TNT: Talisman Emperor Chapters 41-80 by Xiao Jinyu

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another set of chapters in Chen Xi’s adventures. It’s Talisman Emperor Chapters 41-80 by Xiao Jinyu!

Plot Synopsis: Chen Xi was a jinx who radiated misfortune the way a torch radiated light, and everyone around him knew it. His entire clan was annihilated when he was young, and not too long after that his parents disappeared. His marriage contract? Poof. Torn to shreds and gone up in smoke before the eyes of everyone in the city, almost humiliating his grandfather to the point of suicide! Cultivation? No time for that, he had a family to take care of! This is the story of Chen Xi, a youth forced to stop cultivating and instead craft talismans to pay for his younger brother’s tuition… and who, in the process, would rise to become known by all as the Talisman Emperor….

Plot: The plot of this second set of chapters is pretty good, and really quite fast paced. It moves us along the plot and finally gets us out of Chen Xi’s hometown. I won’t say more than that because it’d be spoilers, and you know my policy on those.

Characters: We get to meet quite a few new characters, but my favorite is probably Du Qingxi. Probably because she isn’t a giant bitch.

Overall: A good set of chapters. If you’ve enjoyed the novel thus far, you’ll probably still be enjoying it.

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TNT: Black Belly Miss Chapters 161-200 by North Night

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the fifth set of chapters in Wu Xie’s adventures. It’s Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss Chapters 161-200 by North Night!

Plot Synopsis: Having finally started her plan in motion to remove the threat the Emperor of her homeland posed to her family and subordinantes Jun Wu Xie is now dealing with the Emperor, the Second Prince and Bai Yunxian. But the threat of the Qing Yun Clan looms over her head and with it the storm is only starting to coalesce….

Plot: This is a rather fun set of chapters. It’s fast paced and quite a thrill to read, especially for those with quick wits.

Characters: If it wasn’t obvious by now, Wu Xie is truly apathetic to anyone that she doesn’t care about. Not that I dislike that fact, I can empathize with it quite a bit myself. . While Jun Wu Yao isn’t a big part of it, his presence is always entertaining…

Overall: A great set of chapters. If you aren’t reading this series already you ought to be.

TNT: Black Belly Miss Chapters 121-160 by North Night

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the fourth set of chapters in Jun Wu Xie’s adventures. It’s Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss Chapters 121-160 by North Night!

Plot Synopsis: Having started her quest to redeem her and her families fame, Jun Wu Xie now is at the palace with the high official’s at sword point. However the Emperor has just arrived on the scene and the Second Prince came along as well. However can he stop Wu Xie now that she’s determined to raise her familie’s fame and reputation?

Plot: This is a really fun set of chapters, where the title becomes even more self evident if you didn’t pick up on that already. And by fun I mean Wu Xie has absolute control over the entire situation and acts and looks like the badass she really is.

Characters: We get a couple new faces, but really the star of this set of chapters is Wu Xie. Honestly she’s probably one of my favorite female leads out there just because she’s absolutely resolute in her desires.

Overall: A very fun and solid set of chapters that showcase the best of this series.

TNT: Praise the Orc Final Chapters by Lee Jungmin

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the end of Crockta’s adventures. It’s Praise the Orc Final Chapters by Lee Jungmin!

Plot Synopsis: Having decided to fight against the gods and stop the bloodshed between players and actual people who they think of as only NPCs Crockta has fully immersed himself into Elder Lord. Will he be able to end this war in a good way for both planets or will he die as Crockta the Orc Warrior?

Plot: These final set of chapters are pretty good, and while the ending is perfect it is still enjoyable. Thankfully there is a couple extra chapters that take place after the main story, although not all of them have been translated yet.

Characters: We’ve met the vast majority of the cast by now, with only a couple minor additions being added. Tiyo is still my favorite character though after Crockta.

Overall: A great series, if you hadn’t started reading it already I suggest you do so.

That’s it for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s also my first fully covered story for this column!

Bookish Wednesday: Pet Peeves

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m continuing my mini-rant on things that make me drop a series or even an author if they do it even more. It’s all about some Pet Peeves of mine.

Pet peeves: I have a huge list of pet peeves that will get me to stop following an author or dropping a series entirely if enough of them pile up. But here are some that really get on my nerves.

#1 Killing Off Love Interests: I hate this plot device and frankly it’s not quite a bottom line, but it’s damn close. I respect that sometimes characters have to go through adversity, but we read fiction for a reason. Keeping a bit of hope in a story is a good thing. Dark and dreary stories are not fun for me to read, and that may be because of my own mental health issues. However this is one of my  personal pet peeves. Now killing off parents of characters? I can deal with that, it’s a different sort of emotional impact for both the character and the reader.

#2 Separating Love Interests: Chinese authors have a terrible habit of doing this, and it ticks me off. They are often poorly done harem stories that has the main character leaving behind his loved ones at every freaking opportunity for no particular reason other than to go galavanting off on an adventure. It doesn’t matter how it occurs, it’s a stupid plot device. It also cheapens the loved one as a character. If they get left behind they aren’t going to grow, either emotionally or in more concrete things like strength.

I will admit that Eternal did one thing right and that was keeping the main characters. who are soulmates, together. They overcame every obstacle together, and frankly there’s no reason why other authors shouldn’t do the same. Having some random teacher drag off the main character’s loved one to get training is also bullshit plot device that I despise and I sincerely hope never gets any traction in the Western world. Having a couple that can actually fight together and work together is a great way of showing character growth. Because anyone who has played a team activity will tell you that no matter how much solo practice you do, it still requires just as much if not more time practicing with your partner(s) so you don’t get in each other’s way. But the character’s will never learn that if they get separated.

#3 Dense Harem Leads: If an author has to write a freaking harem story, at least make the freaking lead character open to a more diverse relationship with all of their potential love interests. Because frankly no matter what the author does, they’re going to piss off one reader or another. Yes polygamy and polyandry are illegal in most of the world, but here’s the thing. It’s a freaking story, and the author can write it however they wish. Maybe they have to deal with the social backlash of being in such a relationship, would make for great character growth.

#4 Forgotten Side Characters: I hate it when authors leave side characters in the dust and just forget about them. This ties into #2 a bit, but more than that some authors are just terrible about remembering all the various side characters they introduce. I Eat Tomatos in particular is a notorious author for doing just that. “Cough” Haeru “Cough”

Those are just some of my personal pet peeves, and there are like I said above many more. But that would be a very long post and frankly I’m not interested in listing every thing that ticks me off in a story.  That’s it for this week’s Bookish Wednesday.

TNT: Black Belly Miss Chapters 81-120 by North Night

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back to covering Jun Wu Xie’s rise from infamy. It’s Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss Chapters 81-120 by North Night!

Plot Synopsis: Having awakened her contractual spirit Little Lotus, Wu Xie is now concerned with protecting the dignity of the Lin Palace her family rules over. And all the time Jun Wu Yao is always to the side watching his little “sister”…

Plot: This set of chapters is probably where the story really takes off. It’s really awesome seeing Wu Xie being absolutely badass, and while I won’t say more than that it was highly satisfying to read.

Characters: We get to know more about Wu Xie and her family in this set of chapters, but we also get to learn a bit more about Wu Xie and her past life. There are a couple new characters, but overall it’s mostly familiar faces for this set of chapters.

Overall: A highly entertaining set of chapters that really lay down the foundation for the rest of the story. If you aren’t reading already, you ought to be.

TNT: Praise the Orc Chapters 160-190 by Lee Jungmin

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’ve got the penultimate set of chapters in Crockta’s journey. It’s Praise the Orc Chapters 160-190 by Lee Jungmin!

Plot Synopsis: Having returned from the North a victor and even more famous, Crockta now is on a journey to stop the atrocities that his fellow players are committing, while not even knowing the truth behind Elder Lord. His quest for answers has given him some that he didn’t even think was possible, but now that he has them he knows what he must do.

Plot: This is a really solid set of chapters and while it’s not the climax of the story, it does set up the events leading to that. I won’t spoil anything else, frankly I feel like I already have said too much.

Characters: We get a few new faces, but mostly it’s old familiar faces we are dealing with. Tiyo and Crockta are still my two favorite characters, and these chapters just cement that opinion I have.

Overall: This is a series that’s worth reading, while not being absolutely spectacular it’s pretty darn good.