I’m a bit sad that my reading speed is slow these days due to my hectic work. But I realised that I still do have titles I can recommend from my list of complete reads, so here’s another post of quick cnovel reviews. This time again, the selection is pretty varied so hopefully you’ll find something that interests you!
As mentioned, I make it a point to finish once I start reading so if the English translations aren’t complete, I read the original Mandarin Chinese version.
不要在垃圾桶里捡男朋友 (Don’t Pick Up Boyfriends From the Trash Bin)
Written by: 骑鲸南去 (Qi Jing Nan Qu / Riding A Whale South)
Length: 270 Chapters + 13 Extras
Translations: Chrysanthemum Garden
Chi Xiaochi: fourth-rate citizen at birth, three-time award-winning film emperor, second-rate temper, first-class looks. He crawled his way out of hell on hard mode to become a winner at life.
Then, he was smashed into a vegetative state by a chandelier.
061: Hello, here’s a brief rundown on the scum gong reconditioning system. This system measures the regret level of the scum gong. Every time their regret level reaches one hundred points, you will be able to leave the current world. A friendly tip, usually, through dedication and self-sacrifice, our employees slowly foster a sense of dependency in the scum gongs, gradually making it so the scum gongs can’t live without them.
Chi Xiaochi: How many regret points is a complete loss of reputation and standing worth? How about a fall from grace? Or wanting something but never being able to obtain it?
061: …… (Novel Updates)
I just finished this and had to rave about it. From the synopsis, it sounds like the typical world-hopping, face-slapping, revenge type of plot which we see every now and then. But believe me, this novel goes even further. For example, each world is varied and contains elements which you can find in every other similar novel: ABO, apocalyptic setting, breaking into the entertainment industry and so on. But the author puts extra effort in the world-building, and even explaining why the world became like this (for apocalyptic setting). Or they may even break the usual conventions which we always see in every other novel (for ABO). Moreover, they even explore the mechanics behind the scum gong reconditioning system, and MC starts to question if things are really that simple. It’s great, and I don’t want to spoil too much. Just know that you can’t take things at face value. And that the author really explains many things.
The characters are full of life and engage you. Not just the MC and ML, but also the side characters. The author takes time to showcase their personality, interactions, and history. This includes the host whose body the MC takes over in each world. Because the MC does not put first priority on exacting revenge, but on making life better for the host even after he leaves their body. This added to my enjoyment of every arc, and I did not dislike any. ML is also shown not just being an accessory to MC. He also plays an important role in uncovering the deeper truth, as do other side characters.
Also, MC and ML have great chemistry and a deeper past which gets revealed over time. This point alone makes everything so much more fantastic. Because very often for these novels, we just take it for granted that MC and ML are in love, somehow, along the way. Which is fine, to be honest. I can still enjoy those. But I have to give credit to this novel for taking the extra mile in developing the relationship between MC and ML. It’s endearing. The ending was a pleasant surprise too, as it is unlike other similar novels.
I feel that my review is a huge mess, because this novel makes me excited, but at the same time I don’t want to give away too much. So I’ll just say – please give this a try! Just take note that there are mature themes.
至此终年 (together forever)
Written by: 墨宝非宝 (Mo Bao Fei Bao)
Length: ~ 22 chapters
What if you met a teacher who was once a surgeon? When you were thirteen years old, both his and your mother were being rescued in the same hospital. However, six to seven years later, he can no longer hear any sound and unable to work in the surgery theatre anymore. Holding a book, he has become an ordinary university lecturer.
What if he is the same as you – abandoned by his mother, and a father who he can’t talk about?
What if he lost his health because he tried to save the nation?
What if, he loves you?
Can you bear not to love him?
“To have Ping Sheng in your life, life has no regrets.” (Novel Updates)
Reviewing another Mo Bao Fei Bao novel. Let’s see if I can still recollect my thoughts about this, as it’s been a while since I finished this. I enjoyed this because it hits close to home. The issues which two main characters face are rather realistic, adding to the angst of the novel. But rest assured that this has a happy end.
Though this features a teacher-student relationship, I feel that the main focus isn’t that. It’s more about two characters with troubled backgrounds, coming together to find solace in one another. If I remember correctly, the author did say that she modeled the MC after someone she knew, so I guess that explains why she felt really real. Additionally, the ML wasn’t modeled after someone specifically, but rather is a tribute to the doctors and nurses who risked their lives during the SARS outbreak.
全宇宙最后一只猫 (the last cast in the universe)
During his patrol, Ji Xiu Yun, a marshal of the Empire, was ambushed and went missing. When he returned, there was a pure white creature crouching on his army cap.
Through genetic testing, it was determined that this cute and delicate little fellow was a creature that had faded away with the mother planet of humans 2000 years ago——a cat.
The last cat in the universe!
The people of the Empire were frenzied! (Novel Updates)
This is a quick, light-hearted read! I was looking for something short and fluffy to read then, so this was perfect for me. I loved reading how everyone fawned over MC in his cat form, and the ridiculous conclusions they make such about a cat by observing him. Because the MC’s identity isn’t exactly a cat, he is cultivating to be a nine-tailed cat and gain immortality. MC also learns about this futuristic world and their technology. Funny moments include him accidentally starting a live broadcast, and continuing to do so, so as to earn money.
ML has a poker face and a straight personality. He’s also quick-witted enough to figure out that MC saved his life, though he isn’t sure how at first. Nonetheless, he does everything to repay the favour, while also throwing bait at MC to get what he wants at times. It was interesting to see how he reacts upon learning MC’s true identity, and seeing his human form.
I thought that the transition of their feelings would be awkward. But it wasn’t too bad, and all in all a cute read.
舌尖上的心跳 (The Heartbeat at the Tip of the Tongue)
Written by: 焦糖冬瓜 (Jiao Tang Dong Gua)
Length: 82 Chapters
The vastly differing world views of the male and female lead –
The purpose of food:
Female lead: To fill my tummy!
Male lead: Art!
The impression they have of each other:
Female lead: Impossible!
Male lead: Too stupid!
Is there a possibility that you would date the other party?
Female lead: Who, who wants to get together with this peculiar weirdo!
Male lead: She’s so stupid, I’m the only person capable of accepting her.
This is a story about how an arrogant and cold male idol successfully PKs the female lead’s black-bellied childhood playmate before bringing the female lead along in his domination over the world of gourmet food. The male lead is an extremely talented chef; however, he suffers from blindness – thus, his other senses are all hypersensitive with the exception of his sight. With his perfect sense of taste and his ability to accurately determine people’s attitude and feelings through their vocal tone and their breathing, he is better able to discern the truth and people’s real underlying intentions when compared to the common man. (Novel Updates)
Warning: don’t read this on an empty stomach, or you may be left feeling extremely hungry due to the cooking and food descriptions! Essentially, this is about ML inspiring MC in discovering her dreams, and becoming a gourmet chef just like himself. Also in return, ML’s cold personality starts to warm up as he interacts with her.
There is a strong second male lead too. After having read this and another of the author’s novel, I guess this author has a thing about love triangles. However, I must say that the author handled it really well. While I didn’t find yourself rooting for the second male lead (because I’m a bigger fan of the ML…), I could empathise with him. It also adds to the notion that timing is important, and sometimes you can easily miss out on the one closest to you.
At the end of it all, I must say that it was the ML who won me over. Which I must add is difficult, because usually I side more with the MC. I love it when ML allows the MC to grow and mature, and this one fits the bill to a T.
反派有话说 (The Villain Has Something to Say)
As the head disciple of the number one sect in the world, Luo Jianqing had a brilliant reputation. He was the most respected senior brother of his junior brothers and sisters: the last disciple of the cultivation world’s number one cultivator, Luo Jianqing greatly respected his master’s teachings, not crossing his limits by even half a step.
Afterwards…… he was stabbed to death just like that by the main character with his sword. His master’s sword.
Luo Jianqing: “……”
The heavens wants me dead, yet I refuse to die! See if the will of the heavens is more fearsome, or if the will of my sword is more stubborn!
Wu Yin: “Jianqing, I have something to say to you.”
Luo Jianqing: “Master, I also have something to say to you.”
Wu Yin: “… you speak first?”
Luo Jianqing: “You speak first.”
Wu Yin: “I like you.” / Luo Jianqing: “I want to top you.”
Wu Yin: “……” (Novel Updates)
I’m back with another Mo Chen Huan novel review. Well I have read a lot by this author, so you should expect more. Anyway, this time the author tackles the xianxia world, coupled with rebirth. At first, I thought that this would be a typical novel. That the MC will take revenge against the main character (who is actually transmigrated from the real world and hence knows what happens in the novel). But I eventually realised that this wasn’t the focus. MC starts to question what is heaven’s will and how to go against it. It’s a much bigger journey.
At the start of the novel, you will wonder what is up with ML. But I will just say that the ML has given up a lot for the MC, and that he has a huge part in why MC could even be reborn. (They are both thirsty for each other!) Towards the latter half of the novel, you may start to question if this is tragedy – it isn’t. It has a happy end, so don’t worry. Though I admit that I skipped to the last chapter to make sure of that, even while already knowing that it has a happy end.
Side characters are diverse and engaging too. This novel gave me one of my all-time favourite side character ever. If you read this novel, it won’t be hard to figure out who. I’ll just say that he gets his own happy end in the extras too (after a lot of pain ugh).