some will understand why, while others will just see it as another garbage can full of cliches. Both views are right. This is just a novel that appeals to you only if you search for a specific something. For me, the calm yet ruthless protagonist is 'my cup of tea'. For others this would just be a plain psychopath. So, read it, if you like it, then congratulations, if not, good luck with the next one.

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I Shall Seal the Heavens
May 24, 2016
Status: v5c650
Welcome to ISSTH, abbreviated from I shall seal the heavens. Our protagonist, Meng Hao, is a simple scholar who is kidnapped along with a few others to a sect on its decline to either remain as a servant or become a cultivator. He, of course, becomes a cultivator. Now, I will not describe the rest of the story, but this beginning in itself can be described in one word, boring. The start of the story is slow and we never get to see a fast pace when it comes to... more>> the power-ups. Remember the novels from IET where his protagonists climb the stairs of practice very fast? Er Gen proceeds at a slower pace, trying to actually make some sense when he describes Meng Hao and his power. Because of this we see his quest towards perfection even if the heavens refuse it. In a way the name of this novel should be ISSFTH, I shall steal from the heavens.

Now for the actual plot a few things can be said to be the best in the entire xianxia genre. The first is the Dao, the connection between the Dao and the external practice. Even if Ze Tian JI has a better description of it, the powerlessness of the main character makes it more of an encyclopedia rather than a novel describing a path. Next in line come the conversations. The third book which is about
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Alchemy

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gives us one of the best debates and it also marks progression, enlightenment and stabilization. From this book the story starts to hurry its pace. Lastly, the matrix for Legacies and cultivation is one of the best described ever. The Legacies contain history, the cultivation contains originality. It does not conform to the norm, rather it uses it as a base for the quest toward perfection. At least for me, these three reasons are what made it possible ISSTH to be placed in the top 5 of my best Xianxia. Also, even if for many it may seem not that important the comedy is very good especially after
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the parrot and the slime met each other

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There were a few let downs, especially
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The obsession Er Gen has with Xu Qing, a plain charcater, very plain. Even if simplicity had its own beauty, Xu Qing is more of a lucky normal woman who gets ahead because of Meng Hao, while the rest of his friends were forgotten. Even Fatty who was his best friend was forgotten. I just hope the story wont end with Meng Hao becoming a couple with Xu Qing. Sincerely, its boring as hell to see how their interactions are about looking at each other and communicating a thousand of words in a second. The rest of the female cast was at least a few tens of times better, especially the former fiance of the Wang brat, I sincerely forgot her name as the story only kept a Xu Qing as the main woman while the rest simply disappeared only to be replaced by the next group of female cultivators.

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Now, thats about it. I love it, sincerely, even with the few let downs, I still consider it as a very good story which is not sassy as ATG with its constant reminding of the cruel things he did in his former life and how much pain he feels especially towards his former lover from the other world who he can't forget, after he
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f**ks a lot of other women

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Breakers
February 28, 2017
Status: c93
Not that bad and neither that good. I don't know if either decent or bearable would fit this story better as the general trait. Its the type of story where the author couldn't decide what kind of setting should the protagonist have before giving him the OP status. So he uses an extremely bland and idiotic one because its at least original. After that the story is quite interesting as it describes both internal affairs (political conflict) and external affairs (war). But the author couldn't understand how to... more>> develop the first one, so he scrapes it, leaving only the conflict between the protagonist and his nemesis as the political conflict, and making the external affairs, war, subjugation and research as the only means to met new characters and develop our protagonist power. Even so. Once is nice, two is enough, three is boring and four is annoying. Like you have already guessed, the author uses the formula known as 'rinse and repeat'. So while the beginning of the story holds some potential, the author wants you to remain with the same feelings even though the story has to progress. In other words, the story has no substance, its weak and easy to forget about it as another lackluster work. At least I will praise it a as a good method to get rid of my boredom.

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The Tutorial Is Too Hard
May 25, 2017
Status: c28
It's simply a pain to follow the plot line. You are sent from one point in the timeline towards another with no reason whatsoever. The beginning was funny and intriguing, but then they added a beginner. In the end I got used to the idea that the protagonist will act as a babysitter to have a companion. Then we go back in the past when the protagonist had barely started his conquest. I said f**k it, it's interesting, so no problem. Then we are sent once again to the future... more>> only to find out that the beginner
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is a female with a lot of talent that can somehow survive because she is really talented, really really talented, how talented you ask? Well the author said something along the lines "She qualified as a participant of Korea in the Olympic games as an archer, which is known to everyone to be even harder than winning a gold medal at the Olympic games. "...

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Then we get whiny gods of adventure and so on that somehow help him with money and other gifts, jokes that are repeated over and over again, development that is shortened to only a few words from a few chapter.
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And so he started the second level. Next paragraph - After 28 days he had only 46 hours to complete. Then we are presented the new titles and stats he got during those 28 days...

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Legend of the Great Saint
May 2, 2017
Status: --
What a lucky chance for me at least to stumble upon this masterpiece. For every reader on this site, please, pay attention to the future of this novel. While you can bicker as much as you like and can complain that it doesn't reach the high AF standards you have, the facts speak stronger than a thousand men. This novel is the best piece of xianxia I've read since I first stumbled upon my first xianxia, Coiling Dragon. It's fresh, original, interesting, funny and has some of the best characters... more>> I've ever seen. Good luck to future readers, thankfully, we have a translator that releases chapters at godspeed.

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Library of Heaven’s Path
January 12, 2017
Status: c120
I'm still not sure what to expect from this story. It feels a little bland, and it seems to reuse quite a lot of ideas from other novels. His skill which should have been just a mediocre one, evolved to the rank of deus ex machina in just two chapters

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he advances two realms in a few hours

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The protagonist is created by the author following the hidden lazy genius matrix. He is capable to stand in the center of attention thanks to his wits, and attracts enemies faster than a dump attracts flies. The fact that he comes from another world is completely ignored as he is suddenly capable in chapter 23 to

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catch a blade using two fingers

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I understand that this type of protagonist has become attractive because it give some sort of fulfillment to the reader seeing how the protagonist is capable instead of being dense. But creating one without using a backstory is. Boring. Its hard to believe that a former high school student that was a librarian is capable of adapting to a world where killing someone is acceptable as long as you have status. For now, I hope that by some miracle his students will not become the generic 'power rangers'.

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This novel doesn't stray from the path it created in the beginning, yet it manages to use some fresh and original ideas to not fall in the hell pit full of novels with too many cliches. The side characters become quite interesting and the way the author deals with the enemies is entertaining. A protagonist that starts not as some son of the heavens or some waste of a third rate clan but instead as a teacher made be become impartial as I sincerely forgive most of the usual mistakes and cliches and enjoy the story as a whole. While it sounds a little pushy, I recommend everyone to read it. It's actually funny, and the comedy is well done, especially once you compare it to trash like Absolute Choice.

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Martial Peak
April 25, 2017
Status: v2c176
Awesome, really, really awesome. For some reason this novel is full of cliches but at the same time very refreshing. It's weird how such a thing is possible, but everything somehow falls into a perfect balance.

Pros:

  • Interesting martial cultivation system
  • Interesting inheritance
  • Smart MC (also a bit playful)
  • Women, but the good type, not the dumb one
  • s*x (this one doesn't shy away from it)
Cons

  • Cliches, arrogant enemies and stupid lines
  • MC attracts women like a black dude attracts bullets
  • Not enough s*x (so many chances went by!!!)
  • Translator feels the need to comment about everything
  • Chapters are not linked to each other (literally) you either need to use the this site or the contents page of the translating website to access each chapter.
Conclusion, it is a fun ride. It's not that much of a brain food, but it is easily addicting.

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