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WolfNexus
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Against the Gods
July 13, 2018
Status: c1000+
It's a repetitive whirlpool filled with arrogant young masters and a super OP MC. Funnily enough, I noticed one of the reviews said the MC is "OP but not too OP." Regardless, the earlier half of the novel at least, had some flair. Especially the "Good Grandson" gag which was the high point of the novel, imo. Later, the novel is another generic Xianxia flex fest. But the main plot mysteries ares somewhat intriguing. But a lot of it looks like this:

"u suck."

"Say what?"

"u suck."

*MC flexes*

"oh mai gaaaawd. U don't suck! Father! He doesn't suck!"

"Say what?" *looks at MC* "u suck."

"Say what?"

"u suck."

*MC flexes*

"oh mai gaa-*elderly cough*. U don't suck! Father! He doesn't suck!"

"oh mai gaaaaawd! It is my super coool grandpa!"

"u suck."
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History’s Number 1 Founder
January 14, 2018
Status: c420
I was just scrolling through the reviews when I noticed a couple of them saying how this is just a ripoff and has no originality.

I would like to firmly deny these "reviews", who have most likely only read the beginning before coming to their conclusion,

because the ripping off is just the author paying homage to the other novels, because once he gathers all his main disciples, the story sets off on its own, unique path.

The story is about Lin Feng, a transmigrated guy accompanied by the System in his... more>> mind which gives him the mission to build the best darn sect there is. Of course, each mission has its time limit, and if not completed within said time limit, he will be killed. And so he recruits his disciples, builds his sect, staving off others who view his sect with greed or as a nuisance to their plan. The world is vast and the world building is amazing. There is politics involved later on, not just raw strength deciding everything. The scheming is amazing but the mildly serious tone is compensated by the hilarious interaction between Lin Feng and his disciples, the growth of their sect from a fledgling toward being a powerhouse with a say in the world, it's all amazing.

Early on in the story, Lin Feng, being at best a couple steps ahead of his MC disciples (with super talent) has to struggle so that the Master isn't overcome by his disciple. He tries his best to not get in too deep of a trouble, only to end up worse with his measly cultivation. But with his quick wits, scheming and hilarious acting, Lin Feng ends up the winner, with a reputation that far surpasses his actual prowess, a glass mirror that may shatter any time. All the side characters have their own personalities, especially his disciples, with their own comprehensions, techniques and sect divisions, with them training their disciples as well. The villains aren't pure 2D idiots, and the hilarity in the novel keeps it chugging forward.

Of course, if you want the MC to be in absolute danger 24x7, I dare not say that this is the novel for you. Lin Feng remains in control for the most part, and for me, that was perfect. <<less
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Transcending the Nine Heavens
July 11, 2018
Status: c534
Ah Transcending the Nine Heavens... Ah, you shouldn't have transcended at all ah.

As another review mentioned, the BEST part of this novel is the Lower Heavens. It's exciting, thrilling, and extracts the best parts of what this story is capable of. The antagonist was SUPERB (one of my favorite CN antagonist) and the resolution was alright. TTNH is one of my favorite novels -- make that a was -- because once he began moving up, the novel began moving down.

And it's completely understandable. The conflict in the Lower Heavens was... more>> too good. It was the perfect hook for readers, and I can't blame the author for declining in the later chapters. It would feel far too drawn out and repetitive had he tried to replicate the Lower Heavens; and by my understanding, even Feng Ling Tian Xia should have become tired out after finishing the excruciating Lower Heavens. Still, it's a damn shame.

The story follows reincarnated Chu Yang, who travels back in time to his past self upon committing sudoku. He is given the chance to fix what he broke in his past life, and to chase after his true love. Touching touching.

Except his true love is a 9 year old now.

And he's 30~40 mentally.

Anyways. The arc is kick-started with his determination to save his sect that was destroyed in his past life as the first objective. He has to take advantage of the conflict between Great Zhao that wants to conquer the world (also destroyed his sect due to their schemes) and Iron Cloud, the last remaining country strong enough to resist Great Zhao. Ensue the best part of the story, as King of Hell Chu uses his wits and his knowledge to the extreme in order to challenge the best mind of the Lower Heavens, Prime Minister Diwu Qing Rou of Great Zhao.

Such a f*cking amazing conflict. I couldn't look and objectively state that one side is on the right. The country that wants to maintain its sovereignty and the brothers that would conquer the world for each other. There's a lot of clashing of interests, and a lot of emotions involved. Of course, every strategy Chu Yang employs to deal with Great Zhao's attempts to take over the country (by subterfuge) repels them successfully and hilariously. The humor in this novel is almost top notch at places. The only regret I have is that we get to see Diwu Qing Rou's reactions live. This kills the intimidation Diwu Qing Rou must have to a certain extent. He was far more intimidating before we started seeing his reactions. Either way, their clashes are amazing. The ending was, to me, somewhat forced for a "best for both sides but still debilitating" ending.

The next best part of the novel is undoubtedly the six brothers. Their character interactions make me laugh genuinely, and it's the best I've seen in CN. The other novels simply tell me that "the friends chatted and laughed" explicitly. I can't feel the connection. Here, the brothers interact, make fun of each other, discuss, fight, and behave almost genuinely like good friends. There are some cheesy bits in there, but that's alright. Some of the jokes fall flat, but what's important is that to me, they feel like actual brothers. This and Diwu Qing Rou are what made this novel so special for me.

This is, of course, a harem. There are three candidates till now, one of them the child. And honest, this has some pretty good romance. The MC at least, is faithful to his loli, and the other two react believably. They can't get over him, of course, but it does show a lot of how intense their love is -- although cheesy, still a bit touching. I rooted for both of them, and can't wait for the inevitable resolution. HOWEVER.

Only the first harem candidate is alright for me. She is the one who's most believable, yet ironically the one who is too exaggerated. The others... Hm.

Spoiler

The second is Tie Bu Tian, the princess disguised as Prince because she's the sole heir. Chu Yang helps her a lot, and as a sheltered girl who became Prince and couldn't have her secret revealed (hence no male friends) her falling in love with dashing Chu Yang is believable. It's the "sealing of their relationship" that's too forced. He's affected by an aphrodisiac that needs him to have s*x in five hours to avoid death. She saves him by sacrificing her cultivation which needs her virginity intact, and becomes pregnant. Chu Yang is still, at this point, unaware that she's a she and she's pregnant with his kid.

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And the third...

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Is the child. Of course. It is just so WEIRD. Even Chu Yang feels it's weird. But it pushed the limits a bit far when he groped her eleven year old butt whilst asleep. Her falling in love with him as a little girl is alright. His responding affirmatively really blows my head off. Despite their history, that's a different Qing Wu from this... Child. Their interaction is cute, but still weird. Pedo.

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The humor is, as I have mentioned, one of the best for me in CN, slightly above My Disciple Died Yet Again. It's over the top and exaggerated, but some of the bits have me rolling. However, the problem is the author's habit of squeezing a bit to the extreme. He makes something funny, but doesn't stop there. He beats the dead horse hoarse for a couple chapters before letting go. This makes it... quite awkward.

But this isn't limited to just the humor. This is the biggest beef I have with the author.

Spoiler

During a chase scene with Chu Yang having to run 6500+ km to escape, he's blocked from proceeding by an enemy camp that just arrived. He has to break through them, and waits. During their lunch time, he attacks violently, catching them off guard while getting food. Clever or whatever. But the aggravating bit is, this "strategy" is explained TWICE by EACH viewpoint. Too much. The general observing it goes on a monologue worth a novel about how accurate the attack was, and the viewpoint switches to Chu Yang, who also explains how accurate his viewpoint was. Too much.

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In a similar fashion, he over-explains a lot of needless things that will never be mentioned ever again, which kinda pisses me off. This is one of my biggest pet peeves

Now that I've lauded it all I could, I'll tell you why it starts to decline. It's gradual, as even at the start of the Middle Heavens it's somewhat good, but begins to drop.

It becomes just another xianxia with a super talented young master. The arc is super rushed, and by the end of it, he's basically gained the allegiance of five-ish major clans with little effort. Compared to the strenuous work in the Lower Heavens where he climbed up step by step, it's simply him beating arrogant young masters up to become popular. The antagonists become shallow, as nobody compares to Diwu Qing Rou, who you could sympathise with. Mo Tian Yun was alright near the end, and it was fascinating to see him slowly go insane with arrogance, but there is no substance to him beyond that. He's just a sh*t person, done and dusted. The Ou clan is filled with greedy buffoons, every "evil" person provokes the MC, and it's basically the typical Xianxia sh*tfest.

Don't get me wrong. Some of the intelligent bits do remain, although they feel lackluster because of the lack of tension. His clash with Diwu Qing Rou had me wondering how each would respond. Now, I'm a hundred percent sure that Chu Yang will unconditionally win. Bleh.

And once the lower Heavens is over, the author starts using some really, REALLY, annoying misunderstandings to keep readers reading. Most of this I could adjust with, but some of it had me genuinely pissed at the characters I was supposed to "like".

Spoiler

Tie Bu Tian's elder Martial sister and master find out that she became pregnant because of Chu Yang. And that he left without a care (dude had no idea, and Tie Bu Tian fooled him into thinking that she killed the woman who actually saved him. MC was heartbroken for half a chapter and even left a monument in her name). So they were pissed, and the master tells the elder Martial sister (who is Chu Yang's mom that lost Chu Yang) to beat him up, to which she readily complies because she hates him for being such a sh*t person, and it's his fault that he doesn't even know he has a kid. So she beats up his sworn brother thinking it's him and heads home, where her husband gives her several legendary items that Chu Yang gave him. She eats them all and levels up, and then learns that it was Chu Yang that gave this stuff. Ironic, don't you think? I wanted her to beat herself up for doing the very same thing as Chu Yang.

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These misunderstandings are EVERYWHERE. The characters have no job in the Middle Heavens than to misunderstand because the characters don't know how to speak without making one. One of the worst aspects of this novel tbh.

Well, that's a pretty long review. Either way, it's great in the Lower Heavens, mediocre and generic in the Middle Heavens, and unknown in the upper Heavens. Sadly, I'll be putting this formerly great novel down, because I don't expect the author to bounce back. The first 400 chapters are absolutely worth reading. <<less
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My Disciple Died Yet Again
January 21, 2018
Status: c91
There ARE SPOILERS AHEAD.

Undoubtedly hilarious, the author's wit and take on things are very interesting. It's very lacking on the cultivating side, she just dies and makes breakthroughs. Each reincarnation is interesting, and once again, it's laugh-out-loud level hilarious.

That said, the author's only perk is the comedy. His writing concerning tragedies is so bad that I can't work up a single shred of sadness for their death. For now, there's only been one proper death, so it's too soon to judge, I guess.
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For example, when a fairly important character, Wang Xushi (?) dies, and mind you, the death is off screen, so we don't even get a peek at the death, she instantly goes berserk. And the transition is TERRIBLE. She was just kidnapped by the villain and tortured, but the tone is still humorous and quite fast paced- until she learns he's dead. BAM! EMO MODE ON! It's so instantaneous and her "sadness" at her death is in short, unbelievable.

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Like another review stated, shea incredibly naive, and treats others feelings like jokes. Unlike in typical CN where side characters exist to make the MC look good, here they exist so that she can make fun of them, almost without exception.

The last really. Really really. Terrible thing about this novel is the romance so far. Oh my God it's so terrible I positively cringed.
Spoiler

For one, she, a thirty something year old woman, falls in love with a several thousand year old man. Yes, that's not too Creepy, but the REALLY old man, to whom Zhu Yao should be like a daughter, since their interactions are definitely like those between a father and child (he literally takes care of her as she reincarnated into a baby, for a while.) , likes her back. And then in her fourth reincarnation, she tackles him and makes out with THIS OLD MAN and he, after his initial confusion, pulls her back in, makes out with her, and this is so. So. So. Pedophilia. I wanted to retch because it was just like Usagi Down in which the daughter who was raised by this guy wants to carry his babies and he agrees. It's sickening.

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In short, this is an absolutely hilarious novel, with a superbly sickening romance.
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Dungeon Defense
July 11, 2018
Status: v2
I'll keep it short. It was an impressive schemer novel, and his abilities (and imo, the novel's high point) is at the beginning, where he is actually pushed to use his wits and skills to survive. A bit of plot armor from the "system" for sure, but it was comparatively a lot better than the rest of the novel.

The rest of the novel is a downward plummet, imo. There's a completely needless "decision box" at crucial times for no reason (me thinks for showing how dramatically he's going to win)... more>> and he suddenly wishes to rule the world and sh*t. But this is alright; maybe the "system" made him go wonky. But the previous efficiency he exhibited is nowhere to be seen. Every major victory he wins is based simply on what he knew already. And even then, I think, his use of the knowledge is... nothing special. Regardless, his victories aren't of his own merits; it's because the game this world is based off of gives the MC a big advantage. And then he became more and more psychotic, along with his psychotic s*x friend, and they decided to rule the world!

Disappointed. <<less
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Imperial God Emperor
July 11, 2018
Status: c432
It's not the greatest novel in the world, and neither does it rise far and above its contemporaries. However, I do like this novel quite a bit.

Story: This is by far one of the better aspects of the story. I'm 400 chapters in, and I still have no idea what's going on. The MC's entire situation is just weird, and I love it. The mystery aspect of who he truly is (and I hope he isn't the most Chad of all Chads and instead has to fight to become most... more>> Chad) and his family is intriguing, and the story outright states that this boi is sh*t at scheming. The mystery of who he truly is keeps me reading this novel.

Characters: Nothing too special. It's way above the single aspect characters, but they'd only be a 2.3D at best. But the character interactions are far better, and the MC's lackeys are somewhat likeable. His little family and their steady growth in numbers is pleasing. Also, Jiang B*tchan sucks. The author still decides to make her relevant for no goddamn reason.

Others: One thing you should find annoying about this is the MC's luck. Holy f*ck is it astounding. It makes the other MCs look normal! In the initial part of the novel, he finds SUPER AMAZING TREASURES when he goes out for a walk. This might irk you, so beware.

I don't what it is about this novel. It's not really special, and neither is it hilarious; but I truly enjoy reading it. Oh wait. I remember.

Spoiler

He can turn into a huge silver dragon

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SOLD.

Overall, it's an alright novel that might hook you. Check it out if you have only mediocre novels left on your reading list. <<less
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