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Beware of Chicken 2: A Xianxia Cultivation Novel

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Also, I think Travis Baldree's narration might not have been a good fit for this story, and may have negatively affected my experience with it. A lot of Taoist practice, which some concepts of Xianxia are based on are focused on living naturally, or willing in accordance with nature.

I read way too much (according to Kindle 636 books last year) and have something like 30 stories I follow on RR currently.At some indeterminate point in time, his master and adoptive grandfather abandoned him, not before telling him to seek out the Cloudy Sword Sect. The answer, I think, is the wish fulfillment aspect of it, which is done quite badly here in general: The protagonist reincarnates from our world into a fantasy world, but it seems the author didn't put much thought into why. 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.

My hoe bit the earth and never dulled, reinforced as it was by my qi, tearing into it with more speed than any ox could generate.In their first match there’s this wonderful passage: ‘In one exchange, a leaf fell between them, floating between slashing claws and spinning swords. I felt at first like it was going to be a 3-star read (perfectly acceptable by my standards), but it grew into 4 stars, and then 5 (and then down to 4 again after a cooling-off period), progressing like the progression fantasy it is. In a later one though a similar exchange is described like this: ‘Two forms blurred through the night, cutting across the forest like dervishes.

The sexual awkwardness is the usual for this kind of story, with the protagonist spending far too many words explaining why he felt uncomfortable undressing a wounded woman, and the same woman later admiring him in her mind (over and over) for not taking advantage of her. My chickens eagerly followed behind me, pecking the bugs and plants I unearthed with my efforts, bucking and clucking all the way. It is very well written and has that special quality that keeps you hooked on finding out what happens in the next chapter! Beware of Chicken may not be perfect, but I absolutely love the characters, the story, the way it's written, and I'm currently re-reading the chapters that were published so far, while waiting for new chapters with baited breath.In all honesty, him being crushed by one of the inner disciples looking for someone to "practise" with was a forgone conclusion, even with the age difference. The different characters come alive on the page, from the farm animals to a cultivator from another sect to leader of the area who worries about offending the cultivator. I've slowly been reading this on RoyalRoad as chapters come out and haven't really taken the time yet to read each book as a whole.

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