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Waking up, Kim Hajin finds himself in a familiar world but an unfamiliar body.

A world he created himself and a story he wrote, yet never finished.

He had become his novel’s extra, a filler character with no importance to the story.

The only clue to escaping is to stay close to the main storyline.

However, he soon finds out the world isn’t exactly identical to his creation.

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TNE
소설 속 엑스트라
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Seraphim222
Seraphim222 rated it
July 4, 2018
Status: c26
This novel about a novel is truly novel. The first time in a while I am actively anticipating the release of each chapter. It's fun creative and tackles the well-loved light novel tropes in new and creative ways that draw the reader in.
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Hemu
Hemu rated it
September 26, 2018
Status: c116
Okay, as of Chapter 116 I have not been made to feel disappointed. Its 4.8 stars rating fit it almost perfectly (it's 4.7 imo) at least for now.

Now, let me talk about this novel just a little bit.

The MC isn't that kind of MCs I usually came across (meaning put the "extremely" word before any words that follow it). He's just like real person we come across in our life. Not extremely good not extremely bad, could change his mind, could lost his determination, could be scared, could be brave.

About... more>> the side characters, they're nice too.

The only complaint I would have is probably that reading it 1 chapter/day isn't enough for me.

This novel and Overgeared translated by the team in Wuxiaworld are like drugs to me, I'm addicted to them <<less
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pbretz
pbretz rated it
January 3, 2019
Status: c202
I've read ~100 novels from Novel Updates. A lot have been terrible, most have been mediocre, and a few have been great. TNE, however, is the best one I have read and the first that made me want to write a review to share why.

I picked this novel up two days ago and couldn't put it down. TNE blew me away in every aspect.

First, the characters. Most novels suffer from one dimensional tropey side characters, usually a harem that flocks to the MC for no discernible reason. And, to be... more>> honest, I usually don't mind. But in TNE, the characters are complex, enjoyable, and written so that I could truly empathize with them. My favorite story line came from watching MC and one of the characters slowly fall in love, and then the crushing heartbreak of an inevitable event. I can't describe how real that felt; you'll just have to read it for yourself.

Second, the powers/pacing. These two go hand in hand. Most novels I've read, especially ones where the MC has some form of advance knowledge has one big problem. Power creep: the MC becomes too powerful and this takes away all sense of tension. However, while this MC has a unique and strong ability, it comes with strict limitations. While he is sometimes able to compete with powerful people, his strength is limited and even at the latest release there are still plenty of people that could curb stomp him. Moreover, the MC's advance knowledge is not always correct and there are many things about the world that he does not know. All this leads to an MC with fun, powerful abilities who still has very real struggles.

Next, the setting. This is a truly interesting and complex world. One of my favorite things in a novel is slowly uncovering some of the mysteries of a vast and mysterious world. TNE has that in spades. From the well fleshed out Cube (the school) of the first arc to the Tower of Wishes of the latest, I greedily read through all the details. The depth reminds me of the world of Hunter x Hunter (which, for me, is high praise). You can tell how much loving thought the author put into the creation of the characters and world. In fact, one of my other favorite parts of TNE is seeing the world through the eyes of the MC, and his love for the novel that he created.

So, thank you to TNE for finally getting me up off my butt and forcing me to finally contribute a review. Please give it a try. <<less
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Silanthris
Silanthris rated it
September 5, 2018
Status: c95
This novel is extremely good. I read all available chapters in an afternoon. The MC is likable, as most of the other characters. It's funny, refreshing and the Mc's "power" is pretty dope, yet not really overpowered.

The translation is superb with barely any mistakes, the ones that exist can be attributed to a simple mistake, as in one letter missing or the wrong form of a verb, which is amazing compared to the time I had understanding the great mighty dao of mtl stuff.

Good characters, I really like the MC... more>> he is fun and a real character, though as in any novel sometimes it looks like his brain cells go on vacation leaving him alone.

Side characters are pretty good, they aren't plain and boring, quite a lot of fun was had reading their conversations and reactions to events.

The story is interesting, though by the chapter i'v read I still don't know the overlying plot, though what was happened by chapter 95 doesn't have any plot holes (at least that I've noticed) and was fun to read, and not repetitive like some cn web novels, there isn't any face slapping young masters which in NU is rarer than it probably should be.

All in all, I gave it a 4/5 yet it's not because I found any fault in it that took one star away, it's just that it's hard to give something 5/5, but if anything deserves it this novel might be it. <<less
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raysha18
raysha18 rated it
July 14, 2018
Status: c38
I had no expectations while reading this novel. Not because it's bad, that's not it at all. But because the ending of 'A Monster who levels up' was not to my liking. To put it more bluntly, disappointing.

But here I am once more, caught up in the story and enjoying myself as I wait for the next update.

Overall, I like the story. You get hook at the scenes and enjoy the characters the author created. I decided to write a review for my fellow readers who likes the authors other... more>> work but hesitating to read this one due to the ending.

Let's all suffer together while reading such a wonderful novel without knowing if we are going to have a good ending. <<less
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Hasenpfote
Hasenpfote rated it
January 10, 2019
Status: c143
Pretty cool in the beginning but after the first 100 of chapters it got pretty stale and boring. There are a lot of events but it feels extremely rushed and almost nothing got explained yet. You cant just hold the carrot stick in front of us without ever giving anything.
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Alucard98
Alucard98 rated it
November 18, 2018
Status: c160
Well this is personal, no hard feelings k?

This novel undoubtly has potential. The premise is good so do the MC, he is no retard. But along the progress of the story, it gets.. Well how should I put it, I lost my interest. Compare to first 100 chaps, 100+ get boring.

Especially on time skip, too many plot holes. MC seems sunk on his own life in his novel, busy with unimportant issue etc.. Etc.. Kinda like he is enjoying his life and forgetting about getting stronger and his main purpose.... more>> Idk, maybe bcs translation not finished yet and this part is just climax's complementer? Who knows may be something is unreveal yet?

Btw Translator was top notch, no kidding. I hardly find any difficulty when reading this novel

For now, 4 stars <<less
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lastletter0516
lastletter0516 rated it
September 17, 2018
Status: c107
I wake up with excite every morning (GMT+08) because of this novel.

Good character interactions, good dialogue (not forced and sounds natural), not cringy.

Also, Evandel is the best.
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SasugaTranslation
SasugaTranslation rated it
August 8, 2018
Status: c66
Great pacing and characters aren't carbon copies of each other. The protagonist is a little bit generic, but in a good way, since he is really just an average guy transported into another world. He does display the forgiveness and sympathy that would make one think he's a beta MC, but this is justified since he's the writer of the story and cares for his characters. All-in-all, best KR WN I've ever read.
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THUNDERFART
THUNDERFART rated it
February 1, 2019
Status: c230
IN MY O P I N I O N

BOON:

1. The MC's CHARACTER is RELATABLE in REAL LIFE.

... more>> 2. THE STORY KEEPS GETTING INTERESTING as it progresses.

3. OP Skill WELL EXPLAINED

4. NOT THE STEREOTYPICAL GOD LEVEL MC.

He was just portrayed as super strong due to the timing and circumstances when using his skills. Heck, people doesn't even know that he is just an inch away from fainting because of exessive mana usage. Also, his image was glorified by allies and enemies alike, either to ride the bus with him or to put him in a difficult spot.

5. SIDE CHARACTERS are WELL DEFINED, and has IMPORTANT and RELEVANT ROLES in the story.

6. BALANCED GENRE APPLICATION

7. GOOD TRANSLATION

BANE:

1. TOO MUCH KOREAN NAMES THAT SOUNDS ALIKE or has the SAME FIRST NAME.

EG. KIM something name is like cabbages in the story. I mostly get confused on who's Kim character is this Kim again? Even the MC's name has a Kim on it.

Author's naming sense is so POOR, that you might think his whole family, relatives, neighbors, and even their cat's name, has a KIM on it.

Like Kim Meowmeow or something.

PS: (i can't stop posting these words/phrases)

- IceKIM

-KIM on, hurry up!

-Where do you KIM from?

-KIMistry

-KIMinology

-KIMpartment

-KIMping

-KIMpfire

-KIMunity.

Muhaha. Peace Mr/Ms Author, Editor, and Translator

2. MC likes to KEEP PROBLEMS to HIMSELF. Which at some point gets annoying. It's not like he has STD. He's like walking in the path of MARTYRDOM which im not quite fond of.

3. A Heroine potential "Chae Nayun" is like my Ex. GF. Selfish and annoying. Well, I think she developed into this kind of character because the MC kept the truth to himself. What a letdown. This is 4* for me, sadly my hand slipped and pressed 5*, tsk! <<less
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ninthlite
ninthlite rated it
January 31, 2019
Status: c230
The plot is decent, the main character is incredibly f**king op so other characters are almost pointless. The female heroine is so f**king annoying, she just pops up over and over and over. Then she always has to be the center of attention because shes selfish and apparently heartbroken by some random guy she knew for barely any time at all. Another one of my problems with the novel is with how women are falling in love with him everywhere he goes, basically for no reason at all.

Its better than... more>> a lot of novels on this website, but thats not saying much. 3/5 stars <<less
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novelreader123
novelreader123 rated it
January 16, 2019
Status: --
TNE is definitely the best story on wuxiaworld right now. The concept of transmigration is done in a very interesting way, the protagonist being the "creator" of the world he is in. The characters are well designed and the character interactions are great (imo the best part of the story). The fighting scenes and abilities have high potential but is pretty lackluster because it's not the central theme of the novel. For the korean drama lovers, this is their novel because the main focus is not on the fights/abilities but... more>> on the drama, character's past, ships and all the misunderstandings LOL. Honestly, the only korean novel with amazing fight scenes is The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor.

I do have one big flaw with this novel which is that it isn't well paced. Like someone else said, after the first 100 chapters with the school arc, the author just seems to be rushing. I don't like it. When kim hajin left the academy to join the Chameleon Troupe, that was a great opportunity to develop his abilities, create motivation for his friends and flesh out characters. The story could've alternated between the perspective of kim hajin in life threatening situations as a mercenary, and his friends still in the academy, showing the gap getting bigger. Honestly, the author had no right to use a 3 year time skip. One piece (manga) went 100s of chapters after all the characters were fleshed out before using the time skip to grow stronger. This is unacceptable and is what prevents TNE from being a masterpiece.

btw, Evandel is by far the best character in the story. Her cuteness level over 9000 <<less
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Anixancy
Anixancy rated it
December 9, 2018
Status: c137
I love this novel, enough to read past the annoying love interests in the story. But I'm sorry, no more.

(Unpopular Opinion™ here) I've decided to drop this story only because of how horribly annoying the rich girl with the sick brother is (and all the other love interests are). Do people really find a girl like that appealing? Currently there's a girl like that in my lecture and most people try to avoid her like the black plague. I know it's a bit mean but such a sticky and... more>> obsessive personality is really off putting.

The only love interest that I truly like is Rachel, even though she's a bit of an archetype, at least she's not the crappy rich don't-talk-to-me-peasant girl like CN. Although there are quite a few plot points that don't make much sense in the novel, but my enjoyment never decreased because of them. But because of how poorly written the "romance" is I'm not going to deal with it (even though I picked up this novel for the action and story)

Again, that's not romance, that's not how you get a person to like you, hell if the author just killed off CN the reading experience would be a 5/5.

To those who aren't bothered by the multiple "love" interests in this novel, congratulations, this novel is a positive 5/5 and extremely enjoyable. <<less
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zouave
zouave rated it
November 15, 2018
Status: c176
It's a decent read, not bad but not great either. It does have decent plot and no plot holes that sticks out when reading. Basically, it's worth the time spend reading.
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Rangle
Rangle rated it
October 26, 2018
Status: c144
A story about an author being thrown into a fanfiction of his own work. The premise was quite promising and the abundant misunderstanding between characters could've been hilarious. Unfortunately, like in so many fanfictions it failed in proper story development.

The story progression was utterly predictable and things happened just because the plot had to move forward. There's no consideration for story logic or character's personality. If some dramatic events needed to happen then characters will behave out of character or hold the idiot ball. Everything was at the convenience for... more>> the author at the expense of readers who were invested in the story.

I would've given the story a 2.5 just because characters interactions were quite decent at times. But since the rating system could only give a 2 or a 3, I had to rate it down. <<less
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Renaxan
Renaxan rated it
October 4, 2018
Status: c124
Story about author of novel that get into his own novel world, instead become main character, he just become kind of side character.

MC are not pushover, not revenger, or not righteous character. He just want to make sure the storyline fine to end. He use advantage of his knowledge of novel world to make him rich and everything fine, altho its not like the novel came to as he like predicted anyway (its seems the novel rewritten). And lastly, he is not OP but reasonable strong.

Talk about character, they are... more>> has detail and attitude, so its superb. They had feeling too like afraid, doubt, anger, envy, development etc. One things, they also felt doubt about MC power. Something thats really rare to find other character care about MC power lmao.

About pace, its good altho sometimes its jump out (like he's promised next week, and the next chapter in next week) but by any mean im not say its bad. Plot, altho MC created the world he cant really predict it which is somehow felt original and unique. World building, clearly detailed describe so far for me, I had no complaint.

Overall its very enjoyable that I have fun to read so far. 5/5 no doubt for me.

Maybe im gonna edit this in future. <<less
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Tornadokick
Tornadokick rated it
September 25, 2018
Status: c117
I'm not used to write reviews because I'm not that good at writing english but I will try my best there because this is probably the best novel i've ever read. I will not write spoilers and I will be as generic as possible.

Plot: 5/5

the story is fantastic. Perhaps this type of novel has already been seen often, but I can assure you that the way it is written will leave you absolutely satisfied. I've been reading novel for about 3 years assiduously and it's the first time since so... more>> long that I'm so enraptured by the plot to the point of updating the page of the last chapter as I used to do a few years ago ;D.

characters: 6/5

this is probably the best point of the novel

I can not use another word that alive to describe the characters in this story. Each character has his own emotions and his own growth, and the romantic relationships that we often find hasty and senseless in other stories, here they are developed in the best possible way, as the girls have their own considerations and do not fall immediately at the feet of the protagonist but their relationship is built with time and often does not go the way one expects.

if there is a point that I found in other reviews on which I do not agree is the behavior of the protagonist (kim hajin).

I often read reviews in which he is criticized because he is not efficient in his actions or is not the behavior that he should have taken in that particular situation, but in my opinion we must also think about the emotions that someone can experience in such a situation and it is easy for the reader to be able to indicate the best way to deal with a situation when we have an external point of view. Maybe it's true that the growth of the protagonist is slower than the other characters but I think this point will be resolved in the future based on the direction that the story is taking.

Writing: No comment about that cause I should read the story in Korean to give a satisfactory review but I am not able at the moment :P

world building: 4/5

nothing special in this field because the story is set in a futuristic korea that we have already seen in other stories of this kind where there are dungeons and other elements typical of the virtual world. He does his job.

Final considerations: 5/5

why are not you already reading the novel?

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Silver Snake
Tycheri rated it
July 22, 2018
Status: c26
It's not good. The MC is ridiculously overpowered on the onset. His knowledge of the world as its co-creator, his insane luck stat, and his ability to literally create or augment anything to fit his desired goal as long as he has enough points for it, which he obtains from being out of the ordinary or causing a scene. He's basically a god. And what's worse is that the writer wastes so much time giving him more op abilities because of his luck stat or because the story continues, basically... more>> for no reason at all.

Some people might argue that since he's only the co-creator that the MC still might meet something unexpected/challenging. Hasn't happened yet and I doubt it ever will with all of his cheat abilities.

There are two types of characters, those who hate the MC and those who love the MC. The reason people love the MC is because of his cheat abilities and the reason people hate the MC is because they are idiots within the context of the story or because of a misunderstanding.

Spoiler

He wants a weapon? Uses his knowledge of the world as the co-creator. He wants a character to like him? He uses his knowledge of the world as the co-creator to know what that character secretly likes. He wants to relieve fatigue? Augments a drink to literally do that. He wants to one shot kill a stronger than anyone else monster? Creates a bullet that does it. He wants his other stats to increase faster as well as get new abilities? His luck stat. Boooring.

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Why do so many people like this?! It's not good! It's just another op guy gets whatever he wants. If it were purely a comedy then I might give this a four, but it wastes so much time pretending that the MC absolutely needs to get stronger to face the imminent threats. Or pretending that the characters have any level of depth. <<less
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NirvanaStarfire
NirvanaStarfire rated it
July 11, 2018
Status: c77
I'm gonna keep this short since their are plenty other reviews for this novel. This is a great novel with an interesting and uncommon plot. While the typical transmigration novel can get kinda annoying, this one has managed to keep my interest as I find myself constantly waiting for the next release. Editing and release are exceptional and I hope this novel doesn't slow down any time soon!

Edit: C77 The novel got even better!
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iyok
iyok rated it
January 19, 2019
Status: c54
It's enjoyable, but I found myself could not like any character in the story at all, including the novel's MC or the MC of TNE himself. They are all annoying. TNE's MC isn't too OP, I liked that he had to trian and stuffs, but instead of having to struggle in fights the fight turned easier for him.
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