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While reading a book, a sparkle of light disappeared. And, as it did, a message appeared.

[Wisdom increased by 1]
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New SAMESame rated it
April 5, 2020
Status: c27
The MC is abit blockheaded for a book addict, he read many book about magic and sword, science or etc. He will do anything for books but what turn me off is that MC do stupid things. He want to be solo and just read books the game introduce. For a reader that didn't even know how to think what was the best way for his character to move forward and continue his reading hobbyist. I hate it that he pick fire. The most unbalanced magic is illusion with his... more>> overpowered wisdom he can much create anything or force his enemy to his illusion magic and kill them after they are inside. And for a reading maniac he need his friend to tell him what the best choices to pick like he was just a sidekick with no brain. Too much for a reading addict I guess that turn mc's head to a blank no personality shit. His not even a nerd. <<less
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New Casual Novel Enthusiast rated it
April 2, 2020
Status: c78
Rating: 3.25 stars

Quick Remarks:

  • Translation quality
    • Decent overall but can be choppy and a tad confusing at times.
      • Typically expect a few errors per chapter.
  • Protagonist
    • The main character's primary motivation is to read all of the books in the game.
      • Simple but novel
    • OP
      • Ridiculously powerful to the point of killing other players that are 200+ levels above him
        • A bit too much for a not being a Slice of Life novel
        • Can be tolerable given that level ups only provide 5 stat pts per level
          • Effort makes a significant impact in earning essential extra stat pts
  • Game World Building
    • Minimalistic and generic but contains some novelties
      • Disappointing amount of lore for environments and NPC background info.*
        • *Possibly because the translated story is still early, but the untranslated story is already finished at 500+ chapters, so it is unlikely to change significantly.
      • Libraries
        • Strong focus on libraries and knowledge in game development is an interesting idea
          • Would make world-building more essential
        • Would give mages a severe advantage though, given reliance on wisdom stats

Reader is not for serious action/adventure enthusiasts. It lacks the proper level of world-building a VRMMO game of its size and status should have. Background information and character development for NPCs and players is also too poor. However, for a casual read, the novelties in this story can be quite entertaining. If you can accept those points above, and remove the word "nerf" from the game... more>> development dictionary, then you will enjoy Reader. <<less
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ManicFishCat rated it
December 31, 2019
Status: --
Hi, I'm the current translator for Reader. Reader is a good novel but it has a slow pace.

The author likes to repeat things and describe scenes in Multiple POV. Since the pace is slow, it's harder to see the characterisation and people can easily get lost in a subplot and lose sight of the original motivations and goals of various characters. For example, the MC could make a seemingly stupid decision but if you consider the original goal of the MC, then it actually makes sense. It's just that the... more>> slow pace makes some people forget.

For people who complain about the weird execution of VRMMO, well it's fiction. Read if you like and don't if you don't like it. I'm not going to comment about romance, plot or the characters but there's some decent action later on. Read it if want to know. That being said, I don't know if the novel will go downhill or uphill at some point but if you don't hate slow pace, then give this a try as it's being released at a decent pace.

P.S I would appreciate if people don't give spoilers even with a tag. (Because some people check it anyway and it ruins the story for those who hasn't read to that point yet.) <<less
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July 29, 2017
Status: --
I know a lot of people don't read stories without reviews. Basically, the protagonist is an optimized reader, he reads and every other part of his life is focused on making him better able to spend time reading. The story hasn't progressed enough to tell how the mechanics work, there's a VR system that he joined, but it's not far enough yet to tell whether he's going to be expoiting in-game mechanics or if it will affect the real world.
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SullivanSlight rated it
January 23, 2020
Status: c20
This novel is a slightly refreshing twist in a decidedly generic setting.

My enjoyment of this novel is marred by a translation that, in my opinion, takes too many liberties.

Reading this novel you can expect occasional intrusive translator comments in the middle of the text along the lines of (tlnote: LMAO (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)).

I stopped reading this a couple of chapters after the translator explained that they changed a title completely because the actual translation wasn't "cool" enough.

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The previous translator translated a title as descendant of "Medusa". The new one explained that Medusa wasn't accurate, and the actual title was descendant of the "great mage" or "archmage". Because the translator thinks that isn't cool enough, they changed it to descendant of "Odin".


Reader takes place in a standard "near future with a vrmmo" world identical to other popular novels like Legendary Moonlight Sculptor and Overgeared. The primary aspect in which this novel breaks away from the million other similar titles is in its book-loving protagonist. If the protagonist does anything in this novel, it's with the express purpose of reading books.

Beyond the protagonist's simple and refreshing goal of reading, don't expect anything mould-breaking from this novel's writing. <<less
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Katherine rated it
April 23, 2018
Status: --
I Hope someone will pick this novel, this Virtual Reality novel is interesting, just like many others out there. To bad the Translator drop it just the things getting interesting~
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itsasecret rated it
January 10, 2020
Status: c42
To be honest, I don't really get why this one have a very high reviews. I tried reading this because of the comments and such, but honestly.. It was boring. I thought the story would improve over time, but then, it didn't. The main character is so bland.. Just like what the previous commentor says. He gets OP, just because of his addictness with reading, which is okay with me at first.. But then, I think its a bit unrealistic. The MC lacks determination, and only likes reading books. You... more>> can notice this from the way he is narrating the story on the first few chapters.

The way the character views everything is boring, I don't know maybe because the author doesn't describe fight scenes much? There's this chapter where the MC would just say the spell (for instance, "fire bolt" and then the enemy would drop just like that). The story lacks descriptive writing, unlike other stories that I have read with the same genre like this one.


(From chapter 39)

"Firebolt, Fireball, Magic Missile."

Soo Hyuk fired the firebolt which had the longest cooldown time first.

Bang! Bang! Bang!

The wolves died instantly after getting hit by the spells. Soo Hyuk hurriedly collected all the drop items and dashed away.



Anyways, credits to the translator. The translation was great, but I think the story was not that good. It is still fun though, if you want some light read.

No hates everyone. This is just my opinion 😆😅 <<less
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Anothersummer rated it
February 27, 2020
Status: c65
Just started reading this yesterday and it's pretty interesting and a cool read so far. I really like the MC.

The phasing of the story is good.

To the people that is working hard on the translation of this novel. Please keep it up cause we badly need more chapters and thank you for your hard work!
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TheJudge rated it
January 5, 2020
Status: c47
I read both the manwha and the novel raws and tbh it doesn't really get any better. In a way it's worst than reading chinese novels. The characters in this novel are so bland and 2d its so predictable. As of this point everyone sucks up to the MC. The villains are even more stupid than the stereotypical Chinese novels you read here that it makes no sense. The bad characters feels so forced it makes me want to throw up. Everything is basically handed to the MC with little... more>> to no effort, he can solo most mobs/bosses with ease. There are no twists and turns nor are there any surprises in this novel at all.


For example some idiot tries to rob the MC quest item because he saw a high ranking npc give it to him after telling him not to skip the line, afterwards he makes it his life goal to annoy and camp the MC in order to pk him hoping he drops the quest item. Since the library is a no pk zone, he starts camping outside. Even after getting his ass beat numerous times he thought it would be a even better idea to pk random people in town for fun with his buddies.

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ploufi2 rated it
June 18, 2018
Status: c14
Have you ever dreamed of entering a library and discovering a mysterious book that takes you to another world?
This novel gives me that feeling, I look at it every day since I do not know how long.

Stopped net in chapter 14. Maybe someday someone will take it back and we will finally be able to discover the story that this novel holds for us.

Will this novel carry us with him? This is the question :p
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ediav42 rated it
December 18, 2019
Status: c15
Some seek to conquer the world. Others want to sample all the foods in the world and still others want to have a sensual time with anything and everything under the sun. MC's goal is none of these and he seeks to read.

MC is a prolific reader who enjoys reading. So much so that he decides to buy virtual reality game to read all the books and "conquer" all the libraries in the world. Thing is, reading more books means makes you smarter (who would have though, huh?) and so... more>> MC is on the path to OP brokenness even when all he cares about is the reading of books 📖.
I think it is a good read with a unique premise even though it isn't going to turn into a SAO death game and that's fine. Just enjoy it for what it is reading 📚. <<less
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PlasmaticPi rated it
February 23, 2020
Status: c61
It started out fairly good with an interesting concept and ok character. But by about chapter 40-50 the writing itself, not the translation, just plummeted in quality. Super op protagonist with little to no real character and a bunch of extremely repetitive and dumb descriptions of the same thing from different characters perspectives to make the character seem more amazing despite barely any of it being true. So basically the same thing that destroys most good stories. Kudos to the translator for doing a good job translating it at least.
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oblueknighto rated it
January 3, 2020
Status: c32
It's a slow-paced story about a guy who plays a VRMMORPG just to read books. Then somehow gets hooked into doing all kinds of actual questing, collecting, grinding all in order to read more books in the game. Of course, he's also OP as hell.
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Nightrojan rated it
October 4, 2017
Status: c12
It's a game novel, which I happen to love! Also, it splits off from the normal run of the mill variety and focuses on reading which circles back into the normal gaming madness but it's different and enjoyable. If you like gaming novels then read it, if you like novels with a twist from the normal then give it a try as well.

I don't know how long the quality or speed of the releases will continue but it should be a good read for at least the next 100 chapters... more>> in my opinion. <<less
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Kirikaize rated it
August 19, 2017
Status: c5
Looks good so far. The MC's like a curious cat given a wonder box. His interaction with others are also fun to watch/read.

I'll recommend to read this after there's some more releases. Its not a cliff hanger everywhere you turn but mellow? Its a story to pass time as in like a fluffy story.
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easygoing rated it
February 6, 2020
Status: c50
probably one of the most bland vrmmo stories on this site

The Main character has no personality at all (literally the only thing I could tell you about him at this point is he likes to read and he had one friend in school) the game he's in is so incredibly generic the author doesn't really even pay much attention to making it consistent

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The MC's main "cheat" is he has super high wisdom stat which is supposed to give him magic resistance but when someone with maybe 1/4th his magic resist attacks him he can't resist it, he also supposedly can't use that resistance to learn poison magic despite all the normal noobs being able to learn it

also stat distribution, the only other players stats we've seen has 10 points per level but the MC despite having "the greatest class ever" only has 5 points


The whole thing is just incredibly boring, there are no goals or sense of purpose or any meaningful gain from leveling up, there aren't even really any side characters to provide entertainment <<less
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January 1, 2020
Status: c28
When this story was translated last 2017 I was caught by the teaser. It's a story of a reader being true to his passion and reaching new heights in fulfilling it by getting into a world trending VRMMO just to read :) My roled model right there. LOL so I was frustrated when the original translator disappeared but absolutely thrilled with MagicFishCat and TheMonitor who took this project.

If you want some new outlook on how VRMMO games can be played stay for this book. If your a reading addict then... more>> keep reading this translation. So far the story has kept me hooked with it's slow pace and light hearted vibe. This really has a unique plot and I want to read it til the end. :) <<less
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icezeroz rated it
January 14, 2020
Status: c44
It's been an interesting read so far. I think that it's unfair to say that the MC has no personality, more like he's mundane or average. It's a slow paced story but very detail oriented which is a plus for me. So far combat isn't much of a focus yet but there's definitely potential for the future. Loads of different classes in a hierarchy of power levels. Even the simplest of mages has 9 schools of magic to choose from as well as an option of using 1, 2 or... more>> 3 of those schools. There's already been examples of combining spells for amplified effect.

Also mad props to the translator. Doing a great job and giving us fast updates. <<less
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Rimuru rated it
December 27, 2019
Status: c24
All Hail Asada ty for picking this novel up. Great novel concept for a vr, great translation quality and update speed. Been hoping for this novel to be picked up for ages. 10/10 stars.
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Teadragon rated it
December 23, 2019
Status: c20
A fun novel for a bunch of readers to read. ;-) I was very happy when the translation was picked up again, and I look forward to new chapters. It is a slow story, yet interesting.
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Tarnath rated it
January 21, 2020
Status: c44
Great novel, previous issues with the translator don't seem to merit the low rating anymore, so I changed it to the better fitting 5 stars.

The novel itself contains many of the usual hooks and
It is an interesting and fascinating read, with a nice theme it keeps up until now and a main character without any noticably inconsistent characterization for plot reasons, which I appreciate greatly.

Story: 5 stars

Translation: 5 stars
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userunfriendly rated it
January 9, 2020
Status: c41
I am writing this review for two reasons.

1: I am finding many of the reviews objectionable. According to the premise, and we see that in the earlier chapters, the MC is a bookworm. Rather passive, and deeply interested in books. Logical to a fault (his decision to work out to improve his stamina to read more🤣) and like most people, not used to violence. He’s a BOOKWORM. Not a typical power obsessed KR protagonist, with a tragic past, but apparently a happy home life, with kind parents. So he’s... more>> perfectly in character to not worry about power leveling until someone tries to kill him in the game. Wishy washy, not used to dealing with the ruthless nature of gaming guilds, not used to people who are violently jealous of his OP stats, or obsessively aggressive in collecting powers and items. He’s BOOKWORM. I find it very refreshing and consistent with the premise of the story, for the author to write about our MC this way.

2: The translator farming reviews and reading lists on her (?) website was amusing.😉

Many, many of us her on NU will really GET this character. I certainly see myself in the protagonist. I hope very much that the author who seems to well understand the motivations and personality of bookworms and keep it in this style. I find how he deals with the aggressive gaming types as a bookworm very interesting, and hope to see it continue. I love this series. <<less
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