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The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System
September 24, 2018
Status: Completed
I loved this so much after devouring all the English translated chapters available I braved the rest of it with my banana chinese. AND I FINISHED IT.

This novel. Is hilarious. Plotwise it is fairly intriguing by itself, if a bit simple; it doesn't compare to the hair-raising plot twists in Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, for example (yes, comparison is inevitable, I suppose), but neither is it glaringly cringey or gaping with loopholes, and it does its job of moving the story and the relationship between the two main characters along.

THE... more>> CHARACTERS. SQQ continually breaks barriers in breaking the fourth wall. The way he does so is just REVOLUTIONARY. He scathingly deconstructs the harem novel cliches of the original book. He scathingly deconstructs the new BL cliches that he is CURRENTLY LIVING OUT. Every time he encounters a character that fits your typical harem wuxia novel role, he scathingly deconstructs every single one. Hell, he doesn't spare HIMSELF when it comes to his immense skepticism. Whatever cliche scenario he's about to land himself into next, you can bet your bottom dollar he's ready to say something hilarious yet scarily incisive about it. I laughed out loud multiple times while reading this book, and thinking back on some of the scenes still makes me smile uncontrollably. LBH just... subverts all the normal cliches associated with the protagonists of such novels, by attracting an alarmingly dwindling number of girls (as commented on by SQQ), by being attracted to approximately none of them, and being a complete failure in building a harem (as commented on by SQQ), and by being, in essence, a Crybaby with a glass heart who hangs on to SQQ's every word (as commented on by SQQ. a lot. SQQ is savage in this novel, and we love him all the more for it.)

Is the romance in this novel ideal? No. SQQ spends a good bit of it being oblivious, which is hilarious, but I didn't really see how his initial horror at discovering LBH's true feelings morphed into genuine affection, when all LBH did was
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kiss him several times against his will, lock him in a house against his will, and apparently sleep (or more?!) with his corpse for the 5 years he was presumed dead..... against his will

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Not to mention the final resolution scene where the author suddenly
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dropped a badly written and totally unnecessary rape scene on us. It makes me slightly disappointed how SQQ was able to brush it off so easily.

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That being said, the two have their cute moments and I did find myself rooting for these two deeply flawed characters in the end. I'm also glad the novel maintained its hilarity from start to finish- I would read this just for the laughs alone. If you're in need of some laughter in your life, this really is the book for you. <<less
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Heaven Official’s Blessing
October 6, 2018
Status: Completed
I don't use this phrase lightly, but this book is a literary masterpiece.

I found the first ten chapters in English, and the premise was captivating enough that I gave the rest of it (200+ chapters!) a shot with my banana Chinese. That's how good it was, that I was willing to invest that much more time and effort in reading a book written in a mother tongue I am unfortunately not very well-versed in.

It was worth it.

The English translation is quality work, but invariably a lot of the original nuance... more>> and tone gets lost in translation. If you are able, I would recommend that you read the work in the original Chinese it was written in- to preserve as much of the hilarity and heartbreak that the author managed to skilfully convey as possible. Even if not, the countless plot twists, the strong supporting cast, and of course the stepwise progression of the main couple's romance work together to create a story that I really believe can transcend the language barrier to move any reader's heart.

The English fandom for this work is sadly minute at the moment, especially compared to the author's other works (ahem GDC I'm looking at you) I assume due to the dearth of translated chapters. Don't get me wrong, I love that other piece, but (this is my personal opinion) it pales in comparison to this one. If Baidu is to be believed, most of the Chinese fandom agrees with me on this. So I really hope that with time, this novel will receive the acclaim and fandom size it truly deserves. <<less
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