Wolf Translator’s Asian Webnovel Recommendations!!
Nowhere near my comprehensive reading list – just my absolute favourites! As y’all know, my number 1 is ‘The Earth is Online’. The rest are in no particular order.
#1 The Earth is Online by Mo Chen Huan
Tags: BL, Romance, Action, Adventure, Games, Supernatural, Thriller
Summary: Six months ago, tens of thousands of black phantom towers appeared all over the world, floating above the cities. Chemists, physicists, religious people… all of them could do nothing.
Six months later, people became used to the towers and no longer paid them attention.
One day, Tang Mo saw a flying insect crash into it instead of going through it. The next day, a sharp and clear child-like voice issued an announcement to all humans.
“Ding dong! November 15th, 2017. The earth is online.”
The black tower’s three iron-clad rules:
1. Everything is explained by the black tower.
2. 6 o’clock to 18 o’clock is the game time.
3. All players, please strive to attack the tower.
[Note: Wolf translator has a crush on a black tower BOSS – Circus Ringmaster ‘Gleya Sykes.’ He’s so charming, psychopathic, and good at fighting 😍 I also ship him with the Queen of Red Hearts]
Reign of Hunters by Season of Fireworks
Tags: Female Protagonist, Handsome Male Lead, VR Gaming, Romance
My Summary: So my favourite Male/Female story. Set in a virtual gaming reality in modern day time, the story descriptions of the game experiences, world exploring, attacking bosses and dungeons, and just the protagonist’s adventure in general are AMAZING! And the Romance is so spicy and satisfying, wow. I really really ship these two. The protagonist is a bit of a loner and slightly socially awkward, but she’s really good at gaming – one of the ‘god level players’ in the game eventually and has super high DPS. However, though she’s a ~lone wolf~ she eventually gathers lots of people around her and finds true friends and lots of people who look up to her.
[Note: LOVE THIS STORY. First story I decided to suffer through the Chinese and actually finish reading by myself, so it’s got a special place in my heart ❤ ]
Escape the Infinity Chamber by Zi Jie
Tags: BL, Action, Adventure, Romance, Mystery, Psychological, Thriller, Horror, Supernatural, Escape Game
Summary: One day, Luo Jian woke up from his sleep and found himself in a locked chamber where the door and window were all sealed. A note with a few lines written on it was tacked to the wall: “Escape from this room within an hour, otherwise, you will die.”
[Note: LOVE this story too. Romance is between a player called Luo Jian (shou) and a ‘Stalker’ (gong) he met in his very first game. ‘Stalkers’ are inhuman patrols for the game, and his job is to kill players (hence supernatural aspect – human/nonhuman relationship). Obviously, bb caught hubby’s eye with his death defiance and determination hahaha so hubby let him go and ended up following him to various games and occasionally helping him out. Such an amazing story, I’ve really got a thing for people who are supposed to kill each other falling in love instead. Mostly plot heavy and thriller heavy, with some (very satisfying) romance.]
Kaleidoscope of Death by Xi ZiXu
Tags: BL, Adventure, Romance, Puzzles, Survival Game, Psychological, Thriller, Horror, Supernatural
My Summary: A set of 12 doors – Lin Qiushi must pass through all in order to survive (essentially living on borrowed time in the real life), and each door obviously gets progressively harder. Lots of horror and ghosts etc, induced in me many shivers and being afraid of being in the dark by myself. Super sweet romance between him and gong Ran Nanzhu (who’s super shameless, likes to crossdress in-game and act all whiny, which is very contrasted to his calm big-president-like persona as an alpha man and boss in real life).
[Note: Highly recommend this if you want a good horror story with very satisfying romance.]
Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss by North Night
Tags: Female Protagonist, Handsome Male Lead, Romance, Action, Adventure, Josei, Xuanhuan
Summary: She was a peerless genius in the 24th Century – all she needed was a silver needle and she could practically bring anyone back from the dead.
After an explosion, she crossed over into a strange world; everyone calls her “Miss.” The previous “Miss” before had no contractual spirit, was weak and incompetent, and even the fiancé comes over with a new love and bullies her?
Now that she has taken over, who dares to act so presumptuously around her? With needles in hand, the world is for her to own! Wherever she goes, miracles follow! However, she saved a pest. What was she thinking when she saved that man. His stunning demeanour and impeccable face is a huge contrast to his coldhearted actions. He tries all ways to win her over.
[Note: Very interesting story – I actually read all 3,123 chapters so it shows how good it was that I persevered. Different from the various other female-transmigrating-then-cultivating-and-rising-in-ranks stories because this female protagonist is actually smart and savage and not above using bloody or black-bellied methods to get what she wants and protect those that she cares about. She’s a very strong personality, so very satisfying to read. She starts of as a bit of a loner, but eventually finds family and friends that she cherishes.]
Back to the Apocalypse by Ye Yo
Tags: BL, Apocalypse, Survival, Action, Adventure, Romance
Summary: It’s the beginning of the Apocalypse, zombies run rampant over the Earth. Bai Jing jumped back through time using a hidden dimension. A lousy man becomes a loyal lover. Hidden dimension, check. Harvest, check. Golden finger, check.
[Note: What can I say, best zombie-apocalypse story that I’ve read, hands down. Fully recommend.]