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Archfiend
April 7, 2018
Status: --
Pros:

+ Unique modern China setting.

Cons:

- Unique modern China setting that STILL has all the annoying tropes you hate about these types of novels. The story would’ve been exactly the same if it had taken place a millennium in the past.

- Boring cultivation levels and mechanics. It’s basically nonsensical drivel to pad the word count

- Cardboard, one-dimensional MC. He’s a dimwit with little control over his emotions. Carried by copious plot armor of course.

- Writing gets jumbled in some places, although that may be the author’s fault instead of the translator’s.
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The Book Eating Magician
November 23, 2017
Status: c189
Eating books to gain powers - an uncommon setup. What that really entails is an overtly video gamey system that helps the MC cheat his way through life. If you're at all familiar with Korean and Japanese light novels, let's just say this novel heavily leans towards Japanese tropes. In a bad way.

PROS

- Not isekai, yay!

... more>> CONS

- Messy world building. The setting feels completely lifeless. We get introduced to a handful of mainstay kingdoms and locales, but the author gives few details about any place. Instead of every location having character and distinctive color, they just blend into each other.

- Harem. Harems can be done well; however, this is not one of those times.

- Insufferably boring dialogue, especially between the love interests.

- Shallow characters - either they're saints or they're puppy-kicking villains.

- Shoehorned game system.

Don't go into it expecting a thrilling tale of mages and powers. Everything about this is just weak. <<less
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Infinite Competitive Dungeon Society
May 21, 2018
Status: c352
ICDS begins so well: quirky cast, character growth, decent world-building. Yet, the story drags down and slumps over around the halfway point where he gains most of his harem members.

The harem literally killed the story for me. Instead of proper plot development, the author sinks in a massive amount of dialogue trying to balance each love interest. It’s a problem of quantity versus quality honestly.

Ever had your favorite manga series axed? ICDS feels like it was axed because of the breakneck speed the author drove the conclusion home. Makes you... more>> wonder how much of the story was cannibalized by the incessant dialogue. <<less
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History’s Strongest Senior Brother
April 11, 2018
Status: c800
Lots of people grow on this novel after the first arcs, but I found it lost its originality and charm after the MC moves on to the upper realms. Basically, the whole ‘senior brother’ premise gets thrown out the window. The plot evolves into a more straightforward cultivation novel. The novel should be titled History’s Strongest Dude at that point.

On the other hand, the cast is genuinely likable, which is this novel’s saving grace. The MC has both brains and brawn, and the supporting characters are well-written, too. Overall, it’s... more>> still an enjoyable read, but a little tedious at times. <<less
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The Strongest System
August 16, 2018
Status: c760
The first 300 chapters moves through the typical xianxia tropes real fast, often parodying them. Arc after arc, Lin Fan betrays expectations and overcomes struggles in hilarious ways.

After the “big power spike”, however, the story is boggled down by filler dialogue and extraneous details. It takes itself too seriously at times and loses its former uniqueness and charm. It almost feels like another novel.
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Shura’s Wrath
January 29, 2018
Status: c672
TLDR: Shura’s Wrath blends together xianxia and VRMMO. Expect lots of posturing, powerups, and patriarchy. Great fight scenes, everything else is subpar. I’d recommend skipping ALL the character sheets and stat points filler. Heavy on the harem, with some NSFW content.

PROS

- Decent world-building. Without any spoilers, the real world and the VR world are more than it seems at first glance.

... more>> - Descriptive, intense battles.

CONS

- The main character embodies the typical xianxia male power fantasy meathead cliche. Reckless, vengeful, dumb.

- All female characters basically exist as walking vaginas for the MC to stick it in. Harem includes underaged girls.

- The author doesn’t give a hoot about the video game aspect after a few chapters. It’s just there to justify giving the MC occasional cheats. Anything goes, plot armor galore.

- Literally, entire chapters are dedicated to stat pages and skill explanations full of nonsensical numbers. A new low in padding the word count.

ATG Note: Shura’s Wrath shares the same author as Against the Gods, and a lot of tropes are recycled. If you love or hate ATG, then you’ll feel the same about Shura’s Wrath. <<less
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Arena
January 13, 2019
Status: c165
Arena sprints out of the gate with an interesting story, fun characters, and good worldbuilding. Unfortunately, this novel loses steam around chapter 90 due to terrible writing. The protagonist and everyone around him devolves into a dimwitted dunce. On the same note, every conflict resolves predictably without any tension because otherwise, how would our peabrained protagonist progress the plot?
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Top Management
January 7, 2019
Status: c111
Top Management rightfully deserves all the praise it receives. The author crafts the dialogue, characters, and plot with such heart and soul. Drama, mystery, and romance are all intricately woven together. Top Management sits in its own lofty echelon above all other webnovels.
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