The Book Eating Magician

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[‘Lightning Magic Primer’ has been consumed. Your understanding is very high.] [The 2nd Circle magic ‘Lightning Bolt’ has been acquired.] The unprecedented magician who will eat all the magic books of the world has appeared !

The Book Eating Magician average rating 4.2/5 - 353 user ratings
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BEM
The Book Eating Wizard
책 먹는 마법사
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LIGHTDX
New LIGHTDX rated it
September 20, 2017
Status: c1
Let me start with the bad part. The autor seriously is bad making some excuses here and there, as well some contradictions to the point that he make me want to drop the story a some point, the main character grow in power way too fast as magician in a few months, strangly without making anyone suspect there is something fishy going on even thought he was clearly a dunce in magic. At the very least it seems like the autor realised late that and forced a few stops in... more>> the story saying that month or a year has passed in order to keep the balance he/she had in mind, but those still seems out of place considering the normal speed. The book eating rule seems like is forgotten a lot. Also sometimes he forget to keep the the necesary atention to important characters that you expected more when they go along with the MC when they are not in their arc.

MC doesn't have flavor at all nor he is even as smart as the story say, he can kill easily, suppose to be from the neutral alignation but he is quite pure heart in other things, also even thought it is male and in the age he doesn't seems really interested in the oposite s*x, nor in having free s*x at all, it feels specially odd in him as he is not suppose to be that pure heart.

But there are good things that make me feel like this is quite a good story worthy of a 3. 5 of 5 It is because the autor is great in making the reader feels the greatness of magic, there are a few spell and events that really took a wow from me and there are some moving moments that keep me reading glady.

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jebrodrick
New jebrodrick rated it
September 12, 2017
Status: c82
What I like

    • Intriguing Magic System
    • MC is not lazy, sleazy, dumb or too OP
    • No harem (although it could develop)
What I dislike

    • Plot armor galore (fortuitous events that have no reason to happen just to move the story along)
    • Spoiler

      Although a nice Magic System, there are serious holes in logic (MC needs to eat a book a day but goes into a coma for multiple days during which he doesn't need to eat books anymore? Not buying it.)

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gottafly
gottafly rated it
July 1, 2017
Status: c5
With a grimoire having vast knowledge... there are endless possibilities. It's pretty pathetic for MC to worried about graduating. Granted the author may had made him with a weakened personality or whatever but due to that the story became very dull. (Oh I want to be strong cause ppl looked down on me so I will try hard to graduate. Even though I have this greedy eating grimoire that can change it all, I still want to graduate. Really?)

Why not ask about other magic? Immortality? Time magic? Different... more>> dimension/world? etc...

MC not worried about getting caught with books disappearing in the library?

Why not look for awesome magic books?

I think the story would've been better if the author didn't made the story like a knock-off product of other novels like game system prompts. This is a very cliche story of unoriginal ideas. (I know there are at least 2 stories out there about grimoires and a bunch about MC eating/absorbing to power up ie*RE:Monsters) <<less
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LeeEzekiel
LeeEzekiel rated it
July 6, 2017
Status: c44
Surprisingly good. I expected the usual power trip fantasy of some kid with a cheat beating all of his competitors into the dust, but this is actually a very well thought out story so far. The main character is diligent and smart, the plot is refreshing, and the magic system has a good structure.

As for gottafly's review, it should be disregarded. The guy has no idea what he's talking about. He is terribly impatient and has no appreciation for proper storytelling. His complaints are worthless, and if he had... more>> bothered to read more than just five chapters, would have seen that they have been perfectly addressed.

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BQDJ
BQDJ rated it
August 27, 2017
Status: c134
How can the top review be from someone who only read 5 chapters ? The protagonist is a loser who can't graduate school, it's obvious that his main objective when he gets his cheat is to get rid of the loser tag and graduate (especially when his and his family's honor is on the line). He's a human being, sure he's fictional but he still is one in the novel so his scope can't be as wide as a reader. And you understand pretty quick that he can't become instantly... more>> OP because he's limited by "his circles". The circles are the power system in this novel, the main character is only at the first circle at the beginning of the novel so he can't learn OP magic like time or space mastery (available at 6th circle or more). It's like asking a xianxia protagonist with his new cheat to stop bothering trying to be the best in his sect, stop learning QI Cultivation techniques and skip directly to Immortal magics. I wonder how this review can have so many likes, it baffles me.

Then, I'm not saying that this novel doesn't have its flaws, it has many but everything the top reviewer said is pretty off the mark. The novel is not slow paced at all, it's even extremely fast paced. The hero becomes cheated really quickly and the story goes along with it so the world building is average and there are no particular arcs that leaves you breathtaken. I'm still giving it 5 stars because it's a novel that's enjoyable to read with pretty good cliffs.

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mrttao
mrttao rated it
June 19, 2017
Status: c34
c8: So far its not bad.

MC is well versed in magic theory but cannot graduate from magic academy due to lack of innate casting talent. Finds an ancient grimoire in the school's magic library that chooses him based on his personality.

The gromoire latches on to him like a parasite and can eat books (a limited quantity per day) and IF he has already mastered the theoretical knowledge in the book he fed it then it will give a related boost (like the memories of the author practicing the... more>> magic in question). This also has limitations, for example he cannot benefit from the summoning fire elemental familiar spell because he lacks fire affinity. So the spell is useless to him. It feels like a vastly nerfed version of The Gamer, but with a better in universe justification.

It is an OP cheat, but so far its not completely crazy. Also aside from the main power, the story itself is so far pleasant enough. Time will tell if it continues to be well written.

c34 Edit: It got somewhat less pleasant to read so I am dropping a star. MC is somewhat annoying now and keeps on rushing into melee despite being a glass canon.

Furthermore, the limitations on the MC disappeared in a puff of smoke. He gets instant cast slots from the grimoire. He can eat normal magic items (not books) with no limit to rapidly level up his cultivation rank, get special powers, and even increase his talent. Such that he becomes super broken OP super fast. He also got a summon now, earth elemental.

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Laco
Laco rated it
August 4, 2017
Status: c89
Till chapter 89 I was more or less ok with this novel... and can forgive for some minor error. Like 2 or 3 book per day for the glutton and 1 question per day... so what are the questions during all these days ? First big issue... but ok I can wait for...

But after the duel in chapter 89... flash of truth, this novel is lacking of credibility and logic!

After an amazing duel, no one is following or enquiring Theo's condition, a Seven Sword master is strolling in the... more>> ennemy kingdom as nothing (no guard no spy nothing to survey him...) and he can kill theo in The palace like that.

Ok too much bullsh*t for me at this point no need to continue this novel. <<less
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lordofthebooty
lordofthebooty rated it
July 20, 2017
Status: c67
I don't understand how you can even write a review after 5 chapters lol GET THE FVCK OUT OF HERE.

This novel is definitely amazing. The M/C is not OP at all, even right now lol even the female lead Sylvia can fight evenly with his grimoire power, granted, she was already strong as fvck.

The M/C is able to obtain abilities by eating books, and every once in a while, if he eats an original book from a great magician, he has a chance at peering through their memories... more>> and obtaining their techniques as well.

If you kingdom building, from the different empires, races, to the magic towers where circle 8 magicians rule over. (Strength can destroy a country)

If you like action and adventure, there is definitely A LOT of that. If you like M/Cs who ACTUALLY use their damn brain when fighting and overall, there is our Theo for that.

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Darkzeta
Darkzeta rated it
July 1, 2017
Status: c35
Wow. This book was a surprise to me.

I'm glad I gave it a chance.

The MC is NOT OP off the bat and even if he got his 'cheat' he actually has to evolve and grow with it. Sure the far future implications of such a 'cheat' is that by chapter 200 (currently at 35 he is just starting to battle) he will be a god like being. But meh. I figure I got used to Super Saiyinjin Stage 1 Goku, I can get used to the MC here... more>> too when that day comes. Haha!!

Overall if you like bright and sensible MC, who actually are thinkers before bashers, then you will like this story.

Skillers over Killers is my preference.

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Simple As It
Simple As It
June 25, 2017
Status: c21
Early review, so I won't rate it for now.

Story about a boy who lack of talent in magic but very smart in theories. The story itself is not that bad but there is lack reasoning of main character existence, why he became 'trash', why he receive that grimore, for what? Are his family in trouble? Is he have someone to protect? What reasoning to become 'strong'?. The story really lackluster in short.

If you ever read "skeleton in other world" novel, then it feels like that. MC didn't have a Long-term goal, most of it just short-term. And if you would compare to the same novel that being translated by RainbowTurtle, "Praise The Orc!" though both of them are casual and not heavy to read, but praise the orc are much much better 10x times than this.

Not recommended to read, at least for now, not sure in the long future but now? Don't waste your time.

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DazeHero
DazeHero rated it
August 20, 2017
Status: c99
The Book Eating Magician is an slightly interesting idea wasted. The MC is generally uninteresting, he is your standard protagonist with a good mind held back by poor talent. The plot progressives at a lightning fast pace giving no room for any sort of character or world building. The MC is overpowered and seems to overcome any perceived challenge like it is nothing. There really are no reasons to read this novel. The world is shallow, the characters are shallow, and the plot is shallow. If you think you want... more>> to read this book I would suggest not to. There are plenty of other books to read that are many times more fulfilling to read.

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hero
hero rated it
July 14, 2017
Status: --
It's weird, usually when I get my hands on a PDF / EPUB of decently written novels, I breeze through the chapters. For this one though, I've probably spent 20x more time just to get to the 20th chapter because I keep putting my reader down. I've been trying to put a finger on what exactly it's been that's been boring me and I've finally figured it out. Blandness.

This novel is extremely bland. So bland in fact that this might be the most detached I've been reading a novel.... more>> I just don't really care about anything about it. The MC, the characters, the world which hasn't even been delved upon. Apart from the whole parasitic mouth / grimore in his hand, everything is generic. Hell, the amazing capital of the amazing city is named. Mana-vil.

Also, usually the first "beatdown" or "face-slapping" in these types of novels are extremely satisfying. My reaction here? "Oh okay. " That's it.

What the hell is with the game-like system as well? It makes sense if it the MC originally came from the real world but it just doesn't belong here. There's even the whole thing about connecting / synchronizing with dead mages.

It honestly feels like the author just thought of one interesting factor and played it super safe everywhere else. Just grabbing from other novels left and right. Hell, it even grabbed the LolI earth elemental from The Gamer.

Web novels have been getting more and more popular. With that, the quality of a novel needs to be higher than the vast majority. I've probably read close to a hundred web novels and have dropped over 90% of them. This isn't about to be a part of the 10% I'm still reading.

It's on WW though so I'm sure it'll still be popular and get rated highly. It's just not something which passes for me.

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Pythonspace
Pythonspace rated it
July 5, 2017
Status: c40
I will simply say that this "review" is simply to correct some rubbish. YOU CANNOT review a novel in 5 freaking chapters. Stop it. Go away and read the novel beyond that before writing a review. What's worse? The guy posted that on July 1st on that day we had more than 30 chapters.

As for the novel it's still in a world-building state. To be quite honest we are still finding out more about his power. To me the author doesn't necessarily go in depth enough in his fights.... more>> Granted maybe he has a plan and would rather focus on progressing the story to do higher level fights. The fact is at 40 chapters it's interesting. Not the next WMW, ISSTH, DE (didn't this start out slow as well), Everyone ER or Renegade Immortal (Well certain parts). Overall I have to be honest with you. It's moving along and that is true. However, with the world-building still going on at chapter 40 and it still feels a tad early before the end (yes this is typically a constant thing throughout the story, but it feels like in it's infancy still). As well as only being at 89 current chapters... I would suggest hold off if the premise isn't enough to draw your interest. Or a silly 5 chapters *cough*.

Overall it's different, read the premise understand he's going to get some "power" as they always do. Then at LEAST try until 20. The chapters are NOT long. Anyways I'll try and update this in the future when we catch up. Which we will because this translator is a machine! <<less
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Ignus
Ignus rated it
July 16, 2017
Status: c40
Not a bad story, no issues found.

But, it is lacking in character. The thing that separates it from another story. The author's creative touch.

It feels dry, with little excitement built with words as to what could be, danger, intrigue. Even the action doesn't stand out as that great. It feels like the story is following a script rehearsal without costumes and make-up.

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Spoiler

MC gets a grimoire named glutton. So much stuff could be done with this. Like MC freaking out having a parasite in his hand that could kill him. Asking it questions on its origins, or possible harmful/side effects to the owner.

Or a true trek through dangerous mountains, rather than clean sailing until, oh an ambush, fight the main boss and win, and everything returns to status quo. No angst at first kill, no spoils of war, no reflection on combat, or words spoken about it from his mentor... Nope, just arriving at the amazing city with vast walls...

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Sairony
Sairony rated it
July 12, 2017
Status: c51
I really like this one as far as op MC with cheat novels goes.

Pros:

    • The cheat is fairly interesting, absorbing stats / abilities / knowledge from items fed to it depending on the item. There's other features to it as well, some which needs to be unlocked through leveling.
    • Combat & spell system is a lot better than average. It revolves more around combination of effects rather than absurd 1 shot attacks.
    • Western names, it's so much easier to keep track of characters for me at least.
    • The characters actually have some sort of character. The potential love candidate isn't a kingdom toppling beauty with perfect 10 in all stats.
    • So far it progresses at a fairly nice pace with little filler & bullsh*t.
Cons:

    • Cheat item is sentient & contains incomparably vast amounts of knowledge. While it does give the author a lot of freedom to feed us with information to progress the story forward, you have to live with the fact that MC doesn't feel the need to abuse it more.
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Elyas
Elyas rated it
July 23, 2017
Status: c60
The female characters are written like japanese fetish characters with no personality other than having no experience with men for no reason and also being extremely "interested" in the main character for no reason and they're a major part of the story so this completely kills the novel for me.

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PajamaKiD
PajamaKiD rated it
August 24, 2017
Status: c64
The story is soo fast pace which gives no room for building foundation, personality and backstory. My initial response in the story is pretty good but eventually become bad. The beginning of the story seems to be pretty solid and unique in my opinion but the author made it soo fast that we get noting but random stuff with no meaning.

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Flores520
Flores520 rated it
August 17, 2017
Status: c100
It lacks substance. There really isnt a lot personality to go around here, the MC did in the beginning I guess, but even that is gradually disappearing. All other character feel rather flat and the world building is less than satisfactory. The Writing is not that bad I guess, but there really is no excitement. The battles are also very bland with almost nothing special to them.

Other Cons

*There is no plot, no purpose, no real motive to keep reading the story

* Way to much talking about his special power,... more>> and the MC doesn't really develop himself all that much outside that power.

The novel is not terrible is just not that good. Some people might like it and if you are not really looking for quality and instead searching for "something readable" then by all means read it.

Verdict 3. 2/5 <<less
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FaIleD8
FaIleD8 rated it
September 6, 2017
Status: c129
Book eating magician when I read the title I already got interested... and then when I read it I cant stop until im at this chapter... the story is refreshing well theres a common cliche but the setting and the writing is superbly good... theres a little minor mistakes in the translation but is not really that big that you will see it if you do not find it... I really like how the author use some of the biblical and mythological story he put in the novel... and also... more>> it might be slow pace for me or fast for others but I hope the plot will still thicken... this is more like a diary on how the MC is getting stronger but overall I enjoyed it... thank you for the translating this novel and thank you for bringing this to us author-san. <<less
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PoshMafia
PoshMafia rated it
September 5, 2017
Status: c80
Very much a young adult fiction. The author has a very strong sense of naivety and clearly has not watch enough period dramas.

And due to that sense of innocence I cannot really find myself enjoying this work.

Ignoring the ridiculous leveling speed of the main characters, weak side characters and a rather silly sense of what nobility was accustomed too. I am sorry but no prince knew how to dress himself for a formal engagement... :P

Not for me, someone who wants a happy go lucky story with an op... more>> MC that gets everything he wants, will enjoy this. <<less
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Decadere
Decadere rated it
August 8, 2017
Status: c98
Okay, overall I'd say this is worth reading, and my only two big issues are the female character's somewhat shallow backgrounds and equally shallow interest in the MC, and the story feels a bit rushed. To explain what I mean by "rushed", I'll use a little game analogy:

Its like playing a rpg like Fallout or Dragon Age while completely ignoring anything that isn't a story mission or direct prep for said story mission. He completes the main mission, gains some kind of power, then its off to the next main... more>> mission and repeat.

Spoiler

pupil tournament: The moment he showed his combat power at school, his Professor suggests that he enters it, then he meets the strongest pupil there, realizes he can't win, gets stronger, then wins.


The only notable thing that happens between that and the next "main mission" is him becoming friends with the pupil he won against. Besides that kind of pattern, you can just randomly toss in some "MC gets stronger"s and thats it.

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Despite all of that, It still manages to be written in a way to (partially) offset these issues. Even though he keeps getting sent to one disaster to another without a break, (unless you count the month-half year time jumps) but at least the events themselves stay interesting. And the currently shallow potential harem members don't subtract much because the MC isn't always thinking of them so it gets pushed into the background.

I suppose that in the end, I just want more character interactions that aren't hinting to some threat to the kingdom or world apocalypse. I'll call this a 3. 5 for the time being.

-edit-

Okay now I'm starting to think that the romance tag isn't at all needed for this novel.

Spoiler

A high elf is gender neutral until they decide on who they want to be with. Ellenoa chooses Theodore after he saved the day (well, he saved the continent I guess). The tension died down then she asked him if he'd go on a walk with her. The chapter ends after he accepts, so you'd expect the next chapter to capitalize on this romantic situation right? Well, nope. To top things off, he goes home and is already walking into the next disaster.


~back to being rushed~ At the moment, said disaster is either a king/sultan ordering his soldiers to rob and kidnap people (Theodore was attacked already) OR a million year old dragon that could probably kill Veronica with a sigh.

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novelbrah
novelbrah rated it
August 13, 2017
Status: c113
I will leave the rating at 5 for now, but it feels like the protagonist has lost his personality. He had more when he was weak and working hard. Now the story is just him traveling places and eating stuff. Shame because this story had potential but it's been wasted. We also see a small harem growing which isn't my thing either.

However, I see this a lot in Korean novels anyway, where the characters have sort of lifeless personalities. They're robots that DO and ACT not showing much emotion.... more>> As of me writing this, the MC is 20 and still feels like a 13 year old kid without much confidence or sense of self. He's still very immature, especially with girls.

EDIT:

Finally with the change of venue and disappearance of annoying harem members to annoy the protagonist, there's a breath of fresh air. Story would be so much better if it was MC traveling everywhere and dealing with monsters and helping people. Still decided to change it to 4 stars.

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