Back with more cnovel recommendations! The selection this time is quite varied~ 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.
铜钱龛世 (Copper Coins)
It was the twenty-third year of Tianxi*. Rumours traversed the streets that the all-knowing Imperial Advisor suffered a great calamity and could not help but enter seclusion to focus on cultivation. However, the commoners secretly clapped their hands and rejoiced. In the winter of the same year, a young monk appeared in the Hui Zhou Fu’s Ningyang District.
The monk’s monastic title was Xuan Min, his memories all missing, yet was versed in the arts of Feng Shui Kan Yu**. On the very first day arriving in Ningyang, he did not hesitate to take care of a dangerous manor, picking up Xue Xian, who was hidden there, along the way.
Since then, Xue Xian – who had been all-powerful in the first half of his life – gained a new life pursuit: to get this baldy*** who had only a good outer appearance to take his last breath and “smile from his grave”.
Xue Xian: If you are unhappy, then I will be happy. If you die, I’ll laugh my ass off.
Xuan Min: … (Novel Updates)
Mu Su Li is actually a rather prominent author, but perhaps not many realise that this same author has written so many different titles. And all of them pretty decent. Anyway, Copper Coins is one of them. I’ll try to avoid spoilers as much as possible. The novel follows our shameless MC (Xue Xian) who wants to regain his former powers, to put it vaguely. He encounters ML (Xuan Min) at the start, and they end up travelling together due to certain reasons. As they do so, they encounter mysterious occurrences which are in fact, linked to their past. Along the way, they will also be joined by a few other side characters.
To be honest, I think it’s obvious that MC and ML’s past are clearly intertwined. The thing is, how? This gets uncovered, along with ML’s lost memories. What I liked the most is MC’s shameless personality, and how he does everything to get under ML’s skin. I couldn’t believe some of the lines he sprouted out of his mouth lol. In contrast to that, ML remains mostly unaffected except for…certain moments. /cough
While the overall plot is not super complicated and unexpected, everything was smoothly unraveled and well-explained. And all the characters were nicely fleshed out, including the side characters who each had their own solid stories and personalities.
Written by: 微风几许 (Wei Feng Ji Xu)
Length: 103 Chapters + 3 Extras
Translations: KK Translates
Hyperthymesia. Those with this condition can remember every detail of their lives from something as significant as the worlds turning point to something as small and as insignificant as a minor fleeting thought. They cannot forget and their thirst for knowledge allow them to be considered as a genius in some senses.
Legend has it that Ji Yushi was this kind of genius.
In addition, it was said that he was gay, and very beautiful.
As soon as the news that he was going to support Tianqiong’s seventh squad broke out, it sent everyone buzzing.
Everyone knew that the captain of the seventh squad, Song Qinglan, was a hoodlum and deeply homophobic.
He not only relied on his super powerful abilities to become the dark horse on the battlefield in less than two years, he also hates it when those at the top forces a flower vase into his squad.
Sure enough, Song Qinglan announced in front of everyone, “Useful? Us brothers are going out there working ourselves to the bone, we don’t need a little genius who can only speedread quantum waves!”
The squad was forced into a dire situation during their mission.
That beautiful little genius calmly continued on, every gunfire hitting the mark, his fighting power peaking.
Song Qinglan begged in front of everyone, “Adviser Ji, stay.”
At the end, he added, “I’ll work myself to the bone for you.”
Ji Yushi had a secret.
He would often be awake at night, suffering from memory overload and recurring nightmares.
There was only one thing that could let him fall asleep peacefully.
And that was Song Qinglan. (Novel Updates)
After reading ‘Welcome to the Nightmare Game’ and having higher expectations for the 无限流 genre, I was not expecting to find another novel to make me fall heads over heel in love with so quickly. But I did. When the author of ‘Welcome to the Nightmare Game’ asked her followers for 无限流 recommendations, this title popped out at the top. What a great find!
To give an overview of the story: this takes place in a sci-fi-ish setting where people can time-travel. In fact, MC (Ji Yushi) and ML (Song Qinglan) both belong to the organisation which overlooks these operations, in order for humanity to avoid dire disasters. MC originally belonged to the section which travels to the past, to record history in detail. As the synopsis states, he has hyperthymesia. However, one of the members on ML’s squad was seriously injured. So MC was sent over to support for the next mission. ML’s squad belongs to the more risky section which travels to potentially dangerous realms. As for the reason behind the prejudice and misunderstanding between them, it’s up to you to read for yourself!
As a heads-up, this novels deals heavily with time paradox theories and physics theories! Like REALLY HEAVILY. All of their missions deal with time paradoxes, and the first mission is particularly confusing. I had to check a fan-made diagram when I finished to make sure I understood correctly. By the end of the novel, I was so blown away when I saw the dots connect. And in just 103 chapters? Wow. Everything is linked together, from their first missions till the last mission. Their present. Their past.
I really loved how MC and ML grew to rely and trust each other. The other squad members are really great too, and the way they witnessed the couple’s confession was one of the funniest moments. Anyway, it’s now one of my top favourites! There was no English translations yet when I read this. But I found out recently that it just got picked up. So those who can’t read in the original language, can now check it out!
他来了请闭眼之暗粼 (Pristine Darkness)
Written by: 丁墨 (Ding Mo)
Length: 135 Chapters
Translations: Meraki Translations
She has chosen a path that is different from that of the ordinary person and she has also fallen in love with a man who is different from that of ten thousand other. Thus even she is covered in bruises, her heart filled with reassurances. Pain radiates from the bottom of her heart, but happiness also brims from the bottom of her heart, causing the secluded Butterfly Killer from the masked gang of killers to emerge……
Darkness is everywhere. To get to the bottom of this painful investigation, he must leave to uncover the illusions behind the darkness. Justice is like the cold rocks in a deep abyss beneath the great moon. Yet the clear light has always existed in the dark. If he finally comes, please close your two tearful eyes in the depths of the night forevermore. (Novel Updates)
Sequel to ‘When He Comes, Close Your Eyes’ (which I previously reviewed). However, do take note that Ding Mo seemed to disregard some of the stuff she wrote in the prequel’s extras LOL. For example, a certain side character. For example, a certain pet turtle. Just keep this in mind, and prepare yourself for a roller-coaster read. The main reasons I enjoyed the prequel were the couple, as well as the crime mysterious. Well, Ding Mo delivers it here again so I was not disappointed. I loved reading how both MC and ML applied their criminal psychology knowledge, and how they cooperated with their fellow colleagues. MC was pretty awesome throughout, and ML’s EQ has definitely improved HAHA. Though there are still those hilarious moments. For example, it mentioned how he would drag MC to the most questionable places (a prison??) for their trips.
That does not mean that my heart did not break though. I would say that the emotional moments here are heavier? Because the overall crime case did not just test the couple, but also important side characters. It was certainly a thrilling page-turner, with many twists and turns. I couldn’t believe a certain (spoiler) at first.
If you enjoyed the prequel, I think that you would enjoy this sequel too! Just be prepared for certain heartache moments.
娱乐圈是我的 (The Entertainment Circle Is Mine)
Written by: 春刀寒 (Chun Dao Han)
Length: 169 Chapters + 3 Extras
Xu Zhaixing’s idol, Cen Feng, was a new star slowly rising in the entertainment circle.
She firmly believed that her idol’s brilliance will one day be seen by everyone.
But she couldn’t wait for that day to arrive anymore.
Cen Feng had committed suicide at home because of depression.
It was only after his death that the injustices he had suffered were revealed to the public.
It turned out, he was an adopted orphan and his biological father was actually a murderer.
It turned out, the reason he had never touched the piano again was because his little finger was deliberately trampled by his teammates.
It turned out, the team was bullying him, and he had offended a company higher-up, resulting in resources being divided. (Novel Updates)
Thank you to my friend (Emong) for the recommendation! This is a really sweet and heart-warming read. The synopsis here is a little different from the original one. But basically the original one reveals that BOTH MC and ML are reborn, and they both have memories of the past. Once she is reborn, MC first resolves her own family affairs. Then she does her utmost to make sure everything will be smooth-sailing for ML. She always prioritises his happiness, and rids of all those cancerous existences to him. Once he is reborn, ML becomes apathetic and gives up on his dream. But thanks to MC he learns to love and walks out of his depression.
I really love the couple. The female CEO + male idol dynamic was refreshing. ML was her beacon of light in the past, and she also grows to become his in this current life. I was smiling like a fool as I read on, due to the sweet developments. But as several comments mentioned, you also can’t help but tear up? There’s like a gentle accompanying pain, when I read about ML’s past and condition, and the amount of love and warmth he deserves and finally receives in this lifetime (unlike the past).
This was a memorable read for me, and I do recommend it if it sounds like your cup of tea!
我开动物园那些年 (Those Years I Opened A Zoo)
Written by: 拉棉花糖的兔子 (Marshmallow Bunny)
Length: 199 Chapters + 9 Extras
After graduating, the poor Duan Jiaze inherited a private zoo. He signed a contract and welcomed Luya, Daji, Bai Suzhen, black bear and other “animals”.
Since then, he was so worried that he has been dreaming about customer traffic.
Since then, the first zoo to implement a classification system has appeared, anyone under 21 years old cannot visit Luya.
Since then, demons, ghost and monks from the previous era are seething.
Many years later, Duan Jiaze and Luya imitated a dialogue at the annual meeting.
Duan Jiaze: Luya didn’t even attend elementary school, he has been a jobless citizen wandering for thousand of years. Afterwards he found a job, that is, to be an animal at the zoo.
Luya: … (Novel Updates)
This was a really fun, easy-going read. I didn’t need to think hard while reading it, and just enjoyed the adorable “animals” and the hilarious situations. All of them are very individualistic, and the novel shows how these mythical creatures and characters adapt to regular animal forms and the modern world. They even enjoy it, as it’s like a vacation for them. Sun Wukong? Bai Suzhen and Xiaoqing? Kun Peng? All of them are in the novel, and many more. Even for those normal animals, there would still be out-of-the-ordinary interactions as MC has the support of these legendary figures (including ML) as well as the zoo system. Due to the zoo system, I could almost imagine this novel as one of those zoo simulation games haha.
Speaking of MC, he does have a golden finger. At the start, I just accepted the setting and didn’t question much. But it turns out that there is an explanation for this, which is revealed towards the end of the novel. Since I initially had zero expectations for this, I was pleasantly surprised by it. The novel also brings up some environmental issues, with the MC addressing it as best as he can while managing his zoo. The couple’s romance is very slowburn, and does not take the centre stage. But I enjoyed their dynamics because it’s not often that I see a more mature MC + childish ML. ML is also childish in a funny way, so I don’t dislike him.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted read, you can try this out!