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WhoWho
I read from wintertranslates so basically the chapters were very detailed but not literal translations. But they were really well translated with lots of creative thought into it, and probably would be better than literal translations.

I really like the story and how it leaves you wanting for more. It always makes you stand on the tip of your toes. The synopsis is fine, but the story is amazing, and the synopsis does leave you with a bias, that might confuse you a bit. So if you are unsure after reading... more>> the synopsis, I highly recommend you to start reading the story.

Basically I really like what the translator has done to the original story, by also actually doing the other half of "translating." For example, there might be really bad and unnecessary stuff that the original author wrote to appeal the readers in China. The translator did a really good job at bridging that gap, and make it more suitable for other readers.

I'm okay with the fact that the characters were intentionally written as closeted and hiding their se xuality and willing also to do anything to mask it. But sometimes I feel like that part is overemphasized in the story. It's isn't so bad in this novel compared to "Waiting For You Online", partly because this translator does a really good job and also because the story is more believable, even though it has a lot of fictional stuff.

I really applaud the translator, since I feel like a big part of why the two main characters were so endearing is due to the translator. This is just speculation, but I feel like the Chinese author makes "being gay" a big deal/issue, whereas the translator makes it seem a bit more "normal". <<less
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Starting from Zero
January 27, 2018
Status: c6
I couldn't read past chapter 6. There's just way too much self-praise and superficial childish attitude from the main character. He literally is rich and "lucky" and literally the novel revolves around him. Right from the start, it felt so narcissistic and snobby.

Another problem is how the game mechanic is so unbelievable now, while being super cliche at the same time. It borders on "fascination", the bad kind of fascination where it is in your face. The game literally also revolves around him.
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Overgeared
December 19, 2017
Status: c204
Contrary to most people, I sort of have a differing opinion. I still give this a 4 star even though the flaws are very jarring and might make it less enjoyable.

I actually enjoyed when the naive Grid at the beginning, because he was doing things that other people would consider "stupid." It is really a good contrast to the "pro gamer" mindset.

The flaws in the beginning are justified because Grid had a naive personality, but there are some serious flaws in the author's writing that become really apparent when Grid... more>> becomes more "leader-like." There was no reason or any determination at all besides that the author wanted Grid to mature for the sake of making the main character the leader. I would hardly call it "character development" because the author just tells you blatantly rather than actually coming up with interesting emotional conflicts. Thus it falls back on a lot of game cliches sometimes which can be very mindless.. Unless you like that (because it is wish-fulfillment in some ways)

But for me, towards the later chapters at the end, it becomes a bit over-the-top so far, and it feels like the author is using "plot armor" heavily, but trying to pass it off as normal.
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Grid "luckily" got a egg and hatched it and the level 1 pet was able to defeat all the other pets. It is just absurd even though the author tries to make up a very convincing reason. But the fact that Grid was able to drop one of the best pets from Hell was just way too "convenient."

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Another thing is how there is absolutely no consistency or standards of measurement. Everything is thrown at you rather than being foreshadowed or planned or developed. The best you get is some reference like "X epic class and is a lich." Like the previous example, if pets were so useful, why haven't it been mentioned in the start of the novel as an "option." The novel just feels really unplanned.

I feel like the novel falls into a lot of traps, such as this weird relationship with npc and between npcs. I thought it was cool how npcs were fleshed out and also really strong at first, but as the novel progresses, the author didn't even put any more effort. For example, a major aspect was this relationship with blacksmiths yet Grid only met 2 npc blacksmiths, and those two were kinda forced onto by plot armor. In a way I also feel like the novel dumbs out blacksmithing and doesn't explore all the untapped options. The author seriously does not get creative. I don't mean like weird or super specialized weapons that only a few could wield or master, but more interesting ones that subverts out expectations. One of the reason I loved Percy Jackson so much is how his pen can transform into a sword. It would be nice to have a concept as interesting as that but not the same exact. What if he could make things that are not all intended for stats or fighting or combat.
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It was interesting how Grid could make a master key, but that also felt like a plot armor trick

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I really hate it a bit when characters are made to be "subordinates" or just followers. It really kills my perspective of them, and in a way, it gives the author a cheap trick to repeat. Even worse I guess is if the novel has "slaves."
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Well at first, Grid told Toban that Toban would have to be his slave, but that relationship fortunately didn't last long because Toban was behaving well and Grid "matured".

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Another pitfall I guess is how the author makes the legendary class Grid has feel strong and invincible. You might think it is good but that is really detrimental in most cases. One thing is how Grid keeps "resisting" status effects. It is very ambiguous even though I remember reading how all legendary classes were immune to CC status effects I think? But it just feels like a random detail inserted to somehow make the legendary classes feel overpowered, and also as a subtle plot armor.

In a way, I feel less attachment to Grid as a character now than in the beginning. The author isn't suppose to make a "likeable" character, but rather one that we can empathize or attach onto. It feels like the Grid in the later chapters is so distant and burdened by titles.
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Like who cares if Grid become the general of the army, and I feel like it is just another thing that the author throws at you. Grid could have easily refused.

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I rather have an trollish character not have to conform to the same general attitudes of the elite pro-gamers. In a way, the world building (both virtual and real) is also kinda bad, and negatively contributes to the overall scheme. It just feels very weak, especially in real life. <<less
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Taming Master
January 19, 2018
Status: c60
I basically read up to around chapter 60 a long time ago. I rate this 5 stars based on how much I enjoyed reading it. However, after looking back on it, there are some things that are not the best in comparison to other similar novels. The taming is great but I feel like there is just too much inequality. Sometimes it is acceptable, but it does seem a little too much like the author is purposely making the main character succeed. At first, it is just minor inconveniences, but... more>> by the time I got up to chapter 60, it does feel a lot more obvious. Especially when one of his summon is super rare and almost incredibly game-changing. Sometimes, the author might delve too deep into the technical game aspect, and forget about character development.

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For example, I barely care when the MC learns the "Proliferation" skill, even though it helped him hunt. That doesn't tell me much except that he is improving and working hard. But I already know that, and the author doesn't really get too creative.

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I really like how the main character has a different goal besides making money. It is a nice goal, but also somewhat a little lacking in depth. There needs to be a risk factor in it, besides just failing. There is also another downside where there's not actually any real antagonist.

There's also barely any relationships that feel real. The interactions are fine, but they just don't form a proper interesting relationships. I feel like this is another negative for novels that focus on a main character that solos things. <<less
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Waiting For You Online
January 4, 2018
Status: c22
So far, I really enjoy the story. Though at times, it does seem a little confusing to read and also a bit too distasteful in the video game aspect. I really love how good-will the main character is. He Jin has a nice personality, but it doesn't mean he doesn't get sad or depress. I sort of empathize with him because he has been suppressing his own emotions and thoughts for a long time. It sort of relates to how a gay guy sometimes must also suppress his feelings.

The stuff... more>> I dislike are pretty minor but can also be a big deal depending on how the story develops. For one, I didn't like the stereotypical attitude, since this is set in the future and still the society is not open to homose xuality. It really gives the impression that the author or the author's intended audience believes that there will not be much change. I wish the author at least tried to show how the society has advanced besides the technology. It also makes me a bit annoyed because the author purposely writes in ignorance sometimes, probably because it "fits" the status quo attitude. The author could do so much better, or just leave it out.

Another annoying thing is how the author uses these modern terms, that probably are already dated and not very representative of normal gamers. It feels like the author is just trying to throw these terms just to impress you, without adding anything meaningful to the table.

I might be a little picky as a guy, but it really bothers me when the author uses his own bias instead of doing some research, even though I know the author probably was just joking around. For example, I remember reading how the author "jokes" that "trans people were just playing" and it does bother me a bit. Thus it breaks your illusion because of how it makes the story less "realistic".

There are many instances which annoys me, in which the author kept explicitly addressing how it might be a issue if the person is a guy. The execution is kind of poorly done, especially since you would expect it to be more discreet and subtle. There was too much "telling" and not enough "showing."

Another point I find very disturbing is the "pet system", not the regular pets, but rather how a player can become someone's pet. It isn't that bad in the novel, but it does feel a bit weird and possessive. I do like possessive and dominant characters but that isn't the problem. The problem is in how the author uses that for the plot, and how it doesn't really fit in. It just feels way too "cheap", easy, and abusable by the author. Still I give this 5 stars, and hope that this "pet training system" won't be a problem to read.

Still, I guess it is the feeling of manipulation that I really dislike... <<less
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