Objectively Great Stuff.

Objectively Great Stuff.
This is a list of things I have read which I think are great from the perspective of 'quality of craft' & 'quality of story'. In general those will be great reads for everyone as well, but will less include 'because I like this' focused listings of other 'great so long as you like this' stories.

That said, there are only so many 'objectively great' stories, so farther down the list I will put caveats (etc.) with less 'full measure' stories- either 'just good', or 'great if you like this', etc. I moved all the anri-social protags to another list.

If you know of something I should add to this list, feel free to comment a suggestion or PM.

I have written quite a few reviews for most of these and other works- feel free to check them out, and vote them up if you find them helpful. Thanks!
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Created: Sep 24th, 2020, Updated: Jul 6th, 2022
Created Sep 24th, 2020
Updated Jul 6th, 2022
CN (4.5)
163 Chapters Every 278.7 Day(s) 13170 Readers 155 Reviews 10-22-2017
By and far one of the best things ever. Great plotting. Good characters & humor. Nice character development.... more>>
CN (4.5)
689 Chapters Every 458.7 Day(s) 23951 Readers 348 Reviews 09-25-2017
This is quite simply a brilliant work.... more>>
KR (3.8)
20 Chapters Every 124.5 Day(s) 19455 Readers 372 Reviews 10-19-2017
This gets surprisingly good. I'll say right off you have to weather more than 100 chapters of 'The MC is a prat', before the author polishes his skill and begins to evolve the MC into one of the better protagonists out there.... more>>
JP (4)
105 Chapters Every 4.5 Day(s) 9288 Readers 50 Reviews 12-01-2014
From a solid story, to a solid manga, to a somewhat Ok anime- this story does a bunch of stuff 'just like the others', only to go to the same goals in a very different way.... more>>
JP (4.5)
764 Chapters Every 43.7 Day(s) 26181 Readers 205 Reviews 01-30-2022
A pretty interesting story with a cutesy (but reasonable) manga adaptation. Very much a 'weak to strong' journey, with some twists towards the end.... more>>
JP (4.2)
355 Chapters Every 16.7 Day(s) 28897 Readers 333 Reviews 11-22-2022
One of the more intricate, detailed stories with a host of evolving characters, and a lot of world design. Also, the MC is very OP- but is more clever and laid back than a lot of other MCs.... more>>
JP (4.5)
29 Chapters Every 92.9 Day(s) 5403 Readers 14 Reviews 05-21-2022
This one is both over-rated and under-rated for different reasons.  It's very light and fun, and very detailed and architected- and if the MCs weren't so perfect (and OP), then I think there'd be no argument with it getting a higher rating- BUT even so, it's a favorite of mine. The anime is in particular a pretty good adaptation, though I like a lot of the third novel best (so far).... more>>
KR (4.5)
0 Chapters Every 1607 Day(s) 18154 Readers 389 Reviews 07-03-2018
This is probably the best implementation of 'design a world' structure where 'plot armor' and 'deus ex machina' are acceptable parts of the story, and 'oh yeah- let's make pop-up events normal too' - because that's what this story is, and it is very good despite it.... more>>
CN (4.7)
113 Chapters Every 497 Day(s) 9861 Readers 325 Reviews 02-06-2019
*NOT 'completed' as listed! Vol 1 is completed, and ends on a cliff. Vols 2 & up currently untranslated & ongoing.*... more>>
KR (4.4)
242 Chapters Every 6.8 Day(s) 16077 Readers 181 Reviews 11-20-2022
Starts out kinda dumb and very cliche, but somehow sneaks up to be pretty smart and very good in quite a few ways.... more>>
KR (4.2)
20 Chapters Every 24.3 Day(s) 2700 Readers 44 Reviews 12-09-2021
This starts out with a kludgy introduction which might as well be a prologue- forcing a back-story which is pretty shallow and forced. Don't drop yet- that's the wosrt of it, and the story immediately develops into a quite enjoyable read after that.... more>>
KR (3.9)
40 Chapters Every 131.1 Day(s) 17433 Readers 234 Reviews 02-17-2019
On the plus side, this is interesting, pretty well plotted, and has a great manhua adaptation.... more>>
CN (3.6)
20 Chapters Every 33.9 Day(s) 2729 Readers 28 Reviews 08-11-2021
Although called by many 'yet another cultivation knock-off', this is actually pretty interesting despite not really being exactly a cultivation story (It's really almost a fantasy/cultivation hybrid with horror elements).... more>>
CN (4.5)
847 Chapters Every 32.1 Day(s) 10775 Readers 142 Reviews 08-14-2021
This fantasy story (skinned as a prehistoric adventure) is surprisingly solid despite it not being exceptional in any area, (& also slightly weird at implementing it's core ideas).... more>>
CN (4.6)
393 Chapters Every 104.3 Day(s) 16205 Readers 190 Reviews 08-19-2018
This is a (mostly) comedic novel with very non-standard plot & pacing. It's quite good, but you have to invest because it builds over hundreds of chapters.... more>>
CN (3.7)
25 Chapters Every 373.1 Day(s) 21040 Readers 232 Reviews 11-02-2015
Probably the best of the 'Saturday morning cartoon' style of stories, this work encompasses a LOT of growth and 'ally growth/nurturing' as a focus with the MC not just selfishly worrying about his own strength, but doing the best he can for his friends, family and city as well.... more>>
CN (4.3)
345 Chapters Every 43.4 Day(s) 13024 Readers 104 Reviews 05-03-2020
Pretty much a landmark franchise, it's the 'Saturday morning cartoons' of wuxia, and probably the best known title.... more>>
KR (4.3)
520 Chapters Every 29.1 Day(s) 21918 Readers 191 Reviews 11-24-2021
Goes downhill 'Extra'. This was pretty good, interesting, and gave hope for better development- for a while. It never degrades to 'bad', but becomes quite forced at points. I have taken a break from it, but intend to complete it eventually.... more>>
KR (3.7)
73 Chapters Every 2000 Day(s) 3519 Readers 23 Reviews 12-01-2020
Solid plotting and pretty good characters in this 'weak to strong' fantasy. Aside from a few incidents of overdone drama, this is an appreciated variation of an oft-used theme. ... more>>
CN (3.7)
137 Chapters Every 171.7 Day(s) 1779 Readers 39 Reviews 06-20-2018
Another 'extra' novel added beyond the list. This is one where the early chapters are pretty damn mediocre, and you should probably have a 'wuxia' favoring slant even though this is mostly more of a power based fantasy thing...... more>>
JP (3.7)
0 Chapters Every 2289 Day(s) 4426 Readers 33 Reviews N/A
I don't remember if this or the WN is better, so 'compare/contrast' reviews on your own.... more>>
KR (4.1)
37 Chapters Every 338.9 Day(s) 9052 Readers 60 Reviews 10-08-2018
Another one that is added as extra. Starts out pretty good, but gets pretty predictable. OP MC will win all the things...
JP (4.5)
0 Chapters Every 10 Day(s) 2966 Readers 5 Reviews N/A
This I haven't read, but the anime is quite good.... more>>
CN (3.7)
80 Chapters Every 305.7 Day(s) 13762 Readers 272 Reviews 03-14-2017
This is another odd one- definitely 'niche'.... more>>
CN (3.7)
3945 Chapters Every 0.3 Day(s) 8892 Readers 109 Reviews 11-26-2022
Slow starting story that never really does anything special, but has somewhat decent plotting and development for the most part. Very typical of your more popular mainstream serialized works with a similar balance of expectations/issues. A basically satisfying read with no real highs or lows.... more>>
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  1. vinsmokegarp
    vinsmokegarp· Mar 21, 2022 12:05 AM
    Great List a few of my personal favorites are on here. I would have added a few but can't complain 
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    • bloggbigg
      bloggbigg· Author · Mar 28, 2022 02:42 AM
      Thanks! If you tell me what titles you suggest, I'll be happy to take a look!
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  2. Subline Act
    Subline Act· Oct 7, 2020 10:56 PM
    More Updates! clear.png
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    • bloggbigg
      bloggbigg· Author · Nov 21, 2020 03:40 AM
      Working on it!
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  3. MarkMyWords
    MarkMyWords· Nov 14, 2020 11:04 PM
    Woah, these are all great novels. Thank you!
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    • bloggbigg
      bloggbigg· Author · Nov 21, 2020 03:39 AM
      No problem- thanks for the feedback! clear.png
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