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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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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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City of Sin
June 28, 2018
Status: v2c115
Forgotten Realms meets the Broken Empire trilogy - with added spice of unique Chinese narrative.

This story isn't for everyone. Why do I say that? The pace at the beginning is extremely slow, Richard's tenure in Deepblue (the 'magical academy' the protagonist studies in) exists for sake of characterisation, and for world-building. That's over a hundred chapters, containing over 5, 000 words (note, words, not characters) each chapter just to establish the footings of the study. During this period of time whilst every paragraph was rich in lore, progression, and... more>> minutiae, at some point in time (around chapter 50) I Just couldn't help but gloss over the largely - seemingly - irrelevant chapters. It turned out the chapters weren't irrelevant after all, since every chapter had an impact on how Richard developed, of his relationship with the people around him. At the beginning, Richard is completely, utterly dull. A naive academic whom views the world with rose-tinted glasses.

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And then, cues become increasingly prevalent, verifying that the story is simply at its nascent stages. That... it has so much more to offer. Don't give up before chapter 120, if you do, you're going to miss out on one entrancing journey of blood, despair, tragedy, conquest, and power.

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It was when Richard first met with Flowsand, and 'obtained' the companionship of Waterflower that the story truly shines. BEWARE, FOR CHARACTERS IN THIS STORY CAN THINK FOR THEMSELVES, AND AREN'T ACCESSORIES OF THE PROTAGONIST. Planar conquest incoming! With a band of amateurs, disunited, and completely distrusting of one another, Richard begins his quest of conquering what is, an entire world. He quickly losses his previous image of 'naive academic', and instead becomes a conqueror, with awe-inspiring strategic skill. He is a mage yes, but what makes Richard shine is his ability to craft runes, miniature formations that can grant permanent buffs.

There's a quote from a bard in this story; 'Behind every cruel boss, there's even crueller women'. I found it incredibly accurate, for as the story goes on, Richard is willing to crucify, vilify souls, all the more willing to engage in slavery, and be so frugal as to reuse runes by cutting them off the skins of his enemy!

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Let it be said that this story is extremely realistic, there's no flowery hiding over reality, or truth. Richard isn't a transmigrant, he's simply a citizen of Norland. Thus he thinks like a Norlander, not a Terran. This means he has different values, and norms. Please remember that.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Demon’s Diary
September 7, 2017
Status: --
Mixed sentiments. This story is quite bemusing. On one hand, it has entire arcs brimming with great potential, which is...mostly fulfilled one can say. And then there are areas of this story, entire mini-arcs, during which nothing truly happens, the mysteries aren't even that mysterious anymore. The protagonist isn't who he believes himself to be either. It's almost as if the role the protagonist is playing has consumed him. So lost in a facade, that everything else has been forgotten. Leaving a man, clinging onto the smallest of attachments to... more>> keep him grounded.

Worth a read, but there parts of this story that almost seem as if its from a completely different novel. Be warned! <<less
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The Strongest Gene
February 19, 2018
Status: c235
This is a story that scorns xianxia cliches. The protagonist is a male, not under the whim of Fate, Artefact, God, or Women. This is instead a protagonist whom is independent, a tool of no man, or women's machination. Definitely not a tool. He is a man, with his own bottom line, which are usually so hypocritical as to be vile... yet in this story, the bottom line is instead the protagonists tolerance level. Just how much can he tolerate before he kills? It's a minor difference, yet it's so... more>> absolutely refreshing from all the moral hypocrisy the phrase is usually used in.

Furthermore, the entire story is subtly humorous, little quirky parts full of personality. Be a mutant beast evolving from being cooked as a delicious dish, or even a stray spell victimising an individual over, and over again. The small things in this story add a distinct flavour, they make the story rich, immersive, and actually makes the world itself so much colourful.

What more? The world-building is unique. The system of power is unique. The characters are unique, with something called 'individuality'. The plot is unique, complex, expanded, yet at the same time, not too complicated. This is the story one reads, if they Just want to keep reading, without feeling like their IQ is degrading.

Highly recommended! <<less
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War Sovereign Soaring The Heavens
December 18, 2017
Status: c479
Type of novel whose personality, and uniqueness degrades over countless chapters.

To be blunt. This novel is rubbish. It starts off promising, with all the unique characteristics, and features one could expect from a marvel of the xianxia world. Everything fleshes together so wonderfully, and cohesively. As time goes on, the protagonist loses his uniqueness, he becomes Just another righteous individual. He pretends to be selfish, but the reader can almost be assured that at every turn and point, he will be the knight in shining armour. Earlier uniqueness? Forget about... more>> it, since his new life has turned him into Just another xianxia protagonist drone. Fantastic! Great!

The romance in this story is much better than most. For one, it's not a bloated harem, but relationships created out of years of interaction. Beginning with selfish mutual-dependency as they may. Then again, this novel is rather picturesque example of masochism. For be warned, this protagonist adores to be called 'scoundrel' by his living instrument of releasing frustration. Furthermore, when it comes to women, the protagonist over time simply degrades into the common archetype. Pretty lass? Save her. Help her. Obey her every whim.

Other than that, it's Just mediocre. There's only so much of degradation the mind can take. Especially when it's beautiful potential, being ruthlessly ruined like so.

Would not recommend for those with high expectations. Would classify as 'no-women/man's land' for those whom feel the sting of betrayal every time another protagonist ventures on the path of redemption. <<less
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The Ultimate Evolution
September 6, 2017
Status: --
Great piece of work. This novel manages to miraculously humanise the game setting, in a manner rarely ever done before. The setting itself is mysterious, ever changing, and utterly ruthless. One mistake, and life itself will be forfeit. Yet, the Game isn't heartless, there's an opportunity, for anyone whom can grasp it. They can possess everything, and anything they wish for. All they have to do is abide by the Laws of the world. Sounds very insidious doesn't it?

A must read. A story full of mystery, action, cunning, and intelligence.
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Emperor of Solo Play
September 6, 2017
Status: --
Fairly decent story. Credits to the protagonist for staying true to himself. By not being swayed by temporary advantages, and fickle mortal lust. Other than that, it's the same old game mechanic, but without the excessive flowery hope that would usually accompany such story. Plus, there's no harem.

A pleasant surprise was the fact that for once, the protagonist isn't treating the NPCs as humans. Is there any reason to ever?

Tolerable recommendation.
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The King’s Avatar
September 6, 2017
Status: c50
I regret ever reading this story. Constantly repetitive, and the protagonist is utterly submissive to anyone he comes across. He hardly thinks by himself, and is the type of guy who repeats the same thing, over, and over again, and expects the same result.

Recommended to anyone whom likes extremely pliable, and soft protagonists.
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I’m Really a Superstar
September 6, 2017
Status: --
A hilarious story. Not only is there great amount of humour to this story, but this story contains an immense amount of cultural references of China. Including, but not limited to: Chinese ancient literature, Chinese martial arts, Chinese Communist party, Chinese family hierarchy, Chinese nationalism (and patriotism), Chinese prejudices, stereotypes, and biases. It's all there, unaltered, and rich in quantity.

Now onto the humour. It's the type of story that is so rife with indignation, and sense of belonging that the reader cannot help be moved by the passion. There's an... more>> arc for literally every single microcosm within society. Which usually ends with Zhang Ye rallying the people against anyone, and anything. The selfishness of Zhang Ye, the casualness of his defiance, makes the humour Just all that better.

The greatest negative however has to be that Zhang Ye, is immensely single-minded, and most of his intelligence does come from his utilisation of the game mechanic. Which does also mean that he's manipulated very easily. Quite pathetic in many ways.

A recommended novel to change pace a little. <<less
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Martial World
September 6, 2017
Status: --
A story for generic consumption. There's nothing truly unique about this story, it's Just the standard path of glory paved by several Deux Ex Machina mechanisms. Little to no suspense, or surprise at all, everything is extremely predictable, and coordinated. Character interaction is a well copy and pasted machine, with little to no true conflict.

Yet, why still read? The only reason one should even entertain the idea of reading this story is because this story isn't excessively stupid as most others are. In comparison to the true rubbish out there,... more>> this story almost seems good. Albeit marginally. Plus, the world building could be said to be have been done moderately well.

Recommended to read only in times of dire boredom. <<less
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