Kaleidoscope of Death


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It started off peculiarly; first, his domestic cat refused to let him cuddle it.

Lin Qiushi soon found that a sense of disharmony and incongruity began to pervade everything around him.

Then, one odd day, he pushed open a door, and he discovered that the hallway he was familiar with turned into a boundless corridor.

At both ends of this corridor were twelve, identical iron gates.

Thus, the story began.

Ruan Nanzhu said to Lin Qiushi, “When you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes back.”

Upon hearing this, Lin Qiushi sank into deep contemplation. He then pulled down the zipper of his trousers and aimed at the abyss…

Ruan Nanzhu: “…Put your pants on properly!”

Super shameless, ill, pampered gong X Shameless, calm shou; a combination of double [or extreme] shamelessness.

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Kính vạn hoa chết chóc/Tử vong kính vạn hoa
Sǐwáng wànhuātǒng
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55 Reviews

Hualian bae
New Hualian bae
May 10, 2021
Status: c1
HOLY **** I DID NOT SURVIVEE READING THIS BOOK!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 just read one of the reviews below about the ending and got mind blown!! I could not wait for a few weeks and went into mtl but got confused about the ending BUT DAMNNN NOWW I WILL RE READ THIS FROM SCRATCHH!! what a story😍😍

this has everything one can wish for!! andd the horror scenes really made me freeze and run for my lifee!

i feel likee I just finished watching an intense moviee!! definitely worth 10000000... stars for this book!!

in... more>> thiss there was no dull scenes at ALL!! woooooooow just wooooow... how I wish for this to become a tv series or something😭😭


CHEN QIANLIIIII I WILL NEVEE FORGET YOU SWEETIE😭😭 I literally crieddddd bucketsss of tearss... for me it was a twist... author made it seem likee qianli's twin bro will diee for himm but damnn at the end our littlee one had to take the blow...i was soooo heartbroken forr chen qiexi... he technically lost everything 😭😭 the story of the twins was one of the highlights for me😭😭 ahh the feels fromm the story!!



i will camp under translators tumblr from nowww!!

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New FanGirlNoha
May 09, 2021
Status: c120

There aren't many chapters left, but I'll wait for it to get completely translated before I read any further. Otherwise, I'll die from the cliffs!

This novel is very good! I'm not a regular reader of the horror genre, but the horror here made me almost pee in my pants. Although not every arc was as scary, but some of them gave me chills both from fear and excitement. The story is well-written with the daily lives of the protagonists enmeshed well within the horror stories. The MC &ML... more>> are both very clever, but not completely cruel. At this moment, I'd say both of them are shades of grey with the ML being the darker shade of the two. The romance between the two did not seem that forced especially because the MC had plenty of time to cultivate his feelings. I DID feel that the romance was focused on very little compared to the excellent horror aspect, but this is a shounen-ai. So, it's expected.

As a matter of fact, anyone who feels queasy about BL can start with this novel since the initial "romantic" interactions can just be seen more as teasing on the part of the ML. Even after the confirmation of their relationship, the emotional outbursts are very rare.

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Jul 07, 2018
Status: Completed
Oh My God!! This is freaking awesome!!

I read this without any pause because this novel is too good!

The author is the same as I am Incomplete Without You, which is also a horror-yaoi genre. Tired of transmigrating MC's, systems, cultivation world, ABO world, typical I return to time and I'll get my revenge MC's, possessive ML that doesn't makes sense why he is possessive in the first place, then I advice you to read this!!! This is a hundred times better.

I advice you to read this if you want:

A.) good plot

B.) intelligent MC & ML

C.) suspense and horror

D.) mystery

E.) good romance

F.) mind-blowing story lines

G.) good comedy

Basically the MC and ML are dying in the real world. Because of this, for them not to die, they need to solve mysteries and find the bronze key to unlock the gate and return to the real world. There are a total of 12 doors they need to pass. And the higher the door, the higher the difficulty. Also, this is very important:

If they die inside the door, they would die in the real world.

In the MC's case, if he died inside the door, he would die due to liver cancer in the real world. That's why inside the door, you can trust no one unless he is your teammates whom you can really trust because everyone is desperate to live.

If you read the first translated chapters, you would notice something special regarding the MC, through which ML also noticed and reason he recruited the MC to his organization in the real world.


Regardless of the situation, the MC is very calm and can adapt well. For a first timer in entering the door, he is regarded as special. Because those who would enter the door for the first time, would have a major breakdown and would cry. They won't accept the reality of entering the door. The MC, however did not even cry but was very calm. Also, in a group of desperate people, he was the most selfless. So ML, who already entered several doors became interested in him. Also, the MC has good hearing ability which is very useful and he is also intelligent.


ML is someone who is also very intelligent and leader of an organization through which they help people pass the door and earn a living. He is very beautiful and often cross-dresses when he enters the door so that it will not give out his identity.

Regarding the romance: what can I say? It's just right. The MC and ML's love is so unconditional. In a life and death situations, they won't leave each other and tried to overcome them together. Once, the MC sacrificed himself to bring out the key and locked himself in a burning room, but the ML still entered the room and brought him out.

"I just thought that if it was I who was in that situation, he would also do the same." said the ML.

Also, DO NOT FORGET TO READ THE EXTRAS! This is very important. There is a very big revelation that would make your mind blown up to the milky way galaxy!! This novel is considered as number one in my favorites. If you read this, you can't help but value your life more. I just don't get why this novel has a very low rating. It's a masterpiece!!!

Just read this people!!! I assure you, it's worth it!
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Jul 12, 2018
Status: c7




I dont even know where to start omg Its immediately engaging and gets right into it. If youre a fan of horror and thrills, DO NOT PASS THIS UP. The decriptions are unlike anything ive read before, but granted I dont really read this genre much lmao I picked this up cause I trust the translator and boyyyy was I not disappointed. I dont know if I regret not reading this earlier so I would know how fantastic it is or if I regret not reading it later so I would have more chapters to binge lmao Updates are pretty regular and quick though and thats a blessing :")

But fr lol Im living in my aunts huge house for the summer rn and I wake up at 4 and that time before the sun rises and everyone else wakes up freaks me out a little I half expect the monster lady to come out through one of the windows or sliding doors FML lmao

But okay for real like, on to the actual story

The MC (who ill just call LQ) is pretty calm just as the summary says, hes an all around likeable guy lmao Hes a great main character

The ML is hilariousssssssss The interactions between these two are comedy gold but still somewhat sweet/meaningful. As you learn in the summary, the ML (who i'll call RB) is a crossdresser and its pretty funny beung He is also of course, both shameless and pampered.

LQ and everyone else doesnt know RB is a man and spoils him but like, RB really enjoys it haha

. Somehow, the crossdressing works amazingly. I was thinking about how if this wasnt Danmei and hetero instead then it wouldnt be as fun. But likewise if LQ knew straight away or quickly found out RB was a guy then that would really reduce the fun too lolol

RB also mentions once that he can read fortunes (not a spoiler cause im p sure it happens in the first chapter lol) and although its not mentioned afterwards you can really see it come into play, and if youre quickwitted (or even if youre not haha) you can tell when RB is figuring something out. He doesnt seem like a reliable guy but unexpectedly he's pretty dependable haha

And super shameless LMAO Take my word for it and dont read this 'review' but read the actual work. Its incredibly funny. Im honestly gobsmacked how little people have this on their reading lists but I feel like it may be because of the cover haha I cant read chinese or even mtl (nor have I tried) but when I think about LQs reaction to finding out the model-like sweet RB is actually male, I honestly feel like the cover is quite apt looool

Its really fun though, watching LQ dig a pit for himself while we as readers know RB is a crossdresser ?

Im probably missing out on stuff that ill remember later, but its only 7 chapters and I am so soooo hooked. The storyline is super interesting, the comedy is amazing, dialogue makes you cry and both MC and ML are awesome and incredibly likeable.

Of course, translations are amazing also, but that doesnt need to be said. Anything from Taida comes with a quality assurance mark lol I just really want to thank her for picking this up its definitely one of my new favourites!

From me, Kaleidoscope of Death is ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ And I would hiiiiighly encourage everyone to add it to their Reading Lists and open chapter 1 straight away ♡ <<less
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Mar 27, 2019
Status: Completed
f*ck f*ck f*ck!! This is the third bl horror that I f*cking love so much. DAMN IT. I FEEL SO EMPTY, I feel so lost, I feel so lifeless... this story, I wish I hadnet finished reading it in one day, I wish I never read its ending, I wish I never read it at all, because I fell for it, I fell for the story's beauty, I stared at the abyss and it stared at me. I couldn't look away now this is what I get.

This story is definitely... more>> takign the first place on my bl horror lost, and even my bl list. Just- f*ck, what should I say, my mind is a mess. This story messed me up, I'm crying, I'm crying because from the beginning to end, I felt that the characters were alive, I felt the lofe of the story. Omfg

If you've read the other reviews, the 8 extra chapters f*cked up our minds. It literally did, we dont know if we should cry or laugh or be angry.

Question that hasnt been answered

1. What is the 12 doors and how did it came to be?

2. What is its real purpose?


if you choose the illusionary world will you stay there for eternity?



it was proven that our MC found out ml's real identity but tf is really happening?



when you die while inside the doors, why do u have to stay in the illusionary world?


The only thing that made me disappointed is the story of the twin, its so f*cked up that

zhen stayed to the illusionary world to be with his brother


Damn it!!! I wish the author could've made a sequel to answer our question while focusing on the

plot where they slowly unveil the mystery behind the 12 doors and ml's identity


DONT MISS OUT ON A GREAT STORY AND READ THIS !! im gonna read a fluffy story to soothe my aching heart that was broken thousand of times



the whole story was actually the 12th door battle, our MC was actually supposedly obsedian true inheriter, and also the one who grew up fighting every doors (the role of ninian our ml) and he's also actually/or assuming the first to encounter sa 12th door in the first chapter.



ML is the 12th door npc wtf, fck my life




since they lived together and the 12door was sealed, does our MC achieved his mission? How was the ML allowed to go outside (assuming that its the real world) and be with mc

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Sep 22, 2020
Status: Completed
KoD is a key example of one of the 'it was really good until it was bad' stories. All in all I can't say I hated it, but it definitely left me dissatisfied.

The key issue lies in how the author decided to end the book.

I honestly think that the author must have gotten tired to writing the doors and thus created a cliche, slapstick ending to wrap up the last two doors quickly, the 11th and 12th, (which were supposed to be the most terrifying and have been horrifying... more>> readers at the thought since the beginning).

This next part will contain many spoilers...

Good things first.

In general I loved the couple dynamic, unlike with some other BL, the 'romance' aspect was like a delicious treat during intervals of peace during the story, while the main focus was on surviving the doors. The author also did a nice job at slowly increasing the tension as we realize that lovable side characters CAN and WILL die. The MCs slowly change after going through the loss of these important people, whether it is becoming more detached or having a different personality in the door.

We see LQ (MC) learn to become 'calm' in horrifying situations, unlocking his potential to deal with the dangers within the doors.

Moreover, the relationship of the MC and ML is much more 'equal' than in many other BL, as LQ becomes accustomed to the doors and grows into an important ally of Ruan Nanzhu (ML), where they save each other's lives on multiple occasions. RN cross dresses and often acts as meek to the MC and begs for attention, while the MC is more even-tempered in nature. It didn't come across as too forceful, as there were often times that both RN and LS were uncertain and hesitant about forming a relationship, and they often protect each other.

In the world of the doors, kindness can be fatal, and so the moments of small affection between RN and LQ shined more. The mental breakdown LQ experienced during the 1oth door was honestly the pinnacle of the story. At that time RN also had his own character development.

Each door world was unique and entertaining, filled with puzzles and tricks. Although some seemed much easier than others, all in all it was why I couldn't put the story down and kept binge reading. I wanted to see what horrifying foe would be waiting next, and what insignificant side characters would scheme... etc

The author repeated some of the door 'rules' too often, practically reminding at every opportunity... such as missing people surely being dead or how you can't kill people in the door. Yes yes I've read that 10 other times. Still, I wasn't going to stop reading just because of slight repetitiveness.

Then came the 11th door.

The author set up the situation in a way that, while I wasn't extremely excited, was still willing to work with. After all, since they deliberately put the effort to make puzzles and fun evils in every other door, they wouldn't get lazy with the last ones, right???

I was wrong.


The 11th door literally rehashed old enemies, sent after LQ and RN each night at midnight (who were separated, facing the ghosts they'd met in previous doors). They would be chased for hours until a certain time during the day.

At first, the set up of this door had plenty of potential to be horrifying.

That is, until the entire point of the door became some meta 'alternative reality'. During the day everything is completely normal, and ALL of the people that were supposed to have died in the doors previously are hanging out there, completely ignorant of their own demise.

In the end, the evil creatures that chased LQ and RN slowly appeared for less and less time during the night, until the two lovers were supposedly going to forget about each other in this 'alternate reality' during the day. Basically, once the monsters stopped appearing during the night, there is also no worry for one's life, but just the fear of being trapped in this 'other reality' forever.

The tension built up over countless chapters was LOST.

WHY? Because the whole point of this 11th door became LQ and RN just being worried that they would be separated from each other, like star crossed lovers. It was no longer about preserving their lives. Moreover, since side characters who were supposed to have DIED TRAGICALLY in the past arcs have reappeared as 'possibly real people' that were given 'compensation from the door by being able to live in this happy alternative reality', this erases the punishment of dying within the door to begin with.

Everyone who goes into a door might as well die, because everyone's ghost can live happily in the alternative reality of the door, with all the regular people who are not involved in the doors at all still present. They will not even remember what horrifying door experience they had, it will be like it never happened. That way, everyone could skip the horrifying experiences of door 1-10!

... see the issue?

Surviving the doors was meant to be for the very few skilled and lucky souls that could manage it, and there was a bittersweet feeling for the reader with of all those that died, unable to make it. This 11th door completely ruins that, as we see these characters again in the alternative reality -and they seem happy.

It weakens the consequence of failing the doors.

Anyway, so LQ and RN use their gay power of commitment to each other to eventually find the key for this door, which was honestly not hard to find at all. LQ returns to the real world first, but because RN couldn't find the key as easily (despite it being in such an obvious place), LQ waits ONE YEAR for him thinking ML chose to stay in the alternative reality FOREVER (because ppl who died in the doors are there).

These few paragraphs don't feel dramatic at all because if you have half a brain you already know RN is dedicated to LQ and won't want to live a false life without him.

So boom he's back eventually, LQ recovers after a few drinks of alcohol. No psychological damage.

And then the author decides they are too lazy to even do the 12th door. In fact, they'd left details on the 11th and 12th door vague the whole time.

The biggest hints were 'no solution' and 'Don't be malicious to others'. Both of which broke previous door methods. Anyway...

To get rid of the 12th door, the authors randomly makes up the explanation that RN (ML) was supposed to be the NPC for the 12th door in the past, but because he got bored of that or something, he wiped all his memories and decided to go through the doors himself. He met LQ and now wants to quit his job as 12th door NPC to be happy with his BF???? RN being an NPC, or the '12th' door was entirely unnecessary. He showed human traits from start to end, and even had a family backstory, so why make him seemingly some 'inhuman god' of the 12th door??

Let me just say that every other ghost within the doors has much less 'pure' interests than going snu snu with their beloved. They like to kill folks with lots of suffering as a cherry on top. In NO way does RN being part of the door's schemes make sense.

But that is what happened.

And so the 12th door is sealed by ML who has conveniently decided not to do that line of work anymore. No more 12th door. GONE. POOF.

And they all lived happily ever after.


Where is the horror of the last two doors? What are these other side characters even working towards?? Conveniently, the door does not allow anyone to speak of the 11th door's content, so MC and ML cannot SPOILER the others about how dumb it is.

The change in tempo of this last arc is just too stark.

All the previous situations and doors gave a melancholy, tense vibe. It was only broken by flirting comedy and other comments once and a while. Nevertheless, RN and LQ always proved to be keen and attentive when searching for clues, until the situation would sink into desperation as last minute calls were made to preserve their lives and escape the doors. On the other hand, this last arc felt like one big comedy, LQ and RN were like blubbering and confused fools who only want to hug each other. There was no tension. It was just dog blood love and hand waving, which the entire rest of the story had not focused on at all...

I won't accept the argument of 'oh its a BL at heart so ofc the ending was romantic and cliche', because for 110 chapters out of the 136, the BL romance was more of a side note.

There was no 'gay panic'. Once LQ learned he was interested in RN, and RN accepted that they were both going to have to be prepared for the other's potential death (in a door), they were a couple. Done. Before that, they were already acting like an old married couple anyway and there was not much shift in their relationship afterwards.

The fact that the last door was entirely focused on them and their potentially broken love, involving no side characters or new enemies, made it incredibly bland.

In fact, if the last door had done a few different things, for example, if its goal being to make the MC go insane, it would make more sense. The clue would be 'no solution', so the MC would think that could be true. What if the people that were supposed to have died in the alternative reality were clearly 'fake', and he'd be trapped with these creepily smiling fakes forever? Or what if in the 11th door the ghosts that came out at night would start appearing for LONGER until LQ would be chased by them 24/7. These all sound perfectly horrifying to me.

In any case, I would have also been fine if the author just made two more super dramatic tense doors like all the rest, where only LQ and RN only barely survived, and did not try to do anything 'special'.

I wouldn't have cared if the doors were never explained, and that each person who completes all 12 simply got their life extended, while those who failed died on the spot, just like how it had worked previously.

What I find much more dissatisfying is to read an ending that makes all the previous door experiences lose their significance, and that it is anti-climatic to boot.

Anyway this is a rant and too fking long so I put it in a spoiler lolz

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Jul 10, 2018
Status: Completed
Well, the first review says it all :D totally worth it. It is mind blowing and scary (for me) the author writes vividly to the tiny details in the plot just like imagining yourself at the scene it will really affect your mood. Sometimes I don't want to click the next chapter hehe= that is for Horror.

Comedy= Well the both the MC and the ML are shameless to some extent which adds to the comedy and their chemistry. Also, the ML likes to crossdress and bullies the MC to crossdress... more>> when entering the door.

Chestnut (cat) and Toast (dog) lightens the mood in the story as well - chestnut is with the MC and toast with the twin bro.

Just read it totally worth.. It is also popular on jjwc and when you're about to reach the end just prepare some tissues. Tearjerking scenes alert!!!!

Also includes extra chapters with a super revelation. HAHAHA

translator-san thanks for picking this up :D *.* <<less
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Mar 12, 2021
Status: Completed
This is really good, the MTL is really easy to read. Honestly I really itching to give spoiler. I see there are a lot of readers who got the plot wrong, especially when it comes to the last 10 chapters + extras.

Here is the clarification:

... more>>

Actually, the whole 1-11 doors is all fake, not the reality. Basically, all the arcs until eleventh is not a "real" reality.

Yes, it's all part of 12th door. All of them. The 12th start since the beginning of this novel, the 1st chapter.

What I mean is, there are REAL door in REAL REALITY. But the door that been through by LQS etc from chapters 1 is NOT THE DOOR FROM REALITY.

In reality, Lin Qiushi is actually the Boss of Obsidian. Not Ruan Nanzhu.

Ruan Nanzhu is the boss of Obsidian in the 12th door's life, in reality the real leader is Lin Qiushi.

Ruan Nanzhu is the keeper NPC of the 12th door, and Lin Qiushi is the human who survive through all the 1-11th. Then, LQS come to the 12th door.

Everything start when Lin Qiushi enter 12th door. After that, the story begin (the 1st chapter).

Actually, Ruan Nanzhu do not know about it too, because he — himself erasing his own memories. He only found out when they (LQS and RNZ) enter the 11th door, and Nanzhu found out everything. He actually planned every nook and cranny— so freaking detail. He even added the fact that LQS and himself can died inside the door (1-11th door inside fake reality of 12th door). Even though they are basically still in the 12th door.

In reality, LQS family still good, he is the boss of obsidian, he is friend with Bai Ming, and etc that belong to RNZ is actually LQS's.

I should said it again, the family of RNZ, the past of RNZ, everything about RNZ is not real, because those things are happen in 12th door.

But, doesn't mean Qianli. Wu Qi, Zaozao, etc still alive. No, they aren't. Make sure to remember that the odd or the one who is not in the line with reality is the EXISTENCE OF RUAN NANZHU ONLY.

If you want to imagine the REAL reality, just think there is no RNZ, and the boss is LQS. That's it. Everything beside that is the same.

The existence of the door, like why the door appear, what is the purpose? It did not get any explanation. Honestly I do not really mind though. It's not that deep anyway.

Oh, the people who died inside the door, the soul will remain inside it too, not in the specific door they died though. It was proven when RNZ and LQS goes to 11th (inside 12th door ofc) and they saw a lot of their death friends still exist and helping them escape from the monster/ghost in that door.

But then again, this happen in 11th door —a fake door that is part of 12th door (the door inside the door). I do not really know if it's working in reality's door but I think it's the same. You know, Ruan Nanzhu is really plan the life inside the 12th carefully and like 99% close to reality. That's why a big detail like this —i think it's same.

About the twins, Yixie and Qianli. They are not even 16 yet, but ended tragically.

Not really though.

Many reviewers said that it's really sad and angst, but for me, I am not even feel uncomfortable, because the scene it's not that deep and saddening. I read the detailed explanation in the extras about them and feel nothing. It's not angst, do not be scared haha.

Maybe another thing that makes it angst and tragedy is, because there are a lot of close side character who died inside the door. But it's logical anyway, the door is really hard and you can't deny it.

The ending of the twins, after Yixie quitting Obsidian, he's wandering through door to door until reached 11th door.

I forgot to tell but inside the 11th door is an illusion, where all the people who died (inside the door) come to live again. But at the night, it's all (the illusion) dissapear and become nightmare where all the ghost/monster that they (human) meet in door coming out chasing human into their death. This activities happen continously until the ghost depleted, and finally gone, and the illusionary world is perfect, except the "still alive" human did not get a copy inside the illusion, only the "dead".

Remember that the dead people who are alive inside the illusion is basically stranger and not real. So, even though the human meet them, these "dead people" did not recognize them, and must start the relationship from the stracth.

Actually, you can choose to stay in the illusion (11th door), or go back to reality. Of course, Yixie choose to stay in the illusion so he can live with brother (Qianli) again.

Some people said this part is sad but for me, it's not. Just, normal?
After a person completed all the 12th door, then what?

The answer is, you are liberated from "must going" into the door. You can still going in and out of the door, but if you don't want to, it's okay. Of course, all the severe illness that person have will be annihilated so they will get a brand new life without any injuries and illness.

I got this conclusion by seeing how Lin Qiushi do after he completed 12th door.

It's just, I do not know if this still the case since Ruan Nanzhu did not go back to the 12th door, so the 12th door is sealed.

Everything (plot, characters, etc) is rational and logical for me. It's just click? The plot until the end is good. Everything uncovered well, with a clear relation between this and that

I think this is enough. You know, because I read some misleading reviews, it took me a long time to decided reading this: (

Come on, do not believe and scared of some reviews! Read this!

Absolutely reccomended,

100/10 <<less
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Aug 28, 2020
Status: c46
So I just finished writing a review on how bad another horror novel is, so I gotta relieve my stress here by writing about how amazing this one is.

First off, the horror is just amazing. C'est parfait. Parce que it's scary af. It's also really original; the writer has her own take on clichés. Not only is the horror done rly well, it's also rly good that the MC isn't OP. He's still smart cause it's a survival theme after all, but he's not so smart and powered up that... more>> he's able to face all the scary stuff behind the doors, which is EXACTLY WHY this novel is so GOOD because that's what makes this story terrifying and disturbing-the actual effect horror is supposed to give you. If the MC were OP, there'd be nothing horrorfying about it anymore since the MC (through whose eyes you see the story) is able to counter everything. Also, how do you expect someone who just started a "survival game" to be OP lmao. He's already rly smart, calm and quick-witted for a newbie.

BUT DON'T WORRY because it doesn't go too extreme with the scariness it delivers, because we have the ML for that, who happens to be OP (but reasonably OP, he's a veteran with the doors). So the ML is basically the grip for both the MC and us readers so it doesn't get too out of the hands that we won't be able to sleep at night.

To conclude, it's scary af, but since there's the ML we'll be able to avoid getting a panick attack. Amen.

If you really want to enjoy this to the max, remember to look up everything that's mentioned *cough cough painting 4th arc cough cough*. You'll either thank me or hate me.


If I have to knitpick anything, it's how in the first arc the ML had such a useful note but in the other arcs it's basically minimal information. Like how does that even work. It's clearly done so that the in other doors of the MC where the MC knows the notes from, the MC will still have a hard time. That just doesn't make sense logic/storywise. But maybe it'll make sense later on...?


Ow also CP moderately cute in my opinion (though they have a lot of awesome interactions). It doesn't get in the way of the story. You have to read it even if you don't like BL.

Honestly, who even has times to think about the romance lol. I'm too busy worrying about whether there are skinless people on my ceiling and whether there's a scary woman outside the window.


I have to mention that the MC isn't as shameless as the synopsis describes him. The synopsis just confuses me. <<less
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Aug 01, 2018
Status: Completed
I'm actually quite conflicted about how I feel about this novel. It was an absolute blast to read, chock-full of absolutely brilliant (and very, very nauseating) imagery, especially ones about people getting skinned alive. I actually think this author has a thing for people getting skinned alive, because that appeared quite a few times. And that's quite a few too many in my feeble and weak-stomached opinion. But don't let that stop you, because this novel is definitely worth getting a few nightmares over! The riddles are well thought-out and... more>> quite creative, having been lifted from real folktales, though some of the stuff traumatised me a bit. The main couple is amazingly cute and the supporting cast doesn't disappoint either, satisfying in both depth and size (more on this later). I'm way too much of a wimp to go back and have another more detailed read (the author's control over the atmosphere was excellent!) but there were no significant plot holes that stood out to me. It is a webnovel after all, and this offers the author all the flexibility they need to patch any errors that spring up.

Now the criticisms. Remember how I said that the supporting cast is satisfying in both depth and size? That depends on what you're after. Don't get me wrong - the portion of the cast that gets enough screen time to be at least semi-important are all nicely explored as people in their own right, and that portion is more than big enough - but one scene in particular stood out to me and that is the first group of people the protagonist meets, at the conclusion of the first arc. All these characters were introduced by name and were all given a few lines of introduction to characterise them a little, but most never progressed beyond that. They were present, though given how well the protagonist seems to know them by the end (i.e. Decently, because he's a bit quiet) my knowledge of them as a reader was painfully lacking. The main characters were also a bit too Mary Sue for my tastes, but that's quite subjective and honestly I enjoyed myself even with this opinion.

My other complaint is a bit spoilery, but I won't be giving anything much away.


The final twist at the end of the novel was, in my opinion, incredibly forced. It was a very interesting idea that probably involved a bit too much planning to have been tacked on at the last minute, but the execution was quite lacking. There was little coherent foreshadowing given for such a big twist, leaving me feeling slightly confused after the somewhat anticlimactic reveal. I actually got spoiled at the start of the novel (thanks jjwxc comments), which theoretically should have made the foreshadowing all the more obvious now that I was actively looking for it but after reading the novel I can safely conclude that I didn't see much.


Despite its shortcomings, I don't by any means regret reading this at all! It was so much fun to read, keeping me up at nights as I frantically tried to finish the entire novel in three days while Taida (who recommended it) just laughed at my panicked 3am messages. I'd definitely recommend it if you like horror - and maybe even if you don't, because the suffering is totally worth the fun you'll have. I think. <<less
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Jul 28, 2018
Status: Completed
I just finished raws. This is not very fluffy novel (I usually prefer fluffy and sweet ones) but it is soo good. I loved every world they went in and the MC is the best and ML is... Best as Well. They are so cute and not annoying at all. There is mystery, plot, cute moments, sad moments, interesting other characters and funny moments as well. So, go for it!
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Jul 15, 2018
Status: Completed
Omg, omg, O.M.G

This novel is amazing!

I dropped it several times due to the horrors (and my subsequent nightmares cause by it), but man am I glad I finish this!

And the revelation in extra chapter! Mind. Blown.

Beaware of the tragedy, especially near the end of the novel

... more>>

No worries, the MC and ML are safe, sound and HE. Others though... and those extras.. it's so sadly bittersweet


Many mysteries still remains unanswered


What is the purpose of The Doors, how the ML is.. ML, and who made The Doors?


But the ending is quite satisfying, so no loss. <<less
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Sep 23, 2019
Status: Completed
just my rant and my opinion

OMG <333 this is best Horror Novel I'm ever read with theme like a game :') (the others I'm still fave too is EO) I love ML and MC chemistry and their interactions <3333

... more>>

especially each time ML want to get spoiled by MC and give a dog food to each single dogs in each door ?


And my fave arc is when


when they are in door 9, door 10 and door 11 oh and the door when MC sacrifice himself for take the key (and ML save him from fire)

Especially in door 10 when ML feel wrong for what he do, and ask MC the forgiveness with sell Meng,

But I'm love how MC react when he thought ML was dead.


But there is something that make me confused, especially about ML that make me shocked


he was 12th door NPC (maybe the boss in this door?) so how he can appear and interactions in real world?

this mystery still make me confused and want to know the answer

I'm love how MC not really like a Shou that too feminime and need a protection, he really so great, strong, smart, and he so gentle :")))) especially to ML

It's HE but there so many that make me want to cry

especially about the death one from the twins,


I want to give thumbs up to the author

Sorry for my bad grammar ? <<less
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Apr 28, 2019
Status: Completed
Horror, with a little comedy and romance thrown into the mix really is the perfect combination. I'm a big fan of horror movies and novels, but only when it's done right. Kaleidoscope of Death is such a novel.

MC enters the world inside the door and has to survive by avoiding all sort of creepy things that go bump in the night, while solving the mystery to each key to go back to the real world. The doors are all very exciting (except for the minotaur one, that was just plain... more>> disgusting) and we get to see how much MC grows throughout the story. MC is smart, calm, and has a keen mind and good intuition, which makes him very well-suited to deal with such frightening, tension-ridden situations.

ML is very experienced, intelligent, cunning and extremely shameless, but shows two different sides to his personality when he is in the door and in the real world. ML brings humor to the story when he is being full-blown shameless, which balances out the scary bits. One moment you experience heart-racing, jaw-dropping terror, and the next you're laughing out loud, wiping your tears.

The romance between MC and ML is really the cherry on top. The tacit understanding these two have make them the perfect partners when they're challenging the doors. It feels completely natural when MC and ML finally get together, especially after the harrowing life and death experiences they go through together. MC indulges ML a lot, playing along with his crazy antics (which provides more comedy for us readers).

I didn't care much for the supposedly "mind-blowing" reveal in the extras, mainly because I felt the explanation was not exactly necessary. It didn't add anything to the story for me, and I could've done without it.

All in all, this is the most riveting horror novel (on novelupdates) that I've read so far. It makes me feel a little sad now that I've finished reading it. I was completely invested in the story, its characters and the emotions... the angst in the last part really got me tearing up! It's a must read that deserves the 5 stars! <<less
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Feb 21, 2019
Status: Completed
good but yes, a little heavy on the gore so if you have a weak stomach or you don't like horror stories this might make you queasy and give you nightmares. The doors are really well done and the MC seems prone to ... more>>

waking up in the hospital afterwards. It happens many times

both the MC and ML are pretty interesting. The MC is the calm and clever during the doors but he has a low EQ when it comes to himself. He also claims his IQ isn't good, but he learns quickly and adapts very fast to things inside the door. Besides he was a designer (though we don't know what type of design work he did), which means he went to university for at least four years if not more so the man can't be too s*upid so his beliefs about himself seem unreliable. there are a few things that bothered me; like them saying that if you are around mentally ill people for too long you can catch mental illness yourself. This isn't true and seeing the author say stuff like that really pisses me off. the ending was complex and there were still a lot of questions left unanswered, especially about the doors. Maybe things will be clearer in the translated version. <<less
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Dec 17, 2020
Status: c61
Daym!! Now I'm gonna start the hunt for ch62! And NO! I ain't gonna stop until my status here is COMPLETED.

Oh and yup! I love the story so 5stars for me. But consider it 4 stars for now ! Hmp!

(I'M NOT GONNA READ THE MTL!! So please! 😭 Please publish the rest of the chapters, huhuhu). Or I'll throw you back to the 6th door so that the slenderman will strangle you until you pass out. Pass out okay? I said pass out! Geez! 🤦
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Mar 05, 2020
Status: c41
I really hope a translator properly picks this back up since there's not much progress and permanent translator from the looks of it. I truly like the story so far, and I'm curious to see more.

The worlds behind the doors feel a bit like quick transmigration instances, but without the whole transmigration issue. Each story is interesting and the horror, while not truly scary, is still intriguing and keeps you wondering how things will turn out.

Both the MC and ML are well fleshed out and have their own quirks. The... more>> MC and ML share surprisingly deep feelings from almost the start, and they're both caring in their own ways. The side characters don't have enough focus yet to form clear opinions on them, but they all have distinct personalities and backgrounds.

All in all the story shows a lot of promise and I'd love to read more, but unfortunately aside from some MTL level translations that go further, there isn't much available to read online. The original translator did a good job, even if at a very slow pace. <<less
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Aug 20, 2019
Status: Completed

Reading this was one hell of a journey where my feelings were put in the fudging blender then just to be patched up nicely again and being told everything was gonna be fine but endup im being thrown into hell fire and suffer for a bit more but all these hardships were fudging worth it to achieve the HE that the author promised.

Well it was not all about angst really there are other happy/funny/diabetes inducing-stuff... more>> too of course BUT WHEN THE AUTHOR HAS DECIDED TO WRITE THE ANGST PART SHE REALLY DIDNT HOLD BACK.


Thankyou :) <<less
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Oct 14, 2018
Status: Completed
It is really a great novel.


However, I found that there are too many tragedies in the story eventhough it is still considered a happy ending story. I feel depress for a while, still, the story is too good to stop reading in the middle and I fight to the end. Overall is very good.

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May 04, 2021
Status: -
Hold up I made this review just for this:

(spolier, character deaths)


.... is it only me that cried when Li Dongyuan died?? Like, really really hard???? Idk man I still tear up when I think about it... and I actually cried a lot harder at his death rather than that MC's childhood friend... doesn't make much sense if I'm being honest-

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Apr 30, 2021
Status: Completed
To be honest this novel is one of the best novel I have read.

Sadly because I had to MLT, as the story is not fully translated yet, I didn't really understand what was going on at the end. But luckily one of the review here helped me very well, so I finally understood everything.

But when I did, my heart was beating so loudly and it messed up my brain a bit.

To be honest I would have given this novel a 4 out of 5 if not the ending that was... more>> not only genius but also incredibly beautiful and mindblowing.

So yeah the ending, where they explained everything, is the key point. <<less
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Apr 21, 2021
Status: c123
With my current survival game obsession I have become absolutely hooked on this novel. It's worth every single second of immersion. With quality translations, the door stages are engaging and unique. I'm excited at every turn and the downtime dialogue between characters are just as fun to read.

Most importantly for me is the relationship between the MC and ML. The romance itself is slow, but the interactions between the both of them are worth every second of build up because of the sheer heart-gripping amount of faith and loyalty between... more>> the both of them. I have never been so moved by reading about trust like I have since picking up this novel.

The way the author depicts their relationship makes me almost envious. Trust me, you anticipate the moment they get together and when they do... it's so sweet.

But it's the other aspects of the story that really make this a 5 star rating. The side characters were fleshed out and felt like living, breathing people with aspirations and fears. Certain side-characters made my nose sour and my heart ache. The most pervasive theme throughout this novel would probably be sacrifice and the tragedy of losing someone. And boy, could you feel that overwhelming helplessness running through your veins...

My eyes stung and my throat closed up and I grieved. Truly grieved for some of these people I had come to adore... and others that I have only known through one single arc.

Beneath the scary arcs, the comedic relief like sunshine after weeks of rain, and the somber tallying of those who are gone... lies the incredible high of adrenaline at watching the ML and MC pass through doors and dodging the brush of death.

KoD is the epitome of a well written survival horror romance. I'm going to re-read it again. <<less
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