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Warlock of the Magus World
April 9, 2016
Status: --
I had no problem with the MC not being a "white knight" kind of MC, but when he starts to be a regular evil mage, I loose all interest in his survival.
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Tales of Demons and Gods
April 9, 2016
Status: --
It starts good imo, but soon the world doesn't make sense with the story that the MC lived in his first life. Add multiple minor annoyances I had with the MC and plot holes so I dropped it around chapter 200.
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Godly Model Creator
September 18, 2017
Status: c18
I dropped it early in spite of a promising premise because...

First, the writing/translation is somewhat amateurish: it can be read, but sentences in broken english are not uncommon.

Second, the MC is a psycopath. He disregards the value of any life (except for his sister) which reflects in the way he treats others and trains himself. I don't care for such a character.

The final straw for me are the completely arbitrary/illogic/moronic/caricatural reactions of 99% of the characters in this novel:

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- A thief in possession of an OP -card-giving-power decides to randomly steal a phone from a student...

-Said student reacts to his stolen phone by stealing (surprisingly easily) a flying motorcycle and engage in a fight to the death with the thief (as you do...)

-Completely unconcerned by the double murder he just participated in, the student embarks on a self destructive training regimen

-When the student triggers the first mutated beast large scale attack on the city in 10 years, the guards hesitate to defend the city because of the MC running in front of the horde... and later reward him for allowing them to defend the city...

-There's also the ham-fisted romance with the school beauty and the fact that both her and her brother find it funny that the MC uses threats on the sister to summon the brother...

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Killing Grounds of Gods and Devils
June 1, 2016
Status: c89
It's a survival story with gaming elements thrown in there.

So far, it's almost all action and no thinking, which gets a little annoying imo. Everybody reacts violently or not to the horror of their situation and the MC just goes along with the flow, but no one thinks.

There's a universal lack of maturity/empathy/common sense from all these young adults and the few middle-aged characters we encounter.

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The group is thrown in another world were killing a few low-level monsters gives a huge power-up to rookies while these monsters become all but worthless to the veterans who kill them without a problem, and but for one inexplicably solitary instance, no one thinks of farming these monsters for the noobs.

Meanwhile, the thousand students wait quietly for their death in the school, not trying to equip themselves, or build traps or do anything productive...

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Dropped as of c89, the story is going nowhere, and the characters' reactions are too badly written and unrealistic for me to care anymore... <<less
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Shadow Hack
January 27, 2018
Status: c74
This is a weak to strong wish fulfilment story, quite entertaining if you're not looking for depth.

The MC stumbles upon a cheat cultivation that does all the work for him and that's not a problem in itself for me. The problem is that the MC that has been "trash" up to a few days ago becomes immediately a bully and becomes a psychopath soon after.

I can't identify with such a SOB, I dropped the story which was a tentative 3 stars in my book until this point.

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The only redeeming feature of the MC is that he doesn't forget his loving parents (so far)

On the other hand, he doesn't have a problem bullying and taking advantage of the weak (never even stops to wonder if the energy he's taking from vanquished adversaries in training matches will hurt their future cultivation).

And the straw that broke the camel back for me was when after having transformed for everyone a training first expedition into a deathtrap where the casualties became unprecedented, he shrugged it off immediately with the following pearl of wisdom: "Many must labour for one to succeed!"

Btw, the monsters he chose to massacre to farm xp were sentient beings. And again, he had no moral problem killing their entire race, it never even occured to him to try to communicate...

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The MC is already a monster, so the author is an idiot, I'll probably avoid his other works too. <<less
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A Monster Who Levels Up
October 8, 2017
Status: c37
All in all, it's an enjoyable read.

To be more specific, this story is character-driven, and I quite like the MC and his romantic prospect. He doesn't get OP too quickly, he's quite reasonable and he doesn't seem to transform into a selfish psychopath as he gets stronger, which is quite rare...

On the other hand, I can only give 3 stars because the story is full of plot-holes and the world building is non-existant as long as it doesn't directly affect our MC.

So we start in a technologically developped world in... more>> conflict with monsters, some of which are intelligent, our MC gets an unusual power which starts by getting him in trouble (a good start imo), but nothing is explained: we don't know how our MC powers develop, we don't know how normal people's powers usually develop, we don't know why people use swords instead of sending drones fire mana-infused bullets to the hunting grounds, etc...

The world building sucks: it's only each time the MC develops a new power that the world is revealed to have a dire need of said power, all the while allowing the new genius in town to remain anonymous in every case, which just doesn't makes sense.

Anyways, it's silly if you think about it, but still enjoyable imo.

Edit: downgraded to 2 stars at chapter 37 due to bad writing, more specifically, the constant apparitions of "sound effects lines" which have their place in a manga but just break the reader's immersion in the story in a novel. Same problem with the frequent notes that the author and the traductor leave in the middle of the story instead of collecting them at the end.

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I also don't get:

-vampires have a human rights group that defend them, but werewolves which are by definition half humans are somehow just monsters to be hunted... that's BS

-goblins which are usually just a mob monster are here described as genius alchemists... fair enough, then why not develop trade relationships with them instead of raiding their villages to get a handful of potions once in a blue moon? that's BS

-same argument for the orcs and blacksmiths

-technology is good enough to have contact lenses that serve as cameras, but there's no satellite to track monsters, no tests to discover vampires or other monsters that can disguize themselves as humans...

It could be a good story instead of an OK one, if the world was developped, coherent, and if the MC sometimes wondered if he was still human... just my opinion, of course.

edit (c37) : Now, the MC is loosing his mind, becoming an enraged monster... and he doesn't f**king care... This is fast approaching the point where this story will be more irritating than entertaining imo.

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Advent of the Archmage
June 22, 2018
Status: c203
This is not a bad story, but the fights which were interesting and original in the first arcs have just become ridiculous and can only get worse from this point on imo.

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In the begining, casting a spell takes time and how the MC uses the spell determines his victory over stronger enemies, I liked that part.

Now, his thinking speed is that of a supercomputer: "There are still 0.05 seconds left before the tip of the sword touches Celine's body, Link thought. I still have time! "

From now on, every enemy without super-speed that breaks the sound barrier should die instantly without realizing that the MC started to fight, and the fights that are supposed to be meaningful should be walls of text detailing nanoseconds by nanoseconds reaction... which sucks imo.

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Anyway, the author killed his story, so this is where I quit this novel. <<less
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The Defeated Dragon
August 30, 2018
Status: c39
A reincarnation story set in a fantasy medieval setting with too much flaws...

The story is classic but entertaining, but the writing / translation is flawed (not to an unreadable degree though).

Moreover our MC is quite hypocritical in his contempt for the feodal system while fully enjoying its benefits and without showing any intention of amending it...

... more>> I was also put off by the anachronistic introduction of cigarettes, coffee and tuxedos into what is supposed to be medieval times.

This feel amateurish and I have no hope that it will improve, so this is where I drop it (ch39). <<less
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The Human Emperor
October 31, 2018
Status: c312
This is a time-traveling do over with a bit of a twist.... more>>
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A mysterious game-system that the MC has to accomodate to survive the penalty for changing destiny

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It's a somewhat enjoyable read, due to the quality of the story and the translation, with a solid background anchored in history.

The story is not without defaults but is quite interesting as it encompasses politics, economics, cultivation and warfare. And althought the MC is presented as a genius in all these topics, it's often presented in a clumsy fashion as everyone is dumbed down to make him shine in contrast.

The first of my main problems with this story is that the writer floods his story with entire chapters of repetitions, obvious explanations of what has just been told in one sentence and paragraphs from the point of view of irrelevant characters...

Secondly, the MC's blind patriotism to an empire that fosters corruption, betrayal, cruelty at every level instead of focusing on saving the actual people in it, finally made me wish that the great tang actually gets destroyed.

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In no specific order, here are some of the things that annoyed me and ultimately made me drop this story:

  • The "great sage" emperor initially left his empire fall due to rampant intestine conflicts, sh*tty weapons, armors, lack of rations for the army... I wonder what he should have done to be dubbed a fool...
  • The MC supposedly becomes rich while consistently making bad deals and spending more than he's supposed to have
  • The best secret teacher at the school that the MC manage to get, tries to kill his five student by a surprise attack the first night and laments that he only killed one them... and that's the only "lesson" we ever see him give.
  • The same first night, the school for the young elite is attacked by enemy army and the tang army stationed outside of the camp that is aware in advance of this attack lets them die for the same sh*tty reason: you can't count on anyone is this stupid empire
  • Despite having all the cheats and future knowledge and being OP, the MC systematically gets trashed by every female he encounters and never develops a grudge about that like he consistently does with male rivals

Believe me, I have more, but this is already too much of a wall of text...

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All in all, if you don't expect too much, scroll through the stupid fillers to get to the action and don't mind the nationalist propaganda, it's a somewhat passable read imo. <<less
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The Desolate Era
April 9, 2016
Status: --
Up to v11c32

So far so good. The MC follows his own moral code and progress from helpless baby to teenage monster cultivator quite entertainingly imo.
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Pursuing Immortality
October 1, 2018
Status: c100
The story of a normal guy who gets to discover the world of cultivation as spiritual energy is coming back to the modern world.

I liked the beginning, the pace was slow but with some good world-building (with the occasional useless info dumps), the characters were relatable and likeable, with a romance slowly introduced into the mix.

Well, I can't relate or like the characters anymore so I quit here.

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I mean, the MC is a regular guy, with relations, a job, then he eats a magic fruit and slowly discover cultivation, so far so good.

Then he goes on a journey with his love interest and after a while come across a cultivator who stole a corpse, raised it as a zombie and used it to murder some guys who tore down his monastery, and then murdered the policemen who bizarrely wanted to arrest him.

At which point our regular guy MC and his girlfriend who had never shown signs of being a sociopath so far naturally agreed (without so much as a discussion) that it wasn't their place to judge the murderer, because they think that he had his reasons.

They then neutralize the zombie amongst the bloody dismenbered corpses of more than 20 policemen and civilians, without any indication of an emotion, despite not having been part of such a butchery before... And still not any inkling of a moral judgement toward the cultivator responsible for it.

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Well this is a major break in character not justified in any way, which is a shame because the writer wasn't so bad before. <<less
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Rakuin no Monshou
October 12, 2017
Status: v2c1
From the very beginning, this story about a gladiator impersonating a prince to foil assassinations during a political marriage is marred by clumsy writing.

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A weak boy is selected as a look-alike to the prince, so they put a magic helmet on him to accentuate the resemblance... and then they send him to die in the arena as a gladiator.

By miracle, he survives for two years, so they free him and explain their machination to him... in front of witnesses.

No constraint is put on the boy, so the first thing he does after surviving his first assassination attempt is to reveal his true identity to two former acquaintances which he doesn't have any reason to trust...

Then he goes on a suicide mission on his first battle, while a random gladiator impersonates successfully the prince...

Add to this that they are descending from a space-traveling civilisation that has somehow regressed to firearms and canons. And yet, most of the fighting is done with swords...

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So far, we have a complex story in a detailed world (which is good), populated by idiots trying to have gravitas and failing.

Anyway, it's something to read while awaiting new chapters on better stories. <<less
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The Inverted Dragon’s Scale
January 12, 2018
Status: c20
Dropped in the early stage.

I found the writing / translation to be subpar, and 10 chapters in there wasn't any character that I found sympathetic: the MC is imo a whiny idiot and the rest of the cast is made of caricatural bullies.

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Our MC goes to school for years only to sleep, refuse to pay attention and get bullied.

He miraculously gets endowed with knowledge and acts offended when he's logically suspected of cheating...

I admit that his teacher is also written as a caricature of a bully and deserves some retribution for her bad attitude, but our drama queen of a MC is to blame imo: he disrespected her class for years by sleeping and never explained that it was the result of a "medical condition" due to lightning...

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I also found the farting jokes to be in bad taste.

Avoid this story, it's not worth your time (definitely not mine) and there are better ones out there. <<less
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Doomed to be Cannon Fodder
August 12, 2017
Status: c46
While the writing is not bad and the comedic misunderstandings are funny, after a while it's difficult to forget that all of these misunderstandings stem from the fact that every single character is a hypocrite; that speaking honestly is a death sentence and somehow I should be okay with the characters being that way...

Well, I'm not, so the psycho male protagonist, the foil second male protagonist and all the bitches in the household can go and kill each other for all I care. I'm dropping the novel.
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The King of the Battlefield
September 10, 2018
Status: c20
This is the story of a traitor to humanity, who after helping the demons detroy his race, somehow travels back in time to the relative beginning of the apocalypse and decides that this time he's going to use his knowledge to gain power and save humanity instead.

Classic, so far so good. But for me, the problem doesn't lie with the writing/translation, as it so often does, it's with the MC...

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After telling us that he's somehow going to redeem himself, this idiot plays the lone wolf card and doesn't help others, even when he can, even when it doesn't cost him anything.

Giving some useful informations would be the minimum in my book but whatever, let's pretend that this emotioniless husk of a man is traumatized by his past and that it'll take some time for him to become human again...

20 chapters later, he rationalizes needlessly killing innocents "because they were going to die anyways".

Not only is this morally bankrupt, but we already have seen two characters that "should have died but may become powerful" (the little girl, and the guys who gets daggers in the trial).

So, to hell with his judgements and to hell with him.

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Since I now root for the MC's death, I'll just drop this turd. <<less
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Hidden Assassin
March 25, 2018
Status: c44
A reincarnation story set in modern times with cultivation undertones... That was fine by me.

The MC's goal in this new life is to find the peace and freedom he longed for in his first life, yet he can't help through actions or inactions getting sucked back into the dark world of assassins... That's what I was expecting.

The overs*xualisation of every female, from pretty children to MILfs (which incidentally seems to represent every female in this world), who can't seem to help wanting to f**k a child (our MC) ruins this... more>> for me as it takes more and more place in the story.

Also, most of the other male characters are pedophiles and rapists waiting to show their true colors at the first opportunity.

Dropped. <<less
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A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality
November 12, 2016
Status: c107
As of chapter 107, so far it's still an enjoyable read...

Nothing groundbreaking, just basic xianxia weak to strong story thanks to lots of luck (cheat treasure) and hard work and some intelligence on the part of the MC.

My reservations come from the impression I have that the MC may well become a psychopath dedicated to cultivation, forsaking friends and love in the process, and I personally hate that kind of MC.

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So far, he shrugs off the killing of one friend, kind of despise another friend for falling in love, he started killing without compunction despite being a "normal" kid, and then seem to fall in "love" with the first beautiful girl he meets despite never having exchanged a word with her at this point...

I'm afraid he's going to become another "might makes right" impulsive asshole MC...
At which point I'll drop the story and change my rating from 3 to 2
But who knows? I may be wrong, maybe it will be great!

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Return of The 8th Class Mage
April 29, 2018
Status: c12
This is an average do-over time-traveling story with some potential.

But, the writing is not good, the translation is approximative (which is to say very bad) and the grammar and spellcheck non-existant.

The potential of the story doesn't balance out all of these flaws.
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The Girl Who Ate a Death God
October 18, 2017
Status: ss 2
Interesting story, with a twisted central character and battles on a grand scale.

What stops it from being a really good story imo is ... more>>
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the lack of character development: the MC in the second chapter and the MC in the final chapter are the same hungry, naive, murderous killing machine hell-bent on revenge.

Moreover, not only does she not grow, she doesn't really influence the story: she's thrown into massive battles, and despite her impressive fighting skills, she doesn't do much but postpone the defeat of her army.

In the end, we're left with a bitter-sweet story, with no good guys, where everybody is a bad guy to some extent and where our MC and her troops are treated as fanatical canon-fodder...

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Stunning Edge
September 4, 2016
Status: c99
A funny reincarnation/cultivation/harem story with a female MC. The MC is competent and intelligent enough to deserve respect and has as usual a ridiculous (and sometimes hilarious) amount of luck/plot armour. The harem of men sticking to her for the flimsiest of reasons adds to the comedy.

Two sites propose translations, but quite annoyingly the chapters are not numbered in the same way, and the quality of the translation is also quite different. Stick to the good translation and enjoy the story without thinking too much!
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