Nan Chan

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I have experienced all the eight sufferings of this world.

I do not ask for nirvana, but for you.

Wild and hard-to-tame demon (gong) x cold, ascetic and childish immortal (shou)

HE.

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南禅
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Lianyin
Lianyin rated it
June 6, 2019
Status: Completed
TO ALL THOSE COMMENTING/RATING BECAUSE OF A SPECIFIC PLOT BEFORE YOU FINISH THE NOVEL:
All I can say is that things aren't what they seem they are, especially when it comes to Tang Jiuqing's works. Just stop reading if it isn't to your liking, but please have the decency not to call out a specific plot BEFORE YOU FINISH THE NOVEL OR KNOW THE FULL STORY. That being said, I would like to clarify that I'm not against anyone leaving a negative review or a bad rating because the story... more>> wasn't to your liking. I respect that everyone has their own views and tastes, and everyone is perfectly entitled to voice his or her own opinions, but please kindly refrain from dragging the author into tirades. Drop the novel and move on if you don't like it. But please respect the author's right to write her story the way she wants. Thank you for your understanding! ALSO, Nan Chan is NOT for everyone due to some of the heavy themes it covers. If this isn't your cup of cappuccino, then please move on. Thank you!

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Just Cang Ji alone is worth 5 stars.

Hnnnnn, mah bae.

But seriously, I find the story intriguing and I absolutely adore the pairing (1v1 ftw!). Only thing is that a couple of story arcs might get a little too dark and emotional, because, hey, it touches on the eight sufferings, so there. There are a few comedic moments too, and I love the main couple's chemistry and interactions!

Basically, the story starts off with the shou (Jing Lin) waking up with some memory loss after committing some 'atrocities' in the past and getting 'annihilated'. The story introduces the gong (Cang Ji) next who, having recently evolved to a human form, is pretty much clueless about worldly matters. The story then starts with a copper bell leading them through various cases alluding to the "eight sufferings". These cases may seem unconnected at first glance, but there is a common thread leading all the way to the big reveal. Among other things, these 'cases' will also serve as a platform to develop the gong's understanding of worldly desires and eventually his own feelings. Midway through, there will be a massive flashback amidst a major plot that will finally start revealing the intricacies of the story, including the shou's and gong's backgrounds. That's where things will finally start to unravel (and make sense).

The role of the bell, the source of Cang Ji's desires (and appetite), the reason for Jing Lin's actions in the first chapter, memory lapses and lack of desire to live, the origin of the little stone figure, as well as the background stories of the other characters, etc, will all be explained as the story progress.

All I can say is to keep an open mind until everything ties up at the end!

A word of caution though, there are really angsty moments. I cried for three chapters straight during the flashback.

Overall, it ranks up there on my list as one of my favorite novels! <<less
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Catzun rated it
October 19, 2019
Status: c32
A well-written and plotted out novel. The translation is a+++!

I am loving the story so far, and highly excited to continue reading it. Seriously, the meticulous care and effort that has gone into the translation simply endears the translator to you. &Lt;3

I would highly recommend this novel to anyone wanting to sink their teeth into a meaty plot with lovely wording.
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yuukine
yuukine rated it
April 12, 2020
Status: c101
Rating: 5/5

There's a man I love. In the clouds. In the sea. In my heart.

This is one of those stories that is best devoured when it's complete. But also, it gets much easier to follow as the story goes. This is one huge mystery that involves journey of discovering emotions and their meaning through 8 sufferings.

Jing Lin (Lord Lin Song) is a fallen god immortal who has forgotten his memories. Cang Ji is a koi fish (brocade carp) who cultivates enough to become a human. Both of them are at... more>> the same place, at the same time.

For centuries, Jing Lin hid and spent his days recovering from his grievous injuries after killing his own father - the sovereign, and after suffering his punishment that should have killed him. What was meant to destroy him didn't work and he's now a broken shell of himself - once again unfeeling, stone cold mess.

Cang Ji's life begins as a fish with consciousness, in an aquarium of Jing Lin. He is however not a normal carp brocade spirit, but instead a demon that has a big appetite and urge to eat everything around him to evolve. He evolves from a fish to a child, to a teenager, to an adult whose mental state changes the more he develops. Meanwhile, he even drinks Jing Lin's blood as his blood (and flesh) give a big boost to his spiritual sea (vast expanse of spiritual energy). But his urges make him want to eat everything that moves, and he quickly crosses over Jing Lin from his list - because he starts finding him interesting. Jing Lin's life belongs to him, and he belongs to Jing Lin.

There are many factors in this story. A copper bell that Jing Lin lost at the beginning leads the two on their journey to discover emotions by witnessing and getting involved in cases that touch eight sufferings: birth, old age, sickness, death, parting (with loved ones), encounter (with hated ones), unfulfillment (of wishes and desires), and inability to let go (thanks Lianyin! I just copy pasted that).

All those cases are very difficult and intense to read and more emotional than any other part of the book at the beginning, considering these cases are what we can see in real life as well. It's a bunch of circumstances and sufferings that develop and shape lives of others.

Meanwhile, Cang Ji and Jing Lin start getting more emotionally invested in those cases, while rediscovering who they are and what they mean to each other.

Nothing is what it seems and EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.

This is high emotional journey that will rouse feelings as soon as the first case begins.

You may consider Cang Ji a selfish person who thinks only of his own desires and urges, but he develops into someone more mature and more selfless. The one who protects. He was not a selfish person, but he is possessive of things he loves and he's a force that protects.

Meanwhile Jing Lin is not as heartless and cold blooded as he seems, but is more like a person who was already broken from the pressure of his own family into unfeeling mess and a weapon that he is. After all - his true form is a sword. A sword is not supposed to feel anything. But then again, there is Cang Ji's involvement with him.

While the story progresses, you meet more and more people involved in Cang Ji's and Jing Lin's lives and their pasts and present. You meet a lot of Jing Lin's brothers who were involved in the tragedy that occurred. (Dong Jun is literally the most interesting so far.)

You meet people who were struck by the tragedies that changed their lives for better or for worse.

YES. THIS BOOK CAN BE HARD TO FOLLOW. But, I promise, it all comes together over time, and already by chapter 110 you will know a lot of stuff that transpired and that happened to Jing Lin's life that set him on this journey of trials and tribulations.

After a while you will realize that this story becomes better the longer you read it.

But of course, it's not for everyone. This is a hard topic story that deals with many warnings and many issues that some might find disturbing.

WARNINGS:

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Child sexual abuse, human trafficking, torture (these 3 happened to side characters) ; f*ck or die situation BUT none of the people involved in the intercourse were responsible for the drug that affected the other - it was a drug given by a third party with malicious intent. I cannot stress that enough. It is discussed and explained 2 chapters after. Mental torture plays a big part as well.

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Thanks Lianyin for the gorgeous translation!

OVERALL:

Characters: 5 - at the beginning they start as unfeeling bundle of non functional sentient beings, but as it progresses they develop.
Side characters: 4.5 - detailed, I got attached to everyone in the cases that were presented so far!
Story: 5 - logical, but sometimes hard to follow due to sudden POV change and there are some scenes you might want to read carefully. It's a story that needs concentration for better consummation. And it's worth it.
Emotional impact: 5 - So far I cried at least 3 times. There are many parts that moved me and made me sad and made me feel so much.
Humor: 5 - The humor is gold - half of the time I want to cry because Cang Ji is the biggest fool of them all! <<less
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labocat
labocat rated it
December 6, 2019
Status: c47
I started this on a whim and it has quickly become my favorite, between the interesting premise, atmospheric writing (which the translation does an amazing job of carrying through), and meticulous plotting.

It's mysteries wrapped up in mysteries - from why Jing Lin committed the atrocities that got him kicked out of the heavens, just what Cang Ji's background is, to the smaller mysteries they come across in the process - that have all been slowly tying together and revealing more and more as they do. The side stories and characters... more>> may seem like a surface case for the sake of the next plot device, but I've loved seeing how they actually are all linked together and how everything keeps getting more and more emotional and higher stakes as we dig deeper.

Speaking of emotional stakes, I adore the relationship between Cang Ji and Jing Lin. The initial premise of "carp gets a human form and is the gong" was enough to get me to start it, but I was not expecting such an interesting dynamic, and I was absolutely hooked by the sixth chapter. Between Cang Ji's desire to devour Jing Lin to keep him close and wanting to wait and understand what these feelings and tension between them are, they dance around each other, close as they can get for now but with the tantalizing mystery of their missing backstory over them. It's the perfect sort of slow burn for me, where emotions are acknowledged, but there's still evolution of feelings yet to come.

Mixed in with side characters who I was not expecting to get quite as attached to as I currently am, and what feels like a new reveal each chapter (or at least a layer pulled back on this tangled mystery), I am so hooked and early awaiting each new update. <<less
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sath
sath rated it
December 4, 2019
Status: c46
I'm absolutely hooked on this novel. I started reading it because of the unusual premise and I ended up so emotionally drawn in by the main couple. The author ties together seemingly unrelated plot threads in a really satisfying way, and the sexual tension between Jing Lin and Cang Ji keeps building up. Cang Ji's motivations aren't very human, which makes him interesting. Melancholy Jing Lin's my favorite - I can't wait to learn more about his past.

The novel definitely isn't light reading - it gets very dark at times.... more>> But it's so worth it if you want a compelling story, strong writing, and a unique main couple. <<less
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alfi
alfi rated it
April 18, 2020
Status: Completed
I haven't read TJQ's novels before so I didn't know what to expect. There were moment which made me feel uncomfortable but I decided not to jump to conclusion till the end. And I was right! This novel is quite complicated, many things are not what it seems, sometimes you may change your opinion to completely opposite. Just be patient and you'll see this story is beautiful! Cang Ji may scare you but that's fine, he's a demon after all (and s*upid at the begining :"D), I don't wanna... more>> spoil just remember he is not that bad!

Many thanks to Lianyin for translation! ❤❤❤ <<less
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springday21
springday21 rated it
May 1, 2020
Status: --
JUST BEAUTIFUL AND WELL WRITTEN❤️

my first Tan JiuQing novel

and just WOW IMPRESSIVE!

i cannot express well my thoughts but please hear me out. This author and his danmeis deserves spot for popularity, story telling is just brilliant!

and may I mention BOTH LEADS are STRONG characters that alone made me immediately jumped to this novel

anyway please check out all his novels (too) <3
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shi.aya
shi.aya rated it
April 17, 2020
Status: c80
Very good novel. Great translation.. Will keep you excited and suspense all the way... I am now waiting for more fluff and the history of their reationship and the reason of the MC and ML's tragedy on their dark past.
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Cindamoon
Cindamoon rated it
December 1, 2019
Status: c45
Okay, so I've skimmed through it, and so many questions.

So the novel starts with death.

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Lots of people die, and we are led to the conclusion that it was the ML who killed them all. The ML killed his father, who was some sort of god, and so he went against heaven (and all that shazam?), and somehow his brother was implicated, and he died or something.

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Then without warning, big time jump. We meet the MC, who is a goldfish demon
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(or is he?),

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kept by the still alive but considerably weaker ml.

So I was like, great, looks like it's going to be one of those fluffy and sweet interaction plus slow development kind of love story (my favorite) ! There was even a cute and vain birb side character (which reminded me of Xue Meng from 2ha at first)
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who threw the MC into a lake with a dragon within the first few chapters (side eyes).

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But I could overlook that, all the better for character development!

But boy, was I wrong, and in the worst way.

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The MC quickly matures after consuming the ml's blood, welp so much for that juicy development, and we get thrown into a wild goose chase for the ml's flippin' bell (for the love of all that is good, WHAT THE HECK???).

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The author manages to insert a sad sob backstory for a group of villagers (but always involves an adolescent girl for some reason, think A-Qing from the yi city arc and Luo xianxian from the first mission in 2ha) while the ML and MC kick butt chasing after a... copper bell. I don't know if it's just me, but the author could not get me to connect to the side characters.

Sure, the uncle and aunt were scum, and I pitied the girl and her circumstances, but they just weren't able to click for me on a deeper emotional level.

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The MC is shameless, (and not like wei-wuxian-brand-of-shamelessness that is quirky and makes you howl with laughter but is still such a fundamental part of who he is), this kind is a plot device that only serves to carry out more skin-ship time scenes between the MC and ml.

This is also one of my biggest peeves about this novel, the MC continuously harbors thoughts of wanting to "devour" the ml, but of course, never carries it through. And I just cringe so hard whenever it is brought up. He doesn't just think it, he says it out loud. All the time.

End rant.

But on another note, the translations are really good, so that bumped my review up to a 3.

In reverse, a lot of the things that didn't work for me in this novel are also reasons why people liked it. Also, but not to invalidate my words, the confusion and rushed plot could just be attributed to the fact that maybe this story just hasn't started rolling yet. Maybe it'll get better or things will just be left hanging, but one things for sure, there's bound to be a backstory that I may not stick around long enough for to find out.

I am not "dissing" the novel, @Lianyin, I am merely exercising my freedom of speech by stating what I think of this novel. You're welcome. <<less
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Ritu
Ritu rated it
April 2, 2020
Status: c40
Dropped a star because this novel is confusing at times due to sudden switch in perspectives mid story. But overall even that is an interesting way the author keeps the plot going

It's super slow burn. Literally because the ML was a koi fish who evolved into a child then suddenly into an adult. It's very rapid for him and he does not understand complex emotions other than the base ones he already as which is to devour and grow.

But slowly he starts to value the MC. You also start to... more>> learn about the MC and appreciate him..

The author has a way of introducing characters randomly but you get attached with them. It's a slowly unraveling story that introduces you to a lot of emotions. A lot of the times it'll leave you sad. That's the beauty in it I guess.

Overall, , , the plot can be confusing at times as the author likes to randomly switch up the perspectives. But the story is pretty good still and all the characters are 3 dimensional. The plot is nicely driven by a single entity just known as the bell and we are slowly learning about our main characters.

The translation is amazing ! I am reading another novel by the same team and it's also pretty good. <<less
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Celissiye
Celissiye rated it
December 5, 2019
Status: c35
I'm half (?) enjoying this novel.

The two main characters are interesting enough. The MC is fulled by a misplaced desire to 'devour' the MC, (because a demon fish, that's what you do to gain power) and slowly realizes that's not what he really wants to do (lul another kind of devour, I assume). But spinning it that way is interesting.

The ML, Jin Ling, is the quiet, shameless type, and clearly is despondent after whatever happened in his past. Several side characters are notable, such as small stone statue and... more>> bird child, but not involved in the story enough.

My main gripe with this novel is that while I like the main characters and their developments, is the frequent focus on other side character's stories. I'm not saying side characters getting focus is always a bad thing, but in this case I don't feel attached to this flashbacks. Although each story they go through (because of chasing a copper bell, which I presume is some kind of source to Jin ling's power) seems to be interconnected loosely to the other stories, I still don't care all that much about all the side characters. One, they are introduced too quickly and we see most of them in flash back stories. Side characters are more interesting when the act in the future WITH the MCs and plot develops that way, not in their own separate flash backs.

Another reason this copper bell chasing flash back scenario is annoying is that it is obviously delaying character development of the two MCs and the revealing of ML's past. I can already piece together a large portion of what happened to the ML, the author might as well have revealed it earlier in a flashback, and keep more of the story in the present. It delays the character development because the story literally progresses as 'MC ML talk/joke' 'they fight someone and chase copper bell 'they are sucked into side character's flashback' 'flashback' 'flashback over, they report what happened, MC and ML almost talk about something important BUT' 'then they chase copper bell'... etc.

All in all, though, the writing style's a bit different, MC and ML just interesting enough, so I'm reading it.

Side note-this translator is doing another story with a similar plot cycle, except the MC is involved in the side character arcs more directly. So even though I find the ML and MC less interesting as characters in that story, it's a more enjoyable read over all. <<less
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Achiless
Achiless rated it
February 25, 2020
Status: c73
Well apparantly I'm the only one who dislikes Cang Ji. The story: 5/5. I mean just look at the description. Absolutely amazing. First I was like WTF is this leading to, but everything falls together. The protagonists are slowly discovering a very big secret/scam, and while doing so the Cang Ji starts to realise his feelings for Jing Lin and understand human feelings. It reads like a mystery novel and an action one, what else do you need?

But Cang Ji just ruines it all. I hated his character from the... more>> very beginning. At the start of the novel he's an ungrateful little brat, but since he was so young and just got his human body I could take it. But then as the story went along he was still like 'he's mine, I want to eat him, that's all there is' every single chapter. Like we understand that he doesn't know that his feelings are love ok? He doesn't need to repeat it so often it's so cringe. And when I read the raw I think I read
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r*pe in his past life?????? That just did it for me I'm so f*cking done with him. If I interpreted it wrong pls tell me and I might just pick this amazing story up again.

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He annoys me so much that the 5 stars fell to a three. I've never dropped a novel because of a character. However this novel is definitely a must read bc of its amazing storyline and Jing Lin, so I don't regret reading it. <<less
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