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Pivot of the Sky
January 30, 2017
Status: c20
Honestly, this right here is the quality we expect to see as being listed at the top of the most popular novels list. This is surprisingly a very well put together story, that really gives off that coiling dragon vibe based on what we know of the cultivation system of the world so far. But just the awesome world building the author does in this novel is more than enough to give it a chance and read it. Like you rarely find Chinese novels that are this well fleshed out,... more>> the last I read was Legend of the Cultivation God, Star Rank Hunter and Tales of the reincarnated Lord.

Seriously, you are missing out on a lot if you don't even give this story a try, it has the fan favourite cultivation pathway that everyone loves from Chinese novels, and the feel and mind of a Jap/Korean author behind it instead of Chinese. When in fact, everything is pure 100% chinese, but its like the author up and decided to pick up the good parts he can see from different cultures and writing styles and implement it in his own work to better himself.

Also, if you are a well read person, and have an idea of exactly who the Egyptian gods were, you would enjoy it even more, as the current backbone of the whole story is based on Egyptian gods and its lore.

My personal favourite is in the naming of the characters that the author does. On its own, without knowing the names from history, you would be prone to read them as just names for the characters, but if you think on it for a moment to catch that ticklish memory at the back of your mind, you will be hit with recollection of who the person was in real life or history. And no its not Captain Jack Sparrow like Law of the devil lol. An apt Example would be Schrodinger (a cat in the novel, but the pun is heavily intended as the cat is named Schrodinger (Google Schrodinger's cat if you don't know, highly doubtful that you don't though.))

Another example would be CrazyOle's name, or one particular name that is quite popular in certain academic circles for his philosophical (ramblings) rhetoric. Friedrich Nietzsche, that is CrazyOle's name. The characters' individual traits and how they are portrayed show that in some manner of speaking they are like a distorted image of the characters we know from history, or at least I felt as such. But distorted would be an incorrect word to describe it, perhaps an echo would be more apt.

It just shows that the author is not only a well educated person who knows a bit about the characters, but regardless of what we see in the future, the fact that he author has put in such a good effort so far has won me over. I do not know if this will turn into a cultivation trope in the end with too many young masters trying to do the MC in or not, but from what I have seen so far, the author seems too responsible to wreck his work in that particular manner.

Last I would like to thank the Translator for picking this phenomenal novel up. We need more brave translators such as this person to pick up projects such as this one that are so different and out of the norm (norm of chinese novels we have seen on NUF at least.) If the translator is reading this, you sir have done an excellent job, with not only picking the right novel but translating it in such a beautiful manner. Your work is highly appreciated sir, I thank you very much for it.

All in all, a must read and should not miss it at any rate. Need to read at least 10 chapters to be able to judge this novel though, as there are a lot of details initially, any review written here where they indicate that they have read below 10 chapters, they can more or less be ignored as you cannot gnaw on the bone while ignoring the meat and then curse it for lack of meat.

Thank you once again, and keep up the great work.

Cheers! <<less
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God and Devil World
October 2, 2016
Status: c404
It's a f**king trap!

You know, the community on NU here is sometimes really harsh. Before picking up a particular novel, I actually look at the diaspora of reviews listed by some of the people here, and when I began this novel, I read really rave reviews about it. So I thought to myself, "huh, gotta give this one a shot, it looks pretty awesome."

It took me only a few chapters of struggle to really get into it, and a 100 chapters or so I was already asking myself, "why... more>> the f**k am I reading this?"

But I still had faith in the readers here and sloughed on as a the 4 star rating shows that it probably gets better down the line as previously had a difficulty in getting into ISSTH, and that one turned out to be a gem in the end.

And slowly we hit chapter 300. And at this point the only thing resonating in my head was "NU reviewers are too vicious!" Like seriously, this is a novel that really f**ks with your head, and not in a good way. It has you questioning the IQ of the author, then the readers, then the masses who catered to this particular novel, and then finally yourself.

400 chapters, and we have finally found how deep the well goes. NO MORE. Like I gave it a try, I honestly did, no one can blame me for being prejudiced for making up my mind prior to ending this particular novel. So I stopped, and went onto the forums and discussions to see what everyone else is saying about this.

And slowly it started to become clear. When people asked for recommendations as to what their next reading novel should be, this was the one I saw recommended by a lot of people. And slowly it struck me.

The f**king ratings on this novel is a freaking trap. So all I can say at the end after falling for it head over heels is, "well played sir, well played indeed." <<less
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Commanding Wind and Cloud
March 15, 2017
Status: c16
Highly recommend this novel as it is a very fun read. Plus so far it has elements of gaming (without the level system so its not annoying) and focused on warriors, mages, and blacksmithing. And the best part is, apart form the slight choppiness in the first chapter, the rest of the chapter flow smoothly, and the world building is done slowly but at a good pace too so it reads like a western novel at times. Also helps that the editing and translating is spot on, making for a... more>> very enjoyable read. Good release frequency feels good too lol :). Thanks for the great work translator, keep it up as it is a very fun story to read! <<less
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Plundering the Dao of the Immortal Journey
September 13, 2017
Status: c151
This is honestly a great novel. It gives off Legend of the Cultivation god vibes to be honest. Only in this one we have a system that is not as overpowered as the other novels, and yet it helps by providing something amazing on its own. I always wondered why some novels never extol the virtues of "status" properly. Yet this one does it magnificently. The fact that power of knowing if you are heading in the right direction or if you are progressing in your skill paths is powerful... more>> enough. It incites motivation, and a viable proof in front of a user's eyes that they are indeed progressing on their path. I love how the secular world is not so separated in this novel and the fact that different vocations have their own importance and are not to be neglected. Furthermore the underworld, and imperial Qi concepts are pretty amazing as well. It portrays a fantastic world while keeping proper checks and balances in place that are missing in most of the other novels.

But the best thing of all would be the fact that getting access to Qi is not easy. They are cultivating, an act that is so against the laws, that it should not be as easy as breathing in Qi and shitting out impurities. I have to say, this story is a revelation in this genre.

Yes it is slow and at times kind of boring but there is a deeper meaning available here that is hard to find in other novels in which the MC's are too busy trumping the "Young Masters" cliques. It's like reading Legendary Moonlight Sculptor's moments where Weed somehow ends up portraying that really touching moment (like the time he makes those sculptures for the parents who lost their daughter when she was young.) Or while reading Er Gen's works where he goes all philosophical on you, especially when he talks about how a father is like being a mountain.

Moments that truly touch you and make you understand that there is more to humanity than simply adhering to their base natures.

I for one am loving the fact that the MC is not a stupid guillotine swinging dumbass that's killing everyone and their wives and kids and pets and chickens then using their eggs to make fried eggs, eating it and then shitting it on their graves before burning it down and taking a leak to put out the fire.

Great job on story writing and an even greater job in translating. Keep up the great work! <<less
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Demon’s Diary
July 1, 2016
Status: c141
I have to say this is perhaps one of the better works available when it comes to this particular category of light novels. There is a mysterious shroud around certain parts of cultivation, which serves to increase the reader's curiosity without making him/her a complete stranger as pieces of information surface as the story goes on. But the gem of the novel lies not in its cultivation system (even though it is pretty good.) It lies rather in the characters in the story.

While many might complain that it is a... more>> slow moving story as there is focus on side characters, but this particular focus helps this story grow into something more than a 3rd rate power trip novel that we see elsewhere. The MC is in a class of his own, he is not overpowered but rather slowly accumulating his power by using his talents in the best manner possible. They do not show the MC being amazing at everything, no he is as human as they come and is slowly working on improving his skills just as everyone else. But in his pursuit of immortality, we can see him creasing over the creases in his skills and improving step by step.

Also the power scale of the different characters is established early on in the novel so we don't see that "mountain beyond mountain" saying being used in a cheap manner. Random overpowered characters don't pop up in this story much, in fact so far in the story barely any have, while they are powerful they are not suddenly thrust on the reader.

All in all, it is a different novel than what you are used to, as things do not happen at the snap of a finger nonsensically, rather they have a reason for happening and the author fully explores that with the reader. I would highly recommend everyone to give this novel a try and read at least 10 chapters and you will be more than hooked to go through the rest. I personally spent a whole day binge reading till I was caught up due to how addictive and fun this novel was.

Cheers! <<less
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