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coyotte508
Read ahead a bit in the raws and stopped at the house selection - and was really disappointed, either by what the hat said or the house chosen. It is probably going to be an OP self-righteous MC kind of story as many xianxia out there, with a lot of cliche situations. It could have been something a lot more original.
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Tales of the Reincarnated Lord
August 22, 2017
Status: c588
One of the most interesting CN novels, that maybe is the closest to western-style writing. As in - no overused cliche, no ridiculousness, the characters are multidimensional and some enemies can become allies in the future. The rise in power is not too fast and not too slow - the pacing is moderate compared to the average CN novel but not excruciatingly slow at all. The development of the industry is not ridiculous like in "Release that witch", but still there. The events don't feel forced and the story doesn't... more>> go sideways even at 500+ chapters.

There are still some inevitable things as in other chinese novels (the MC is well-endowed, good in bed, can KO a girl in bed etc.) but it doesn't become an eyesore - and girls, while being part of the story, are not the main part.

Personnally I liked learning about the history of things and it didn't feel like infodumps shoved in my mouth.

There are a few gripes due to my Western sensibilities that almost made me drop the novel:

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- The rape of the maid, even if it stemmed from a misunderstanding (that she was experienced at her job etc.)
- When they completely exterminate the waves of magical beast, they could just control them

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But that stopped starting chapter 230. There are a few things I can think of in later chapters that may not be perfect, but I still give it 5 stars given how interesting I find the novel. <<less
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MMORPG: The Elementalist
March 24, 2019
Status: c239
So the MC is an aquamancer introduced into the game by his best friend, and a regular guy at the beginning. His initial reason for going into the game is to farm money for his friend's surgery (a bone marrow transplant I assume, @ResidentialPsycho).

In the game there are 7 major leagues made of 50000 players each, and hundreds of millions of players total. Nobody wants to offend the leagues, but it's refreshing to know that in this novel if someone from the leagues causes trouble or provokes another player they... more>> have to solve it themselves and not involve the rest of the league. It's not like in other novels where everytime the MC offends someone 1000 players come from revenge.

So far, 239 chapters in, the MC has not made enemies with any major league even if he had a few disputes with some members. And it's also realistic in the sense that clans won't mobilize a major amount of players without clear benefits involved, they won't waste the leveling / gathering resource time of so many players.

There is also, thank god, no threat from real life. MC has a regular job by day in a company and sometimes players of the company as whole do raids which he participates in, but that's it. There's no offended young master that is influential in real life that makes things difficult for him. All in all, we walk away from a lot of cliches.

Regarding skills, MC knows the best way to use his class, although it requires a lot of training. Those who read 'Max Level Newbie' might know what I'm talking about. Although, he walked on this path accidentally, and the reason why is pretty embarassing and explained by his best friend 150~200 chapters in. He also got a really good/rare skill in a pretty tough quest early in the novel, but he's not the only elementalist to have those skills.

All in all, it's a 'light' novel focused on the adventure in the game, with some office gossip, avoiding a lot of chinese novel cliches. Maybe other chinese novels set the bar too low or maybe this novel targets adults, but I really like it. <<less
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