The Second Coming of Gluttony

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He was an addict, a loser, a despicable human being.

But, one fleeting dream that may not have been a dream at all reawakens his once-lost senses.

Possessing a very unique ability, he would use that, and the dream, to forge his path in the world now known as the Lost Paradise.

….

“The son of god Gula has returned.”

I was lost in the world of gambling.

I turned my back on my family and even betrayed my lover.

I wasted every day of my life.

It was a life of trash.

The reality told me thus:

That I would amount to nothing no matter what I did.

In order to change my pathetic life, I chose fantasy, instead.

Even then, it was the same story.

I wondered if salvation would come at the end of the long road.

But, I was forced to kneel down in defeat in front of a powerful entity.

The tower I built up with my own hands crumbled into nothingness.

Just for once, I dearly wished to know the truth about myself.

– Come closer, my child…

I will not hold back this time.

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The Second Coming of Avarice
탐식의 재림
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Twinbleid
Twinbleid
July 14, 2019
Status: c90
Very consistent writing. A fifth into the novel and the pacing, world building, character interactions have been fantastic. A lot of likable, fleshed-out and realistic characters. Seol Ji-Hu is not overpowered and he paces through arcs with enough suspense and tension that leaves you wanting more.

I applaud the author for a very well-developed story so far and cheers to all the people who support this novel.
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Verynice
Verynice rated it
July 3, 2019
Status: c90
It's one of the best novels because it amazingly didn't drop quality so far, usually most novels start to have some weird pacing around this area of chapters like taking too long or too fast to be taken serious or maybe something like a drop of quality/consistency with characters. Yet this hasn't dropped in quality so far. 5/5 for me
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ghelo00012
ghelo00012 rated it
May 31, 2019
Status: c78
In my opinion!!! This novel is more realistic, novels like 'i alone level-up' or overgeared (but I also like it) has a good concept but there many lacking of course I can deny that there's also lacking here. But when you read it thoroughly you can feel the that it's actually happening unlike others that you will feel 'THAT 'S IT!?' or the plot was invincible, force or the author put it then that expectation did not happen RIGHT!??

Can't deny to other's that there no lacking in there but to... more>> me it's perfect!!! Totally recommended to read!!! <<less
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Glutenusmax
Glutenusmax rated it
May 29, 2019
Status: c90
Never made a review before. Read close to a hundred novels already and I finally feel like it's worth making one for this. Give it a 8.5 or 9 out of 10 for now because of some story/world issues.

The Second Coming of Avarice is really damn good for a webnovel. It’s one of the few WN I’ve read that approaches a “real-published-novel” level of quality if you get my meaning. What separates this WN from the rest is the author’s exceptional character writing (relative to the popular Korean WN out... more>> there). There’s a complexity to the MC and significant characters that other WN simply aren’t even close to reaching. The way the MC changes through each chapter and their interactions with other characters almost feels carefully planned and events that happened in the past have significant meaning to character growth in the future (unlike many other WN, where the implied effects of early plot points were so vague that they weaken the links we feel between said early events and their future effects).

Like many WN, the MC goes through the trash with OP benefit route. Unlike many WN, the MC’s ability doesn’t make them broken; it’s just a tool that lets MC make better decisions than most; his ability doesn't force him to go a certain way, he still has the ability to choose. His personal combat ability is impressive (not OP) and was developed through hard work, although a lot of good luck was involved. Thankfully, this means that the MC doesn’t just steamroll his way through problems. Challenges are actually difficult for the MC (lots of relevant life-and-death situations) because he doesn’t have broken powers. He has to think and react smartly to overcome a lot of these events (doesn’t mean there aren’t some BS moments; however, it’s still pretty early in the novel’s life and some BS is expected).

I feel that one of the best parts of this novel is the “flow”. Chapters are very long compared to most WN and this allows the author to start and finish entire arcs in a few chapters, keeping you in that “flow” state where you’re incredibly immersed in the story for much longer than most WN can. You don’t break suspense with a forced cliffhanger moment due to shorter chapter length and inception to resolution of min-arcs can start and end naturally multiple times within a chapter.

Conversely, the author seems to have a lot of trouble with world-building. I think our understanding of the WN world is quite weak right now. Admittedly, 90 chapters (the point where translations have reach currently) is pretty early into the WN’s life, but considering the chapter length, I expected a lot more world development. Honestly, not much is known of the Lost Paradise world outside of 2 or 3 cities/towns, a forest and 1 or 2 other areas and even these areas are sparsely described. There’s also little to no mention of the major enemies/species/countries in this world and only recently has the MC had any plot-significant interaction with said other enemies/species/countries. At this point, there’s no way I can imagine a layout or map of any part of the WN’s world in my head. Similarly, with weaker world-building, we also don’t have any understanding of the “real” conflict hinted at in the prologue.

Currently, it’s a little slice-of-life-like but with immensely good character growth/development and compelling suspense and action sequences. I really hope the author starts to consolidate and finalize more of the established plot points and start developing the story/world/characters in a clearer direction (they've been doing a great job so far, events make sense and follow each other meaningfully). It’s been a little “durdly” so far, but within the latest 10 or so chapters, I feel like the novel is moving in a better direction (the MC finally has some plot significant interaction with other species in the novel and the story is moving to a larger-scale stage). If the author can figure out what they want and manages to stick with it, The Second Coming of Avarice might become my favourite WN of all time. <<less
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Jubaer
Jubaer rated it
May 27, 2019
Status: c90
One of my most beloved novel.

This novel is at the pinnacle at expressing emotion.

the characters especially our MC Seol expresses his emotions that is realistic to the situation he finds himself in.

The story itself deserves 4 stars but chapters like "Chapter 43" and "chapter 89"

express how humanly a character can behave and can struck a cord in you.

Highly recommended.

Just read it.
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Homeless_One
Homeless_One rated it
May 25, 2019
Status: c90
A very interesting tale, with both an innovative power (that isn't OP in and of itself) and very good world building. I can't go into detail about all the ideas I like that are implemented into this, but I find it fantastic and I eagerly await each new chapter that is translated and released!
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I3llackjack
I3llackjack rated it
May 9, 2019
Status: c86
I've read many novels and this is the first time I'm writing a review. Why? Because this novel is really good. The plot is good with a foreshadow before something actually happen in which most novel is lacking. There are also occasionally a cliff-hanger but not too much. The conversation is very natural and funny. It contains a good amount of drama, comedy and action. Plot armor is always explained so it doesn't feel forced. MC is a bit childish compared to his age but he's funny, confident and very... more>> tenacious. The translation is also very good with a constant update. Overall, this is one of the best novel I've read. <<less
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Dobromil
Dobromil rated it
April 21, 2019
Status: c82
The author should be more consistent in making the story.

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No one would send a team to time limited rescue mission with people who are relatives, friends, inexperienced, have mental issues etc. The reason is one: at one point during the rescue mission they become liability. They just can't take pressure or make problems. Let's take Cho Hong for example. She makes problems all the time. MC, he is basically green. Low level, inexperience mentally. They didn't even explain him that there can be situation where they will need to kill his comrades.

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Kaiserlicher
Kaiserlicher rated it
March 26, 2019
Status: c76
One of the best, great development from start to present. Only disappointment has been him being a bit less assertive in past few chaps, but it doesn't seem like it'll become a longtime trend. Highly recommend.
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Lord Sloth
Lord Sloth rated it
February 26, 2019
Status: c69
One of the best novels I've read. MC starts out as scum but slowly works to redeem himself and reconnect with his family. A bit like NEET Receives a Dating Sim Game Leveling System, but the "other world" element in this novel is a lot more interesting to me.
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macklinrw
macklinrw
February 25, 2019
Status: c97
(Edited)

So, if you want to know whether you should read this novel, stop asking and start reading. No amount of reviews will be able to convey perfectly how different or how great this novel is. Come back to read this review when you want to compare your experience or fanboy with me on how excited you are that you discovered this novel and are reading it everyday.

So here's my no-bullsh*t review on why I really enjoy this novel.

First off, the intro arc. Intro arcs usually tend to be... more>> strong and then the story tends to go down-hill after as the author loses his drive that he had at the beginning of the book. This intro arc is the same, except it's the best and most engaging that I've ever read. You won't be able to put it down, there are mysteries around the corner, characters that are very realistic with a good amount of development, and of course our OP-knows-exactly-what-to-do MC.

I don't remember the intro arc being anything close to a challenge for our MC, he had basically every single advantage one could get and intense plot armor to boot. But, that's fine, that's part of how these stories go. So I'm not going to complain as I've come to expect this, and you shouldn't either. Why?

The intro arc was filled with realistic social dynamics, mysteries, drama, and intense action the entire way. All of that mixed together, with an amazing author, and a high-quality translator; it's a foregone conclusion that it was going to be good. And, it was. Very good.

One very unique aspect in the way of webnovels that I want to talk about is the author's writing style. Of course reading it, and knowing the characters, it's very obvious they're Korean, and that it's a Korean novel. The genre is an often used realistic-fantasy type, with the earth being one world, and there also being another VR-like world. Both of them being connected somehow.

The MC feels very Korean in the way he talks, and also how his family talks, which is nice to see how the author can easily be so distinctive in this way. There are also the characters originating from the other world that are very unique too, and we can see how much time the author took to shape the characters personalities based on social atmosphere (country/world). It's the same with other aspects too, with the common descriptions feeling full of small things other authors would neglect, it feels very refreshing after reading so many other novels. While these descriptions slow down the pacing slightly, the author writes a lot more (3000-4000 words/chapter). I've found it much easier to immerse myself in this novel.

I found the pacing after the intro arc to be a bit slow, even with the occasional mission and action scenes. But, again I feel like the author made a good choice even though I found it to be a bit boring at times (compared to the intro arc). It stopped focusing on action and focusing more on the slice-of-life stuff, which I think again is the style of this novel. I appreciated this after some reflection, it made the whole world seem more realistic and the characters (the MC) have a lot more depth, and I grew more attached. So I feel like the author did this on purpose.

So overall, this is the best author on this site, and the translations do him justice. Especially with the current release rate at the time of this review being one chapter per day. That's ~3500 words per day! Thank you translator!

There's really no reason not to read this amazing book, of course don't think it's perfect. Nothing is perfect, you'll always be disappointed. It's still very very good.

5/5 stars. <<less
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thenewattacker
thenewattacker rated it
February 18, 2019
Status: c67
I came here from The Novel's Extra. Here is my impression of this novel. It is an adventure story at its core with a heavy dose of action and drama. When I read this novel, I always had a sense of curiosity regarding the MC: what actions is he going to take, what plans does he have, what loot will he get, will he abandon this character, to what degree will his plan fail, etc. The adventure, action, and drama elements are executed excellently BUT the characters are the weakest... more>> element in this story.

Villains are unredeemable mustache-twirling, baby-kicking, "I AM EVIL" kind of characters; 1/5 boring, trash characters but at least they are easy to hate.

Support characters have 1 core, immutable trait, and take actions based on that trait, their relationships, and their circumstance; 3/5 average - 4/5 pretty good depending on how much screentime a character has to be developed since more screentime=more complex characters. Many support characters are very endearing and relatable, but they will probably not change much over the course of the novel. This is just what I feel, but I believe that 99% of supporting characters will NOT be developed enough to be stand-alone characters because the point of supporting characters in this series is to have their personalities bounce off with the MC. As a result, I believe that they will only be developed to the point of being useful to the MC. This may explain why antagonists are so poorly developed. Antagonists exist FOR the MC which means that antagonists are not built to be good villains, but are ultimately built to be jobbers for the MC.
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Let's take a certain trainer. She is introduced as a maid that assist in the tutorial process. This maid is strong-willed, and has the nickname of Sicilian Demon Instructor (or something similar). She is very harsh, and has high standards since she want truly strong transmigrators. She is also hinted to be a top-tier fighter, and can work with her peers. Interesting right? All the screentime is dedicated to reinforcing what I pointed out above. Sure, it does the job, but by itself, that is not a fully fleshed-out character. Her characterization is all related to her profession as a trainer, but I'm looking for characterization beyond her profession as the MC's coach. (After some brainstorming, some possibilities might be: Her private life, Her ideals/dreams/desires, Her preferences and habits not related to Demon Instructor, Characters she like/dislike for personal reasons and what would those personal reasons be)

I chose this character as an example because she is a good character that is ALMOST there in my opinion. I believe this characterization problem will be more apparent with other support characters.
I'm complaining about characterization less in Arc 3 because Arc 3 supporting characters are some of the better ones. However, characterization is one of this author's weak points so I'm very weary. I'm doubly worried since this is a long-running series, and for series like this, its easy for the author to get burned out, and stop being creative with ideas, which would be like a death sentence for interesting characters.

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A counterargument for antagonists only being jobbers: Act 3's Alex (Investigative Priest), and Samuel (Pathfinder) are excellent characters. While they disagreed with Seol's decision during the looting, they had their circumstances on why they opposed our MC. These characters were technically antagonists at the moment, but they weren't 1 dimensional. Also, another possible exception is the shady organization "Sinyoung" that probably will conflict with the MC in the future, and has potential to be interesting.

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The big fish in this story is definitely the MC: 5/5 excellent. He starts out as absolute human garbage that ruined his family, and his relationship with his gambling. He would probably do everything possible to get more gambling cash with not an ounce of shame. However, he gets a wakeup call from his future self, and tries to fix his life step-by-step while bearing all the consequences of his past. Each step along the way, the reader is with him, and we see his desires, his fears, his regrets, and his thoughts. If you cannot stand the MC, then you will hate this series.

The first arc is very "Korean Deathgame-ish". Human participants being thrown into a foreign environment, big powers easily killing said humans, some scary mascot character causing further suffering, humans being pieces of shit, etc. I most dislike this arc, and the reason why is because with exception to the MC, most characters are shit. In this arc, most characters are antagonists, and I learned in this arc is that the Author can't write antagonists for his life. Also, the MC is pretty distant towards everyone for quite a while so the supporting cast has no time to shine. In addition, because the brutal scenario gives absolutely NO agency to the characters, it is impossible to do any adventuring in this arc, and adventuring is this series' strongest point. If you plan to read this, my advice would be to pay attention to potential allies and skim over all antagonists since they are predictable as hell anyways.

The second arc is the Training arc. This arc is like a compromise between Arc 1 and Arc 3: a semi-structured, soft-survival environment with instanced zones to train in and do quests. If the ways that the MC tackles quests, his interactions with allies and neutral characters, and his genuine efforts to getting stronger are intriguing, then you will like this. Otherwise, if this arc falls completely flat for you, then it might be a sign that this novel isn't for you.

The third arc would be when he
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finally gets officially isekai-ed

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. Good stuff. At every corner of the world, there is trouble. It's ripe for adventure. If you made it this far and you like the novel, CONGRATULATIONS! You are one of us now. :D <<less
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Flores520
Flores520 rated it
February 9, 2019
Status: c63
The Summary is bad. It is basically about an addict given a second chance by fighting in a different world while being able to come back. Unlike what most reviews say here, the MC is nice but not naive and he has interesting power. There is character growth, and while people say there is harem, it feels more like friendship (The MC has not even returned any feelings at all).

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At some point it is seen that people in the other world become very liberal about 'relations' so that could contribute to the confusion.

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A heads up, the novel starts with a scene from the future so it could get very confusing. Also writing/translation (I dunno) is kinda bad at beginning, but it gets better quickly. <<less
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Arkeus
Arkeus rated it
January 19, 2019
Status: c12
I had to give up on this. The writing is kind of really damn awful, but beyond this the characterisation is just taking the readers for idiots.

It's the usual thing where you get a character that starts at rock bottom and then get a minimum character development that's actually pretty much nothing but is just enough for the reader to 'feel he has earned progress' and then it goes all the way to the other sideinto pure wish fulfilment.

The combination of this wanking of a pretty atrocious main character and... more>> just a really bad way to write (constant slow down of action where it tries to get into people's mind but instead just make everyone look dumb) means this is a firm derec for me. <<less
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zouave
zouave rated it
November 8, 2018
Status: c82
Update: 3.5 rating

Pretty good read so far. I just hate the few things that MC does, like forgetting things and assuming stupid stuff. It's a good read if you like series such as I am Monarch, Reincarnator etc. Plot armor is little obvious when certain action taken by MC isn't reasonable but it's not that bad compared to most novels out there.

As someone said the story is slow though, actions are finished too fast or soon hence the reason for my deduction of 0.5 star from the initial 4 star... more>> rating.

Update: It's dragging a little now, I know the author is building the suspense but I really want to learn more about the girl who dumped him in earlier chapters, I have my suspicion as to who she is or what happened to MC, anyway <<less
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TheJudge
TheJudge rated it
August 15, 2018
Status: c20
Edit: I'm really liking this novel so far, the MC is too nice helping everyone that isnt an ass out, but he did get rewarded for it once the tutorial ended, he's not exactly an idiot either so we'll see how the story progresses.

Decent start overall, I'm not a big fan of the translators previous novels, but lets hope this one does much better. Right from the start we learn the MC has a gambling problem due to his ability to see the color green. We also learn that... more>> in the MC's future he turns out to be a person that fought till the very end, and he hopes to use the memories and regrets that hes learned to give the MC in the past a better chance of survival. Therefore from this, we know the MC has done a lot of stupid sh*t in the past, my hope is the MC will not repeat this again and learns from them.

I don't like how the female recruiter just decides to give him a golden stamp which is like basically handing him a free "I win" card. Just because he told her to give her an invite instead of a contract. If some gambling addict failure tells me that, I'd be suspicious about it, or at most give him a bronze as he refuses to tell her how he found out. On top of that the MC also has a journal that tells him about the future and how to survive it, all this makes the story boring, reinforcing the MC's plot armor. My question here is, how can this kid f*ck up with a future self writing journal, eyes that allows him to avoid danger and know who his allies and enemies are, and future memories.

In the latest chapter, the MC lets a fairly questionable character into his group (selfish and only cares about himself), I'm curious to see what will happen here, is he going to let other people push him around or grow a pair and stand up for himself. <<less
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Mahiro9
Mahiro9 rated it
October 7, 2019
Status: c160
This novel is probably one of the best out there amongst other web novels when it comes to characters progression and growth.

The struggle of the main characters made each chapters meaningful and thrilling, that makes each of his achievements very fulfilling even for the readers.

Even side characters have more personalities than other novels' main characters. They are complex while staying true to their main personality, and that's how it should be with the setting.

My only gripes would be how some settings and locations couldn't be explained with anything other than... more>> "it's fantasy", however that's only a minor thing.

It was probably one of the greatest reads out there that would only come out rarely, but it seems the journey is halted by a translation-reboot. <<less
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Nicoplas
Nicoplas rated it
September 27, 2019
Status: c158
Great novel, truly worth reading. If you are looking for a game based novel this is the one. Great translation, interesting arcs and with a gore and more mature setting than other novels of this genre such as ROTWRTW or Overgeared.

The only drawback is the current number of translated chapters, will be a problem if you get hooked and like binge reading! Hahahah
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Ryuugen
Ryuugen rated it
September 19, 2019
Status: c160
This is a novel that perfectly blends the best elements from different genres into a work that will undoubtedly give you a fresh feeling. While overall tone reminds me of a western dystopia, its world setting is actually an mmo isekai. Not only that, but the training concepts are taken from wuxia where hard work and comprehension is the key to standing out from the rest. You can easily see that the author had a lot of different ideas when he began writing.

However, 'fresh' is not the main strength of... more>> this novel. It's actually character building that makes me pay attention to the most. MC is introduced as a complete scumbag that is addicted to gambling. He barely manages to pull himself together after making a huge mistake thanks to his future self sending back in time feelings of regret. But that's only the start. Throughout the entire novel we see him go through different stages of growth. From a bum relying on others, to a naive kid, to someone who wants to desperately change, and finally an impressive leader. His pain, happiness, self-doubt, overconfidence, addiction, fear, and ever expanding mindset are explored every bit as much as the world. You don't have to love Seol, but his actions are always understandable.

The side characters get just as much love. Although they are initially based on archetypes you might find elsewhere, there is a certain third dimension to make them feel more human. An honorable man can turn greedy, or a vicious character will become useful depending on the situation. Mary sue's do not exist in Paradise. Instead, we slowly come to like the characters as MC comes to trust them, and of course, from their hilarious antics.

Overall, I'd definitely give this novel a 5/5. While it does have your standard lucky MC shtick where opportunities fall into his lap, they never feel forced since he puts the work in for them. He also has his share of bad luck. In fact, those parts are what gives the story its unique tangibility.

If you are looking for a novel that stands out from the rest, The Second Coming of Gluttony is my first recommendation. <<less
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Valar
Valar rated it
August 21, 2019
Status: c122
Brilliant thus far. Great character development and pacing. If you're a fan of overpowered mc's that still have elements of vulnerability then you'll love this.
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