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The Great Storyteller
January 2, 2019
Status: c174
This novel reminds me of Top Management, another favorite Korean novel, in its narrative style, even though the theme and focus of the story are completely different.

This is the first novel that manages to bring strong sense of satisfaction to readers despite not utilizing the "face slapping" device found in almost every other webnovels out there. No bad people need to be brought down for the story to stay entertaining and impactful.

As for the story, imagine a talented teenage Hollywood star who got famous too early, became arrogant, and spiraled... more>> down to their demise. Here we have a talented teenage writer who came to fame during high school, lost his head to praises and public pressure, then ended up a homeless man at 40s and falling to his death in the river, only to wake up again before his mistakes happened.

There were no bad people who pulled him into this pitfalls. So far, the greatest antagonist to the MC was himself. In this new life, he strived to correct his own shortcomings while learning how to become a great storyteller along the way.

P.S. I didn't expect to enjoy his school life/slice of life interaction with his classmates so much!

Totally recommend to anyone who wants a calmer but still entertaining novel to read. <<less
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Investment Life
June 13, 2019
Status: Completed
Wow, what an unconventional BL novel! (What's up with all the 1 stars?!)

I came here after reading Epiphanies of Rebirth. It's a similar setting, set in the 1990s. Both novels have their charms. Epiphanies of Rebirth focused more on family relationship and friendship while Investment Life narrated the economic events of the 1990s.

I recommend reading Epiphanies of Rebirth first to get a rough idea of the 1990s. Investment Life will go more into depth about the major events during that time period.

To be honest, I went in expecting something... more>> light like Epiphanies of Rebirth. But what I got was the entire history of the US and Chinese financial and technological market of the 1990s. It kicked start with the Shanghai stock exchange, to the development of VCD, CD, DVD, Sony, Times Warner and mobile communication. Readers also got to read about Wall Street, Goldman Sacs, Silicone Valley, Sand Hill Road, Netscape and even Blizzard's World of Warcraft, lol. There's even mention of Gay Pride Parade!

Yes, this novel isn't limited to just China. The MC practically flew to the US every month for investment discussion. If you're into stocks and speculation, then this novel is definitely the one to check out. Hedge Funds, tiger funds, venture capitalism, etc. Most of the details went over my head. (Some got lost in the MTL)

The author handled the MC's interactions with foreigners fairly well, no overtone of racism. The only people who got dished were the Japanese (but that was mainly because the MC was fighting with Sony over the Hong Kong and Southeast Asian market, I think MC gave it up at the end?).

This novel is very slow paced. If you want the romance... hehe, wait like 100 chapters. I was super interested in reading about the market and MC's strategy initially, but the interest waned after like 80 chapters. I started skimming through his business talk and R&D with his partners. But then the romance kicked in and it was totally worth the wait.

Expect an unconventional ML and unconventional MC. Even their position is unconventional.

Spoiler

They switched position, there's no designated gong or shou here.

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What stood out to me besides the in-depth market discussion is the ML.

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The guy came from the a powerful family but he's not OP. When he first shows up, most people wouldn't even expect the pairing just cause he's a second generation master type who only likes to hang out with his friends and drinks. To be fair though, he's still in college. But after meeting MC, who's younger than him and more talented than him, his competitive spirit got sparked. He started becoming more responsible and made his own company. He didn't really manage to win against the MC, financially. But he's the type who would give his all even defeated.

His personality is the loyal dog type. If a person gets his trust, he's willing to risk all for that person. He was a straight guy before he met the MC. Poor guy, he had to learn how to be bent and do all the chasing cuase MC was never going to take initiative after getting burned by his old flame.

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And seriously, this novel has the best ending on market. If you can hold on till the end, it's a sweet reward of their family life!

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They managed to get two kids (twins) via IVF and surrogacy. They DNA test the kids lol to find out which one belonged to MC or ML. They got one each. If you want more details, read the book, haha.

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The MC in this novel really started from rock-bottom, not like the MC from Epiphanies of Rebirth.

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His parents were low-income factory workers. Because of money problem, he dropped out of school at 15. To get his starting fund, he drove long-distant truck for like months and moved goods on the side. What turned his fortune was the 1990 Shanghai Stock Market.

By 2000s, he became one of the most famous investors. His company, Lapis Lazuli (at least that's what MTL call it) was famous in both China and the US.

The ML developed in real estate. He never managed to beat the MC, lol. But by then, he didn't really care. He just wanted to spend the rest of his life with the MC.

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Superstar and Ordinary People
April 11, 2019
Status: c12
This novel is seriously underrated. The comedy is hilarious! I haven't laugh so much in a long while!

Just from reading the synopsis, I thought the MC is a white lotus type. But he's totally not. He's just VERY dense. Haha. He's not re****ed. Someone who's re****ed wouldn't have been able to respond back so cuttingly. He's just so pure and simple that he misunderstands everyone's double meanings. I have seen so many cases where this type of misunderstanding plot device fail but I'm so glad that it's not the case... more>> with this novel.

As for the ML. There are several potential candidates. Let's light a candle for him, whoever he is. Having to deal with MC's denseness for a lifetime. LOL. So far, MC has unwittingly (innocently) raised the blood pressure of a potential ML candidate every time they met. Haha.

Can't wait for more! <<less
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Reborn as My Love Rival’s Wife
March 22, 2019
Status: ss 11
The best gender bender out there even for someone like me who's not into the genre. The MC's experience is depicted very realistically. Even till the end, his hilarious personality stays the same. I like that the pronounce "he" was kept when referring to the MC, even though he's now a female. It reminds readers that he used to be a guy. Slow burn romance that is among the best of its kind. Cute family interactions.
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Strong Offense and Defense
August 24, 2019
Status: Completed
MTL this one years back. It was already good that way. But the translation really brings out the comedy!!! Totally recommended, even for non-basketball fan! Most of the lingo went over my head but I still enjoy the book very much!
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The Rebirth of Han Yuxi
August 20, 2019
Status: Completed
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This novel is long! But it was a worthwhile read. I personally think the alternative title "The Record of the Di Daughter's Rebirth" describes the plot better. The story isn't just about a woman's personal rebirth story but it also details the historical record of the rise of a dynasty. The background depiction is very realistic.

The narration starts when the MC was three or four, showing her childhood struggle and education as an unflavored official's daughter, to assassination, to imperial decreed marriage and exiled to the boarder, her and her husband's rebellion against the corrupted government, challenging society rules by taking care of governmental affairs despite being a female, being labeled as a shrew by refusing to accept concubines for her husband, raising and educating children, becoming empress and establishing a new dynasty, raising status of women (unfortunately not by much), watching the younger generations raise their own children then finally her death at the age of ~80.

There are a lot of major side characters. The MC and ML together have six kids, two girls and four boys (three of them are triplets!), each with distinct personality. These kids later got married then have their own kids and grand kids. I lost track of their population by the third generation. Adding in all the major families in the capital and Yu City, there are more than a hundred side characters by the end of the novel!

But that doesn't prevent me from getting attached to the major ones like the MC's immediate family after almost 2000 chapters together. I should have stopped before the long extras, which was at least 500 chapters. Extras are meant to be fulfilling! But here, it's so sad! MC and ML just grows older and older, eventually passing away one by one. What was even sadder was that there were foreshadowing that their dynasty wasn't going to last. When they died, all their kids and their families aren't picture perfect either. They each have problems.

One of the major points being hammered out throughout is the changing world and human personality. &Gt;80% of the characters being introduced in details started out as fairly good but as you keep reading, they ended up doing something unacceptable. Everyone, including the MC, has flaws, especially the children. The MC had to clean up after them a lot of them even after they grow up, especially Yun QiXuan, their third son. That guy has fish eyes and falls for all kind of beauty traps. Many of their daughter-in-laws and granddaughter-in-laws start out as kind but turned to villains! Putting personal interests before family, forcing concubines on their sons, adding pressure on their own daughter-in-laws to have kids! One of the most regrettable things is that despite the MC and ML being monogamous, two of their sons have concubines. One of them was the succeeding emperor with 18 concubines, which as expected led to siblings of different mothers killing each other. Anyway, asides from some parts in the extras, the overall novel was very satisfying overall. Definitely recommended.

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The Rebirth Waste Strikes Back
January 29, 2019
Status: Completed
Not a bad read. Fairly readable via MTL. A solid 4.5 star. The ending was a bit rush and should have focused on their kids as children instead of using a few chapters to build a completely new ship for them.
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