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Qi Leren had just cleared the bad ending of «The Nightmare Games» when his laptop died well before its time. His luck seemed to follow him as he was transported, along with the other passengers, to a hospital following an accident between his bus and a truck. Upon waking in a transfusion hall rather than a ward, QiLeren felt a familiar sense of dread as he took in the hospital that held no trace of other people…

Book 1 of a Trilogy

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sigma rated it
February 24, 2018
Status: Completed
This is a series very dear to me. Its romance is tortuously slow but so, so realistic as the author spins a tale of two people whose love for each other perseveres through the trials of hardships and time. People who are in this purely to see some gay action are advised to turn away now because this is not the novel for that, mainly because they don't even get together until the second volume. If you choose to take the ride, however, you might find yourself loving every second... more>> of this turbulent journey that the characters embark on, because they actually have a life to live outside of pining for their love interest. It's a story of adventure. It's a story of people. It's a story of ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances.

It's a story of romance, interwoven into the events that shape its world and by god is it deliciously satisfying to experience.

Despite the five star review, this series is by no means perfect - nothing ever is. It is, however, charming nonetheless and deserves every star I can ever bestow upon it. You might think I'm biased because I'm the translator, but no sane person would take on a 300 chapter unfinished series if they didn't love it from the bottom of their heart. <<less
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Ichigoeater rated it
September 2, 2019
Status: c35
As of Chapter 35, I'm pretty invested. Honestly, I love stories that focus on character and plot before romance, and when talking about shounen ai or yaoi, you may as well forget about it. The MC is a great character, neither overpowered, smart, lucky, or pure. He's the perfect amalgamation to feel like he might be a real person. As for the ML...I'm still not sure who that is, actually.

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The obvious choice was the guy from Aurora who helped him through the trial village, but he's kind of shady, and now that there's the MC's 'Goddess', who is so clearly a man who was forced into a female body just like the MC was for a certain quest (long story, you should just read it), I'm not so sure. The quiet cold beauty type who's actually secretly shy vs a guy who is frankly Shady McShadester, who would be a better male lead? Really, though, I could be wrong entirely and it's neither of them. Doesn't really matter, as the romance is secondary.


I also like how even female characters are allowed to be characters who are tough, have flaws and good points, and can sometimes even save the day, when they're usually written off as cannon fodder and cheap villainesses in stories like this.

Basically, this is a compelling story with good characterization first, and a shounen ai second. <<less
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MillenniumMoon rated it
October 30, 2018
Status: Completed
This is hands down one of the best stories I've ever read. The plot is great, the characters are likable and the romance is AMAZING!!!! I've finished the two volumes in a span of 4 days AND I still want to read more! The story is so great that whenever I read other stories, I can't help but be disappointed by how it can't compare to it. Now, I'm desperate to read the last volume.

If you're a person who loves horror and danmei/bl then you should ABSOLUTELY read it!
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veihakase rated it
February 11, 2018
Status: c8
Okay, this one really makes my heart race-- not because of the romance (yet) but because of the heart-racing, hair-rising and thrilling events of escaping ghosts and other events soon hahaha. Anyway, set on a modern era, our protagonist is actually just quite a normal lad (or is he?) who occasionally plays horror games and BOOM here comes the Nightmare Game.. (Read the rest of the chapters by Taida Translations xD) seriously, this is BL so yeah ^^ Happy reading!~
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cieh rated it
May 19, 2020
Status: v2c1
I just finished the first book. I haven't finished this novel yet, but I am here to curse the author.


I'm sorry, but I just have so many emotions right now.

The relationship dynamics between MC and ML remands me of Wei Ying & Lan Zhan.... more>> I highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes MDZS or danmei with horror elements. Or anyone with a slight masochistic tendency :')

Hell, you don't even need to like BL to enjoy this novel. Just a warning - if you are here for that sweet romance, you should know that this is a slow-burn, so even if MC & ML had a instant connection, they are not going to get together until the 2nd book. BUT believe me, the pain and angst are worth it. <<less
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MaoMaoQiu rated it
June 3, 2019
Status: v2c80
I actually really enjoyed reading this novel. It was a bit long so I didn’t get to finish it yet, but I definently like how it’s going so far.

The horror aspect is quite prominent in the story, which is to be expected, but horror isn’t the only thing that makes this novel interesting. The author has considerably detailed world-building that adds to the mystery and suspense in the novel.

The romance is actually a bit of a slow burn. They only get together at the end of the first novel/beginning of... more>> the second novel (I think), but there are quite a few cavity-inducing moments on the way.

MC may seem normal at first, but he has a stronger willpower than most people (protagonist syndrome?), and has some hidden skills that are revealed later on in the story. ML is more shy, but comes off as cold. In reality he’s sOfT (uwu). He’s a person that can be considered strong, and has a developed backstory. Both characters go through considerable development through out the series, and even though their personalities are different they have a strangely harmonious relationship.

I’d recommend the novel if you’re looking for horror or thriller. If you’re looking for the romance, I’d still recommend it, but be ready to burn away your time.

//on a side note, this novel is really scary. Just because I like horror doesn’t mean I’m not scared QAQ


MC shou (?I think) - Qi Leren, ML gong - Ning Zhou. 1v1

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ylial rated it
April 6, 2019
Status: v2c149
I do recommend this novel! The mysteries and puzzles are enough to keep u going. It is focused on story itself and each arc is interrelated. No H scenes between ML and MC; u could even say that it is a slow burn romance yet it's not boring. Also, The love between MC and ML can be considered a sin during the setting,.. Won't spoil what will happen so just read it ?.

It should have a tragedy tag!! ?? You would really feel the calm before the storm tragedy on... more>> book 2 last arc ??


I even mistook the villain as an ML in the story and voted for him for MC ?? Silly me.. Only found out.. At the end of book 1.


The book, as stated is trilogy and the third book is not written yet.. :' (
I'm really excited for it to be published soon!!

Happy reading!

PS. Would like to thank the translator! :) <<less
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AdorablePumpkinXxBL-LoverxX rated it
April 5, 2018
Status: c09
I absolutely love the plot its a bit slow but thats what makes it so good it gives you the details though with very few plot holes... I'll have to admit I was here for the BL but this changed as I read on and on I was very curious due to the few chapters and I was very happy to have found this amazing work! TNX Translator-sama!
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crystalwings rated it
December 20, 2020
Status: v3c66
When coming into this book, I didn't have many expectations. Something light, funny, maybe a bit of angst, eh just a read to pass the time. I've read a lot of books and been around for a while, so I always keep my expectations a bit low.

This book... No, this series blew those out of the water. It surpassed all I thought it would be.

This is a slow burn novel. I feel like it doesn't really hit its stride until around the second book when we get to know everyone... more>> and can connect to them.

I think the author said, in the notes actually, that she first started writing without a plan and just based on inspiration so that could be why lol.

It's light hearted and slow at the start. It stays very humorous throughout, and as you continue through the book, the plot starts to deepen.

When the book really started getting good, I couldn't stop laughing and... also crying my heart out.

I want to say, I'm really not someone who cries a lot. Like I said, I've just read a lot, for most of the books, I'll cry for a page or 2 and then done.

This book made me cry for chapters. And it's not just a sorrowful pain. In fact, it's a pain filled with love. Most of the sad events have to do with love and strength: people who are loved, have loved, and are willing to give it their all.

It makes me bawl like a baby because I am both absolutely heartbroken and absolutely in love with these people. I'm actually tearing up just writing this.


I just lost it when the author wrote about the goddess of fortune weeping for Lu, for a timid hero, one moment is enough... (Bursts into tears)

And Anna, her letter. I want to cry so much just thinking about her.


In a genre where the main character is frequently the only one illuminated, this is a world with many people. Some of which we don't even meet until they are already gone. They have stories, backgrounds, hopes and dreams. They feel real and vivid, that's a very beautiful thing.

Although the main focus is on the love story of our 2 main characters (my babies!).

I think I should also say this is not a sad series. The most apt description is that it's like a box of chocolates, bittersweet.

It's so funny when it wants to be funny. It's warm when it wants to be warm. It's sad when it wants to be sad. In other words, the author has a leash on my emotions and also should reimburse me for my tissues.

Even the villains are well written, they are more than just bringers of doom and despair. I've laughed at their antics, and pitied them.

No story is perfect and this one isn't either. The beginning is a bit slow, and it can feel laggy and confusing at times. However, to me the good outweighs the bad. It's a story of love and hope to me, and I wholeheartedly adore it.


Ok, maybe I wouldn't be so calm and full of peace if I didn't know this was not a tragedy. I read in the notes, the author promised the last part of the novel would be a HE. Woohooo! canceling plans to isekai and save my precious characters

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lepreoykon rated it
August 26, 2020
Status: v2c149
I think this is one of the best web novels of this genre. The love line between MC and ML is consistent, logical, and makes you burn. In fact, I didn't quite understand MC's interest in ML when they first met, but I can see that they have soulmate relationship.
The plot is interesting, although the beginning is quite typical. I am very pleased to see how the characters really develop, grow up, and their relationships do not occupy the main part of the plot (conditionally). At some points, the... more>> book may break your heart, but its not bad.......... <<less
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procrastination_day rated it
May 9, 2020
Status: c41
It's to early to say much about this novel, however, albeit that I wasn't really attracted much by the first arc thing did manage to become more interesting towards the end and I found myself being drawn into the story and was in the end sad when I realized I'd caught up with the chapters.

The author and translator are very good at describing the ambient atmosphere which adds a lot to the quality of the reading experience. It is not just terror but so much more.

There also seems potential for... more>> character growth and interesting grains of wisdom on the matter of life or death though it is to early to say for sure.

There's a bit of mystery as well ad the story backgground seems well developed and complex.

I'd differently recommend to give it a try or save it as potential gem to read later. <<less
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Lyn Ackermam rated it
April 17, 2020
Status: --
I have read this and now it's starting to have a manhwa/manhua!

I also love of how realistic it's romance is, and how torture it is for being slow, but that just make's it more fun to read (´ε`*)

But that's just my opinion
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August 26, 2020
Status: c35
Urgh, the game-plot is good but I don't like MC's character...

MC is.... a very normal guy with lower than average luck, average desk-worker strength and stamina (which is not too great), pretty good courage, kinda-okay IQ but not too smart

*) at the very least - at first game - he rely on the 2 other guys brain and doesn't contribute any meaningful information/clue

Then at 2nd game he did something that I consider "very s*upid"

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He know the other player is a veteran and very good at killing - an information broker specifically told him to not have plan against the killer player - but because the killer looks great, he asked "beauty whats your name?" - then after being throughly ignored - which should've been a glaring sign of "dont talk to me" - he dare asks again - which is, bro, really, it's a deadly game and you're trying to hit on a killer?


I cant rate this fairly since liking personality is, well, personal preference, but plot-wise this story is good and definitely recommended (if you dont mind/like MC's "average-guy in dire want of a GF" personality) (yes GF, MC is "straight" - for now at least) <<less
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wolflord1307 rated it
May 21, 2020
Status: --
The first book is so so good that I actually went to find the machine translated version. The ending is a bit tragic but I think it gets better in the second book. I love the slow burn and realistic romance. The horror part is done well and the plot is all linked. I love it so so much. Highly recommended
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BobChan rated it
April 22, 2020
Status: c41
Uwaaaa~ It's unbelievably amazing! Each chapter had me hooked and looking forward to what happened next. The small little hints and the air of mystery--build just a beautiful and horrifying world! I don't even know why it took me so long just to read it, I should have done it sooner!!

The MC is just a regular person, who isn't super lucky, super-intelligent, athletic, etc.--he's just a normal person trying to survive being placed in an unknown realm/world. His reaction is logical and funny at times, it's very fun to watch... more>> him go on his journey and read what he experiences.

The ML...


You get to meet them in the 2nd arc and their interactions are hilarious. The author spoils who is the ML btw, so it's kind of a bummer... lol.


Although I'm not a fan of the 'slow romance' subgenre and seeing the tag had me hesitating, I don't regret reading it. All of the events and interactions make up for what most romance focused novels have, so you're not missing out on anything at all, really.

I highly recommend reading this novel and I wish that the translations would continue because it's simply amazing! <<less
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raindroptree rated it
May 13, 2019
Status: c33
I would give the first book about a 4.3. Good book, I love the escape game genre, and this one has interesting plot twists that I really liked, and unique MC characteristics. At the start of the second book, the genre is all over the place and irritating religious stuff started to pop up, so I ditched it there, but sometimes I wonder if it starts to get back on track later on..? Not sure if I really want to push through what it turned into though. Anyway, it is... more>> great if you just read this first book and stop there, albeit a bit tragic. It was good enough for me to translate through google and bing! <<less
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