Cultivation Chat Group


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One day, Song Shuhang was suddenly added to a chat group with many seniors that suffered from chuuni disease. The people inside the group would call each other ‘Fellow Daoist’ and had all different kinds of titles: Palace Master, Cave Lord, True Monarch, Immortal Master, etc. And even the pet of the founder of the group that had run away from home was called ‘monster dog’. They would talk all day about pill refining, exploring ancient ruins, or share their experience on techniques.

However, after lurking inside the group for a while, he discovered that not all was what it seemed…

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Tu Chân Liêu Thiên Quần (Tu Chân Nói Chuyện Phiếm Quần)
Xiu Zhen Liao Tian Qun
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New ashton rated it
May 11, 2018
Status: c341
It's pretty damn hilarious, kind of reminds me of hitchikers guide to galaxy except cultivation version ;) and lower quality.

Starts slow though, gets better as you proceed.
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New Arvinkarl rated it
May 1, 2018
Status: c266
I dont usually write a review but I just have to write one because this novel is too overrated. I dont even know how a lot of people liked this ... more>>

It has a slow and boring start where the only thing worth remembering is that he got added to a strange chat group, became a cultivator and thats it everything else feels like filler where the author just tries to be funny and adds a bit of fight which is so boring I want to skip them. The side characters are just there to try to be funny and makes more problem to the MC. The plot is so dumb I have to skip most of them and I still under understand what was happening even if I skip 2-3 chapters and yes its not repetitive but its not interesting either, its just keeps getting more boring as I read this novel. The tags are also misleading like the clever protagonist and the fast cultivation cause let me tell you the MC is not a clever at all he makes a lot of dumb mistakes that I got so frustrated reading it and the cultivation speed is slower than a f*ckin turtle im already at chapter 266 and the MC is still at first stage and 266 chapters might not seem that much but that is just so slow that the tag shouldnt be there. I dont advise reading unless you like stories where 90% of the content are like fillers

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Bagelson rated it
October 20, 2016
Status: c585
Having read ahead a bit, I'll have to say that this is a really good story, and I'm finding it hard to put down. It really has everything you'd want in a series; comedy, action, tractor racing, space travel.

Comedy is perhaps the major theme throughout, almost always funny, and frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious. A lot of the humor is tsukkomi style, and well written, so if that's your thing you should check it out.

Action exists, but it is often rather sparse, and half the time the MC doesn't have anything important... more>> to add to the scene. That style might drag out a bit sometimes, but for the most part the writing makes up for it, and also the added realism with a low level cultivator in often fairly high powered battles - because most low leveled cultivators don't get to leave their sects.

But speaking of levels, we get to the only significant criticism I have: pacing. I don't mean the pacing of the writing (which is phenomenal) and plot progression, but rather the in-story timing. The MC does in a few months what takes other cultivators years. It's all justified in story, but that somehow doesn't quite jive with a setting where powerful cultivators spend centuries in seclusion to level up. But I can see where the author is coming from, since it's a modern setting you don't want to go speculating too far into the future, or you'll need to come up with political and technological development for the next centuries. Also, the effect is strongly compensated for by the fact that the story is in no way rushed. A few months in the story takes hundreds of chapters to cover, which almost makes the MCs advancement speed seem slow to the reader.

An important part of the plot progression speed is cheats, a vital part of any xianxia style novel. The MC does frequently luck out and get stuff he wouldn't realistically have obtained otherwise, but here I find it handled better than in most novels of the genre. The results of the cheats are often very small, and for the most part the MC doesn't get anything that's unheard of, just stuff that's good. It's also balanced out by the fact that the MC also frequently suffers bouts of equally terrible luck (though often as comedic relief), and when he does get something really good it's balanced out by drawbacks.


For example, somewhere after chapter 500 the MC gets his cheatiest ability yet, which is essentially the LN staple Appraisal skill. Way OP, right? Except every time he appraises something he suffers a corresponding injury, a small cut for appraising mundane bandages, thousands of wounds all over his body plus internal injuries for appraising a cultivator a few levels above him. The ability also frequently triggers spontaneously at inappropriate moments.


Another significant balancing factor is karma, which is a very real and very central part of the setting. What is sown will bear fruit, both in terms of actions and relationships, which forms a very different social dynamic from what you'd see in your average murderhobo xianxia. Most characters are very polite to each other, and our MC gets a lot of respect for the work he does and his achievements. There are bad eggs, of course, from ghost cultivators to sea urchin warriors and devils from outer space, but all that is also well reasoned within the setting.

It all results in a funny and fairly relaxed read. It's not a story about the MC being the OPest of OP, but of him gradually progressing in a positive environment, with amusing and heartwarming characters.

Edit @ch1106: This was and remains one of my favourite series ever, and in my opinion one of the funniest and certainly the freshest cultivation story out there.

Most of my previous review still stands, with one notable change. The MCs cheats do gradually grow more OP. However, they remain incredibly entertaining.

In any way, this is very clearly not a conflict focused story. Fights happen infrequently, and are usually quickly and humorously resolved. Take this more as a slice of life story.

There is an overarching plot gradually developing, though where it's headed is anyone's guess. There's a bunch of candidates for main villain, but they can be hard to tell apart from the comic relief. In fact, most things in this story develop very gradually, such as character development and romance.


As for romance, the MC has at least proven he is not totally dense, but the situation remains "complicated". I have good hopes that we'll actually get somewhere within another 1000 chapters.


Other than this, there is a gradually growing cast of interesting characters that still remains involved. A few do fall by the wayside, but only minor characters. <<less
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Yipie rated it
May 18, 2016
Status: c3
Fun read. MC isn't 'rushed' in to the Xianxia world, but is slowly sucked in to that world. The Chat Group is the way to communicate with group, but it doesn't just keep to that.

Definitely waiting for more of this work. TL is also doing a really good job IMO.
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Kluzie rated it
May 24, 2016
Status: c138

I am actually reading ahead ahem actually "listening" by using Google TTS to translate the Chinese characters to read out either Mandarin or Cantonese on my Android phone. This light web novel is slow moving with light fun (have not found any harem till now) for growing adults. The MC is a goody boy who would help anyone as his motto but will kill to keep his friend and family safe. Spoilers alert: He learnt the xiuchen from his chat group via a USB device that was sent in by a flying sword. He brewed out the simplified basic alchemy formula using an electric steamboat (hotpot). He acquired a spiritual bead with a seal spiritual ghost to help him in his cultivation. The author is damn creative in applying the common sense why the spiritual masters are all using modern devices instead of spending spiritual powers to communicate. The spiritual masters are all FarmVille addicts (they would steal from the MC farm and then offer goodies or advise to him. Good reading/listening before bed.

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neokorp rated it
November 5, 2016
Status: --
Currently in chapter 46.

A college guy got accidentally invite into a chat group full of cultivating individuals. From the loner to the big ass sec leaders and members.

As a normal guy what would be your first impression? Yep, this people are mentally ill but at least the chat is fun to read so better stick around. (I would do the same.)

Things to like:
1. Not a pu**y MC yet.
2. Comedy gold.
3. Misunderstanding done fkin right.
4. Females doesn't just spread their legs for the MC and... more>> go kya kya.
5. No overpowered MC because of some plot armor cliche.
6. The might actually aligned more on alchemy this time around. Please take note: "Might".
7. I can actually relate to the MC and put myself on his shoes. <<less
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App rated it
May 20, 2016
Status: c3
Looking promising so far, I read novels for dialogue rather than action and this series is all dialogue (at least so far)

Here's hoping it stays interesting into the double digits and is received well enough that it makes it there in good time.
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mrttao rated it
January 29, 2017
Status: c75
This is the best cultivation story I have read this far.

It is a modern day xianxia fusion with lots of humor. The MC is actually likeable and is not a moron nor a psychopath.
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Naufal88 rated it
June 13, 2016
Status: c5
So Hilarious 😍 with both of xianxia and misunderstanding elements, this novel could burst my stomach so hard!

Translator, please work hard 👍
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Captain_Ironfoundersson rated it
October 22, 2017
Status: c1696
'Never be normal'

Its a novel where you won't get your normal dose of wish fulfillment harem and face smacking galore. Instead we have a novel where cultivators love to play Farmville, trolling/pranking each other, taking selfies and anything that has nothing to do with cultivation.

'Journey before destination'

CCG is focusing on the adventures (or misadventures, to be precise) of the MC and his relationship with multitude characters (family, friends, enemies and bystanders) instead of the quest to be the strongest. The MC is cultivating mainly just to look cool, without the... more>> usual plots of 'a suppressed/underestimated genius of a lowest of the low family/school/sect striving to prove himself' or 'going to upper realm after conquering lower realm and start from the bottom again'.

'In culture there is no first, there is no seniority in learning'

Cultivation level is detailed and properly structured. Each stage has specific and different requirement in order to get promoted to the next stage. Each stage also comes with distinctive changes to the body, strength and abilities, rather than just pure strength. And more importantly, a cultivator needs to master the skills and abilities before being able to use them at all.

A specific attention is given on how the MC (sometimes together with the members of the chat group) is learning new skills and abilities, how to use a seemingly useless skill and ability, or having discussions on certain issues.

There is no one that claims himself as omnipotent and all-knowing in the novel, even the ones that already standing in the apex of All Heavens and Myriad Realms. Learning is a continuous process, and there is always someone better.

'Practical and Realistic'

The MC is a True Neutral. His position is carefully neutral, but he does not continually balance his morals in a Yin-Yang or fanatical fashion. He does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn't feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to Good vs. Evil or Order vs. Chaos. He thinks of good as better than evil – after all, he would rather have good neighbours and rulers than evil ones. Still, he isn't personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way.

The MC is concerned with his own well-being and that of the group or organization which aids him. He may behave in a good manner to those that he considers as friends and allies, but will only act maliciously against those who have tried to injure him in some way. For the rest, he doesn't care. He doesn't wish ill on those he doesn't know, but he also do not care when he hear of evil befalling them. Better for others to suffer the evil than the MC and his allies. If an ally is in need, the MC will aid him, out of genuine love or because he may be able to count on that ally a little more in the future. If someone else is in need, he will weigh the options of the potential rewards and dangers associated with the act. If an enemy is in need, he will ignore him or take advantage of his misfortune.

'The first to be enlightened is the senior'

Seniority generally based on cultivation stage instead of age, with exceptions for acquaintances or those in the same organisation (school, sect etc.). An 800 years old Fifth Stage will address a much younger 400 years old Sixth Stage as a 'senior' without losing any face. As such, we won't get the cliché dialogs like "Junior, you dare!" or "Die, junior!"

'Know your enemies and know yourself, a hundred battles a hundred wins'

Underestimating the enemy is a big taboo in the novel. Doing a full background check or sending probing attacks on the target no matter how insignificant the target seems to be before personally taking any action is the norm rather than an exception. Threat level also being updated regularly as needed, especially during a battle. <<less
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Fluffums rated it
November 13, 2017
Status: c1540

My conclusion: If you like xianxia, read this novel. If you don't like xianxia, read this novel.

I want to start by appreciating the main character of this story. He's an honest-to-goodness good person and he treats other people like they're also good. That's such a rarity for xianxia that this novel is worth reading for that alone.

What else sets this novel apart? A cast of memorable characters, for one. Cultivators in this world have obsessions, confidence, and shamelessness (because you don't say "I'm gonna be immortal!" if you don't have those things). So everyone Song Shuhang meets is interesting. Song Shuhang himself, aside from being a Nice Guy, has the great habit of speaking/acting before thinking no matter who or what he's dealing with... With actual consequences.

Another thing the novel does well is humor. I highly recommend reading other xianxia before reading this because a lot of the jokes are based on the difference between what you'd expect from xianxia and what actually happens. It's not totally necessary because the author's pretty good at setting up jokes though.

The story itself is just the main character's path to immortality, like any xianxia. However, it's not driven by revenge and arrogant young masters and face slapping and saving beauties. If anything I'd say it's driven by adventure and exploring the mysteries of heaven. The pacing is excellent, too. It seems really fast, mainly because one thing happens right after another, but it's not skipping anything. The explanations don't feel overdone. The world is interesting enough that both Shuhang and I feel like exploring it more.

Finally, the harem. Just kidding, there's no harem. Shuhang's a bit too busy to think about that sort of thing and the women who are interested in him... are also busy because they're not the kind of characters who stop having their own lives after they fall in love. Cultivators live a long time so there's no need for them to rush into a relationship with someone they've only known for a few months, after all. It's not completely devoid of romance, and at least one fairy maiden will go on the attack (again, something extremely rare in xianxia).

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archigoel rated it
August 15, 2016
Status: c630
I have read ahead using systranslate and IMHO, it one of the best Books out there. Especially if you have already read a lot of xianxia, this would be like a breath of fresh air. It is humorous in nature and author has written this beautifully.
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hjmumby rated it
October 31, 2016
Status: c46
This is a breath of fresh air. No revenge, no reincarnation, no trash from a powerful family, just a guy who gets pulled into the cultivation world by accident through a group chat.

I've always wanted to read a light hearted xianxia where the MC isn't trying to murder everyone who pisses him off.

I would highly recommend this!
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JammingJay rated it
May 21, 2016
Status: c4
This is the funniest story I've read in a long time. The translation is great!
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newbage rated it
April 4, 2017
Status: c91
Bottomline up front: This novel is a thoroughly good read! It is one of my favorite light/web novels, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

Cultivation Chat Group (CCP) is a refreshing twist on a xianxia / wuxia story. Unlike the vast majority of them, it is set in the modern day, with the MC stumbling into the chat group of real cultivators by chance. Through a complex, yet believable, series of events involving real-world modern goings-on (cell phones, google maps, push-to-talk messaging, and a young, sheltered cultivator who just... more>> got off a flight and doesn't know how to use GPS) he realizes the truth and is given the opportunity to begin cultivating himself. The lead up to this is neither rushed nor belabored, providing a good introduction to the world, the MC's situation, and his character before thrusting him into the world a cultivation.

The series breaks many of the annoying tropes of Chinese xianxia. The MC is well rounded, thoughtful, and moral. He's a university student, and unlike in most light novels, his background isn't just for show. He has non-cultivator friends and family, as well as modern, real-world sensibilities and concerns. The characters around him -- both cultivators and non-cultivators -- are also fairly fleshed out, with believable motivations and realistic thoughts, behaviors, and reactions. There is also realistic interplay between traditional cultivation and modern history, society, and technology.


At some point in the story, one of the masters of the cultivator chat group tells the MC about a thread specifically created to help cultivators adapt to the modern world, since many of them would have been in closed door cultivation for centuries or decades -- suddenly coming out and finding technology and culture drastically changed. One part of the thread gives a cautionary tale of an unfortunate master cultivator, and proscribes a safety checklist in order to avoid facing a similar dilemma. Said cultivator apparently went into extended closed door cultivation, only to have the deserted area he sealed himself off in coincidentally become a nuclear testing site decades later. Even with with the ridiculous number of grandmaster-level defensive formations he had set, he barely escaped with his life -- sustaining severe injuries that required decades to recover from, and psychologically traumatizing him.

The novel is littered with well-thought little details such as the one described in the spoiler, which really attempts to answer questions as to what sorts of challenges and scenarios cultivators might face in the modern world. They also help to give us a realistic idea of how the cultivators' abilities might stack up against modern technology.

Unlike most cultivation novels, there is a is a good deal of light-hearted humor that does not rely on slapstick. Neither is there any harem building, or unrealistic ero / romance. Morover -- and this is the best part IMO -- it eschews the idea that becoming a cultivator somehow necessarily turns people into rutheless, sociopathic/psychopathic assholes. The MC is good-natured, and though they each have their own quirks, all of seniors in the cultivation chat group are good-natured as well. That's not to say the MC is a d*ckless coward or a loser. Nor is he some self-righteous a holier-than-thou crusader. Rather, this goes back to how well-written he is as a character. He's a good-natured, modern university student, and acts the way a REAL ACTUAL PERSON with decent morals might act. As a complementary feature, the author seems to reject the notion that only ruthless pricks can get ahead. The MC is a decent person that will help out passers by if the opportunity presents itself. And he is often actually rewarded for it either by the recipient of his assistance, or by serendipity.

In the most recent arc, the MC is searching for the injured leader of a group that tried to kill him and steal his stuff. The leader is currently in hiding, and the MC is worried that he if gives the leader too much time to heal-up and regroup, they'll come back and harm him or his family. He's is on the subway en route to investigate a lead that one of his friends dug up for him. A little girl on a trip with her parents ends up getting attached to him and refuses to let him go -- much to the apologetic embarassment of the parents. So being the good Samaritan he is, the MC decides to stay with them until their stop instead of ripping the kid off himself and leaving. He ends up missing his station by 3 or 4 stops. As a result, he bumps into the quarry he's looking for, who actually set up the lead his friend found as a decoy, and would've actually gotten away if the MC had gotten off when he intended. At this point, the narrator all but straight up says that the idea that nice-guys don't have good things happen to them is bullsh*t. Amen brother, amen.


The releases are somewhat slow and inconsistent. With potentially days or weeks going by between releases. Neverthless, it still averages out to about 3 chapters a week, with the author sometimes releasing multiple chapters in one go. With that in mind, I definitely recommend CCP to anyone looking for a well crafted and thoughtful cultivation story with 3-dimensional characters, a likeable MC, and believable cultivation mechanics. <<less
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Zackarotto rated it
July 19, 2017
Status: c159
[Update: There have been a couple translator shake-ups for this series now, but it seems to currently be in good health at QI. I recommend keeping your own notes on terms and character names, however, as each translator has their own preferences: "Ah Qi" becomes "Seven", "Justmight" becomes "Zheng Neng", that sort of thing. Ideally, the QI translator would go back and do old chapters, so new readers wouldn't have to deal with this adjustment, but I understand that's a lot of work for something that's already in English. It... more>> can get very confusing, but the series is absolutely worth it once you adapt to those changes (and many of the changes are for the better) !]

I had trouble figuring out what novel to get into next after several false starts with other novels which I just couldn't take to. I think that a single premise that immediately jumps out at you is often worth more than all the five-star reviews on Novel Updates, because Cultivation Chat Group's premise just couldn't be ignored. It's insanely good.

As the series developed, and misunderstandings got cleared up between characters, I was a little worried that the series would lose its main charm point, but I think I was worried for nothing, because the series is just as hilarious once the protagonist begins to enter the world of cultivation. There are also passages that read like something out of a more traditional cultivator novel, to be sure, but it stays creative, and the main character doesn't seem to lose sight of his original life. I'm not at all surprised to find out that I like stories about immortals best when the mortal world isn't left behind. <<less
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ryiryi rated it
December 21, 2017
Status: c1617

Read up to c1617, the story still ongoing. So far the plot had been advancing at rapid pace, the MC quickly reach 5th stage, due to his "Song-freeload-group-heavenly-tribulation-Shuhang, one of his many many nickname, there so much new ideas popping up along the way and most are comedic in nature. It fills with mini-arc and one of them make me laugh so hard that I thought im gonna die from it.

I can't help liking the MC despite how ridiculous the situation he falls into. In a normal xanxia story I would've drop this type of story but the way the plot inter-weave with modern society make so much sense that it look almost believable. :P

This is probably the only Xianxia where I wish every characters in the Cultivation Chat Group can show up often, I don't even mind if there is other sub-plot involving other supporting characters being the main cast.

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GonZ555 rated it
January 28, 2017
Status: c75
Funny and refreshing series that easily breaks commonsense-chan little by little~
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makenai89 rated it
September 24, 2016
Status: c30
Reviewed at 30 chapters, rated 5.

Cultivation Chat Group is really very, very interesting. Don't be discouraged by its strange doodle-like cover. It has rare initial premise where an ordinary youth found the extraordinary world of cultivation by chance. So far, Author's narrative was solid. The plot properly contains many hooks, from mystery stuff, potential romance, plus cheeky humor stemmed from numerous misunderstanding.

In short, I'm optimistic of its future potential. This one could provide you a nice read, no matter who you are. Though, it is best read in bulk.
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Knightlight rated it
July 8, 2016
Status: c12
This is a fun slice of life feel to it, and its funny misunderstandings on both sides.
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grenfunkel rated it
May 21, 2016
Status: c4
So far there have been no instance of battle or cultivation however the dialouges of the chat group is quite funny. The TL is also very well done. Hope to see more of this fun novel.
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NovelsJapan rated it
May 21, 2016
Status: c4
Definitely a worth read novel, I even read it even though I have exams next week T_T

Fun and interesting way of telling a story. I can't wait for the new chapter to come out
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