Ancient Strengthening Technique

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A human warrior cultivating the Ancient Strengthening Technique has transcended dimensions and arrived on Kyushu. Together with twelve ravishing beauties with looks that were unmatched in their generation, will he be able to stand on the summit of this world?

This novel is about the main character, named Qing Shui, who transcended dimensions and arrived in the Kyushu continent. Storms of blood and wind, resulting in corpses and bones strewn about are extremely common here. The young warrior Qing Shui forged ahead in his path to cultivate, using 10 years to train himself, only to seek vengeance for the one who had forsaken his mother!

Note from Author: I Am Superfluous

To put it simply, this is a story about the rising up in ranks, and getting hot chicks along his journey to stand at the summit of this world.

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AST
Portraits of Beauty
上古强身术
美女图
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poloniapoloni
New poloniapoloni rated it
May 8, 2018
Status: c1704
This is probably one of the worst novels I have ever read.

At first it starts as an average xianxia with the MC focusing a lot of time in women (at a bearable level) with some interesting aspects of cultivation. However at some point the whole story starts following the same pattern:

    • Find and get a new woman while rambling that it goes against his morals since his previous life monogamy was valued (even when he has 10+ women in his harem)
    • Random arrogant antagonist appears and tries to get one of his women
    • He kills the antagonist
    • Antagonist family/sect goes after him
    • He destroys the family/sect
Also the amount of random encounters to level his beasts companions and himself are on a ridiculous levels and after they happen the author shows a bunch of random numbers/skills showing how much they powered up that no one is keeping track or cares.

Overall, this novel is DEFINITELY NOT a piece of work I would recommend. Do not waste your time on this one.
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SaltyCheese
New SaltyCheese rated it
May 2, 2018
Status: c300
Well... what do I say?

An absolute disappointment.

First of all, I understand this novel is a HAREM.

... more>> but seriously, author really?

Is it really relevant to describe the beauty of future harem member every f**king chapter (bit exaggerated but you get the point)

ALL descriptions are generally along the lines of jade-like untainted skin or profound eyes and blah blah blah. We get it author, she is another woman bound to get shoved by MC's d**k in the future, no need to put so much detail on describing beauty just so she will have s*x with some beauty-hunter s*x maniac MC who harasses girls whenever she's beautiful <<less
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dysry
dysry rated it
April 13, 2016
Status: --
The MC is a gamer who was reborn with his past memories. Raised by his loving mother, he sets off on a quest to reunite his family for her sake (while creating a new one with every woman he meets).

AST’s most distinctive aspect is that the MC is constantly horny, with a taste for mature women who resemble his mother (and also his mother) and the real purpose of his reincarnation is to explain his preference for MILFs. While most XX/WX novels feel like they’re split 50:50 between training... more>> and women, AST appears more like 10:90. It’s called Ancient Strengthening Technique but there’s really only one muscle he’s training.

Other than the MC’s tale of two heads, there’s nothing particularly distinct about him. Coming from the gaming world, his cheat includes his memories and a set of skills he currently can’t use. He trains hard (kinda), he enters fights (occasionally) and does/will do all the things and women a normal MC does (mostly the women). <<less
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Rudeus30
Rudeus30 rated it
June 16, 2016
Status: c118
Spoiler

Garbage, uninspired piece of trash.


This is perhaps the most cliched xianxia out there. Weak-Strong, unprecedented talent, pissing off powerful foes, wooing every female in a 50km radius, powerful beast companion (it's coming), lots of luck, etc. But, this novel is so poorly thought out, it's just plain asinine. For example, Qing shui gains completely random culinary skills after cultivating to the 4th level of his manual. Why?? He doesn't even know why! Random sh*t happens and the MC is like: "Wow, this method is truly formidable!", dafuq? Don't even get me started on how stupid this dude is, or just how plain unlikable he is. He has the depth of a 2inch deep sh*tcreek, only thinking about food and s*x.


Anyway, read this one if you are into a brain dead wish fulfillment xianxia that has a horny ass for an MC.

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rx229
rx229 rated it
September 5, 2016
Status: c90
Of all the xianxias I've read this the the most cringey. The MC literally walks around with a tent pole in his pants ALMOST EVERY CHAPTER. Every single female falls for him at first sight and exist in the novel purely to serve him

He considers himself noble and humble but constantly looks down on the "arrogant young master of rich clans". He despises lecherous people when he himself ties to molest very girl he comes across. He even rapes a guys fiancé because he was feeling horny, yet he... more>> shifts the blame on others and still considers himself a romantic gentleman. Its 90 chapters in and he's already pursuing 5 women (including his own mom) and most probably they will become nothing more than pump and dumps. Barely a chapter goes by without the MC thinking about s*x. There is no romance in this novel, more like slave like obedience by one dimensional women

Tl;dr This novel is a massive cringefest <<less
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AlanJones
AlanJones rated it
April 10, 2017
Status: v20c1975
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Already gave it to me, I really tried to read until the end because it was one of my first novels, and I wanted to know to what level it goes, and what would be the rewards of the realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.

90% of the fights that Qin Shui has in the novel is because of a woman. Yes, I'm not lying 90%. The other 10% is for some nonsense as revenge or when someone messes with his family.

Qin Shui will walk down the street with some beautiful woman, no matter where she goes, the woman will always be the country's number 1 beauty, cold and arrogant. Until suddenly a young master and his subordinate appear, then his subordinate will say: "Look there young master, a great beauty, she is only worthy of you, let's steal it!" The young master does not have the ability to think if Qin Shui is strong, or has some great sect protecting him, he can only think with his penis, he goes there and says, "Hey, go away and leave the woman, and we will not kill him!" And so Qin Shui ends up fighting and killing the young master, and coincidentally the young master is the son of the leader of the country's strongest sect. And so begins another useless fight with another strong sect.

Yes, 90% of the Qin Shui fights are because of women, if he walked the whole romance alone, the romance would end in chapter 1000.

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I'll talk a little about women now.

In every place that the Qin Shui goes, he will always find the most beautiful woman in the country that has never had a man, and is extremely strong, cold and with a strong family.

For some stupid reason, Qing Shui will talk to her about something random, then he will see that the woman is a great beauty and will say, "Wow, you are very attractive!" Then the woman will think, "Oh, he called me attractive, no man went that far with me... I do not think it's disgusting" So, for another stupid reason, he starts walking with her on the street, So a young master who can only think with the penis appears once more saying: "Woman X, our families arranged for us to get married, and you do not accept... wait who is this at your side?" Or it's going to be something like, "Wow, what a beautiful woman, I want her, let's get her!"

Then Qing Shui will save the damsel in distress by speaking hypocritical words, and you have the most beautiful woman in the country in love with you.

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Man, I hate Qing Shui, your personality is very bad. At the beginning of the novel he meets a woman named Yu He, he will abuse her, touch her breasts and much more, but the woman says that she is a widow and can not marry again and therefore can not accept another man, so Qin Shui says he will solve his problems and marry her.

Some things happen, and the woman can marry again, without the family interfering, because Qin Shui had raped a prettiest random woman in the country, he does not care about the other woman's love anymore. Then she'll talk to Qin Shui and say, "I can get married now!" And Qin Shui says, "Very good, when to be married, do not forget to keep me the wedding invitation." He is very son of a bitch, he made the woman fall in love, and why he had already raped a beauty, he no longer cares about her.

In the future in the novel he gets many women, has many children, and because of this he always lives speaking: "I will not try to look for more women for me."

Then he abandons his wives and children to go to another continent. There he will always find the most beautiful woman in the country, so he will start teasing her: "Wow, how attractive you are." Or any kind of sh*t, and then the woman will fall in love with him, but he does not want anything with her because he says he already has many women, so something random happens and the woman almost dies, so he says he will do of everything to save her, and if she survives he will marry her, she survives at the end and he has another woman in his harem.

There are other ridiculous things that happen too. He will cure a woman's illness, and when he heals her, the first thing she says is, "I think I'm dreaming, kiss me to confirm if this is a dream!" I do not even need to say that this woman is one of the most beautiful in the country, right?

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The author puts so many useless skills and useless things that later he does not mention any more.

Qing Shui begins to practice talismans, so the author keeps talking about it in a lot of chapters, so after 500 chapters the author never again mentions this. That serves a lot of his skill as well.

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Yeah, I tried to read it until the end of the novel but I could not, it's always the same thing. If you like a stupid MC, with a harem full of stupid girls and a useless story, I recommend this novel to you.

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strixflash
strixflash rated it
August 14, 2016
Status: c121
Don't know why this novel is so popular. The novel has no plot and it lacks engaging characters.

The story is so bad that it would make you cough up blood from seeing the stupidity of plot.

MC would pick two heaven defying treasures from an old man who is trying selling the two "junks" from years. The ancient strengthening technique would offer him random techniques at random levels without any logic. MC would impress the ladies, who are supposed to be mature, with his stupid dialogues. I don't think author... more>> has any experience with ladies otherwise he wouldn't have wrote such bland conversations between MC and females.

The world author created is surely lacking in common sense seeing how characters believe that MC is smart ~_~ <<less
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Astaroth
Astaroth rated it
May 24, 2016
Status: c98
Besides the story not really being anything new (but still good terrible) I think that the best part only reason to even consider reading this is probably that the MC like ADULTS, and NOT KIDS. Seriously.

Edit: I was surprised to find I had this review, with a 4 star rating no less, I had completely forgotten about it. (Guess I just threw it into the trash and forgot about the novel.) Anyway, I had high hopes back when I read it and ignored its faults. Author is awful though and... more>> ruined the MC etc. <<less
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cia92f
cia92f rated it
June 17, 2016
Status: c119
It's true that this novel doesn't bring something that new to the whole xianxia genre but the story is still pretty good. What makes this different and intresting is the MC and his romance partners. While a lot of xuanxia claim to be harem there is barely any interaction between them and the MC, here he's not just a loner that ignores every female he comes across like they are plague and neither do u need to wait 100 chapter to see that female again. In this novel there is... more>> mix of action and interaction between the MC and the romance partners, u can see how the romance progress also and there is a good distribution of his time between them. The MC personality is also good for this novel, he actually does what every other sane man would do in his place, if he likes a girl he actually goes after her, he knows how to talk also. In conclusion if u want a little break from the forever alone MC that cultivates for 50 chapters non-stop and want some interaction between him and other characters this novel is a good one for you. <<less
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RarestProGamer
RarestProGamer rated it
December 5, 2016
Status: c550
Sigh, I, seriously don't get these people who gave it negative reviews. Sometimes they ask for a Xianxia novel where MC values relationships and characters that don't fade into the background or they expect a novel where the story is always about MC being cold blooded and always on killing spree and who treats his harem like it is his personal property to satisfy his Libido, but I will tell you this that this novel is nothing like that sure it is bit repetitive.

-I will put this right away that... more>> this novel has 20% action and the rest 80% is about MC's slice of life interaction with his harem members and cultivating to reach higher realms. So if you are looking something along these lines, then keep on reading. MC is kind and acts like a saint who always values his relationships over anything, and this is where this novel shines through because here harem actually feels like a genuine harem, it progresses step by step. Women just don't throw themselves into his arms, their character and personalities slowly develops throughout the arc which is quite rare to see in Xianxia novels. The charm about this novel is that MC can be ruthless and cold-blooded only when someone tries to threaten him through his harem members or the people he cherish specially his mother, but it only happens on rare occasions and this is what you want. So that, you won't ever get tired like those tedious generic 2D MCs who only knows how to spill someone's blood because they did something to dishonored him. MC in this novel feels more realistic to me because he has many traits, sometimes he becomes a pervert, sometimes he wants his own harem, he respects women and never forces them to join his harem, he can be truly evil if he wants to be and he is a big hypocrite jerk, he never realize that though.

Spoiler

Right now, I am at the payback arc where its almost time for MC to fulfill his promise he made to his mother and every chapter only builds up even more hype and for now, this is the one main thing that I have looked forward to from the start

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:-Although, I did check the raws and it is 2k+ strong which baffles me, so yea it kinda worries me as for how Author is gonna develop the story in future because honestly, I don't mind the bit tedious habit that author has to describe every beautiful women that MC come across in long 3-4 paras. I love this perfect combination between your action/ruthless Xianxia genre MC and generic harem seeking male lead with high E.Q and I.Q! Hell, the author himself said this "To put it simply, this is a story about the rising up in ranks, and getting hot chicks along his journey to stand at the summit of this world". So, I don't get the hate behind this novel? If you don't like then it simply means it is not your cup of tea, don't hate a genre for being faithful to its genre. <<less
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MondoX
MondoX rated it
September 3, 2016
Status: c213
The beginning was boring for me, but as the story progressed, it became better. I was liking the story, and how the MC was becoming stronger. For the most part, the harem was good, with not too much emphasis on it. However, approaching 200 chapters, the story has been overtaken by the harem. It would not surprise me if each new chapter, a new girl is introduced. To make matters worse, the author is one of the most inconsistent authors in wuxia/xianxia. Examples:

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Spoiler

When the MC reincarnated to the new world, one of his plans was to explore his new world, and meet all kinds of beauties. However, after having the chance to have more than one beauty, he states he does not believe in polygamy. A part of him still has some beliefs of his old planet, but he has killed with no remorse or hesitation. The MC also date raped a girl in his new planet, then when another girl does something similar to him, he feels disgusted. Later on he meets another beauty, and does not hesitate to become a polygamist.

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The MC flip-flops too much, it becomes annoying, but I continued reading because his goal to punish the clan that made his mom suffer. Now, he still has that goal, but about 90% of the story is focused on the harem. <<less
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Qrofol
Qrofol rated it
May 13, 2016
Status: c567
I thought this series started ok-ish - a fairly typical xianxia in many ways, though the basis is sort of different. Recently though, there has been a huge focus on the women in the series and it seems like the series slowly went from Ecchi to actual Smut.

I'm kind of worried if this series is going to be non-stop f**king from now on, especially since

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Spoiler

it seems like one aspect of his cultivation is going to be linked to f**king women.

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I'll give it a handful more chapters before I decide whether or not to drop it.

EDIT: I'm still reading it, though it's definitely among the worst series I am following. Mostly because I think his cultivation method is somewhat interesting and he is pretty OP, which leads to plenty of gratifying reactions from other people.

I do have to say that the plot is subpar, the "romance" is utter garbage, the characters often behave like idiots and sometimes the chapters can be totally incomprehensible - there have been few chapters where I felt like I was reading a MTL. I'm not totally sure if this is a problem with just the translation or if it is just compounded by it.

Lowered my rating from 3 to 2 stars. If you have nothing else to read, go for it. It's pretty much in the bottom of my reading priority list, but since this series is updated pretty often, it tends to have chapters for me when I need something to read.

EDIT 2: I finally dropped it - I realized I was wasting my time and doing pretty much anything else would be more enjoyable than reading this. I would check back on it every now and then, but I found myself skimming through the chapters, unable to make myself read them fully. I have no idea how the story could sustain itself for another 1900 chapters since it is so mind-numbingly boring. Dropped the rating to 1 star. <<less
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yijunding
yijunding rated it
February 11, 2017
Status: c495
This series started off quite interesting but then, like most chinese LNs, took a nosedive once the author had a constant income stream. 400+ chapters of "MC looked at a stone block, defence increased by 40%, attack increased by 20%, mighty elephant dinosaur mega butterfly golden tigers roar cultivation technique reached peak high top upper middle revolving layer" and "her beauty could topple empires and drive trillions of males crazy, perfect twin peaks, luscious white thighs". If you want a summary, I just described EVERY single powerup and EVERY single... more>> female in this novel for you. "Plot" consists of "MC walks down street, bumps into guy #1 who instantly wants to kill MCs entire family and rape all the females, fights ensues, MC wins, enter guy #1's older brother, fight ensues, MC wins, enter guy #1's father, fight ensues, MC wins, enter guy #1's grandfather, fight ensues, MC wins, enter guy #1's grandfather's friend's pet dog's sect guy, fight ensues... etc, etc. After a 50 chapter arc of killing everyone related to guy #1, MC walks down a street and meets guy #2, repeat process.

Due to all the powerups the MC has received just randomly throughout the story, what started as "2 horses of strength" has LITERALLY become something like 10 COUNTRIES of strength, with a punching power of 20 million kgs of force. I'm not joking, these are the actual numbers used. Just for reference, 10 million kgs of force is sufficient to launch a satellite into space. And the MCs pet pig apparently has a defense that can withstand that.

In summary, don't read this, it's a freaking waste of time. <<less
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grandplex
grandplex rated it
October 7, 2016
Status: c263
This story has diverged to an incredible degree after it gets into the 150s+, it started as a xanxia with a unique cultivation technique, and turned into a slice-of-life harem building/new production skill grinding book. To say the least, the new change isn't done well and is really annoying to read, as it doesn't progress the overall plot-line much at all, it is basically the most filler I've ever seen, practically 100 chapters straight. 1-star is well deserved. Dropped.
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[email protected] rated it
August 31, 2016
Status: c40
Incredibly boring and lackluster plot

Out of every chapter I've read so far there's only about one or two paragraphs every chapter that's important, the rest is just repetition and useless information that won't ever be mentioned again. The upside of this is that the story is fast to read. I'm averaging about 1 chapter every minute. The writing is mediocre at best, with the author unable to describe anything. So far I have no idea what the MC even looks like.

The author repeatedly states that the MC is an adult... more>> in a child's body, yet all his actions seem to indicate that he was a very underdeveloped and immature adult in his previous life. Early in the novel the MC gets ridiculously pissed at a horse because it "looked arrogant" and starts cursing the sh*t out of it. Everyone acts all nice and friendly with him yet he goes out of his way to insult other people, including insulting a man he has never even met before bcos the MC thought his fiancee was hot and couldn't control his d*ck. I'm barely 40 chapters in and hes already making PMG look like a holy saint.

- Also I'm not sure if this is a translation error but it seems the author isn't very good at maths. The author seems to think the age difference between a 21yr old and a 13yr old is 2 years. ?? Also this one side character whos is younger than the MC by one year suddenly becomes 7 years older than him the next page with no explanation. ?? After a period of 7-8 years have passed, a 21yr old person only ages 4 years. What is going on? I am serious confused if this universe has its own unique time flow and aging system or that the author simply never learnt how to count <<less
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Mlaser
Mlaser rated it
July 3, 2017
Status: c717
The idea of this series is good, is more of a slice of life than a adventure, but lack in its execution. I like reading this series but I encouter myself getting mad at some aspects of it like:

some commom problems of chinese novels:

    • Long descriptions of womans, idolizing them.
    • Power system where always have a family or sect more powerful.
    • Always arrogant enemies that create enmity of simple problems for the MC.
    • Absurd descriptions of dimensions and power.
But the major problem of this series is the inconsistency. The author contradicts himself a lot.

    • He wants to make a mature and racional MC. But he creates a hipocritical, impulsive and sometimes dumb MC. (I don't care if the MC is impulsive or emotional, but he is frequently portraited as mature, the author should let go of this idea.)
    • Says he is not confident. But flirt with every beautiful woman that he see. He said that don't want to add more females for his harem, but still make jokes with new female characters saying to be his woman or marrying him.
    • Says that loves his family, but leaves them often to travel the world. (He obtain the lifespan of hundred of years but, can't wait five years to left again).
    • He says that cultivating is slow accumulation but the MC always want to travel to search for more power quickly.
    • The author change the skills effect for the plot (or totally forgot them).
    • The MC says he only care about him and his family but always protect others and create trouble unnecessarily. Always killing and crippling people indiscriminately.
    • The author can't do math correctly.
    • The MC has said having talent in some subjects like alchemy and talisman drawing (he has labbed as genius because the quality of his talisman on his first try), but even with Real of Violet Jade Immortal the rate of learning is extremely slow, how could normal people wihout talent cultivate that then.
I sometimes of give this novel another go, but the reasons above make me easily drop it again
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Alhana
Alhana rated it
June 30, 2016
Status: c133
Honestly, the first 30 chapters makes me bored to tears. But after that as he got to know more ladies, I began clicking next chapter after next chapter like there is no tomorow.

How can this be a cliche novel? I dare say 99% of xianxia novels now focus on cultivation only for the sake of cultivation. Ancient Strengthening Technique feels like a slice of life genre in combination to a xianxia cultivating novel with the cultivation theme as a darker backdrop.

Starts off by reincarnating into a new world,... more>> using a rpg unlocking system type mode in his brain that grants his information if he level up by s*x. A sure read for horny males and females. (That was a joke). Truth -
I read this for the cheeky interactions between MC and the female characters and I lost count of the moments of times I slap my knee in laughter. The only thing I hate is the MC is fking stupid when it comes to my favourite female character Yu He. Truly feel like pushing his face down inside a toiletbowl full of sh*t. <<less
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Novel_fan_manga
Novel_fan_manga rated it
May 13, 2016
Status: --
Pretty dull story, nothing unique about it. Assuming the author's note in the description section is actually from the author then it is a perfect summation for this novel, there is not much to it besides fighting and "getting hot chicks", MC is boring, supporting characters barely have any personality. All in all a very shallow novel, unless you have read almost everything else I would not waste my time with this one.
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Raine
Raine rated it
April 3, 2016
Status: --
sigh, this is one of those xianxia novels that would have been better if the MC was not reincarnated cause the whole reincarnation thing only made sense for about 20-30 chapters after that, the MC seems to lose all his manliness and become some love drunk teen, seriously is annoying, the story is slow and even slower than you can imagine.
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Rwings
Rwings rated it
February 17, 2016
Status: --
Review for up to Chapter 11. Rating 2/5 (Read using Bluefire Translations)

The biggest problem with this story is that it isn't a story. This is a show and tell from the author where he tells the reader whats happening instead of a story happening.

After reading the first 11 chapters I know almost nothing about the characters, the world, or why I should keep reading. The only three points covered is the MC is weak, his mom dotes on him, he wants to be stronger. We as readers aren't... more>> told that through interaction with other characters but from exposition.

There is roughly only five instances of non exposition dialog in the first 11 chapters and they last four sentences on average. When there isn't exposition the MC trains by sitting and then a breakthrough happens. It's as dull and uninteresting as it seems.

The main character is 'trash' then he isn't. He's the weakest in the village and then he becomes strong. The transition from one to the other happens exactly as I stated above. He just is one thing and then the next with just the bare minimum amount of justification from the author.

My review is only based on 11 chapters out of 2500. So I would assume it does get better at some point. The problem though is the first 11 chapters are so extremely dull and uninteresting that its hard to know if/when it does pick up and actually become a story.

If you like reading a book report highlighting the life of someone, interested in a simple ranking system made to seem overly complex, or are extremely bored I would give this a read. Otherwise it is something to put on hold until there is a lot more chapters translated so you can power through the very rough beginning. That's of course assuming the story gets more interesting at some point. <<less
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Amnesiac
Amnesiac rated it
May 23, 2017
Status: c757
In reading Xianxia novels--or indeed media of any variety--it's important to temper one's expectations beforehand, the author of Ancient Strengthening Technique, I Am Superfluous, has summarized his intent in writing the story quite well, stating that "[t]o put it simply, [Ancient Strengthening Technique] is a story about the rising up in ranks, and getting hot chicks along [a] journey to stand at the summit of this world."

If Ancient Strengthening Technique remained consistent with this original statement of purpose, there would be no problem. However, I Am Superfluous sabotages an originally... more>> innocuous novel with a lack of devotion to his world, setting, and characters, and lofty aspirations that, considering the subject matter contained within, are simply ridiculous.

Now don't get me wrong: novels that are well written and intellectually complex most definitely have a place within the realm of Chinese novels. One need only look at the breakout successes of genuinely sophisticated, well written, and interesting stories such as ISSTH and CD for examples of this principle in operation. However, there's also an audience for entertainment with less complexity--sometimes we just want to see an identifiable hero being badass and working his ass off to stand at the apex of the cultivation world. Sometimes we just want a narrative of wish fulfillment.

It doesn't necessarily matter if these stories carry the tropes of their genres or are narratively facile so long as they manage to serve their core purpose, to entertain.

Oftentimes, the audience for these two genres of novels even overlap, and indeed, stories can serve as tools for wish fufilment and escapism while remaining structurally sound and telling evocative complex stories.

Unfortunately, Ancient Strengthening Technique is not one of these stories. The author seems chronically unable to commit to his premise, leading to an egregious undercurrent of tonal inconsistency.

Having read up to this point in AST, I, while rather proud to have emerged unscathed from the vacuous quagmire of a plot so formulaic it would have Yun Che rolling his eyes (while of course having s*x with a 'woman' who has the body of an adolescent girl), I can only be so angry with the story for wasting my tine. After all, I should've seen this story for what it was at the beginning: after all, the first 30 chapters are mainly comprised of exposition dumps that lack any modicum of entertainment value. However, the translator stated that things started to heat up around chapter 85 so I stuck around. I'll save you the trouble; the hero gets his d*ck wet in this chapter--that's it. I just started reading Warlock of the Magus Word (highly recommended), and the first s*x scene is around chapter 30, but nobody in the comments was discussing it because the story could stand on its own merit. If I Am Superfluous wanted to make a serious story with a vibrant, living, believable setting--for the record, he doesn't have the talent to do so--but if he wanted to, he should've focused on making the plot, the world, and the characters novel and interesting. If he intends to write a story that you can pop a stiffy to, but lacks any real substance, that would be fine as well. But instead of committing to either of these archetypes, the author hovers in a strange middle ground, seemingly obliged to over-explain the details of the story's lackluster setting and-- in typical wuxia fashion--spout redundant descriptions of characters' psychological processes, while perpetually hinting at development in romantic relationship that rarely occur and never satisfy.

Many of Ancient Strengthening Technique's flaws are embodied in his main character--a Frankenstein's monster of genre tropes bound together by erratic decisions and motivations that make little to no sense. The author clearly doesn't know how this character should act, just as he doesn't know where he wants his story to go. He just drifts from chapter to chapter--haphazardly stringing together forgettable plot-point after forgettable plot-point into banal scenes. The writing style is bland and without much creative flair, and the narrative features some of the most unbelievable character relationships this side of Martial God Asura. Even one of the most unique aspects of the story, the romantic progression that takes place between the male lead and future members of his harem, is hampered by the author's lack of focus and talent. Storylines and character relationships, like the chapters themselves, tend to cut out randomly leaving the audience feeling cheated and dissapointed. While I feel faintly that AST has it's strong points, I can't for the life of me remember what they were; maybe my brain has been friend from reading too much exposition in too short a time. So, I'll leave you with this sentiment: Ancient Strength Technique is a story that feels less like it was written for pre-pubescent boys, and more as though it was written by a pre-pubescent boy. It's a bad novel and I feel like a worse person after reading it.

Not Recommended.

PS. Though the story sucks ass through a silly straw, the author's hilarious misogyny is worth a chuckle or two if you truly have nothing better to amuse yourself with.

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Trejon
Trejon rated it
July 5, 2016
Status: c138
Well... The story is really good, the MC is a good lad and works really hard to get stronger, there are few cliche situations really and you get unexpected situations.

The MC is also quite lustful but he never intends to rape or force a girl, he will only do it if he and the girls want it and even then he will still ask one last time before doing it, so I quite like his attitude...

Now the um... Heart spike we will get later so strong that im sure some... more>> will rage-quit and come back a few weeks later to keep reading, so I will post this so you can prepare... DEATH happens <<less
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