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Death Progress Bar
January 5, 2019
Status: Completed
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So you read the description and thought, "another typical novel about transmigration and system blah blah blah", yeah? You couldn't be more wrong. I would describe it as a cross between "One Useless Rebirth" (by the same author) for the overall tone and "The Scum Shou's Survival Guide" for the emotional rollercoaster.

Our MC, a former policeman, transmigrated into a world inside a book he read, getting bound to a system and gaining something called "death progress bars" - one belonging to him, another to an unknown person, both almost... more>> filled up. He has to empty them in order to survive. How? By somehow eliminating all things that endanger him. After some twists and turns, he ends up as a member of a "legal" criminal organization. Its boss wants it to wash clean of all dirty business and the MC decides to help him. However, none of those things will be quite as easy as other transmigration novels accustomed us to.

Good points? First of all, both the protagonist and the ML are believable, there's no insta-love, and after they finally got together I could actually see their relationship working out in real life. Secondly, MC's system, aka 'the golden finger', isn't all-knowing and overpowered, but also isn't useless. Thirdly, the secondary characters - they actually exist, are clearly distinguishable, and are quite an important part of the story.

Lastly, the story: it's neither too fast nor too slow and balances between drama, a slice of life, romance, and action. And it does this wonderfully - I finished the novel in two days and was never bored. Even when I thought I knew the way the plot will go, I was often surprised (have I mentioned there are no easy solutions here?)

All in all, give it a try, it's definitely worth it. <<less
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Epiphanies of Rebirth
April 19, 2019
Status: Completed
Translator here~

This isn't really a review because I suck at reviews, I simply want to tell you why I chose to translate this novel. There are three reasons:

  1. The MC. Ludagad pretty much described him in their review - he's calm, smart, and cares about people close to him. He's not some naive little bunny taken care of by the overbearing president, like in many Chinese danmei.
  2. The romance. Now, I'm not going to disclose too much, just let me repeat myself: not bunny x overbearing president.
  3. The setting. Apparently, this is off-putting to some people, yet the atmosphere of dynamic changes that happened in China in the early nineties is not only fascinating (to me at least) but it fits this rags-to-riches story to a T. And this is the rags-to-riches story.
As for the economic aspect and talking business... This more or less depends on my translating abilities - and you can always skip those parts.

Epiphanies of Rebirth is an enjoyable if slow-moving novel. If you like these, do give it a try.
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