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Lv1 Skeleton
November 13, 2017
Status: c21
So typically bad, that it hurts. Truly, this novel is copy, and paste of all the monster reincarnation stories. There's a pixie, which is Just a variant of the usual fairy. There's a human companion, whom Just so happens to act as the conscience. And, oh my, there's now an Elf as well.

The protagonist himself has absolutely no thought for himself at all. He moves according to the whims of those around him. Reacts to stimulus, rather than taking the initiative. Save the humans the pixie cried, so he does.... more>> Make the monster species your allies, the human companion says, and so he does.

It's Just so very typical Korean. Formulaic rise with bland protagonist whom never matures in anyway at all. He does however make sure to sprout some moral rubbish once in a while. Great.

I would not be deceived by the Hardship the protagonist experiences at first. For that is temporary. When a fairy is introduced as a companion, with typical happy characteristics, it's a trigger warning. TO AVOID. <<less
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When A Mage Revolts
September 19, 2017
Status: c50
A brilliant premise ruined with lazy, satirical elements. Imagine a wonderfully constructed world, now imagine that the splendour this world possesses (which is eerily similar to two other stories that shant be named) is butchered in an attempt for the story to appeal to all audiences, rather than appealing to specific groups. The end product that is left is such an awful generalisation, that contrasts with the originals simply cannot but help be made. If you are curious as to these generalisations, go ahead and read, but be forewarned, for... more>> such idiocy can leave one with a blaring headache.

For those whom require specifics. Firstly, the entire premise is incredibly cliche, and common. The protagonist lost, and aimless, somehow begins to traverse the path of heroism, and Justice. Secondly, the plot advancement tools, such as the AI tool, serve as satirical devices to humanise the story further. For so called 'witty banter' to take place. Thirdly, there's Just no real character to the story, it Just feels like a story any one of millions of authors with fascination with the West would write. All in thinly veiled cover in order to imitate the success of its predecessors. In the end why not Just read the original inspirations instead?

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Release that Witch, and Warlock of the Magus World

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Reverend Insanity
September 6, 2017
Status: --
Take any expectations you have, and multiply that by fifty. You have this. Gu Daoist Master possesses not only an amazing world of possibilities, and growth. But also rationality. The protagonist himself is exceptionally unique. A one in a hundred thousand. An old veteran of the world who behaves his age. Displays his cunning, wisdom, and intelligence in abundance.

Furthermore, are you bored of reading stories from singular perspective? From the eyes of the 'righteous side'? If you are, then this story is purrfect for you. Enjoy the devilish ride, on... more>> the 'Dark Side'.

Evil after all isn't born, it's created. <<less
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Seoul Station’s Necromancer
September 6, 2017
Status: c170
The story begins rather well. And then, as the story progresses, the harshness of reality begins to blind again. It's fine that the protagonist is uncomfortable in social situations. It only makes sense in the context, as he had been an undead king for twenty odd years.

And then there's the problem. The author as with any other Korean authors adores to trumpet the supremacy of South Korea in a very roundabout way. And so he has done with this story as well. Secondly, the protagonist is rather irrational, he's oddly... more>> sentimental, and emotional in times during which it doesn't make sense to be at all. In the end, he Just becomes the 'destined hero'. God knows how, but he becomes one regardless due to some random prophetess. Brilliant way to ruin an already aimless story.

This story has no purpose, but to exponentially increase the size of the protagonist's ego, as well as that of South Korea. <<less
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Renegade Immortal
September 6, 2017
Status: c599
How to start. Let's see. One of the greatest novels possibly ever written in the Chinese Xianxia/Wuxia genre. The depth of this story is many fold that of any other. From its character development, of its protagonists, to the world of struggle, and conflict that surrounds him (Wang Lin).

Only novel in this entire site that I have little to no qualms regarding. Wang Lin matures, grows, and develops alongside his experiences. After experiencing betrayals, Wang Lin becomes averse to trust, after experiencing immense bloodshed, he becomes willing to spill blood... more>> all the more. It's miraculous. It really is. Wang Lin actually changes! From chapter 1, to chapter 500, the events shape him to be the 'monster' he has become. It's really beautiful. It's not like several novels that should not, and cannot be named for simply copy-pasting the same personality over two thousand chapters. <<less
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Paradise of Demonic Gods
September 6, 2017
Status: c250
Began brilliant, but declined as the story progressed. This is the type of story that starts out in the rather uncommon format of 'revenge without moral inclinations'. As in, the protagonist will be willing to go to whatever extent in order to obtain his revenge. Which was all executed in such a manner as to leave the reader heavily sympathising with the protagonist. Sympathising with his sacrifice, his apathy, and his ruthlessness.

And then, around chapter 200. Something earth shattering occurs. The protagonist completely forgets all the injustices he had suffered.... more>> All the betrayals. EVERYTHING! And instead he creates his own code of conduct. Eliminate all evil. This essentially means that the protagonist does a complete 360 in personality, he becomes an ambiguous hero. Not at the level of an anti-hero, but close. Perhaps the term 'low-end anti-hero' would be apt. He decides that by killing all 'evil' people he can make the world a better place, he thinks that he can save all the innocents in the world from oppression by slicing the neck of any dissident. So many characters lecture him of the futility. Yet, he still goes on to conduct his idiocy anyway. As the story progresses further, he becomes a typical Chinese protagonist. Not very much different from any other Chinese protagonist. Righteous. Hypocritical.

Recommended to avoid this story at all costs. Read at your own peril. High on deception this one. <<less
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Hail the King
September 6, 2017
Status: --
The foundations of the story are quite good, yet the execution leaves much to be desired. The game mechanics, as well as the rise of glory of a single city state is all rather intriguing. Yet, the greatest problem with this story is that the protagonist simply cannot adapt to the medieval setting. He's still very much Just a contemporary Chinese man whom has lived in a super-city all his life.

  • A slave to women
  • Seeks to modernise anything he sees
  • Delegates too much power
  • Abhors local culture in the belief that it is too 'primitive'
The story had great potential. The author ruined it all by projecting himself into the story far too much.
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Returning from the Immortal World
July 12, 2018
Status: c100
It tries so hard, that instead of inviting interest, it invites scorn. Usually, there shouldn't be so much distaste in a novel like this. Yet, the problem is that the author tries his very best to portray the protagonist as a supremely righteous figure, one whom any reader would like. And that's the problem, how could ruthlessness ever coexist with kindness, and compassion? The end product is that the protagonist's too weak for those who like strong protagonists (power isn't one dimensional, without emotional intelligence, what use is world-destroying capabilities?)... more>> and too schizophrenic in his cruelty for those whom like mellow protagonists.

Repaying evil with evil, and kindness with kindness is acceptable doctrine in XianXia, but in this story? Forget about it completely. Why bother when all that matters is a moment of impulse, and the narcissism of our righteous protagonist. It's pathetic how this story lacks motivation, and consistency. There's nothing to look forward to, since even early on, it's plainly obvious that the vengeance he's chasing after is never going to materialise.

Just a very long sighhh..... <<less
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It's Japanese, Just what else did you expect? An intolerable protagonist, utterly weak willed, without an ounce of control over his own destiny. Furthermore, rest of the characters don't exactly contribute anything either. It's typically Just Japanese.
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History’s Strongest Senior Brother
September 6, 2017
Status: c450
Fairly good. This story has several positive qualities. The protagonist is excellent, and his conduct is without question. The conflicts are also designed as to leave the audience without an opportunity to take a deep calming breath. The enemies in this story aren't Just for an arc, they have existed since the very beginning of the story, scheming, striking, and manipulating. Furthermore, there are tiers of mysteries at every layer. Hundreds of humans all physically similar, a few in each world, whatever for?

The protagonist also has a wide breadth of... more>> knowledge, and expertise. Subtle in his power at first, but it all accumulates over time, until he's a virtual hegemon at the age of twenty. The external foes, whom are added into the equation every then, and again make the entire crafted world all the richer. The 'us' and 'them' mentality exudes out of this story.

Truly, what keeps one still interested in this story, other than being vested interest in the protagonist has to be the fact that there's still so much questions left unanswered.

A recommended story. <<less
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World of Cultivation
September 6, 2017
Status: --
A very esoteric novel. The world building in this novel is simply astounding. From its intricate pathways of cultivation, to the profound geopolitical establishments that exist, to profound cultural variances that incite hatred amongst the factions. It's absolutely brilliant. Furthermore, this story feels 'human', there's a human element to this story, as whilst the protagonist dominates with his unique charisma, his associates, and subordinates display unique characteristics that make them shine as well.

Furthermore, this story isn't a one man show, and there's never simply the equation of 'increasing scope' either.... more>> From the very beginning, there's foreshadowing of things greater to come. It's all expertly executed. There's never a boring arc, each arc contributes, and represents something. Be it survival, hope, or power.

On an ending note. It's gladdening to see faction-building by a protagonist. Truly rare.

A recommended story. Not astoundingly brilliant, but brilliant none the less. <<less
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Legend of Ling Tian
December 18, 2017
Status: c161
An absolutely hilarious story, with a protagonist that is multifaceted, and multidimensional. First things first, the protagonist adores his facade as silkpants, and he plays it so well! Every scene encompassing his silkpant behaviour is embellished, and exaggerated to the extreme, so as to be comical in its sheer arrogance, and sadism. It has to be said as a fact, that the entertainment value of Ling Tian's behaviour is far more amusing than Zhang Ye's over 900 chapters of 'facesmacking' in 'I'm Really a Superstar'. The latter story being infamous... more>> throughout the circles for it's ability to leave a reader feeling fulfilled, and content.

Now onto the second point. The world building is astonishingly unique, political, and interpersonal. Every character introduced matters. There are plots within plots. Overarching plots, that birth seemingly insignificant results, yet in the long term express themselves quite hauntingly. Added together with a fully-fleshed out protagonist that isn't simply a self-righteous hypocrite, audience whom by this point in time are Jaded by the usual xianxia righteousness, are finally allowed to breathe in wonderfully fresh, and satisfying air.

Thirdly, the romance. It's calculated. Developing over years. It's not forced either, as there are simple psychological cues involved. This leaves the context, and indeed the relationships that much more realistic. Heaven-shaking beauties matter, but even they can be humiliated, and discarded. How refreshing!

Absolutely would recommend this story to anyone seeking a new venture, especially for those craving something similar, yet a little different, from 'Warlock of the Magus World'. Please do not put off by the first few chapters. The protagonist does not redeem himself! <<less
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Plundering the Heavens
September 6, 2017
Status: c80
The most hilarious yet ruthless protagonist ever. Upon reading this, I can't help but wonder; 'How is it possible to be so utterly ruthless, and humorous at the same time?'

This is the story for you, if you like a bit of snark in your character. A will to disregard normalcy, a will to enjoy life, and above all else a will to tame the currents of destiny. Unrestricted. Untamed. Unbroken.

This is the story for you, if you are tired of the cliches, and crave something new. Look no further.
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Death Sutra
February 12, 2018
Status: c143
Stayed awake all night to read this marvel. Hardly have I ever been as invested, or enchanted by a story. Death Sutra however is an absolute marvel of realism. It's undaunted. Dark. And even makes the stomach churn in discomfort. This is the type of the story that makes the reader feel. Sympathise, yet hate at the same time. It's a story whose agenda is cruel, whose motivation is bleak, yet its execution is colourful.

Death Sutra is a marvel of the genre. Unique. Esoteric. Beautiful.

Would recommend. Would absolutely recommend!
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A Demon’s Path
July 12, 2018
Status: c48
Utterly disappointed. Higher the hopes, the greater the disappointment.

I wouldn't be rating this novel so low if it wasn't for the false labels, and marketing. We were promised a demon, a member of the 'dark' path. Also known as one whom isn't part of the mainstream cultivation tradition. What do we get? Another protagonist who thinks, and talks as one would expect a selfish cultivator to, but in action, somehow or another, he always ends up becoming the hero. The hero-complex is thick in this one, expect behaviour to wholly... more>> conform to the usual cultivation metrics.

It wouldn't feel as a betrayal if they story just admitted that it was the usual cliche. Instead, it just had to pretend like it's something special. Something like Reverend Insanity, or Plundering the Heavens. It's nothing of the sort.

Wasted potential. <<less
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Goblin Kingdom
February 20, 2018
Status: c44
Redemption theme. It's so heavy in presence in this story that I would say that it utterly dominates the entire narrative. Every action is based upon philosophical humanity; every action is dictated by deluded, desperate morality as the protagonist clings to his 'human morality'. The entire world aids in the obsession too, as his companions, to a few goblins are so humanised, that they serve absolutely no purpose but to keep him hypocritically human. In the end, it results in an absolute wreck, so pitiful, so craving of societal acknowledgement...... more>> that it Just feels, and reads pathetic.

Tags are incorrect. Not antihero at all. Just another self-righteous protagonist, and hideous world-building. Not worth the time or effort. <<less
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Warlock of the Magus World
September 6, 2017
Status: --
A one in a thousand story. Absolutely unique. The story is wonderfully unique, the protagonist stays consistent, and his agenda is always the overwhelming priority. He does not get distracted in saving damsels in distress, and if he does, Leylin exploits them without any qualms. He does not rage against the injustices of the world, instead he perpetrates them as one of its most insidious cogs.

There's no need for constant Justifications in this story, as is the case in most other stories. Leylin doesn't need to soothe his bleeding soul... more>> with comforting words of 'fighting against evil' that, and 'suppressing injustice' this. For Leylin, there's no limitations. From seduction, to genocide, to conspiring against the Gods, Leylin has done it all, and as the story progresses Leylin will do even more.

The setting is unique, but what makes this story tick has to be the protagonist. His interpersonal actions leave the reader invested in his progress. Which is truly rare, as most other times, one cannot but help wish death upon the 'hero'. <<less
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City of Sin
June 28, 2018
Status: v2c115
Forgotten Realms meets the Broken Empire trilogy - with added spice of unique Chinese narrative.

This story isn't for everyone. Why do I say that? The pace at the beginning is extremely slow, Richard's tenure in Deepblue (the 'magical academy' the protagonist studies in) exists for sake of characterisation, and for world-building. That's over a hundred chapters, containing over 5, 000 words (note, words, not characters) each chapter just to establish the footings of the study. During this period of time whilst every paragraph was rich in lore, progression, and... more>> minutiae, at some point in time (around chapter 50) I Just couldn't help but gloss over the largely - seemingly - irrelevant chapters. It turned out the chapters weren't irrelevant after all, since every chapter had an impact on how Richard developed, of his relationship with the people around him. At the beginning, Richard is completely, utterly dull. A naive academic whom views the world with rose-tinted glasses.

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And then, cues become increasingly prevalent, verifying that the story is simply at its nascent stages. That... it has so much more to offer. Don't give up before chapter 120, if you do, you're going to miss out on one entrancing journey of blood, despair, tragedy, conquest, and power.

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It was when Richard first met with Flowsand, and 'obtained' the companionship of Waterflower that the story truly shines. BEWARE, FOR CHARACTERS IN THIS STORY CAN THINK FOR THEMSELVES, AND AREN'T ACCESSORIES OF THE PROTAGONIST. Planar conquest incoming! With a band of amateurs, disunited, and completely distrusting of one another, Richard begins his quest of conquering what is, an entire world. He quickly losses his previous image of 'naive academic', and instead becomes a conqueror, with awe-inspiring strategic skill. He is a mage yes, but what makes Richard shine is his ability to craft runes, miniature formations that can grant permanent buffs.

There's a quote from a bard in this story; 'Behind every cruel boss, there's even crueller women'. I found it incredibly accurate, for as the story goes on, Richard is willing to crucify, vilify souls, all the more willing to engage in slavery, and be so frugal as to reuse runes by cutting them off the skins of his enemy!

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Let it be said that this story is extremely realistic, there's no flowery hiding over reality, or truth. Richard isn't a transmigrant, he's simply a citizen of Norland. Thus he thinks like a Norlander, not a Terran. This means he has different values, and norms. Please remember that.

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Mechanical God Emperor
October 13, 2017
Status: c48
An unusual story. At first glance, it may appear to be be like any other West-obsessed Chinese story. That is not so. For one, the protagonist is rather difficult to comprehend. His perversity for example at times appears more akin to a facade than any true desire on his part. His agenda, and the actions he executes to fulfil them, too indicate towards possessing far greater maturity than is usual.

The women in this story aren't the 'pure', and 'prim' type either. Scheming. Manipulative. Dirty. Plotting. It's far more realistic than... more>> the usual 'Divine Daughters' rubbish.

Above all else, the direction of this story is Just rather novel. Certainly it's rather influenced by WMW, but it has its own flair, the neo-technological angle adds Just this extra dash of character, truly differentiating this piece.

Recommended read, rated so highly purely because of how unusual the story is. A cliche breaker! <<less
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Emperor’s Domination
September 6, 2017
Status: c800
Brilliant story for those whom wish to indulge in egotistic power-trips. The world building of this story is rather incredible. As is the well thought out central characters. Even the foundations of the protagonist are rather intriguing. The past matters well into the future.

Yet, this story suffers from chronic tendency to deify beauty, and women. Taken to an intense level which means that wherever the protagonist goes he can't help but empower a 'beauty' somewhere. Which when reading Chinese stories are to be expected by this point in time. There's... more>> more though. And it all begins with the fact that there's simply no conflict at all. The protagonist knows nearly every focal hero in the entire universe's history, so everywhere he goes, he has tethers holding him down. Forcing him to aid random factions by uttering nonsensical words that he'll only 'aid them one more time'. When the protagonist does get into conflict, all he has to do is go to a random spot, get a spade, and uncover a legendary 60 million year old treasure and save the day! Wohoo!

From a purely linguistic standard. This story is a cut above the rest. Execution however leaves much to be desired. <<less
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