C Language Cultivation


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Lin Xun is a programmer. After coding all night, he found a program input window in his body.

He tried to program a cycle program.

The next day, the old man next door came to the door: Xiao Xun, you are so young but you have entered the Qi Refining period. Do you want to be my disciple?

On the third day, Lin Xun was patted on the street with a shoulder: Boy, your Spiritual roots are surprising, how about joining my sect?

Lin Xun: “? ? ?”

Later, he discovered that modern society really has immortals. While others rely on spiritual power to cultivate immortals, he relies on programming himself, and he can also see the programs in other immortals.

A Nascent Soul: “How can you peep through my flaws?”

Lin Xun calmly withdrew the sword: “Your program has a bug.”

A half-immortal: “… that’s impossible! What is the name of your moves?

Lin Xun pushed up his glasses: “Monte Carlo algorithm.”

——Then he gradually became a legend in the cultivation world.

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Cultivating in C
C yǔyán xiūxiān
Ngôn ngữ C tu tiên
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New Aurinne rated it
February 11, 2024
Status: Completed

I have very mixed feelings about this story. Trying to rate it, there was some conflict between objective and subjective, but in the end my rating reflects my subjective view because, ultimately, I read novels for enjoyment and about 3/5 of the way through I found myself not really enjoying it anymore, just reading it because I was invested.

Also, it's very hard to review this without major spoilers! (Edit: I've tried very hard and seem to have managed it.)

So, the writing and plot for this are very good (==for... more>> a danmei novel!==). The overall style is easy to read. The characters are generally engaging a have more personality than these novels often have. I especially enjoyed the friends who he was working on his passion project with: Although the they only served as support for the MC, they had somewhat distinct personalities, genuinely contributed different things to the MC and the plot, and had interactions that were engaging and made me appreciate their relationship.

The original premise - cultivation through coding - was intriguing, and I luckily didn't expect too much from a danmei novel, so I initially found it enjoyable to see him creatively use things like viruses or debugging to achieve things that others were using qi or swords for. I didn't even bother trying to use my minimal coding knowledge to evaluate the technical aspects - no matter how good they may be, I'm sure they're full of flaws and oversimplification - so I suspended my disbelief. (This also applies to the non-cultivation AI tech secondary plot, which was also fairly engaging since I didn't worry about the technical realism.)

Unfortunately, the clever coding to fight and cultivate approach falls by the wayside to a large degree as the story progresses. He uses his coding for more conventional cultivator effects, which would have been fine and even interesting if the story continued to focus on fleshing out the intricacies of programming aspect generally, but instead the story becomes a more psychological drama where the MC and reader start to suspect there are some untruths, as well as there just being some general mysteries (such as the ML's back story).

While the writing style never becomes heavy, a lot of the content develops heavy undertones, and for me this was a bit jarring after a beginning that was like a more interesting version of "Cultivation Chatroom." This is where objective and subjective really begin to diverge for me, because I gradually found myself not really enjoying the experience of reading the story as it became a bit darker and a more psychological. It's not a truly heavy or intellectual read, it just wasn't as fun, and stopped properly developing the the cultivation via programming aspect. That's partly me, I don't really enjoy psychological stuff where you start doubting this and that, but it's also the fault of the writing for not being able to satisfyingly transition from its more fluffy beginning.

I stuck through to the "happy ending, " which was clever in some ways, but also felt a bit shallow and convenient in other ways. A lot of the writing also became messier during the climax and resolution, unfortunately, which probably was more of an issue for me since I was impatient to not read this anymore.

And then there's the ML. Hoo boy.

So, the basic ML type here is a very common one is Chinese romance novels: he's emotionless, brilliant, handsome, only cares about the MC, possessive and jealous over petty things. This is never an ML type I like right from the start, but, often enough, the way they are written will give me enough other things to like about them that I can somewhat separate the negatives as "things people who read/write Chinese romances find romantic" rather than important parts of the character or story.

But I enjoyed their relationship less and less as the story went on. Far too many of their interactions involve the MC worrying about upsetting the ML or placating him (too many times he quickly apologised for things where he hadn't done anything to apologise for, and even more could have solved both of their anxieties with a bit of explanation). I will give the author big credit for giving the ML's negative traits some reasons that aren't fully understood until the end, and for not pretending that they aren't negative, but they are still unfortunately an accepted part of the relationship. The MC needs to send that boy to therapy to deal with his issues, and they both need some serious couple therapy. So for me, having to read so much of their relationship, and how it resolved, ended up being a pretty big hindrance to my enjoyment, despite the attempts to whitewash things somewhat.

Objectively, the story is better written than many in this genre, the characters are generally engaging, the plot consistently has some intriguing aspects and tries to take you in less predictable directions. For a lot of people, these things will all be great positives. Many won't mind the ML too much and some may even enjoy the relationship moments.

For me, this ended up being a story with decent writing and interesting ideas that got me invested enough early on to want to find out the ending, but stopped being a truly fun or cohesive read and didn't have quite a refined and satisfying enough ending despite everything being essentially well-wrapped-up.

And now I'm left wanting to read a story that more deeply and fully develops and explores the initial cultivation-through-coding concept... <<less
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YellowNoodle rated it
June 4, 2020
Status: Completed
To be honest, at a certain point in the story my rating was a solid 4.

Everything seemed... fake? Too peaceful... too calm. Of course the reader knows that the danger is there but there were so many unstable factors within the story that it felt unreal.

The ML, The MC's memories, and the strangeness Of the "antagonist".

... more>> Then BOOM THE TRUTH.

And I just "wowed" then upgraded my rating to a 5. It all made sense!

All in all very enjoyable and it's not too long and not too short. The story flows nicely and the author does foreshadow with little hints here and there.

It's a nice read when youre waiting for your favorite novels to update. MTL is understandable.

Also regarding the two protagonists...*sigh* I'm a bit Lemon about their relationship. But things can go awry when you love too much. Its good to have communication.

Enjoi and Adieu!

Me: ^^ <<less
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calledout rated it
June 19, 2020
Status: Completed
this... wow. this wasnt a romance, or a cultivation novel, or a programming novel. for me this was foremost a mystery suspense. I felt like I was running this entire time, trying to reach the end, trying to understand and find the answer, and by the time I finished the race I look back and ive come so far. god. I dont even know. the way the author has written this novel is such that along the way, you slowly start to comprehend the truth, but you dont fathom it... more>> - you cant grasp it fully - until everything falls into place. I was caught up in the details until suddenly I saw the whole picture. the moment of realization was euphoric for this novel. wow. just... this concept was too frighteningly good. the execution was great. everything has a place.

i know I said this read like a mystery to me but I think its because I didnt take the time to properly enjoy all the aspects of the novel that had coding and romance and cultivation. the romance was so well written it gave me this haunting feeling of deja vu, which was probably as the author intended. I dont know. the MC and ML are very sweet. I became very attached to the side characters. I cant really think about this novel in the terms of a review yet because im still blown away.

kudos to the author for using programming and computer science in a very legible and believable way, doesnt read like pseudoscience at all (but I wouldnt be able to tell I only took one class of cs) and the author seems very knowledgeable. excited to read this alongside the translation!

omg. me realizing this is the same author as #1 pretty boy of the immortal path and little mushroom, literally the two other light novels I was referencing to myself when thinking about how light novels use foreshadowing skillfully. im literally... this checks out <<less
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jtrichard rated it
September 15, 2020
Status: Completed
Beautifully written.

C Language Cultivation follows the story of a young man named Lin Xun as he suddenly seeing a blue screen on top of everyone's head except for his Male God (Dong Jun) and occasionally his cat Pointer. In conjunction with that, he also got bonded with a system that encouraged him to cultivate, but using programming method instead of usual xianxia cultivation method.

If you have read the author other story namely: Little Mushroom, you'll find out that the prose/style/pace is somewhat similar to that one, however I think this... more>> story makes me more clear-headed than LM. I would say that this story is not heavily reliant on Modern Cultivation, but was a true mystery genre.

The plus of this one is that it's hard to guess what's really happening until the explanation at the end of the novel. The foreshadowing is there but got blurred that you keep questioning what's going on. Aside from that, the prose used is still as beautiful as ever, and specially carried out even using Machine Translation.

I really recommend this one. The programmer terms might get you confused, but don't get discouraged as it's not that much.

Cheers. <<less
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Lalala45 rated it
July 20, 2020
Status: Completed
READ IT ! ! !

One of the stories about "system" that actually makes sense.

Don't worry! MC & ML truely loved each other. It's a HAPPY ENDING !!!

I almost got deceived by MC near the end of the story. I thought MC didn't love ML anymore (T^T).

And oh... how poor you are, "son"...
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ike_00000 rated it
August 29, 2020
Status: c34
Omg I'm loving this so far it's exactly what I wanted it to be hahaha!

Normally I don't really like modern cultivation stories, but I'm seriously enjoying this one. I also love the computer programming info explained throughout, as someone with a minor in this I find it hilarious haha. But also the descriptions are very clear so anyone can enjoy.

Not much to say about MC's character tbh, it seems pretty normal? I'm liking it so far. ML just seems like the typical male god, but I'm also enjoying it so... more>> far.

And I love the setting and the side character interactions a lot, some of them are really funny (like Qin Yun LMAO sometimes antagonists are so silly they become lovable, he's the perfect example).

Can't wait to read more! Thanks for the translating team's hard work! Translations are great. <<less
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drollawake rated it
June 9, 2020
Status: Completed
I read it because of the interesting setting but I was blown away by the ending. The synopsis is somewhat deceptive in that it focuses on the setting but the plot was so good that I can forgive it. My main gripe is with how in the course of laying the groundwork for the later reveals, some parts of the novel seemed random and going nowhere, which made me lose some interest halfway through.
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May 24, 2020
Status: c1
Just finished the novel by skipping ahead. It's hard to write a review without giving away the plot. It certainly wasn't what I expected. People who prefer to experience the novel themselves absolutely shouldn't read the spoilers.

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I expected a cultivation novel where the MC has an unexpected cheat. Like the type where an MC has a level-up system to cultivate and jumps ahead of others. I like this type of cheat and was thrilled to see it in BL. It also sounded more intriguing. However, this concept was just cloaking the actual concept of this novel - artificial intelligence. So, it didn't deliver on my expectations. There was a HUGE twist near the end that just made me feel like I've read a 'but it was all a dream' kind of ending. I wasn't sure whether to feel like I've wasted my time or appreciate the process of getting there. In the end, it was still worthwhile to read for the characters, their interactions, and the romance between MC and ML. The overall ending was happy and satisfying, so no worries.


I liked all the characters. The MC is smart, cute and shy in love, but he has a very straightforward and humorous way of communicating with his friends (and enemies). The ML was giving me yandere vibes for the longest time. The side characters are lively and funny. This whole novel is worth reading just for the different interactions between all of them, if nothing else. <<less
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rhianirory rated it
May 21, 2020
Status: Completed
read this a few months back and really liked it. When it starts out it seems like a typical overbearing president ML + young MC but it slowly evolves. The tech talk can be a little boring for those who don't know/care about programming but the story overall is good. I normally paste a copy of my comments that I wrote while reading but I can't say anything without giving away plot points so I'll just add that this is one of the very few that I rated at 4.5,... more>> which I'm rounding up. <<less
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chenjiaan rated it
November 30, 2021
Status: c117
*stares at reviewer downstairs* LOL they've since deleted their review (if you missed it, it was a dude complaining about all the romance in the book).

Imagine picking up a BL novel by a famous BL author and complaining it's focused on romance 🙄.

It's by Yi Shi Si Zhou who also wrote Little Mushroom. The plot is not as tight as Little Mushroom and the characters mirror one another in certain ways. You have a passive "go with the flow" type of MC who's discovering a world, and a quiet, dominant... more>> ML who enjoys teasing and bullying the MC.

It worked for Little Mushroom because the characters were strangers to one another, but for some reason I found it a bit boring in this novel. A lot of tension is removed because the main ship already like one another from the very start. After they get together, we're just being fed dog food the whole time. <<less
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JustAki rated it
September 18, 2021
Status: Completed
Good spoiler from the extras wwww.

... more>>


You love the world.

I love you.


Reading this novel makes me remember that love with trust will always be the healthiest kind of love in the world; it was such an amazing read. The novel was so peaceful, MC looked like he's really OP, ML too and there were only a few antagonists. Scratch that, the real antagonist wasn't even dumb too; it knew what it needs to do, no remorse, nothing, and its goal was to kill MC.

The plot twist was amazing, and reading this is like reading a mystery thriller, you don't know what'll happen next, you don't know how it'll end, and reading this will satisfy your soul.


Very good novel here, good plot, good characters. <<less
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blrblrb rated it
March 3, 2021
Status: Completed
This novel is a really refreshing idea and the author executed it well. It was mostly easy to read but there are a lot of sections where it's just explaining tech terms and concepts that makes the novel drag a bit. The characters were well developed and were all unique and easy to remember (which is good because there's a lot of characters!).

The novel is pretty chill and fun to read... until

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the twist happens and you get thrown on an emotional rollercoaster that hurts you as bad as "10 Years That I Loved You The Most". I almost wanted to stop reading because I was so shocked. I think if the author went on the path of a BE end, it would've really jabbed the knife in your heart deeper, but I feel that it would have felt a lot more satisfying. Instead of a BE end, we get a "it was all a dream/misunderstanding" and "we were playing 4D chess the entire time" kind of resolution. I mean yeah it's an HE but I feel that the author had to cheapen MC to make it happen, which was disappointing.

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qpzmal rated it
December 13, 2020
Status: c53
4.5 I'm debating whether I should drop this. It started off strong, the middle is ehhh, and from what I've seen in the reviews it gets better. I really like the interactions between the MC and ML. Its a pretty slow build, but their actions are subtle in a cute way. It's kind of like Cultivation Chat Group with the whole cultivation in the modern world stuff.
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wistful rated it
September 14, 2020
Status: c72
So far pretty hilarious. Characters are fully fleshed out with interesting personalities. Author manages to set up very humorous situations without going overboard.

Note that the translation is edited MTL. The translator basically dropped the whole text into DeepL and edited for grammar, which makes the story very difficult to follow.
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paputsza rated it
April 27, 2021
Status: c92
This is one of those up there stories. It hasn't gotten weird and meta yet, and it's just a very realistically geeky programmer, who is just way too competitive in a way that's easy to ignore. He's a cute "lemon" which is kind of popular personality archetype similar to a Tsundure in China. He gets vocally jealous of all the people who have cats instead of him, for instance. Then you have the world, it's a slightly realistic near future world with self-driving cars and where billionaires can have a... more>> really bad robot. I could see it being set before I have grandchildren. It is a traditional xianxia world where there are a few cultivators, and the common people don't know that they exist. Our MC cultivates in a form of spiritual cultivation based in using programming languages. His first language is C, and unfortunately, he chooses to go into python from there because"c++ is impossible to master". The author is biased. Overall, as a really bad programmer, I'm very impressed with the mathematics and programming understanding that went into writing this webnovel. Most authors only use other books as reference material for writing stories and everything outside of the world of literature is completely made up whereas this MC specializes in algorithms which just seems like hell on earth to have to research because it involves upper level math that when you write out the question to you go "oh no".

The only thing that seems kind of weird and I'm still iffy about is the romance simply because I don't know enough about the ML and the fact that him and his cat and their place in the world seem complicated. <<less
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alexwantstoread rated it
April 14, 2021
Status: c89
I'm so angry. This is the best novel I've ever read. I've read a lot of books, but this is my favorite book of all time.

Reasonable romance progression, mystery is well-woven, reasonable progression of power.

Its incredible, and I thank any and all deities that Yiding updates fast, because I dont think I can wait at all for more.

Translation is also topnotch. Like seriously, great job!
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August 8, 2020
Status: Completed
my completely honest rating for this novel would be a 4.5 and not a total perfect 5.


Ultimately I came to this novel expecting it to be a cultivation novel with the MC having his exclusive cheat-the system, where people need Qi he only needs his codes and keyboard. I was super excited for the fusion of traditional, modern as well as futuristic elements in this novel. Not to mention the excitement of living among the people trying to blend in-i love that!

but this novel isn't exactly about that... not in... more>> a bad way but ive gotta say the summary is quite misleading, I really wanna come back and read this once its full translated. MTL really doesn't do this story justice, reading the middle with it is fine but when it came to the endings part and the major reveal scene it kinda got confusing.

the author has done a great job with writing this and the translators too are amazing! I definitely recommend reading this, it'll bring you some unexpected surprises and it gets your blood boiling with excitement and anticipation. Honestly it could've been more interesting if they concentrated more on the cultivation aspect but how it ends is not bad... idk just read it! <<less
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starkaster rated it
July 26, 2020
Status: c25
The world is well developed. The characters are interesting and life-like. There are a whole bunch of plot threads hanging around and all of them are interesting.

If you're looking for a BL novel that doesn't feel like a BL novel, this work will scratch that itch.
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December 22, 2022
Status: c20
Made it up to chapter 20, and I gotta say that I was getting pretty bored since early on and forced myself to continue hoping that feeling would change.

Maybe it was a mistake to read it right after the Little Mushroom because I found everything about that novel to be amazing? But so far, the main character and ML feel basic to me and the side/friend characters feel like the standard type that I see a lot in other novels. Although that might be how it is in other novels... more>> I enjoy, the main issue is that I'm not really attached to anyone at this point?

That, or perhaps all this computer science text isn't for me. Thinking since I was majoring in computer science, this would be right down my alley, but I realized I find it boring to read about it like this. I prefer to program rather than reading about programming lol Surprisingly, I really enjoyed reading all the science/physics in Little Mushroom.

Nonetheless, I really respect the author putting in the research to write novels integrating these complex subjects. Maybe I'll come back to this, to see whether I truly am not interested it or it was just bad timing to read it. <<less
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puffiness123 rated it
June 17, 2020
Status: c13
Interesting concept; mixture of cultivation and coding... as well as a modern world


No romance so far in the first 13 chapters I've read.

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Seaflutter rated it
June 16, 2020
Status: Completed
Matrix meets cultivation world. This is such a good story. It has way more depth and realistic characters then alot of novels. The characters can not only bring forth emotions of love, sadness, hate, anger but also laughter and adoration. Highly recommend it. Though I bungled through translating I still plan to keep reading the translated chapters here because I am thankful for the translator who started this translation so I could discover this gem. ??
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