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Reincarnated as a child in a new world a mild mannered programmer, named Sage, finds himself struggling to survive. The road to immortality is paved with danger, treasure, and conflict. This mystical eastern world is filled with Demonic Beasts, Treacherous Cultivators, and Extraordinary Legacies. Follow Sage on his journey to adapt to this new world, and find out if he can overcome the limitations of body, mind, and soul. Will he rise to the occasion and become a hero? Or maybe he'll turn to the dark side and end up a villain?
Molting the Mortal Coil is more of a slower paced journey. It's not about endless battles and conquering the next bad guy who spits on the main characters shoes or sends him a funny look. There's also not a treadmill of tournaments or love interests. It's more of a slower burn with lots of, and hopefully not too much, world building. It's still supposed to be stuffed with action, but that won't pick up for a while since we start with a weakling. The first 30 chapters have a lot of time-skipping, but stay with me it gets better. I plan to re-write and add more to the first 30 in the future, but if you can push through I feel it gets much more fun after!
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An enjoyable read with flares of originality and fun quirks.
However, the writing style is more in line with story book. The pacing slows to crawls and then leaps years. Honestly you can skip half the chapters and not loose much context.
I won't get into supporting cast, cause there aren't any. Nearly all conversations between the MC and other characters is abstracted instead of written out.
Finally the main character.... is an irredeemable, sniveling kiss @$$. While unique, isn't at all endearing. Theres a reason this personallity doesn't see much use in protagonists.
I initially dropped this story early on for a while because having insects stored in your body seriously grossed me out.
Now that I have read further I can see that was a mistake. Very high quality for royal road, in a Chinese style. It's a bit odd but I love it.
The story over all is fun to read. Sage has the easy job of being more interesting then the average Xianxia MC, and he succeeds(mostly). The pacing of the story could be more consistent, and time-skip transition made all the previous chapters kinda feel like an extended prologue...?. But like a cold glass of water in the desert we call Xianxia, its refreshing.
Currently at chapter 34, and i'm looking forward to more.
When he was still a snakeman
I love the story, it is just a start but the ground of the story is solid.
There is many way to gain power body, qi, skill, formation + more
Plant, insect, animal and human don't cultivate the same.
No deus ex machina or power up of last second to win, if there is a power up there is hint 10 chapters before.
No marie sue, mc train hard and has below average result.
Multiple dimentional character
No chinese(repeat the same info, harem, vengeance)
Edit ch 347 change to 4.5 stars
Ok so the mc is stupid and do stupid risk like taking over a territory and all their debt, attaking bandit with no benefit.
Yes he is punished for it but he was show to be a prudent one and with him being greedy even if it was explained in the story it leave a bad taste. More so when he had all the tools to prepare fo the worst.
Else yes the mc has cheat ability but in xianxia he is still trash because others have even more cheat like sword that cut anythings or giant beast that can destroy city.
First of all I generally like this story. It has a lot of shortcoming though.
1. Stile is not quite good. It becoming better later.
2. Show, don't tell is absent at the start. However after ~100 chapters it becoming much better
3. Characters: Main protagonist is really good work. He is cowardly, egocentric common man. He is not an asshole, but not a moral beacon either. Someone you can see in the office or on the street. He is alwyas trying for easy way out (at least at first). It's refreshing to have xianxia witch such a main hero.
4. Plot. Form 3. it's obvious protagonist can't survive xianxia world by his own strength and deteremination, so he need some help from the plot. Its not annoying though, because if not for the plot help the story would just end. I consider it to be anthropic principle for protagonist slecyion.
Conclusion: If you can afford to invest time to crawl through first couple of hundred of chapters it's becoming good, enjoyable xianxia.
I have read up to chapter 233, which is the latest chapter right now. I do love this series, and I have upgraded it from a 4 to a 5 star. It does take a bit of time to get into but it transforms into a story that I do love and enjoy. I check every day for a chapter.
This novel is so very unique and is a refreshing take on an eastren fantasy novella. Keep up the work you are on an interesting path, i look forward to where you are going with this.
This is an extremely sedate xianxia/xuanhuan tale. This is probably best suited for people who thought Desolate Era had far too much fighting and not enough exposition. The MC breeds bugs, crafts things, bumbles into epic treasures, and goes full-on Orochimaru at one point (was a good thing.) The MC is a very ordinary person in his thinking and the author gets that across well.
The novel relies heavily on expository narrative for the world building, up to 90% of the novel is exposition and there is very little dialogue. Some people will hate this, there are others that love it. It is a very calming read if you've been reading nothing but high energy things or you really did think Desolate Era had far too much combat.
There is a story, it seems to be the standard path to ultimate power, possibly revenge, possibly mercantalism. Story feels kinda like it is getting started even though there have been numerous arcs. There may be love interests but not yet. The novel has been entertaining if you don't care about huge plots or rapid plot advancement or any plot advancement.
The author evades a number of cliches in a very deliberate fashion. The MC ends up doing things that xianxia MCs never do and the story is kept interesting through these subversions of culture.
MC is both smart and derpy but consistent. The MC will decide on something to improve his survival chances then get distracted and not do it. This is intentional and part of his personality. He does grow over time and changes in his personality have reasons that are clear and follow naturally from events in the novel. The MC doesn't so much interact with other characters as with people-shaped decorations in the chapter. The character feels like he is out of touch, has no sense of personhood, and can't relate to people.
This appears to be intentional and helps with the feel of a light and unattached cultivation lifestyle. It, rather suprisingly, doesn't really detract from or help the novel because there is so very little interaction with others and even makes a lot of sense.
I like it. As I said before, it is sedate and soothing. I came here after binging [email protected] and needed something different to calm down. This worked. It isn't exciting, the MC is derpy, but the world-building is kinda neat and the scratchings at the fourth wall are nice.
There are a number of syntactic errors, such as tense/voice issues, but not very many per chapter. They rarely, but sometimes do, cause comprehension errors. The prose itself is well done, though. Very readable.
There is nothing really spectacular about this novel. There isn't anything spectacularly bad about this novel, either. Liking/disliking this novel is going to be a very individual thing. If you must have plot and plot advancement, this is a bad pick. If you don't want plot and just want to enjoy a calm cultivation journey, this is awesome.
I like it but it needs a bit more something to push it to five star. Maybe that'll happen in the next 150 chapters.
update: Ch. 299. Started seeing some signs of romance, not big signs, but signs. MC does get more forceful, will be neat to see where it goes. Increased the star rating because I've recently (re)read some really, really bad xianxia and realized I rated this one too low. Still not quite 5 star, yet.
For a cultivation and martial arts style novel I got to admit I love the pacing and the fact that the main character isn't overpowerd always forcing him to carefully think his actions through. But the main character isn't a Mary Sue either so yes he is prone to having a few mistakes every now and then but he almost always learns from the experience leading to some character development which I love. This might not be a perfect 5/5 for everyone but it's so refreshing for me after I got sick of the constant wuxia making it synonymous for a main character to be this "perfect" person that always left me cringing. Anyway I would recommend this novel to anyone into wuxia, world building, and a main character that acts like an actual human being capable of using common sense in order to reason possible consequences leading him to think through his problems rather than muscling his way through obstacles.
I really like this story. This is the cultivation story that I've always wanted to read. There is just enough of everything to satisfy most people. It has cultivation, MC that actually uses old world knowledge, crafting, using logic to cultivate, having the MC work for his cultivation and not just getting shit handed to him. He has fortunate encounters but only because he went to the place where fortunate encounters might be found. I'm totally going to support the patreon as soon as I get though the free chapters. Way to go author!