The Great Thief

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He had never invested in shares or bought a lottery ticket, and neither did he have any experience in the general business industry. Lu Li found that the only thing he could do was play games.

Luckily he had experienced rebirth, and was one step ahead of everyone else. Luckily, games had been developing extremely quickly, and there were many people who had become rich through playing games.

In his ‘past life’, he had spent countless nights awake, in grief and anguish. However, although all of this had been washed away, so what…? This life, he was determined to make a fierce counterattack against fate and stand at the very top!

The Great Thief average rating 3.5/5 - 169 user ratings
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大盗贼
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bludvein
New bludvein rated it
July 13, 2017
Status: c1440
This is a decent story unfortunately crippled by the fact it's a complete ripoff of WoW. Like, it's not even a tiny bit subtle about it and just copies everything from classic and turns it into VR. The whole thing screams lack of effort and they could probably get a cease and desist from Blizzard.

So why did I give it 3 stars? Mostly because it's nostalgic and also because it doesn't turn into a wankfest. The MC's back to the past does not offer him a significant advantage in the... more>> long run, and he's aware that he's really not as good as many of the top players at the start. It's basically his climb from average joe to owner of an e-sports team rather than a constant cheating using his memories, which automatically makes it better than many of the VR novels out there.

Not really something I would recommend to others, but not bad if your bored. <<less
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Zeikfried
New Zeikfried rated it
July 5, 2017
Status: c135
After more than a hundred chapters, I kept hoping that some semblance of a plot would form soon, but you are better off watching a lore let's play of WoW.  I have completely forgotten the protagonist's situation at home (reincarnation doesn't even matter - you might as well have had this guy sneak into the beta or something and the story would be the same), I have forgotten what is important about his equipment because they are sold off as quickly as actual loot, I have forgotten any detail about... more>> the peripheral characters except their most surface personalities; by the time you reach chapter 130 you'll find yourself skimming through the meat of this story, the fights and loot, to look for anything that looks important to the narrative. <<less
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marredme
marredme rated it
March 13, 2017
Status: c23
It's your typical vrmmorpg novel so far:

1. MC is poor
2. has a family member who's sick
3. rebirth advantages
4. Was able to get some sort of upgradeable artifact early in the game (because of no.3) which will probably be overpowered in the future.
5. Entitled rich kids who's out to get him.

With regards to the story of the game, it borrows heavily on the lore of the World of Warcraft franchise. I'm not sure about everything mentioned so far, but the artifact I mentioned on no.4 was made... more>> by Cenarius. Malfurion, Illidan, Ysera, and some other stuff were mentioned as well. I'm not really an expert on warcraft lore, so I'm not so sure if some other things he mentioned were from warcraft as well, some other game, or his original concept. Some people may not be bothered by this but I prefer things that are original.

With regards to the the game mechanics, it's like a modified version of WOW.

That's pretty much it I guess. It's an ok vrmmorpg novel. Nothing really new so far that breaks the typical vrmmorpg trend but it's an ok read. <<less
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jlkc
jlkc rated it
April 18, 2017
Status: c127
This review is coming from someone who is heavily biased towards anything LitRPG. Anything Litrpg automatically gets +1 star from me.

This novel is pretty damn terrible. Copying WoW's system and changing a few things here and there is a pretty good idea. However, this author decides to copy way more than that. Every single dungeon is copied from WoW, all the bosses have the same mechanics and skills. The story ends up becoming more like someone's edited WoW diary. This author is one of the most uninspired writers I've... more>> ever seen. You'd have more fun playing WoW instead of reading this.

The characters are one dimensional and get almost no development. This usually isn't too much of a problem in LitRPG's where the focus is on the game elements. However, the game elements are complete shit and the characters are completely boring.

The story is basically a XianXia with twists you see coming from a mile away, arrogant young masters who pick fights for the most retarded reasons, never-ending revenge chains, countless beauties who serve no purpose in the story and a main character who is nothing more than a plot puppet.

As crappy as Rebirth of the Thief and Zhan Long are, at least their game mechanics were more interesting.

TLDR: Even if you have time to waste, go waste it elsewhere. <<less
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Alexander Valdimir
Alexander Valdimir rated it
March 9, 2017
Status: c18
So currently there's 18 chapters that's been release and i can say that it isn't bad. The story is another Rebirth VRMMORPG type of novel however it's definitely more polish compare to others in this category. The story is simple as it gets, Someone who started the game after a year of its release however due to misfortune and betrayal, he lost his stable life and it got progressively worst when his younger sister was ill. So he travel back into time so that he can saved his sister, and... more>> also he hates union cause their assholes that's all you need to know.

So first i will definitely have to say something about the translation, Felt smooth and it felt like there wasn't any real inconsistency, only rare minor typos if you were really trying to search for them.

Second, the main character even when he got the knowledge of his past life, it doesn't feel like his overpower at all even though his called an expert, although that's only being said since it's was like two days since release. He switched into another class, his skills aren't overpowering, and when he actually started to play the game before the rebirth, there has been a lot of updates to the game so that means that even though he know the method of something, the results are different so it doesn't give as much benefits as when he does it. Overall, it gives you the impression that what he does can be consider impressive however isn't overbearing powerful to the point where he can solo a boss, fight a group of people by himself or go beating experts left and right. (At least not yet)

Third, the overall Virtual reality MMORPG isn't bad although i don't play much MMORPG so i can't really comment about this but it seems simple and straightforward.

Can't really say much about the novel just yet since there's barely any release as only when around fifty chapters could you truly see if you wanna continue reading it or not and it's potential. Although i have to say that the main character isn't cruel however also isn't idiotically kind, simply level headed. He needs money for his younger sister future, so he won't get involved in things that aren't unnecessary. To maintain that quo, although his giving some good equipment to the other Union so, he could have a better relationship and have a stronger team for future raids as the Union his in right now is only necessary to play the game. Yeah so it's a pretty good casual read if anyone is interested. <<less
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OmegaDion
OmegaDion rated it
March 9, 2017
Status: c18
As of now, it has a Taming Master vibes of it or somewhere between Ark and Shura's Wrath and Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed the World.

Story focuses mainly on the MC for now. There too few chapters to tell whether this shines or goes deeper into the rabbit hole.

Will change the review until Chapters reached 100.
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Sashimi14142
Sashimi14142 rated it
March 26, 2017
Status: --
A Classic VRMMORPG novel. There's a rush in introducing some of the characters in the first few chapters but I think this is better than Rebirth of the Thief who roamed the world.

The levelup of the character makes sense. Equipments are upgradeable. There are no special classes. Records in dungeons.

This is a Slice of Life genre then the progress of the character is just right for every chapter.
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Alquimista
Alquimista rated it
May 6, 2017
Status: c104
The Great Thief is lazy, uninspired writing at its finest. It is as though the author had the idea to sit down and write a fanfic after binging Sword Art Online while concurrently going on a World of Warcraft bender and reading atrocious chuuni reincarnation/cheat-skill manga.

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That being said, The Great Thief is not entirely without merit or potential. It just needs to be rewritten. In its entirety. Remove the obvious WOW rip-offs. Focus on the development of the MC's primary motivations and over-arcing plot instead of getting caught up in the repetitive minutiae of an MMO. Dial back on the high levels of MC-infallibility. Et Cetera, ad nauseam.

The general scope of the future setting and social stratification seem a good backdrop, but feel supremely underwhelming due to their rather under-developed nature, making the setting feel incredibly generic.

Still, for what it's worth, I've enjoyed reading The Great Thief to some extent, thus far. It sets my imagination ablaze; primarily with images of what this story might read like if it were well-written. Also, the blatant rip-off's and cringe-inducing trope-y bullshit make me LMAO on a regular basis. <<less
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UnknownSaint171
UnknownSaint171 rated it
May 22, 2017
Status: c91
Sigh... The writing isn't very good. The Characters really feel one dimensional. The ideas are good but it feels very plain and not properly organize. You'll lose interest quickly. I'm just completely in a daze, trying to figure out what's going on.
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acoleman2
acoleman2 rated it
March 12, 2017
Status: c22
Entertaining. About what you expect from a VRMMORPG novel. Not unique in the genre, but a good, classic example of this type of story.

EDIT 3/23/17: no change in stars, still 4 stars. I am starting to get annoyed though. It feels like tons of characters are being introduced, but among each group of say 10 or 20 characters, only 1 matters. Same with unions. Also, the whole idea of unions annoys me, it should be guilds. A lot of the terminology doesn't make... more>> sense. I think that this is probably a good novel to binge, but reading it day to day is killing me. <<less
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pjrc8899
pjrc8899 rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: c121
Could be better and it has some good qualities. I would have rated it higher in the beginning.

Two of the main problems are characters and plot.

The characters never develop and stay one dimensional (MC included) and i have lost the direction of story.

Meaning: it is simply getting boring :(
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AeonicI
AeonicI rated it
June 5, 2017
Status: c102
An MMORPG novel influenced by World of Warcraft. It is a decent novel but a bit disappointing with little to no originality in what he has copied.
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HaxersDoom
HaxersDoom rated it
March 16, 2017
Status: c90
i am getting the feeling that this is just the combination of World of Warcraft and Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World, seems ok so far but if having obvious references to other things like that bothers you then you should just give it a go till chapter 5'ish btw the references are done in a far less endearing way than absolute choice.

Edit: Going further into the novel i feel like the protagonists priorities are completely backwards.

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here he is, with a little sister who will die if he does not raise enough money, but instead he puts his priorities on giving what he feels is a fair distribution of funds to team mates, and even his team mates feel he goes overboard, since he earns a bunch of gold which is purely thanks to himself, and then hes just goes "ok guys buy what you need with this, it's fine you guys let me get a bunch of rare materials before so i owe you this" He does not owe them that, they benefited just as much as he did according to their contribution. he does the most and is the most essential person in all theirs dealings, so what is wrong if he gets the materials they don't need? they got a bunch out of it. fuck it just annoys me that he tries to act like that when his sister is dying, it would even annoy me if his sister wasn't dying and he didn't need the money, that is just how too far he goes.

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