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Back to the Apocalypse
April 4, 2017
Status: c12
I love love LOVE this. Only 12 available chapters and I'm already loving the characters and pairings-- Bai Jing and Xiao Sa, Wang Xuebing and Cao Le. I never thought I'd find a very promising zombie apocalypse, time leap to the past, psychic thingamajigs, and YAOI. *Dreamy sigh* Be still my heart.

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The lead is someone who died during a future filled with advanced zombies and mutated animals after experiencing the pain of betrayal, which is also somewhat brought about by his previous actions and behavior. Just when he thought that it's the end, he wakes up and found himself back a year before the tragedy struck. He used to be an arrogant, rich young Master, but is also the spoiled illegitimate son of a politician whose wife has connections with the military.

Aside from returning to the past, he awakens an ability, a mutated space dimension in his mind that can be controlled with psychic powers or something-- and an obsession with Xiao Sa, someone who has saved him and helped him a lot to learn how to survive in the disorder of the apocalypse. Xiao Sa seems to have some feelings for him which the MC failed to realize nor appreciate in his previous life. Even after going back to the past, he still isn't aware of his own feelings for the guy, though his preparation seemed to be centered all for Xiao Sa (he wanted to take care of cows in his space so that Xiao Sa will have some beef to eat when the apocalypse comes. Or hoarding clothes of different styles which are mostly Xiao Sa's sizes. I thought that was sweet.)

Bai Jing's is over-the-top with his preparations but then, he is preparing for a zombie apocalypse. His obsession with Xiao Sa is also pretty tame compared to Sangjin (?) 's obsession to be Hansoo's" friend" in Reincarnator (totally shipping them) but it's still giving the story darker tones like Kill the Lights vibes.

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I'm very excited for the next chapters. <<less
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Rebirth of the Wolfish Silkpants Bottom
March 29, 2018
Status: Completed
I'm honestly so happy that a lot of Chinese BL/danmei novels are being picked up and getting translated lately.

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This is one of the more enjoyable modern urban love rebirth stories. If not for the revenge plot, this would really be fluffy as heck, as this novel also spent quite a few chapters during Shu Ning's childhood, and his interactions with Shu Heng is really cute af especially when the latter has started to spoil Shu Ning. It got tooth-rottingly sweet by the time their relationship was established romantically.

Since Shu Ning, due to the incitement of his mother, did everything to hamper Shu Heng's path during his previous life, he is now doing his best to repay Shu Heng and be good to him since he was the only one who was at least good to him in spite all of the things he had done. Shu Heng was aware that it was actually Shu Ning's mother who was prodding Shu Ning's actions.

BUT, I honestly found some scenes a bit uncomfortable. Shu Ning was still pretty young when Shu Heng started developing feelings for him. It's just the thought of their ages that made me uncomfortable, is all.

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One of my fave cute and fluffy ones. <<less
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Chronicles of Primordial Wars
December 20, 2017
Status: c844
Definitely one of the most enjoyable reads I've had under translated Chinese novels. It left me with an intense craving to read other novels set in a primitive tribal fantasy setting, though it was a disappointment that there's almost none other available that could match this, and I settled for historical novels set in primitive times, written in English.

I do have an issue with the ending as I felt that it's still a bit rushed even with the extra chapters.
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Kyuuketsu Hime wa Barairo no Yume o Miru
February 3, 2017
Status: v3c14
It started off good and really interesting but is slowly turning into a mish mash of confusion, which is really disappointing.

The premise isn't the most original one around but it certainly has some potential if executed properly. It's a about a young man who died and reincarnated into the loli character in a game he's playing.

Now living as the peerless beauty vampire princess, Hiyuki, along with the pets she had previously collected with hee guildmates and trying to set off in the 'world' that they're now in as it seems... more>> to be different from the game world that Hiyuki remembers.

I really want to expound on this review more but thinking about it is just making me even more disappointed.

But again, it really has potential.

Beware though, I thought this one's going to be light and fluffy like Rimuru's slime tensei (?) something but it's gradually revealing darker undertones. And the slight s*xual undertones/harassment is uncomfortable. <<less
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This is definitely not something that would appeal to just about everybody. It's a slow-going slice of life adventure story that is so detailed in some minute aspects that, if you're a slow reader who reads every word like me, it's a pain sometimes. If I read this with only less than a hundred chapters available, I probably would've abandoned it and never looked back. BUT, since I read it with 300+ chapters already available, this came to be as a rather relaxing read.

I love how the main character has... more>> a concrete goal in mind, moving forward step by step, even as he spends his days in an easygoing manner, (re-) experiencing life in another world and his youth on his own terms, adapting to the norms and culture of the new world and not being caged by his previous life and world's traditions. He still valued who he was in his previous life, but he also knows, and has accepted, that he has to change and abide by the habits and customs of the new world that he was reborn in.

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I quite admire the author with how s/he seemed to have thought of almost everything that can be considered, in some ways, like how the characters didn't seem to act their previous life's age, or how they have forgotten about certain memories from their past lives. It's amazing how detailed this novel is. The characters' reactions in various situations are also pretty authentic (as authentic goes in a fantasy world). The protagonist isn't the moralizing self-righteous hero, but someone who is pretty relateable in their selfishness and desires.

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This tell, tell, TELL writing style is definitely something that gets pretty annoying if read for longer periods of time as you sometimes get the 'this is the dumbed down version' feel to it but that's a minor point with how great I found this novel is. I mean, in every isekai adventure novel that I've read, I hated the dungeon parts because it's always been a wham, bam, thank you, Ma'am format. Not in this one, though. I liked that the dungeon parts ran for several chapters and arcs as I enjoyed the differences in the environment and the creatures they needed to contend with as they proceeded to the lower levels.

Rating is less one star because

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I am so annoyed with how Alan. Greed (MC) found his romantic partner and lost his virginity. I am not looking for any romantic shizz but MAN! That whole thing was a bit anticlimactic, even if I like Miduchi as a character.

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So, yeah. This novel definitely has its own merits and there are others that are a whole lot worse than this. Also, lots of s*xual innuendos and talks. <<less
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The Ugly Prince
April 5, 2017
Status: c1 part1
Really promising. But the few chapters of both the novel and the webtoon feauturing the early life of the prince is so heartbreaking. The webtoon is pretty triggering (child abuse, both verbal and physical). I just want Zhang Ping to arrive and make him feel love as the prince has never experienced it before.
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One Useless Rebirth
February 26, 2019
Status: Completed
One of my favorites; doesn't rely too much on the cheats provided by rebirth or the ML. Although this story doesn't really provide a believable lifestyle (or work/job) of a photographer (nor an actor, for that matter), it's still able to express something of a love for photography and taking photographs and the fascination and passion for it. Not the best out there, but the plot and MC's personality is enough to make it stand out from all the others, or at least enough for me to remember some of... more>> the details from this work even a year or two after reading it.

Also,

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I kind of have expected that MC's death had something to do with ML's death in their previous lives but I wasn't able to figure out exactly how it happened. It was explained close to the end, of course. The MC was just a collateral damage from the ML's family's infighting, and died after having drunk a poisoned/drugged (?) bottled drink that was meant for the ML. He died after presenting photographic evidence to the police that ML was pushed from the building (?).

In summary, with MC's rebith, he became the ML's lucky charm.

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It's been quite a while since I read mtls of this novel so I'm a bit iffy on the details, but I do remember how much I enjoyed the slight complexity of the plot and the twist and turns as it gets near the end.

This isn't THE best zombie apocalypse chinese novel out there but it definitely has potential to be one of the best. A bit wacky and frustrating at times, especially with the romantic development between the two main characters, but the author did handle these elements well... more>> enough not to produce too much plotholes, or wtf scenarios.

My favorite thing about this though, is the fight scenes. Even with only google translate, those parts were intelligible enough to come off as exciting, especially with the use of the ''special moves'' for each abilities as the survivors battle with not only the zombies but with their fellow survivors as well.

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Since MC wasn't the only one with a ''cheat'', nor was he the only one who was reborn, there's a lot of sinister machinations happening in both the foreground and background of the story, with each of the characters with the cheats trying to gain as much benefits for themselves as they can, politicking not even included yet.

You'll figure out the direction the plot and the twists were going to take the moment their ''son'' appeared, especially if you read too much scifi.

I especially liked the way the parallel timelines and alternate universes were interspersed to develop the romance between the main pair. It was pretty depressing, actually, rife with sacrifices and pain just to be able to make sure that the other will remain safe and happy. The sacrifices weren't limited to the main pair but with their families and close friends as well.

Background of the son was also too much of a downer.

They worked too hard to achieve their happy endings.

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I guess what made this quite memorable for me is the idea that even with a cheat or gold finger, not everything will be as easy as you think, especially with this kind of setting, with danger literally everywhere for the characters. Coupled with the author's writing style and execution of these elements, it was, all in all, a satisfying read.

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Love You 59 Seconds
June 6, 2017
Status: c78
I'm reading this through wattpad; the chapters are a bit more advanced on there and the two MCs have already met each other in real life.

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By chapter 78, Wu Han Ying and Xia Chen are still on a lowly acquaintance level bridged by the little dumpling Xiao Shang, aka XC's nephew (?). WHY's family life was also introduced and it's pretty sh*tty. Not really tragic, just sh*tty.

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So, obvi, there's still not a lot going on. It's too slooow, tbqh, but I'm still enjoying it, actually. I like the MCs' online interactions with each other as well as with their friends. Idk if it's really like that in the real-life online gaming world but for someone like me who don't play online games at all, it's pretty fun and refreshing.

Still, the story is indeed dragging along. <<less
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