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Emperor’s Domination
September 6, 2017
Status: c800
Brilliant story for those whom wish to indulge in egotistic power-trips. The world building of this story is rather incredible. As is the well thought out central characters. Even the foundations of the protagonist are rather intriguing. The past matters well into the future.

Yet, this story suffers from chronic tendency to deify beauty, and women. Taken to an intense level which means that wherever the protagonist goes he can't help but empower a 'beauty' somewhere. Which when reading Chinese stories are to be expected by this point in time. There's... more>> more though. And it all begins with the fact that there's simply no conflict at all. The protagonist knows nearly every focal hero in the entire universe's history, so everywhere he goes, he has tethers holding him down. Forcing him to aid random factions by uttering nonsensical words that he'll only 'aid them one more time'. When the protagonist does get into conflict, all he has to do is go to a random spot, get a spade, and uncover a legendary 60 million year old treasure and save the day! Wohoo!

From a purely linguistic standard. This story is a cut above the rest. Execution however leaves much to be desired. <<less
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You Cannot Afford To Offend My Woman
October 5, 2019
Status: c41
Utterly hilarious, and fabulously satisfying!

What's not to like? The translation is great, it's perfectly coherent, and understandable (for any concerned). But... that's just the icing on an already very sweet, and delicious cake! This novel has wonderful elements of parody, that's to say, cliche protagonists are victims of brutal mockery, and even crueler plot!

The protagonist is basically a former lich with an Emperor's mindset, whom after true death (he decided to go solo fight against the gods of his realm) with his willpower alone crafted a human vassal for him... more>> on another dimension. Earth! After coming to Earth, he's found that with everything he built gone in just an instant his ambitions mean nothing. So what does he do? Try to understand the species he previously subjugated and pushed to extinction! By...*drum roll please* claiming back his humanity. It's a fantastic concept, even though I'm not a fan of redemption at all.

Oh, and the romance interactions between his primary interest and him so far is fantastic. Not sure if it's a harem, but with how superb the author is at maintaining personality...I wouldn't mind if there were multiple love interests. Hopefully, as the translator's review mentions, it stops at 3. <<less
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Spends superb amount of time adding motivation, and depth via characterisation, fleshing out the 'hero'; creating the perfect background for vengeance, and revenge. And then suddenly, and rather erratically, the entire story seems to forget its entire purpose. What everything was leading up to. Redemption occurs, and he becomes typically Japanese.

What do typical Japanese men incarnate in novels?

WEAKNESS.
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Power and Wealth
June 24, 2019
Status: c29
Brilliant. Power, and Wealth is an unique insight into China's hierarchy. A world of false etiquette, submissiveness, networking, nepotism, and connections. For anyone to thrive in China's political environment they either have to be Red Nobility, or utterly ruthless. Alternatively just like our hero, they can have have a 'cheat' - when I think 'back', time will reverse by 60 seconds. Not as OP as some other cheats, but for those with exceptional concentration...60 seconds can mean the difference between being a living millionaire... or a dead unknown.
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A Will Eternal
September 7, 2017
Status: --
Gets one chuckling within but a few chapters. The protagonist is absolutely hilarious. All his antics, the sheer shamelessness, and the mind behind it all is Just astonishingly refreshing. Why? For one, let's start with the main motivator of the story. Death. Yes, that's it death! Everyone fears the great unknown that comes afterwards, and excruciating pain it involves. If given an opportunity, who wouldn't wish to prolong it all? Or better yet avoid it completely. That's what our protagonist thinks, and so he cultivates the 'Heaven's Dao'.

Our thanatophobic protagonist... more>> skirts around the traditional realm of those simply craving power, and those concerned with prestige. He shows the world, how in a war, it is a coward that wins in the end. Being a winner is kind of subjective. In this case, what could possibly represent greater victory than survival?

With such great premise could this story possibly ever go wrong. Yet, why only three (3) stars? Sadly, the astonishingly built premise is ruined by the sporadic periods of lunacy that inflict the protagonist. Suddenly, our lovely protagonist is reborn under the ashes of heroism. Akin to a phoenix experiencing nirvana. Death no longer seems so fearsome anymore, and instead he begins to behave like a typical xianxia protagonist would. Full of self-righteousness, and egotistic confidence.

The humour and its all encompassing reality dies because of these forced acts of heroism. What's left in its place is Just an imitator, a pale shadow of what it used to be. <<less
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The Magus Era
September 6, 2017
Status: c600
Exceptionally true to self. Magus Era is perhaps one of the harshest cultivation worlds ever crafted by an author. It's a world that has succeeded in completely cleansing away all the sugar coating. Leaving behind the darkness of humanity behind in its wake. From enslavement of those perceived as lesser, to standard objectification of women, to conflicts with any deemed as xeno. It's all there, anything questionable, that exist in real life, but may be omitted in the fantastical realms of xianxia, and wuxia, all of it is tightly packed... more>> into this astonishing piece of work. Subtly, and in some cases, crudely, blended in amongst the plot.

The protagonist isn't like most others, he has adapted to his environment. Blood rituals? Normal. Human sacrifice? Nothing wrong with that! Killing folks for disobedience? Common. Dehumanising anyone whom isn't 'pure' human? Of course that's the standard.

Above all else, there's heart to the story. Rich, vibrant, and overflowing. It Just feels as if the author has poured his heart out into this novel, creating a unique masterpiece for the ages.

The only negative is his relationship with a brutish little girl, but on the plus side, he tames her in the end as well.

Highly recommended. <<less
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World of Warcraft: Foreign Realm Domination
September 6, 2017
Status: c106
Has potential, but perversity has ruined it completely, and utterly. The story begins decently, even though the protagonist was already displaying worryingly weak traits. His submissiveness was already beginning to show early on, yet there was hope, for the external enemy meant the protagonist didn't have enough time to dilly, dally about.

And when there's a temporary reprieve, around chapter 60, that's when things begin to get downhill. Even the translator goes as far as to recommend to the readers that it's better to 'binge read the next fifteen chapters'. And... more>> so I did, but the utter pointless of the next few dozen chapters didn't stop, the idiocy in the end would continue all the way until chapter 106. During these 46 chapters, there was nothing interesting to note at all, Just the protagonist being abused by his Elf archer, by the women he accidentally enslaved, be led around like a lamb by his sister in law, prove his worth, over, and over again in front of the nobles. Really, it was so far distanced from any sense of grounded reality that it almost seemed like the author was high on a couple of illegal substances whilst he was writing this. Immensely disappointing, as the story began quite decently.

Not recommended unless you like Japanese protagonists. <<less
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Dragon-Marked War God
September 6, 2017
Status: --
The average story of self-righteous protagonist upholding Justice wherever he goes. Add to that, nonsensical conflict with groups due to random females he meets, you have a story that lasts for thousands of chapters without inciting even a spark of interest.

Furthermore, the protagonist is reincarnated, yet he behaves as if he truly is a teenager. It's truly difficult to fathom. There's little to nothing of value in this story, and furthermore, the translator for this story is a truly awful chap. With a tendency to flame his patreons, and readers.
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Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e
September 7, 2019
Status: v2
It's a subtle novel. Not for everyone - apparently, there's a hidden plot deep inside (protagonist being a manipulative mastermind attempting to be 'average'). But that's the problem, all we readers see is the forced conformity, and aneurysm from the childish thought processes. The setting attempts to be Machiavellian, but it's so Japanese that the actual output - the actual product - ends up being... barely digestible.
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The Lord’s Empire
April 24, 2018
Status: c100
Very bland.

There's no emotions in this story. Any issue that possesses depth is wilfully ignored in favour of simple game mechanics. Racial relationships? Of course, it's all sunflower harmony. What of the women? Oh my, the protagonist supposedly is immune to their charm... but really? Why, is he be manipulated by them so easily? Is this the sign of a great man. How wonderful.

This story however is better than counterpart world-building novels because the protagonist doesn't openly preach about morality and righteousness. Apart from that, the average reader can skip... more>> fifty chapters and find that apart from a few female companions, and territory added, there's no difference at all. Nein. All the same.

I truly do regret wasting an hour reading this rubbish. <<less
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Ultimate Scheming System
January 1, 2018
Status: c99
Whilst full of refreshing aspects, this novel is truly lacking everything that makes xianxia, and xuanhuan unique. The author doesn't lie to the audience, he is blatant about the cheat system, and is extremely self-indulgent. This is how a xianxia, or xuanhuan novels would look like at its core, without the embellishment, and the watered down self-fulfilment. This is precisely where the story is missing its own heart, yet perhaps, this also makes it unique; the story is devoid of layers of usual genre criteria.

Yet, isn't the genre criteria... more>> what makes xuanhuan and xianxia so interesting? So entertaining. This is a novel that is devoid of all semblances of world building, and consequently culture. There's no adaptation. It's Just another self-righteous protagonist, whom differs in the point that he is attuned to his instincts - more than most - and consequently is more impulsive. Simplified, the protagonist, and the entire world is rather Japanese. Blatant OP cheat system. Righteous, yet perverse protagonist. See the similarities yet?

The only reason reading this novel may be even slightly positive is if someone is completely tired of what makes Chinese fantastical literature, fantastical, and instead desires a diluted Chinese-Japanese hybrid abomination in its place. To create an utterly flimsy excuse of 'refreshing content'.

Would not recommend. Never. Ever. Disappointing, and so very different from the many positive reviews. <<less
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Grasping Evil
September 14, 2017
Status: c39
The glory of the 'Demonic Dao' resides within this one. First of all, it simply has to be mentioned that this story doesn't exactly follow the linear traditional path of development, and growth. Such predictable routes of evolution are only for the 'Righteous Dao' after all.

This story Just feels untainted, not yet tainted by pressures of economical success. To elaborate this author has clearly written this story, because he enjoys the creativity the Muse has gifted upon him. Which means that unlike most authors, he simply doesn't write according... more>> to the 'success formula'. This story feels like as if it has been written by someone engrossed within the story, a participant, rather than an observer to the vibrant world created.

Less philosophies now. The protagonist is utterly human, prone to the seven sins, fallible, and experiences both fortune and misfortune. Sounds very familiar? Of course it should, it's the description of the average human being. Not a saint, not a martyr, not a devil, but simply a living, breathing being going through life. Whilst life itself decides to continuously inflict trials, after trails.

A vibrant universe, accentuated by the uniqueness of the Dao that is cultivated. Recommended read. <<less
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Invincible
September 6, 2017
Status: --
A story that has its ups, and downs. To start, the premise is rather interesting. This being the entire notion of the protagonist being the 'sovereign', which adds quite the humorous twist to an otherwise common story.

Protagonist-wise, there's little to complain of, since the protagonist is essentially a cultivation rock. He cultivates, for he yearns the power to rescue his beloved. Who mind you has great destiny upon her so she powers up in accordance to his own. Yet, the protagonist is wise, so he builds power-bases where ever he... more>> goes, and he also most importantly, utilises HUMAN RESOURCES, he doesn't try to do everything himself. He actually delegates, how astonishing!

Now for the negatives. There's distinct lack of meat to the story. It's Just rather skeletal at the moment, each chapter is seemingly around two hundred words, each paragraph one sentence. Rather Japanese at times. In the story itself, perhaps the greatest problem is that the protagonist doesn't really have an identity of his own. Everything he is has been shoved onto him. He rarely expresses himself, and when he does, it's to justify the acts of violence he has committed.

A story with both splendid arcs, and utterly atrocious arcs. Sometimes on top of the world, other times, staring down at the abyss with a blank gaze. <<less
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I Have a Manor in the Post-apocalyptic Era
July 27, 2019
Status: c101
I really, really tried hard to give it as many stars as possible. It's an anti-hero, and in my book, that's an automatic default 5 stars!

For the first 42 chapters the story was simply amazing. There were plenty of cliche breakers, but the one which stood out to me the most was that the protagonist understood that his 'saviour' 20 years in the future, after his intervention (saving her from trauma) will never become the women he knew in the future. That was glorious, this novel actually understands butterfly effect... more>> (people change too, not just events!).

And then, everything goes to ashes. Protagonist's decisiveness? His most endearing characteristic! Is completely and utterly lost when he spends 60 chapters with no purpose. He goes places, gets hurt for no reason, helps random people - yet again for no reason. Then, he begins saving random damsels in distress, and being a general do-gooder. Oh yes, let's protect this little girl obsessively, and creepily. Oh yes, that girl is from my hometown, let me help her even though I know doing so would mean that I'll be trapped alongside the rest of survivors against the zombie hoard.

Then, his intelligence takes a dive off the cliff. Fire Blazing Monarch? Who could it possibly be...I mean it can't possibly be the only guy with a fire-based ability right? Right?! He gets shell-shocked at the revelation. Clap. Clap. Clap. Even worse is that he grooms enemies - seductress. Come on.... why?!!

If you adore anti-heroes, this story is for you. On one condition - don't think of anything novel-related; perhaps, hey, what will I have for lunch today? Mmmm.... <<less
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Stealing The Heavens
November 1, 2018
Status: c633
This story is gem. An absolute gem!

For those whom are hesitant to read after being blasted by all the negativity! Here's what I think...

This is a novel about a rather unique protagonist, Wu Qi. A product of three absolutely eccentric souls combining together. Each with their own personality traits, skills, and talents. And yes, unlike in 99% of other stories, the soul melding means that the protagonist CHANGES. He's not the same person anymore! Wooohooo! This makes the protagonist, Wu Qi, one of the most pragmatic, calculative, political and prone... more>> to army-building of ANY xianxia protagonists.

As for the world-building? All I could say without spoiling anything is that this author went for the long-game. Since the very first chapter our protagonist was transmigrated, there's a huge web of conspiracy unfolding. As Wu Qi develops, he'll began uncovering more, and more of it. Unlike with many other protagonists, our glorious hero isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. So what if a planet or two must be deprived of all life! It's all for the greater good!

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The power structure is common, but the way that power structure is explored is completely unique. Furthermore, I have to say the hero's love interest in this novel is adorable! She's a little princess alright. Cruel. Cunning. Vicious. And all too willing to share. No really, not a typo!

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Don't judge this book by its cover. Around chapter 50 - 75 may seem like a huge chaotic hurdle, but it's well worth leaping over! Afterwards it gets better, and better! <<less
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The World Online
March 10, 2018
Status: c47
Utterly disappointing.

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The protagonist is average, as average can be. Which isn't a good thing in Asian literature at all, as that usually requires an absurd amount of compensation. Which authors happily heap unto the protagonist. In this case, it's the entire theme of 'foreknowledge'. Which is all great since he can plan for milestone events to spectacularly advance his own standings. So the problem? There's no loss, no suspense, there's no emotions, or anything. The characters are under three predominant modes; A. Little Sister B. Humble Commoner C. Arrogant All Others. And that's about all, there's no other deviance at all.

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Reading this story for anyone should truly only be last, most desperate of fallback. Read this if you want a story, that is so bland that even repetitive xianxia looks stunning. What makes the blandness even worse is that there's no creativity at all, it's Just a basic city-model creation. Same system. Same culture. Same everything. The only difference? Under the game system... the protagonist's astounding amount of idiocy doesn't matter. He in fact won't be poisoned by his little sisters, or stabbed in the back by random heroes. Yes, yes... the wonderful perk of the loyalty stat¬!

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And, seriously, after crushing bandits, the protagonist recovers 38 or so women, and children... the author would like us to believe that the women were treated harshly, like slaves, but nothing untoward was done to them. Right. Right.

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9 Heavenly Thunder Manual
September 9, 2017
Status: --
This story is utterly horrible. Nothing makes sense in this story, utter randomness occurs with utmost frequency. The protagonist simply goes through life, constantly moulded by the forces in the world, without any true will of his own. What's worse about all it all is that, there isn't any justifiable passion in this story. The author says that the protagonist should feel this way, giving the reader half a dozen reasons as to detest something, or someone. But then, the reasons the author spent a dozen chapters accentuating suddenly doesn't... more>> matter anymore. Why? Because the protagonist is supposedly morally superior to everyone else in the entire world.

Although I must add, it's extremely biased of reviewers if one reviews so lowly simply because that the cultural values of the authors differ from that of the reader. For one, this story is designed for Eastern, more specifically Chinese audience, to judge so cruelly because the author's values aren't 'Western' enough is Just repulsive. <<less
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The Desolate Era
September 6, 2017
Status: --
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Only decent story ever written by IET. The protagonist in this story isn't one dimensional. He adapts, acclimates, and grows.

The adventures are amusing to read about, fairly entertaining as well, but there's Just nothing unique about this story. Not truly. It's all Just expected. The same old moral righteousness. The only difference is there's more to this story than accumulating a harem of twelve members. There's only one love interest in this story, and she becomes his wife early on. Her death actually functions as a major catalyst to Ning's quest for power (he seeks to resurrect her).

A read recommended when wishing to consume for consumption's sake alone.

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The protagonist - especially in Asian literature - makes or breaks novels.

This story has so much potential that it's almost upsetting to see it go to waste like this. It's the typical shounen protagonist, but somehow even worse. I guess that's a great accomplishment.

Read if you like indecisive, weak protagonist.
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Immortal
July 17, 2018
Status: c19
It's a sad day when a novel of such quality is abandoned, whilst thousands of formulaic, bland stories receive care and attention; care, and attention that honestly isn't warranted at all.

All I can say to new readers is, be absorbed into the rhythm of this novel, and you'll similarly be left sighing wistfully.
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