Beware Of Chicken

Beware Of Chicken

by Casualfarmer

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Jin Rou wanted to be a cultivator who defied the heavens, and surpassed all limits.

Unfortunately for him, he died, and now I’m stuck here. Arrogant young masters? Heavenly tribulations? Cultivating for days on end, then getting into life or death battles?

Yeah, no thanks. I'm getting out of here.

In which a transmigrator decides that the only winning move is not to play.

 

Beware of Chicken will be updated Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

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209 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: He Bravely Turned His Tail and Fled ago
Vol 2 Chapter 1: Full Steam Ahead ago
V2, Chapter 2: Each Day a Blessing ago
V2 Chapter 3: Crossed Blades ago
Interlude: Lost As Hell ago
v2 Chapter 4: A Fine Morning ago
V2: Chapter 5: But One Flaw ago
Interlude 2: The Twilight ago
V2 C6: A Bee ago
v2c7: A Meeting ago
v2c8: A Needle ago
V2c9: Dream ago
v2c10: Routine ago
V2C11: I'm Here ago
V2 C12: I Scream ago
Interlude 3: Q=V/t ago
v2 C 13: Hong Xian ago
v2 c14: Jin Rou ago
v2 c15: A Lady ago
v2c16: Secret Spot ago
v2c17: Still ago
Collected LN Teasers ago
v2c18: Rat and Cat ago
Interlude: Heart of the Swarm, ago
v2C19: Boar ago
v2 C20: Knock-off Part 1 ago
v2 c20: Knock off Part 2 ago
v2c21: The Search ago
v2 c22: Set out Stay in ago
V2 C 23: A Past Conversation ago
v2c24: Righteousness ago
v2c25: Plants and Clothes ago
v2 c26: Preparations ago
v2 c27.1: The Town ago
v2 c27.2 ago
27.3 ago
v2 c28: Depart ago
v2 c29.1: The Hills ago
29.2 ago
v2 c29.3 ago
Interlude 4: The Waterfall ago
Image: Meiling Coloured ago
V2C30.1: Progress ago
v2 C30.2 ago
v2 c30.3 ago
v2 c31: The Child ago
v2 c32: Conversations ago
33.1: The Legend Begins ago
v2 c33.2 ago
v2c34: The Correct Place ago
v2 C 35: House and a City ago
V2 C 36: Length and Breadth ago
v2c37: Conundrum ago
v2c38: Wager ago
v2c39: These Halcyon Days ago
v2c40: Understand ago
v2 c41: Stay the Course ago
v2c42: Transform? ago
v2c43: Wheat and the Blade ago
v2c44: Ash Forest ago
v2c45: The Plum Blossom's Shadow ago
v2c46: The Cat's Question ago
v2c47: Foiled ago
v2c48: On the Road ago
v2c49: Around the Town ago
Interlude Yun Ren: Tale of the Fox ago
Interlude Yun Ren Part 2 ago
Interlude Yun Ren Final: Back Under the Summer Sky ago
v2c50: Symbols and Names ago
v2C 51: Fangs and the Deep ago
v2c52: Crystal ago
v2c53: Recognizing Limits ago
v2c54: Burden of Trust ago
v2c55: Past, Present, Future ago
v2c56: One Last Dance ago
v2c57: See You Again ago
Interlude: The War and The Rooster ago
v2c58: Growing by Miles ago
v2c59: People and Places Part 1 ago
v2c59: People and Places part 2 ago
v2c59: People and Places Part 3 ago
v2c60: The Dueling Peaks ago
v2c61: Sect Business ago
v2c62: Wayward Companion ago
v2c63: Registration ago
v2c64: The Smaller Blade of Grass part 1. ago
v2c64.2: A Smaller Blade of Grass Part 2 ago
v2c65: Tournament part 1 ago
v2c65.2: The Tournament part 2 ago
v2c65.3: The Tournament part 3 ago
v2c66: Crystal Deal ago
v2c67: The Day of 'Fun' ago
v2c68: The Azure Merchants ago
v2c69: Heaven doesn't Always Shake ago
BOC 1st popularity Poll ago
v2c70: The Spider Incident ago
v2c71: Duels at the Peak ago
v2c72.1: Metal and Glass Part 1 ago
BOC Character Art ago
v2c72.2 Metal and Glass Part 2 ago
v2c73: The Hearth ago
v2c74: Interrupted ago
v2c75: To the Meeting Point ago
v2c76: Delivery part 1 ago
v2 c76.2: Delivery part 2 ago
Interlude: Rou and Gramps ago
v2 c76.3: The Delivery part 3 ago
v2 c77: The Misty Duel Part 1 ago
v2c77.2: The Misty Duel Part 2 ago
v2c77.3: The Misty Duel part 3 ago
v2 c78: Aftermath ago
V2c79: The Tournament Continues ago
v2c80: To The Finals ago
v2c81: Plum Blossom Contemplations ago
v2c82: Master Gen ago
V2C83: The Old and the New ago
Interlude: Cai Xi Kong ago
V2c84: Steps to The End ago
V2c84.2: Steps to The End Part 2 ago
v2c84.3: Steps to the End Part 3 ago
v2c85: The Final Day part 1 ago
v2c85.2: The Final Day part 2 ago
v2c85.3: The Final Day part 3 ago
The Final Day Part 4 ago
v2 c86.1: Fear Not This Night ago
v2c86.2 Fear Not this Night part 2 ago
v2c86.3 Fear Not this Night part 3 ago
V2 C 87: Dawn ago
v2 c 88: The Old Men Lost in the Mountain ago
v2c89: If It's Broken... ago
v2c90: Repair ago
v2c91: Regrow ago
v2c92.1: Master Rou ago
v2c92.2 Master Rou part 2 ago
v2c93: Changes ago
v2c93.2: Changes p2 ago
v2c93.3: Changes part 3. ago
v2C94: Victory? ago
v2c95: Fragments ago
v2c96: Comin' Home ago
v2c96.2 Comin home part 2 ago
v2c97: Reset ago
Interlude: The Rock ago
Vol 2 Epilouge. ago
I Return, interlude, and image. ago
More pictures, original concept for Gramps ago
Interlude: Day at the Beach ago
v3 C1: Settling Back into it ago
v3c1.2: Settling back into it pat 2 ago
v3 c2: Explorations in Alcohol ago
v3c3: The Drifting Mist ago
v3c4: The Story and the Heron ago
v3c5: Part of the Family ago
v3 interlude 1: The Maiden of the Mist ago
v3c6.1: Misunderstandings ago
v3c6.2: Misunderstandings END ago
v3c7: Trading Pointers ago
v3c8: Intent ago
v3c9: The Fall Colours ago
v3c10: Payback ago
Notice of AMA and Removal of Vol 1. ago
v3c11: The Healing Sage ago
v3c12: A Father's Pride ago
V3C13: The Witching Hour ago
v3c14: The Haunting Forest ago
V3c15: The Dragon's Attention ago
Interlude: The Senior Disciple ago
v3 c16: Growing Up ago
v3 c17: Rolling to Winter ago
v3c18: Reach Out ago
Interlude: The Empress ago
v3 C 19: Trust ago
v3 Interlude: The Servant ago
v3 c20: Red Strands ago
v3c21: The Miner ago
v3 c22: The Girl Who Was a Cat. ago
v3 c23: Home Video ago
v3c24: End Where it Begins ago
v3c25: The Cave and the Crystal ago
v3 c25.2: The Cave and the Crystal Part 2 ago
v3 c25.3: The Cave and the Crystal Part 3 ago
v3 C 25.4: The Cave and the Crystal part 4 ago
Interlude: The Lady of Hong Yaowu ago
v3c26: The Present ago
v3c27: The Breaking of [天] Part 1 ago
v3c27: The Breaking of [天] Part 2 ago
v3c27: The Breaking of [天] Part 3 ago
v3c27: The Breaking of [天] Part 4 ago
v3c27: The Breaking of [天] Part 5 ago
v3c27: The Breaking of [天] Part 6 ago
v3c27: The Breaking of [天] Part 7 ago
v3c27: The Breaking of [天] Final ago
v3 c28: Not Just One Pillar Holds the Sky ago
v3c29: The Great and Noble Emperor ago
v3c30: The Crone ago
V3c31: Rejection ago
V3c32: Continue ago
v3c33: Trust ago
v3c34: Ring in the New Year Part 1: The Boys ago
v3c34: Ring in the New Year Part 2: High Above the Clouds ago
v3c34: Ring in the New Year Part 3: The Old Men ago
v3c34: Ring in the New Year Final: Auld Lang Syne ago
v3c35: Roll Away the Winter ago
v3c36: The Fox and The Plow ago
v3c37: Growth Under the Snow ago
v3c38: The Last Sigh of Snow ago
v3c39: Water ago
v3c40: The Battle ago
v3c41: Hard Won Victory ago

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mightykk
Overall

Good fun rational MC in a Xianxia world

Reviewed at: The Mid-Autumn Festival

The MC makes the rational choice of doing his best to avoid the nutcases that fill the Xianxia world. ie. Leaving his sect to become a farmer. He still cultivates in his daily activities and uses his super strength and Earth perspective to build the best farm ever.

However I don't get the sense this is about base building, rather it comes across as a subversion of the genre.

I found it an enjoyable read - It's definitely worth a try.

Commando2342
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In which the cultivator leaves the sect to farm.

Reviewed at: The Mid-Autumn Festival

The atmosphere of this story is intentionally light and cheery, given the premise of the story in the first place. It's a very simple slice of life with the tale of the farm being expanded and laboured upon, with fields of crops sown and animals raised.

Though it is clearly not the focus of the story the few fight scenes are nevertheless well done with striking imagery and combat sequences flowing naturally.

The characters all feel natural and well-written. There's no dialogue that I've seen yet that felt stilted or out of place. There are comedic parts as well that are all well above par, ranging from quippy one-liners to drawn out comedic scenes, such as one where he meets a love interest while playing with some kids from a nearby village.

The romance is well done too - it's entirely believable in how it develops, I feel.

The protagonist of the story draws you in, wanting to know more despite his simple and unassuming life.

I am of course talking about Big D. Jin Rou is merely the narrator and historian of Big D's life and is indubitably not the protagonist in the face of Big D's might.

Don't be fooled by the story description. This is the story of a chicken on it's path of cultivation and certainly nothing else, though it disguises itself well.

In summary, though the story has not yet progressed very far I am very excited to see where the author plans on taking this story into the future. I fully believe that it has the potential to be a very high quality story on this site.

 

Sulo
Overall

Stardew Valley if it was Xianxia

Reviewed at: The Mid-Autumn Festival

Honestly, it's really good.  Very satisfying, with several moments where I legitimately had to stop reading to laugh. The rooster is hilariously proud (and deservedly so).  The MC is really down-to-earth, which is a nice change of pace.  The love interest was handled wonderfuly.  It's great, give it a shot.  c:

I'll likely come back and write a more advanced review once the first "book" or "arc" I can see is finished.

Dietrich von Bern
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4 chapters of useless flashback to something that happened during an entirely different arc, and was then already completely irrelevant, followed by an interlude. 

It's just pure self indulgent patreon-bait, at the moment, with characters that become mere parodies of their defining characteristic. 

Highly disappointed, I used to look forward to every chapter during book one. But now it feels like savage divinity all over again. And I do not use that insult lightly. 

louis24380
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Great first volume, good 2nd one, only filler 3rd.

Reviewed at: Interlude: The Lady of Hong Yaowu

The first volume was one of the best original story on RR, the 2nd volume was good but get downhill with the cliche Tournament arc and the fact we barely see the MC at all... The 3rd volume is a collection of slice of life/interlude/flashback pov, in 40 chapters at the moment, the plot didn't move at all...

As an author that's published on Kindle I really don't see how he will be able to sell this 3rd volume with the actual content :(

Really hope the author start focusing more on the plot and quit pumping slice of life chapters for a while... I don't know if he's too focused on editing volume 2 for selling on Kindle but something need to change if he doesn't want half of his fan base to quit reading.

Another point is that there's a little too much pov in the story for me, even if it's nice sometime to see things from someone else point of view, it can start to be daunting when something like half a volume is just that.

Hopefully the story going forward will come back to its roots, the first volume really was the best start of a story on this site for quite a while :)

Good luck author and hopefully you will start changing things soon. Keep up the good work!

Dejdim
Overall

The story hits a brick wall after Vol. 2

Reviewed at: v3c21: The Miner

The first volume is one of the best stories on this site, especially if you read the edited and expanded story on Kindle. The story moves fast and has the right balance of action, plot and slice of life. 5 stars.

Volume two is weaker, and starts to slow down in the middle. Too many filler chapters in a row, especially if you follow along with the story releases. The ending is great and somewhat makes up for the lack of story progression. 4 stars.

Volme three so far is almost 30 chapters of pointless filler without a single action chapter or any plot progression. It could be condensed into 4 chapters easily, and still convey everything to the reader. I think the author has spent the time on rewriting the first volume for kindle, and no time on the weekly chapters. I'll have to drop the story both here and on Patreon, maybe come back to it in 3-4 months to see if anything has changed.

I don't really know how this story can continue, every plot line is wrapped up and all sources of tension are gone. Jin Rou has power leveled to be one of the strongest cultivators on the continent in a year, and nobody can challenge him. The author has gone full sugar, spice and everything nice so I doubt they can have any tragedy on the farm to give the story any impetus.

The author even squashes any possible tension from Jin being from another world, he explains everything offscreen and everyone is fine with it.

Maybe when gramps finally show up to the farm we can have 10 chapters with him playing with the baby, and 15 chapters of POV from all the other characters of how cute it is.


 

Raskaro
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Too many characters, depressing pace

Reviewed at: v3c18: Reach Out

Volume 1 was great. Read it when it first came out—it had its weird shortcomings, with the relationship of the protagonist developing too quickly with the villagers as well as the you-know-who candidate. Yet the story being so simple, of a boy who does not conform to the societal norms of a cultivation world(absolutely reasonable and enjoyable character trait) and does not wish for a life spent on it, you can't help but adore it. It carries the same simplicity in its grammar and style, which is not a problem but not exactly a plus except some matters, and to that end use of that language made reading it a whole lot of fun with Jin and his disciples.


Then it fell apart. Volume two and three(Is it three or four? I don't remember) have been a continuous downgrade following each chapter. 


The main reason(s, I'll come to that) is most likely because of the great reach author envisioned yet could not really grasp very well. There were already quite a few characters in the first volume and the screen time they had between them was balanced well enough that you could go from one to another without issues and in curiosity; the story was connected(even if loosely) between them, so you did not feel hung up(as you do in later volumes) or left un-treated.

The further volumes destroys that notion by bringing in more and more characters, who are not fleshed enough to be characters but are named and played as if they do matter a lot to the story. This doesn't really help when it takes further time away from Jin. He becomes less than a side character at some points, just background noise. Then those characters appear more and more, and then new ones get mixed in, and then some random people who get two or three pharagraphs of exposition to just showcase a few lines to an event already gone or is predicted to go down pop up and they do absolutely nothing favorable for the progression. 

The story is bogged down again and again, the main cast's screentime gets split up more and more, and the pacing just grinds down to a halt. It is depressing to some extent because this is supposed to be a slice of life story, so it is of fatal importance that characters should be used carefully in a well-executed manner—and from reading this you know why I find it so depressing. 

What any other reason I can mention? Author's use of the italicized dream-like sequences(Which I admit I used at some point on my own writing) kills any impact they have. This way of exposition for a great deal of the world lore and character background is disasterous further down the line. I don't remember a great deal of it, even, though I remember some random thing from the first volume after so long. 

Their unwillingness to flesh out scenes that a slice of life should have(Negotiation scenes that became more commonplace further down the story as a very specific example) is a massive turn-off that became more prominent. There is nothing done by the main character in the aforementioned scenes. He sits down alone or with someone who is well-versed in the business or someone who is just not supposed to be a opposition, a *** colon comes between, and we are told by him that ''I did my best I think...'' or something along the lines to finish it up.

It is disheartening to see the story turn out like this. I don't know if it will go back to the way it was, which is not something I advise since it does no good to an artist to remain static, but a little change would do good I think both for the author and the story.

Thank you for all your efforts and sweat shed through writing the novel.

 

Grumplo
Overall

Starts very strong, becomes pretty bad

Reviewed at: v3c24: End Where it Begins

The 1st  volume is great and still the best cultivation parody on the site. There are some things towards the end that I didn’t love but all in all the first volume is still a 5/5. Back then it truly deserved its place on the top in ratings; I was looking forward to every new chapter.

Reading the 2nd volume as it came out was frustrating, the story branched off hard, and the main character was put on the bench for a long time. The main story was artificially slowed down. Still a 3/5 for me and it will probably be a better read now that the 2nd volume is fully released, giving the reader the ability to skip some of the filler. I didn't mind that the topics were cliché (tournament arc etc.) this is still a parody, just the pacing was off.

The 3rd volume feels like pure Patreon milking. Chapter after Chapter is just a retelling of events in the past from a different PoV, in parts it feels like maybe one sentence of new information per chapter, and even then it is information that the reader could have lived without because they have no meaning for the overall story and are often not really new, just spelled out (e.g. someone is protective of a loved one that got hurt; yeah I figured). The story hasn’t moved an inch in the 3rd volume, 25 chapters in. It honestly makes me sad how much BoC has degraded. 0/5 for the current volume atm.

ur2048
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I'll be entirely honest here, when this fiction first rocketed up into being one of the best rated fictions on the entire site, I read it and thought it was overrated when compared to its neighbors on that sorting. I still thought it was good though.

However, as I read on, I feel more and more like that this is no longer a good fiction, but instead chapters riding on the momentum of their more accomplished predecessors. 

If I had to describe the first volume with one word, it would be "refreshing". You have Jin, who's essentially been kicked out of the xianxia world, and by extension, its tropes. Jin decides to start a humble new life away from all that junk which doesn't agree with his Canadian sensibilities. The future is uncertain, but Jin takes it on with an optimistic and grateful attitude. It's quite charming to see the process of Jin finding his place to belong.

Bi De is also a standout character, acting more like a typical cocky xianxia character to contrast with Jin's sensibilities. Bi De goes from someone who recklessly seeks power to someone who has a more tempered personality after seeing the consequences of his arrogance. The development is not incredibly original, but it's satisfying in its own way, and serves to complement the themes of the story.

The second volume takes a shift at looking at the bigger world and its goingons, as well as having more family themed slice of life scenes rather than homesteading ones. I still consider it good, but at some point here, the story starts to lose its way.

Characters no longer have the depth that they had in the first. For example, Bi De no longer has any notable character flaws, and is simply a very wise chicken. Jin's role in the story is now to be lauded by all around him for his sincere kindness matched by none and to do slice of life chapter stuff like playing hockey.

In addition to existing characters losing depth, there is a slew of new characters of similar levels of shallowness introduced throughout the volume, pushing the existing characters out of the spotlight. 

As for plot in the second volume, it's good, but the cracks start to show. In the second volume, Jin has found his place in the world, which causes the story to stagnate a bit. The slice of life chapters now feel like filler, and the plot progressing chapters fall into a more xianxia style due to Jin's greatest worry being the protection of his home and the abundance of plotlines with side characters in the spotlight. I still read it and liked most of it, but it's no longer refreshing.

The third volume takes the second volume's flaws, and makes it the whole story. By the third volume, pretty much all compelling avenues for development, character or plot-wise, have already dried up. So it's the slice of life scenes that feels awfully reminiscent of those from the second volume and bloated flashbacks. The vast majority of the entire third volume is basically filler. Sure, there are teases for things like an expedition for a side character to find coffee beans in a far off land, or meeting Jin's surrogate grandpa, but I find it hard to get excited for scraps when the main serving of the good stuff is missing.

Overall, I'm not too optimistic about how this fiction is going. It feels like it's going through some sort of purgatory. If so, I hope it wraps up soon with this current plotline so that I can put it down with a sense of resolution. 

John Jungman
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Brilliant, then tiring, now dull.

Reviewed at: v3c26: The Present

The first volume is quite possibly one of the best things I've read on this site. I first read it when the first chapter first came out, and have had the opportunity to accompany the main character on his remarkably well-written, heartwarming, and unusual path of growth.

The second volume almost wholly divorces itself from the main character from whom the story derives so much of its charm. Furthermore, it indulges in that trope which scarcely any story of its type has managed to resist - the dreaded tournament arc.

The third volume is thus far an exercise in worldbuilding, disguised as a narrative, and clothed in a flashback. Furthermore, though this was an issue that really began in the second volume, the other characters lavish so much praise upon the main character that it has become nauseating to read.

The pace has slowed to a crawl. I feel that these things - the indulgence in overused tropes and flashbacks, the excessive side-character POV chapters, the snail-like pace, the almost inevitable worship of the main character by almost everyone with whom he comes in contact - have sadly reduced the quality of a unique work that once showed great promise.

Though none of this feedback is new, much of its having been given by many readers since the second volume, it is arguable whether it has been constructively recieved. So long as that remains the case, my recommendation is to take a break from a story such as this so that a number of chapters are released, then skim. It is advice I would not have given for the first volume.