Romance of Dragons and Snakes


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After forming ties with Tang Zichen of the secret Tang sect, Wang Chao began to rely on his exceedingly unusual determination to slowly walk towards the peak of martial arts. Fighting masters of every form of martial arts, joining and betraying the mysterious organization, and even joining every faction of power!

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rdawv rated it
March 11, 2016
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Review as of ch 56.

Well, well. I was deceived by the whimsical name and thought it was some sort of story that had mystical connotations of sorts, and I expected a usual story of hidden relationships between martial artists like in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

No, this is a martial arts story with real Chinese kungfu set in modern-day China. A previous reviewer mentioned the similarities with the Japanese kungfu manga “Kenji” and I agree. The novel follows the martial path of an average teen student named Wang Chao who had... more>> a fortuitous encounter with a mysterious older woman whose kungfu practice entranced him. She saw his earnest interest and took him in to mentor him in the ways of Guoshu, a deadly martial art derived from the combined essences of kungfu from all over China. After a period of teaching, she decided to part ways. Left to his own devices, Wang Chao begins to walk down the path of kungfu in modern China, trying to reach a higher level of enlightenment, facing the modern realities of financial needs, encountering other masters of the martial arts, lowlife gangsters and the very real danger of firearms.

This is mostly about real kungfu: punches and kicks, grapples and throws, dodging and blocking, sparring and massed brawls. Each action scene is explained in detail and I find myself wondering if the author is either a martial arts choreographer or is constantly referring to picture guides of kungfu to construct them.

Later on there are some elements of the fantastic like qi; but it’s mostly grounded in reality and the customary beliefs of kungfu. Of course there’s some fiction in it, the highest levels of kungfu described within are said to be pushing the limits of what a human can do, a level above an Olympian athlete. Stuff like the MC’s speed of learning, sensing killing intent, sweat pores of martial artists, increased vitality and health and such. But these are introduced very gradually so that the reader would find it acceptable.

Of note is the care and accuracy of many things described in the novel. The Central Guoshu Institute mentioned in the novel was a real historical institution. In fact, many terms, names of individual kungfu moves and their specific actions, famous persons and histories are all taken from real history and literature. One can spend quite some time looking them up in Google and Wiki like I did. Actually you might want to, as the author assumed the reader would be somewhat familiar with the names of those past masters and did not really elaborate on them, nor did the translator put in any historical notes.

Otherwise, the translator did a very good job as some of the terms are the official English names found in various websites (eg, for Tai chi). There aren’t any glaring problems with the translated text, it seems very polished and edited.

The novel itself is very well written. It reads like a novel that is trying to be solemn and serious about the subject matter, even though there are some weird but short detours here and there about the MC’s financials in the computer networking industry (yes). Like a kungfu movie/serial, it focuses more on the action. The distinct characters are few, they are mostly enablers to give the MC opportunities to go deeper into the realm of kungfu. Some aspects are not realistic (eg, the bodyguard job) but the author needed to put in some color and drama into what is otherwise a straightforward kungfu novel. Things get more interesting when the criminal underworld and the political realm are introduced much later. The dialogue works well enough, though the early chapters are almost lecture-like and a reader might find it boring. The action ramps up quite nicely later on.

Highly recommended for those who want a break from the fantasy novels here. <<less
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Eduan rated it
January 25, 2017
Status: c150
If you dislike racism don't read this as in some parts of the story they make Japanese people look evil, using a young Japanese girl to tell people to kill the MC and then how a character told the MC that a Japanese man acted Chinese learned from a master then killed that Chinese master making Japanese people out to be abominations.

This novel is written by an author that has an inferiority complex and wants to chalk up the Chinese Race... They mention Jewish people and say stuff like "we... more>> Chinese are comparable to them" as if they even need to be compared or something...

They also make the MC walk through Inner Mongolia or Mongolia and when he has a break through a Mongolian girl kneels before him thinking that he is her god? WTF It's as if the story was made to get back at countries they lost to in history in relation to war.

It's as if the story is a propaganda piece for Chinese readers. This story was obviously written with the intent to dehumanize countries that the Chinese are against and to make the Chinese feel euphoric about how great their country is with interesting martial arts that all these other nations want, making Chinese readers feel patriotic about a country that treats it's people horribly. <<less
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makenai89 rated it
June 15, 2016
Status: c101
Romance of Dragons and Snakes presents the charms of wuxia in modern day setting. Following the martial journey of a high school student who was trained by a great master to be a great master, the depiction of martial arts in RDS are both whimsical and realistic. At some points, readers will even feel like they would be able to do the same training regiment that the MC do! (Please note that they're not exactly doable, so don't try them at home)

The Author's narrative was so good, he can... more>> even fluently draw the MC's changes from when he was an ordinary student till he started to become known as an expert, not only in behavior but also mentality. All in all, RDS is a very good novel and I see even more interesting development in the future if the Author didn't flop.

If there's weakness in RDS, it's probably info dump and (ehem) Chinese "nationalism". Info dump here happens often, at every arc so far (c100). There are many long-winded conversations and monologue regarding martial arts and its history (of course not a real history, but RDS version of it) which may bore some people, although they can also be a kind of charm that attract another group of people. While in regard of "nationalism", this novel is actually more moderate than some others, but... you should be aware that the author may unwittingly offend another country in its plot or narrative. <<less
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Blank9 rated it
May 21, 2016
Status: --
First, I was totally mislead by title... My thoughts were quite naive actually, as the title implied, I thought it was simply a romance betn snake and dragon who had been reincarnated into humans. As they say "Don't judge book by it's cover". I tried few chapters and found myself totally engrossed into this novel. Each chap seems so realistic. I m loving it...:) I highly recommend this novel.
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ScotlandForsythe rated it
April 6, 2016
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Okay... I admit. When I first read the title I thought it was going to be about another cunning and ruthless female lead and a bunch of romance. Then I read the first three chapters and I was like... wait.

This is not what I was expecting at all. I love it, and I hope the story continues to defy my expectations.

... seriously though. The title is so misleading. I don't feel like going into detail so look at the extremely long review by rdawv somewhere below mine for details (rdawv's... more>> review is extremely accurate) :-) <<less
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baddai rated it
February 20, 2016
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This novel kinda remind me of an old manga titled "kenji" with a deep understanding of martial art, The story is well built and not too forced. If you are looking for a pure martial art story then this is the right novel for you to read.
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PepperBoy rated it
March 20, 2016
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Unique novel. İNteresting characters. Modern times. Good job!
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readingdigest rated it
March 23, 2016
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The series follows modern-day martial artist Wang Chao, who was initiated in the Goushu martial arts. On his martial path, he learns other martial arts to complement his skills and hones his skills against other experts. I have only good things to say about the story so far.

However, I can't give this translated series full marks because of poor grammar which does take away from the enjoyment of the story.
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Fathom rated it
January 27, 2016
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Read up to CH 13. I was surprised that the setting is in modern times. Poor and introvert MC finds an interesting person practicing martial arts in a park. He ends up begging her to teach him without knowing her background. The start of the story is quite slow as he learns the basics. If you like contemporary settings with the same martial art jargon as many xianxia, you may like this novel.
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