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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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Beware of Chicken is a character-driven story first and a Xianxia novel second. And it nails both.
Characters are extremely nuanced and have meaningful interactions and growth. The challenges and conflicts they endure and overcome feel extremely real. When it comes to making you root for characters, bemoan their struggles, and celebrate their victories, Beware of Chicken knows exactly what it's doing.
Likewise, the style pairs very well with the story. The author does a great job of showing only a tip of the iceburg that's actually ocurring just off-screen. This helps to give the world the feeling of being alive while also keeping us readers on our toes.
Unfortunately, where Beware of Chicken loses points is in its story. There is no real overarching plot, which can be fine in such a character-focused slice of life like this. But the problem comes when the story focuses a little too granuarly on the details of characters' lives, resulting in less growth per chapter. The first volume had some great pacing, and that volume in my mind is as close to 5 stars as you can get. But the second volume is where things get a little too focused. Every chapter is still a joy to read, but things have slowed down significantly from the first volume.
Likewise, Beware of Chicken also loses points on grammar. At times, it can feel like the story was written on a phone with overly ambitious auto-correct. Punctuation and capatilazation around quotes are also notoriously bad. However, rarely do these mistakes cause confusion on what's actually happening in the scene. Also, recent chapters have seen a significant improvement in this area. (NOTE: In general, a grammar mistake is easy to fix by anyone in seconds, but a single story/character issue can only be fixed by the author and can take hours. So I don't generally let grammar affect my "Overall Score").
In general, the rich characters and beautiful style make Beware of Chicken a joy to read. If you've been looking for something fun to make you feel good, look no further.
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.
Normally, Wuxia/Xianxia protagonists are all "me me me!" and lord their unfair, unearned advantage over everyone else, strutting around in as cocky a manner as they can while they steal, cheat, kill or bed everything and anything they want. The MC in this story, however, actually has some decency and common sense, which is already a refreshing novelty, but he actually helps his community, which is downright ground breaking. I am sure the author, too, is aware and sick of the way wuxia MCs normally act, and is writing specifically against that. Hell, even the NPCs are aware of it and their minds are blown about MC not being an ass.
Honestly, this goes exactly as it should, when you think about it. Normally, wuxia stories are written by Chinese authors, and their morals and ethics have been destroyed over the last 60+ years to the point where they think it is not only normal, but obvious, that people with power will trample over anyone and everything, stealing, cheating and killing without giving things a second thought. This story has a western protagonist and is written by a western author, so it has western morals and ethics. Not much else to the why it's so appealing to a western audience.
As for negatives... each 'chapter' is barely 3-4 pages long if you convert them to text document, but I guess that's to be expected from something that is being updated 3 times a week. It does make taking the label 'chapter' seriously somewhat hard, though.
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.
for those who know how the general world of xianxia works will find themselves immensly ammused beacuse mc is decides that cultivation isn't for him and begins cultivating instead.
also he is isekaid and uses other worldly cultivation techniqes to accidentaly become a hidden master.
yes there are arrogant young masters (variant #4 actualy kind of strong for their rank) and yes it is hilarious to see one be put in the dirt where they belong.
and yes the chicken is very dangerous, 10/10 will read again
I'm too lazy to wite a long review, so I'll only say this: What the fuck, I binged this series too fast and now I have to wait for more chapters to come :(
Goddamn this series is so good. The only flaw I see are some incorrect grammar and typos. I suggest to the author that he use Grammarly for editing his chapters. It's free and so easy to use. Other than that, this series is so damn good.
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?)