Joy of Life

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That lonesome night as he lays dying in the hospital, fearing of death and desiring the taste of life, his mind became unprecedentedly complex with mixed emotions.

Myasthenia gravis — an incurable disease where one’s muscle slowly degenerated until the day when one can no longer move and only tears may flow.

“Is this… dying?”

When he opened his eyes again, he had crossed over into the body of a two year old infant, right in the middle of an assassination attempt.

He was born as the illegitimate son of a noble. His name was Fan Xian; and with that name came the burden of deep political secrets and the legacy of his mother.

He understood; to survive, he needed unparalleled strength, money and political power.

To a new world with the luxury of a new life, so named; Celebrating the Remaining Life.

Joy of Life average rating 4.6/5 - 142 user ratings
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Celebrating the Remaining Life
Qing Yu Nian
庆余年
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Recommendations
A Step into the Past (1)
Legend of Ling Tian (1)

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11/23/17 Qidian International c125c125
11/22/17 Qidian International c124c124
11/21/17 Qidian International c123c123
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Keimichi
Keimichi rated it
August 7, 2016
Status: Completed
So I've read the raws. (Warning: Spoilers tags here might have spoilers from the raws)

If you're looking for a story of cultivation and fighting scenes, then this is not it. The main character actually only fights occasionally. Yes, we also get some grand battle scenes, but those only take a small percentage of the story. The focus and the charm of the story isn't about the fighting, but much more about the atmosphere, about the characters and their choices. There's always more secrets to be revealed. The character development... more>> is FANTASTIC. Each of the "villains" are so three dimensional that, even until the end, you aren't always sure what to feel about them (the same way the MC also have mixed feelings about them). It's not at all about the power of friendship, or about the "you insulted my face so I will kill your whole family!!" you see in a lot of CN's, it's all about the political balance that the MC has to juggle with... And his choices regarding what to do with his identity. His identities.

Like the description says, the MC's main goal is to survive, so he will do many things to acquire great political power in order to survive on his own terms... It's one of the rare reincarnation/transmigration novels that actually talk about the different moral values between a modern earth person and a society that resembles ancient China. Especially since...

Spoiler

He discovers that his deceased mother was also a person from modern Earth like him. And since that's secret that only he knows and understands, it will affect a lot of his actions, without others being aware of the motivations. (The MC is cunning enough to use their lack of knowledge and their wrong expectations to camouflage his true thoughts).

It's an extremely interesting idea that we see the aftermath of a character that could have been an MC. Fan Xian's mother COULD have been the perfect strong female time-travelling/transmigration MC that is so typical of online Chinese romance novels... In fact, she does everything that MC in those novels do. And yet she's isn't the MC of the story. We are left with only afterimages of a world travelling shoujo romance gone wrong. We only see the subtle yet powerful influences in a world in which she no longer exist; how she influences a world and its characters --- and how she impacts the life of our MC.

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I'm saying this because the whole transmigration will actually play a big part in the plot, as well as the MC's character development.

I just have to say, our MC Fan Xian is a very interesting character. He's not the cookie cutter hot blooded vengeful prodigy, nor is he a Gary Stu in the making. He has his own way of acting that makes him very human and still very logical. He doesn't treat women like trash. (This is despite the polygamy and the small "harem". His women are able to exist and thrive on their own ideals rather than serve as his attendants, and their attraction to the MC will not stop them from going against the MC if they need to. Their value is not based on their appearance, but on their individual strength, intelligence, etc.) He is able to play with his wits and pull onto his connections when needed. He is able to act as it benefits him.

Spoiler

He even acknowledges that he is two-faced and and his whole life is an act: from the moment he was born he has to put on a show. He had to play the part of the baby, of the boy growing up, the young man that went into the city, of the young noble climbing up the ranks, of the illegitimate child...

Because no one knows about the fact that he was born twice, that he had a previous life, no one is able to understand his motivation and his life values.

Fan Xian is extremely well aware of that, and thus he knows he must plays his part in order to protect himself and survive. (I won't explain these in details, please check out the novel~)

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Mao Ni's novels just has that very weird charm to it. Yes, it's slow, it might be hard to wait for chapter-by-chapter updates, but then when you in one go you feel so deeply charmed by the atmosphere it gives.

Once again, it's not a cultivation novel, not a "level-up" novel. So don't rate it less stars simply because it lacks cultivation and fighting

the same way you wouldn't rate a really good slice-of-life romance movie 1/10 simply because you were expecting to watch a horror movie but walked into the wrong room at the movie theater.

EDIT: I've decided to pick up this as a translator since it's been a dead project for a while :> <<less
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mikaelhg
mikaelhg rated it
October 10, 2017
Status: c81
Starts as a promising reincarnation xianxia story with more character depth than is typical.

After c70 or so, it turns into a cheap misunderstanding romcom Romeo and Juliet clone, like the classical story was reimagined by a mentally retarded teenage virgin.

Filler chapter after filler chapter. Oh, traveling between two houses, with no significant events or interactions? Let's spend a chapter on that.
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kagi
kagi rated it
October 4, 2017
Status: c35
I enjoy the story enough to keep reading, but wonder at some of the writing.

The MC is a 'wino' at 5 years old!

While still a child, he writes pornography stories and sends them to his younger sister. She's a noble living in the Capital, and she does have enemies, who could possibly use the porn to make trouble for her, and hurt her reputation. I shouldn't expect good judgement from an alcoholic pervert. :-)

He wants to have many children, to spread the human genes from Earth. Author, does this... more>> make sense? On Earth, the MC died, and as a spiritual being went to a different world and reincarnated into a young body on the new world. So how is it possible to bring human-body genes from Earth? <<less
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shirotan
shirotan rated it
April 28, 2017
Status: v2c6
It's slow but I enjoy it a lot as I feel the author is building out the character development and the situation that the ML is in.

The ML has to adapt to his current situation. He may be older than his body but he has to adapt to his role or otherwise he arouses suspicion.

I look forward to reading the rest of the story.
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Rack33rat
Rack33rat rated it
October 11, 2017
Status: c81
This is my first review, so first sorry for my bad anglish (I am really bad at it).

It's a bit slow at the start but I really enjoy the first couple of chapter, so I thought I finally found the perfect xianxia but no, it become (Filler after filler) like your typical CN novel with filler in every chapter to increase the life of the novel but meh, I will continue to read it to see what happen next.
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JetonS
JetonS rated it
December 15, 2016
Status: --
As someone who have read at lot of western fantasy books, this story setting is quite similar to "Royal Assassin" from Robbin Hobb. This is the story of an illegitimate son who will temper himself through training and will learn poison from a certain master. Of course, since it's a Light Novel, it adds all this "reincarnation" stuff along with a lighter writing style. Some will say it's too slow, but I don't feel this way. In fact, the descriptive scenes are more or less overlooked, and the world building... more>> is told through the MC's POV. Just give it a try, it's neither boring nor too cliché. Personnally, I spent quite a good time reading this stuff <<less
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Llamia
Llamia rated it
April 5, 2016
Status: --
It is a bit slow, but it only slightly. All the time spent on the Volume 1 seems only slightly overdrawn.

I like the MC. He acts his age and people respond appropriately to his "too mature for his age" disposition.
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ptbptb
ptbptb rated it
September 29, 2017
Status: c70
This is the first novel on this site I've given a five star rating to!

Although there is a little of the standard 'reincarnator with strong skillz' theme, this story is really well written and suprisingly deep. Often in these types of stories the MC's original life is either swiftly forgotten, or they keep whining about how they wants to go back. In this one it is treated well and you really get to see how his past life shapes his current one.
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Asura_Heart
Asura_Heart rated it
March 11, 2016
Status: --
Too slow for my taste; but it looks like it might have some potential later on.
I'll change my rating if it turns for the better
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BusyBee
BusyBee rated it
November 17, 2015
Status: --
It's a bit slow with the first volume and not much has happened. However, it looks like it has alot of potential though.
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4ratu
4ratu rated it
September 2, 2017
Status: c26
First I just read because bored. N I think this is nice story about reincarnation. The plot, character, and point view from the author nicely write. Not hard to understand.

And now I'm always wait for the new chapter ^^
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