Cultivation novels
Apparently these are very popular in China and give insight into the Chinese character. They tend to be about 4000 chapters long and are posted on the web like webcomics.

Quote:Cultivation stories basically discuss the idea (often using the cultural idea of ‘cultivating’ to gain immortality) via progressing one’s soul / body / state of being. This can happen via martial arts training, grasping the Dao, magical potions or spirit stones, etc. I know there are aspects of cultivation (gaining immortality) from other cultures (see Harmon Cooper’s Way of the Immortals that draws from Buddhism), but my base of knowledge comes from Taoism. Even within traditional Taoist stories, you see the threads of what many of the Chinese webnovels draw from, like the peaches of immortality, alchemical potions, qigong exercises, martial arts, etc.

This is the synopsis of Reverend Insanity which according to /lit/ is the best one:

Quote: Humans are the spirit of all living beings; Gu is the essence of heaven and earth.

With his three views, a demon is reborn.

Former days are but an old dream, an identical name is made anew.

The story of a time traveler who keeps on being reborn.

A unique world that nurtures, refines, and uses Gu.

Spring Autumn Cicada, Moonlight Gu, Liquor Worm, Great Qi Golden Light Worm, Slender Black Hair Gu, Hope Gu…

And a great demon of the world that acts as his heart pleases!

The story of a villain, Fang Yuan, who was reborn 500 years into the past with the Spring Autumn Cicada he painstakingly refined. With his profound wisdom, battle and life experiences, he seeks to overcome his foes with skill and wit! Ruthless and amoral, he has no need to hold back as he pursues his ultimate goals. In a world of cruelty where one cultivates using Gu – magical creatures of the world – Fang Yuan must rise up above all with his own power.


The Gu is a mythical venomous insect, often used in black magic. It can take on the form of several insects, usually snakes, crickets, worms etc.

The three views are one’s world view, value of worth, and philosophy on life.

And here is an excerpt from the same:

Quote: Back then, Thieving Heaven Demon Venerable had expended his own theft path dao marks to refine this gamble Gu!

Gamble Gu gave random results that could not be influenced by anyone.

Thieving Heaven Demon Venerable was special, he was an otherworldly demon who possessed otherworldly dao marks. Thieving Heaven’s space was founded on the basis of his otherworldly dao marks. Meanwhile, gamble Gu was refined with his otherworldly theft path dao marks.

Gamble Gu did not have any offensive power by itself, it was powerless no matter what the result was. But the luck gamble killer move that used it as the core was extremely dangerous.

Whether it succeeded or failed, there was no way to predict it.

But it was because of this characteristic, even Immortal Zombie Giant Sun’s luck could not interfere with it.

The probability of winning the luck gamble was equal for both Immortal Zombie Giant Sun and Qin Ding Ling.

Qin Ding Ling won the previous time, now, it was Immortal Zombie Giant Sun’s win.

However, Immortal Zombie Giant Sun did not feel any joy.

Because whether she lost or won, Qin Ding Ling would only profit.

The reason?

It was due to the profundity of luck path.

Luck was essentially categorized into two types: good luck and bad luck. The size of luck varied from person to person; in general, the higher the cultivation, the larger the luck.

Comparing Immortal Zombie Giant Sun’s and Qin Ding Ling’s luck.

Immortal Zombie Giant Sun’s luck was extremely vast, it was at Dao Lord level. There was little bad luck, while good luck occupied the majority of it.

And Qin Ding Ling?

Qin Ding Ling’s luck was far smaller than Immortal Zombie Giant Sun’s. Bad luck occupied most of it, while good luck was little.

Qin Ding Ling was only a rank eight expert, her luck would naturally be smaller than Immortal Zombie Giant Sun’s.

Luck was a variable! She was against a powerful enemy like Immortal Zombie Giant Sun, with the luck of all living beings influencing each other, even if she had good luck, it would be affected and turned into bad luck.

Thus, firstly, Qin Ding Ling’s luck was far smaller than her opponent’s. She was basically gambling with a smaller chip, this was a huge advantage in itself.

Secondly, Qin Ding Ling had a lot of bad luck, when it was transferred to Immortal Zombie Giant Sun, it would contaminate his luck as well.

The basis of Giant Sun Immortal Venerable’s combat system was positive and powerful luck. This had two crucial points, one was he needed to have vast luck, the other was that his luck needed to be positive, which meant the more good luck he had, the better.

If Qin Ding Ling won more and lost less in the luck gamble, Immortal Zombie Giant Sun’s luck would greatly decrease.
That’s cool. I heard people praise it a few times on anime boards as one of the best of that year but I didn’t know it was a puppet show.
Ty for this, I've always thought these things seemed interesting. I'm a big fan the idea of a shonen style power buildup in an overly long novel, but it isn't easy to read more than a couple sentences of poorly translated fanfic writing (which is the only thing I saw whenever I looked into these)
It's a very autistic genre imo, it's like 90% descriptions and stupid names of silly powers. I read those excerpts and feel like I'm reading actuarial tables or an inventory list, at best a very drab description of some fight. It's as if it's all footnotes.

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