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Summary

Martial cultivators, flying swords, and magic talismans.

Life for Cha Ming is a daily grind. A rat race where people don’t make any real decisions. When he asks the universe for something more, fate itself answers his prayer. A talisman brush older than time itself sends him to another world, where magic, fortune, and danger await. Now, the world is at his fingertips. He has a new life, a new body, and can wield the five elements. It’s too bad his new home is a place where might makes right, and immortal cultivators and demons fight at the drop of a hat. But where the divine brush goes, danger follows. As its wielder, Cha Ming can’t stay out of trouble. There are many who seek the Clear Sky Brush, and they’ll stop at nothing to find it....

©2018 Patrick Georges Laplante (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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  • MK
  • 12-06-20

Not sure what has caused the hate

this book seems to have gathered a unusually large amount of hate and after listening to it I can't understand where its coming from.

for example the character development is the worst part of the book describing it as lack luster being generous but it certainly doesn't ruin the book.

next there is perspective drift. the author can't seem to keep the focus on the mc including far to many perspectives and side chare characters for the reader to care about. however this is mainly a issue in book 2 so I don't think that's the reason.

I can only come to the conclusion that the people who poorly reviewed the book are not familiar with the cultivation style book of which this is a somewhat average example.

tldr: if you like cultivation stories you'll proberbly like this if you don't know what that is research what it is and the writing style before you spend your credits.

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Good

Is good it’s fun. Has a Good flow and it hash som Good chanter
It’s ez to g’et start

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  • Clay
  • 01-01-20

They fixed it!

There was a previous attempt to publish this audiobook and it was unfortunately cursed with a sub par narrator match to the writers voice. They published again with a good narrator, and it is nearly perfect. I read this book in print along with the rest of the series. The whole series is fabulous. Every book. No trashy cliffhangers, no political preaching, no absurdly irritating tropes. Buy it.

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  • Brayden
  • 03-02-20

Dry 8th grade school work

I first tried reading the Kindle version of this book but couldn't get past chapter 10. I figured listening to it would be more palatable, but I was wrong. I could critique the lack of plot, character development, or world building, but what kills any good feeling for this book is the elementary school writing. the whole book reads as a "stream-of-consciousness" creative writing assignment for middle-schoolers. It is like the author opened a few wiki-tabs on cultivation and just started typing word for word what he saw. Don't waste your time with this.

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  • David
  • 30-01-20

Like it was writen by a 16 year old.

This book is so blatent about how formulaic it is when it comes to this genre that it comes off as a parody book rather then a good representation of cultivation fantasy. The main character is barely developed over the span of the book and is shamelessly given an OP path and a generic dream to shrug off fate. It is like the guy read a bunch of books and wanted to write a book of his own and so made a list of things he wanted in the book. Man with no attachment to his world gets reborn or transported to another world, leaves family in new world, meets new family that takes him in, gets tested for abilities and foun to be extremely rare, get accepted to a school, fight in school's tournaments and matches to earn contribution points for knolege, and all of that happens by chapter 12 out of 30. We spend no time of his rebirth, infancy, childhood, and he just walks away from all that with no baggage. You just go from him in the woods about to be transported to him in the new world as a teenager walking to a city after his parents of this new world died. No world building, no cultural build up, and no character development. This is the worst book of the genre I have read so far of this genre. The fact that this was not a parody book and was actually trying is just sad. Why would Podium publish this book and give it an audible version? Maybe this is an Eragon story where the son of some editors gets their kids fantasy fan fic published and a movie deal. If you do decide to buy this book I challenge you to by chapter 13 ask yourself who the main character is? Why is he doing all this? What kind of person is he? Where does he come from? Who are his friends? What kind of struggles did he have to overcome to get here? The answer to the last one is pretty much nothing. It was all written in for him.

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  • Russ Fetherston
  • 02-02-20

Potential but amateurish

Story had good potential but was poorly executed both in writing and narration. Recommend author and narrator keep honing their skills.

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  • David R
  • 01-01-20

Fixed

Finally an author who listened to the reviews. This was a great Ebook and the Narrator before this was awful. But apparently they wanted to fix that and got a new Narrator! Adam Verner does a great job and there really isn't anything to complain about the Narration as it was solid across the board. This is a solid 4star cultivation book. It has it's own view on the world of cultivation and the characters are both interesting and human, not stuck in their stereo types while still developing in their roles.

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  • Brenner
  • 14-03-20

I enjoyed it

So I really enjoyed this book, but there are some issues. My enjoyment is probably based around things being light fun and sometimes thoughtful.

Firstly, the MC is sold as the embodiment of agency. But, no matter what the MC chooses everything is drawn into a very specific set of thematically connected things. The longer things go on, the more I realized there was no agency.

Also, we are shown, and reminded about the MC's past, like it is important. This past should have a great influence on the MC's life and progression. But, it doesn't play any roll in his life... which feels bazaar, like the MC has brain damage or something. And, instead it feels like this past only exists to create a superficial connection with the audience.

Then again I have pre-ordered the third book, and really enjoyed this book. Just don't expect a master piece.

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  • Benjamin
  • 12-05-21

Nopity, Nope, Nope!

This is not really even a book, ok there is sort of a plot, but it is more like random things just happen. There is very little context as to how the "things" that happen to the MC apply to his live or the story. The MC just stumbles in to random things. Little context to how the world functions. Perhaps I don't have the Chinese culture to understand what is going on, but no I think this is the authors fault. Just nope....

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  • Nathan
  • 27-01-21

What?

Id like to listen to a story, not the longest poem on earth. Just bizarre, no characters worth remembering, including MC, no plot, no grit. Invokes absolutely no emotion in anyway. A philosophers comic strip.

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  • Al
  • 02-11-20

Unfocused Narrative, Detail-oriented Worldbuilding

I considered a two-star rating for this novel, but it's too readable for that. It flows well despite its flaws, but after a while I became disappointed with the sedate pace and the overabundance of details we didn't need. The author tends to overexplain the rules of his world, and it bogs down the (already near-nonexistent) action.

The characters, too, gave me the same meandering impression. For a character as focused on choice as Cha Ming, he dithers a lot and follows other people's directions. I didn't see a lot of true free agency from him. Action takes many forms, and I didn't see a whole lot of it here. You have a tournament that felt mostly unimportant, a mission at the end of the novel and that was it. The rest was an overly detailed account of his training and search for a profession, with care taken to emphasize his specialness. You could easily trim out or skim over a quarter of the book without sacrificing much.

If this ever gets a rewrite, focus on a better balance between action, character and exposition. It favors the latter far too much.

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  • Noah M
  • 22-08-20

Why

it's like the author knows he wants to write a tropey story but he doesn't know how to connect the prices together. I don't mind tropey or lazy stories, but the way the people and the world are connected to each other and introduced is about as lazy it can be made. the direct reference to the genre before the character is transported make it blatantly clear exactly what the author wants to do with the book. I often enjoy this type of book, but I enjoy it for the fun and the punchy creativity on display. This has done neither for me. did not finish chapter one.

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