Beware Of Chicken

by Casualfarmer

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  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
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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 to Wednesday, and then Friday.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: He Bravely Turned His Tail and Fled ago
Chapter 2: Rice Farming 101 ago
Chapter 3: Beneath the Crescent Moon ago
Chapter 4: Nothing But a Hound Dog ago
Chapter 5: Verdant Hill ago
Chapter 6: "Young Master", Type 19 ago
Chapter 7: Country Roads ago
Chapter 8: Experimental Procedure ago
Chapter 9: Title Drop ago
Chapter 10: Lift Together ago
Chapter 11: The Newcomers ago
Chapter 12: The Mid-Autumn Festival ago
Chapter 13: The Spirit Furnace ago
Chapter 14: Winnie the Poo ago
Chapter 15: Side Quest ago
Chapter 16: Commandment ago
Chapter 17: Counting the Days ago
Chapter 18: Cracked Moon ago
Chapter 19: ROUS ago
Chapter 20: An Autumn Leaf ago
Chapter 21: The First Flakes ago
Chapter 22: Meanwhile, Back at the Town... ago
Chapter 23: The Young Mistress ago
Chapter 24: The Princess and the General ago
Chapter 25: The Students ago
Chapter 26: Two Pig Open Sleigh ago
Chapter 27: The March ago
Chapter 28: Strength and Skill ago
Chapter 29: The Great Master ago
Chapter 30: Something Worth Recognition ago
Chapter 31: A Glorified Battery ago
Chapter 32: Choices ago
Chapter 33: A Blade of Grass ago
Chapter 34: The Goalie and the Dishwasher ago
Chapter 35 Connections ago
Chapter 36: Homecoming ago
Chapter 37: Rewarded ago
Chapter 38: Preparing for the Night ago
Chapter 39: Jin-gle Bells ago
Chapter 40: Dawn ago
Chapter 41: Tick Tock Goes The Clock ago
Chapter 42: A Lull ago
Chapter 43: Broth and Ice ago
Chapter 44: A Fox and A "Deer" ago
Chapter 45: Statues and a House ago
Chapter 46: Vengeance and Hives ago
Chapter 47: Observe ago
Chapter 48: Ignite ago
Chapter 49: The Final Stretch ago
Chapter 50: Setting Sail, Coming Home ago
Deleted Scene from chapter 50. ago
Chapter 51: Wedding Part 1 ago
Chapter 52: Wedding Part 2 ago
Chapter 53: The End of the Beginning ago
Vol1: Epilogue ago
Volume 1.5: Kintsugi 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

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Good Story Inverting Typical Xianxia Tropes

Reviewed at: Vol1: Epilogue

Entertaining story about an isekai who prefers being a farmer rather than taking part in typical xianxia activities and power plays. As such, he leaves his sect and travels as far from other cultivators as possible to find and cultivate foodstuffs instead. Pokes fun at some characteristic features of the genre, while still containing a coherent and enjoyable story.

Some tropes covered include: young masters, the stereotypical pursuit of power as well as the accompanying risks and costs of doing so; as well as some new ones being thrown in based on what the author imagines some possible downsides could come out of constant pill-popping and going against the heavens/'natural order of things'. Also includes interesting PoVs from the chicken (mentioned in the title) who has a more conventional xianxia character’s perspective. While the chicken is particularly entertaining, the other characters also do not disappoint. They are not amongst the greatest I have ever read, but they fit well into the story, help drive the plot and none of them ever felt completely wrong or flat.

The writing style is clear and engaging. The spelling and grammar are relatively decent, though it has some issues. It is readable but there are a number of errors in most chapters. Some of which are frequently repeated throughout the story. For example, misuse of “its” instead of “it's” and vice versa.

The story is still relatively new and the chapter release rate is quite fast, so I will update my review as the story continues. Hope this helps.

Review initially written when Chapter 22 was the latest chapter. Updated when Chapter 41 was the latest chapter.

gammoregam
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Everything starts feeling one-note and predictable rather quickly; also, the way the MC seems to be able to massively grow in powere and wealth (in produced goods if not currency, because he's not selling his valuable stuff) with seemingly less effort put in than standard cultivators of the realm and much less risk as well feels unrealistic. If there were a method that easy and effective, and if all pills weree poison always, there should be some people to have discovered this and others that would copy them. The story doesn't seem to justify the MC's snowflake method to powere.

Guacamole69
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A good Xianxia parody with genuine emotion

Reviewed at: Cracked Moon

Beware of chicken is an interesting combination of parody, actual Xianxia, and I think, in parts, a work that somewhat deconstructs the Xianxia genre.

The foremost element of the work is a parody, and quite honestly its parody elements are some of the funniest content I've seen on the site. The main character's isekai nature is used to justify him as a sort of rational audience insert, noting and making fun of the natural absurdity of the machismo which permeates the Xianxia world. His reaction to reincarnating as a low-level disciple basically being "I'm noping the fuck out of here" lays a rich bed of comedy that the intro effectively taps into. 

The fights, when they do happen, are written well enough. Qi channeling, leveling up, and the prose of pseudo-spirituality are all good enough to not detract from the experience. 

The best element which I think truly differentiates the work is the running theme of critiquing the Xianxia world. While the point is often made humorously, Beware of chicken makes a running critique of the rather vacuous and all-consuming desire for power for its own sake which permeates the culture of Xianxia worlds. This theme at once informs much of the work's comedy, but also much of its pathos.

The main character, in a real sense, demonstrates a sense of true spirituality in a metaphorical sense where he finds power and happiness by transcending the desire for power which consumes other cultivators and is content simply helping the earth grow and thrive in his own small section of the world. It is in many ways like one punch man, wherein the protagonist's unflappable ambivalence lends itself easily to both deadpan parody comedy and real statements about other people's preoccupation with status and things that don't actually matter. 

The one problem I can see is where it will go next. Unlike traditional Xianxia this story can't really just default to facing bigger and badder enemies to continue its current quality so it will require some continual creativity to keep the story at its current quality. With daily updates, I can only hope that the author has the time to spend that kind of thought. As of now, it is one of the few 5's I've come across on the website. 

EWteraptis
Overall

New direction, lacking development

Reviewed at: Interlude 3: Q=V/t

While Beware of Chicken undeniably goes in a different direction than most xianxia themed stories, ultimately, this becomes something of the same tired gimmick that plagues most xianxia stories. 

 

Instead of there being no real conflict or meaningful threat to the main character in their increasing power-leveling, as in most xianxias, in Beware of Chicken, there is never any real sense of threat to the MC's choice of seeking normalcy, despite him accumulating riches that would typically provoke threat in a xianxia universe.  

That is not to say this was not a new and interesting thing initially, but unless soemthing changes, it is doomed to become as tired as the inevitable cycle of threat-new power-cultivation increase that ultimately kills other xianxia.

The grammar and wording is good - however, I view that as baseline, not something that's necessarily praiseworthy.

sev085
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I really enjoyed reading this, and can't wait for more!

The pacing of the story is well done. Slow enough to build the world, but fast enough you're not reading a chapter dedicated to bowel movements like some "founder of lit rpg" *cough* Kong *cough* might write. It is clear the writer is having fun while telling an interesting story. The characters are realistic for the setting and the break from the Young Master trope is good enough to pull and keep my interest. The grammar is easy to read with few if any mistakes. It reads like its been edited at least a few times.  Already you can see future plot threads planted throughout these early chapters. The story does jump between characters, but the author does it smoothly, and I do not find myself losing track of what is going on moment to moment like stories. Really what I am trying to say with all this is take a moment of your day and give this story a shot.

It is my hope the author takes the time to publish because between the grammar and story it is better than some of the stuff i've seen on Amazon!

Wandering_Memo
Overall

I Started reading the wrong chapter.

Reviewed at: Chapter 28: Strength and Skill

Somehow or another, I miss-clicked when I first started reading this story, and skipped to chapter 12, The Mid-Autumn Fest, and guess what? The story still somehow managed to be very good.

I kept getting mysterious vibes whenever Jin mentioned something that happend in the first chapters, thinking that's how the author wanted to tell the backstory of the mc or past events that happend before the start of the story, and I found it awesome.

A couple of days after I binge read it, I came back and opened the first chapter, only to be baffled by reading something I haven't before.

So, I started reading and thought that since the story is already good as it is, and I understand everything going on, the first chapters won't be adding much, but I was WRONG, and the story somehow got better!

Amazing story, 10/10, would read again. 

Homeless_One
Overall

A Peaceful story with plenty of comedy

Reviewed at: The Mid-Autumn Festival

This was a breath of fresh air, and I love it to bits despite just having found it. The humor is grand and the interactions between characters feels natural and while reading it, there were few times I did Not have a goofy smile on my face. So many Xianxia stories have face slapping and constant pushing to be stronger, while few look at the other side of cultivation, that of comprehension and simply being at peace/one with the world. I highly recommend anyone to try it out!

Eyeeric
Overall

I approached the Blue Box. Lost in my cultivation, continuing to the next level of power greedily, I was struck by the Gray Box. I was stuck, and couldn't move forward. 

Bi Di stood perched on the fence, blocking my path ahead. The Next Chapter button out of reach. 

I cried softly. 

mcdeathcore
Overall

A relaxing slice of life. No tension good story.

Reviewed at: V2, Chapter 2: Each Day a Blessing

Normally I break down each catagory. but its all good. grammar is fine. style is good although the start kinda read like a children's book somehow. story is good. and characters are the best part. 

No tension slice of life. Dude living it up and making fun of the genre along the way. 

read the first volume. abuse in the second so I dropped. 

Nomad1791
Overall

I will begin by saying I hate the whole young master B's and all the power difference between heaven and earth crap. This is the story of a man who feels the same. 🤣 I love this story the closest thing we have to a young master are the farm animals and their trials and tribulations. Guy gets thrown into a cultivating world of BS and goes nope none of that toxic shit for me I'll just farm and live a good life. Who'd have thunk that simple sentiment would give him the best story.my favorite character is probably his rooster I'm not gonna throw names around because just the names bring me joy. I feel like the rooster is a better mc that 99.99% of protagonists in must wuxias. He's noble, trying to learn, caring, and strong seriously the rooster is the full deal. Our actual mc isn't bad himself but his story so far is more sweet slice of life and I love him too 🤣 just a carefree guy doing what he wants that feels right to him. A guy like that not being stabbed in the back just for being a decent human being is a breath of fresh air. Anyway thanks author I'm gonna stop gushing now hope you keep writing.