Pursuit of the Truth
November 17, 2017
I understand that you people dislike QI, but that really isn't a valid reason to give such a great story a bad rating.
Almost a quarter of the novel has been translated, so it should be pretty fair to write a review at this point.
Pursuit of the Truth is the second story by Er Gen (notwithstanding the dropped Against Heaven), and is the only one where the cultivation path is different from the standard Qi Condensation, Foundation Establishment, etc. It's done extremely well, since cultivation here seems to be more about
the Dao right from the start instead of endless seclusion, which is a fine break from most of the other xianxia and xuanhuan stories out there. I can't say that Su Ming is a super exciting protagonist, but he is not bland, has his own values and thought processes which evolve over time, and he doesn't act out of character. The world-building is as decent as in any other other Er Gen novel, so there isn't much to say about that. The whole mystery vibe of the story keeps drawing you in — this is probably one of the most immersive chinese novels I've read to date.
Basically — read this. The translation quality is very good, the release rate fast, and the story amazing.
Forty Millenniums of Cultivation
February 28, 2019
+ It's mildly entertaining
- The MC, a supposed genius, doesn't seem to think that much. In a world where a lot of information is readily available, he is constantly surprised by simple concepts that he should have looked up long ago, at the very least due to his speciality.
- The cultivation is very boring and badly thought out.
- The Author is horrible at basic arithmetics.
- The Author seems to hate consistency and instead favours cheap dramaticism. Many facts are changed and/or just blatantly ignored just a few chapters after being mentioned.
- A lot of standard Chinese nationalist mentality.
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