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Beware of Chicken 2: A Xianxia Cultivation Novel

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I reached into my wagon and grabbed my axe, causing my chickens to cluck irritatedly at me and the young rooster to crow at the sudden jostling.

We learn early that the protagonist is from our world, but few details beyond that he's familiar with Xianxia stories and feels like he is in one. It is a casual cultivation story where the main character, Jin, rejects his society's vision of what it means to be a cultivator and go live a quiet life on a farm with his animals. It is slowly shifting into a more adventurous mood as of book four, some of the main characters start to move about and our cast interacts with the wider world but with constant life coming in, slice of life feels like it will continue to be the main focus. New Birthday 3 By Tsuu Yin's Pipa Playing (featuring Shaggy Two) The Dandelion's Seeds: Art By Tsuu Character heights.

The book might just be good enough reading for anyone, but being somewhat familiar with typical xianxia settings and tropes will probably help avoid a lot of confusion. They have been handed both power and the ability to use it and seeing what they decide to do with said power is what makes this second book fascinating. Add finding a fine lady to love and appreciative neighbors and I was all-in before I was even halfway through the novel. The only reason I finished the book was that it did manage to instill a pleasant, lighthearted coziness in me. Now also include Farmcore/survival/climb the tech tree/crafting elements and little touches of a dozen other flavors, wink at the camera, and occasionally lighten things up with insights of profound wisdom.

I shook myself out of my introspection and tuned to the pleased clucking sounds coming from my "kitchen. I like my grimdark, my bastards, my interestingly-hateable characters, but man did I enjoy the extremely likeable, pleasant, and friendly people that populate this novel too. Une relative accalmie dans ce second tome nous prépare au volume 3, qui promet une forte dose d'action avec son tournoi. Recent threadmarks v4c75: To Home New v4c74: To the North New v4c73: Place of Defeat New v4c72: Relfections and One Last Task New v4c71: Dark Heart New v4c70. Let's be clear I like an overpower protagonist as much as the nest guy but after all tales start as a guy that wants to defy the heavens kill everyone in his way and have a harem of 100 woman it starts to lose its appeal.Even as stakes get higher and perils increase, our characters remain endearing and forgiving and determined to help where they can, and to be silly when they can too. Plus the way the characters translate English words into their own dialect was both endearing and hilarious. The main character, Rou Jin, wants to leave the cultivator life and doesn't give a slight toss about unparalleled strength, but his literal cultivation of the lands of his farm translate into cultivation of his Qi, inadvertently driving his power level to unparalleled heights (I'd mark it as a spoiler, but I believe "the xianxia hero gets stupid strong" shouldn't come off as a shocking twist). The main character on the first page referring to himself in the 3rd-person confused me, and I didn't get why all of sudden there was a modern personality inhabiting his body after a couple pages of formal Chinese fantasy-style dialogue. Indeed, Jin Rou was not powerful, but he was diligent, and always willing to tend to the less desirable tasks around the sect.

The story takes place in the countryside where a cultivator ran away to and somehow became stronger than he ever was when cultivating in a sect. It's noted early on that Azure Hills, the province he's settled in, is rather sparse in Qi, to the point that high level cultivators consider the area beneath their notice, so it's ambiguous whether Jin really is getting stupid strong by being in tune with nature or something, or if his place of birth is so dense in Qi that he's only strong compared to what the province has to offer, while still being a low level schmuck by the standards of the sect he just left. The main guy feels mostly real there are a couple of times it feels like he is too accepting but a little suspension on disbelieve is expected. Our main character is lovable and charming with a hidden depth to him that is so close to the surface its easy for characters to miss it; hiding in plain sight.The usual tropes of xianxia are present in this world but the MC decides from the start that he does not want to be a part of that dog-eat-dog; survival of the strongest world. At some indeterminate point in time, his master and adoptive grandfather abandoned him, not before telling him to seek out the Cloudy Sword Sect. It just did everything right add to the fact that Travis Baldree is the narrator and it just can't get better.

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