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Don’t You Like Me
January 22, 2019
Status: Completed
Cute. Sweet. The MC isn't an idiot, though he is a little timid. ML isn't a borderline yandere, though he is a little possessive (nothing as bad a lot of ML in BL or straight romance). Lots of humor and the ghost interactions end up being more touching rather than scary. Made me wish the whole story was a little longer. I want to know what happened after they got out of high school and into college; I wanted to see them grow a little more as people. If this... more>> was longer and a little more in depth i'd probably rate it a five, as it is it's more like a 4.3.

Thank you to the translator, please keep up the good work!

On a side note I need to rant a little: I think it's ridiculous that this author got 10 years in jail for "spreading obscene fiction" in China just because she self-published a BL novel. Her novels (the ones I've read anyways) tend to be sweet and there's very little smut. Aside from that, putting a person in jail for ten years just because she wrote a homoerotic novel is almost unbelievable. <<less
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QWFOD is about revenge. Spreading IQ is about a bored chess master type toying with his victims. Delusions of a Harem is about defeating those scheming green tea protagonists. This one is all about cats. I love cats.
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The Rotten Girl
March 1, 2018
Status: c2.1
Why would she would have that hidden file on her work computer???

Makes no sense to me.

And why would it be there if she was so ashamed of liking BL that blackmail is even a possibility?

... more>> Do Chinese people really view fujoshi as "freaks?" but.... there are a ton of fujoshi in China. I see them all the time on YT at BL series/ movie fan-meetings and book signings and the like. none of them seem very ashamed.

So many questions and no answers. no humor yet, either, despite the summery saying the story would be hilarious. guess I'll have to let the chapters build up and then give it another try later (off to find something that actually makes me laugh). <<less
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Hero? No, I’m an Ordinary Citizen (Monster)
November 1, 2018
Status: c10
it gets an extra star for not being a harem. I don't have the problem with OP characters but after six or seven lifetimes, the guy still acts like an inexperienced fifteen year old nerd-boy who's never even held hands with a girl. Plus he has that whole Japanese beta thing going on, letting himself be pushed around and walked all over (maybe he's an M?). You would think that after experiencing so much he would have learned, sometime in the past 700 years, to say no.

his experiences never comes... more>> into play and he certainly doesn't seemed to have learned anything from all those lifetimes. It would have been better not to add them in but then the author would need another reason for his hero's motivation. Still why add in those past lifetimes and not use them? It really bothers me when authors set up a scenario like this and then make their MCs act completely contradictory to the set up. <<less
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Reborn as a Good Child
March 28, 2019
Status: Completed
this has a lot of drama in it and unlike most rebirth novels it's more realistic in some things. The MC doesn't just shake off the horrible things that happened to him just because he was reborn nor go on a revenge rampage. He suffers from nightmares, PTSD, and depression, among other things. I was impressed that the author was willing to write about some of the real after effects of rape and torture (though his having s*x with the ML while still so traumatized is questionable). This is one... more>> of the very few BL (or GL) novels I've read that shows a mostly realistic aftermath; what the victim goes through psychologically and has to live with on a daily basis. It was hard to read, but I prefer this to those stories where the MC is raped and then falls in love with the person who hurt them. Normally i'd take off another star because of the rape tag but because of the way the author wrote the MC and the true to life trauma that wasn't magicked away, I finally decided not to.

there were, of course, things I didn't like. It's hard to avoid DRAMA when that's the genre and I sometimes got impatient when it went particularly melodramatic on me. The misunderstandings really pissed me off on occasion as it felt like they were thrown in just because and served no purpose other than to pad the story and as as an excuse for more gratuitous angst and drama. I wont even get into the crazy girl. She was just annoying. The side couples were cute but kind of annoying when their story got in the way and took over the story without warning. I wish they would have saved the side couples for the extras. Over all I thought the story was flawed but still pretty good. <<less
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Lord of All Realms
March 16, 2018
Status: c200
My biggest annoyance is that either the author keeps forgetting he's only a kid (he's only supposed to be ten when goes to the green-whatever realm), or he's one of the worst, perverted little kids I've ever seen. What he does to the blood cult (sect? Something along those lines) chick while she's helpless is not something that would even occur as a possibility in the minds of most ten year old kids. Even before puberty he is apparently an expert on molesting women. And as of chapter 200 he's... more>> only 12-13yrs old but the women's thoughts all show that they think he's manly and gives them a sense of safety. Seriously?! he's fricking twelve and this isn't a reincarnation/ transmigration novel so there's no past experiences in his head!!

The rest of the story is alright but I'm having a seriously hard time suspending my disbelief on this subject. Nor can I make myself believe all these older women are pedophiles at heart. As it getting worse, my interest in the story has dropped quite a bit. <<less
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The Founder of Diabolism
January 29, 2018
Status: c88
Loving this MC. he's smart, funny, shameless and not at all the kind of evil monster his bad reputation says he is. he's on my top five favorites for BL transmigration/ rebirth novel MCs. I'm not a fan of the stupid, naive, innocent type so WWX hits my happy zone (fun, wily, clever and hard to ruffle). I also love the MC and ML are equal partners and both make up for the others weaknesses.

I was misled by the title and kept putting this off because I thought he'd be... more>> a ice-cube bastard villain protagonist and I just finished renegade immortal (no BL) not too long ago so I wanted something with an MC that wasn't so... dark. I thought he would be some old monster devil cultivator, not a guy who made me laugh so hard I shot coke out my nose.

The flashbacks are interesting and the characters have both depth and growth as the story moves along. the mystery keeps you engaged in the novel and of course the MC and ML are adorable together. <<less
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i really like that MC take a while to adjust to his new life and his new body and he has moments when he fumbles and fails, like having no clue how to move his spirit power at first. it's a little more realistic than those novels where the MC takes half a paragraph to accept what happened and he somehow automatically knows everything about cultivation without even having to go through their "new" memories.

the only thing I find dubious is the MC's past identity as a surgeon. in c5... more>> it says he remembers his past 20 years of life.... there is no way a 20 year old could be any kind of a surgeon when 6 or 7 years of college are the norm to become a general practitioner doctor. it hasn't said anything about him being a genius child prodigy and he would have had to start college at age twelve or thirteen to be an established surgeon at age 20.

other than that, though, I am enjoying the story.

on a side note, I see the the people who rate all BL as 1 have been by. I honestly don't get their compulsive need to rate without bothering to read. <<less
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M E M O R I Z E
September 15, 2018
Status: c85
I'm not sure why some others like this better than King of the Battlefield, which at least has lots of action and tension, a coherent plot, an understandable leveling system, and a MC who is consistent in his behaviors and motivation, even if he's not always the most likable person. this story is lacking all of that.

once past the first arc the story reads more like a fluffy slice-of-life novel (with random moments of eww) than the gritty reincarnation story I was expecting. I thought this would be an edgy... more>> survival-type story with an angry, bitter MC but he quickly devolved into the benevolent teacher/ father-figure. he even calls his party members his kids. there's never any real danger and dad is always watching over them ready to save them when things go wrong.

85 chapters in and I still have no idea what the plot/ point of the story is, other then he's hoping to save the woman he loved in his old life... only she's barely been mentioned so we still don't know anything about her and he's not in any hurry to find her. all this meandering around is annoying and a bit boring; the story lacks any sense of urgency or tension and has no direction. instead of getting stronger, he's just growing his kids. he's not even trying to grow his own skills (or even just invest his skill points).

the stats system doesn't make sense; there are people in year 0 whose stats are higher in one place or another than the MC who has the stats of a 10 year player. some of the people at year 4 have all their stats on his same level (80's and 90's). it's never explained how they can grow their stats or whats needed to make them stronger since there isn't a leveling system (as far as I can tell). we also have no idea how they collect stat points, other than getting four for passing that school at the start.

the story is really vague; what is his goal other than saving the girl? why were they brought to the world? is there an outside threat they're preparing humanity to deal with? who are the angels and why are they there? is this just some galactic death game to entertain the masses? why do they need to even bother getting stronger? even at c85 we only know the world is divided into 5 sections (N, E, S, W, and Center). the MC once mentioned falling into hell but its not clear if its another actual place or a state of mind. there are dungeons and monsters, players, vagrants (PK) and normal people. that's literally everything we've been told in 85 chapters.

the MC is also vague; his behavior is inconsistent with his stated urgent motivation (finding the girl) and there is no clue as to what the bigger picture is beyond that goal. also, for someone who spent ten years killing and surviving, he is way too concerned with how other people see him. he's also too trusting and happy. the behavior doesn't fit with his background.

also, what happened to the angels? they just disappeared after the beginning and no one seems to talk to/ about them or are being guided in any way. from the prologue, they made it sound like his angel was his constant companion and personal observer for ten years. now all trace of them are gone. <<less
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The Villain’s Face Slapping Counterattack
March 29, 2019
Status: Completed
a fairly decent story all together. Many worlds were rather cliche but they were well done within the usual structure (zombies, ABO, ancient history, mermaid, zerg, etc). I admit I skipped most of the chapters with genres I didn't like though. This story not as emotion-driven as some quick wear and not as shallow as some others. The MC isn't as driven and meticulous in his vengeance as the MC in FOD and in many stories if the protagonist leaves him alone, he'll do his own thing. Sadly most of... more>> the time the protagonists are selfish and unable to reflect. However sometimes his vengeance is nothing more than doing nothing in the face of the protagonists own bad choices. None of the protagonists are very good at taking responsibility for their own actions. The ending was long enough and fairly well done and understandable, which is a plus (I've recently read at least one quick wear that left me completely confused and scratching my head and one that abruptly ended with one chapter and most of the plot not explained). There's not a lot of graphic smut and the two leads are very sweet together. The ML is somewhat possessive but nowhere near yandere which makes for a pleasant read with no psycho surprises from the ML. <<less
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Reborn into a Hamster for 233 Days
March 15, 2018
Status: c145
so much fluff!! I love them both, but there is something about a pouty hamster that tugs at the heart waaaay more than a pouty human ever could. And no naive, dumb as a box of rocks MC, which is a huge plus.

I'm a little nervous about where the story is headed, seeing as hamsters have such a short lifespan and his body had already lived part of its life when he got it (I'm guessing he has 233 day left until the end; less than a year). What will... more>> happen to our MC when his little hamster body gives out? What will happen to our ML who loves his Fishy? I wonder how big a box of tissue I'll need for this book? Here's hoping for a H.E.

Edit c145

that took some turns I wasn't expecting. And is it just me or is Fishy way more dumb, naive, and submissive as a human than he was as a hamster? At least as a hamster he stood up to the ML, was clever and skeptical. Human Fishy just accepts everything, including being treated as though he were a little child (or woman in Chinese culture) to be pampered and petted and totally dominated. The fluff is good but I'm disappointed in the human Fishy. <<less
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Superstar Aspirations
February 5, 2018
Status: Completed
very good. very cute. I can't wait to read the translated version!!

my one problem... why does the MC almost always pick roles where he dies? if it were me, I'd stop going after a while because just seeing his name I would assume he dies and most of the time I hate crying in public (I'm an ugly crier, swollen eyes and snot everywhere and bright red face). I feel sorry for his fans who are smacked with their idols 'death' over and over again.
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As the Minor Gay Rival in Het Novels
January 28, 2019
Status: Completed
This was better than I expected. The MC isn't diabolically clever, nor are the bodies he inhabits always beautiful. He's easier to relate to than some of the world hopping geniuses out there and seems a lot more normal and down to earth in the beginning.

The MC is also very straight (very dismayed about his new role), and unlike some of the other novels he doesn't suddenly become bent in half a story arc. It takes several worlds before he can even admit to himself that maybe he 'likes' the... more>> ML who keeps chasing him and ruining his story lines. It makes a nice change from the MC's who normally become bent in a matter of chapters, not story arcs, and hops right into bed. That doesn't mean there is no fluff, there is, it's just that this MC acts in a more logical manner than most, after all, this guy is messing up his job and he's the one being punished for it. <<less
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Valhalla Saga
July 14, 2018
Status: c40.1
The premise was interesting and the beginning kept me reading but it degenerates into a typical harem/ power-up story. As the story shifts to him collecting women everything else falls to the background. The interesting mysteries and storyline which initially drew me in fades as the author decides to focus on fanservice rather than actual plot and story. I kept reading, hoping it would get better again but nope. My interest is pretty much gone now. Some day I might read more but but the interest that drove me to... more>> dive in at the beginning is completely gone now. <<less
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Are You Addicted?
April 15, 2016
Status: Completed
this was a pretty good novel with a few rather annoying and overly melodramatic moments that made me think the author might have watched too many makjang kdramas in her spare time. Honestly, I liked the beginning and the end but could have done without a lot of the stuff in the middle. Despite it's flaws though, there are some pretty awesome moments and the end is certainly squee worthy. Since I watched the drama first I can't really separate the written characters from the ones I met on screen... more>> and that's not a bad thing since the actors did a really good job, especially for newbies.

the drama was surprisingly good but the Chinese government is apparently afraid of gay content and first censored the hell out of it, then took it down off the web (three episodes from the end) and banned it and the web drama company from airing inside china. Luckily, the company released episodes 13-15 outside the country so the rest of us could see it. They made such a big deal over it that even the two main actors are no longer permitted to stand side by side on stage or have any social contact and it's been years since the show ended. It's completely ridiculous. <<less
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The Returner
September 15, 2018
Status: c79
surprisingly interesting. The MC comes back to earth and is in "retired old man" phase for much of the beginning chapters. He doesn't do crap, doesn't care and wants to be left alone to play his games. Honestly, I don't blame him. He spends most of his time acting like an idiot and messing with the people around him for the fun of it. He plays just about everyone except his mom, who's just scary.

this guys moral code is so skewed that its not black and white (or even gray),... more>> it's completely blue and orange. He's chaotic-neutral in the second edition D&D sense, acting mostly on his whims and driven almost entirely by self interest. He isn't any kind of a knight (white or dark) and he couldn't care less about anything other than keeping his family safe and himself comfortable. He's not a hero and has no need or desire to become one.

in the most recent chapters we start seeing bits and pieces of The Bringer of the Apocalypse bleeding through his carefree personality as the gates get worse and he can be pretty scary. I'm really curious about how bad its going to get when he actually starts getting serious.

edit c106

it went from interesting despite the harem misunderstandings to full blown harem focus with no actual plot progression and I lost all interest in the story thanks to this. Sad, since I thought the MCs personality was really interesting. The rest of the story isn't interesting enough for me to keep putting up with chapters that have absolutely nothing to do with the actual story though. <<less
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End of World’s Businessman
May 13, 2019
Status: c25
instead of transferring to another world he is able to hop back and forth as long as he has enough energy/points to do so. This is the first system story that I've read where that happens (usually the MC either spends the entire novel looking for a way to go home, or he builds and empire and makes himself king/emperor etc.) so I'm excited to read further. The translations so far a pretty good and the story is interesting.
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One Useless Rebirth
March 17, 2019
Status: Completed
this was a slower burn romance than many of the stories I've been reading lately and its mostly slice of life with some mystery and family politics thrown in. The MC is different in that he was happy in his life and didn't have the usual regrets and betrayal but got dragged into rebirth anyways. He decides right away that he wont "steal other peoples luck" so he doesn't use any of his foreknowledge to cheat (i admit would totally cheat if it were me in that situation). The author... more>> knows very little about photography and even less about the entertainment scene, but it does't matter.
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she writes about the MCs mindset and obsession with photography rather than anything technical. I also don't understand him being a journalism major when all his classes are about taking pictures. Shouldn't he be a fine arts major with a focus on photography? He never seems interested in being a journalist, all his focus is on landscape and people, not news or stories.

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the two don't fall madly in love at first sight and in fact start off by rubbing each other the wrong way and pissing one another off unintentionally. I like that the ML decides early on (after the fake account is found out) to be honest with the MC and that includes show him his worst sides (often childish and temperamental). At first the MC seems to hate him but the hate moves to tolerance, than to friendship, and finally to love; it's an interesting process to watch, though I did wish the MC was a little less clueless about his own feelings. one thing I didn't like is that the ML's family situation is overly complicated and melodramatic enough to make me roll my eyes. Scheming and back stabbing abound. Makes me nostalgic for books like You Boys Play Games which has almost zero drama and wangst in it. This would have been an easier story to read (and enjoy) without all the family crap dragging it out forever. The interactions between the ML and MC are great and their growth is interesting to watch but because of the family stuff I would say that over all this story is good but not great. <<less
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on the plus side it's not a harem (which is why this isn't a two) and MC isn't a total dense idiot when it comes to his love interest. On the minus side, why do almost all Japanese Isekei stories always vomit out so many POVs that the reader forgets who the MC is by chapter 3? You get one chapter of the MC, then several others with random people, then the "hero" (who sounds more like a jilted girlfriend). It jumps around so much that I can't bring myself... more>> to care about any of the characters which is a shame, since the whole assassin thing could have been pretty cool. It's not a terrible story but there's nothing interesting or unique enough to make up for all those POVs and cliches. <<less
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The Second Coming of Gluttony
September 18, 2018
Status: c24
so far this is pretty interesting, though admittedly we're not far into the novel yet. The MC isn't a total a**hole or insane, nor an eldritch horror in a human body, which is good; one Yi Ji-Hyuk is enough (The Returner). He's not a goody-goody or a beta male with an overblown sense of justice that will get all his friends killed, either. Yes he has cheats but at least his come with consequences (he can access the other hims experience but his body can't really handle the fighting techniques... more>> so he pays for it physically). Can't really say much on the story yet since they're all still in the starter city and he's still building up his basic fitness levels. I'm curious about whats going to happen once he heads out in the world and how things will change since he's Invited rather than Contracted now.

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I'm disappointed that this turned out to be yet another harem novel. That wasn't in the tags when they first started translating and I feel tricked. <<less
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