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The Death Mage Who Doesn’t Want a Fourth Time
January 19, 2017
Status: c7
Chapter 7 made me decide to write a review for this novel. If you're taking a shot at reading this novel, I suggest making it to Chapter 7, the chapter of revenge. The results are quite unexpected, and there is something thought provoking about it. Originally going into the novel, I was expecting something like a mindless blood-fest type of revenge. But this is not the case at all. For the most part, the main character is level-headed, strategical, and methodical about extracting revenge. He thinks about what he wants,... more>> and is resolute in his decision making. Although at times his mind is a bit warped, that much is to be expected given the premise of the story.

Although there is exactly 0 of it yet, this novel does have the tags of harem, "comedy" and ecchi; I greatly hope it does not go downhill because of that, like sadly most do. <<less
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Vermillion
October 28, 2016
Status: c12 part1
Premise: Two people get trapped in a realistic VR game that they are OP at.

Initial Thoughts: It's okay. It's still early on (ch. 12) so perhaps will get better? My main qualm is that the logic, tactics, and character reactions are irrational based on the facts the author has presented throughout the story thus far. Fights seemed forced to happen rather than via logic, and as such it's hard to take anything in this novel seriously.

I mean, that isn't that uncommon for novels on this site, but for the 'realistic... more>> approach' that this novel seems to be striving for, it seems like an unfixable blunder.

For some quick examples based on what I have read thus far,
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MC's poor tactics and logic:

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Again remember that the new world he is stuck in is like the game he is an expert at, so one would think that his fighting/tactical procedure should be roughly the same as the game, given how calm the MC is. He was supposedly OP at this game, played it 24/7... yet his fighting/tactics in this new world are embarrassing.

Example: He initiated a fight against a group of bandits and therefore had plenty of time to prepare. 1. He did not even count the number of enemies prior to the fight he initiated? 2. With having lots of power and knowing hand to hand combat... he decided to use a sword instead. Why does he even bother with the sword? The only result of this was completely destroying his partner's weapon and almost dying. 3. He demonstrates that throwing a pebble can kill his enemies... why did he not just continue throwing lots of pebbles to kill all his enemies? 4. He knows enemies get stunned by his bloodlust, why did he not use it to overwhelm the bandits while going for the kill. 5. He ambushed the bandits with an attack that they couldn't avoid, why not kill the boss first -- he was clearly observing from afar and pinpointed who it was?

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MC's lack of basic intelligence:

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Background Information: The MC's partner had become poisoned by a bandit's arrow in an ambush. The MC successfully escaped the ambush with his poisoned partner to a safe location. The MC incidentally has a stash of 3 OP antidotes, one of which will cure his partner of poison. If he uses the wrong antidote it will backlash and his partner will die. He also still has the poisoned arrow.

His painfully stupid conclusion to this dilemma was to go and confront the bandits and kindly ask them what poison they used in hopes that they will be honest with him. Hence why I wrote forced fight situations in this review.

He could have skipped the entire farce, by taking the poisoned arrow he already had and tested it. Just catch two small animals (or bandits). Poison them both. Feed both of them different antidotes as he clearly has a stash of antidotes. Then see which one survives. If both die, it's the third antidote.

Then there's the added fact that he didn't even have to continue fighting after killing the first few in his ambush on the bandits. He could have just grabbed the antidote off of their bodies after the other ones escaped. Or mortally wounded one, then after the others escaped, detained him, fed him a potion, then questioned him what the name of the poison was.

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The MC's nonsense mentality:

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Case 1. The MC had zero hesitation on killing someone for the first time...

Case 2. The MC later lacked the conviction to kill evil bandits to the point where he severely endangered himself in the process. In more detail: The MC has OP hiding skill which he used to kill some of a group of bandits. All good so far... but then instead of remaining hidden to finish them all off he decides to purposefully reveal himself, becoming extremely vulnerable in the process, all just to ask his enemies remaining ones alive a question instead of just killing them all to get the same answer. tldr; in this case, he lacks the conviction to kill to the point where he endangers himself as a consequence.

I mean come on. You can't have both of those types of mentalities together.

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Irrational side characters:

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There is so much more to tsukkomi but I'll end it with just that there is zero reason for the village to accept them into the village to flee from the bandits. Even if they are not bandits in disguise, there is nothing good that can come from the village accommodating them unless the village people are saints. What luck that would be. Plot armor? Almost all characters in this village seemed truly unreal for this new world they entered.

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The novel isn't particularly bad, but the other reviews seem to overhype this novel by a lot, based on what I've read so far. <<less
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The Silly Alchemist
November 21, 2016
Status: c37
We are only 37 chapters in at the moment, but I am greatly enjoying this novel~ It has an easy and light atmosphere so far. A feel-good type of novel with some comedy mixed in.

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The MC starts off with a partial re-incarnation into a body of an autistic child of a powerful and wealthy family. As a child he knows some random knowledge from the other world, but does not know why the knowledge is true, or why he even knows it. Thus he cannot integrate into society properly.
But what is apparent is that as a child he is truly a sweet and honest kid, a trait much lacking in Xianxia worlds. This personality trait wins over the people near him, as they love him for who he is (non-romantically), and happiness becomes their day to day life as they watch over him, despite his extreme oddities due to his partial knowledge from his previous life.

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I gave up at chapter 16, perhaps it gets better. My problem with this LN's first arc,

1. All of the characters sound the same when they speak and think. It's painfully monotone.

2. The characters feel quite one-dimensional at times. And this gets emphasized more by the author's style of telling instead of showing. It feels like a character is introduced, "Character-A is the one who talks a lot" Then Character-A barely talks thereafter... But we know that Character-A is the rowdy one since we were just told so. And... more>> that's it, that's the only defining trait. As all of the characters sound the same, there's really no other defining characteristics to go by, hence why the characters feel one-dimensional.

3. The MC is un-relatable and unbelievable. If they said in her past life she had PTSD, Paranoia, Anxiety, Depression, Autism, and more then it would be slightly more believable as there is no way that the MC is just your average "boring" 24 year-old. The MC can't look at anyone in the eyes, has trouble speaking, is paranoid 24/7, acts as if she is 6 years old mentally despite being 24-30 years old at the time, etc. This becomes very easy to see when one looks at her 'problem solving' capabilities, which are non-existent. There are some basic things that a 24 year-old should be able to contemplate unless something is severely wrong.

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The MC extremely selfish, but thinks that her selfishness is selflessness. This hypocritical and ignorant thinking leaves a sour taste in the reader's mouth.

The only thing the MC has going for her is extreme calmness under all situations, which seems to be linked to her maturity as a 24 year-old. But this is extremely wrong. Being 24 does not make you calm under all situations... rather her extreme calmness under all situations seems very disturbing, so probably add another mental disability to the list.

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4. In relation to point 3, the MC's thoughts are honestly exhausting
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In the MC's thoughts every other line is about how she thinks everyone hates her. If not that, then about how she suppresses her emotions for like no reason. She thinks if she smiles when someone does something that makes her happy, they will stop doing it. Like wth? Her logic makes zero sense and it isn't explained that deeply so we really can't figure out if there is a deeper cause.

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Emperor of Solo Play
September 24, 2016
Status: c66
This story is more enjoyable than I thought it would be~

To be honest, I didn't like the first few chapters and almost stopped reading after the beginning.

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Like in the beginning he spends a lottt of money on a Necromancer guide... when all that he learns is "One can teach the AI's"... such common knowledge lol. Almost gave up reading the novel after that, haha.

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It gets better after the first few chapters in my opinion. In a nutshell, it's a relaxing, chill, comedic version of a "virtual reality game reincarnation revenge" type of setting.

The main character doesn't always make the right choices, in fact he makes the wrong choice almost all of the time, but this is explained by one simple fact (that he himself knows) -- he isn't the brightest of apples. This being the case, he easily gives in to all of his desires: excessively testing his luck with RNG, being pennywise pound foolish, not saving up money in the real world, etc. He seems to embody some of the worst traits... but at the same time this is something many can relate to just a little bit inside.

Some may find it painful that the MC takes such stupid paths after reincarnation, but that is how he is meant to be, a dumb character. For me, most of the LN on here have the main character portrayed as smart and cunning so this is a nice change of pace. The question now is-- How far will he go, with this great handicap, his stupidity? <<less
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Tensei Shoujo no Rirekisho
April 6, 2017
Status: v2c10
At the moment my rating for this novel would be somewhere between a 4 and a 5. It's hard to explain but I find the world in this story to be quite unique and I like it quite a lot.

It is a world of mages and non-mages, but a mage isn't what you think it is. A mage in this world is worshipped as the equivalent of gods as has been customary for hundreds of years. It is not a coincidence that the mages are viewed as gods as this... more>> ideology has been built up year after year through propaganda and brainwashing. In some ways the world's culture is like a giant cult, which explains the behavior of the non-mages that may seem pretty 'wtf' to someone looking in from the outside like a reader does.

This cult way of life worked well for many generations as it was supported by the mages' inherit powers. If a non-mage farmer needed a better harvest, rather than praying to a god of harvest, they wait for a mage to come. If a house needed to be built, a mage will grant their wish. But now that the number of mages are declining the mages cannot grant all of the wishes of the non-mages. A harvest now will wilt. A house will not be built. The non-mages become starving and homeless. While this problem has been recognized by everyone in the world, not much has been done to combat it as of when the MC reincarnates. Mainly, the threat of a declining mage population had been seen as a problem of the future rather than one of the present. It's similar to how we see Global Warming here on Earth. A threat in the future, so no action is taken until it gets bad enough. And even then we are hesitant, since the measures against it go against the structure of how we have lived our lives thus far. People start to change their thinking around the time when the MC reincarnates. But even so, it is done out of necessity to live rather than anything else. The non-mages' faith and belief in mages keep them from going against the status quo, and they revert back into such a frame of mind whenever possible.

Although the world setup is what some other reviewers least like it's what I like the most. XD For other things, hmm, I think the character interactions are average/slightly-above-average for a novel here? There's a decent focus on the character relations in this novel, and while they aren't bad per-se, could be improved somewhat and not the highlight of this story for me thus far. <<less
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I like this a lot; the childhood arc is quite cute so far. The cute parts kind of come at you by surprise. The chapters are all serious about science, noble etiquette, household politics, etc. And then all of a sudden something super adorable happens. These smaller moments make the novel for me.

For other things to note, I find the main reincarnated character very likable and more realistic/level-headed in thought process than most of the reincarnation novels on NU. Aka Not spineless or idealistically heroic. (Although the trait of being... more>> unrealistically dense on romance is emerging, welp.)

My main negative feeling towards this story thus far is that the author tends to draw out each character's train of thought, basically repeating the same exact thought in six+ different ways, making the chapters a lot longer than they really need to be. Regardless, eagerly awaiting the next chapter (s) ! <<less
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Xian Wang Dotes On Wife
April 24, 2017
Status: c36
Very good! The political tactics/scheming in this novel are very well done, especially for a novel of the "black-belly miss reincarnation" genre. Unfortunately, we as readers don't get to see the villans' perspectives, which would round out the story more. Therefore not the best tactics novel on NU, but still well-deserving of 5 stars.

As far as romance goes, there isn't much so far... I assume there will be later on?
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