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Renegade Immortal
February 23, 2016
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Review as of Ch.130.

It’s by Er Gen, author of “I Shall Seal The Heavens”. Imagine a younger Meng Hao with the same brashness, insights and persistence, and you’ll get Wang Lin of “Xian Ni”. The initial arc tries to remind us that Wang Lin has emotional ties to his parents, and yet time passes as if it means nothing. Months and years are written off as the MC secluded himself and cultivate multiple times, making you wonder what’s the point of all the characters introduced so early if they aren’t... more>> used regularly. At one point his entire sect was defeated and forced to disperse, and Er Gen straight up wrote that the MC is all but forgotten by those who came across him. Even his initial nemesis, the typical arrogant cousin; simply disappeared into seclusion at the time of this review.

What you are going to encounter after the dramatic defeat of the MC’s sect is chapters and chapters of struggling to power-up while in life-and-death circumstances. Lots of description of seclusion and powering up. Lots and lots of it. Power up yes, but to what end? I appreciate the efforts of the translators, but there is no driving force, no motivation to the MC’s behavior except to survive. It’s like reading on and on about some kid painstakingly solving his math homework. The only mystery is in his cheat item which houses a powerful immortal (as usual), but after 90+ chapters I am not aware of any long term goal set by the MC. Initially he wanted to take revenge on the said arrogant cousin, but after the authors made the time skips, the goal seemed insignificant compared to the power scale being talked about.

I thought it would be a carefree MC, annoying infuriating others with his lackadaisical attitude, perhaps causing a woman or two to fall in love with him in the process. But no, we’re getting a serious, no-nonsense MC without a hint of humor or charisma.

If you liked the slow-paced build up of Er Gen’s other works, you will find more of it here. <<less
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To Deprive a Deprived Person
February 18, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Ch.30.

Reminiscent of Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, Re:Monster and Death March, in that there are a lot of stat windows. Lots of them, in every chapter. The prose is a mess and I feel for the translator trying to polish it and make it more understandable for the reader. The PoV often jumps here and there and the translator is helpful enough to provide notifications who is speaking what and even provides summaries when a particular chunk of action or paragraphs might appear confusing which is a boon due... more>> to it being a machine translation.

The dialogue is very Spartan and functional. You read it and it’s easy to get what the author is trying to convey, it is simplistic and it feels like a tv episode script instead of a novel. Descriptions are sparse and assumes you already have a general idea how such RPG-like stories go. It is obviously an unpolished web-novel as there are things like skill names being changed from one chapter to another, causing confusion to the translator and editor.

It’s an average time filler, slightly better than Re:Monster but not as good as the other two examples mentioned. The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor is an epic grinding yarn, Death March is a fluffy jaunt. This title feels like someone’s first attempt in the same genre. Grimgal of Ashes and Illusion is a more professional effort if you’re looking for something more polished.

Is this worth reading? If you like reading an almost day-to-day description of a small party traveling and leveling up together, then sure. The MC isn’t as ridiculous as Re:Monster (edit: haha scratch that), the story isn’t as colorful as Death March, the text and writing style isn’t as thick as The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor. But it seems to improve chapter by chapter, and you might get some enjoyment out of investing your time in reading it.

Edit: Update of Ch. 95. The plot is still pretty generic thus far, but the atmosphere has darkened considerably. People who enjoy the dark style of Overlord can find similarities in the descriptions of violence here. You can expect minor characters who are given names to die horribly quite soon. The prose has improved tremendously, and the translation quality (still machine translated) has followed suit, though the original source remains unpolished (the translator's comments show how the author sometimes get mixed up or forgets what happened earlier). Will continue to read. <<less
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Chaotic Sword God
February 17, 2016
Status: --
Review of Ch.190.

Standard xianxia, written with a bit more quality than other lesser-rated ones. Everything is standard, functional, gets the story moving. MC is cautious and ruthless, friendly to those who are frank and honest. The only thing that makes this story stand out from other titles is the combat. Instead of people floating around in the sky exchanging profound moves that split the heavens and cleave the mountains (though it might happen eventually), you have battles happening on a much smaller and faster scale. Imagine those kungfu films where... more>> you have people battling each other exchanging weapon strikes while running in the streets and jumping around rooftops, like watching the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” but sped up.

The focal point of the story is the MC and only the MC. Side characters appear and disappear within an arc, time passes without any mention of what is happening beyond the MC. Power level rankings seem meaningless because the MC can defeat higher rankers (as in most stories), only to face the exact same scenario once he has broken through. Like most similar titles, there are entire chapters (sometimes two in a row) with nothing but the MC’s powering up process. Dialogue is limited to the usual tropes, and many events are quite repetitive: there are multiple instances of the MC being interrupted while eating alone, for example. There isn’t a general plot except the mystery of his maternal lineage, no idea as to the MC’s end goal except to get stronger, and no real antagonists have revealed themselves yet after 190 chapters. Many characters barely have a line or two of descriptions, letting the reader know “this character’s going to die soon”.

There is no hint of long-term relationships of worthwhile note, even his siblings merely exist as plot devices for the MC to showcase himself.

Other than the combat, there is nothing thus far that makes the story memorable if you read a lot of xianxia. But if you’re a newcomer looking to sink time into something, this is a decent pick. It’s a fully functional, decently written xianxia that focuses on the protagonist. And killing via slashing/piercing the throat. Always the throat. <<less
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Review as of Ch.22.

It's a Japanese light novel, similar in vein to Mushoku Tensei and Death March in that nearly daily events are talked about and written in first person perspective. All three series feature a MC that is persistent, hardworking and generally affable and friendly to the people around him in the new world. As yet there isn't a harem around the MC of this series, but I won't be surprised if he trips over women who like him. In any event, if you enjoy those mentioned titles, you... more>> will enjoy this one as well. <<less
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Transcending the Nine Heavens
February 12, 2016
Status: --
Review of Ch.100.

This isn’t your standard xianxia plot. Yes, there is powering up. Yes there is a discovery of a treasure/skill/helper. Yes the MC is smarter and more powerful than his peers. Yes it has plot devices involving differing sects, internal conflict with fellow followers of the same sect. Yes, it has combat and a MC that talks to someone who is living inside of him.

Nie Li of Tale of Demons and Gods has a similar storyline: the MC dies tragically at the start of story, only to time-travel back... more>> before the road of future ruin began. Both MCs would then take advantage of their accumulated knowledge to change the future and of course, get the girl (again).

But what makes this stands out from other xianxia stories is the political intrigue. Not just the usual schemes of “you offended me so I’ll oppress your clan mwahaha”, but sinister plots hinted to involve toppling rival countries with assassinations and planting spies and traitors. Of course, this is just 100 chapters in, maybe the story will deviate to the “I’ll destroy your entire clan with this one move” or “I’m gonna cultivate so hard that I’m gonna be the next Taoist Jesus”.

Some characters are intriguing (Tie Bu Tian), but others are seemingly thrown aside due to the current translated plot (eg, Tan Tan who is supposed to be the MC’s best friend). Still others are underused like Wu Qian Qian who should have millions of questions for the MC when they finally met. To be fair, it’s still only 100 chapters in, which is why I’ll continue to read it. It has enough reasons to keep me hooked. <<less
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A Slight Smile is Very Charming
February 2, 2016
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This is a novel written by the popular female author Gu Man and targeted at female readers, with the female character as the main focus. The overall feel is akin to that of a shoujo manga. Don't let the MMO aspect fool you, it merely serves as a vehicle for characters to interact so that the actual real meeting would be a big "reveal".

This is light-hearted, fangirly stuff wherein the male love interest is a financially independent, genius school idol who also excels in sports, while the main character is... more>> a beautiful gamer girl shut-in. Not an epic romance, but something out of a teen flick. Still, it's an enjoyable, light read. If you can enjoy shoujo manga (and I can tolerate them despite being a grizzled man), you might find this an interesting afternoon reading (the chapters are not very long). Don't let the BL (boys love) side-stories in the chapter listings turn you off, it's a very humorous slant regarding two side characters, or in manga terminology: omake extras.

There is a faithful and complete 2016 Chinese drama adaptation (30 episodes x 45 minutes) that stars two popular actors, Zheng Shuang and Yang Yang. It has been fully subbed. <<less
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To Be A Virtuous Wife
January 27, 2016
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Being the sort that binge-read, I searched for series with large chapters and/or completed novels. I bookmarked this series for later and after reading the description I kept putting it off to be read later. Now that I have actually read it, I feel it is indeed a good story. Not exactly romance, not exactly a love story; but a story about a couple eventually trusting each other, flirting with each other, discovering each other, to be utterly comfortable with each other. Against a backdrop of courtly intrigue, verbal jabs... more>> disguised as backhanded compliments, concubines and relatives that compete with each other for favor. If you have seen popular Asian drama series that revolve around a Chinese imperial family like "Princess Pearl" or "Legend of Zhen Huan", you get the idea.

You're not going to get a story about how the MC manipulates everyone around her with her knowledge. In fact, the "future self reincarnation time travel" seems like an afterthought, a vehicle for the author to insert modern-views to contrast against the culture of the story's setting. So don't be turned off by the fantastical aspect, it is the only thing that is unbelievable in it. As I said it's not exactly romance, not exactly a love story. But at the end, you will feel satisfied that this is an ideal love: two people who understand each other, unafraid to be passionate, unafraid of slander, being devoted and yet realistic about the challenges a couple would face.

Don't be afraid of the many footnotes and exotic terms, after a while you will know who is who and in general, not very important because the prose is relatively compact and doesn't try to drown you with too many characters at once per scene. <<less
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Zhan Long
January 22, 2016
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It was a little interesting at the start when the MC was struggling but the author kept adding more and more imbalanced characteristics, and I don't mean just the statistical items. The MC is a martial arts cop in real life who charms glamorous ladies, drives luxury sport cars as part of his job while guarding those women while disguised as a college student, a godly MMO player who have very accommodating friends and yet still has time to go around doing special forces stuff every now and then. Basically... more>> you're going to read about Superman playing Superman in a video game. <<less
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