The Great Thief


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He had never invested in shares or bought a lottery ticket, and neither did he have any experience in the general business industry. Lu Li found that the only thing he could do was play games.

Luckily he had experienced rebirth, and was one step ahead of everyone else. Luckily, games had been developing extremely quickly, and there were many people who had become rich through playing games.

In his ‘past life’, he had spent countless nights awake, in grief and anguish. However, although all of this had been washed away, so what…? This life, he was determined to make a fierce counterattack against fate and stand at the very top!

The Great Thief average rating 3.4/5 - 222 user ratings
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New dustyacer rated it
February 20, 2018
Status: c390
Okay, writing this review I have never played WOW before. The ripoff did not affect my score in anyway.

Story: It was Okay. Pretty typical reborn things, although doesn't take advantage of too many things compared to other novels. There is too much useless lore that we dont care about (probably more so if you've played WOW). Other than that its mostly him giving commands during boss raids, really gets repetitive and boring. Should incorporate more PVP and conflicts with other guilds. Like they are always hinting that there will be... more>> conflicts but their rarely is! Also many times aspects are not explained in the story.

Main Character: God damn it, I hate him, he is terribly written. He is way to idealistic, he says he is selfish but it wayyy to generous to other people. He contridicts himself way too much, like one moment he says he wants to obtain all the loot, but the next he decides to give up on looting probably the best bow in the game ATM for his team b/c of a sad NPC story... He is also the leader of the group but doesnt follow the legit ways of doing things and instead does his idealistic crap.

Side Characters: I got the say this is actually better than most other stories. The players of his team all have somewhat decent personalities, most avoiding any standard tropes. No ones personality is too one-dimensional, like the supposed "narcissistic" guy, isnt really that narcisstic, but has plenty of other characteristics.

Conclusion:Ignoring somewhat annoying MC, copied setting, random useless lore, repetition you get a decent story with OK side characters. <<less
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jlkc rated it
April 18, 2017
Status: c127
This review is coming from someone who is heavily biased towards anything LitRPG. Anything Litrpg automatically gets +1 star from me.

This novel is pretty damn terrible. Copying WoW's system and changing a few things here and there is a pretty good idea. However, this author decides to copy way more than that. Every single dungeon is copied from WoW, all the bosses have the same mechanics and skills. The story ends up becoming more like someone's edited WoW diary. This author is one of the most uninspired writers I've... more>> ever seen. You'd have more fun playing WoW instead of reading this.

The characters are one dimensional and get almost no development. This usually isn't too much of a problem in LitRPG's where the focus is on the game elements. However, the game elements are complete sh*t and the characters are completely boring.

The story is basically a XianXia with twists you see coming from a mile away, arrogant young masters who pick fights for the most retarded reasons, never-ending revenge chains, countless beauties who serve no purpose in the story and a main character who is nothing more than a plot puppet.

As crappy as Rebirth of the Thief and Zhan Long are, at least their game mechanics were more interesting.

TLDR: Even if you have time to waste, go waste it elsewhere. <<less
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Alexander Valdimir rated it
March 9, 2017
Status: c18
So currently there's 18 chapters that's been release and I can say that it isn't bad. The story is another Rebirth VRMMORPG type of novel however it's definitely more polish compare to others in this category. The story is simple as it gets, Someone who started the game after a year of its release however due to misfortune and betrayal, he lost his stable life and it got progressively worst when his younger sister was ill. So he travel back into time so that he can saved his sister, and... more>> also he hates union cause their assholes that's all you need to know.

So first I will definitely have to say something about the translation, Felt smooth and it felt like there wasn't any real inconsistency, only rare minor typos if you were really trying to search for them.

Second, the main character even when he got the knowledge of his past life, it doesn't feel like his overpower at all even though his called an expert, although that's only being said since it's was like two days since release. He switched into another class, his skills aren't overpowering, and when he actually started to play the game before the rebirth, there has been a lot of updates to the game so that means that even though he know the method of something, the results are different so it doesn't give as much benefits as when he does it. Overall, it gives you the impression that what he does can be consider impressive however isn't overbearing powerful to the point where he can solo a boss, fight a group of people by himself or go beating experts left and right. (At least not yet)

Third, the overall Virtual reality MMORPG isn't bad although I don't play much MMORPG so I can't really comment about this but it seems simple and straightforward.

Can't really say much about the novel just yet since there's barely any release as only when around fifty chapters could you truly see if you wanna continue reading it or not and it's potential. Although I have to say that the main character isn't cruel however also isn't idiotically kind, simply level headed. He needs money for his younger sister future, so he won't get involved in things that aren't unnecessary. To maintain that quo, although his giving some good equipment to the other Union so, he could have a better relationship and have a stronger team for future raids as the Union his in right now is only necessary to play the game. Yeah so it's a pretty good casual read if anyone is interested. <<less
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marredme rated it
March 13, 2017
Status: c23
It's your typical vrmmorpg novel so far:

1. MC is poor
2. Has a family member who's sick
3. Rebirth advantages
4. Was able to get some sort of upgradeable artifact early in the game (because of no.3) which will probably be overpowered in the future.
5. Entitled rich kids who's out to get him.

With regards to the story of the game, it borrows heavily on the lore of the World of Warcraft franchise. I'm not sure about everything mentioned so far, but the artifact I mentioned on no.4 was made... more>> by Cenarius. Malfurion, Illidan, Ysera, and some other stuff were mentioned as well. I'm not really an expert on warcraft lore, so I'm not so sure if some other things he mentioned were from warcraft as well, some other game, or his original concept. Some people may not be bothered by this but I prefer things that are original.

With regards to the the game mechanics, it's like a modified version of WOW.

That's pretty much it I guess. It's an ok vrmmorpg novel. Nothing really new so far that breaks the typical vrmmorpg trend but it's an ok read. <<less
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OmegaDion rated it
March 9, 2017
Status: c18
As of now, it has a Taming Master vibes of it or somewhere between Ark and Shura's Wrath and Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed the World.

Story focuses mainly on the MC for now. There too few chapters to tell whether this shines or goes deeper into the rabbit hole.

Will change the review until Chapters reached 100.
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UnknownSaint171 rated it
May 22, 2017
Status: c91
Sigh... The writing isn't very good. The Characters really feel one dimensional. The ideas are good but it feels very plain and not properly organize. You'll lose interest quickly. I'm just completely in a daze, trying to figure out what's going on.
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Sashimi14142 rated it
March 26, 2017
Status: --
A Classic VRMMORPG novel. There's a rush in introducing some of the characters in the first few chapters but I think this is better than Rebirth of the Thief who roamed the world.

The levelup of the character makes sense. Equipments are upgradeable. There are no special classes. Records in dungeons.

This is a Slice of Life genre then the progress of the character is just right for every chapter.
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Deathlord rated it
November 1, 2017
Status: c217
I am a big fan of VRMMO stories and I must say I am disappointed with this work.

First of all I know nothing about WoW so even if it's direct copy of characters from the game doesn't make any difference to me. But what is so disappointing about this novel is that the progression of the story is linear. Even from the first few chapters till where I am now there isn't much progress in the actual story. All MC does is go on quests with the group of friends... more>> based on his memories of future, gets in fights with the opposite guilds who either have discovered the place before him or wanted the place themselves, rinse and repeat.

I mean with a name"The Great Thief" I expected it to be more exciting. Although expecting new things from VrMmo is not practical but still it would have been better if within the novel itself reading 2 chapters with same story theme is quite boring.

Another issue is his personality. He played the game once before but he isn't even using the knowledge of it properly. His skills were erratic heck of I were in his shoes the first thing I would do is hide my identity and waited for me to get stronger before antagonizing the big guilds. It's like watching a fool get hold of future knowledge but he doesn't even know if he reveals he would get hunted down. <<less
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Alquimista rated it
May 6, 2017
Status: c104
The Great Thief is lazy, uninspired writing at its finest. It is as though the author had the idea to sit down and write a fanfic after binging Sword Art Online while concurrently going on a World of Warcraft bender and reading atrocious chuuni reincarnation/cheat-skill manga.

That being said, The Great Thief is not entirely without merit or potential. It just needs to be rewritten. In its entirety. Remove the obvious WOW rip-offs. Focus on the development of the MC's primary motivations and over-arcing plot instead of getting caught up in the repetitive minutiae of an MMO. Dial back on the high levels of MC-infallibility. Et Cetera, ad nauseam.

The general scope of the future setting and social stratification seem a good backdrop, but feel supremely underwhelming due to their rather under-developed nature, making the setting feel incredibly generic.

Still, for what it's worth, I've enjoyed reading The Great Thief to some extent, thus far. It sets my imagination ablaze; primarily with images of what this story might read like if it were well-written. Also, the blatant rip-off's and cringe-inducing trope-y bullsh*t make me LMAO on a regular basis.
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bludvein rated it
July 13, 2017
Status: c1440
This is a decent story unfortunately crippled by the fact it's a complete ripoff of WoW. Like, it's not even a tiny bit subtle about it and just copies everything from classic and turns it into VR. The whole thing screams lack of effort and they could probably get a cease and desist from Blizzard.

So why did I give it 3 stars? Mostly because it's nostalgic and also because it doesn't turn into a wankfest. The MC's back to the past does not offer him a significant advantage in the... more>> long run, and he's aware that he's really not as good as many of the top players at the start. It's basically his climb from average joe to owner of an e-sports team rather than a constant cheating using his memories, which automatically makes it better than many of the VR novels out there.

Not really something I would recommend to others, but not bad if your bored. <<less
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Zeikfried rated it
July 5, 2017
Status: c135
After more than a hundred chapters, I kept hoping that some semblance of a plot would form soon, but you are better off watching a lore let's play of WoW. I have completely forgotten the protagonist's situation at home (reincarnation doesn't even matter - you might as well have had this guy sneak into the beta or something and the story would be the same), I have forgotten what is important about his equipment because they are sold off as quickly as actual loot, I have forgotten any detail about... more>> the peripheral characters except their most surface personalities; by the time you reach chapter 130 you'll find yourself skimming through the meat of this story, the fights and loot, to look for anything that looks important to the narrative. <<less
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acoleman2 rated it
March 12, 2017
Status: c22
Entertaining. About what you expect from a VRMMORPG novel. Not unique in the genre, but a good, classic example of this type of story.

EDIT 3/23/17: no change in stars, still 4 stars. I am starting to get annoyed though. It feels like tons of characters are being introduced, but among each group of say 10 or 20 characters, only 1 matters. Same with unions. Also, the whole idea of unions annoys me, it should be guilds. A lot of the terminology doesn't make sense. I think that this is probably... more>> a good novel to binge, but reading it day to day is killing me.

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SayMrrp rated it
October 8, 2017
Status: c251
Initially, I thought 4 stars, but now I give it a 5.

Don't get me wrong: it's still generic. However, it's a stable, well-written story that doesn't leave me feeling bored. For some reason, even though there isn't anything super interesting, I don't get bored.

After reading other reviews, I found it was a ripoff of WoW. I haven't played the game, so this review is from the perspective of someone who isn't bothered by that.

Characterization was initially lacking (all flat. Like: this dude's the whiny arrogant dude, that's the ditzy one,... more>> etc.), but as the chapters progressed, the author seemed to add and focus a bit more on side characters. MC isn't the most fleshed out MC ever, but he has enough color to not be flat. He's the calm (almost invincible seeming) type.

The females in the story aren't really annoying. There might some negativity to women, but there are strong female characters in the novel too. Romance though... the MC's like a rock. Besides his little sister (more like a background driving force than an important in-game member), women aren't that important to the MC. Sure, he has female friends and stuff, but no romance yet. At all. I don't mind that though.

The thief class in this novel is more like assassin/thief. Stealing hasn't been that important. The skills and world aren't boring (but they're ripoffs of WoW.... uh okay).

For a VRRMO, this novel might not be the most hype, but it's a stable novel that isn't boring. The little funny moments make me smile. <<less
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pjrc8899 rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: c121
Could be better and it has some good qualities. I would have rated it higher in the beginning.

Two of the main problems are characters and plot.

The characters never develop and stay one dimensional (MC included) and I have lost the direction of story.

Meaning: it is simply getting boring : (
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AeonicI rated it
June 5, 2017
Status: c336
An MMORPG novel that is greatly influenced by World of Warcraft. It is a decent novel but a bit disappointing with little to no originality in what he has copied.
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HaxersDoom rated it
March 16, 2017
Status: c90
i am getting the feeling that this is just the combination of World of Warcraft and Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World, seems ok so far but if having obvious references to other things like that bothers you then you should just give it a go till chapter 5'ish btw the references are done in a far less endearing way than absolute choice.

Edit: Going further into the novel I feel like the protagonists priorities are completely backwards.

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here he is, with a little sister who will die if he does not raise enough money, but instead he puts his priorities on giving what he feels is a fair distribution of funds to team mates, and even his team mates feel he goes overboard, since he earns a bunch of gold which is purely thanks to himself, and then hes just goes "ok guys buy what you need with this, it's fine you guys let me get a bunch of rare materials before so I owe you this" He does not owe them that, they benefited just as much as he did according to their contribution. He does the most and is the most essential person in all theirs dealings, so what is wrong if he gets the materials they don't need? They got a bunch out of it. F**k it just annoys me that he tries to act like that when his sister is dying, it would even annoy me if his sister wasn't dying and he didn't need the money, that is just how too far he goes.

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obsessed-reader rated it
September 5, 2017
Status: c141
Basically you have characters with absolutely no character development. A guy who is surrounded by beauties but doesn't even care but apparently he is straight. A lot of backstory that I honestly don't give a sh*t about cause its only about the game characters that we meet once. Cool idea, decent writing, poor execution. Honestly I am only reading for the romance but there is none. The slow romance tag is a lie. If you don't believe me than read this. After like ch 60 if you don't believe than... more>> idk whats wrong with you. <<less
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