Pursuing Immortality

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Meet Gu Yu—a college dropout and a talented incense maker, and at the same time, the rather stoic protagonist of this story. Despite his somewhat introverted manner, he has a tendency to make sarcastic remarks in his thoughts. One day, after saving a squirrel, a windfall (metaphorically and literally) dropped into his lap. Stumbling into the cultivation world with little help, he was not turned into Superman overnight (as he would like). Apparently, becoming a cultivator would not make your life easier, at least in the beginning.

Somewhere along the road, he ran into Jiang Xiaozhai, a young woman who’s got the brains, the beauty, and maybe one or two secrets of her own. As it turned out, the two made a perfect team—Mulder-and-Scully style. Motivated by many unanswered questions, they had been running up and down the country, getting into all kinds of trouble, and learning more of the modern cultivation world, which is by no means the same as in the ages long past…

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SCDarkSoul
New SCDarkSoul rated it
December 9, 2018
Status: c369
I think this might actually be my favourite story.

This is modern day cultivation, in a world where the natural energy has thinned over many years and is only now resurging. The numberous practitioners and sects over the year tried to adapt to the changes in the world but lost much of their heritage over time and have grown incredibly weak. The MC and female lead manage to step back on the path a little earlier than most and are now rebuilding what they can, a step ahead of everyone else.... more>> This means the MC is in fact the most powerful character seen thus far period, the most powerful modern cultivator. It remains to be seen if those that achieved immortality in earlier eras will make a reappearance.

The most enjoyable thing for me here is that none of this is happening in a microcosm. The changes are happening on a wide scale. The government catches onto things early on, and even approach the MC. The MC is too free spirited to work directly for the government but does act as a contractor, while the government tries to rush to build up their own powers. Overtime the changes begin leaking into the public, the government allowing hints to dribble out more and more as they can no longer control it. Even more, this is a global change, we do in fact get to see other countries and their native magic systems make an appearance.

As other reviews have mentioned, slight problem with infodumps, though if you like that sort of thing it's fine, or if you're binging rather than going new chapter by new chapter you can skim over those.

Some have called the MC bland, but I actually rather like him. He does as he wants, being a cultivator does change you, but he isn't completely amoral. He will help people out if he is able, but he is not a superhero rushing to every crisis or working for free. If somebody tries to kill him or his, he will retaliate lethally as well. His interaction with the government is also one I find generally believable. He doesn't want to be a government dog, but he does still realize that this is affecting everyone else in the country and the government is the best entity capable of controlling things on a larger scale, and is able to have relatively fair dealings with the government. Sometimes they push him a bit, and he pushes back, but both are far too indispensable to each other to take it too far. <<less
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ender556
ender556 rated it
February 6, 2018
Status: c460
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In the genre of modern cultivation novels, there are novels with better comedy aspects than this novel, but this one has much better world building than any other novel I have read. You actually get a full picture of the world (specially, China) in a modern setting where aura (spiritual energy, etc.) returns to the world. This with all the good and bad things that gradually become possible - you can get a pill that cures cancer but you can also get a ghost attached to you. Anyway, this novel has done this spectacularly so far.

The chatacters are done well, and so far I didn't have to think too much in order to recognize different characters - they are mostly well drawn out. Of course, the main characters are the most developed. When things start to get big in the story, some characters inevitably get pushed to their stereotypical role, like general daoist A or government official B, but there are still core characters that aren't forgotten, and overall most characters do remain in the story and aren't thrown aside.

This novel is one of the most realistic modern cultivation novels out there. You follow Gu Yu and his partners, colleagues, enemies and friends as they adapt to the new reality of the world. There is no System, no hidden chat groups, no Grandpa, no heavenly luck- only some ancient books, some relics and a new environment. Of course, the starting process involve some luck, but what drives the story forward is the MCs' effort to seek that luck. There is the normal killing style from xianxia novels, but even after becoming Immortal (which actually happens here for a change...), the MC still has to work with the government - our world cannot get so lawless even in such circumstances. Another nice thing is that in the story's world, other countries aside from China actually exist - and they have their own heritage of magic, alchemy, shamanism etc.

I tried to give a general review of the story without spoiling too much. I warmly recommend you to read this, it is truly a great novel.

The awful English name and picture truly do not do justice to this novel. In every xianxia novel out there people pursue immortality so it really doesn't represent anything special and became a general title you skip after reading. And regarding the picture, after 460 chapters I can tell you certainly that there are no such characters in the story. And if you want to show a couple of male and female in a picture, there is not much point - even though there is romance in the story it is only on the sidelines and not the main thing there. Xiaozhai's character doesn't speak much about herself (and her development takes a lot of time, for a long time she is simply there, without much about what she thinks about) so most of the time they simply move as a couple (of friends). The main thing in the story is the process of learning about the world, not about each other... Though that happens too, of course.

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Boon
Boon
May 21, 2018
Status: c167
4/5, or 4.5/5 if you can ignore the info dumps.

The cultivation era has returned and the MC is just a regular citizen who is now paced to become one of the influential and top cultivators of China with an outstanding technique, location, friends, and an early start over almost everyone else.

The pacing is not rushed, but not too slow. While the changes to the world and society are becoming more apparent, the plot line is almost a slice of life of the MC without too much drama. He does get... more>> in fights and the Gary Stu action boner is achieved, but things are progressing steadily and he isn’t setting out to save the world or being forced to right away in most novels.

As as some have said the MC is a bit bland, but the love interest and some of his friends are interesting characters. At this point the character development isn’t really deep, but it’s not shallow either. It’s not really a character driven story.

The story and general plot is interesting. It’s a different take on the ‘normal person thrust into the cultivating world’ trope. The MC is a good natured person and makes smart decisions. While there is action, it’s a much more peaceful and relaxing read than most xianxia. There no severe tragedy or violent emotion seething from the MC.

There are however many cultivating info dumps of Taoist techniques and the Taoist organization hierarchies and characters. It makes no difference to your understanding of the story if you skip them, so I highly recommend doing so it the novel will seem to drag and be boring.

Overall a pleasant read with a good translation. The only detriment is that it is hosted by the villainous qidian. <<less
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MangoGuy
MangoGuy rated it
February 27, 2018
Status: c85
Tough I have rated 5 for now, this more of a 4.5

I guess the 5 is for over all.

This series is terrifying good at parts and excruciatingly... boring at parts. Fair warning, in the name of works building, you will get hide and confusing infodumps.

... more>> A modern cultivation novel, this is a second generation novel. As in, the MC doesn't freak out about cultivation and knows stuff from his own reading. And the MC is a really interesting guy.

The attraction of this story is not the cultivation; it is the characters, and their interactions. Crazy right?

I ship the main couple too much. Like just too much. And their relation is also very mature. And equal. FINALLY.

While this is all good, the cultivation thingy is a bit iffy. You either love it or hate it. For the first time, I understood the relation between body and universe. Good? Not necessarily.. Cuz I feel that that is too much context.

Either way, this is Mango approved, but at the sane, time, I can see a lot of people not liking it for the uniqueness the author has brought to this genre. <<less
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ninthlite
ninthlite rated it
April 12, 2018
Status: c100
The main character is seriously bland, he has no personality at all. Once I found out that the writer was a woman, everything is clicked into place for me. The female love interest is a boringly perfect mary sue, while the main character is obviously a bland cut out that just exists to be a platform for the love interest.

Not a terrible story once you get past the fact that the girlfriend is really the main character, but thats really because my expectations for every wuxia/xianxia story on this website... more>> is low. The story lacks tension, as its really more a slow power wank. The personality lacking main character is an incredibly powerful cultivator in the modern world as normal cultivating has died, he goes around smacking a bit of faces, and looks for mysertious artifacts around china which are making local stuff weird.

A good point is that this novel avoids most of the cliche guidelines that xianxia/wuxia novels follow, but sadly just replaced it with lastluster writing. Props for that though. 3/5 <<less
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Edge
Edge
January 15, 2018
Status: c40
This is probably a premature review (What, another one? You have to stop that, me.) but I really like this novel. The main character is just your typical chinese MC nowadays. Cool-headed, he-who-sees-all-knows-all, walking wikipedia, calculating, self-proclaimed introvet, and all sorts of those typical and extremely overused bullsh*ts. But he is different from others (at least for now I guess), he doesn't go around and piss everyone off, or slaughter upto someone's 18th generation just because they look at him wrong. He cares for others, and prefers words over getting... more>> physical.

But there is just something that rubs me the wrong way.

Why the flying furnace all the girls he is close to are either beauties or bishoujos?!

Are normal looking ones not girls as well?! <<less
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Kefi
Kefi rated it
October 1, 2018
Status: c100
The story of a normal guy who gets to discover the world of cultivation as spiritual energy is coming back to the modern world.

I liked the beginning, the pace was slow but with some good world-building (with the occasional useless info dumps), the characters were relatable and likeable, with a romance slowly introduced into the mix.

Well, I can't relate or like the characters anymore so I quit here.

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Spoiler

I mean, the MC is a regular guy, with relations, a job, then he eats a magic fruit and slowly discover cultivation, so far so good.

Then he goes on a journey with his love interest and after a while come across a cultivator who stole a corpse, raised it as a zombie and used it to murder some guys who tore down his monastery, and then murdered the policemen who bizarrely wanted to arrest him.

At which point our regular guy MC and his girlfriend who had never shown signs of being a sociopath so far naturally agreed (without so much as a discussion) that it wasn't their place to judge the murderer, because they think that he had his reasons.

They then neutralize the zombie amongst the bloody dismenbered corpses of more than 20 policemen and civilians, without any indication of an emotion, despite not having been part of such a butchery before... And still not any inkling of a moral judgement toward the cultivator responsible for it.

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Well this is a major break in character not justified in any way, which is a shame because the writer wasn't so bad before. <<less
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nikomaru
nikomaru rated it
January 14, 2018
Status: c105
Alongside the declining of the world's Spiritual Qi, the great way of magic declined into a mere cheap trick.
Now thousands years later, what have been long forgotten will rise once again alongside the rising of the Spiritual Energy of the world!
As the old will wept for they are born too early too witness a new legend, the young shall welcome a new era!
A young man who discovered a remnant legacy of illusion.
A young woman who succeeded a remnant legacy of beast taming.
Follow the adventure of... more>> Gu Yu and Jiang Xiaozhai solving mystery all around China to complete their legacy!
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tech tree
1. Illusion
2. Spiritual Beast
3. Talisman/Fu
4. Chinese Zombie/Jiangshi
5. Pleasure Technique

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Timid
Timid rated it
July 3, 2018
Status: c80
This is all pretty horrible, although it starts off quite good. A loner type of guy working at a stall on a mountain tourist attraction in the modern world, stumbles into cultivation after saving a strange squirrel from a snake. Then it sets up some interesting world building.

  • A mysterious mountain valley.
  • Established sects that have lost their inheritance.
  • Animals and insects that are growing bigger and stronger as the worlds atmosphere changes
  • Incense that the MC creates starts to have mystic effects
All plot points that either get forgotten about, or ended in the... more>> most anticlimactic way possible. While the MC (semi) dates some random woman in some of the most boring scenes I've ever read. At this point you couldn't pay me to read this. <<less
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Magicia
Magicia rated it
June 6, 2018
Status: c184
I have read quite a few 'Spiritual Energy Returning to the World' type novels, and I can honestly say: this novel beats them all. I can't do reviews properly and I will not try to do it now. All I can say is, if you're a fan of Carefree Path of Dreams, Martial Arts Master, Monster Paradise, Seeking the Flying Sword Path and Way of the Devil, you'll most likely become a fan of this novel, Pursuing Immortality, as well. Although these novels aren't of the same theme, each of... more>> them has something in common, I can't quite say what, however, it is that thing that makes these novels more realistic and intriguing. Have a good read! <<less
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mrttao
mrttao rated it
March 16, 2018
Status: c101
Pretty good so far. When the description talked about exploring "modern cultivation world" I had expected something like cultivation chat group, where there are high tier immortal masters secretly living in society.

But no, turns out that with the decline of spiritual energy cultivation became near extinct, magical arts ceased working except for the lowest tier ones that can be confused for con artists. This story is actually set at the start of the resurgence of spiritual energy and thus mystical occurrences begin to crop up all across china.

The author seems... more>> to have done a lot of research about daoism in china, and the history of its various temples and sects, as well as their beliefs in regards to cultivation. So it comes off very different to your typical xianxia/xuanhuan story. <<less
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pirateking
pirateking rated it
November 18, 2018
Status: c330
I don't understand why some good novels go unnoticed with good reviews and bad novels receive more popularity with bad reviews. This is an excellent Modern day Xianxia novel with one of the best world building I have ever seen in a web novel.

The author did a lot of research about the ancient Chinese culture and you can see it in almost every chapter. Info dumps is a double-edged sword and this novel tackled that problem pretty well.

The main and side characters building is given a lot of importance, unlike... more>> many Xianxia novels. The main couple got together early in the story and remain together till now (No long separations as of yet). Though there are a lot of women around Male MC it is not a harem story.

So don't waste time reading these comments and start reading the novel. You will not get disappointed <<less
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Kaikatana
Kaikatana rated it
September 8, 2018
Status: c265
Phenomenal story so far!!

How can there only be 9 reviews on this?

When it comes to world-building or conflict development there are only a couple of stories to match it especially if you restrict it to modern ones.

Acknowledged it is sometimes a bit difficult to read through some parts as I am a foreigner who doesn't know all the intricate chinese culture and references mentioned but on the other side I learned so much about it just from reading from this. (I'll definitely read "A Journey to the West" in the... more>> future...)

Translation-quality is supreme as well so just hop in and get reading..... <<less
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