Wu Dong Qian Kun

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The Great Yan Empire exists in a world where respect can only be earned through strength. Within this Great Yan Empire, the four great clans have always stood above the rest. Among them, a particular incident in the Lin Clan resulted in the banishment of a certain individual who went on to start his own family, in hopes of one day being recognized again by the Lin Clan, and rejoining them…

Hailing from a banished family of the Great Lin Clan, when Lin Dong was very young, he watched, powerless, as his talented father was easily crushed and crippled by the overwhelming genius of the great Lin Clan, Lin Langtian.

With a despairing father, a heartbroken grandfather, and a suffering family, ever since that fateful day, Lin Dong has been driven by a deep purpose; to take revenge on the man who had taken everything and more from his family.

Armed with nothing but willpower and determination, join Lin Dong as he unknowingly discovers a destiny greater than he could ever hope to imagine when he stumbles upon a mysterious stone talisman…

Associated Names
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Earth-Shattering Martial Arts
Martial Movement Upheaval
Martial Universe
WDQK
武动乾坤
Related Series
Battle Through the Heavens (Shared Universe)
The Great Ruler (Shared Universe)
Battle Through the Heavens Prequel – The Legend of Yao Lao (Shared Universe)
Recommendations
Against the Gods (8)
Battle Through the Heavens (7)
Martial God Asura (5)
Great Demon King (3)
Tales of Demons and Gods (3)
Peerless Martial God (2)

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Kergonan
New Kergonan rated it
May 8, 2018
Status: c1309
Wu Dong Qian Ku's manhua adaptation is one of the things that lead me to the world of Chinese novels, so this tale has a special meaning for me.

Had WDQK been the first Chinese fantasy novel I completely read, I would have given it full marks, but it is no longer a possibility.

First, the story itself is alright, with its fair share of ups and downs, fights, training periods and cliffhangers. The overall plot is quite classic, a tale of vengeance which after the death of the target becomes a... more>> quest for both romance and the protection of the protagonist's world. The vengeance part is good, although a bit long winded, the romance is classic yet made above average thank to the author represents the interactions between the main character and his two love interests and the "save the world" part is well made, with clues of this first underlying plot shown even in the first third of the novel, but a little "unsurprising" if you're already used to the genre. Also, at about three quarters of the novel, the story starts to get a little slow, and I think the author saw it, for at four fifth of the story, there is an acceleration of the rythm, which at the moment is welcome, but makes me fell like there are some parts that couldn't be developped as the author wished it.

The characters are a bit of a mixed bag. The Lin Dong is a good protagonist, both in his morality and writing, a real hero of the genre (strong willed, hard working, ready to protect and get revenge for his loved ones) which makes him easy to cheer for, but he somewhat lacks quirks that could help me relate to him. His two love interests (you can't quite call this a harem novel, more a polyamorous one) are also well written, each with her style, merits and flaws, each positive in her own way, and always feel, even when they're not present, as important parts of the story, not mere flower pots. For the other members of the main cast, the "brothers" of the protagonist are also well written, a bit better even than the MC, for they have quirk and flaws that make them very sympathetic. For the rest of the cast, those who are neutral or on Lin Dong's side tend to be okay, in the sense that they accomplish their roles in the story, but they are written in a bit of a shallow way. My big problem with the cast lies in the antagonists, who, for nearly all of them, come from the mold of the arrogant, overconfident douche who go after the MC for he bruished their ego (during the first two third of the novel) or because he interferes in the plans of the main antagonist faction (last third of the novel). In the latter case, all of the bad guys here have no noticeable differences, even in their battle techniques, beside their number (I'm not kidding). The only two lasting antagonist who escape this fate are the target of the initial vengeance (he has charisma, persistence and self-righteousness) and the last main villain who is written in quite an imposing way, has an underlying, somewhat unexpected goal beside pure destruction and domination, but is ultimately here for less than 10 chapters (he has lots of flash but pitiful substance).

The power system is quite classic for this kind of novel, with a dual power track, one qi oriented and the other psychic oriented. Still, there is a problem here as while the qi power is well detailed, with every level given good and repeted explanations, the psychic system explanation is less detailed and somewhat confusing when it comes to the power levels, which is quite a malus, especially in the latter part of the novel. On the plus side, after the first third of the novels there is no inflation of new techniques and martial arts for the protagonist. Lin Dong rarely gets new arts, and most of his progress relies on mastering deeper and more profound secret of the techniques and items he already has.

The world itself is... okay. The author gives us enough background to make the characters and the plot work, and the environmental details are sufficient to put us in the proper mood for a given scene, but in the end, the world can fell a bit "dry".

The translation is a very strong point of the novel. The Yellowlaw team made a simply wonderful, professional level job here. There are no typos, mispelling or grammar error, the energy and mood are well transmitted, their work can only be called impeccable. The only sad part is that this novel will be the last cooperation of the team, but one can hope.

So, in conclusion, Heavenly Silkworm Potato gives us with Wu Dong Qian Ku a very good classic novel, with a well written but unsurprising plot, a pretty dry world building, an energetic, charismatic and positive main cast (especialy the MC, his love interest and brothers) but only above average secondary cast and mostly poor antagonists, a consistent but slightly confusing power system and a easy to read style which carries us through a wonderful adventure, all handled by professionnal level translators. It is by no means an excellent novel, but you'll have pretty good time reading it.

P.S: Thanks to Yeow, Law and Aaron for their top level work. <<less
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Eliterising
New Eliterising rated it
May 8, 2018
Status: Completed
If you are looking for proper review this is not it.

This novel has some major flaws and in my opinion quite generic.

  1. The enemy in this novel is just horrendous, The MC is basically fighting the same enemy except more powerful than him, then he gets a power-up to defeat his enemy and then it repeats it again and again and again.
  2. The world building is subpar for the first couple hundreds of chapters but it does get a little bit better overtime.
  3. Romance in this is okay, but I hate the fact that every single woman falls in love with him in just a really short time.
So you might be asking "Why did you give this novel a 4/5 then???"

Well it quite simply because I ENJOY this novel. Despite the constant flaws... more>> that this novel has I really love the time that I spend reading it. This is just a couple of reasons why I like it:

  1. The MC has a simple and straight objective and that is to get stronger so that he can protect the one he loves. I mean if you think about it, It isn't really anything special but compared to other Chinese novel it good enough.
  2. Author is good at making a cliffhanger. You guys are not gonna face this cause it already finish translated, But man is he good at that.
There is a lot more reasons why I love and hate this novel but I won't go in-depth with it. I've been reading this since early 2016 so it has been about 2 years and I appreciated the translator for translating this, I always enjoy my time when reading this everyday, now that it has ended I'm quite sad but hey there's still a sequel, sorta so I'm not that sad by it. The ending is alright and the final boss fight was anti-climactic but that okay since I still enjoyed it.

What separate this from other "Bad" novel that I have read is that I enjoyed it. It doesn't matter that it has big flaws as long as you enjoy that certain novel, for me it's this novel. Due note that I have quite a sh*t taste in novels.

With that said do I recommend this novel for you? It depends, I suggest you read it first and see if it's right for you. If you can bear the flaws that this novel have then you will have an enjoyable ride, or not, who knows. <<less
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nwms8
nwms8 rated it
May 11, 2016
Status: c314
"Buzz Buzz! "

This is a review as of chapter 314. The series starts out with some usual tropes, boy finds treasure that imparts special skills to get stronger.

"Bang Bang!"

There is emotions, there is some character development, and then there are spirit stones and resources. Nothing new, but readable.

"Everybody is shocked! Who is everybody? No one knows, just some random shock reaction scene, move along!'

... more>> Then the story becomes sh*tty because literally 90% of this series is fight scenes and this author sucks ass at writing a compelling fight scene.

"Take this secret move, Moon Phoenix Mystery Dark Fist of the Sun!"

"BOOM!'

Reading this review is pretty much like reading the novel. Some words in between a bunch of SFX. Boring and dropped from my main reading list.

"Swoosh!"

"Your secret move amounts to only so! Take this, a secret move that I, Ling Dong, discovered and perfected, Bloody Sacred Saber Divine Sword Darker Fist Shadow Step Big Power Super Kick Golden Platform!"

"What did he say?! What an arrogant fellow!"

It gets 2/5 stars because I can't even care about the MC anymore. All he does is go around wrecking havoc and acting like a spoiled brat.

"Run!" <<less
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Demonic Reader lv 451F
Demonic Reader lv 451F rated it
June 5, 2016
Status: c355
Recommend IF you finish ALL other good CN ones and waiting for the new chapter. It's early work of the famous writer. Plot is straight. MC is straight. Every characters are straight. Dialogue is straight. Everything is straight.

No twist, no cliff, no unexpected. Highly predictable.

Fighting is darn straight! I stand still, waiting for you hit me, then you wait for my returned strike. Every fights begin with EXACTLY three babbling noises from surrounding lackey, confirm that MC will be defeated misery.

ALL his enemies will boast one or two... more>> sentences before concludes that MC will definitely die. After that.. Boom! Dong!! Kaboom!!.. "IMPOSSIBLE!" exclaim!!!

Every characters please stand still while we change the scene. Thank for your cooperation. <<less
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strixflash
strixflash rated it
May 17, 2016
Status: c298
I wish I could say that the novel is good. I had such high hopes for this novel but sadly...

This novel suffers from the same problem as that of author's other popular novel (Battle through the Heavens).

MC's luck is just too good. I know novels of such categories have main characters bathing in luck but in this series (and BTTH) the MC is literally diving in ocean full of luck. MC would find heaven defying opportunities even in the worst situation.

Fight scenes are hyped for nothing. Epic names... more>> for fighting techniques but zero substance. No creativity.

Author would repeatedly say that MC's luck was good for once but he shouldn't be cocky as that was once a lifetime opportunity... Well, I have read around 300 chapters and the stupid luck is raining on MC regularly.

Also, there is no personality in MC. The spirit in his OP treasure is much more interesting than the MC. Honestly MC is totally boring.

There is also a scene similar to rape in the series. (MC is kind of drugged/controlled). Author uses that to establish a relationship between MC and the girl. To be honest that forced s*x wasn't necessary. Chinese authors use such dumb ideas when they fail to think of ways to establish relationship between MC and a potential love interest.

The antagonists aren't interesting as well. They are the standard stupid villains who underestimate MC and when MC kicks their ass they would use the usual line: "How dare you harm me after I tried to kill you?! My clan/sect will kill you." Seriously? Most of the antagonists are like this.

Then there is the antagonist MC wants to defeat in order to gain revenge for his father. I thought he would be interesting and different from the other stupid antagonists of the series. So far he's same as the rest.

Characterization of main antagonist matters the most as he is MC's main goal so far. Would you give a damn for 300+ chapters if you realize that MC is doing everything he has done so far to defeat another stupid guy?! <<less
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Dream Seeker
Dream Seeker rated it
May 18, 2016
Status: c237
Simply boring, it's started out okay, but so do most Chinese novels. There's nothing to savage this novel past 200 as it's nothing but typical poor writing famous for the genre.
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Dedition
Dedition rated it
May 17, 2016
Status: c323
Please read for a detailed review!

I'm planning to split this review into two parts: pros & cons.

Opinionistic Pros: The book is different from the typical Xianxia. Think of 'Battle Through the Heavens' but more fast paced. The World building isn't the best, and at times - most of the time - it's up to your imagination to decipher what the geography around the fight is, but I think the reason it may be justified is because the protagonist doesn't really go too places that require much description. As long as... more>> this isn't your first LN then your mind should be able to quite easily cope.

The protagonist has the typical backstory (Bullied, becomes OP, bullies now revere him, steps on to the world stage). After you get past the first few chapters that goes through through that backstory, that's when it becomes much more interesting.

The protagonist knows when to run and fight. He's harsh/rude but cunning.
He's prideful and will always keep his head up regardless, but also knows when to be respectful.

My own personal pro is that there's no random/pointless romance or harem. Well... kinda
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He had s*x with a girl when she was in a weakened state (both parties being non-consensual) and has vowed to become stronger so that she can recognise his strength.

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That was completely random and seemed as if the author remembered that he forgot a cliché.

The antagonists are much smarter (though that's not saying much in the long run) and instead of trying to let him stay alive to come back for revenge when they slight him, they actually realise he has potential and treat him as a threat.

Last pro for me personally, is that we don't have to go through the boring and gruelling training period through a demonic forest/beast mountain. He does train in one, but we're not forced to watch/read him kill one pointless monster after monster... after monster. The author just does a simple time skip (half a month, half a year).

Cons:
World building sucks.

Character development sucks. He's got a mutated demonic beast who's got the potential to be super OP, but unfortunately, it's always captured. Along with the fact that we've never seen them bond. It's more of just "Here you go... this is pet.... love it." Hard to make any emotional connection to it.

The antagonists usually have a really crappy reason for wanting to pick on him, though I guess it can be justified that he usually looks weaker than them and poorer, therefore it kinda does make sense.

Sometimes it feels as if you're stuck in a useless arc... though those arcs usually show something that you realise was necessary for the story.

I recommend picking up this novel if you like: ATG (but no harem), TMW and/or MGA. I suggest picking up this novel once it reaches around 400-450 chapters since he is nearing an arc that has been promised for quite a while and if you're like me and would rather read it in one go, I'll suggest that wait. Oh, but the translators do a typical 10 chapters a week + any sponsored chapters, which can be 12-14+per week. So yeah. Really great translation speed.

Overall, the book is quite an exceptional read. Debatable if it's top-tier, but definitely worth your time regardless. If you like MGA/Chu Feng in particular you'll definitely like this.
(A ruthless MC who values relationships, doesn't care about anyone, gets into fights left, right and centre, is always underestimated due to difference in cultivation base.) <<less
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scribbledoutname
scribbledoutname rated it
August 6, 2016
Status: c519
I’ve got really mixed feelings about this series.

In short, the story – despite having potential – is f*cking annoying. NOTHING ever goes smoothly, to the point where it starts to get really infuriating.

Whenever Lin Dong finds a treasure, he doesn’t snatch it. Instead he stands around gawking at it like an idiot until people show up and try to seize it from him. It makes you rage. A normal MC would just dump it into their quankun pouch or interspacial ring straight away, but nope, not Lin Dong.

And every f*cking... more>> time Lin Dong is about to finish someone off, another enemy comes to the rescue. They save the first enemy so that enemy can come back to be a nuisance later. I can’t even begin to describe how irritating this is. If it happens once or twice? Cool. But over and over again? F*ck that. I was tempted to go back and count the number of times it’s happened. As of chapter 500, it has to have happened (no joke) over 10 times. I don’t know what the author must have been smoking to think this was a good idea.

Then there are the fights. Again, no joke, at least 60% of the story is meaningless fights. Reading this story is like watching a Pokémon trainer walking through tall grass... except whenever he’s about to catch a stupidly tanky Pokémon he’s beaten, another Pokémon shows up to slap the ball away.

This series gets a grudging 3 stars. 4 stars for the *underlying* plot, which is solid, minus one star for all the annoying sh*t the author constantly pulls. <<less
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orario
orario rated it
March 21, 2018
Status: c1074
For every woman the MC interacts with, the author makes sure to tell us 10 times or more how she is a beauty that can make entire countries droll. And ofc, they all fall in love with him.

Should I also say that for a few good hunreds of chapters there was no harem tag? Nope, the sh*tstains translating this garbage made sure of that.

What else is there to say? This novel is the definition of average crappy chinese novel

... more>> - arrogant masters everywhere

- godly artefacts that just land in MC's hands

- ultimate class beast companions - you know, because why not

- lots of tournaments with prizes wherever the MC goes - and ofc, the MC becomes the final champion of them all

- bullsh*t luck after bullsh*t luck.

- harem as well, because it just had to have the entire package of cancer <<less
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Rangle
Rangle rated it
December 7, 2016
Status: c338
This story is one of the most boring and formulaic story that I've ever read. There are no surprises in the plot and it gets old really fast. The protagonist is pretty dumb and only manages to pull through because of plot armor. Even the overarching revenge plot gets dragged until it becomes completely pointless.
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Reggie
Reggie rated it
May 17, 2017
Status: c501
Overly descriptive language accompanying every single move in a battle, making everything being told to you. Its like studying for 5 hours when you read for 5 hours of this stuff. It gets tedious like social sciences. No elaboration on the martial techniques- 'he quickly took a step forward while his footsteps suddenly became peculiar. Evidently, this was a rather powerful martial art.' This is a side character that would get killed in the next 5 or 10 chapters showcasing his powerfulness. WTF? How is it powerful? What did his... more>> feet peculiarly do? Dance like a ballerina? Supersaiyan? Its basically tell, not show in this novel. I won't blame the translators, they are giving a good quality translation, but I would like to peculiarly punch the author to show how powerful my frustration and anger is. A few nuclear bombs dropping on his head might improve his brain, make him smarter than he already is.

P.S. Lots of eye actions in fight and just basically most scenes- eyes rolling, eyes becoming icy cold, eyes becoming stone cold, eyes becoming cold and indifferent. Basically lots of cold sh*t happening to various body parts.

Also, crappy banter- weak, boring and useless, illogical banter that degrades the fight scenes, ultimately leading to nothing, if the antagonist for 5 chapters dies, and another one pops up like a cockroach. <<less
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Melfer
Melfer
July 7, 2016
Status: c307
Spoiler

MC is retarded. Barely kills anyone and let's just about all his enemies live over and over again.

If you want to read a novel where you like to get annoyed that the MC is so dumb and the author portrays him like he's so smart and a genius then you might like this novel. Almost every chapter it's like "can the MC really be that dumb?"

"Can every character in this novel really be that stupid?"

Also a lot of things make absolutely no sense and at times contradictory.


"Does the author not think anything through properly and just pull random sh*t that makes no sense out of his ass?"

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VvvV1225
VvvV1225 rated it
September 14, 2017
Status: c866
Classic novel with the usual stuff, MC start at the weakest region in the weakest kingdom/continent and make his way to the top, along the journey, lot of people calling the MC "trash, ant, retard... etc" while trying to kill him, because of the usual reasons (greed, or others random reasons), and it will almost always end with "if you dare to kill me, my clan/sect/kingdom/master, will never let you off".

Of course how can we not include the "crowd" with the "oh MC is looking to die, trying to this... more>> and that", few paragraph later (mainly filled with insult toward MC), the enemy (ies) is like "impossible... blah blah", and the crowd "oh he is so strong", "how can it be possible"......."this guys is not to be trifled with".

As for the romance, it's rather complicated and kind of interesting.

Spoiler

So far, only one women is confirmed, with 1 or 2 more, and nothing more.

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TLDR: Standard stuff from a cultivation novel, however the overall story is rather interesting, hence the 3-stars rating.

PS: if you haven't learn to skip paragraph/chapter, you may not like it. <<less
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Lolita
Lolita rated it
September 20, 2016
Status: c600
2/5

Updated review down from 2.7!

Look, it's The Itchy & Scratchy Show in xianxia land! Don't expect anything else than standard and cliched xianxia fare though, read it to waste time while shutting of your brain, literally.

They fight, fight, fight and fight, it's the Wu Dong Qian Kun novel. Fight, train, level up, find some treasure, go back to start and repeat when a new and powerful enemy shows up a few chapters after the MC beats the previous enemy. The sub par writing, the poor world-building, the terrible... more>> characters, the lack of any sort of normal females who isn't a nihilistic cold blooded murderess, an gold digger or a simpering idiot, the even more horrible cliched and vastly op MC, plus the super powerful pets/treasures he has, are not why you read this novel, you read it for the same reason you eat fast food. It's simple, easy, and doesn't require any work whatsoever and it fills your belly when you cant be bothered to cook some real food. I read this novel for the same reason as the fastfood example above, I read it when I'm out of any sort of interesting novel to read.

The only part that isn't cliched, is the fact that antagonist X, whom of course spits out standard bullsh*t lines like - die trash, my family will annihilate yours etc and so forth, and then promptly tries to kill MC (just to fail ofc). Unlike most other novels in the genre, the MC in this one instead beats them up and lets them go for some reason. I mean, in every other way this waste of time follows every single xinxia cliche there is in the whole genre, except for letting his opponents who just tried to murder him go. And this happens time and time and time again, causing no small amount of problems for the moronic MC along the way. <<less
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Destrucfor
Destrucfor rated it
April 22, 2017
Status: c699
Okay I'm going to write the few complaints I have about this story..

1. World Building is poorly done.
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Spoiler

The changes between realms cannot be simplified to become; "and there are another 1xxxxx empires as large as yours and there are other realms even larger and larger and larger!" any sense of immersion and realism are lost immediately. For one, if there were x number of inheritances within an empire... why are we sprinting through an empire to fall into the most radical and magical inheritance through happenstance? Even if we compared to World defying dan god for realism, at least that novel maintains the established world.

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2. The ego on the MC is absolutely ridiculous.
Spoiler

His partner or supposed closer than kin companion constantly reminds him that he is without talent and those around him are much more powerful and able to be much more powerful, not due to magic resources but through constitution and other methods. Meanwhile MC constantly belittles everyone. Even the supposed love interest is belittled as something that can be surpassed in a heartbeat. - forget the struggles they themselves had to go through, now we learn that all his enemies were fed with a golden spoon and never had to bitterly struggle through anything? Can no suffering can stand equal to the crybaby suffering? How can he not empathize or even see the people around him. It's the return of Sevens MC, I'm powerful, EVERYONE needs my protection!

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3. The heavenly opportunities are available for everyone?
Spoiler

This one was something I was truly exited about. Similar to "History's strongest senior brother" where these opportunities for advancement are truly available to anyone with the talent or luck to find them and harvest them. Then we discover that the opportunities were simply not able to measure up to the opportunities that our MC uses even though he has never truly cultivated them. (truly cultivating? Coiling dragon ring training montage, Dragonball Z training montage, or even BTTH training montages to the max! After the first training period I can count the number of training sessions on one hand, unless such events have been turned into the equivalent of toilet breaks.)

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4. Lack of character growth..
Spoiler

Every other character adapts and changes to suit the situation, meanwhile our hearty MC becomes more and more of a self righteous ass hat. Seriously, even the random bystanders show more human development than our MC, and yes I'm basing that over 500 chapters. Behavior will sometimes change but his character has not shown signs of maturity even after being a psychopath for quite some time.

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What was well done?

1. The MC uses a consistent logic to approach his goals.
Earnest behavior and a sense of excitement are the most constant states of mind for our MC to attain his goals within this story.
Spoiler

While being intelligent and understanding the larger picture during the majority of his experiences, the only negative thing about such behavior is his tendency to forget how it was to be weak.

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2. A larger number of cultivation techniques.
Spoiler

Each enemy and sect has their own inheritances and our MC is no different. While he picks and chooses his techniques that can be attributed to his philosophy; jack of all trades master of none. He purposely attempts to only burden himself with a small number of elite techniques to make up for his lack of training time.

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3. Engaging story telling.
Great xanxian trope, lots of predictable events, yet it's enjoyable to spend a couple days reading and I'll continue to keep up with the translation; which by the way is very well done.

Overall, poor material to use such a good translation team for.
- Unless you're into a compilation of s*xism, hypocrisy and impotence. <<less
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makenai89
makenai89 rated it
March 25, 2016
Status: c276
Reviewed after 276 chapters, rated 4.

If one reads this novel’s reviews from bottom, it can be easily gleaned that Wu Dong Qian Kun is a mountain of xuanhuan/xianxia cliches. If you are looking for weakness, there’s many. But I actually liked the novel characterization and narrative.

Most of the enemies are indeed exists as jokes. And side characters are there just to prop the MC. But the MC himself, while overly focused on power ups and aiming to avenge his father’s humiliation, stays grounded. He made bad decisions (plenty of it),... more>> he was easily tempted by treasures or anything that will boost his strength, he also did not forget to check up girls’ figures although he had no intention to get them. All of it stays true to the author depiction of the MC, which other characters may perceive superficially as an ordinary youth. Yes, because ordinary youth makes mistakes, ordinary youth checks girls up but not necessarily gather a harem of beautiful ladies, and ordinary youth are ambitious. Compared to some MC whose age doesn’t match their mind prowess, Lin Dong is a rather solitary figure.

The novel narrative was not the best as it uses all the usual xuanhuan/xianxia diction. But it’s not bad either as the author can convey and mix the world construct well at the right pace. <<less
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readingdigest
readingdigest rated it
March 26, 2016
Status: --
Like others have said before me, it’s not worth your time to pick up this series. Thinking back, the writing may have been on the wall since the beginning of this novel. Having a family feud as the major plot point is too weak to sustain a power crawl type novel as the goal post just isn’t challenging for an MC that have the kind of luck and fortuitous encounters (*cough* plot armor) that Lin Dong has. The story has become about Lin Dong’s treasure collection adventure. Getting sidetracked all... more>> the time, he collects treasures that he sometimes never even put to use before he has already set his sights on a more powerful version of it. It’s devoid of meaning other than as fluff to hide a weak story development.

And the author has done a horrible job with the pacing and assigning power levels. As of chapter 277,

Spoiler

For being major powers in the Ancient Wasteland, the Ancient Sword Alliance and Ghastly Puppet Sect seem pretty damn pathetic if just a young generation practitioner can get away with toying with them the way Lin Dong has. I mean, for a region that even the four great clans doesn’t lay claim to, you’d expect the powers that have taken root here to have more domineering strength.

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The only reason the story get’s a 2/5 is because I think it’s unfair to rate it lower as I haven’t read the whole story. But from what I’ve read so far and from what little expectation I have of this author, I’m not willing to rate this series any higher. When your story becomes overly reliant on plot armor, it mean the author had been too lazy to properly brainstorm and plan out the plot. It's story writing 101. Anywats, the translators have been doing a good job as well so credit to them. <<less
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MondoX
MondoX rated it
February 28, 2016
Status: c1260
Yes, this novel has your typical Xianxia tropes. Maybe I am a sucker for some of the gets bullied and called trash, then gets strong and get revenge tropes. Therefore, I think this novel is above average. I would rather read this novel than ISSTH, ten times out of ten. I can not wait until the MC becomes strong enough to fight against the douche (you will see later why) that hurt his father.

Update: I jumped the gun on this one, the novel should have stopped after settling his conflict... more>> with the douche. After that, there is no direction, besides random cannon fodder showing up to be killed by MC. Repetitiveness is an understatement with the cannon fodder. <<less
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tides
tides rated it
February 23, 2018
Status: c800
The start is really awesome, but after awhile, you realize that you are just wasting your time reading this.

entire chapters are used to describe one move in a fight and fights are so slow and after the first few hundred episodes, you'll just skip them.

the MC always fails to kill his enemies because either he's too weak or too scared, so he'll let them beat his dog, kick his parents, burn his house and whack his horse for a few years while he trains then come back and kills them.... more>> it's fine if it happens once or twice, but this happens almost every arc.

the bad guy, doesn't die. he does not die. they spend 50 chapters fighting, then when he's about to die, they'll stop. or he'll die then revive....80% of the novel is the MC just fighting the same guy over and over again with him going to new towns, pissing off the mayor and fighting, running away, watching his horse get beat up, come back kill him, meet bad guy. fight. restart. <<less
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Suzaku67
Suzaku67 rated it
August 23, 2017
Status: c843
This is not the best CN i've ever read, but I cant say I didn't enjoy it a ton. If the story had any flaw it would be the long bottomless process of the cultivation system. Heres a basic outline of the progression, and thats excluding half-steps, peak stage, quasi, and other description of the not exactly a certain level. If I dislike anything the most it would probably be this.

Tempered Body (1-9) -> Earthly Yin (early, middle, late) -> Heavenly Yang (early, middle, late) -> Dan Stage (initial, Advanced,... more>> Perfect) -> Creation (Formtation, Qi, Manifestation) * -> Nirvana (1-9) -> Life (initial, Advanced, Perfect) -> Death (initial, Advanced, Perfect) -> Samasara (?) -> Reincarnation (1-?)
*Creation Stage is 3 stages in 1, all have an initial an advanced for each for a total of 6

The MC does fight people well above his cultivation throughout the story, thats pretty much his thing. Although I do enjoy sometimes where he just cant accomplish it. For example, the gap between the creation stages and nirvana is massive and impossible to overcome. Even his strongest martial art could only manage to push a nirvana stage back, not even accomplishing to injure him. However he does rely on martial arts commonly to overcome those who are stronger, which turns into a hype fest.

The plot of the story doesn't exist for quite a long time, well rather the major plot of the story. The initial plot is revenge, the person who crippled his father and ruined his life. MC trains to one day be a match for him and ofc kill him. Through the process learns of things which will eventually shape into the real plot. I cant say the beginning is bad, you don't see a real direction is all. Reminds of Coiling Dragon where he just wants to become stronger but has no real set goal later on in the story. Still the first few 100 chapters have to do with his family before he journey's on his own so their is progression just not alot. After the 500 mark you see the story taking alot of shape, by now at like 800s you have a pretty clear idea of where the plot is going. Not predictable but, you at-least aren't in the dark anymore. This novel is a huge investment before you really get to the binge worthy parts, imo.

Heres a few spoilers: I tried to be very soft on the in my review only touching on stuff with no explanations.

Spoiler

The MC does have a few love interest characters in the story, however he does not have a partner as of chapter 843. I'd say there are 2 girls who are likely to fill the roll but, you never know.

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The MC does have a few allies that remain and train with him. Although there is a singular MC, his companions stay relevant.

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There is a cliche progression, of stronger and stronger like DBZ. If you can bare it, give it a go

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I may have come off negative in my review but I do enjoy the story. One has to be honest though, its not that great however is does kill the boredom. After 800+ chapters how could I not be a little biased if I just praised it yknow <<less
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TheJosh
TheJosh rated it
August 16, 2017
Status: c835
For those of you who gave up before 500 chapters, I feel you guys.

You can't really tell what the plot is until then. It's alluded to around chapter 300-400 I think when a ghost tells him the fate of the world will be in his hands. Not really a spoiler, isn't that what all novels are basically like?

So after chapter 500 or so, a plot actually begins to form, and he gets involved with conflicts that are a very high level. There are a lot of mysteries forming too that... more>> leave you wondering about what happened millions of years ago in the world. And to be quite honest, the plot seems much better than the plot in other novels. Take Martial God Asura. I read maybe 1100 chapters and it's all the same; go somewhere, find heavenly resources, become stronger. Where's the plot? Really is none. It's the same with Martial World.

So do yourselves a favor. When this gets update to 900 chapters or more, read it. You'll start seeing that there is a plot, and after Chapter 800, it gets really interesting. <<less
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Saiwei
Saiwei rated it
August 5, 2017
Status: c835
Alright, for those who thinks it's good, that's great. For those who don't, oh well. I can understand. The only way to explain this LN in a terrible way is just a series of "Bang", "Crack", "Buzz", etc. Although the story does admit to the weird style of writing and grammar, I believe the book conveys its story well. (I can't read Chinese, so I don't know the writer's context of writing. Only the translation of the translator)

By reading other books written by the same author, I have... more>> come to know his general concept of writing and style. One of the largest ideal of 'Tian Can Tu Dou's' books is that all of his characters have 'GOOD LUCK'. Like seriously, as in good luck, I mean they farm four-leaf clovers everywhere instead of finding a random one. The fact that his characters gets so lucky makes me say (maybe even you readers), 'what the heck?' I mean, every writer has a concept of writing a story, but this is his way of writing his story. By 'good luck'. And by that, you have to understand that his characters will be lucky everywhere he goes. So for those who thinks it is cool/okay to be lucky, maybe this is a book for you. For those that don't, just drop this book. BUT before you have that idea, let me explain a course of this book in a way to tell you the general idea.

The idea that the writer gives to the readers in all of his books is ideally the same (don't misunderstand me). What makes me read his books, is the story.

The story starts with an individual named Lin Dong. If you read the description it gives you the general idea of the beginning. He is a boy who engages in the meaning of protecting and loving for those he loves. He witnesses his father getting beat-up into a cripple in a single sweep of action. The story practically starts with an undying emotion of revenge, and his first start of 'luck'. Since his family has been banished from the main branch, he does not have resources to strengthen him. He begins to explore the land to become stronger, soon to relinquish his thirst for revenge.

As he goes through a series of hardships, he becomes selfish and quite meaningless in his actions as the story continues, generally around the 200-400 chapters. But of course, it does continue later on. He basically is a character that the enemies will forever hate and be loved by those who has a good relationship with. He builds up an ego which you will dislike at times.

--------------------------------------------Some parts of the book says that the character has no sign of arrogance, but honestly, I feel it's not right that he isn't. This repeats quit often which does get annoying. Also, the words, "trump card", is used so much that it tends to get annoying.... This is not Yu-Gi-Oh. ------------------------------------

Lin Dong is not a witty character but wins fight with the meaning of strength. He will either throw a punch and end it, or he will fight with an atmosphere that will give you readers a tense feeling. While the story progress, the combat continues its accumulation of meaning. As he grows, he obtains many 'hidden' secrets and becomes feared by the many who potentially hurts his identity as a character.

Along the story, brings in "bromance", as well as romance. As in bromance, he sticks with his soon-to-be-known brothers who he will a different kind of character so that the story is not led only in revenge which makes the story more appealing. Now, the most questionable thing for me is the romance. It is more harem rather than romance. Lin Dong gets mad with every single girl he meets and shows no sign of love to them (romance-meaning). He engages in a flirtatious action with odd meaning. The girls he meets do show love, unlike Lin Dong, and to be honest, it doesn't fit his personality. BUT....

Spoiler #1

Spoiler

I think he learns the meaning 'to love a girl'.

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if you do want to know about spoiler #1
Spoiler

I took a peak at spoilers that he does fall in love with a girl named 'Ying Huan Huan' who happens to be my favorite female character.

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Putting Lin Dong aside.... His family and relatives of his branch of the family (not the main branch), are supportive and engages in a meaning of family. The 'soon-to-be-brothers' gives a relieving and normal idea of true friendship. Besides his brothers,... does he have guy friends? Anyways, the girls that Lin Dong meets will always soon to love/like him and wants to always be with him like every other harem. Of course, he will meet different personalities of girls. Lin Dong's enemies are ALL arrogant (I literally mean it), but what do you know, who's the lucky man.

Although reading what I have typed really didn't explain much, it is difficult to enjoy the book if you do not enjoy the author's style of writing. With many pros and cons I posted, even I wonder why I like it. I guess, I just like his story. The story is built well.... but just with terrible characters. Lin Dong does become a better individual (kinda), and the characters you meet gets better... maybe. <<less
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