What would a Xianxia MC do?
Seriously, what would they do? Asking for a friend.
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A solid read. Hope the author can keep up with his realise speed , as i enjoyed the story
This story does 2 things and it does 2 things very well
1. Perspective of an "Overpowered MC" and the surroundings reaction to him. I feel that the main reason why people like this genre is mostly due to this and this story executes this perfectly.
2. A larger more intricate plot being moved along by the misunderstandings. This is mainly what convinced me to stay. The OP mc gets boring after a while and authors write themselves into a ditch often as evidenced by all the stories on here that never took after the first 2 arcs.
The story has a likeable MC, an engaging story line that takes you along for a ride and a supporting cast that actually feels like they have a reason to exist.
All in all great story. I loved binge reading it and massive thanks to LivingSpoon for taking a new spin on genre I love.
It's not horribly bad but it's not really good either - middling score.
I like Xianxia stories along with parodies, but I found this bland and the grammar is poor at many points. The main character is annoying with his constant complaining (I suppose it's meant to be funny) and he does not have any qualities that make me really want to support him or share his perspective. The humour just doesn't appeal to me - something happens, misunderstanding, MC startled, MC does something, misunderstanding, people startled, something happens....ad nauseam. I know the author warns that they like misunderstandings, but it seems there is little else to this story.
Finally, it's a hard feeling to pin down, but I get an impression of disjointedness and chaotic wildness when I'm reading this story, which leaves me feeling dissatisfied.
(as of chapter 62)
A xianxia fan from Earth wakes up in the body of a cultivator in a xianxia world. Oh, you think you know what happens next? Like in every other xianxia story he'll surely become the most powerful cultivator ever, defeating progressively stronger enemies to save first the sect, then the country, then the world and later the universe? Uh, well, then I have bad news for you and for our protagonist Han De: While he is indeed gifted with talent, Han De knows every trope in the xianxia genre and quickly notices that he is not the standard MC rising up from humble beginnings. No, everything points to him being the 'Arrogant Young Master', i.e. the a-hole cultivator villain that is soundly defeated by the standard MC somewhere in the second half of the first act. The only unique ability he has to grow stronger is a quest/point system that depends on him teaching others, so Han De tries to become the wise mentor at the standard MC's side. But there are lots of potential MCs out there, and both incompetent minions and outside influences push him steadily towards his doom...
Style/Grammar: The story is told in third-person internal style by an omniscient narrator. Most of it is from Han De's point of view, but there are many scenes following his sect siblings, evil cult leaders or mysterious cultivators. The POV sometimes jumps from one person to the next between paragraphs, which can be a bit confusing. The author doesn't go too deep into descriptions, keeping with the superficial action-heavy focus of most xianxia stories. While this is usually not good in literature, in this case it fits remarkably well. There are some of the grammatical weaknesses (mostly missing "the" and wrong pronouns) typical for xianxia stories from authors that are not native English speakers but I've read much worse.
Story: The author tries to hit every xianxia trope available, but does so as an exaggerated parody, with the meta-aware protagonist calling out the tropes and trying to subvert them. The story is also driven by lots of funny misunderstandings, with everybody interpreting the actions of each other in the most ridiculously wrong way; this is amplified by people not talking about their thoughts and feelings (or in general acting reserved according to the Confucian ethics). The pacing is fine.
Characters: The protagonist does not have a very deep personality, like in many xianxia stories, but Han De is not acting stupidly and the difference between his inner motivations and how his surroundings perceive his actions makes up for the simplicity. The other characters mostly keep to a few traits each throughout the story.
Even if you can't stand xianxia stories with their overpowered MCs defeating all opponents with ridiculous powers, you might like this unusual take on the genre. You'll cry with laughter when you read the hilarious hoops the protagonist has to jump through just to have the next silly problem appear.
This is one of the best xianxias out there. The author knows the genre and the adjacent genres very well and takes the piss out of them. This is satire at its finest and such a breath of fresh air. The author gave the MC a game breaking power and yet his circumstances force him to mostly empower others, it's beautiful!
The style can be improved and other than 2 grammatical errors that were caught the syntax is flawless!
A must read, if one is a fan of the genre.
This is a novel that has true potential, I've been hooked all the way. I have to mention that one thing I find different, which I appreciate, is the main characters relationship with his parents, as well as his disciple is done well. Better than other Wuxia novels. While this is partially because if the main character, it's a nice change.
Most main characters are excited to be living a second life, while ignoring everyone around them they focus on cultivation. There is cultivation in this novel but, our main character focuses on more just himself, even strengthening is smaller subordinates (meant for beating up rivals) and I feel like this will allow side characters to be proactive throughout the novel. Which I enjoy, instead on him ignoring everyone for better cultivation.
Edit: On my second and a half reread, still good stuff, noticing smaller things I missed, making it even better.
The only reason I will not give five stars (for this wuxia) is that the novel seems to update three times (obviously give or take) a week. Most wuxia I know of are daily updates. However, I also feel like the authors writing takes more time then most wuxia novels as there haven't been major plot holes, and the story flows very well. So.. That's a predicament.
+1/2 for a future yadere
Most interesting xianxia paradoy i have ever read. If i had to describe it, it would the 3 times beter version of of old novel i read..
The writing is good and the story is a fun read, although you would probably need to have read a few xianxia/reincarnation/system/etc. novels to truly appreciate it. I truly enjoyed it while reading it this weekend :)
Found myself smiling more often then i expected.
The writing is exellent, and the balace between humor / seriousness is good.
Overall a light and enjoyable and worthy read. Most welcome addition to RR.
Read 35/35 chapters in one sitting.
At first I thought it would be a deconstruction or parody of the Xianxia genre, but though amusing at times, it quikly fell into the same pitfalls that all Xianxia stories I've come across does.
With awkward writing, a protagonist stuck in his head, flat characters, and a constant obsession with power levels.
Really, if just a small part of the wordcount used on his constant internal monologues and power level comparisons, had instead been spent on interacting and conversing with his disciples and other characters, in such a way to make them seem like actual people, the story would be much better.
The writing quality is the most obvious though.
It reads like Xianxia translations which were translated by a non-native English speaker, who was a good speller, but had a poor understanding of sentence structure and word choices. Not to mention a fair number of incomplete sentences, mostly from missing articles.
It feels like a conscious style decision, but that doesn't make the prose any more enjoyable to read.