It’s Not Easy Being a Master


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Shen Zhixian transmigrated into a book as a cannon fodder master who hatefully severed his disciple’s spirit root. This disciple fell into the devil’s path and returned to make mincemeat out of him.

Shen Zhixian just happened to transmigrate into the last moment of the master’s captivity, and then he was reborn again.

After rebirth, he devoted himself to fostering and supporting his disciple, only to discover later that his disciple was also reborn.

Even worse, the disciple still retained the memory of his life before rebirth.

Shen Zhixian: …Disturbed.

Afterward, he realized one truth: Being a master is a high-risk occupation. Not trivial at all!

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The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System (2)
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Date Group Release
01/29/20 Xixi’s Translations c19
01/28/20 Xixi’s Translations c18
01/27/20 Xixi’s Translations c17
01/26/20 Xixi’s Translations c16
01/26/20 Xixi’s Translations c15
01/25/20 Xixi’s Translations c14.2
01/24/20 Xixi’s Translations c14.1
01/23/20 Xixi’s Translations c13
01/22/20 Xixi’s Translations c12
01/21/20 Xixi’s Translations c11
01/20/20 Xixi’s Translations c10
01/19/20 Xixi’s Translations c9
01/18/20 Xixi’s Translations c8
01/17/20 Xixi’s Translations c7
01/16/20 Xixi’s Translations c6
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New Euphoriella rated it
January 18, 2020
Status: c82
Once I started reading, I wanted to know what happened so I binge-MTL the rest of the novel within a couple days. It's not one of the best novels I've read, but it's still really good. Better than some others, for sure.

I also wanted to correct some comments made by one of the other reviewer. Maybe he or she misremembered some details.

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1. The main character actually did gain the villain's memories. In the early parts of the novel, which had been translated, the author mentioned several times that Shen Zhixian was using the villains memories to do certain things. He even spent the first several days practicing. Then, several years practicing.

2. When he witnessed the ML being bullied by his other disciple, he basically punished the disciple by exiling him out of the sect to do manual labor for some time. Then, he moved the ML over to stay next to his house. Later, he even severed one of his other more scheming disciple's spirit root. The guy definitely deserved it.

3. The reason they went out adventuring (though not intentionally together, at first) was not to figure out why the original master became villainous but to find something to heal the MC's heart injury. The discoveries about the original master just fell into place bit by bit later.

4. I was also expecting the ML to be reborn after he committed suicide, but, after reading the rest of the story, it made sense this way too. I guess having your spirit root severed can be considered as a kind of major death.


It was a really good read with some sweet fluff and some funny moments. Started out a bit slow but got more fast paced once they left the sect. I agree that the ML was a bit two-dimensional, but that's pretty typical for most of these types of novel I've read. The translation is really good so far. Thank you to the translator for your hard work and for sharing this story. Once it's completed, I'll come back to re-read. <<less
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New Cannon Fodder rated it
January 15, 2020
Status: c100
I have mixed feelings reading this novel and my enthusiasm depletes as I continue reading.

For those who are wondering if it is similar to "The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System",...yes it is. In fact, I believe the author literally took the whole plot of Scum Villian, condensed it and shoved it into the first 50 chapters of this novel. No kidding.

I am simply appalled and have no words to describe how to feel.

To be fair, I have read my share of similar novels with Master and Apprentice pairs so I... more>> did have a very high expectation from the summary. I was especially intrigued by the rebirth element in this novel but so far, the novel is lacking in more places than one.

Our MC transmigrates into a novel he had read before getting into an accident and becomes the Villian. I do appreciate the fact that there is no system, which was a great change for me. But I was not able to put the MC's character together at all in the first half of the novel.


MC does not receive the memories of the original Villain Master, but since he read the novel he should act as a master easily no? Aaahhhh. His presence was weak and I felt as if he was not a "master" at all. For example, when ML is getting bullied by his other apprentices, MC doesn't do anything about those people and says the situation was too deep to handle and will wait. But... aren't you the master???


But I am hoping... begging on my knees that he gets stronger not just physical wise but character-wise as well.

As for the Protagonist (ML), he's pretty cold-hearted and has little to no expression unless MC is involved. I do appreciate that he doesn't immediately forgive the MC (props to the rebirth, nice). But the rebirth itself is confusing.


The "original novel" does not explain anything and is basically: Villain master bullies Protagonist and takes root, Protagonist grows and kills villain master, Protagonist finds out some "truth", Protagonist commits suicide. The Protagonist's rebirth happens before his root was taken out, so he originally died when his root was taken out?? Confused? same.



This novel will basically have the first part regarding those 50 chapters I talked about. Then, they go on a journey together to broaden their experience/relationship and solve mysteries behind the real antagonist? and how the original Villian master became the way he did.


Yes, there are good things about this novel, I'm sure there is. I just haven't gotten to it yet.... perhaps. So I will return and change the rating because I do appreciate the translators. <<less
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Pavetta rated it
January 13, 2020
Status: c2
I'm loving it so far! Reminds me of Scum Villain, in that a modern character ends up in the body of a villainous master of a sect who mistreated the protagonist, his disciple. Except in this story, the disciple has time travelled, so he is fully aware of all the bad things his master does to him in the future.

So we've got our MC who is trying to treat the protagonist right to avoid being tortured in revenge, and the protagonist who remembers all the slights and has already taken... more>> revenge, and hates the MC.

I can't wait for more. <<less
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