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Streuya
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The Returner
November 21, 2018
Status: c122
From a psychological perspective this novel is outstanding. Several gags do wear thin and there's a slow start, but the character development of not just the MC, but also the side characters is well done.

I'm tired of seeing people rating this one star because the author spends time building up the back story and plot. The way the MC deals with his past traumas is realistic (in my opinion as an infantry combat veteran) and watching him grow through chapter 70 has made this one of my favorite novels.

The Returner... more>> should be rated as highly as The Novel's Extra and Trash of the Count's Family. I wish I had started reading it sooner instead of being swayed by inaccurate reviews written by impatient readers. <<less
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Trash of the Count’s Family
December 18, 2018
Status: c91
It doesn't do anything too new or revolutionary, but somehow comes across as a bit unique. The MC keeps making excuses for his behavior, but in the end it seems like he doesn't know who he really is.

His view of himself becomes more rationalized and deluded as time goes on; yet, interestingly enough: everyone around him seems to understand at least one facet of his personality better than he does himself. His enemies remain confused... how do you understand the motives of someone who doesn't understand himself?

In the end, we're... more>> all confused and a show of confidence is just that: a show. Kim Rok Soo is written like a real human being: flawed rationality, self delusions, unjustified confidence, and gradually building rage at the injustices visited upon 'his people'... The story may not be the most original, but if you dig deeply enough... you'll find yourself lost, only to realize you've finally opened your eyes.

So yeah: 5 stars <<less
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The Human Emperor
February 20, 2019
Status: c580
Suffers from usual Chinese novel issues: word padding, needless repetition of details (more word padding), and excessive/non-sensical worship of the MC by his allies.

By chapter 100 it was wearing thin, by chapter 300 I just accepted that while this novel had the potential to be outstanding, it has unfortunately been hindered by the limitations of every creative work subjected to profit minded oversight: deadlines imposed without regard to their effect on the storyline and a reward/payment system designed to emphasize quantity over quality.

All that being said: this novel is better... more>> than most. By chapter 10 (4.2), by chapter 100 (3.9), by chapter 300 (3.7), by chapter 500 (3.6).

As much as I'd love to round up to 4, I have an overwhelming premonition that the downward trend will continue and have instead (perhaps unfairly) rounded down to 3. At chapter 580 (most current I've read at this time) I would rate this between 3.5 and 3.6... crazy as that sounds.

Worth reading? Yes. Worth finishing? Possibly.

Potential: Moderate - High.

Creativity: Moderate.

Plot progression: inconsistent (alternates between slow and fast), but not a complete mess. <<less
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