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Ascendance of a Bookworm
January 11, 2016
Status: c532
I have read a number of reincarnation novels from xianxia, japanese, korean and english original categories but so far, this is among the best and most immersive I've come across. It is one of my favourite novels.

This novel is not for everyone though:

Warning: Not much action

This isn't an action series and it is slow paced, so if you don't have patience to read about cooking, clothing, cleaning, cosmetics and tons of heavy passages on paper making or printing methods, then don't read this series. The series also suffers (like many... more>> others in the genre) of time skips.

Warning 2: Not much romance, at least for a while

There are hints of romance in some of the MC's relationships and lots of secondary character side stories, but not much happens in the first 500 chapters. Even after that, it's not romance so much as drama and politics.

Warning 3: Slow pace

Because of the slow pace, I wouldn't really bother reading this until you can read at least around 100 chapters. It's pretty good from a slice of life perspective right from the beginning (don't expect the storytelling and pacing to change, it doesn't), but the slow pace will make you feel like you didn't see much. For example, religion/magic, two of the major elements of the story, only get introduced around chapter 65, get some action around chapter 125 and only get really exciting with more exposure to the magic system much later as complexity and developments get layered on, like the magic circle research in the 400s.


It reminds me more of Ookami to koushinryou than of other reincarnation novels. The way business and trade works, the hierarchical society and the behavioural and fashion differences in different social classes. Again, like Ookami to koushinryou, there aren't over dramatically malicious characters – the motives of antagonists are very well calculated. It's almost a bit unrealistic how nobody is an idealistically driven character – there's no one trying to take over the world or bring happiness to everyone or any other idealistic ambitions like that, everything is very closely boxed in communities and lifestyle.

I wish there was more description of surroundings – appearances, clothes, the atmosphere of the academy or church, how people wear things rather than just the materials, etc. It's very much a human drama style. It is already slow paced enough though, so I shouldn't ask for even more details...

Reincarnation genre

One of the reasons this is such an amazing reincarnation novel is because of how the knowledge of the MC's previous life is used so effectively. Because the series does not focus on action, the MC uses her talents to make foods, clothing or otherwise enhance her daily life.

Warning: Main character - the bad

The MC is both adorable, and sometimes insufferable. Mainly, because the author didn't take all of a couple paragraphs to give a rationale for her childish behaviour.

It wouldn't even be all that hard: effects of a young body, hormones, initially trying to conceal her maturity and then getting used to it, that she was actually a 5 year old who was given memories instead of a 20 year old who was given a young body, etc. There are just so many easy ways to explain why she's so childish.

For whatever reason, the author didn't give us any. So if you're going to hate the MC because the author tells us she's actually a 20 year old in a 5 year old body and yet she behaves like a 5 year old... This is your warning, don't read this.

Main character - the good

That being said, I explained it in my mind and got over it. Once you're comfortable with her, the MC is also one of the cutest MC's - she's enthusiastic, pure hearted, a bit naive and benevolent, which, at least from my perspective, make her very easy to empathise with and relaxing to read about.

There's also something about a 5 year old that acts like a 5 year old that is sort of nice. The reincarnation aspect becomes more about the technologies as well as some cultural misunderstandings than the character herself.

Secondary characters

Family, friends and society around the MC change frequently as she moves between social classes. The changes are well done, so characters increase or decrease in frequency of appearance in a pretty realistic manner (don't get too attached to anyone). The supporting characters stand on their own.

Unlike chapters that switch perspective in a lot of other novels, I always look forward to reading the occasional chapter from other characters' perspective, all of which tie directly into the plot with fresh and adorable misunderstandings.


The worldbuilding is also superb. The attention to detail in life as well as sophistication of the magic system, religion, the politics, trade, etc are all woven into the storytelling.

Part of what makes it work so well is that the reader is introduced gradually to concepts, shown most of them and always in context of the plot. There's no sudden description of a magic system to the reader, but rather hints and bits of it introduced over the length of 100 chapters or more. Only from other character's perspectives or in talking about situations in retrospect are there longer, more descriptive explanations of the backdrop.


There's a lot of dramatic irony based on different cultures, viewpoints and how characters don't always have a full picture (perception based on letters vs being there). Not much slapstick, which I appreciate.

Frequent updates

One final strong point: the author is prolific. It's astounding how much content she puts out – almost a chapter a day, and they're long chapters considering the frequency. There's even a separate thread of sitestories from other characters' POV on top of the 500+ chapters currently out. Good to see a group picking this up to translate into English.

Update Sep 2018: Unfortunately, the author seems to have wrapped it up after the high school arc. She's still releasing some chapters periodically from other characters POV at points within the story and a whole side story from Hanna-Lynne's POV but I really felt like it was ended prematurely, not to mention, although I didn't read the last 100 chapters, from skimming the last chapter, it wasn't really an ending I liked or expected, since it resolved with a 'romantic' ending when the story didn't even have a strong romantic thread and it's obviously not the author's strong suit. It also seemed rather passionless. Anyway... I should go and actually read the last 100 chapters but can't help but comment as I saw that...

Good luck Blastron on this daunting and wonderful project!! <<less
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Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki
November 13, 2016
Status: --
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this novel at all, despite it being the style I usually enjoy (e.g. Common Sense of a Duke's Daughter, Ascendence of a Bookworm, Release that Witch, Reincarnated Lord etc. If you prefer the advanced economics premise rather, then Wolf and Spice or even Maou Maoyuu Yuusha might be rec's for you.)

The biggest issue is the characters. None of them have any depth of emotion or ties to the setting. They all act like 20th century Japanese manzai actors with anime stereotypes. The whole premise of... more>> the novel is based off a completely anachronistic behaviour of a royalty that apparently can just hand over a kingdom to some rando. The moe princess-knight falls into the MC's lap by the end of the 3rd chapter, and the various side characters spend all their time saying "kyaah, it's the amazing MC and his princess wife" or "well, they made a big music show with 20th century influences, must be good even though it has no connection with our culture, oh, and of course, it doesn't matter that they came and killed all our husbands in a big battle the other day".

I'm not sure I even have to mention that the setting is bad at this point. I don't usually mind if a setting is very similar to other novels in the genre. But the author doesn't seem to make any effort to give it any life. The whole world and all the characters are merely plastic props for the MC to display his "brilliance" (stated, not demonstrated). <<less
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Tales of the Reincarnated Lord
August 1, 2016
Status: c412
I have downgraded from 5 to 4, as there are many things (particularly the ineptness of the author at romantic plotlines) to cringe at. Still give it a 4 for the fun and detail in the statesmanship and logistics, the romantic flashback very early in the story, which I thought was well done and some of the exciting battles (not all of them, by far).

I am also frustrated the author can't add a bit more challenge to the MC's diplomatic dealings. The MC does have setbacks, but never while... more>> he's attending to something. All the issues are done when he's off in another place, or fixing another issue. The MC's creativity and adaptability would be so much better demonstrated if there were actually occasional flaws or unanticipated elements..

The Good

What makes it good is complexity. This is classic fantasy with politics between noble families and merchants and various kingdoms and trade federations. There is an interesting blend of martial arts with magic and medieval war tactics that is filled with grit. The characters each have complex back stories and not everything goes well for the MC (though when it comes to a fight, he wins...). There are some touching moments and plot twists and a kind of lifelike reality to the whole story.

The author's interest in statesmanship is what makes the exciting moments, whether it's his plans for new castles or schools or trade routes, leading of his knights and their soldiers through battles and new products from a different world. All of this is done with a varied cast of brothers at arms, loyal knights and scheming foes.


Unlike other reincarnation novels, the MC of this one is 23 years old when the story starts. He has a very realistic view of romance, considering he already lived passed his 40s in his previous life, so don't expect loli heroines that ruin so many other reincarnation stories.

The first 30 chapters are mostly flashbacks of the 'past 10 years' since her reincarnated, and overly wordy setting descriptions. You have to give him credit for the flashbacks though, showing a heart wrenching romance, his life, as a student then teacher, and introductions to his goofy mercenary and other buddies who he gathers with at the local tavern. The "plot" only really begins around chapter 40.



Just be forewarned that this is a novel where you have to take it slow. For most of the first 150 chapters, there are no significant time skips or exaggerated developments. The MC gets tied to his fief, so don't expect big adventures. This is a story of a nation building from farmers and mines and military tactics.

This does change somewhat later. The author is interested in the big developments and wars, even adding chapters from future chroniclers pov, which is neat. However, while reading, I sometimes feel like I'm missing out on the civilians, as the plot is all about major trends and military tactics, instead of caricatures of life in the cities and towns that the MC establishes. There's a gap between the MC and his commanders and the rest of the world.

Military tactics

Another warning is that the author obviously has a tactics/military history/romance of three kingdoms penchant, so if long texts about ambushes or pitched battles put you to sleep, this novel will bore you to death. Unfortunately, the detail of tactics is usually destroyed by everything going too well for the MC all the time.

Bad romance

If anything though, my main complaint is about the is the chauvinistic streak to the novel and romance. I have no issue with chauvinism in the context of the setting, so I have no complaints when characters from a medieval world show womanising or paternalistic tendencies. But, I find it bewildering that every time a girl is (essentially) forced onto some man, as soon as they have s*x with the male character they suddenly want nothing more than to please him and bear his children. The romance is all either dry and forced up to this point as it the female characters hardly ever appear except for the occasional s*x cameo. And don't get me wrong, I have nothing against s*x in a novel, my issue is with the lack of any other substantial interactions with women.

And seriously - the author writes an arc about him getting a secretary pretty much just so he f*cks her whenever he wants, or as the author summarised himself: "when there's work, he gives it to the secretary to do, when there's nothing, he does the secretary" (I quote.)

And it doesn't end there, whether it's being r*ped by barbarian women because they are in heat because of his big pe**s (yes, the author likes to talk about that) or the three sisters who fall into his bed, and many more... possibly not impossible, but totally author's fantasy moments, these all detract from the otherwise gritty features of the novel.


I must note this is with the exception of what I thought was a very well done romance/break up in the first 30 chapters of the novel, which was one of the reasons I managed to keep going despite the slow pacing. The princess later on was also done tastefully.


Oh, and before I finish this review, the 1 star reviewers are actually correct. There are tons of weird detail issues. The author doesn't seem to research things, whether it's the distances in naval scenarios or how physics works in projectiles. The funny thing is, he could have just not have specified and everyone would have been happy. Instead, he goes into minute detail on things he knows nothing about, which is bizarre.

I don't personally care, because I read novels for the world building, the characters and the excitement. It's not as if the world is unrealistic, just a bit misinformed sometimes....


Overall though, the author has managed to create a complex world and detailed plot with a lot of N. American/European fantasy influences, more so than any other Chinese author I've read actually.

I did read the first 10 chapters and now chapters 150-400 in English and I was impressed with the quality of the translation. <<less
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Dungeon Defense
October 20, 2016
Status: v3c6
This is unfortunately a mixed review:

Volume 1 was amazing: I previously had this series rated 5 stars. If you're considering reading this series, I encourage you to do so, it is definitely worth your time. As others have mentioned, this has emotions and characters.

Volume 1 is a brilliant build up towards the first Night of Walpurgis. The author cleverly introduces characters, gives a complex and heavy past to the MC (lots of room to grow), and uses eloquence and manipulation to create a very nice climax. Volume 2 is still... more>> good. I enjoyed the use of flashbacks, the plot devices giving you hints and red herrings of where it might go, and the mellow conclusion. The introduction of romance was also working quite well.

Another thing worth noting is that this is not a hastily slapped together web novel. This is a very well planned and crafted story. Volumes 1 and 2 were obviously reviewed and edited to have great dramatic effect. The pacing is good and the story falls into place.

Our negative protagonist is hinted to be growing into his father's shoes despite the hate he held for him. He is quite obviously destined for greatness and evil, but in volume 1, there is also a very key aspect of elegance to his character. That elegance was something I really saw as integral to his personality. It explained the remarks in the prologue, complemented his physical frailty and fit well with the machinations of the nobility. Author betrays key foundations

I have a number of reasons to suspect that the author fell off his original path:
- The game elements that were important details at the beginning - and part of his cheat skill selection, practically disappear later.
- Related to the above, but the choices and infamy/fame. In volume 1, (even in the prologue, which is much later chronologically), the MC was obviously weary and distraught because of his infamy increasing. The choices meant something special, they were part of his internally conflicted psychology. The choices become almost inconsequential later on, having to do with his love life instead of his mental development.
- If you read the prologue carefully, you see a very different man than the MC in later volumes. He is disappointed in Cristiane because she is selfish and shameless and doesn't have the elegance of the nobility. The whole beauty of a negative protagonist is that they are evil because they make the "right" choices. The prologue really gives that flavour and gave me false expectations.
- The theme of authority and love of authority becomes too dominant. I liked it a lot when it initially came up. It enhanced the MC's manipulative side and explained many of his actions. But when it also (unintentionally on the author's part, from what I can tell), stabilized our MC's emotions. The beauty of this MC was his insecurities, the contradictions that made his actions interesting, the falling in his father's footsteps despite the hate he had for the man. But authority grounded him. Suddenly, the contradictions were all downplayed, he had an ideal and the power to get to it. He was no longer evil because of a mix of genius and helplessness, he was just evil because he wanted to be.

Plot becomes forced instead of crafted

Slightly, in volume 2 and much more in volume 3, we see elements destroying the appeal of the MC:
- The colloguialness/vulgarity that gets added to his talking habits. It works well as a nice counterpoint, for sure, I applaud the author for introducing it. But a contrast is only as good as it is sparse.
- The overemphasis of wanting to have s*x with everything, and I don't mean tasteful s*x scenes, of which there are some (I have nothing against a well done, complex interplay of romance, but there's just girls *senselessly* wanting to have s*x with him at every turn by volume 3.)
- The ever increasing moe characterization
- The shift between plot and character: Volume 1 was all about the plot, with the MC's cunning playing into it, twisting it, putting him on the stage as a player. We had very good secondary characters with different motives. By volume 3, it is predetermined that the MC is always going to win, there is very little that happens that is not caused by the MC's "cunning", which ends up feeling plastic.
- The less and less apt use of evil and manipulation. The MC just becomes a symbol of evil, instead of being a character of internal conflict, striving for his twisted aesthetic. Instead, he just wants to kill humans to advance the plot.

Read it though, it's a good novel, volume 1 particularly is inspirational and I hope many more korean authors follow in this style. <<less
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Master Hunter K
May 2, 2017
Status: c133
Quite spectacular.

I am usually very hesitant to give rather mindless, action flicks like this such a high rating, but unlike a lot of other stories in the genre, the writer is really consistent, doesn't drag scenes and is good at introducing new characters and making a fairly vivid instance world.

Not only does the plot and MC manage to keep itself together, but there is still a decent amount of challenge to show off the MC's OP qualities being put out every level. The whole premise is that the system is... more>> impossible to win, so there are hints that that edge can still be kept for a long time to come.

The worlds of each level are also each quite unique, and, in the dragon arc (~c100, starting to give hints of a larger world-building and beings beyond the system, which is intriguing.

Some very soft romance, which is sweet and, so far, very much a side story - hoping the cute archer is getting somewhere: this series is not ruined by harem or smut stuff.

I'm not much of a Romance of the Three Kingdoms fan, but I have quite enjoyed the references the author have made and appreciate the effort the translator has gone to to make it accessible to english audiences. Hats off to the translator, btw, since they have great quality and frequent releases too.

If the plot manages to keep itself together like this, this will truly be the king of the survival game-world genre. <<less
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Pivot of the Sky
January 19, 2019
Status: c77
Pivot of the Sky is probably best described as a Daoist rehash of the other major religions.

It's both brilliant and kind of cringey.

Warning: Cringey and not faithful to mythologies

... more>> Rehashing other religions is always risky. In some ways, it's really exciting and gives a great atmosphere (more below) but in others, it makes you roll your eyes at some of the anachronisms and reinterpretations of old mythologies.

I mean, if nothing else, making an MC who is a young boy growing up to be Amon (Ra), who uses a fake identity of 'Allaha' and whose love interest is "Maria" with a caretaker called Gabriel... It would be fitting for a comedy, but Pivot of the Sky is written in a serious tone.

Of course, this means that all of the mythology in Pivot of the Sky is also unfaithful to any of the originals. So if you're a purist in terms of details in how gods relate to each other, whether it's Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Islamic or Christian religions, then this is probably not for you.

It's also not for you if the names and vague references to random characters, from random time periods and mythological stories mixed into a story irks you. I have to say I often find it pretty annoying sometimes.

Warning 2: Really slow start

Another considerable weakness of this series is the slow start. The first 10 chapters of PotS are really tough to get through. Don't give up until at least reading 15ish chapters, since it really picks up after that.


Okay, so now the positive comments.

Hooray! The cat is the real MC. Bastet is <3. 'nough said.

Daoist Ancient Egypt

If nothing else, this series is amazing in how it uses the premise of cultivation novels and daoist ideas of humans achieving divinity. The central premise of PotS is weaving together various stories of Egyptian, Mesopotamian mythologies into the story of a young genius cultivation talent's journey through cultivation levels to divinity.

It's really exciting to see the familiar names of gods and goddesses, sometimes the 'undercover' divinities and see which stories are being woven into the plot.

If you're vaguely curious in religious mythologies, PotS is also a great way to learn about various stories and names and looking up more about them.

Western magic system

Another nice aspect of this Daoist-Foreign fusion is the presence of a very traditional high fantasy magic system in the world.

It's, of course, affected by the Egyptian details, but is at heart a Harry Potter-esque magic system of throwing around fireballs or ice spikes with gemstone powered magic wands.

On the other hand, don't expect things to be all that original or central. The magic and cultivation systems are very traditional and kept simple.

Sweet romance

Another great aspect of this story is the romance.

This is not another pick up all the girls with no personality and forget them a paragraph later harem isekais, this novel has some great characters with mysterious backgrounds, their own difficulties and political schemes.

Most of the romance is also (at least as far as I've gotten as of now) flirtatious or suppressed, people yearning for others or playing with others (in the case of the goddess).

That being said, there are some issues with the romance too. First, there are a lot of fairly sudden developments between characters that don't really have the context to happen. Both in the case of Maria and Inana, it takes less than a chapter to go from meeting to petting with little in between.

And second, even though the relationships, petting and showing of boobs happens so abruptly, it's rather dry. I feel like just a bit more sexual tension and banter or description of feelings would go a long way. But this isn't a shoujo novel, so meh...

(Our cat will overcome all her love rivals... just a matter of chapters... I believe...)

Strong female characters

For a chinese, male written novel, PotS has a really great cast of female characters.

As mentioned in the romance section, the female characters have their own personalities, many of them dark sides and many of them are very powerful, not least of which are our super cat and mischievous goddess.

Even better, the novel shows much of the paternalistic aspects of the cultures, whether it's the disdain of many of the high priests towards the female adoratrice, or the mismatch of male and female rulers and the cloistering of women inside temples or the roles and say in marriages.

Details and worldbuilding

A lot of reviewers have complained about the writing style or even that it's episodic with lots of irrelevant detail... but it's actually very well written and translated, and almost everything is relevant to the plot, so not sure what they're talking about.

If I hazard a guess, I think this is related to the slow start of the novel, which, as warned above, is really hard to get into until at least 10-15 chapters in. The author was too intent on getting a background and scene set up that he neglected the excitement and characterisation, so it feels dry and almost like a historical text.

That ends quickly though, and it turns into an cultivation adventure shortly after.

The plot also jumps around somewhat. The MC meets characters who fade into the distance as he travels around, but if you just stick with it, the characters all come back. As the story goes own, you start to see how these different countries and people start to whorl into a vortex over the war and rebuilding of Duc centred around the MC's connections.


Going to leave it there. Very much worth reading and highly recommended. <<less
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Swordmaster Healer
September 8, 2018
Status: c81
The series isn't nearly so bad as most of the reviews make it out to be.

It's certainly not deserving of high praises, and only barely gets my 3 star rating, but I still recommend it for those who liked Soul Station Necromancer, The Tutorial is Too Hard or He's the Legendary Guard, and I would definitely rate it higher than other similar series like I Never Run Out of Mana, Everyone else is a returnee or Dimensional Sovereign.

It is unfortunate that the series has a lot of cringy scenes early... more>> on, including the wanton murder of the guy in front of the dungeon guild or the quick and mostly nonsensical early power ups that the MC uses to just show he's an immature brat. However, it does get better after awhile. The power ups are still stupidly big, but at least they have decently timed flashbacks and world building behind them.

One major flaw that unfortunately doesn't change is all the 'you're amazing' comments, ad verbatim that happen, usually totally out of character and without any variation towards the MC. I'm afraid the emotional depth and wit of the characters never gets better.

It is an action flick, so expect lots of generic monster appearances in dungeons and arrogant brats and smackdowns. However, it has just enough exploration of the society that it kept me interested. The hunter guild rep and the brief appearances of other guilds are not fleshed out as they should be, but they're not terrible, while I don't mind the 2 romantic interests later on.

Translation quality is also high.

So, in summary: I don't recommend this in general, but if you are a fan of dungeon crawl type novels like the ones listed above, give it a chance beyond the first 30 chapters, where it starts to develop a bit more. Definitely read the better ones like Legendary Guard, SSN or Tutorial is Too Hard first though, if you haven't. <<less
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Hachinan tte, Sore wa Nai Deshou!
December 20, 2016
Status: c52
I actually quite enjoyed the early chapters of this novel. It has a fairly good setting in a developing remote region where his father is a lord.

Learning to be a member of society and of his family and about the fief and its responsibilities is pretty interesting.

Then the MC starts grows old enough to venture out of this fief and go to nearby towns, the capital and the country, and the story derails completely:

  • He suddenly gets surrounded by girls out of nowhere who become the base for an annoying harem series
  • He makes inordinate amounts of money rapidly removing any kind of interesting developments with the world and society
  • He loses responsibility and family ties since now he's just an adventurer who doesn't have to take bother with fief politics anymore
  • And then, he goes off and slays invincible monsters, becoming a rising rod in the capital, beloved of king and nobels, betrothed to the most loli-big boobed heroines there...
long story short: human drama is non-existent and you just have some really terrible self-realisation wet dreams with an incompetent hero from then on. All the more a shame, since the premise and world building seemed good initially.
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The Second Coming of Gluttony
December 9, 2018
Status: c56
It's very satisfying to read this novel. The author has obviously grown tremendously compared to his previous novel Memorize: characters have more personality, politics are murkier, story doesn't go off track (at least, up until c56).

Character growth

What is particularly good so far is the growth of the main character. He's set up in such a trash opening that's actually believably done, with the right history, flashbacks and emotions to really give some insight into how people fall into bad places.

Then, remorse and power ups and, not an immediate, but gradual... more>> development to be a more positive person. He starts to fix his mistakes and this continues later on and gets rewards for his improvements.


Another great part of this novel is the grit. It's somewhat inconsistent - the novel will flip between easy going scenes and gritty scenes, not always with full rational. But he does paint some of the brutality and lack of inhibitions in a world where 21st century people are let loose in a death game in a medieval society, as well as the darkness of a gambling addict. The lack of consistency makes it fairly well balanced, in a way, so you're not always reeling.

Bad parts

It's far from perfect. The author loves the super power ups, which are a double edged sword. Not all that much external crisis to add to the plot either. The villains are not terrible, Oh Min Seo is pretty well developed, but neither she nor Kang seo get the impact or time they should.

Characters end up falling pretty squarely into 'good guy' or 'bad guy' categories, without really much in the way of doubts, suspicious or neutrals who are following their own path. Sure, the author will say 'this guy is self-interested', but if it's the bad guy, they go around trying to r*pe people for their self-interest, and the good guy decides self-interest is following the MC around like a lackey.

Also, the girls are way too easy. I actually quite like their initial characters, but the author loses touch with their day-to-day personalities and dreams as soon as he gets them to fall in love with the MC, kind of making them brainless afterwards.

The novel could definitely improve with a bit more emotional tension with the romantic interests, as well as with the supporting case.

Another issue is character consistency. I find as if the MC in particular behaves almost like a different character in Paradise than on Earth. The discrepancies could have at least been rationalised.


There are some things that make me want to give this a 3 star rating... but I really did enjoy the emotional issues with family/ex. Looking forward to see his next trip to Earth.

On hiatus

Looking forward to another group picking it up... korean series always seem to get dropped T_T

Doubly a shame, since the translations were of pretty decent quality. <<less
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Dragon Order of Flame
May 16, 2017
Status: v1c4 part5
This is a very strong novel so far. I highly recommend it.


First a quick overview of the bad: slow pacing, short chapters and slow releases, generic premise. That last one because it's yet another reincarnation tale where the MC has some badass teacher, so you sort of wonder why the author needed a reincarnation plot in the first place. Arguably might have been better to do this one with just the dragon or just the reincarnation. But meh, small faults.

... more>> A reincarnated MC that acts his age?!

What makes it good is the depth of character creation so far. It's so rare for a reincarnated MC to actually act his age and be mature, so I really like that this author is pulling that off. His hero isn't only growing quickly and taking advantage of tricks, but he is also avoiding being petty and trying to create a better environment and relationships around him.

Secondary characters

This is particularly seen in the development of his father and brother's characters. They're both really well done, each with their own achilles heels that led to their downfall in the past, Marvin actually the MC's bully. But the MC takes the high ground and actually manipulates Marvin to get a better result for everyone.

Xianxia strength system

Another cool detail in this one is the strength system. It's a kind of xianxia style levels of power, but by a Korean author in a Western style fantasy world. It reminds me somewhat of Tales of the Reincarnated Lord, another great novel with a compelling world and character building and a xianxia/reincarnation element.


Can't quite speak for the rest of the world at this point, but the hints of details are positive, whether its the various ways of training martial arts, the complexity of the noble politics or dragon politics and the development of the relationship with the dragon in his head. <<less
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Dominion’s End
December 20, 2016
Status: v3c8
Recommended. I am not usually a fan of zombie stories, but this one had quite a lot of momentum, pretty good character building and interesting super powers.

The reincarnation/gender bender plot added into that makes it a page turner and exciting to see where it's going to go.

I got a bit bogged down after the double brother paradox, and the journey to reacquaint with his fam. The whole underground laboratory is intriguing for the lore but was also somewhat... distasteful, but that's what a zombie series is all about. Looking forward... more>> to the translations catching up so I can skim read over the remaining chapters until the reunion, when I hope it shall pick up again. <<less
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tallrice rated it
June 7, 2017
Status: c4
So far so good, the series is laid back, talks about food and casual gaming and has a nice world.

It's one of a number of JP series like this that seem to go slowly, but are enjoyable (I've added my votes to the recommendations section).

Warning: there's only 76 chapters written over 4 years, and they're really short chapters too. Don't expect much content or an intense plot, because it's not there.

If people are enjoying this one, I'd like to mention a similar series, Gate of Amitiricia Online, also about a... more>> laid back VRMMO player who cooks and gathers ingredients. It's, if anything, a bit better than this one, and, although it doesn't have many chapters either (150ish chapters over the same 4 year period), they are slightly longer. Something a translator, maybe even Art of Butchery can look into if they like this kind of series. <<less
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Magi Craft Meister
December 20, 2016
Status: c130
This is quite an enjoyable series. It's a relaxed series about technologies and foods being introduced to a fantasy world by an adventurous and easy going MC. I frequently look forward to seeing what new idea the MC will come up with and how it will send ripples through the world.

World building is pretty good. I love maps, and he actually provided one. As the MC is an OP mage and engineer, he gets to see various countries, essentially be a tourist, which is neat.

The enemy conspirators are pretty comical... more>> in their attempts to revive lost technologies and their constant blunders and shock of the MC's oppressive fascist- ahem, military strength.

I am not a fan of harem manga, but most of the romance is platonic enough that I didn't mind for a long time. I did get a bit bored after 130 chapters, partly because some of the royal court scenes were annoying in their banality and the harem romance was taken a centre scene. Not sure if I'll go back and continue...

There isn't much development either. The whole "I have an automated super military of magical robots" thing just destroys much of the plot, as there's little to go from there. His whole Japanese-nostalgia island paradise is also neat enough during the first two volumes when he is building it, but then just feels boring and unnecessary without anything to add to the story later on. <<less
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I give it a two for the premise and the fact that the manga rendition came out pretty well.

The story starts off not so badly, but quickly unravels into the MC prancing about fighting random RPG monsters with his harem girls...
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Release that Witch
October 21, 2016
Status: c738
One of the best reincarnation/transfer-to-another-world novels. Long may it last!

Not only is the world building great, but wow, the speed of the releases, both in the original and in English is really commend worthy.

One thing that impresses me is that the author often reveals reasons for what seem to be inconsistencies in his setting. For instance, setting the bar low for the MC to shine with really simple observations such as 'oh, witches could be useful' is no doubt a bit patronising, but when the history behind why the witches... more>> are in their current conundrum is revealed, it all kind of makes sense.

Another good point is the pacing. Release that witch is not slow at all. Even so, the author manages to work in many details of the MC's modern knowledge in engineering and cultural tastes.

Compelling characters: Attractive heroines and solid soldiers. The range of ages in the cast is refreshing.

Political intrigue is well portrayed. The siblings all compete for the throne, and we can see the hierarchy of nobles and all the small plots of hidden daggers and deadly poisons.

And the plot only intensifies. From warring princes to catholic conspiracies, to Sauron and his horde of steampunk demons from the abyss. The spiral of the plots is quite amazing, particularly considering that the author actually uses the later plot developments to explain early setting quirks, which takes a lot of planning and writing talent. <<less
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Undefeated God of War
December 20, 2016
Status: c85
This was... really bad...?

I liked the pacing, and the constellation ideas behind the world building and magic were briefly interesting, if not developed in any meaningful way.

The set of characters were interesting enough in the starting city, but then everything becomes belaboured as soon as they leave for the vast world of boringness. MC gets OP thanks to the cheat item he picked up, gets sent down a different route from any other relevant character in the novel and travels through dimensional gates as if it's nothing (despite no one... more>> else doing this) with random bodyguards that appeared, seducing random shop owners and riding his mecha-ostrich!

Had lots of potential, so I'm sad it flopped so badly T_T <<less
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Ookami to Koushinryou
December 20, 2016
Status: v12
A classic and one of my first light novels.

This is really the gold standard for light novels. The world building is superb (and original!), the romance is delightful, the characters are deep and compelling. The author manages to paint all the slices of life you could want in this Northern European inspired fantasy setting.

Whether it's the smells of the market, the bite of a late autumn wind, or a travelling partner's sarcasm, the leer of a plotting aristocrat or the shrewd bargaining of a merchant or coin exchanger, Wolf and... more>> Spice has it all. And a giant, loveable kitsune-mimi heroine to boot.

If there's anything to criticise, it's the pacing and the episodic nature. Laurence and Horo move North, each volume being in a new location along their route (until later on, when they stay in some places for longer periods of time). Very few characters make it from one novel to the next (again, until later on in the series). Wolf and spice actually explores the cityscapes and politics of each place they stop in, and has no lack of quips between our main pair, so prepare to spend a long time basking in their slow developing romance. <<less
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The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent (WN)
December 19, 2016
Status: c14
This author has a lot of potential. Particularly, I like her side character perspectives and her culture shock details. The chapters read fairly well too and she introduces fairly well rounded characters.

However, there are just too many issue: the overall plot is nothing new in JP web novels. In fact, there's a bit of a hodgepodge of different ideas: status screens and OP character traits, modest researcher girl and a handsome noble-captain romance, introducing new cultural ideas (food) from modern Japan, an almost 19th century Dutch cityscape beside medieval castles... more>> (not that that's abnormal in JP fiction...). It's really easy to lose the flow of the plot. Judging by the progressively longer periods between releases by the author, I have a feeling she's getting a bit lost too.

I hope she starts a new novel, since I feel with a bit more planning, she could write a pretty good novel! <<less
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Dungeon Hunter
September 21, 2016
Status: c97

This novel is far from refined in its prose, not the least original in its tropes and not deep at all when it comes to characters or plot.

It's very straightforward. A quick paced, in-your-face OP MC and his legion of not-sure-if-good-or-evil gone to become the Devil King in a game-like-setting war of dungeons and dragons set in the 21st century world. Along the way he wows and deceives his allies and enemies alike.

Expect the staples of reincarnation like the heated auction house, the stat updates, the provocations gone overboard and... more>> the takeover of the world!

Quite similar in atmosphere to Reincarnator, which also focuses on an OP MC paving the way after a time slip to lead a race against other races. <<less
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The Youngest Son of Sunyang
October 17, 2017
Status: c20
This series is amazing, both so far, and from what I hear, later on too.

In fact, it's the most popular online series in Korea, as you might notice by going to the Munpia homepage (http://www. munpia. com/) where Youngest Son of Sunyang seems to have been in the top left (most popular) series spot for over a year now.

Unfortunately, many of the references are lost on us non-Koreans, as we don't know enough about the Samsung family, who are the real life 'basis' for the story. The series isn't a... more>> historical fiction or anything, it's only loosely based on the Samsung family but the author makes some clever social commentary mixed in with his reincarnation competition to be the next millionaire.

Lots of tension, lots of realism and some great characters, I strongly recommend the series to anyone who might give it a read! Would love to see more series like it, and more chapters translated... It really deserves some love. <<less
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