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Review: Cultivation Chat Group - Jun 13, 2020

By: William Lee

The story has ups and downs, and is hilariously ridiculous

This novel by Legend of the Paladin is complete in its entirety so there's no suspense of waiting for hiatuses or new chapter delays. Oh wait, no, that's only if you can read Chinese. The English translation from Webnovel.com is powering ahead, just about 1/3 of the way through the story. Suspense ensues.

Just read the premise of the story:

"One day, Song Shuhang was suddenly added to a chat group with many seniors that suffered from chuuni disease. The people inside the group would call each other ‘Fellow Daoist’ and had all different kinds of titles: Palace Master, Cave Lord, True Monarch, Immortal Master, etc. Even the pet of the founder of the group that had run away from home was called ‘monster dog’. They would talk all day about pill refining, exploring ancient ruins, or share their experience on techniques. However, after lurking inside the group for a while, he discovered that not all was what it seemed..."

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Review: Way of Choices - May 21, 2020

By: William Lee

This story is not about the action but the backstory that led up to it.

Way of Choices is Mao Ni's best known work (also known as Ze Tian Ji). It has very different (and more mature) prose than most Xianxia novels, so we must applaud Hypersheep325 for the incredible translation, it surely could not have been easy.

There are battle elements to this story but the main character, Chen Chang Sheng, or CCS for short, is severely underpowered to start and his character building arc is very slow, which may put off readers early on. However, this reviewer's recommendation is to keep at it, as the payoff gets bigger and better the further you get into the story.

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Review: The Great Storyteller - May 15, 2020

By: William Lee

Slow and steady, but slowly falls apart by the end

The Great Storyteller is a Korean novel from Im Han Baeg that has an artist's flair throughout. The idea of reading a novel about writing multiple novels is incredibly unique. Yun Woo is a fantastic but somewhat unreliable narrator, and his feats are certainly way up there in terms of success.

This is a slice of life story that has a very slow pace from start to finish (I mean, come on, it's about the writing process!). The buildup of each story is different, and the types of stories told have a lot of variety. The best part of this novel is that it's completed at 393 chapters, and each chapter is long by web novel standards with a satisfying end to each.

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Review: Ni Tian Xie Shen (Against the Gods) - May 3, 2020

By: William Lee

If you're at an airport, and have absolutely nothing else to do... then maybe

Ni Tian Xie Shen is another novel by Mars Gravity, meaning, if you've read one of his novels before, you know what to expect. As a darling of the the early Chinese Xianxia scene, this novel was extremely popular on Reddit and for good reason: The story gets off to a fantastic start.

But that's where my recommendation ends. If you enjoy face slapping (the art of getting the comeuppance on someone for any perceived slight, real or not) then you're in for a treat. But let me make this clear, Yun Che (the main protagonist), is not a hero but a psychopath.

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Review: Release that Witch - Apr 16, 2020

By: William Lee

Drama, romance, and theater of the highest acclaim

Release that Witch is a completed novel by Er Mu that features a transmigrator who uses his past knowledge to build an empire in a treacherous world.

The battles in this drama feel planned out and the power levels displayed by the various characters are profound and yet the author is able to maintain a delicate balancing act. The thoughtfulness of the plot progression and injection of modern technologies into a medieval world make for a compelling read.

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Review: Praise the Orc! - Mar 19, 2020

By: William Lee

Ridiculous, satisfying to the core

Praise the Orc! is a masterful novel written by Lee Jungmin that is a refreshing change of pace in terms of narrative and perspective. It features a compact, completed story about heroism and standing against all odds for your convictions.

Our protagonist voluntarily chooses the most difficult and oppressed character race, the orcs. The perspectie shift brings a unique flavor to the novel genre based on Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online (VRMMO) games, and you are injected into a society where brotherhood, honor, and all the definition traits that you might associate with being a manly orc warrior come into play.

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Similar to any web novel with over a thousand chapters, No Man's Sky is about exploration and never-ending worlds. Will it live up to your expectations?

This game is by CD Projeckt Red, so you know it's going to bring difficult moral choices (or maybe not so difficult for some of us) during your playthrough. Do you want to be evil like Yun Che? Or a paradigm of good and heroism like Crockta? Maybe it's time to find out.