Great Tang Idyll

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The Great Tang countryside with the warm sunlight, the golden wheat, and white herons in flight.

Zhang Xiaobao: “I didn’t think my ability could change any great events. My thinking was simple—to change my family’s living conditions. But oftentimes, things don’t happen according to how you think it will. As I was working to improve my family’s living conditions, a lot of things happened. How do you say, hmm… Simply put, it was the butterfly effect? No, no, no, this metaphor is a bit too flashy. Crudely put, I am the rat turd dropped inside the pot.”

Wang Juan: “Ever since I came to this era together with an International Criminal Swindler, I declare that this world no longer has any swindlers.”

Translator’s Synopsis: A con-man and policewoman that are legends of their respective professions suddenly die and are reincarnated into the Tang dynasty of ancient China as little more than kids. Accepting their second chance and forced restart, they choose to use the modern knowledge and specific talents that they have from their previous lives in order to live comfortably in this new life. Read about their adventures and their accomplishments as they shape the past that is now their future into their own!

Great Tang Idyll average rating 4.6/5 - 178 user ratings
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Tang Dynasty Countryside
Tian Yuan Da Tang
田园大唐
田園大唐
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pinkrainmi
New pinkrainmi rated it
September 21, 2017
Status: v1c49
I sped read through the 49 translated chapters and it was so good! The two main characters' transmigrate into a pair of one year olds who were basically inseparable from birth (crying when separated). The story focuses more on the male MC's family and the female MC is basically left with them to take care of as well. The two main characters juggle between making money with modern day inventions/ideas, planning for future events/disasters, and staying "low-key" as they work in the shadows. It's more of a slice-of-life so far... more>> with daily happenings in the two manor families (they aren't even 2 years old by the 49th chapter, if I remember correctly) but it's the entertaining kind of slow progression.

There were a few things that were kind of iffy for me though:

    • The female MC takes a sort of back seat to everything. It seems like whenever she has her own idea/thoughts, it's basically because it's "so simple the male MC doesn't need to speak up". The narration does say that they work together to perfect the ideas, but what is shown seems a little different.
    • The female MC is introduced as a super-policewoman who is great at investigating and commanding. But somehow it seems like the author dumbed her down a little to make the male MC seem better :\
    • The male MC seems a bit like a caricature. I'm hoping both main characters are fleshed out more as the story progresses.
Right after I finished reading all the chapters that were translated so far, I was hungry for more! The translator (solitaryidler) is currently on an indefinite hiatus. But what made me sad was when I checked the NU page and saw it was a Qidian novel. Ayyy...

[Edit: I forgot to mention this - There are some unrealistic aspects to this story (esp. the beginning), like one year olds being able to speak perfectly immediately after the new soul comes in when the body has never spoken like that before. Just take it with a few grains of salt... ] <<less
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BaramII
New BaramII rated it
September 17, 2017
Status: --
The start was great.
But unfortunately, it's just weird.
1 year old baby, can speak fluently, and everybody just thinks "Well, they have a good family, so they must've been taught well"
The Male MC wants a normal life, experiencing parental love. But the MC decides to act "normal" resulting in the father to mention him as a monster. I agree, what kind of 1 year olds can push their bodies to the limits, Children's bodies would "shut down" to prevent injuries, that's reality, but nope, they spent... more>> hours after hours of exercising. They can speak fluently when their tongues, mouths and facial muscle shouldn't even let them be.

The start introduces some side character to have a very strong personality, but a few chapter in and, well like in most CN, they're just a puppet to the MCs greatness. I. E
A butler was introduced to be strict, after it was known that the MC was a "genius", the butler goes "Well if the young mister allows this, it doesn't matter, well if young mister says so, then I'll do it, even if I don't understand"
Where the hell did the strict butler go? Nobody wants a puppet with no personality as side characters. The mother that was supposed to be soft, in contrast to the Strict butler. The maid standing in guard was scared sh*tless in the mothers first appearance where the hell did the softness of the Masters toward their servants go,
With that said, any new characters introduced that are beneficial to the MC will act like that, they lose their "personality" so the MCs come out as strong, great, smart.

Another big NO for this novel, is the typical CN issue, where when the characters are talking to each other, it's always question.
P1: Look at this, amazing isn't it.
P2: I don't know where P1 got this?
Like sh*t, we know you don't know where you got that, even P1 knows for sh*tting hell you don't know where he got that, he just showed it to you after all. For every single sh*t, somebody will ask a question that is f**king obvious but he can just say outright with a word or two. Regardless of the situation, they ask a question.
Also they start reciting some philosophical poems every now and then, which is just weird and seems to be out of place. It's probably how they show how smart they are.

Then worse of all, the MC's personality from the prologue seems to be vastly different to the one they have after reincarnation. It's understandable for some aspect, but the female MC, Wang Juan does not show any sign of what is stated in the synopsis. She just lets it be and even tell the Male lead to do some swindling every now and then. And the male lead should be a f**king international criminal swindler. The first swindling he does, all he did was say "Liar" and points at the thing he wants, then the other party just f**king gave it to him, a 1 year old. And the opponent was a swindler as well who has swindled a hefty sum! Imagine that.

Wang Juan: “Ever since I came to this era together with an International Criminal Swindler, I declare that this world no longer has any swindlers. ” (In case you forgot)

I cannot recommend this, only the start is great. It has the typical CN stupidity where the Author pushes the MCs greatness no matter the cost. Even if he has to kill the main or side characters initial personalities/setting. Even if he has to dumb down every other character to the point of there's no difference between a rock and his characters.

Too many great ideas come from CN, but unfortunately it's rarely written well. IF you still want to read it, here's the good thing. The translator are doing a good job at translating it, but be wary if you don't know the measurement, like catty, et c.

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kainee
kainee rated it
July 3, 2016
Status: Completed
Disclaimer: I read and finished the original Chinese novel and don't actively follow the translations.

The concept of the novel is different from a lot of the other reincarnation novels out there being translated right now since it's two people who are reincarnated at the same time-- one is the world's greatest con man while the other is the Chinese police woman tasked with arresting him. They died in a freak explosion and are reborn in ancient China together.

There is some suspension of disbelief required for the premise of... more>> this novel though I'm not sure how that is so different from some of the other reincarnation novels out there where the MC is reincarnated with a cheat ability or has a complete personality change? Personally, since I have read so many of such novels, I have grown rather picky in terms of the morality or ethics so I dislike it when the MC just kills someone with their rebirth (absorbing the original person's soul) or takes over another person's identity and life without batting an eye or feeling grateful for the second chance. Also, if you do not read carefully and get details such as the MC's ages wrong (they are reborn but wake up as 1 year olds rather than begin as complete newborns which could be a metaphor for cognitive awakening) and understand the basic characterization of the MCs (both MCs are very family-oriented and only want power so they can live comfortably and safely so expecting them to want to take over the world for the hell of it means you need to level up your reading ability), then this is not the novel for you. Also, if you are expecting a male MC with a generic character motivation of "kick the asses of everyone who looks at me wrong" or "the world should revolve around me so I will just treat everyone else like inconsequential NPCs, " then you will also be disappointed.

This novel has 2 MCs, 1 male and 1 female. So some of the troubling misogynist connotations in other novels aren't so prevalent here since the author does take care to try to develop them both. The MC's different characters and mindsets are pretty well written and actually help make the couple dynamic interesting so it's not just watching a single MC going through a mind numbingly boring training sequence for the nth time while the rest of the faceless cast with interchangeable names gape in awe.

However, this novel has a slow pace and it is probably more focused on intellectual battles rather than actual fighting. So it is a rather political story. There is some action but it won't be for a while, which is understandable since the MCs are little kids at the start of the novel. And even then, it is probably a temporary focus since fighting with brains rather than brawn is the theme of this novel.

What makes this novel really enjoyable is that both the male and female MCs become pretty fully developed. I suspect the author is male though since I think the male MC is still the main focus and driver of the plot. But it is cool to basically have the female MC be the male MC's partner and not feel like she's just some interchangeable face in a harem of women. So if you're looking for a harem of onaholes for the MC to have badly written s*x with, then this is also not the novel for you. Because she's been there with the male MC for the entire time, it really helps build up the feeling of companionship without having too many overt romantic scenes. So this was a novel that I really enjoyed for its romance even though it doesn't go out of its way to build up that subplot.

Spoiler

Some specific scenes or arcs to look forward to is the MC's establishment of a fake sage couple that are the masters of their real selves as a cover identity to explain why these miraculous inventions and concepts start appearing in Tang dynasty China. The arc where they inadvertently make the county officials believe that they're sacrificing years off their lifespan in order to get water for the drought-ridden county is a bit hilarious. The relationship that develops between the MCs and the Emperor is also really fun because it is long distance and the Emperor is the Emperor with his paranoia and political games but he still can't avoid being manipulated so masterfully by the MCs. The various technology crazes that the MCs set off get more and more awesome yet their progression makes total sense. Plus, the MCs childish appearances mean that sometimes people just deceive themselves without the MCs needing to do anything extra and it's great! And the amount of espionage in this novel is a bit crazy!

I really enjoy how fully fleshed out the characters are-- it's not just the MCs that the author makes come to life. What is interesting is that the female MC probably gets the closest in terms of character to the generic stereotype of the reincarnated OP MC since at one point, she uses the blood of her enemies to write a message on the floor that says, "Do you dare do this again?" The male MC can also be violent but not nearly so much as she is. LOL, what's funnier is that the male MC basically turns into an overprotective onii-chan later on to the point where he's also arguably an adorable siscon though not in a s*xual way-- he tends to be self-designated protector of children so lolicons will die if he meets them.

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So yeah, it was really enjoyable to read and I found the ending really satisfying, especially if you consider it all started out with 2 1 year old kids born to mildly well-to-do landowners with farms.

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ninthlite
ninthlite rated it
July 1, 2016
Status: --
The world's greatest scam artist and a top tier cop are reincarnated to ancient china. Interesting concept, however the male lead is dragged down by the heroine. In their first life the male lead was one of the world's richest men, the heroine was just a top tier cop. She is hardly his match in anyway.

The story could of been interesting as the male lead could of acquired power by scamming his way to the throne, however the heroine limits him to slow bushiness schemes, due to reasons like... more>> honor and justice. The novel would be way more entertaining if he just ditched her. She literally has zero use in the story, the male lead literally does everything and she just sticks around being a dead-weight. He probably could beat her in a fight, so she is not even use as a meat shield.

Another point that makes me disinterested is the unrealistic representation of children in this novel. The bodies are just a few months old and they are thinking, talking, and walking. Babies don't work that way, they literally do not have the brains to process these actions. It is like a person reincarnating into a person with half their brain missing and then they start walking around and acting like normal. It is immersion breaking to read about month old babies creating business empires.

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Guradu Gilgida
Guradu Gilgida rated it
July 22, 2016
Status: v1c23
Rational MC with supporting heroine. The MC is like a express-train with his schemes while the heroine acts the brake in a good sense. Instead of blocking or denying the MC' plans blatantly, she gives a different solution to solve the problem; which is rare to be seen in novels nowadays.

From the translation side, I really like how the translator explains the back-story/history of the words used in his TL-Notes at the end of each chapters. It feels like I'm studying the ancient Chinese literature.

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Chao
Chao rated it
June 11, 2016
Status: v1c4
Good translation quality and grammar. Story has quite an interesting start with two interesting characters from the start.

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miss xu
miss xu rated it
August 26, 2016
Status: c38
Very good novel.

They're so intelligent I want to cry. Although they are reincarnated, just imagine a one year old acts like them with those knowledge. People will freak out!

I sometimes find my mind goes blank every time I'm reading this novel.

Scary.

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Kurogakuro
Kurogakuro rated it
August 6, 2016
Status: v1c27
Great story with a male and female as lead characters. Both make up for what the other lacks and they contrast each other nicely. While not overly different they do have different set of skills and morals, they both consult each other when it comes to decision making. Nice to see a strong male and female lead with unique personalities.

A lot of world building is involved, because the characters are from present time they introduce new ideas that the past time has yet to discover. The side characters aren't... more>> card board cut outs and each has their own purpose and thoughts that are shown through out the story. Overall this is a great read if you're looking for a slower paced story with good character development.

The translator is also top notch. At the bottom of every chapter are notes on terms with their meaning and even links.

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xenocross
xenocross rated it
August 25, 2016
Status: c102
Political move, economic battle! Invent food to get money, use money to bribe officials, buy cheap unwanted land and turn it into goldmine

Manipulate government, neighbors, enemies, and everyone else! This is a very good story.

The translator also explain the Chinese idioms and poetry used in the story. Hilarious, the MCs regarded as genius when they recite poem, because the great poem originally is not written until hundred years later.

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Tachi Works
Biah_belle rated it
July 15, 2016
Status: v1c19
Normally when there's a transmigration, the invading personality kills off old personality but doesn't care about its past life and is forced to adapt. However since the cop and conman reincarnate together, they maintain their past lives as well as have someone to consult with, recall the past, share their mindsets according to their original time period.

As the conman said to the cop lady, "even if you found a decent dude here, you still can't escape the mysoginistic thoughts and expectations he would have according to this time period".... more>> So the conman can grant her freedom of movement as a male watching out for her, rather than leaving her abandoned as a "female with weak body in male dominated society but strong spirit". I know I'm incorrectly using transmigration examples when this is a reincarnation story but since they reincarnated at 1 year of age~ it's whatever.

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Zeckzen
Zeckzen rated it
July 4, 2016
Status: --
Fluffy strory, good story to those that want change of pace from mainstream story
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stima
stima rated it
November 25, 2016
Status: c45
I am surprise that this novel is not well-known among readers. It is such a good and solid story. It was quite pleasant reading this novel, the pace is very good, not slow and not fast. I always find it very satisfied with each chapter. I admire the author's approach, it is quite logical, rational and well it is brain over brawn. I like how the author paid attention to every details regarding each events. Especially I find it amusing in the arc about cucumber. I will not spoil this... more>> arc, if you are interested pls read it yourself.

If you are a person who loves reading story about human's real intelligence and ingeniousness, you will love this story. Don't bother if you love reading novel that main character solves the problem by using violence and power to oppress others.

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Empress
Empress
April 11, 2017
Status: --
A great story with great potential and all but something off with our MC here.

The story stated that MC is genius and good in psycological stuff and all but as a baby he just nonchalantly spew some unbelieveable invention one after another, and doing a babies spartan training which made even his father think of him as a monster or devilspawn.

This is contradicting MC statement which say he is longing for parent love, ain't he's looking to be shunned by his parent and the others for just a... more>> measly coins?
I just find it strange that they didn't burn him in a stake like a baby witch, considering it's taken place in the ancient time.

Yup I don't even imagine what would I do if my baby run around training their bodies like a profesional soldiers, and invented some plasma bomb one of these day, ugh...

This one point is the one that bother me the most until I can't bear to read anymore.
Those cliche transported or reincartnation MC even have better brain than this so called genius MC.

Unbelieveable, I don't think I can rate this story. <<less
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wolfeng
wolfeng
October 29, 2016
Status: c40
The two lead characters are adorable, and while I can accept one year old kids talking, I would preffer if they still had trouble with a few worlds like babies still forming their teeth.

The pacing is very, VERY slow, 40 chapters in and they are still babies; so prepare yourself.

The translation is also tedious with too many "[honorific] [in-law]", i'ts acceptable to lose some of the chinese culture in speech when translating to another language, it would be better if it was just explained once, instead of ruining... more>> the reading experience.

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Skoonting
Skoonting rated it
August 28, 2016
Status: v1c38
Incredibly well written and interesting. The main problem I have is that it's incredibly slow-paced, and uses a lot of ancient and modern chinese vocabulary and meanings that you constantly have to look up. Also, the fact that the MC's are both one-year olds that can walk and talk is something that you need to suspend your disbelief for, but I don't particularly mind that part all that much.

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StayGoldIvesAnn
StayGoldIvesAnn
June 4, 2017
Status: v1c49
This is the 3rd novel I've rated in novelupdates. I am so glad that I read this story. So good, seriously good! ✌️✨ A slice of life about incorporating modern ways of thinking regarding food, agriculture etc to better improve lifestyle in the olden era. I liked that the two mc's got transported as toddlers and their many adventures in grooming up reliable assistants and help improve the lives of their families in the manor and surrounding areas. The translations rocks as well. Thank you for sharing!❤️
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TheEscapist
TheEscapist
May 16, 2017
Status: v1c2
I've only just started reading this and I know it's going to be great already. Although the premise so far follows the normal themes of reincarnation, "suspense of disbelief" is greatly required. in this novel's case, yes, a lot more than normal, with talking babies and whatnot... the characters are outrageous... unique backstory of the male lead, and male lead is a nonconformist and unconventional, and a modern day Robin Hood. His character is adorably love starved... as a baby, he is soooooo cuddly what a little bun XD.
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