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Tunicate
May 15, 2012





HerpicleOmnicron5 posted:

Don't know if it's entirely relevant here, but been listening to an audiobook of the cultivation novel A Thousand Li, and while I don't know what to make of the book's actual quality so far, the narration is top notch.

Similarly, I'm disappointed that I Can Turn Into a Fish stopped updating, because it was a lovely novel with one or two really solid burns by the translator every chapter

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Fallorn
Apr 14, 2005


Tao Wong is normally a fun read, his system apoc books are quite a bit different from most the genre.

gimme the GOD DAMN candy
Jul 1, 2007

Ask me about the hate crime perpetrated against a gay black man, and how it was a real hate crime and totally not fabricated. I am well acquainted with the facts of this actual hate crime which actually took place in actuality.

oh, an english language author who covers the standard wn genres using amazon self-publishing? that sounds interesting. he's a very prolific author, too.

Megazver
Jan 13, 2006


Jymmybob posted:


Also I wish qidian underground would come back up because I'm in Way of the Devil withdrawal.

it still exists bruv, google it

Fallorn
Apr 14, 2005


gimme the GOD drat candy posted:

oh, an english language author who covers the standard wn genres using amazon self-publishing? that sounds interesting. he's a very prolific author, too.

Dude also has written about the business side of trying to make self publishing on amazon work and it is kinda interesting:
https://www.mylifemytao.com/categor...shing-business/

HerpicleOmnicron5
May 31, 2013

How did this smug dummkopf ever make general?


Dude comes across really well in those blog posts. Really glad to have stumbled onto his stuff. Nearly finished Book 1 of Thousand Li and it's a pretty decent grounded cultivation book with more of a focus on the role of class than the last one I read, A Will Eternal.

Silynt
Sep 21, 2009


His stories are pretty fun but in dire need of an heavier editing pass, just for basic continuity errors. Peopleís levels jump around haphazardly between chapters (in System Apocalypse). Characterís names change between books because he seemingly forgot what he named them and couldnít be bothered to check. Itís frustrating at times how simple but consistent the errors are.

gimme the GOD DAMN candy
Jul 1, 2007

Ask me about the hate crime perpetrated against a gay black man, and how it was a real hate crime and totally not fabricated. I am well acquainted with the facts of this actual hate crime which actually took place in actuality.

well, this is the webnovel thread, not the competently written literature of any kind thread.

Silynt
Sep 21, 2009


Iíve read all of it, donít get me wrong, garbage lit is fine. Iím just saying that forgetting your own charactersí names is pretty egregious.

Fallorn
Apr 14, 2005


Webnovels and Kindle unlimited have a bunch of the same issues which is they are published quick and dirty and could use an editor coming in to clean it up and help make sure continuity stays together.

darkgray
Dec 20, 2005

My best pose facing the morning sun!


Web novel "clean-up" becomes a weird balance issue, where there's limited time for the "author" to enjoy his hobby, and readers basically have to decide if they'd rather the author went back and fixed an old chapter (which they'll never reread), or post a shiny new chapter. It's an easy choice for most, even if I personally grumble about first impressions and future readership.

At least there's now a streamlined (?) typo reporting system on Narou, so I tap to highlight wonky bits when I read on my Kindle, and then batch report mistakes once I catch up with the latest chapter. Most authors have graciously fixed things within a few days, so I guess my fellow readers just don't give a poo poo.

Fallorn
Apr 14, 2005


darkgray posted:

Web novel "clean-up" becomes a weird balance issue, where there's limited time for the "author" to enjoy his hobby, and readers basically have to decide if they'd rather the author went back and fixed an old chapter (which they'll never reread), or post a shiny new chapter. It's an easy choice for most, even if I personally grumble about first impressions and future readership.

At least there's now a streamlined (?) typo reporting system on Narou, so I tap to highlight wonky bits when I read on my Kindle, and then batch report mistakes once I catch up with the latest chapter. Most authors have graciously fixed things within a few days, so I guess my fellow readers just don't give a poo poo.

Like I left a comment on Cultivator chat group webnovel.com release that they had a typo "Has foodwork not footwork" in a chapter 2 years ago that still gets likes on their site because they still haven't fixed it.

Also for some of these "licensed" releases fixing it and then just throwing the arc up on amazon for kindle is something that happens at would at least fix some dumb mistakes.

Tunicate
May 15, 2012





chat group has the whole 'hand guided tractor' issue as well, which is a blind character-by-character translation of the Chinese. A correct translation would be 'two-wheel tractor' or 'walking tractor'.

KOGAHAZAN!!
Apr 29, 2013

a miserable failure as a person

an incredible success as a magical murder spider



Silynt posted:

His stories are pretty fun but in dire need of an heavier editing pass, just for basic continuity errors. Peopleís levels jump around haphazardly between chapters (in System Apocalypse). Characterís names change between books because he seemingly forgot what he named them and couldnít be bothered to check. Itís frustrating at times how simple but consistent the errors are.

I noticed some of this too, in Thousand Li.

gimme the GOD drat candy posted:

well, this is the webnovel thread, not the competently written literature of any kind thread.

Fallorn posted:

Webnovels and Kindle unlimited have a bunch of the same issues which is they are published quick and dirty and could use an editor coming in to clean it up and help make sure continuity stays together.

Iunno, I don't think I usually see continuity errors like this crop up too often in WNs. Maybe it's just more noticeable here because I'm not cutting a garbled translation slack, I don't know.

Anyway, the three Thousand Li books were a fairly placid, grounded take on xianxia. I always like it when these stories tie the worlds of the sects and the sword wizards into some sort of greater social context, and that's very strong here, Tao Wong placing the story into the context of a Warring States-esque milleu. I have to say, though, I'm coming away from it feeling only an ambivalent connection to the characters. Placing it next to Cradle, Wu Ying is lacking the all-powerful obsession that makes Lindon a compelling protagonist. The dude really just wants to chill and gently caress around with plants. The author notes suggest that book 4 might be something of a change of direction, so that might change.

Speaking of Cradle, Will Wight is finished with his Kings/Killers trilogy and it's... fine. The bifurcation of the narrative hurts it, I think- either series alone feels a little underweight and lacking, and reading them together... I suspect it would work better if you were swapping back and forth between chapters, rather than books. Y'know, like you would be doing in a regular book with two plot threads.

gimme the GOD DAMN candy
Jul 1, 2007

Ask me about the hate crime perpetrated against a gay black man, and how it was a real hate crime and totally not fabricated. I am well acquainted with the facts of this actual hate crime which actually took place in actuality.

the sword deity in tokyo is so dang weird. it is clearly written by a chinese weeaboo, about a chinese dude who does the time leap thing and prepares for the appearance of magic which is coming. except, it is more of an alternate reality time leap and all of his supposed future knowledge is useless. so instead he ends up as a rough yuusuke urameshi equivalent as a banchou/exorcist. his most amazing ability seems to be inflicting savage public beatings without anyone ever calling the cops, for no particular reason. also, he reformed a delinquent school using violence and intimidation and now he's a beloved school icon who sometimes works as a substitute teacher for his own grade. it's a bizarre japanese delinquent fantasy completely unmoored from reality. by contrast, the exorcist and cultivation stuff seems downright grounded. the grand return of magic never happened, so he's cultivating by eating ghosts, who are made of magic. at one point he resolved a ghost's lingering attachment by forcing the ghost's brother to beat up his pre-beaten bullies in the middle of class in front of all the teachers and administrators. the ghost wept tears of joy at witnessing this dumb, confusing scene. also there's a subplot which is basically 5 4 toubun no hanayome, but with corporal punishment.

seriously, wtf is this?

Darth Walrus
Feb 13, 2012
:gas;


gimme the GOD drat candy posted:

the sword deity in tokyo is so dang weird. it is clearly written by a chinese weeaboo, about a chinese dude who does the time leap thing and prepares for the appearance of magic which is coming. except, it is more of an alternate reality time leap and all of his supposed future knowledge is useless. so instead he ends up as a rough yuusuke urameshi equivalent as a banchou/exorcist. his most amazing ability seems to be inflicting savage public beatings without anyone ever calling the cops, for no particular reason. also, he reformed a delinquent school using violence and intimidation and now he's a beloved school icon who sometimes works as a substitute teacher for his own grade. it's a bizarre japanese delinquent fantasy completely unmoored from reality. by contrast, the exorcist and cultivation stuff seems downright grounded. the grand return of magic never happened, so he's cultivating by eating ghosts, who are made of magic. at one point he resolved a ghost's lingering attachment by forcing the ghost's brother to beat up his pre-beaten bullies in the middle of class in front of all the teachers and administrators. the ghost wept tears of joy at witnessing this dumb, confusing scene. also there's a subplot which is basically 5 4 toubun no hanayome, but with corporal punishment.

seriously, wtf is this?

You know what this is.

gimme the GOD DAMN candy
Jul 1, 2007

Ask me about the hate crime perpetrated against a gay black man, and how it was a real hate crime and totally not fabricated. I am well acquainted with the facts of this actual hate crime which actually took place in actuality.

i'm very familiar with bad webnovels, yes, but this thing still confuses me.

also, in a classic weeb move the author conflates kendo with swordsmanship. that's always funny to me.

gimme the GOD DAMN candy fucked around with this message at 09:24 on May 23, 2020

Darth Walrus
Feb 13, 2012
:gas;


gimme the GOD drat candy posted:

i'm very familiar with bad webnovels, yes, but this thing still confuses me.

Eh, so the weird fetish this one is based around is corporal punishment of schoolkids. That's unusual, but not outside the realm of what I'd expect from a webnovel.

Megazver
Jan 13, 2006


Library of Heaven's Path's translation wrapped up.

The author's next novel, Notebook of Fortune, at a mere 250 chapters is tiny morsel in comparison and is already wrapped up on Qidian as well, but the Webnovel translation, unfortunately, was paused/dropped at 60 chapters. It's a shame - I've read what was there to read of it and it's a pretty fun, enjoyable read.

Then there's the author's new novel, which seems to have just started over at Qidian; 17 chapters available so far. I've read the first dozen chapters with Google Translate and it seems like it should be fun as well.

Sindai
Jan 24, 2007
i want to achieve immortality through not dying

Nap Ghost

I'm enjoying Immortal Devil Transformation so far, one of the newest round of wuxiaworld novels: https://www.wuxiaworld.com/novel/im...-transformation

It's a wuxia isekai with an unusually mild-mannered and likeable main character who's incredibly jazzed he gets to go to wuxia school and learn how to use muscle magic. It's also somewhat reminiscent of Way of Choices in that there's a lot of political stuff going on the background where martial artists stoically face death because they lost the game of 5D chess everyone is playing against each other.

Ytlaya
Nov 13, 2005

I TRUST JOE BIDEN AND THE DEMS


A lot of these reviews are deeply amusing.

quote:

Love the story how he make them from bullies and humiliate them and make them embarrassed

From this thing, which seems like the most on-the-nose chuunibyou thing I've ever seen - https://www.wuxiaworld.com/novel/tranxending-vision

quote:

One day, he got into an accident at work which burnt his left eye. After he awoke in the hospital bed, he discovered that his eye was not blind Ė it gained abilities!

gimme the GOD DAMN candy
Jul 1, 2007

Ask me about the hate crime perpetrated against a gay black man, and how it was a real hate crime and totally not fabricated. I am well acquainted with the facts of this actual hate crime which actually took place in actuality.

i remember that one. the highlight was when he decided to build a factory so he hired a bunch of brand new college grads and had them design and construct the building. they were not engineers or architects and none of them had any applicable experience. it was like the platonic ideal of chabaduo.

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Fallorn
Apr 14, 2005


gimme the GOD drat candy posted:

i remember that one. the highlight was when he decided to build a factory so he hired a bunch of brand new college grads and had them design and construct the building. they were not engineers or architects and none of them had any applicable experience. it was like the platonic ideal of chabaduo.

The factory with his german girl who he is like I don't love you I know you love me I will bang you and we will have our secrete awesome super lathe to makes guns?

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