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The story scores 1/5, if not below. This is an NTR, which most hate of all R-18 themes. This theme isn't entirely that degenerative/absurdly pathetic; if a story and a moral are present, it's a good NTR novel. However, this story is just written to make you suffer along the way. Purely aiming for endorphin rush, which is preposterous.

I'll just give this novel 2 stars, out of respect for the translator's full-scale masochism.
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Slime Tensei Monogatari
May 17, 2016
Status: c20
First of all, please don't be discouraged to read this novel just by its low rating. This novel is very underrated. Perhaps some might be dissatisfied of the translation speed, but most haven't seen yet the true art of this literary piece. What do most of us want from mainstream novels? Of course, it's something like an emotional support for our feeling of inferiority and the frustration we have as inept members of the society, or just simply the pursuit/want to have a glimpse of being the absolute. However,... more>> the wherefore of the novel's rock bottom evaluation being that it doesn't have the clichéd OP archetype is totally absurd; our inability to capture its beauty is too distressing. The author's style to depict the protag's struggles is way superb, yet the majority only criticizes it as below Against the Gods, Close Combat Mage, Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, Shura's Wrath, or Ark simply because, "It's a Japanese novel, so don't expect for this to be good, " "MC is so pathetic, " and "Blah blah blah;" how truly mundane we humans are. Well, enough with minding them. The story, as aforementioned in my long rant, is vividly written by the author to convey an oppressed milieu and circumstance to us, thus allowing us to sympathize with the weak MC. Judging by the gradual development of this story, we're actually delving towards the minds of not just humans, but also of monsters and other races/species. Here, we're not just going to indulge ourselves with the excitement of protag's growth, but also the unraveling of the truths and the intertwining of lies to project the travesty of "fantasies" and "faith." <<less
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Seemingly a clichéd story with a typical fantasy setting, yet gives a unique concept. Japanese fantasies regarding the Middle Age and western folklores like fairies are often the mainstream, altogether giving the audience a soothing and exhilarating ambiance, but what would we feel after everything suddenly gets swatted? That’s how the author often builds the story up. Being the siren of the fantasy gen it first lulls the readers and then suddenly tears your ephemeral paradise down. The ending, which vividly describes the gore of the MC’s misery, births another... more>> episode of a new dark fantasy. It always buds a new day, after a horrifying nightmare of your sleep.

Would've rated it a perfect score if the author were actually making this story to develop the MC through twisted diligence and tragic cataclysms, instead of torturing him down to his bones. (That's as of the latest volume. Would like to revise if changes would appear.) <<less
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The Death Mage Who Doesn’t Want a Fourth Time
December 28, 2017
Status: --

The premise the story revolves around is well-built, with a typical struggle of vengeance against a supreme being taking place throughout the plot. MC is subjected to misery and misfortune as dictated by the ultimate antagonist of the story. Such should have born fruit a thrilling tale of a bloodseeking murderer who would do any means to take revenge against the one who made him fall to the deepest pits.

However, the story was failed in so many ways. The MC became a stereotype Japanese protagonist loved by the crowds. The... more>> sudden change in the mood would surely make anyone feel off, but no, no one does and everyone keeps praising it highly. Instead of going about his worldly struggle against a heavenly agitator, he indulged in meaningless talks with his lackeys (what else, but ghouls with a mismatched character portrayal). The story suddenly shifted from dark to light, erasing all possible hopes of action and replacing it with fluffy engagements and discussions about magical anti-pregnancy devices and fealty stuff by an outrageously loyal peanut gallery.

I don't know how this novel should be considered a masterpiece, but I rate this 2/5.

World - 3/5
Character - 1/5
Plot - 2/5
Theme - 1/5
Grammar - 4/5
Writing - 3/5 <<less
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Goblin Kingdom
February 15, 2017
Status: c73
Definitely an excellent piece of fantasy and medieval romance. It revolves around an ambitious person reincarnated into the weak body of a goblin, whose race is shunned among the powerful therianthropes and cunning humanoids. In the world that offers them nothing but misery and internal strife, he rises up to become a figure akin to a monarch. In his journey of building a kingdom, he wins over loyal subordinates who devote their professions and aspirations to his nominal crown. Truly an exhilarating novel of the prodigal struggle of an upstart... more>> king who wishes to lead his kin to the paramount.

Along with interesting background and plot elements, this story will immerse you to a world of burning desires and seething passion, of rebelling against authorities like gods, and of fate running amok by his unprecedented existence in the chessboard of "kings." <<less
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The Dark King
January 7, 2017
Status: c40
A promising Chinese novel with an interesting premise. The plot is quite unique compared to its contemporaries. However, the way it is written, such that dialogues and the flow of the story tend to sound awkward, makes it quite hard to smoothly follow the progression of events.
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God of Crime
March 20, 2017
Status: c14
Story: 4.5/5
Grammar: 5/5
Pacing/Wordplay: 4/5

Definitely a must-read thrilling piece of writing. The overall theme of the novel suitably befits the title 'God of Crime.'

The story revolves around a miserable juvenile delinquent Seo Tae-hyuk who, after returning from his pitiable future, decided to alter the course of fate. He found this determination when twists in his commonplace life led to the discovery of an enigmatic treasure which holds a mysterious power only found in the realm of modern fantasy. With this newfound device in his hands, he struggles to protect... more>> his family and the people dear to him in the long run who would be engulfed tainted by the deeds he governs over: crime. To turn the flow of time against its natural course, in order to redeem his sinful 'future' and save himself from the hands of the wicked world, Seo Tae-hyuk will have to realize and embrace the path the 'God of Crime' must tread on. <<less
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I am the Monarch
November 6, 2017
Status: c186
No avid reader of military and kingdom-building stories can deny that I am the Monarch is a pretty good read to enjoy.

Set in a world of fantasy, where magic exists and monsters from fairy tales such as orcs and fairies are common sense, I am the Monarch centers around a young man named Roan who had been killed in his past life as a spearman in an elite troop, having only dreamt then to become a general of an army. Earning the opportunity to renew his ambitions, he embarks in... more>> his new life to become a ruler of a kingdom, so that he may at least die as a general.

The story may be simplistic in a sense, employing grimacing onomatopoeia in imagery and rehashing lines that make the personalities of the characters, including the protagonist, similar and hollow. However, it delivers the prodigious struggle of a young man who aspire to be an ultimate figure in history as he climbs up the social hierarchy, enlisting in his ranks talented men from his past life and even new ones who've been kept in the shadow by fate. Indeed the storyline itself is generic among reincarnation fantasy stories, its uniqueness comes from the perseverance of the author to push the story to work on its plot, making the tale as if it were alive.

Overall, it rates 4 stars. I'm quite thrifty in my evaluation, especially to novels that deserve keen insights and criticism. If it only had diverse characteristics for the characters, with their unique speech and just a decent introduction to their background, no doubt this novel could've easily placed itself among the Top 10 in Novel Updates. <<less
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Dungeon Defense
January 8, 2017
Status: v3
How did the theologians and clerics of the past feel when they were struck with the epiphany of a divine intervention at work in the mortal work? Like reading this novel, yet around a diabolic philosphy in this case.

The main character has a very twistedly villainous personality who revels in the despair and anger of people after delighting them with their happiness. Indeed. Entertaining the other party with their sadism or simple joviality, and thereafter skinning that happiness from the victim slowly and painfully, is the talent of our beloved... more>> protagonist. He is the incarnation of evil, truly befitting of the title Demon Lord; though 71 others share the same rank, he's a cut above the rest for his immaculate wickedness.

The premise of the story is interesting. A NEET with a dark past who wanted to take a break from the burdens he had always carried in the world was suddenly pulled to the world of a game he once played. Reincarnated as the Demon Lord Dantalian of the Ars Goetia (the prepositional argument hasn't been mentioned), the MC is a skillful master of rhetoric and wordplay, often witnessed throughout the series to be dabbling with his rotten philosophy about the triviality of life and the pleasure birthed from authority. Together with his half succubus partner who is similarly an artist of speech and daughter, who is known to be a psychopathic who*e who enjoys in manslaughter and construction of a perfect world made of bones, his lordship slowly grows as an influential power in both the demon and human worlds.

The character interactions are very satisfactory that you could only think the author writes this solely for dialogues. Most of the characters in the novel have an indepth character sketch like real people. You could never feel that they're laconic. The way the author writes their viewpoint of the world is too superb that even the guy who was killed just after a few volumes seemed to be important from his character's flesh. The world building is also great. It revolves around a continent where humans and demons feud for over a millennium. Certain circumstantial factors like plagues make up the premise of the setting to highlight the importance of the main character and his exquisite display of being a shrewd schemer.

Simply, this is one of the greatest novels in Novel Updates, and perhaps in human literature. Dungeon Defense made me hooked for Korean novels, honestly. Kudos to the author and the translator. <<less
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A radical type of the otherworld stereotype. Having quite a good prelude, hope this'd turn out to be something amazingly twisted like the dark Goblin Kingdom
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