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The Novel’s Extra
October 22, 2018
Status: c140
The fantasy and sci-fi elements in the novel are much more believable, than that basically every interaction between two people would be mostly driven by idiotic misunderstanding.

Don't make any mistake, it's not that there's an occasional misunderstanding to drive the story every now and then, it's that after the "hook" of the first 60 chapters where the author still gave a crap, essentially all communication and plot is predicated by misunderstanding that the reader is then beaten over the head over, chapter after chapter after chapter.
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The Human Emperor
May 12, 2017
Status: c75
The drama in the story is completely based on the misunderstanding / miscommunication trope. Based on the story, the MC could cut 80% of the unwelcome complications by simply demonstrating his competence while still keeping his central secret, but that would mean that the author would have to actually learn to write drama.
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Joy of Life
October 10, 2017
Status: c81
Starts as a promising reincarnation xianxia story with more character depth than is typical.

After c70 or so, it turns into a cheap misunderstanding romcom Romeo and Juliet clone, like the classical story was reimagined by a mentally retarded teenage virgin.

Filler chapter after filler chapter. Oh, traveling between two houses, with no significant events or interactions? Let's spend a chapter on that.
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The Returner
July 15, 2018
Status: c42
Starts with a reasonably entertaining premise, but the story's fatal flaw is the writer's inability to imagine how an adult man would consider challenges and relationships, never mind someone who's had a thousand years of experience.

The silly crap that would be amusing in moderation is just poured on in increasingly large amounts, until it forms the structure of the chapters. The best I can say about the story is that at least it's not quite at the level of Japanese spineless sea urchin MC's.
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Reincarnation into the Barrier Master
May 18, 2017
Status: c25
Personality- and ambition-free MC was free before reincarnation, his slave status is mentioned in every second paragraph, but even after becoming a powerful LV4 mage, he never considers that maybe it might be a good idea to use his brain once in his life, and use one of the many options, even just taking off and living as a powerful magician somewhere else, to gain his freedom.

This was clearly not written by an adult, and is not suitable for an adult audience.
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Invisible Dragon
September 5, 2018
Status: --
Sadly, still better than the vast majority of JP novels, even the characters are more human and complex and the actions of the characters make more sense.
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Virtual World: Close Combat Mage
March 24, 2018
Status: c12
A classic example of a story told by an unreliable narrator, who tells us how good and smart the MC is, while describing the actions of a peasant moron, who is unable to learn basic lessons from direct experience, or develop their own conception of how a reasonable person would uphold the ideal of familial piety.
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Genius Sword Immortal
September 25, 2017
Status: c120
The novel is clearly targeted at teenagers, as adults will have a hard time suspending disbelief at the amount of idiotic, self-defeating decisions the MC makes, for no particular reason.

Of course, for immature teenage readers it's also normal that every discussion or really any interaction with a member of the opposite gender is fraught with sexual tension, or, say, that a female martial artist would simply stop fighting and give up if their clothes get disheveled and show some skin.
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mikaelhg
Starts in a kind of a reasonably mediocre manner, but past c50+, quickly goes full retard, with characters becoming kind of pointless plot puppets who rush from senseless scene to another, suddenly making completely different kinds of decisions than they did in the beginning.

I hope that actual Japanese people are not as pathetic as Japanese characters written by Japanese authors seem to be.
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Magic Chef of Ice and Fire
May 27, 2017
Status: --
As the story progresses, it's more and more noticeable that this is a white knight story targeted to female readers, and explicitly only female readers.

Cooking, the xianxia elements, adventure, everything is secondary to the MC being gallantly at the beck and call of every female character the story introduces as a reader avatar, no matter how little sense it makes in the overall context of the story or the MC's mission.
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Show Me the Money
August 15, 2018
Status: c36
Started out pretty well, but unfortunately the writer made himself venture into territory where he totally shat his pants around chapter 35. After that, it's absolutely not worth reading.

If you, as a writer, simply cannot write even half a page of even xianxia-level decent romantic subplot, or even simple, normal, everyday interaction between characters of different gender, *please* just stay away from it.

As is, this novel cannot be recommended to anyone who has ever had an adult conversation with anyone.
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Assassin’s Chronicle
July 31, 2018
Status: --
Starts with an interesting premise and characters, but unfortunately the writer decides to turn the novel into a standard shitty magic high school soap opera, and dump any unique or outstanding aspects of the plot or the characters.

If you like the beginning, you're likely to hate the middle and the end. If you like the middle and the end, you're likely to hate the beginning, when there's a bit of nuance and the plot even has a trace of unpredictability.
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mikaelhg
Seems like the perfect novel for the developmentally disabled reader. Read the first few chapters to find out why. The typist apparently spent no effort whatsoever to fit the world, the plot, the characters and their motivations together into a cohesive whole. The characters do things that make very little sense in the context, and the plot moves forward in spite of the characters, dragging them behind, like a dead cat on a leash.
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Destroyer of Ice and Fire
June 7, 2017
Status: c3
You can tell that the writer has a sense of humour, but we'll see if he'll overplay the comedy aspect. So far so good.
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The Undying Drama
March 29, 2018
Status: c11
A very frustrating story. The writer had a somewhat novel idea, but is completely unable to write passable characters or dialogue. Even with xianxia standards being low. It reads as if the writer was a young child with no real experience with how people interact, or what kinds of motivations drive humans, beyond basic teenage TV-sarcasm.
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Lord of Darkness
December 19, 2017
Status: --
What a hilarious description of "science" and experimentation. From the same author who describes genes and DNA as something you can "take out" and use as a hand grenade, in a different series.

If you have any western education and high-school scientific literacy, reading his novels will make you want to poke your eyes out with rusty chopsticks.
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Strongest Abandoned Son
April 17, 2017
Status: c55
I can believe in magic, but not that these characters are human.

The overwhelming Chinese nationalism and racism combined with an approach to building romantic tension which relies entirely on characters refusing to communicate pertinent information for no particular reason, really pulled me out of the story.
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The Strongest Legend of Dragon Ball
June 17, 2018
Status: c43
Incredibly simple-minded. I haven't watched the anime, but I assume that it matches. Had to drop it at c43, just couldn't take the simple-mindedness anymore. It was like reading about very young children playing with dolls.
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The City of Terror
June 10, 2018
Status: c56
Super racist novel in the later chapters, when the MC meets weird but always inferior non-Chinese people.

If you enjoy mentally shouting "NO, PUT THE POINTS INTO INTELLIGENCE YOU SIMPLE IDIOT" to the MC every chapter, this is the novel for you.
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Dragon-Blooded War God
April 7, 2018
Status: c149
The writer is extremely immature, and has very little understanding of how people think and interact, outside the peasant farm he clearly lives on. This is especially highlighted by the MC's personality and personal goals turning on a dime every time the (especially female) antagonists have been outclassed. The bumbling moron of a MC just wanders along getting upgrades ex machina, and refuses to accomplish anything meaningful which would leave the reader with a feeling of satisfaction.
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