Hell’s Handbook


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Su Jin, an ordinary poor young man from the countryside working overtime every day to make ends meet in the city to support his family, finds himself in the possession of a book only known as Hell’s Handbook.

The Handbook universe initially seems like a video game as it proceeds to throw him into a different world every month, each world filled with supernatural beings, mythical creatures and deities, and even includes a complete point system along with weapons and special skills.

Surviving these challenges is not easy, but it comes with great rewards.

But he soon realizes that all of this is real. The monetary rewards and magical items he receives from Hell’s Handbook can be used in the real world, but in the same way, every person who dies during a challenge dies in the real world too.

As Su Jin desperately tries to survive each challenge he is thrown into, he slowly starts to uncover the truth behind Hell’s Handbook.

Who is behind Hell’s Handbook and its horror filled challenges? Each challenge reveals a new truth about the world Su Jin lives in, bringing new people into his life even as the world around him becomes harder and harder to trust, and perhaps, even a greater mission in life…

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Melqard rated it
March 13, 2022
Status: c150
Skip this bit. Old review.

This is surprisingly good!

I fear, however, that as the story moves forwards and the protagonist becomes increasingly stronger as a result of the VERY generous rewards he receives by overcoming the handbook's challenges,


As of now (c53) the protagonist is as strong as Captain America, as described by the novel itself, as well as being rich, not sure if the currency is in USD however.

There has also been a protagonist flaunting their power kind of thing, when he beats a rich kid to protect one of his co-workers. But it's not excessive and didn't bother me too much... Buuuuut.... I did cringe a bit when reading ngl.


one of the aspects that made me rate this 5 stars and not a 4 or maybe 3 stars, being the method in which the protagonist uses his wit and intelligence to overcome adversities, instead of just brute forcing his way through, might becomes exactly that.

It's very difficult to write a story in which there are supernatural elements and of horror aspects with a powerful/strong protagonist, keeping the balance is difficult, and, considering the pace of which the protagonist's strength is increasing, it seems that in the future it might lose some of the appeal that makes me rate it 5 stars, I hope to be wrong though.

As far as translation quality goes, it's alright.

This novel is a disappointment. It started pretty good but... Honestly I don't even want to waste my time on this. Don't read it, you'll be disappointed as well.

1 Star. It had a lot of potential.
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HorrorIsland rated it
February 19, 2022
Status: c34
I've enjoyed reading this so far, and hope the translators keep going. IMO, it's very readable, not trite, and not offensive (at least to me). That alone is worth quite a bit.

On the other hand, the story is, well, dream-like. That's not necessarily bad, but compared to a plot- or a character-driven story, it's hard keep dream logic interesting for very long. I'm currently still interested to learn why this "Hell's Handbook" exists, or why it ended up in the hands of the people it does... but, of course, the... more>> author may have no intention of exploring that at all. He might not even know himself. He may just want to keep dreaming. If I ever become convinced that's the case, I'll probably drop this.

Thus, 3 stars.

edit: After looking at ratings of other novels, I decided I was too harsh and added a star. Still concerned how this will workout long term, but I really do look forward to and enjoy reading each chapter so far. So, 4 stars now. <<less
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Aina Seira
December 16, 2022
Status: c206
Decent read. The author at least made the MC convincingly smart BUT only when dealing with dungeons/events. Outside of that, especially when it comes to women, he's an utter idiot. Or maybe it's the author who doesn't know what to write kekw. Romance is very meh, it might as well not exist. I cringe whenever I get to subromance part since it's just so eww.
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yugmodnar rated it
June 2, 2022
Status: c80
Very superficially written. You can’t expect anyone to use normal logic or react in human ways. The protagonist is considered extraordinarily intelligent because he can make basic assumptions. Goosebumps is more entertaining, scary, and mature than this novel.
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Bliko rated it
March 17, 2023
Status: c128
Don't bother reading this novel. It will give you stroke by how ret*rded the author made the MC. The MC was introduced as someone with a very high intelligence but for some reason he is too s*upid to actually come up with proper decisions regarding his real life, and the dangers surrounding it. In addition, he is a pushover. Sacrifices his and his teammates' safety just so he could play all righteous. He even apologized after making a rational decision just because someone got angry about it. People likes to... more>> openly disrespect the MC since he doesn't have the balls to actually do something that would stop it.

I don't understand why the author made him this way, or how the author even came up with the idea of making him that way, but one thing I know is that it's ruining a perfectly amazing story that I actually enjoyed. As for this moment I would be dropping this novel. <<less
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