Scum Gong Walks the Career Line in the Crematorium


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Lin Hanchuan possesses a handsome appearance and a fortune of billions. Countless men and women are infatuated with him, but he only has his career in mind. He coldly rejects numerous confessions, leaving a trail of broken hearts in his wake.

Due to his scummy behavior, he is thrown into a world within a book by a system, with the goal of transforming him into an outstanding attack.

‘Scum Gong’: If I reject someone who likes me, does that make me scum?

This unrepentant scum gong, who believes he has done nothing wrong, has no intention of completing his mission.

There’s no such thing as rescuing a heartbroken protagonist or pursuing a spouse at a crematorium!

The scum gong, who falls in love with the employer’s contracted lover, refuses to let money insult his feelings.

The spoiled young master, who has a pure heart but marries the scum gong, declares, “I will never fall in love with you.”

The spatial ability user who pushes the gong into a horde of zombies seeks redemption after reincarnation.

The transmigrator who only cares about raising favorability ratings passes through various worlds, not getting involved with anyone…

Facing these protagonists awaiting their turn at the crematorium, Lin Hanchuan remains expressionless, turning his attention to his work and career. He strives to make it big and strong! No one will hinder his work!!

As the protagonists wait and wait, even until the flowers wither, they never witness the crematorium for the scum top. Instead, his career thrives and reaches new heights!

Protagonist: Wait, that’s not how the script was written!?

Small Theater 1:

In each world of his missions, Lin Hanchuan always encounters someone pitiful—whether it’s a malicious supporting character he cannot have, a ruthless and heartless villain boss, or miserable cannon fodder…

Lin Hanchuan picks up this pitiful character, dusts off the dirt on them, and turns them into the most dazzling star.

Small Theater 2:

Everyone says that Ran Xing is a th**ny beauty with a snake-like nature. Beautiful indeed, but unfortunately, his methods are ruthless. Little do they know, he has nothing and must fight for everything on his own.

One wrong move, and he loses everything… In his most desperate moments, Ran Xing meets someone who protects him and makes him realize that he can also shine brightly.

Amidst the attention of the masses, the newly crowned charismatic movie emperor has eyes focused on only one person.

—The stars twinkle only for you

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93millionmilesfromthesun rated it
July 6, 2023
Status: ----
I'm disgusted no one warned about the nationalism in this novel. I had to add the tag on NovelUpdates myself.

At first, I didn't notice anything amiss. It's not that prominent in the beginning. But then it starts getting bad. The protagonist advances China's space industry so much they literally beat the rest of the world in traveling to other planets (so you can bet China colonized the rest of the Milky Way). In the next arc, it got so bad with the China vs America propaganda, I decided then and... more>> there to drop the novel. The American antagonist, Arthur Lord (yes, that's his name), calls people from China backwards, savages, etc. It reminds me of reviews for other novels, where the author of those novels has the foreigners think Chinese people eat garbage or something. Other than the author's blatant disdain for America/western countries, at the same time, there's this weird fetish with "foreign looks".

That's also something I've noticed in these nationalisic C-novels. The beauty standards. It's okay to deride Americans/westerners, but if it comes to coveting beauty, that's okay? The male lead of this apocalypse arc is half-white, and the author spares nothing in describing how his "exotic" features add to his s*xual appeal.

I've read plenty of novels, quick transmigration or not, where the authors didn't have braindead nationalism in it. So it's not a problem with all writers. Hating on foreigners/Americans/westerners/white people in your novel is a choice, and not a good one at that. For god's sake, in every other novel, the protagonist has to deal with surviving the apocalypse, but this one is sooooo powerful, he has time to focus on politics with other countries? If it wasn't obvious already, the author makes sure to keep writing about the past conflicts with America and China, to really hammer in how China has beaten their enemy, and China is so great now! Suffice to say, I will not be reading this author's other novels in the future. <<less
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Kassandra rated it
June 5, 2023
Status: Completed
Thank you, translator, for picking this up. You're like an angel that came from the above.

I love this novel. This is a definite 5/5 for me. The novel is well-written, and there's no plot holes that I see. There's logic in it, which I love. Most novels don't have any logic these days. And I really like the slight plot twist reveal at the end, hihi.

The romance is also nice and just my cup of tea. They didn't get together in the first world but progressed in each world. The... more>> length of the novel is also just right since I'm not in the mood to read long novels. Recommended! <<less
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AkaneApples rated it
June 24, 2023
Status: Completed
Loved it overall, I just wish it were longer. I would have loved to read about another 10 worlds, but it was probably hard for the author to come up with so many well-thought out storylines, so I'll forgive them and just re-read it again. For my own reading purposes:

1st world - Contract lover trope, but MC says no & 'runs away from home' to dominate the entertainment industry as best boss instead

2nd world - Used as a substitute for the dead white moonlight twin brother, MC starts an art... more>> gallery & inadvertently exposes the true plagiarizing scum was his family all along

3rd - Switched at birth trope, the real son MC doesn't have to go back to the biased rich family since he's got the power of education on his side (no joke, he becomes a rocket scientist)

4th - Zombie apocalypse, MC enters a space jade & figures out how to make space buttons, then enters a little black room with the zombie emperor & makes the zombie virus vaccine

5th - Regent MC gets backstabbed by paranoid emperor, then immediately picks up a better emperor candidate from the streets

6th - Zerg society gender inequalities get so bad, weak male MC escapes the SA-happy females & smuggles other males off-planet to start a new society

7th - 'Real' world quick transmigration where every world is real, and your actions have consequences, so don't play with people's feelings just because of some tasks from a system <<less
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joytothewild rated it
August 12, 2023
Status: c85
Pushed myself to finish the 3rd arc and decided to drop it. Not worth the time.

When half the words in each arc of the story are spent on face-slapping, elaborating how much the characters who wronged the ML/MC regret their actions and describing their tragic end instead of actually being focused on properly developing the main leads and fleshing out the events, you get such a rushed, shallow, messy and unrealistic novel as this.

The second arc feels like the author copy-pasted all the characters from the first arc and only... more>> changed their names and the setting (showbiz-->art), and the plot of the third arc resembles the first one. They seem to be hell-bent on writing the same trope of evil parents--maybe change the title from scum gong to scum parents?--and emotional and dumb villains who are made to be slapped so they have to always be pure evil, and never fail to sprinkle nationalistic agenda in each arc. Worst of all is the telling instead of showing. Even suspension of disbelief fails to activate when you have an actor rise from being blacklisted in the industry to being globally acknowledged and winning Film Emperor in the span of less than one year, acting in 3 best works while he's still 21, not to mention the author was so lazy they just write "1 year later" and "the MC's (just established) art gallery has become widely renowned" and that's it, let's move to the next arc.

Most things that need to be explained aren't. For example, the system only explains in the third arc why the way MC chooses to destroy the plot instead of following the script earns him plot completion. I finished the third arc (1/2 of the novel) and still see no personality from the MC aside from being a capable CEO, kind and reserved. I don't know his little quirks, flaws, favorites, just that he is equipped with all the tools a typical cool gong has.

Given that stories with gong MC are rare, I really tried to like it, but it's so s*upid and clearly low-effort, as the parts where you need actual research or technical knowledge gets glossed over in a few sentences. But if you love face-slapping world-hopping, go ahead, that's pretty much the whole story. <<less
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twobada rated it
August 9, 2023
Status: --
Superficial and shallow, filled with inconsistencies and virtue signalling. Good only for reading when there's absolutely nothing else to read when you're bored. The nationalism is indeed brain-dead especially during the zombie arc.

The only redeeming factor is that the romance between the MC and the ML developed gradually. Only that part was interesting to see.
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September 2, 2023
Status: Completed
I just can say it's extremely enjoyable. Normally I get bored with long stories like that but this one kept me interested, mostly because MC was so likeable. I enjoy crematorium genre, well, this one had nothing to do with it except for the starting point but I couldn't stop reading, it was so much fun.

The plot is good, the characters are interesting, the writing style is not irritating. Very, very good.
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KatarinaCitcat rated it
August 3, 2023
Status: c118
Rating it 5 stars because I recommend the reader to give this novel a try, the translation's great and there's a lot of a available chapters to read. I have opinions but I don't want anyone to be deterred from reading 😄

MC & ML's romance spans multiple arcs. For MC it's a slow burn through multiple worlds, which is unique from other QT novels where they have a full romance in each world. ML doesn't confess until the 3rd world and they get "together" for the first time in the... more>> 4th world. MC is a very competent guy, smart but not the stereotypical "unemotional cold CEO" type.

The only part that got me wishing more was the ending of the original protagonists/villains in the worlds. Some of their endings were so horrible I couldn't move on when the world ended. It was in a way opposite of "Life Saving Days by the Husky's Side" where the original FL, bullies, and even MC's abusive father gets a satisfying "happy" ending (not a cannon fodder ending). Although the OG protagonists were horrible to MC's original host and deserve it, it definitely wasn't a nice bubbly feeling. MC & ML's sweet romance and interactions was what saved this novel for me. <<less
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July 19, 2023
Status: --
Ok so, I'm just getting started in this novel, chapter 3. My first impressions are gary sue, lack of logic, and plot holes. Like how can you sign up an artist who is still under a contract of another company without discussing termination fee? And I'm feeling lost... I don't know if it's just me that is dazed or not really very into it... Okay, but I shall continue.

Arc 1 comments

Omyghad.. omyghad! Qiu Hongguang (orig protagonist) put the orig ML family situation in the internet, what sort of a good friend are you to comment and lay the private issue for outsiders to pick on. Attention-seeker much? Don't know your bounderies?

Reading further there are many things amiss, commenters have problems with their brain urghh my heads hurting.

As far as I am in now, I have yet to see a personality of ML and MC. Eveything happens so fast it is making my head hurts. Something is wrong with this novel. I really REALLY WANT to read this, but it is not fun or entertaining, which is the number one reason I read.

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dday0425 rated it
October 1, 2023
Status: c178
This is a decent novel where the main character truly stands out for his sobriety and rationality. Although it might appear to be lacking in romance, given that the author delivered what was promised in the synopsis, I don't really mind it.

The MC matches his identity as a large corporation CEO (as easy as it sounds, this is actually pretty rare). He is intelligent, adept at looking at the big picture, swift when handling things, and, most importantly, he always has a bottom line. Although he occasionally manipulates matters behind... more>> the scenes, his actions are mostly in the form of giving guidance and suggestions, and revealing the truth, without resorting to dirty tricks or underhanded means. This is what sets him apart from other MLs in the similar trope, and I was impressed.


The ML character is a bit confusing, though. Up until the final arc, I envisioned him as a devoted, protective wolfdog. I didn't expect him to be something like an assassin. Lol, I was literally scratching my head when he suddenly turned bloody. 😂


Meanwhile, the antagonists get what they deserve without feeling too excessive. There were moments in certain arcs when I felt a twinge of sympathy for them, but in the end, they made their own choices, so while it might seem harsh, it felt somehow justifiable.

On the other hand, the plot is rather... frustrating. To be honest, I almost dropped this novel because the first few arcs are unbearably ridiculous, with all the brain-dead family members and white lotus shou characters. 😮‍💨 The subsequent arcs aren't bad, but the introduction of other systems in the last arc is... well, too chaotic. sigh, while I wasn't particularly impressed with the ending, it's worth noting that the author did make an effort to infuse some creativity to the story, and I appreciate that.


I was a bit confused with the last arc, though. Weren't the protagonists also dead and nearly die in some of the previous arcs? If so, why didn't those worlds collapse?


There's a review by joytothewild that perfectly captures why I didn't give this novel a higher rating, even though I don't really mind the nationalism mentioned in the other reviews. <<less
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Ouryane00 rated it
August 11, 2023
Status: -
Rating this 4 stars but my fat fingers cl**ked 3 instead 🫠


Maybe it’s because I’ve read way too much transmigration and world hopping stories so this feels just meh to me especially since this began with the cliché entertainment industry style plot

Didn’t like it that much but —- Personal preference only, not the author or translator’s fault

Try it still!
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tarururo rated it
July 25, 2023
Status: --
First of all, thank you translator for updating the arcs whole 😭🫶 it really is a big help for the readers so please support the translator for doing their absolute best..

Second of all, this story is good in a sense of face-slapping. It's good to see all those protagonists who were painted white in the original face the consequences of their scummery.. On the other hand, the romance is very slow burn compared to other QT novels. Not saying that's a bad thing.

(click spoiler to see when MC finally... more>> gets the idea of romance.. If you're impatient like me)


Three arcs down! MC finally has the idea that all the MLs are the same-ish person. And he kinda accepted the confession


Overall, it's a pretty good novel with a mature MC that really gives you the feelings he's lived multiple lives! <<less
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Shadowdrop rated it
July 17, 2023
Status: Completed
My favorite arc was the second one.

After the third arc, the style shifts quite a bit.

    • The "protagonist shou" loses the supporting characters that orbit him and protect him, making his defeat less exciting and more routine,
    • There are less memorable side characters,
    • ML's suffering is limited to "in the past" and "in the original storyline",
    • MC and ML no longer need to spend time together bonding (although the 5th arc had a bit of that),
    • ML barely has any relationships with anyone except MC, and not a lot of agency (he wanted revenge in 4th arc and didn't have any agency in the last 2 except to "be with MC"
    • The arcs go from relationship-oriented to event-oriented (from stand-in lovers or fake young masters to apocalypse, palace intrigue, and gender war)
The ending was rushed and messy.

My rating is 5 for the first two arcs, 4.5 for the third and fifth arcs, 4 for the fourth and sixth arcs, and 4 for the ending.
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maims rated it
June 23, 2023
Status: c26
It's been a while since I read this, but I remember really liking this. It has a protagonist that feels that not reciprocating someone else's feelings does not make you scum (if you weren't provoking their feelings/making false promises naturally, that's scummy.) And the protagonist does not change his mind on this.

The protagonist is a super competent kind of guy, who knows himself very well, and always plays to his strength not his weaknesses. The ML is always somebody who was done dirty by the OG!MC, but he is not... more>> a damsel in distress, so much as a guy who needs a helping hand in a moment of need, but otherwise plenty capable of dealing for himself.

The finale, if I recall correctly, was rather a bit of convoluted pretzel of

multiple timelines, do-overs, systems and players until I completely lost track of who was what. But finding out the MC used to be the CEO ML (or second ML, whatever) of a novel made perfect sense, he really had those vibes.

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revon rated it
August 15, 2023
Status: --
Don't be fooled by the title readers. The MC is not a scum gong, I repeat the MC is not a scum gong. I have to say it twice because while MC rejects those people who have a crush on him. It doesn't make him a scum. A scum is that a person who plays the people's heart while enjoying it. MC only wants the career path. Is it wrong to reject someone whom you didn't have feelings for? No! What?! Can't the MC express that he doesn't have the... more>> feelings then get told he was a scum! My ghad-! Ajdkcsks--!

Sorry about that but the reason he was transmigrated is

he died then the ML brings a system for him to resurrect. That's were the System 001 came from


Overall I like this story. The only thing lacking is the fluff of romance in each arcs. Well the MC did have feelings for the ML but only in the 100+ chapters. <<less
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Potatoteeth rated it
August 10, 2023
Status: Completed
A fun novel. It's not perfect -- for example, the frame narrative is unnecessarily complex and the execution is somewhat rushed -- but very worth reading.

The Chinese nationalism in here is not a problem for me either: it's actually a little more mature than the majority of other webnovels, even if somewhat Cold Warish in its attitude. (Yes, I've read some truly shitty novels, as my NU review history will reveal.) I'm somewhat amused at the zombie apocalypse arc venting COVID-era grievances and conspiracy theories back onto alternate-universe USA. But... more>> the more patriotic USA citizens on NU may feel unhappy, so here's the trigger warning for ya. Maybe just skip that arc -- the other arcs only contain 'strong country' wish fulfillment at most, and are safe for consumption.

5 stars. <<less
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Alexania rated it
August 6, 2023
Status: Completed
Very entertaining novel! Hit all the right boxes for me and avoided the annoying ones. Nice ending too, not too rushed but not too dragged out either.

5/5 - Definitely recommend if you enjoy BL QT with a clever, capable and calm MC, a decent helping of power couple dog food and scum regret.
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The_Armadist rated it
July 15, 2023
Status: c51
If you only follow one piece of good advice in your life, follow this: Read this book. You will not be disappointed.

This book is fantastic! Its been an amazing read so far, and at no point did I get bored, which can happen with dome novels that stretch out into infinity despite nothing important actually happening.

This book meanwhile, has a solid plot, good characters, uses logic.

There's a satisfying amount of face slapping, but despite this, you can't help but feel bad for the characters getting face-slapped, even though they are... more>> horrible people who deserve what happens to them. The author is just that great at writing 3 dimensional characters.

I honestly love the MC and ML's relationship. They have yet to get together, but it is a very sweet and wholesome slowburn. The ML fell in love first, and the MC has not yet realised his feelings, but I have faith. Its not that the MC is s*upid, he’s just focused on other things.

Throughout the book the MC and ML have supported each other through all the crisises that happens, and again, its very sweet.

The arcs have been very interesting to read as well.

Again, I really want to bang on about the side characters. I have become very fond of them.

I feel bad for the villains, but Karma is Karma. They're not left complete without resources or ability to live, they just don't get the things they want. Its the peak we get on how this hurts them that hurts the heart.

Also, shout out to the translator! Their translation work is absolutely peak! I have sent several screenshots to my exhasperated friends about how poetic and wonderful this book is.

All in all, this is a must-read. <<less
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January 24, 2024
Status: c130
I don't know how to feel about this novel. On the one hand, I read until the middle, and I really liked the gong and his attitude towards his partner. But on the other hand, I was never able to accept the author’s moral principles. Yes, what the villains do in this story is bad. But the author often condemns them for things that I would not condemn for (for example, a mother cannot stop loving her step-son, whom she raised from childhood), or for the same things that the... more>> main characters might do. The whole story I wanted to read another story with transmigration, where these unfortunate villains, who met a monstrous end, realized that they were doing wrong and worked with a psychologist <<less
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YoshiK rated it
December 18, 2023
Status: c178
Cool ideas, cool concept, great translation but clumsy execution. I enjoyed reading the story and loved seeing the relationship between MC and ML grow throughout the arcs but I feel like the author’s skills didn’t quite manage to meet the depth of what they wanted to convey and that as well as the author’s biases (the American bias/fetish was almost funny after a while but one of the arcs actually had me wondering if the author hated adopted and poor people) did affect my enjoyment of the story in some... more>> arcs.

Overall cool story though I wish the author spent more time on the main couple in the end, so three stars <<less
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En-Jay99 rated it
October 15, 2023
Status: Completed
Decided to give it a 4 for the new ideas and unique attempt to do something new

The MC and ML are both very interesting. It's also a slow romance in some ways. Both MC and ML take a few worlds to be permanently devoted which felt good. It's easy to get bored in QT stories when the MC uses the system to constantly win. In this however, it's the MC's sense of honour that causes him to look for alternate paths and become a well liked and respected person in... more>> each world. He's kind of a OPgenius but technically, there's a reason for that too.

The overarching theme of being 'scum' isn't bad. Often in media, if a character pursues someone wholeheartedly, the one pursued is called heartless and blamed if they don't respond positively. However, it shouldn't be like that. If someone doesn't want to be pursued then it's harassment, not cooing romance.

Tbf not all the worlds are great. That's pretty normal for QT, but I can't say that any world was super bad either. The last world tried to do a lot of new stuff and did answer a few things that had been weird from the start. This definitely doesn't follow the cliche QT tropes

Overall, if you're a fan of QT, then this an above average one, but not a super amazing one. <<less
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