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Ancient Strengthening Technique
June 16, 2016
Status: c118
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Garbage, uninspired piece of trash.
This is perhaps the most cliched xianxia out there. Weak-Strong, unprecedented talent, pissing off powerful foes, wooing every female in a 50km radius, powerful beast companion (it's coming), lots of luck, etc. But, this novel is so poorly thought out, it's just plain asinine. For example, Qing shui gains completely random culinary skills after cultivating to the 4th level of his manual. Why?? He doesn't even know why! Random sh*t happens and the MC is like: "Wow, this method is truly formidable!", dafuq? Don't even get me started on how stupid this dude is, or just how plain unlikable he is. He has the depth of a 2inch deep sh*tcreek, only thinking about food and s*x.
Anyway, read this one if you are into a brain dead wish fulfillment xianxia that has a horny ass for an MC.

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Martial World
April 30, 2017
Status: c856
Only read it for the lulz.

I would like to say there is something good to find in this story, but it is not really a story in the first place. It is more like the author was trying to write about how awesome a character is, and the story is just a medium to do it. Yes, Lin Ming is the most level-headed, intelligent, filial, and concerning friend/lover/son/father that has ever existed, and that's it. That's the story. For the story to take place, or progress, the main character must... more>> be present. One can see this in multiple points, I've listed a few, which together, create a very shady pattern.
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  • MC returning from the demon continent. Arguably the circumstances have changed, but the story and characters have essentially "frozen" in order for MC to make it in time to save them. Lucky.
  • The original love interest of MC, she is sacrificed as a kamikaze to fight the demonic horde, but like a good neighbor Lin Ming is there, he solves the situation in 5minutes and heads over to her and saves her at the last moment.
  • MC saves lady in duress, her uncles were in the final steps of stealing her inheritance.
  • MC saves second love interest from being raped, at such a convenient record it's amazing. MC fakes his own death, THEN, conveniently manages to save his love interest. Worst of all, there was a time limit for this event! Lin Ming luckily escaped at the moment before his friends were murdered. Convenient again.
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The story is just a convenient way to show off the MC in many situations and how awesome he is. But, the most ironic part is that the MC isn't even that great, everyone else is just a bunch of neanderthals. The Old men and women who have lived for countless years don't have the basic reasoning of a child, and are suicidal enough to fight even though they know they will die, young masters with huge backings, so-and-so coveting MC's treasures/grills, and, oh, this is the best one, people failing to recognize the greatness of the MC. The author will purposely mention these people saying: "Oh! Wow! Such talent, but it is impossible for him to succeed against X!", "Wow! MC can surpass a whole realm of cultivation! But he does not have a triple-omnis*xual-dragon violet dantian, like the most famous elders under the heavens!". The crowd will have you cringing for the entire chapter (because they are there for every other paragraph), and then, once the MC succeeds, the crowd raves again: "Wow! An unsurpassed talent! Never seen before for hundred thousand years, since [ insert insignificant historical cultivator ]!" As if their reactions are worth something to the MC or the story, the only reason they are there is for us, the readers to go: "How foolish! Of course he is the best!", simple wish fulfillment. Get to feel like the underdog who proved everyone wrong.

I'm not going to go into detail about what I think about the propagating events. They are shamelessly vague due to the lack of brainstorming that goes into them. The simple answer for this, which I find true to be of all novels, but more for some than for others, is that the plot demanded it. The most laughable but sad part was when the Author introduced "Destiny". I laughed. But, it wasn't a happy laugh, it was the sort of pitying laugh you would give when you see an ambitious kid drop out of high school to get into the workforce early and fill in the manager positions. All authors do this, but only the most stupid of them would actually manifest it in their story. The so called "Destiny" of the MC is just the physical manifestation of the plot in the MC, he can't die, lose control, be the "bad" guy, or mature. He is a stale template character for a stale template world, in which all characters and events are equally worthless because of the lack of thought that goes into them. The Author is a wreck, maybe I'm not getting it due to my background, but my basic comprehension skills tell me that the Author would rather be focused on what the next crowd is going to say rather than creating a deep, meaningful story.

I have been reading this story for the lulz. But, today I have had enough, reading something to pick out flaws isn't good for the mind. Neither is chugging down paragraphs upon paragraphs of wish fulfillment.

Don't read this story. <<less
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Legend
May 28, 2017
Status: c99
Normally I would say, a story ruined by a boring MC. But, there isn't even a story to be found, no overarching plot, nothing. Just your typical herbivore jp MC who likes being the big fish in a small pond (although it seems that those in the frontier are more powerful which doesn't even make sense anyhow). Another big problem I have with this is how slow it moves along, c99 and still the MC lacks a purpose or any sort of character, author has been too busy setting up... more>> harem to care, I assume. <<less
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Death Sutra
May 10, 2017
Status: c46
It is rare that I write a review, especially a good one, but this novel has inspired me to do so. This is by far my favorite of this site yet, a grueling story of revenge in a deep unforgiving world. There is not much that I can say that I like about the premise; it's nothing spectacular, but the true gold comes in the form of the execution of the story and characters. I really cannot recommend this novel more, of all that I have read, this novel has... more>> been the best and it seems it's only just going to get better. <<less
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Spirit Realm
April 30, 2017
Status: c358
Spirit Realm is pretentious, claiming depth where there is none. World events and character motivations are left extremely vague to promote intrigue and mysteriousness, which is NOT, how you write a novel. The worst part is that it seems like the author himself doesn't know what to do or where to go with the plot and character motivations. The MC's grandpa is someone extremely powerful, but of all the f**king places, leaves MC to suffer in the most unknown corner continent of the world, at the lowest of positions, BY... more>> HIMSELF. MC could've died a million times, so what are we left to assume, Granddaddy doesn't love ya? Nope. He leaves him a message and gift for the MC to deal with his own sh*t, teaches him how to cultivate, and trains him. Inconsistent. Did the MC live with for 5years+ or the actual 3 chapters he was mentioned, why the f**k was there no description of this granddad emotions or attitudes, why did the MC even trust him after having amnesia? Where is the exposition?!

As for the rest, I'm not even going to bother talking about the forced romance, plot armor, arrogant yung mastas, etc. This is just the diarrhea icing on the sh*t cake that is Spirit Realm. <<less
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The Grandmaster Strategist
May 18, 2017
Status: v2c18
Kind of hard to say what I think of this one. It is an example of masterful writing for sure, but I have had the feeling that there is something sort of rotten in this book. The author is amazing at evoking emotion in the reader, but some events in the story that were supposed to evoke emotion were kind of forced.
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For one, the romance between Jiang Zhe and his wife took place over one night. Jiang Zhe, for whatever reason, felt such a huge connection towards her despite the short time span and although I understand that Suiyun is compelled to get revenge for her, I cannot really reconcile my rationale to recognize this cause as reasonable.

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Possibly, the author never wanted us to focus on the heartbreak and tragedy, but it downplays Suiyun's motivation for doing what he is. It just makes this story seem more like Suiyun's adventure rather than the biography of Suiyun due to the lack of introspection on his goals, morals, and motivations.
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