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Rise of Humanity
February 9, 2018
Status: v1c94
tl;dr keklel is a neanderthal, this story is solid, you will regret not reading it.

The setting is interesting, humans are basically the devolved version of a celestial race that used to rule the known area (not sure how much area yet) but now there is only a single bastion of humanity left in a jungle filled with scattered tribes that can barely survive. There are other species but they treat humans as livestock so there is quite a bit of motivation for the MC to help humanity rise.

The cultivation system... more>> is like a mix of coiling dragon type iet stories and doulou dalu (syncing with spirits to power up until they become gods maybe). There is a lot of dao type stuff and perception is important. We only know as much as the MC does for the cultivation system which isnt much as he is an ignorant kid from a small tribe for quite a few chapters.

The opening arc is excellent so far, he is finding his way, doing insane training, learning about the world and how ****ed humanities situation is.

There are even dark undercurrents from outside and in so there is a bit of desperation mixed in with power up/enlightenment chapters.

The action is solid, it isnt overly wordy and some of the fights are pretty epic which is kind of crazy since he is just a noob atm.

Great start so far, cant wait for the next 100 chapters so I can binge. <<less
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Monarch of Evernight
June 3, 2017
Status: c31
Overall this story is very promising, the intro volume has set down a solid foundation with a great backstory for the MC. The pacing is extremely fast but it still covers enough details and does not feel rushed.

This story has been fairly gruesome so far, it is very descriptive and that probably made people rate it 1 star, it has an r-15 tag but it should probably be 18 due to the imagery.

The story really is quite brutal, if you are squeamish it may not be for you, but it... more>> is still very good. <<less
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The Ultimate Evolution
December 22, 2016
Status: v5c27
tl;dr solid story so far, rational and scheming MC, definitely worth reading since the translator is on track to release 75+ chapters this month. The turning point on whether this will continue to be a good story should be once he gets a few more army ranks (3 books max).

This story starts somewhat slow which probably caused people to lose interest when comparing it to TI which starts so well. The systems are clearly different. Where TI focuses on survival/death games, TUE seems to be about making an army in... more>> a nightmare world (working together instead of killing each other). My main problem with TI was the fights between groups because it was so forced that it became convoluted. The interactions with other parties have been far less constrained so far which makes it harder to predict where the story is going to go.

I thought a magic world would be re****ed since the MC can't use magic but it was just as satisfying as the previous world.

The MC seems like a real person which is fairly rare in these stories. <<less
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Apocalypse Summoner
January 17, 2017
Status: c19
Edit: story went to total s**t at around c30, he starts summoning cartoon characters, the MC gets even more emo/annoying, I'm glad the tl dropped it.

c19 review:

Summoning is a turnoff for me but the octopus is funny. I like how it feels more real and dark. As long as characters keep dropping like flies and he picks up a second class since he already knows how to summon it should be pretty decent. Definitely worth reading. The translation speed could kill this story but hopefully all of these patreons will... more>> inspire more translators to be more active. <<less
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Tales of the Reincarnated Lord
June 18, 2017
Status: c192
After 200 chapters this is hands down one of the best world building stories currently being translated.

This story has a horrendous (ly boring) start that seems to have made a lot of people rate this poorly. I was bored one day and worked through the first 50ish chapters, the story actually started to get good! There was a reason for the boring development, the payoff just came much later than I would have liked.

The focus of the story is on his territory development and relationships rather than the standard cliches.

He... more>> is strong but not op, his decision making is fairly rational, the side characters have depth, and the interactions seem real. <<less
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Nine Star Hegemon Body Art
January 13, 2019
Status: c230
This story has a bunch of the cliches but for the most part everything is done better than other generic chinese novels. It dosent focus too much on 1 power up after another although there are enough power ups to keep the reader satisfied.

I'd say it is a combo of atg, agm, and invincible, but it takes most of the good parts from each and mashes them together.

I binge read the first 200 chapters on a lazy saturday and it all went by fairly smoothly. There are some things that... more>> I found annoying or objectionable but the traits are also reasonably explained and even the MC finds them annoying. There is definitely a lot of parody and it pokes fun at the genre every couple chapters.

Overall, it is a refreshing read since after 2 years of reading most of the stories in the genre it started to get a bit stale. <<less
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Castle of Black Iron
October 24, 2017
Status: c304
This novel has the best opening 300 chapters of the ~250 stories I've read. It has a slow start but it is needed for proper character growth, some parts are a little boring but it goes full speed ahead at chapter 50.

I enjoy the story so much because the MC seems real, so many mc's are just blank do gooders with amazing talent. They do the right thing almost all of the time and have great control of their emotions and rarely express them which lets the authors create great... more>> moments when they finally do. Black Iron's MC is different, at first he reacts and acts on instincts with barely any planning, as he experiences more his actions start to change dramatically.

Not that novels need to have s*x but it is human and often becomes a glaring plot hole with most mc's. Black Iron's author embraces it and stuffs the s*x plot hole full of content but it is never a focus (well it was for a while). Basically just enough s*x for character building which did a great job in making the MC seem more genuine along with the recurring bouts of naivety which gradually improve his character. The MC falls on a ton of hard times, almost none of his early accomplishments were easy which mainly stem from inexperience. The time in the fighting club is a great example haha.

Anyway, this is one of the best stories on nu atm 10000% everyone should read it. <<less
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Reign of the Hunters
June 24, 2017
Status: c70
I'm conflicted, I really hate this growing quest ring. I also hate how she can solo everything just by kiting and everyone else is like omg wtf kiting!!? 2new4me

it is a nice grindy vrmmo with a bunch of douche bags that get trounced because they arnt the MC. This isnt as good as roaming thief, at least it is consistent in its bs op mechanics.

I also hate the customer service guy.

... more>> The story has < 500 chapers and it felt like nothing happened in the first 70.

I'll probably pick it up later but this is only slightly better (at 70 chapters) than that guardian vrmmo that is complete garbage. <<less
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