Cheating Craft


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Zhuge Meng Ming has been overseas his whole life, privately learning the cheating technique of casino tricks. Because of an unforeseen incident one day caused by a certain reason, he is forced to return to China to attend high school, and prepare for the national college entrance exam. However, he has never gone to school before, and doesn’t know how to do homework or take exams, and he hasn’t even learned any school subjects!

In order to get good enough scores on the exams, he must use his own technique to cheat on the tests. The various examination sites he enters become battles of wit and bravery against proctoring teachers, monitoring equipment, and a whole ton of strong and formidable cheating examinees.

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rdawv rated it
March 17, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Ch 23.

Heads up: there is nothing martial about this series. Don’t expect fisticuffs or physicality. It’s actually a novel modeled like a shounen battle manga (eg: Yugi-oh, Cardfight Vanguard etc), but based about trickery and, well; cheating. Characters would call their special techniques and shock the opponent with a dazzling move... while in the examination hall, eating at the cafeteria, in the library...

You have to read the descriptions slowly and form the spectacular images in your head. This is not something you can skim through and... more>> skip the battles, as the point of the novel is in showing the absurdity of the set pieces and the over-the-top techniques and talents as characters try to outsmart each other. In a way, it reminds me of the earlier parts of the manga Naruto where the ninjas used their abilities to blatantly cheat in the written portion of their test.

The opening and premise of the novel mocks the memorization and rote learning that is prevalent in East Asian education systems, as well as the intense pressure children get from their parents to do well. In this novel’s setting, examinations and test scores are still extremely important as a path to your future career. However there is a difference: you can cheat as much as you like, so long as you don’t get caught! Students are even divided clearly: L-type for Learners and C-type for Cheaters.

This is the story of a C-type student who escaped the forces that had trapped his father in a scheme by enrolling into a school in China and to graduate as an untouchable elite. A misunderstanding from a teacher who boasted the MC’s unexpected entrance test scores to the school as well his crush on a beautiful L-type girl forced the MC to be creative and hide his C-type alignment. Armed with his inherited Zhuge Style of cheating (ranging from parlour tricks to near-sorcery levels), he has to trick his way though his new school life under the eyes of vigilant teachers and rowdy rivals alike.

It is well written but perhaps the written word isn’t suited for a story that depends so much on flash and style. Still, it has a unique premise that might be interesting for those who are looking for something different. <<less
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lafiel11 rated it
August 7, 2016
Status: c45
Honestly, I too don't get why this got so much one star rating. Angry people on streak without commenting?

If anything, the story is unique, the characters are distinct with diverse personalities, no character filling, all in all it is awesome read I'd recommend you guys, don't miss out because of rating!
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Ldyrdy rated it
March 2, 2016
Status: --
I don't get why this series got so much 1 star rating.
it was not xianxia probably that is the reason why but it got interesting setting. Take place in modern world where the students have their own special ability to cheat. The story was fresh, it was slice of life with school life added. It was something good to read for a change of pace. Up to chapter 20 the story is still developed but the main idea was superb. If you got time, please kindly take a look... more>> and you will be drawn to the story. <<less
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