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Kurokazin
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Trash of the Count’s Family
January 8, 2019
Status: c108
While I can understand some of the negative reviews of the series, a lot of it is focused on "deus ex etc", when the MC is deliberately "weak" (By the series' absurd powerlevel scale). This is one of the few novels that I actually look forward to despite a very busy 16 credit hour schedule (The rest I'm just trudging along because I'm 3k chapters in and still waiting for the finale. I'm looking at you, Martial God Asura).

I enjoy this novel immensely, despite it being extremely off the beaten... more>> path when it comes to chinese/korean novels. If Goku is over 9000, the MC is sitting at a solid 3.5k. If you don't take this novel seriously (and by that I mean, living vicariously through the protagonist) you'll likely love Trash of the Counts. The side characters are memorable, the inter-character exchanges are hilarious, and at just over 100 chapters we're finally delving into the MC not being able to predict the future. This may be a spoiler, but it's alluded to fairly early so I don't think it matters to much: The novel has caught up to the "novels" and he's basically not omniscient anymore. I'd list pros and cons but I honestly can't think of any cons to the story besides the fact that the MC is incredibly weak compared to his peers.

This novel is very much an effort of love rather than capitalizing on demand with dog sh*t supply like MGA or anything by the author "Mad Snail" (TDG, SMGT, etc). If you can get past the fact that the MC isn't the most overpowered mofo out there/underdog that quickly circumvents the opposition type of character, you'll absolutely love this novel. The world building is fantastic, the side characters memorable, and despite tropes I'm familiar with, they're not too common in the novel world, which should come off as refreshing for the more casual reader of chinese/korean novels.

You're really not doing yourself a disservice by at least testing the waters a bit and reading a few chapters. I normally love me some power fantasy, but I stuck with Trash of the Count despite my inherent preference and I don't regret it. I'd also like to point out that whatever low-score reviews may depict (Stupid cock sucking reviewers putting spoilers without warnings), the whole "Deus Ex (insert person/event/etc here) " plays very little role in comparison to the MC's own machinations. <<less
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Warlock of the Magus World
December 7, 2017
Status: c90
I've seen quite a few 5 star reviews among them and I have to say: They're not accurate.

The MC is dull. There is absolutely no scientific method in anything he does. Calculating Protagonist? Oh please. Everything he does, all the progress he makes, is off the back of an omnipotent "A.I chip". This thing literally does everything for him besides f*ck, sh*t, and breathe. It fights for him, learns for him, navigates, advises, detects, calculates, purifies, crafts (potions, etc), reads, you get the idea. Without the A.I chip he might... more>> as well be the cannon fodder that gets blown away by "energy waves" while the real protagonist does his thing. With it he might as well be remote-controlled hot wheel that transports the A.I Chip from point A to point B.

Every interaction he has with anyone might as well be treated as chapter filler because they likely won't last 50 chapters before being dumped, never to be heard from again. There is no likable aspect of the MC and similarly there's no likable aspect of the secondary characters. This culminates in very forgettable characters. I swear if the MC wasn't in every chapter for the last 90 I read I'd have completely forgotten about his existence.

You also don't really learn a whole lot about the world. I mean, yes, there are certainly a lot of words for world building but it doesn't seem to really culminate in any significant details. Worse, you'll see massive time jumps almost right away. We're talking 6 months+ gaps of time when the chapter count barely reaches double digits. IIRC the MC started at age 13, he was 15 by the time I stopped reading.

There is no "Evil" when everyone is f*cking evil. The hell's the point of making everyone evil if there's no contrast? I can understand an evil themed story but there's gotta be some characters that at least straddle the damn fence. Every single character introduced so far have just a been a revolving door of selfish @$$holes.

tl;dr MC is a dumbass and the story might as well center around the A.I Chip. None of the characters are memorable, world-building is barely passable, massive time leaps everywhere, deus ex A.I Chip. <<less
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Martial God Asura
March 1, 2018
Status: c3181
Let me just say that the first few hundred chapters of this were great. Most characters had a bit of personality and there was enough substance to keep you wanting more. Sadly, the author seems to struggle as the chapters go on. After about 2000~ chapters every single MC vs Villain fight turns into a formula:

4 paragraphs stating they start with martial arts, pull out weapons, use martial skills, then use martial taboos.
3+ chapters worth of spectator dialogue about how great the MC is, then how great the... more>> villain is.
Finally everything culminates in Villain's ultimate super awesome martial taboo that the author finally decides to add in some juicy detail on what's actually happening in the fight. Which brings me to another irritation. The fact that the author just doesn't seem to care about anything but cultivation in the later chapters. Literally some of the MC's moves are forever unnamed and just exist so the author can be like "They exchange martial taboo attacks". I remember in the earlier chapters when he used firmament slash and it was awesome to read. It was awesome for the MC to have a signature skill at his disposal. Don't even get me started on the "utility" aspect of this xianxia (Alchemy/spirituality/etc). His spiritual swiss army knife becomes "Deus Ex Spiritist" whenever a particular utility is needed and he just so happened to have it at his disposal from the latest inheritance. This would be a must-read for any xianxia fan IF it kept up its momentum. Now I just read it because I'm 2000+ chapters in and I want to finish it.

Edit: Now nearly 3200 chapters in and my opinion largely hasn't changed. The sad thing is that I thought it was absolutely horrible, but clearly even in utter hopelessness things can still get 101% f*cked. The more I read (skim read, at this point) the more I notice inherent flaws in the writing. One of the latest chapters dedicated 5 paragraphs to elaborate on the fact the MC couldn't see 10 meters in front of him. I can understand some arbitrary word count that writers need to make to constitute a full release on a given website, but rather than detail perhaps the scenery later in the chapter, or the MC's inner thoughts, the end result of filler was repetitive nonsense about the fact he couldn't see in a very dark place despite his mystical vision
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(I swear, for something marketed as so great, the "Heaven's Eyes" he has are about as consistent as comcast wireless)

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. My original mentality was to skim read every single chapter past 2800~ish until the end of the novel but even when I'm reading about 2-3 paragraphs of a normally 9-11 minute read, I'm still feeling the creeping sensation of dropping this absolute dog sh*t of a novel.

I really wish the editing of this site allowed me to change my score, because the only reason I gave this novel a 2/5 and not a 0 or 1 star is because there was a margin of hope the author would get back on track and actually produce something he could take some pride in. Nope, got even more white-noise as the chapters churn out that I'm left wondering if it'll come full circle in the next 1000 chapters to be even remotely decent again. I sincerely hope that either chinese novel standards are as low as their video game standards or the author has another avenue of income, because I don't see any other way he'll actually be able to feed himself, based on this horrendous example of writing.

I consider myself bottom of the barrel when it comes to creativity and especially writing and despite that even I have absolute confidence I could write a better story or at least google ideas on how to keep a novel fresh and interesting post 600 chapters. If you're already reading this novel and still love it, great, I hope you finish it by the time you pick up a decent read. Anyone that's familiar with xianxia/xanhua novels or even just basic literature, stay very far away. I cannot convey how terrible this story has developed. Young adults novels with an entire cast of angsty teens is better than this sad excuse for a media. <<less
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Nine Star Hegemon Body Art
January 8, 2019
Status: c228
While I haven't gotten very far into the novel as of yet, this novel has been very refreshing.

I've read quite a few chinese novels and one of the most obnoxious tropes they employ is that every. single. side character has the personality of a brick.

While 9Star does have a lot of the usual suspects in plot development/tropes/etc, it's still a very solid read if you fancy these types of novels.

Here's to hoping after 100 chapters it doesn't go the route of Martial God Asura and turn into a massive pile... more>> of sh*t due to writer burnout.

Novels like 9Star and ATG make me furious that so many other promising chinese novels (MGA, TDG, etc) devolve into utter garbage from writers either getting lazy or disinterested.

Will this novel redefine your concept of all novels? No.

It's still a xianxia/Xuanhuan novel so it will always sits neatly in that "Guilty pleasure" niche, but it's definitely a better read that most of its contemporaries, with a dedicated translation team to boot.

Comparing it to other novels:

    • Solid MC, but the author didn't put much effort into expanding upon the MC's sudden turn in fortune, it may be explained later.
    • Diverse side characters, though not all of them are overly focused upon and some can be pretty shallow.
    • d*ckish villains that don't overstay their welcome and are extremely satisfying to see them pummeled into a gory mess.
    • Can't speak much of the world building, but it's your typical fair of "Glorious empire, even more glorious sects", etc.
    • This can either be a pro or con depending on the reader, but it doesn't have much in the way of goofball humor like ISSTH and other novels that seem to be extremely popular to people. I don't like excessive humor in my novels, but that's merely personal preference.
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(Edit #2: The formatting went tits up on me, I apologize but I can't seem to fix the paragraphs.)

I'm now 200+ chapters in and my opinion still stays largely the same with a few caveats; Unfortunately the focus has changed quite drastically away from the battle-skills and the characters' physical/willful prowess.

This has culminated in relatively bland (or at the very least, streamlined) combat that lacks a bit of detail that makes fight scenes in novels 'epic'.

Not that epic moments aren't there, they're just less present than what has become my xianxia quality standard (ATG).

This next bit probably qualifies as a spoiler.

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Like any review this is mostly personal taste, but I'm not a huge fan of how informed a few of the "old cultivators" are.

It detracts a bit from the experience when the MC does something completely outstanding and you've got these old f*ckers just nodding their head "as expected".

I will say that it's a decent enough excuse as to why the MC doesn't get much support, since it's fairly typical for a MC in these novels to basically have to depend on himself, no matter how outstanding he is.

It's always bothered me how an MC shows extraordinary talent, and the higher ups just throw him a bundle of string, some paper clips, and expect him to mcguyver his way through cultivation while putting their full support into absolutely scummy, useless "core disciples" or some such, only for them to get owned by the MC later.

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Overall I'm still looking forward to future chapters, and it's still a cut above the rest of the trash (F*ck you MGA.

Like a highschool girl on prom night you were my first foray and you were just terrible.

One strong thrust and a premature bust later then I'm left cleaning up the blood and cum)... and no, I have absolutely no intention to stop bashing MGA in every single one of my reviews.

Solely on the fact that such a piece of trash is not only ranked higher than this series, but it's only 16-30 (month-all time) spots down from ATG which is a far more engaging story in just about every aspect.

TL;DR: So far, solid.

f**k MGA.

ATG is probably a better read and has more chapters than 9Star but this novel has a lot of promise.

We'll see in 6 months and 1000 chapters if it still maintains its momentum. <<less
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