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Number One Zombie Wife
August 1, 2018
Status: Completed
I MTL-ed this novel all the way to the end, and it was so worth it. Mu Yifan has got to be one of my most favorite MCs in all of the danmeis that I have read so far. I grew to like him very early on because he is very funny. Sometimes, he would stop in the middle of a battle and make some hilarious comments, and I couldn't stop laughing. But not only that, he is a badass, who is on equal standing with the ML.

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He can copy abilities (kind of like Kise from Kuroko no Basket) as long as he touches the person. I believe he can keep a maximum of four at a time, but uses them in pretty interesting ways. Eventually, he becomes a zombie king (the novel!MYF also becomes the zombie king, and they were both surprised that there were two in existence), allowing him to control all zombies regardless of their level.

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The romance is gradual, but once it hits, it's everywhere. Mu Yifan really knows how to flirt, and it's both adorable and s*xy. A lot of the characters constantly eat dog food.

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One time, he went out on a mission to get a gold gun for ML's grandfather but took a detour to go to a s*x store. He loaded his bags with a bunch of condoms, lube, toys, videos, etc. He got caught red-handed by ML's team, and their reaction was, "We went out to search for supplies while you went out to find condoms!" Mu Yifan was really eager to use those condoms when he went home. Unfortunately, the ML had to go somewhere, so Mu Yifan blew balloons out of the condoms and left messages in them for the ML to see once he came back.

They have a lot of s*xy times in ML's space since time flows differently there, allowing them to spend more time with each other. During their first time, I think, ML placed tape on Mu Yifan's mouth to kiss him in order to avoid spreading the zombie virus. Outside, they kiss each other on the face a lot.

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Most of the novel is spent on world- and character-building, which were done really well. Some characters, which seem bad in their first appearance, have very pitiful backstories, especially novel!MYF.

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There's another character who is a friend of Mu Yifan, both in real life and in the novel, who became a zombie when Mu Yifan accidentally scratched him. At the time, he was not able to control the zombie virus within his body, and this small scratch caused the friend to turn into a zombie. The friend lost consciousness and ate his mother and father in addition to another friend's mother, who worked for the former.

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All of these characters have a role in the story. The author did really well in making them come to life.

The novel made me feel a whole bunch of emotions, especially the ending. Oh my god, I literally bawled my eyes out.

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So after novel!MYF was defeated, everyone spent their times developing their newly inhabited city. One of ML's friends, who is a doctor, did a lot of research to create an antidote for those who became zombies. It was successful, but Mu Yifan's recovery took much longer because he was a zombie king. During the time when he was in the hospital, ML was doing other things, such as planning their wedding. They were so happy that they actually forgot that Mu Yifan had bone cancer. As a zombie, the cancer merely halted. In addition to this, during the final battle, Mu Yifan lost some limbs, which regenerated, and the affected leg returned back to its original, normal appearance. During their wedding, he felt pain in that leg and eventually fainted because of the intensity. ML's doctor friend stated that Mu Yifan could not live for much longer because he entered the last stage of cancer. What was extremely sad was that every time Mu Yifan went to sleep, the ML was anxious over the fact that he may have died. They spent their last days together traveling around. When Mu Yifan died, ML cried a lot. He would bring his lover's corpse to watch the sunset together.

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Do not worry, it is a happy ending. Someone else already discussed what happens afterward in earlier reviews.

Overall, I would highly recommend this novel. I personally enjoyed it a lot, and I hope new readers will too. <<less
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The Legendary Master’s Wife
February 24, 2019
Status: c679
I really enjoyed this series in its earlier chapters. I really did. This was my first BL novel, which I had discovered through Exiled Rebels. I liked the world building and how the MC was learning about how to survive. I loved the development of the Qiu team the most. I liked it when they were part of the story more. But in the end, I agree with what many of the low-rated reviews stated: it was boring and repetitive.

The novel doesn't have much going for it except its length... more>> and world building. The length is more on powering up rather than character development. I wanted to see how MC grew up mentally, facing drawbacks but presevering. What draws me to a character is how they react towards difficulties. But the MC hardly faces real danger. His "predicaments" are quite shallow. I keep thinking, "Can we just get on with it?" It is to the point that I don't even feel excited or happy that MC face-slaps people or gets to the top because it is expected he wins in the end.

ML is not much better because he keeps making fun of the MC and then just forcing s*x on him. It wouldn't hurt to see him express his love every now and then like at the beginning. We actually get glimpses of his feelings! But this far into the novel, he's kind of dead inside. The teasing about MC's negative IQ is really sad because it's just overused, and then somehow, MC is smart when the need calls for it. More recently, MC and some other high-leveled mages are attending this competition with the last round requiring them to traverse through a maze. MC apparently has experience with mazes because his brother was fascinated with them. Did MC actually go through mazes physically or do it on paper? I think even hobbyists, if those exist, will still have a tough time going through new mazes.

The part that annoys me the most was that it seems like the ML was challenging the READER'S knowledge as well. I feel this way because whenever ML asks MC to guess the answer to his question, MC has no clue. ML questions are usually ones that even the reader cannot figure out because the author doesn't give clues prior. Then ML proceeds to berate him, which made me feel like I was in the MC's shoes. This keeps happening so much that the MC ACCEPTS that he has negative IQ, and then he starts feeling happy when ML acknowledges his smartness. MC doesn't have self-confidence in this regard even though he is so "powerful."

I didn't mind reading this initially. In fact, I MTLed the whole thing because I wanted to know the ending. But a second reading with translations made me more critical of the novel. It's not bad, but not that great either. There were so many exciting parts in the beginning that I was a bit let down as I continued reading. I know ExR warned readers about how it was less BL and more adventure, but I could care less about the BL as long as the characters were further explored. I would say that the author's other works are better. <<less
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Rebirth: Degenerate Slave Abuses Tyrant
January 4, 2019
Status: Completed
I am amazed at the characterization in this story. Both Luo Wei and Long Xuan are not entirely good people, but they have reasons for doing the things they do. Luo Wei does whatever he can to protect his family, whereas Long Xuan schemes his way to the throne. Their actions cause the deaths of many people, but they themselves are quite pitiful.

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Luo Wei's life gets shortened due to the gruesome rape and violence he went through. Despite that and Luo Wei's bloody reputation, Wei Lan sticks by him and helps him heal. They end up escaping for a couple years to Wei Lan's hometown after Luo Wei was rescued from being held hostage. We can see a glimpse of what a happy life means to them. Completely ordinary but happy life. However, Long Xuan finds them and wants to separate them due to jealously and take Luo Wei for himself. He caused Wei Lan to forget about Luo Wei using this memory-wiping medicine and marry someone else. The author did such a great job for making me like and dislike a character at the same time. I hate Long Xuan for separating the couple, but his pain from being unable to capture Luo Wei's love is pretty sad. Long Xuan strongly believes that even though he made Luo Wei go through all this pain, as emperor, he could give Luo Wei happiness. Twisted way of loving, really. However, Luo Wei still misses Wei Lan and rejects Long Xuan during every interaction. 10 years later, Luo Wei eventually dies from a stab wound (although he was already at death's door due to heart disease). He requests that he sees Wei Lan from his older brother, who was bringing him home, but stops outside his house and watches Wei Lan being happy with his family before dying. He didn't want Wei Lan to remember him when his life was already short and when Wei Lan already had a family to take care of. Long Xuan cries as he watches Luo Wei get taken away and later comes to Grand Priest Fu Yi ("living Buddha") that he wants to exchange a hundred years of his loneliness (in description) so that Luo Wei would only experience joy in his next life. He was willing to take on the weight of Luo Wei's sins. As for Wei Lan, 20 years after Luo Wei died, his grandson reminded him of the words Luo Wei used to form the characters of his name when he was first rescued. He kept on asking, "Who said this to me? I can't remember, but I know this person was important." He became ill, and dreamt of Luo Wei and their house. He died due to the illness worsening, and his wife gave back a piece of jade that Luo Wei gave to her to him. The the jade was part of a pair that were were originally worn by Luo Wei and Wei Lan, and it commemorated their relationship. She loved Wei Lan, but she knew in her heart that she was part of the reason the two couldn't be together (she was always afraid of Wei Lan remembering Luo Wei). She sent Wei Lan off, telling him that Luo Wei was waiting for him. She requested that the two were buried together back in Wei Lan's hometown. Eventually, the two of them got reincarnated and ended up together in their third life.

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It really hurts to read, but the characters are so realistic. The story is extremely engaging despite all of the war and political stuff surrounding the story. I really like that Long Xuan opened his eyes at the end, acknowledged that he was only causing Luo Wei pain, and made a huge sacrifice just so Luo Wei could be happy. Personally, I find that to be one of the strongest forms of love, being able to let the person you love go. It took a long way to get there, but I think that is quite natural. Change doesn't happen instantly. I have read a lot of novels, wherein the length isn't really justified. However, for this one, it helped develop the characters and make you sympathize with them.

This novel is one that I would remember 10+ years down the road. Just be prepared to cry lots. <<less
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Rebirth of a Supermodel
August 29, 2018
Status: --
The novel is enjoyable, but mostly due to the interactions between Ming Yu and Xi Ze. They have an interesting relationship dynamic and are unlike the couples I have encountered in a number of novels. They are not the lovey-dovey type of couples, and I don't recall them even saying "I love you" to each other. They kind of have this tacit understanding of what their relationship is without having to say it out loud. I like Ming Yu in particular because he is not a damsel-in-distress type of character.... more>> He can handle his problems himself although Xi Ze likes butting in and making himself known. Haha. A really great power couple (and their smexy times are *-*).

My main problem, though, is the author's strong nationalistic pride that's evident in the general setting of the novel. In some cases, the author uses first and second person, so it seems like the author is the one making all of these comments about how powerful China and its people are. I am not denying that China is a great country, but this kind of sentiment is not something I want to read in fiction. I do not want to deal with personal beliefs when I am trying to enjoy something. I do not mind that the author has Huaxia as one of the leading countries in fashion as it helps create a unique storyline, but I wished the author didn't make these kinds of comments so prevalent, especially towards the middle of the novel. At the beginning to establish the setting would be fine. That way readers can put it in the back of their minds, but these comments are brought up a lot when it is a US celebrity that is involved. <<less
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Blooming Romance
November 22, 2018
Status: c20
I haven't read too far into the series, but I am really enjoying the MC and ML's interactions. From what I can understand through MTL, MC, believing that he was going to die, decides to live the rest of his life to the fullest. For 10 years, he stayed with his so-called "best friend" because he liked him and was willing to do anything for him for free, such as running errands and doing chores. He asks for small things in return like celebrating birthdays, but this "best friend" of... more>> his always replies with "Oh, I forgot." MC lived in a relatively conservative household, and due to his feelings towards this "best friend" and his desire to avoid blind dates, he admitted that he liked men and was disowned. He was essentially the hardest working person at his company, where he worked for 7 years, and was tired of babying his boss.

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As stated in the summary, he leaves these shackles behind and decides to take all of his savings and spend them on anything he could think of. One of which is s*x. Hahaha. He regrets that he was never really intimate with anyone and hires ML, who was drunk at the time and stumbled upon MC's hotel room, to be his lover for a month. ML finds that MC was quite interesting. MC seems conservative but at the same time, quite wild. One of the first things that MC asks for was to go skydiving! LOL. Later on, MC and ML go to Las Vegas. Normally, the routine would be MC making the request to go to certain places and ML would comply to them. MC makes it a secret that he is going to a strip club and gets ML really jealous. I think MC was going to throw money at the boys on stage, but ML stops him, saying something along the lines of "You have me in front of you. I am better than those boys!" Even after leaving, MC is still thinking about touching their bodies. When ML stopped him, one of the boys called him onto the stage, but ML took MC away. ML was like, "You're still thinking about them, aren't you?"

There are sweet moments though. MC truly wants to be with someone he loves and keeps thinking how he hoped that was true in his next life. When they went to Las Vegas, MC asks to go to the marriage office to get a certificate. He wants to have it to look at when he flies back home. He wants to have it cremated with him when he dies... When he sleeps, he would get nightmares about being ridiculed for liking men, and cries, which distresses the ML. ML wants to get closer to MC, but MC wants to keep some distance because I think he doesn't believe that ML really likes him. MC thinks that ML is only keeping up the image of a lover because he paid him off (but ML is already rich.)

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Really cute series so far. It's worth a try! <<less
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Shini Yasui Kōshaku Reijō to Shichi-nin no Kikōshi
October 14, 2018
Status: c22
So far, it is an interesting novel. World building is done well, and it is apparent that the author did his or her research and found inspirations in folktales from a number of cultures. Overall, unique. The mystery makes the novel engaging. In terms of characterization, it is pretty decent. The MC still seems a bit typical to me, but at the same time, I feel like I hardly know her.

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There are aspects of her that are confusing/contradicting. She is afraid of ghosts (first arc, she mumbles to encourage herself), but not death. At least, she thought of it foremost. She didn't think, "Oh man, I am going to die (since I have never done this before)." Even though the MC died in her previous life due to getting stabbed, she is too calm and confident, which I am not sure where it came from. For example, when she was inflicted by the death curse, she proceeded in finding Ann without showing fear of dying. It is as though dying once made her immune to the idea of her dying. I would think that if one had another chance to live, he or she would generally be more careful and more afraid to lose it a second time. Although the event itself was a death flag, and by saving Ann, she supposedly would save her own life, it still felt like she did not put too much thought into her actions.

What I am trying to say is that I want to see some hesitation and inner struggles that are inherent in human beings, especially for a modern person, when it comes to death. This is even more true because the novel is mostly in first person. The lack of these aspects make her less relatable to the reader in my opinion. Towards the end of the first arc, she used a wand to switch places with Ann, who was about to get possessed by the so-called antagonist. I just find it hard to believe that she was willing to risk her life for someone she met for only a day. But I guess, in her head, she's thinking that she'll just die either way. If she doesn't save Ann, Ann gets possessed, and she'll die like in the original storyline. But if she goes to save Ann, she'll die in the process. Complex thoughts like this *should* be shown. It makes the MC feel more real. Honestly, cannot clearly say whether or not I like her.

Not to mention, we do not know who *she* really is. Sure, she is "Erica, " but who is she really? What is her real name? That's one of my main concerns in isekai/transmigration novels is that the background of the MC, not the character they get turned into, is not fully explored. Her past can help to explain some of her actions. The author might as well made the otome game world a real, fantasy world that this novel is based out of. The significance of the world being based out of an otome game is that the MC has the advantage of knowing her death flags, but this novel could still work without the reincarnation aspect. For example, "Erica" could have foresight or even a fragmented version or something like that to allow her to vaguely see what will happen in the future. Because the way that the novel is now, I actually do not care much about the otome game characters because I subconsciously separate the MC from the rest of the cast as real and fake people.

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Another thing that I want to mention is that with all the world building done around the actual game, there is not much explanation in regards to the foundations. I am left with some questions, which may or may not have been addressed in the novel later on. For example, what role does the character, "Erica, " play in the game? Cannon fodder? It seems that she serves mainly as a plot device to move the story along. She is the reason that the story is all "bloody" by leading some of the nobles to insanity (from possessions and the like). This leaves the protagonist of the game to capture... them... in that state? If so, why do the developers of this game characterize Erica so much? From what I have read, the in-game Erica is extremely knowledgeable with wands and golems due to her mother's teachings yet acts arrogant despite not having any magical ability? It was noted that the MC does not even know why Erica acts that way. How does she have so many death flags? How does she have so many lives in the game? It seems that her existence is contradicting with that of the protagonist, Chloe, because she herself has her own route. In the first arc, a mere mention of the necklace led to Ann attempting to find the star piece (or whatever it's called) and getting possessed, which led to Erica getting turned into gold, from what I recall. What's the significance of letting "Erica" live? How does she continue the story for the protagonist, Chloe? I feel like the author spent too much time developing the times that the MC is Erica, and not how "Erica" is important to the game. Maybe I am misunderstanding the story. Then that would be my fault, but things are not entirely clear.

In terms of translation quality, pretty good. I kind of wish that sentences were grouped into paragraphs because having sentences act as lone paragraphs breaks the flow of the reading. Most likely, this was how the author wrote it, but having indentations everywhere makes the chapters seem unnecessarily long. I do love the illustrations though. It would actually be nice to have one for the world map.

In conclusion, I might continue reading this. I don't know yet. If I read further, I might grow to like it more, but at the same time, I am wondering if the novel is really worth my time. For new readers, I would suggest reading it to see what it is like. Many seem to be enjoying it. I'm just on the fence about it. <<less
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