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Tales of Demons and Gods
April 7, 2016
Status: --
This series started off well. It had a decent premise, the progression was good, and the pacing was decent. Then the story and the mc’s attitude and unbeatable nature came into play.

MC experiences a rebirth/rewind after living a good many years, while using a time space artifact that allowed him to study and learn everything under the sun in a period equivalent to 1000 years. He has all of the techniques, all of the knowledge, and this becomes part of the largest plot armor imaginable. In short, he is a... more>> Mary Sue (gary stu) of epic proportions.

That may or may not be to everyone’s taste, but the clincher for me is that for a person who has returned to the past with more knowledge than needed, he acts like a petty douche with a personality no better than a preteen. Whenever something occurs, it just adds on to the layer of plot armor that it makes the story drone on as the MC and the plot become more and more tiresome to read about.

It used to be a light hearted story with some humor, then it became utter drudgery. <<less
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Against the Gods
April 7, 2016
Status: --
This was a series that had everything going for it. MC that had a past, and a purpose. Plot was simple, yet progression was steady as he strenuously climbed up through cultivation, and focused intently on every pathway he tread. Then... the author decided to suddenly and immediately flip the switch from sensible but stringent lead and decent characters to:

– Harem with female members consistently becoming more one dimensional

– MC becoming lecherous to every woman he meets, while acting as if his love is monagomous to each one.

– All female... more>> chars that have any relationship with MC all believe he can do nothing wrong and excuse every issue he has.

– 110% plot armor where his powers and abilities just seem more tacked on and ‘world breaking’

– Every enemy in the series, after the half way point are the same ‘you court death!’ cliche sort of villains with absolutely no value.

– MC is extremely hypocritical and acts with severity for the sake of severity. It is as if the author saw dark and sinister MC personalities in other series, and then decided he wanted his to have it to; but then not realize that it didn’t fit the tone or the situation. It is out of place, and the reasoning given for his actions are almost nonsensically idiotic.

A real shame what this series became, but the further I read, the worse it became. I read completely up to 395, and a few random chapters afterwards to see if it got better... <<less
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The Legendary Master’s Wife
April 7, 2016
Status: --
First off, I’m not into bl/yaoi.

That being said, before this series had the tag (which confounded many early adopters, myself definitely included) I read this series and found it to be very well written and equally well translated. Characters actually had their personalities, the main character actually felt like a person, and the story had great pacing and progression. What it also had was a very good sense of humor.

Considering the title, I had no clue it would turn out to be a bl, even assuming that Ling Xiao was... more>> actually a female in disguise. For story and characters alone, it is a great read (at least up until the tag lives up to its namesake). As for later on, depends on if you can get into it. Personally even though I loved the story, I can’t get much further into it. <<less
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Cultivation Chat Group
June 24, 2017
Status: c1284
One of the best reads I've had in a while. Solid characters, solid humor, great pacing and the plots try to stay interconnected even when things go off the deep end. The humor is well balanced, without it being obnoxious or overly rampant to the point of derailing plot. Then for a modern take on xianxia, it is probably the most enjoyable and sensible series I've read to date.

There is fighting, but the focus is more on the interactions and plot development. As to the current chapters, it still is... more>> a very solid series with my only gripe being that I need to wait for the author to release more chapters. <<less
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It seemed acceptable at the start, perhaps between the 3 and 4 out of 5 range. The further you read, especially into the raws, the worse the story gets.

Story and character development wise hits further into the standard cliches. The drive behind the MC and female chars (the male chars are practically unimportant or fodder), gets more simpler and honestly devolves backwards as they try to make the characters op. There are better series out there that do this far better, even if you purposely look for the cliches and... more>> tropes.

Do yourself and favor, and give this one a pass. I don't think it even fits the casual reading category. <<less
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World of Cultivation
February 28, 2017
Status: c915
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I ended up reading its entirety and enjoying heavily the direction and care the author took for most of the book; however, it is quite a pity that it ended up with a latter third and ending of a story that was just as disappointing as Coiling Dragon.

I would almost rate this a 3 for the poor ending and attention to detail, but considering this as a whole, I'd give it a 3.5 if the UI would let me. I gave it a 4 in respect to what it could have been.

This is best summed up after the ending where the author claims that he was disatisfied with the final book (aka last third of the series), how he left too many plot holes, and that he sucks at writing cultivation...

Though I'm glad that it was a positive learning experience for him, and a mostly enjoyable read for me, it is still a shame how the story changed and how so much potential ended up to naught.

The characters stopped being fleshed out while the author kept on adding more to the scope of the series. This resulted in characters, even those that are considered to be main characters, end up being cardboard cutouts to be mentioned and ignored, whilst many interactions are added and never continued upon. The ending was rushed to the point where the author just wrote, 'book ends'.

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