Legend of the Cultivation God

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When gods gather, lightning will strike and the earth will move. Immortals! Which of the numerous way to immortality should one follow? Immortals are hard to seek, but why should immortals hide? Heaven has no mercy, but humans have emotions, and these emotions hinder the road to longevity!

Train the inner self to stay calm, train the external body to be resistant, then cross the three continents and four seas alone, and fight valiantly with demons and devils! With the heavenly baton in hand, raid the devils and demons without any resistance! Take one step to cross nine stars and chase the sword in the dreams! Traverse a thousand li of river and mountains in a single day! The exceptional beings do not mix with the ordinary! Within the universe, where can one find an obstacle! Moving like a dragon, with talent like a phoenix! The heavenly Daos and stars will guide one’s way!

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修神外传
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Tellestarle
Tellestarle rated it
July 18, 2016
Status: c300
[Edit: 1/29/2019]

As most people can probably get by now based on comments, this novel isn't for everyone.

Period.

... more>> Due to the slow releases and diverted interests, almost 3+ years later, I decided to revisit this novel because it left a good impression on me and I was both surprised and annoyed at the level of negativity it receives simply for its slow pace.

To this, my previous remarks (that I have now removed in order to write a proper review) were scathing as I have seen and read countless works by CN authors that are of incredibly poor quality--pretty much near nonsensical storytelling, that is pretty much all fluff and no substance.

This story simply isn't one of those kinds.

The problem here is if one lacks patience, there will no doubt be a great deal of annoyance towards this story. Initially, I intended to wait for the translation to reach a sufficient mass considering the magnitude and pace of the novel, but now I decided to read ahead.

I still stand by what I said before. This novel is an gem. However, after reading over 300 chapters, I have a greater understanding as to why people feel the way they do about it, yet my appreciation for it is even higher. What I have come to realize is: it is immensely difficult to read this in bulk.

This story is like medicine. Its good for you, but its bitter and difficult to swallow. Also too much can be harmful. I think this was intended to be read on a chapter (s) per day basis with the author like how one would follow a soap opera for years. Its not boring if you watch it little by little. You wont even realize how long it is.

Unlike other novels the character interactions and how the author develops the MC is INCREDIBLY detailed. Virtually all characters play some roll one way or another, even behind the scenes. I feel a great deal of satisfaction of knowing why he is the way he is just by how the story develops. But it is agonizingly slow. Snail's pace in fact, in comparison to other novels.

In this novel, instead of a magical object falling out of the sky and knocking our MC over the head, giving him all the knowledge of an millennium year old grandpa and transforming his/her personality to conveniently suit the story (I.e super intelligent, cold, ruthless, calm a an autumn lake bla bla) our MC is a child that is the youngest son of a poor household so is very spoiled and terribly innocent. His personality and intelligence is slowly molded due to circumstances. Like breaking an arm allows him to learn how to read and write due to being on bed-rest unable to practice martial arts.

Everyone thinks of him as sweet, weak and helpless because he is just a cute little bean, and want the best for him, to the point of doting, but they also inadvertently whittle away his confidence as well. Not to mention, he knows zilch about martial arts so he believes everything the adults say because he doesn't know better. When he experiences things outside of what is norm by adults, he feel fear and confusion, thinking he is doing something wrong. Little by little, he feels he is very stupid and inferior. So he lacks confidence to dispute other peoples words as they "know best" and blindly gropes on his own unless someone forces it out of him.

Therefore, for a period of time we see the MC seek acceptance, becoming stronger little by little, having to combat his feelings of disappointment over, and over... and over again. Hence why our MC takes so damn long to lvl up. But then, we rarely, if EVER see a main character reach the top without some external help or some bullsh*t inheritance. Plot armor for dayz, with everything just falling into place for him/her without really having to "struggle." To me, they pale in comparison to our little flower who trudges on step by step. I can totally see our MC being that Cultivation God overlooking millions of mortals with a steady and profound gaze with numerous vicissitudes that we see other typical MCs meet in the higher realms.

Now, Just imagine reading about how he for there.

You really cant just say it in a few words. <<less
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darksideskna
darksideskna rated it
October 31, 2017
Status: c3657
This is a very very slow novel and very long one too, unless you have a month of free time or more to slowly read each and every aspect of MC's cultivation life this novel can be recommended or else it's not worth your time.

the author in his efforts tries to make it look like MC's growth is realistic by taking it extremely slow and not something that was obtained overnight but this makes him one of most wasteful MC of all time, Opportunities falls from the sky into his... more>> laps every time and a single one of them could make a stronger and powerful cultivator than MC in shorter time but MC just keeps multi tasking and being whimsical about his efforts and he gives up on the task or resources if he feels likes it troublesome by coming up with some bull sh*t reason like I don't want to fight because they're too strong or I would be bullying them or I would like to lay low and not expose myself.

Spoiler

MC has literally dragon veins, flesh of phoenix, some legendary bullsh*t bones, divine eye of god beast, 108 heavenly king beasts arrays stored in his mind (he's able use only one with no progress at Chapter 3600, and the arrays themselves had to saves his ass to not get hid mind controlled as these are divine arrays with their own will), dao core of the ancient world (his original world), bullsh*t luck that follows him everywhere and gets him resources with ease which others would kill to have some part of

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in brief MC has a very huge potential and we have yet to see him grow properly after 3600 as there 2000 more chapters left, dropped it already so don't know. <<less
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Lazybum0
Lazybum0 rated it
July 16, 2016
Status: v1c146
4.5/5

Pretty solid story, easily a tier above your average "Xianxia" imho (that's not really that hard).

Now if you want to read it, you should know what to expect, this is not your typical "Xianxia" or Chinese web novel to be more precise, it's more closer to an actual Wuxia book. The part of "Xianxia" has not been very clear so far, is more like stuff of legends, that being said there are mortal martial schools and there exist the famous Jianghu.

The story is ok pretty simple for now, slow paced... more>> and the pov (between the MC and his family and some important occurrences in the jianghu) changes from time to time, but it all will be connected eventually.

The strong point for me are its characters, very fleshed out and realistic, the MC is a child, that actually acts like a child with some touches of maturity from time to time, he's drives by his pure desire to protect his family from bullies and has a truly righteous heart, he might not be specially clever, but he's definitely not an idiot, just a somehow naive child that worries to much about his loved ones. Which is understandable considering that he comes from a family of farmers, humble people with low education, but big hearts.

Most of the characters that interact with him are pretty ok, as in every novel and (of course) even in the real world there's some young master or gangster that believe that they can do whatever they want, but there's actually also good and chivalrous people (in some novels it seems everyone apart from the mc's clique is a big asshole), the social situation of the mc's world is pretty close to some wuxia novels theres is big, medium and low martial sects, that constantly struggle with each other for power in the cruel jianghu. But it is a vast world, I'm pretty sure the MC is in a very backwater place.

Now what can cause some to be extremely annoyed is
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That the MC just starts training after like 70 chapters and his training is "apparently futile" and he just have his first fight in like 120 chapters, besides he haven't learned a proper inner energy method, tho his about to enter the sect (of mortals btw), nonetheless he has made a lot of progress just that it isn't apparent.

There's also a lot of chapters dedicated to his grandma and eldest brother marriage, which I personally like it, it helps to care more about the MC and his family.

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If you're gonna read this, you should come with the mindset to read an actual book, not a webnovel, which strong points are fast paced action packed chapters, where the adventure starts from chapter 1, which is ok. Be patient the first book (till chap 146) have a lot of slice of life, the second book (>146) I believe (heven't read) is gonna be his rise to prominence in the jianghu. And the MC of course has his weird item cheat xD <<less
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voydom
voydom rated it
July 2, 2016
Status: c20
You need a lot of patience for this one. I could deal with the slow pace, but the novel does not even follow MC. And the martial arts introduced seem rather weak compared to other novels.
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Plural
Plural rated it
June 7, 2016
Status: c31
Currently at chapter 31...I'm freaking pulling my hair out because the story is just so damn slow-paced! It can't get any slower. It is just for the sake of character development. So far, it switches point of views between the MC and his family and Piaomiao sect.
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Augustus7
Augustus7 rated it
May 3, 2016
Status: --
This novel is extremely slow paced. At Chapter 50 but the MC has yet to start his path of cultivation nor martial arts. It leads more towards the daily life styles of the characters around the MC. There are not much actions nor fights up till now. I read to pass time and wait for other novel chapter releases. But I look forward to what happen later in the novel.
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StarDoubter
StarDoubter rated it
May 1, 2016
Status: --
Legend of the Cultivation God is a slow paced story what is actually quite refreshing, because most other novels in the “Action-Xianxia” genre are really fast paced and have shallow storylines.

Also “Novels Ground” do a good job with there translation, so its nice to read!

The author seems to take his time and develops the characters deeper than other novels of the genre. He not only deepens the characters but also there background – the world around them.

There are quite some scene changes through which the reader can learn... more>> more about other side characters and some other matters. But actually in this novel I find the scene changes not anoying as in other stories, props to the author!

If you don’t need a fast paced storyline in which it seems that the character is already after 2 Chapters at the end of the story and gets for the remaining 200-400 chapters glory hymns written by the author, then LotCG could be something for you.

For now I’ll give it a 4/5 after I’ve read more I will consider to give it maybe a 5/5.

SD.

EDIT:

I have to give all of you a little warning, because I'm right now at chapter 82 and the MC seems not just a little bit dumb... <<less
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MondoX
MondoX rated it
April 14, 2016
Status: --
I have mixed feelings about this series. There are times that I feel like dropping the series, but there are few times that make want to continue reading. Read up to chapter 20, and I still do not know who the MC is, maybe there are multiple MC’s? I do not know. As of now, the title seems like a misnomer, with some many characters introduced, not one character has cultivated. Until further notice, I would tag the series as a slice-of-life.
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Random_Insultor
Random_Insultor rated it
November 19, 2016
Status: c157
This is the best xianxia novel that I have ever read. Nothing came close to this novel. Seriously!

It's not slow-paced. It is simply a detailed narative. Every character has its importance, masterfully interwoven to each another and foreshadowed to every incoming event. Every movement of a character is put to a function in the story and thread to some future development.

The cultivation and martial arts are depicted vividly. The existence of qi energy and the mechanic to abuse it is properly depicted and set to some advantage and limitation on... more>> story. The fighting scenes are writen with a great detail of movement and choreography. Even some encounter with bandit or assailant could get me thrilled by the suspense.

Read it! I almost learn mandarin just to read the continuation..... <<less
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blimko
blimko rated it
November 17, 2016
Status: c157
Long time lurker, first time posting! I actually wrote out a long review but it was deleted when I alt-tabbed...

This story is centered around our young hero Xiahua and his family. Many call this story far too slow paced, but I find this series extremely well written. Especially considering the usual trash we all sift through... For starters, I actually care about each character on an individual basis, each of my opinions is formed from countless interactions and steady plot progression. The only gimmick is the ever present legendary... more>> artifact; however, this treasure is really quite low key. Xiahua still has no idea what it does lol.

I hope more people start reading this novel and garner more attention to the complete lack of any new chapters translated. I would really love this novel to be completely translated. Even more so than my current favorite Desolate Era. <<less
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marchex
marchex rated it
August 26, 2016
Status: c154
I like how this is being written in no hurry. It's developing the world and people around the MC organically. Some reviewers are right that this seems to be written like a western novel. I'm happy to read this, it's quite refreshing. I haven't read much but it's showing signs of brilliance.

Update: I was not disappointed.
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BlackHat88
BlackHat88 rated it
August 10, 2016
Status: c151
To sum things up, this story is like a restaurant while the other novels are like fast-food.
You know you're gonna have to wait but you know it's gonna be better.
Fast-food are good guilty pleasure but only eating that is not good. It's slow cause the general plot is advancing without the MC during 60-70 chapters and you'll have in parallel the story of the MC which is pretty normal life and the story of his future sect. From then it gets more interesting because he begins to train... more>> martial arts although he doesn't begin to cultivate inner energy for a while but it stays entertaining and well developed. <<less
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0ldLian
0ldLian rated it
August 6, 2016
Status: c148
I'm completely in love with this novel!

The story starts slow - as in 'it takes the MC a very long time to get somewhat powerful' - but as previously mentioned that only makes the foundation and character building soo much better. If you want a powerful MC from the start this story is not for you, but for anyone else this might be the gem they've been looking for.

The story is still very mysterious, but the way the author lets us peek behind some secrets is very rewarding on an... more>> emotional level! <<less
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wcom
wcom rated it
May 23, 2016
Status: c104
Its a different pace for sure, lots of background and effort for the surrounding characters.
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c104 and he isn't really cultivating yet! I really want this to pick up a bit to up the rating.

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MdragonWYL
MdragonWYL rated it
June 26, 2017
Status: c923
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I read the raw, the story is good, however I don't like some part where the author makes the MC have female fall for him in the latter arc... is like he save a girl the girl like him, he enter a inner disciple test but some how hijack some inner disciples test which is only for females inner disciples which is to decide on the next sect head and show some illusion that is caused by their heart demon but some how got two female heart devil or demon is the MC so from illusion become the real things, He enter a treasure trove saves a girl once again... is unintentionally but then... read the story yourself to know.

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Spoiler

current love interest is the girl that fished MC years ago, name meng/ dream in English but currently called Zi Xia, girls that like MC but MC did not like back, Nie Xiao Yu< MC hold some feelings for her but not comfrim, Zhang Ping Er< was saved by MC in the treasure trove then give MC inner disciple spot but then saw Meng/ Zi Xia then MC literally forgot that he was talking to her went to talk to Zi Xia legit friend-zoned, Kong Que, Chen Chen< this is not the chen chen that follow his brother love interest as of where I read

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How Do I put The Spoiler Tag T.T
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Daoist LastWish
Daoist LastWish rated it
March 9, 2017
Status: c99
The story is slow. Don't bother reading it if you have little/medium patience, or if you like novels like BTTH, WQDK, Emperor's Domination etc. If you still want to read it, start from 80th chapter because believe it or not, the MC starts learning martial arts around 80th for the FIRST TIME.

After 80th chapter, story becomes faster, and a lot more interesting. MC's aptitude for martial arts is so bad, it is hilarious, lot of new characters are introduced, including some interesting ones.

Pros & Cons:
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Pros:
Much better writing than most Xianxia. Certainly much better than crap like BTTH, Emperor's Domination, WQDK, MGA, Renegade Immortal etc.

Cons:
Story is slow, and doesn't seem to contain Cultivators, only Martial Artists.
Writer is not able to focus on the important, and there is a lot of irrelevant fluff in the story. 3600 Chapters already and still ONGOING, so maybe it will finish when I am 80 Yrs old.

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Recommendation:
Try it when you are bored, maybe you will be even more bored, maybe it will hold your interest till you get to chapter 80. <<less
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ratgr
ratgr rated it
January 5, 2017
Status: c157
Incredibly good!! What more is there to say, the novel is indeed slow to the point I even thought of leaving it for a while, but I couldn't cause the story got me, it has a great development of the character and everyone feels really. I actually prefered the main story to the martial arts POV, if you want action this may not be for you but if you like a well structured novel with excellent character development, you should give this a try

PD:
I cannot read Chinese can anyone... more>> please pick this one <<less
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vic20
vic20 rated it
December 3, 2016
Status: --
This is a great novel with a lot of world-building. Unlike other novels the MC doesn't start cultivating right away. He starts with martial arts. No idea why some reviewers say that it is bad. The POVs change so that the reader can get a better understanding of the characters as well as the world. The characters seem alive unlike in other novels.

I hope everyone can appreciate this novel.
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Rensarian
Rensarian rated it
November 28, 2016
Status: c157
This novel is incredibly unique and its style is entirely different from almost any other Chinese novel I have ever read. This makes it more "slow-paced" but also much more descriptive. It reads almost like an English book, and not at all like the short, choppy webnovels I've been reading lately, where battles take precedence over dialogue and development. It has legitimate depth and description, a whole cast of unique characters, and plenty of potential. I am very impressed at this point, and would undoubtedly recommend this to anyone looking... more>> for a higher quality novel. <<less
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poli
poli rated it
September 8, 2016
Status: c154
Very, very slow paced and deliberate. The world is desolate as far as cultivation talent despite tons of people cultivating, so while it does a good job at building relationships, it also explores the amount of powering up in 150 chapters that most works do in 5-20. The deliberation makes for a nice view of the journey... it just may not be a very good journey.
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