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A super talented yet lazy person finds a goal in life To convert all of humanity into weebs. After years of planning he starts his plan. After reaching a position of high power he begins to slowly feed the masses weeb stuff and convert them. Many years later he has succeeded, everyone is a weeb. He realizes he needs to go to the toilet, but there is no toilet. He runs looking for one for hours and hours but he cannot find that toilet. When finally the toilet is in sight, it is already to late. Joey wakes up from his dream to find himself laying in a puddle of his own piss.
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Kergonan: As I really liked IET first two books, Coiling Dragon and Stellar Transformation, I started to read Swallowed Star and Desolate Era at the same time. But after a while, I started to apply to myself a "no two books from the same author at the same time" rule. As its translation was faster and I am more into fantasy than space opera, I decided to finish Desolate Era first, and then move on to Swallowed Star, even though the former was written after the latter. While it was good for optimizing my reading time, it was not so great for my reading pleasure.
First, let's get this straight from the beginnning: this is not a science-fiction story, and the post-apocalyptic tag is only applicable for the first fifth of the novel, but a space-opera, a bit like the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars, if the latter had overwhelming supernatural elements. The setting is initially fine, with a bit of a slow start, but it moves quickly then to bigger and bigger scales, up to epic ones. Litteraly speaking the descriptions are usually pretty good, but are marred with near constant mistakes in numbers and scales, which give a lot of "uh" moments at first, then upset you, and finally you stop caring otherwise it would really ruin the story. This is a recurring problem in this novel, one of many that the author later learnt to improve on or even erase completely in his next work Desolate Era.
The characters are okay, but most of them have not much depth. The main character, Luo Feng, is a good protagonist, but not as good as Linley, Qin Yu or Ji Ning, as he is as focused, but more merciless, ferocious and brutal and less sympathetic than the usual kind of MC we get from IET. Luo Feng's two main mentors are well described and the two others characters who appear with regularity in the story. His girlfriend/wife, parents, children and early companions get a lot of time during the first fifth of the tales, but only make sporadic appearances after that. His companions are otherwise very temporary additions, and finally the antagonists are numerous, but lack in term of variety, beside the final one, whose motivations are still a bit simplistic.
The power system is very clear at first, but quite simple. The author later evolves it into a more complex one, but it then becomes a lot messier and confusing except for the big "element-based" lines, with a less-used parallel system relying on gene levels. The one redeeming feature here are the progression and insight scenes which are very well made for the most part.
The translation is kind of a mixed bag. The first translation team, Translation Nation, was doing a very good job. Sadly, upon reaching the 900 or so chapter, Qidian changed the translation team to Nyoi-Bo Studio, who did not bother to harmonize their lexicon with the previous team's. This resulted into a calamitous translation for about the next 100-200 chapters, with some names translated in two different ways inside the same chapter, which made me think that the members of the new team did not even harmonized with their own. The situation was mostly solved later, but the translation still was inferior to what it used to be. A severe handicap for a novel which is just good to begin with.
In the end, what I'm try to say here, is that Swallowed Star is IET's transition novel, where he wants to tell us a story of truly cosmic proportion, and is not quite as succesful as he hoped. It's okay if you consider this a prototype of his following novel, as numerous elements of this space opera will be reused in Desolate Era's eastern high fantasy setting, but with tremendous improvements with gave us one of the best Chinese novel I ever read. Sadly, in the present case, all of these factors only result in a book that is above average/good at best, and the dive the translation took after chapter 900 does nothing to improve the situation. In the end, Swallowed Star only gets a 6 out 10.
Seriously, after you've read Coiling Dragon and Stellar Transformation, unless you are an absolute fan of IET, you can pass this story and head straight to Desolate Era.
P.S: Thanks to IET and the Translation Nation team for your work. As for the Nyoi-Bo Studio translation team, please, try to improve.Swallowed Star
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Rebirth of a broken demoness.
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Book_Keeper: Hello, your novel has been reviewed by Virtual Bookshelf.
A review excerpt is as follows:
Okay overall. A common mistake was the lack of commas before conjunctions of independent clauses.
Gin – Great start to his character building in the prologue. It delved into his mind very nicely, and the following chapters consistently showed his personality. Chapter 7 is another good example of his thoughts, albeit, somewhat drawn out.
The new students – Way too many. If all of them are necessary to the story, then more deeply introduce one of them when they all first appear, have him/her interact with Gin. Later on, introduce the remaining one by one, or at most, two at a time. Chapter 5 introduced Ringo and Shiro in more depth after their initial appearance, but the continuous amount of dialogue made reading sluggish. Either cut back and only include important conversation or which best expresses personality, or add action verbs to the speech—since continuous lines of ****** dialogue/quotes should be done in moderation—as well as gestures and settings to make the conversation more realistic and less tedious. This holds for other chapters with strings of continuous dialogue, too.
Otakus. This is used too much and shouldn’t be the defining point of a character. Go beyond this.
Nani. Again, used too much. A few times is funny.
Sound waves, interesting. After the teacher explained this disaster, the proceeding chapters lacked intensity or any apparent development.
POV switches such as in Chapter 6… Especially in first person, if you’re switching POV, clarify who it is before you continue the story. For example, Gin’s POV or Rin’s POV. Additionally, try to limit switches to at most every few chapters. Frequent switches in a single chapter or a couple of chapters is too confusing (especially if the POV is not clarified beforehand) and hurts the reading flow. The only time when POV’s might not be rightly clarified are in mystery stories, but even then, it must be done with caution.
Chapter 8, the story picks up again with new insights on time, world, and MC’s bone regeneration ability. .........(cont.)
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Rebirth of a broken demoness.
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