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Tales of Herding Gods
March 12, 2018
Status: c71
A well fleshed out land of danger, full of relatable villains, monsters and demons, and sort of villainous 'hero' types.

MC is a likable, if a bit naive boy, and the story moves along at a nice pace. There are girls, but nothing you could call romantic, so far, after 70 chapters. Yeah, he is getting a little 'OP', but not really out of line with a plot armored child of fate.

It's weird this never shows up on the list of updates, though it's updated nearly daily.
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The 5000-year-old Herbivorous Dragon
April 5, 2018
Status: c5
Crazy, chuuni sacrifice girl meets gentle, ancient dragon. One white lie leads to the next. Much silly, cute mass destruction ensues.
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Rise of Humanity
June 28, 2018
Status: c334
It's entertaining enough. As long as you don't mind the bad math.

I mean, yeah, swords and sorcery. Who cares? Well, if basic arithmetical errors bug you, they will 'add up'.

In one chapter, going between meters and yards isn't so bad. Miles and kilometers, well whatever. Nobody minds the metric system, even in America, so why would a Chinese author bother to use 'feet' and 'inches'? One chapter, it's 10, 000 miles. Next chapter it's a million miles. One chapter it's ten thousand years. Next chapter, it's a million years. For... more>> a 'Yuan Shen', 20 feet is the maximum, and things are described in that scale, then 200 feet is the maximum, and things are described in that scale, then 20 again. So they're not 'little errors', but errors that are way off in orders of magnitude. Does it make sense for a bunch of people to be fighting indoors with 200+ foot tall things 'standing behind them'? Even at 'mach 3' (which MC routinely pushes himself to go that fast), it's gonna take half a month to cover a 'million miles' for a chase. A million miles is about a 564 mile radius circle, so describing a million miles of territory makes sense. But an army marching a million miles? Bleah.

Then it's the odd phrasing. Planets are 'stars' and stars are 'suns'. OK, maybe the world is a dead star, or we're going back to 'wandering star' descriptions of heavenly bodies. At least if the world is a dead star, it would explain the silly scale of distances used throughout, kind of.

Dragons 'whistle'. I could understand a dragon 'shrieking', but I end up picturing them whistling the 'Andy Griffith' tune whenever they appear, instead.

Lots of little bugs and glitches distract from the story. The translator blames the author for it... but c'mon. Neither of them can come up with a table for scale and refer back to it when writing or 'faithfully translating'.

I really like 'Tales of Herding Gods', which is supposed to take place in the same 'world'. Sort of. At least it's somewhat consistently silly, without things randomly stretching and squashing, as you read it. <<less
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Starchild Escapes Arranged Marriage
April 21, 2018
Status: c197
Whenever I read this, Gir's Doom Song (from 'Invader Zim') starts going in my head, for some reason.

I should be so lucky as to have 1% of Yun Xi's problems. However, he'd be lucky to have one millionth of his problems. Sure, he naturally connects with girls... but they all either are crazy and possessive, or turn crazy and possessive... due to his nature. Even a whole planet of 'harem' couldn't be enough, and I don't think the super-powered girls and literal goddesses would get along, sharing him.

So reading this... more>> is basically watching Yun Xi's entertaining trapeze act on a razor blade.

It doesn't help that he's not a smart boy... not that it would help, even if he were some kind of genius. Occasional sexual situations in the story mainly get him into ever more trouble, beyond his control.

"Doom doom doomy-doom!" <<less
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Reverend Insanity
April 19, 2018
Status: c228
Fang Yuan is evil. Really, really evil. It's still an enjoyable tale, even as he sacrifices a second and third child as ingredients (so far...). Not to mention all of the people of all ages he exploits and slaughters, just going about his daily business. Did the 'doomed' ones, who were already fated to die... did they really count as victims, anyway? There's definitely a blurry line between the righteous factions and the demonic practitioners in this world, whenever they interact in the story. Apparently the only thing that makes... more>> someone 'righteous' in the world of this story is being part of a big team of people who work together, to do all the same awful things as the 'demonic' individuals.

So perhaps Fang Yuan just 'well adjusted' in this world.

Anyway, fun read. Plenty of action. Plenty of sinister twists... though mainly coming from Fang Yuan. <<less
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