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Overgeared
January 22, 2018
Status: c295
It's a poorly written Gary Stu story. I know several people have said that the MC gets better with time, and that's true. But it's the kind of "gets better" that takes him from -10 billion to -10 thousand. Sure, it's a dramatic improvement, but he's still subhuman.

If you care about the protagonist that everyone worships like a god not being an a**hole, then you will definitely hate this series.

If you hate strong, independent, world-shatteringly beautiful women abandoning their ability to think or act rationally simply because they've had brief... more>> contact with the MC, then you'll also hate this series.

If you love poorly written power fantasies about people with no redeeming qualities getting rich, powerful and popular with minimal effort, then you'll absolutely love this series.

Personally, I regret ever having read any of it. <<less
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Dimensional Sovereign
December 24, 2016
Status: c65
Generic OP fulfillment trash. It starts off fairly interesting, but after his first victory over another sovereign, it quickly abandons everything that makes it unique and just becomes generic garbage that's not worth anyone's time. Other than the MC, most characters rarely get mentioned, which, since they're boring, would be fine if the MC wasn't the most boring character of them all. There's nothing special about him. He's your typical loser MC that receives a cheat like ability, plot armor thicker than the walls of Fort Knox, and a personality... more>> amputation with a free lobotomy on the side. In a story that should revolve around tactics, strategy and planning, he dominates everyone using excessive luck. He has no skill, intelligence, or power of his own. Everything that he is is dependent on the lucky encounters that the author constantly throws at him. The disparity in power between him and absolutely every other sovereign shown so far is so egregious that it's like comparing gnats to Galactus. There is no tension because the MC cannot fail, no matter how much he deserves to, even when losing would cost him absolutely nothing at all.

The only reason I'm even giving it 2 stars is because its actually fairly decent in the beginning, nothing special, but not really bad. After the armies stop mattering in the slightest though, it quickly goes down hill and becomes boring, generic trash. <<less
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Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World
April 17, 2016
Status: --
Written at chapter 13:

If you liked TDG, then you'll probably like this. Its basically the same story with a smaller cast, a (so far) more likable MC, a different setting and the BS luck meter turned up a few notches. That said, its poorly written. The author clearly has no idea if the people are playing a full immersion VRMMO or a standard point and click MMO with a VR headset. No matter which one you try to pretend he's describing, you'll find gaping plot holes to prove you wrong.

The... more>> MC never really has to work for anything and I doubt he ever will. If something doesn't seem to be going his way, wait a few paragraphs, it'll turn into a fortuitous event that would cause others to spit up blood and writhe with envy. The author likes to handwave this with "destiny" and "luck" even though the readers know its just poor writing and the kind of laziness that causes him to think that building foundations in his story is unnecessary.

Honestly, I can't recommend this series to anyone other than TDG fans. <<less
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Miracle Throne
May 11, 2016
Status: --
Written at chapter 20:
If you like SoTR, then you'll probably like this. The MC's of both series are arrogant, asshat know-it-alls from advanced magical societies inhabiting the bodies of down-on-their-luck plebs. They both mistreat those around them, expect everyone to fall down and kowtow to their magnificence and have a tendency to make things worse before using violence to make them better again. Use of intelligence is obviously very rare.

And, much like Sovereign of Three Realms, Miracle Throne also has a love for dragging out everything far beyond reason... more>> so that little, if anything ever really happens in any given chapter.

However, if this doesn't sound appealing to you, then I can't recommend this series. <<less
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Undefeated God of War
June 1, 2016
Status: c362
Written at c33: I have yet to read a bad story from this author and I'm beginning to wonder if one even exists ;)

If you liked any of his other series, you'll like this. Good characters, good writing, strong world building, its all here.

Edit (chapter 45) : I've realized that this series does have one major flaw: it's combat. Its a bit boring. Its the basic guts = power = win in any situation formula that anyone who's familiar with generic shounen works knows by heart. Hopefully this will... more>> change later when his repertoire of techniques increases, but for now, its definitely the least interesting part of the series. Especially since the "undeafeted" in the title is unlikely to be proven wrong, which completely kills any tension the fights might otherwise have had.

Edit (chapter 362) : The techniques used in the fights grew more varied, but they never really became interesting. Unfortunately, they are often the primary focus of the series, and it is becoming very hard to maintain an interest in it as a result. This is undoubtedly the worst story I've read from this author. <<less
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The World Online
October 31, 2017
Status: c27
Utter trash. I only regret that I can't give it a lower rating.

Its basically just poorly written, wish fulfillment nonsense. If you want to see someone having stilted, unrealistic conversations with cardboard thin characters, while making his way through a game that doesn't seem to have any other players in it, using nothing but his incomprehensibly good luck to conquer everything, then this might be for you. If you want something that was written by someone with more talent than your average five year old though, look elsewhere.
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Otherworldly Evil Monarch
December 29, 2015
Status: --
I don't know how this has such a high rating. Its very generic with barely average writing that tends to be extremely repetitive even by Chinese web novelist standards. Just try reading chapter 38 without wanting to kill the author for wasting your time. If you can do it, then you don't value your time at all.

If you do decide to read it, read it in large chunks and skim. Even if this is your first Xianxia, there's no point in actually reading all the words. Most of them only... more>> exist to fill the character quota. <<less
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I am the Monarch
December 30, 2016
Status: c85
Its an okay series if you can look past its two major flaws:

1) The author seems to be convinced that its impossible for anyone to do anything intelligent if they aren't the MC or following the orders of the MC. This strict adherence to the MC's monopoly on working brains is only broken on very rare occasions that can be counted on one hand with fingers to spare.

2) The author doesn't really think about the things that he writes. This leads to massive logical flaws, particularly in battles. If you... more>> actually try to imagine the things he describes, you'll soon realize that they're impossible as they would require armies to be able to teleport and individuals to be able to grow hands and materialize weapons that they have no right having without anyone noticing anything strange. <<less
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Sovereign of the Three Realms
March 25, 2016
Status: --
Its good, but it would be much better if the author didn’t waste so many words constantly repeating the same things over and over again. Sometimes word for word. Seriously, some chapters can be completely skipped without any loss of information.

That aside, its well written and the MC frequently solves problems with his head rather than relying solely on his fists. He is however a bit of an asshole and it has the common problem in harem stories of every woman fighting to be the first to rip her underwear... more>> off for him for little to no reason. Though anyone wanting him to actually do anything with all the women tossing themselves at him, will be sorely disappointed.

Edit (chap 100) : I find myself less and less impressed by the MC’s intellect with each passing chapter. As someone else put it, “the plot induced stupidity is strong in this series.” Though, to be fair, it doesn’t just affect the MC. Most of the characters seem to be taking turns passing around the idiot ball.

Edit (chap 107) : I've given up on this series. The wasted space in the chapters has grown to DBZ levels. Things that should take 1-2 paragraphs are taking 1-2 chapters and the plot (if it can even be called that) has come to a screeching halt. If you decide to read it, skim the chapters in bulk. There's no point to 60-70% of the words in most chapters, so skimming is more than enough and doing it in bulk will give the illusion of the story moving forward at a reasonable pace. <<less
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The Devil’s Evolution Catalog
November 22, 2017
Status: c61
I'm all for non-OP MCs, but that doesn't mean I have any interest in reading about severely under-powered MCs who are a burden to everyone around them and rarely contribute in a meaningfully positive fashion to anything.

The first ten chapters of this story are very frustrating and only the assumption that he wouldn't be useless forever got me to carry on. The chapters after that were actually pretty good, but by the time we got to chapter 57-58 this was an unmistakably 1 star series. I persevered on, hoping that... more>> the MC was just carrying the idiot ball to make the new character look badass and that things would improve rapidly, but no, the MC seems to be a permanent waste of space in this story.

And while it's true that the author goes to extraordinary lengths to keep him weak by constantly destroying the items that he needs to power up or having them stolen by entities that the MC isn't willing to kill, that's not really the reason that the MC is worthless. It's because he's also a coward who actively avoids participating in battles until the enemies force him to, even when his participation at the start would prevent him from ever being in danger in the first place and would save his allies from death or dismemberment. And even when he's forced to participate, he's as likely to freeze up and force someone to save him (likely getting them killed or worse in the process) as he is to make incredibly stupid decisions about how to fight, usually resulting in massive losses for his own allies.

I honestly can't remember the last time he had a positive impact on his allies (or his own) ability to survive. Normally, I'd count his support role as a crafter, but his creations pretty much always wind up in enemy hands, being used against his own people. Which is basically entirely his fault for never, ever learning from his mistakes and either redesigning the equipment to punish people for trying to steal it, or adjusting his tactics to make the thefts less likely to happen, or even just focusing a bit harder on hunting weak enemies to strengthen his people faster so that they're not always so incredibly under-powered.

And speaking of how under-powered his allies are, this is also his fault. There's basically two items that can be used to level up, and they work best if used in conjunction, but the MC refuses to use the more powerful of the two. As a result, he needs roughly 100x as many of them to rank up. This means that all of this item gets redirected to him, thus stunting the growth of all of his allies. Even worse, at the point that I dropped this series, 2/3 of this item was being stolen from the MC by parasitic entities that the MC wasn't willing to kill, with special emphasis on stealing anything that was above the lowest possible grade for the area. This was 100% avoidable by the MC, but he chose to ignore it, allow the thefts to happen, and allow his own rank to continue to stagnate, thus decreasing his ability to contribute even further while also wasting the efforts and sacrifices of his allies in gathering those items for him in the first place. <<less
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The First Hunter
June 17, 2017
Status: c23
This is just another power fantasy about a loner b****d that's more than willing to let the world burn around him if it means he can become slightly stronger himself, even though he'd be more than capable of making things better for everyone if he had enough brains to understand his own capabilities, or heart to view anyone other than himself as real person.

Originally, I read this story because I had heard that he developed a clan, and I mistakenly thought that this would mean that he would actually invest... more>> in the power of his clan and be even a marginally decent leader. Instead, he absorbs all the power ups, all the skills, all the items of any worth and gives nothing in return. He crushes their spirits, demands their complete obedience and ruthlessly abandons anyone that he views as useless (usually decided without evidence of any kind, based solely on his own whims) or anyone that tries to argue with his incredibly stupid decisions that the author 100% supports.

In short, the everything is about the MC and the MC is always right, even when he's clearly wrong. And that's not because he's stubborn, though he is, its because the author is too stupid to realize that he's wrong.

Also, the only women in this series are far more competent than the only other man of note in the series, but he gets free reign with the power-ups while they get nothing. I can only assume that this is because the MC is s*xist, and because the author is also s*xist, he fails to see it or ever comment on it. He just assumes that the doctor and the military officer, both with nerves of steel and lots of relevant training, are inherently less valuable than the high schooler with no relevant training and a much weaker mentality. It would piss me off more if there weren't so many other things wrong with this series.

tl;dr: If you want yet another power fantasy similar to God and Devil World, but without the s*xualization and overt degradation of the female cast, then this is for you. If you want something that's actually well written, or is in any way worth reading, then I'd stear clear. <<less
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Starting from Zero
March 15, 2016
Status: --
This is an extremely boring series where the MC spends most of each chapter becoming progressively more OP for no real reason while doing nothing particularly special to acquire his various extremely OP cheats. There's no characters to speak of other than the MC and he's either too bland to pay attention to or thoroughly unlikable depending on how generous the reader is feeling. The series so far (v2c2) has no redeeming qualities and is not worth reading.
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Imperial God Emperor
December 25, 2015
Status: c4
Maybe it gets better eventually, but I just can't stand this level of pointless stupidity from the characters or the author any more. Especially when absolutely nothing is happening. A test that should take less than 1 chapter due to its extreme insignificance has already taken 3 and still, nothing has happened. I can only imagine how it will be once we get to things that actually matter. It might take 30 chapters to get 1 chapter's worth of content.
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Reincarnation Of The Strongest Sword God
November 6, 2017
Status: c77
It's a typical Gary Stu story where the protagonist not only has all the knowledge of a time looper, but also all the luck of a CN protagonist, and plot armor thicker than Mt. Tai. It's best if you go in expecting him to be unreasonably awesome at everything, and for him to receive rewards that are far greater than the amount of effort he put in to get them.

In general, things will always go the MC's way, and if it looks like they're not for one or two sentences,... more>> then you should just read the third sentence because things will be going his way again by then if it's not the end of the chapter. If it is the end, then you should probably skip the first third of the next chapter as it'll be irrelevant people explaining why the MC is screwed. Once they're done, he'll roflstomp whatever the problem is, humiliate anyone in the area that was mildly unfriendly to him in the past, gain an unrealistic degree of admiration from any named character in the vicinity and the shock and adulation of the crowd before the story, if you can call it that, can move on.

It's not as bad as Rebirth of the Thief or Zhang Long, but that's honestly a very low bar. Read it if you've got nothing better to do, you've read all the much better novels out there with a similar premise, and you're absolutely desperate for more, regardless of quality. <<less
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True Martial World
January 24, 2016
Status: --
Its okay. Extremely predictable with about 60-70% of the sentences being redundant and unnecessary repetitions of the other 30-40%, but if you've got time to kill and feel like skimming through it, its not bad. Just don't try to actually read every word. The excessive repetition will melt your brain.
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Girl, I’ll Teach You Cultivation
July 2, 2018
Status: c128
This series can basically be summed up with three phrases:
1) Everyone's an idiot, especially the MC.
2) Absolutely no one can see Mt. Tai
3) No one ever talks to anyone else about critical topics until it's far too late, common sense and realism be damned, or if they do, they're never believed.

These three make up roughly 80-90% of the content of the series. Toss in some love geometry, s*xism and other forms of bigotry, and that's pretty much the whole thing. It's cliche. It's generic. It's even more... more>> repetitive than LoHP. Honestly, there are far better series out there and I simply can't recommend this one. <<less
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The Desolate Era
January 10, 2016
Status: --
If you like IET's other works and are looking for more of the same, then you'll like this. If you're looking for something original or different or with any sort of depth, read something else.
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I Favor the Villainess
October 18, 2018
Status: c10
It's very funny, but if you start empathizing with Claire (the villainess), then it becomes impossible to enjoy. I'd also recommend against it for anyone who's ever been the victim of s*xual harassment, stalking, or other s*xually motivated crimes as it will likely trigger you. That said, I doubt it will ever have graphic content. It just doesn't feel like that kind of story.

Honestly, it's hard to rate. If you can prevent yourself from seeing things from Claire's point of view, then it's hilarious, and easily a four or a... more>> five, if not though, then it's basically a one, since the whole series hinges on their dysfunctional relationship. <<less
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Hidden Marriage
January 22, 2017
Status: c51
I like the protagonists, especially when they're interacting with each other, but that's it. The antagonists are cartoon villains (of the Snidely Whiplash variety), the plot is a poorly put together string of melodrama cliches, and every bad thing that happens to the main character after the prologue is entirely her own fault for steadfastly refusing to do any of the very simple things that would protect her from her cartoonish assailants. It wouldn't even be hard for her. She just refuses to use her brain because, if she did,... more>> then the melodrama would be over and the author wouldn't know what to write anymore. <<less
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Very Pure and Ambiguous: The Prequel
August 21, 2016
Status: c4
There's nothing pure or ambiguous about this series. Its just another story about a pervert going back to when he was a kid and indulging in his perversion with other children (and probably adults later given the foreshadowing with his teacher). Maybe it gets better later, but I sincerely doubt it.
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