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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.
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Personally I thoroughly enjoy this story. I generally enjoy xianxia novels, but this one brought an entirely new take to the genre completely changing the rules, while still undeniably remaining in the same category. The characters were all slightly one dimensional at the start, mostly being one defining trait each, e.g. arrogance, greed, caring, but they all have evolved since then and have become much more interesting. I would say there might be slightly too many characters to give them all their chance in the spotlight, but still overall the characters are quite good. In terms of grammar I don't pay that much attention to it so I don't feel like I can give it a perfect score, but I haven't really noticed any mistakes. I absolutely love how smoothly xianxia and slice of life have been combined with the MC focusing more on life, but with the aspects of power and training following him with his animals. This effectively lets me get the typical happy chemicals from the advancement while still not making it the main focus of the story and letting the characters evolve rather than just being generally determined and getting more powerful. I don't really know enough about writing to critique the style, but the pacing is quite nice and I have no problems with the story in that regard. Overall an AMAZING story.
if anyone was like me and was turned off by the writing style of the second half of the first chapter, stick it out. the excessive swear word internet-style prose quickly matures into something more natural and less embarassing for mc's voice.
its pretty interesting how the author maintains their ability to switch between voices with the pov. anyway its a good story is all im saying if you can gird your loins from some early awkwardness
Keeping in mind this whole site is stuffed full of fan-fiction tier word salad:
1 star - Trash. Unless you orgasm from certain genres or the MC is literally you but in a power fantasy stay away.
3 stars - Junk food. Nothing to brag about, but not fingernails on chalkboard bad. B movie with some nice popcorn.
5 stars - Good enough to recommend even if it's not in your genre wheelhouse. Not many of these even in the "Best Rated". lmao
Grading grammar and spelling is dumb unless it's so bad as to be unreadable.
A surprisingly enjoyable take on generic xianxia tropes. Not to the degree of parody or satire, simply tweaking the generic dumpsterfire just enough to make it fun.
Philosophy can be tricky to pull of in fiction but the author managed to keep the MCs "Simple life as best as I can" on track. No silly diatribes or phony moral conundrums to show how wise MC is, just some wholesome fun and a bit of elbow grease. The true path to enlightenment.
Having said that, the generic tropes are still there and I am not sure how long the bland but enjoyable slice of life can stave off the hoard of young masters to come (and they will come. xianxia is xianxia) so I couldnt quite bring myself to give it 5 stars.
Never thought I would enjoy a story in which a side character chicken has character developement. Props to the author for that.
3 Stars. As it turns out, yes, tolerable xianxia is possible. What a strange timeline.
I give you 4 hints for that, hoping for chapter is promising too i currently reading chapter 10 and that makes me rate after reading it all.. i was hoping the next chapter is give me more what i expecting.. i just have a humour about this line
Hanging onto a cart of rice, while Jin ran as fast as a horse.
Do that face too like a horse..
I know it is treason to speak of a contender to 'The Princess Bride', but Beware of chicken may have a slight chance of dethroning William Goldman's masterpiece.
A thrilling tale that is a mixture of adventure, romance and comedy. While you may be asking, 'wait which story is he talking about?' and the answer is YES! Both of these wonderful tales are complex and veried in their magnificense.
I'll just say I cannot wait for the Beware of Chicken Movie! Please someone make it.
I am not a fan of the Xianxia genre. I've never touched it before. I didn't even really properly know what it was until I read through this. I binged this over a day and a half. It was all I could think about during those two days, and then I fell off not long after the epilogue.
This story is like cotton candy: sweet, colorful, fluffy. The chicken has the best character arc, and that's where a lot of the comedy comes from. I wasn't fully on board until that first "fight," which had me howling.
The four stars are for how it kept me hooked, and the sheer number of times it made me laugh. Some elements were repeated a little too much, but they were extremely enjoyable in the first place. I've removed one collective star from some minor grammar stuff, and the fact (correct me if I'm wrong) that a "final boss" type character was given a lot of emphasis and build-up, mentioned one last time in the middle preparing to search for the main, and then, to my knowledge, was never seen or heard from again. RIP you random oily idiot, I waited for you until the very end.
Despite having bad grammar for the first 10 chapters or so it was an excellent start. Unfortunately the more effort that the author put in the lower the quality of the story over all became. World building reduced over time and characters didn't develope but degraded.
One example would be the female lead. She was introduced as cute, freckled, head strong, protective and ignorant of her charms. But as the story goes on she becomes/reveled to be spiteful, lustful, thinks to highly of herself. All the while MC acts like nothing has changed about her. Author is ignorant of the fact that the girl whom sings about f*cking a donkey and licks someones chest is not the same girl as was promised.
A good ish read. A novel idea for this website.
Though looking at it in the context of this abundance of praise, the novel seems nothing much. It falls to the same set of cliches it tries to mock. It's the worst kind of satire - the one that subverts the whole genre.
Grammar though could be its strongest part. It’s fully bearable.
I see so much praise for the "lightness of style". While the story only employs simplicity of concepts. Note that said concepts are no more diverse that an average *xia story.
Ideas are delivered in a begginer's manner. Though I am sure the author grows with the story, he or she breakers the description's promise. It hints of a cerebral character exploring a Confucianistic universe through the eyes or a rational, sensible person. The story even sets on with a mocking string of decisions. Which is then ruined by a standard character development. Exactly as its fellow average Chinese style web novels do. The formula is: 1 target encounters nuisances; 2 he/she not strong enough; 3 magically get strong; 4 solve nuisance; 5 repeat. Bonus points for showing no emotions. Double points for character exposition by fellow existences’ praise.
Characters are flat. To the point of not existing in this novel. There are only simple placeholder NPCs. I heard half of wuxiaworld is suing for intellectual rights. Take for example MC’s girlfriend’s father. He is a person that just sees a guy someday. Magically becomes best friends with the guy. Then says absolutely nothing when his underage daughter returns one night sweating and disheveled alongside the MC. He asks her absolutely nothing.
Furthermore, the people, or should I say the one-line deliverers, are at least developed rather consistently. The clicheic deployment is steadily increased with every chance. There is a chicken in the novel. It *a wizard did it* magically gains sentience. Then *a wizard did it* somehow speaks in the exact manner a feudal Chinese person would.
Sorry not sorry for the negativity. The text is just too un-ironic for its pretense.
The MC has barely arrived in a world dominated by abusive psychopaths who are near-infinitely more powerful than he is (he is a frog in a well), so what does he do? Get a random gf and start to plan a family, because of course his plot armor garantees that everything will easily work out for them...
What annoys me immensely with this story is how the MC does everything on a half-baked feeling. He wants to feel good and be comfortable all the time, so he just narrow-mindedly focuses on that. I never get the feeling that he has a smart long-term plan in mind - he is just going to YOLO everything on his path to max comfort, aiming for max comfort from the very start, because why would you ever let yourself be uncomfortable, really?
Being single? That's not as nice as getting laid every night, so just accept the advances of the first village girl to show up - don't worry, there is plot armor!
MC is a 'nice guy', so he proudly flexes his 'nice guy' chops by picking an average looking girl - but, big surprise, the 'average girl' he randomly picked (because she is the first girl to have shown interest in him) is actually an ultra-rare magic girl!!!
The MC disgusts me, basically. He just is 'nice' to people and his only goal in the world seems to be to aim for a myopically comfortable life for himself and his future family - as if they could ever truly be safe/happy/flourishing given the state of the world they live in...
MC is 'nice' to bad guys (ex: antagonizing and then letting total psychopaths go without a care in the world), just like he is 'nice' to villagers by showing them up constantly (of course poor villagers are all simple-minded and nice back to him, because plot armor).
Anyhow, the story basically has a lot of 'nice' moments, but if you analyze them closely, it becomes sadly apparent that they are all lame. I feel a ton of cringe from the bad karma the MC is accumulating due to his poor decision making.
What is kind of funny however is how the grossly underachieving MC is basically doing everything possible to guarantee a passionless romance and mariage. His only hook is easy money and clout (+ fake kindness), so the gf is just being turned on by materialistic greed, which is absolutely disgusting to watch, never works long-term, and cannot generate true passion. (Much like how trying to buy friends with money is pathetic and only generates parasites rather than true friends.)
In any case, the world-building is totally incoherent: in a psychotic xianxia world of power-tripping 'young masters', being a peasant means being victimized constantly. It means grieving and raging because your loved ones were abducted/raped/crippled/murdered/etc, or seriously worrying about it happening at least.
Instead, everything and everyone is nice and pleasant, 100% untraumatized, even though according to the story they supposedly should be worried about any pretty girl in their midst being spotted by one of the 'young masters' and their depraved henchmen. (As in: what was the reason the MC felt compeled to pick an average looking girl in the first place?)