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Godly Student
March 12, 2019
Status: c150
If you like novels where the MC is a powerful pansy who likes to let everyone walk all over him, to share his secrets that even his wives don’t know with random strangers who he doesn’t like, or who gives away his wealth and treasure earned by nearly dying to other random strangers, and refuses to show his strength until someone he cares about gets hurt before letting them off because he lacks self confidence and a stable belief system; then this novel is for you!!!

This Author’s inability to give... more>> the MC a consistent personality ruined the novel. The MC wakes up in the secular world taking over a normal body with his immortal soul. However, he lets everyone walk all over him repeatedly even though he has no reason to. Here comes a stereotypical beauty that the MC won’t sleep with, better turn the MC into a masochist for some reason, and then go on a killing spree later, only after someone close to him is hurt or threatened. Like seriously I get there will be cliche characters coming along to fight the MC but he only ever threatens them with words and never shows his strength. It’s like the author can’t even come up with any better idea for a fight to occur other than that both the MC and instigators have such an inability to use their brains that they start hitting each other. It’s like every antagonist believes they can destroy a mountain with a popsicle stick while the MC believes everyone will listen to him because he can use the words “don’t offended me”. And then the MC just lets them off after killing or maiming their subordinates so that they can attack his loved ones.

Having this happen once or twice would be fine but every few chapters is just ridiculous. This cycle is literally the entire novel aside from the authors twisted view of romantic relationships which I won’t even bother discussing. It’s the same with material possessions as well. Oh look a soul level item that even the sect masters of the biggest sects in the world don’t have for personal use. Yeah I should just give a bunch away to some people I met a couple days ago, who have pissed me off for days, and without any compensation. Oh yeah I should probably share all my secrets too even though I have been terrified about letting my secrets slip out and keep talking about being low key. Seriously?!?!

Overall, if this MC wasn’t such a walking contradiction then this novel wouldn’t have any progression. 90% of the conflicts could have been avoided by the MC with a show of status or strength which leaves this novel without any meaningful plot. I don’t mind the fluff or cliches which are inevitable in this type of novel. But having the MC change his personality, worldview, belief system to fit each scene so that this story will progress has ruined any chance this has. <<less
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Harry Potter and the Secret Treasures
August 29, 2019
Status: c1509
If you have read the original books these cannot compare, and if you bonded with some of the main characters (especially Ron) then there is a good chance you will not like this retelling. Things often don’t go the way you would like and most readers can come up with a better outcome/plot change, or will be frustrated multiple times. I believe the lack of control over the outcome of the story is the corner stone theme for the novel. This feeling is the same thing that the main character... more>> has. He knows the original story and wants to make a better outcome, but the more he tries, the more he struggles to come to terms with his lack of control.

Past all of that, it is rather well thought through for a fan fiction. The Chinese wuxia novel themes and style are very strong so expecting something even remotely similar to the originals is a foolhardy. The author here is sharing their own unique spin on the Harry Potter universe and while I really enjoyed some of it, there are other parts I would have done differently. That being said, it was new, I was interested in the explanations that were in some cases just filler but they still had important information and perspectives instead of repetition, though it did happen on occasion.

The more I read this novel, the more I understood the perspective of the author and came to enjoy it. However if you cannot set aside your expectations, ideas, or desires for the novels plot or how the author chooses to have the characters act it will not have much of an enjoyment factor. For example, sorry Ron fans, but he gets trashed in this novel. He isn’t the only character who acts stupid or incredibly immature, but if you remind yourself that for most of this novel they are kids between 12 and 17 years of age who aren’t raised by emotional stable or proper role models for the majority of their lives, their behaviour makes much more sense.

However, the novel has some identity issues and it struggles to be its own thing. Instead it seems to drift between original Harry Potter plot and the new plot without fully fusing the two.

My personal opinion: (with the benefit of the doubt for not being Rowling and with a wuxia influence)

writing: 3.5/5 decent

creativity: 4.5/5 new and unique

Length: 3.5/5 it could be longer overall. Some parts need flushing out and others need trimming. More new stories would be great

plot: 4/5 struggles between new and old without being its own, but are both good with decent transitions

enjoyment: 5/5 personal preference <<less
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Very Pure and Ambiguous: The Prequel
August 5, 2019
Status: v9
MC is the smartest and stupidest person in the novel. When the author can’t move the plot without having people make irrational decisions that do not fit the pre-established model you get a mess that is just upsetting to read. I do like the underlying premise of this novel, but the delivery of it is so inconsistent.

The best way to describe this novel comparing it to the Disney live remakes. If it’s your preference then some parts you will enjoy, but it will make you ask “why” when it does... more>> things like not giving the animals facial expressions in the new lion king. I can handle one or two of these stains to enjoy the rest but it eventually feels like the best bank robber in the world is walking around covered in ink from dye packs from head to toe while saying “this is fine” because there isn’t any other way to make drama. <<less
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Advent of the Archmage
September 30, 2019
Status: c726
The novel began really well. It was interesting, structured, and fulfilling. It had romance, exciting enemies, a logical plot, and a structured world. Then it slowly took a turn for the worse. I don’t know why but so many wuxia authors are obsessed with the making their protagonist omnipotent while explaining all the truths of the universe. It is so unnecessary and creates so many problems. The novel changes from ‘advent of the archmage’ to ‘advent of the most super awesome powerful being ever’ and it really ruins the story.... more>> The interesting plot and the structured world just get thrown out the window in favour of repetitive escalations to the antagonists. Defeat the super powerful bad guy that can devour millions of souls at once only to turn around and fight someone stronger.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing and can still be satisfactory if done well but it is not. The author try’s and fails to sway the emotions of the reader again and again by breaking their own rules and manipulating character personalities so that everyone becomes a hypocrite. Determined by And after so many failed attempts my emotional investment in the characters was gone. SPOILER: I felt nothing when he killed his former lover. Even less than the protagonist himself felt.

Overall: below average, I won’t bother reading it again. <<less
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