Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil

Today, I’d like to write about one of my highlights: The novel „Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil„. I already stumbled upon it last year but had completely wrong expectations regarding the content and thus, only started reading this week.

 

The Content

Zhou Yun Sheng was the world’s best hacker until his consciousness was kidnapped and thrown into different worlds by a being called „Lord god“. His task: He has to play the part of the antagonist disregarding his own opinion.
Zhou Yun Sheng has to comply until he finds a chance to strike back: He codes a program that’ll help him wrest the energy he gets from visiting the next world from the Lord god and using it himself. If he saves up enough energy, he’ll be able to return to his own world.
For the first time, Zhou Yun Sheng takes revenge for the roles he gets and soon enough he pursues his own, personal goal, too.

 

My Opinion

As I’ve said: I was completely wrong with what I was expecting from this novel. The official summary somehow sounds like transmigration which I associated with xianxia since I had only read transmigration to a xianxia-setting until then. In that case: What the hell is a hacker doing in an ancient world?

But as soon as I started reading the first chapter I noticed just how wrong I had been! Nope, Zhou Yun Sheng doesn’t get lost in a xianxia-world. At least, not only there 😁 In the 15 chapters (or rather arcs) of the novel he visits 15 different worlds that span everything you can imagine: From a relatively normal world that could even be hours to a futuristic ABO-universe to (the expected 😜) xianxia-world to a fantasy continent and even to a historical royal court. Even the zombie apocalypsis hasn’t been left out. The settings are so diverse that there is always something new.

It’s the same with the characters which was something I actually didn’t like at the beginning. The arcs are pretty long but still shorter than a novel itself. Especially after the first chapter I had problems getting used to the way this novel works. I mean, I had just gotten to know those characters and then everything was over! Zhou Yun Sheng just went to the next world and everything started over! *sniff* How mean!
Thank god the novel was once again not what I eexpected and I got over that pretty fast. I won’t tell you why, though, in case you still haven’t read it (Seriously? How the hell did you miss out on FOD for this long? Go and read it now!) since I don’t want to spoiler anything. This book is definitely worth being discovered on your own. 😉

The nice thing about the changing settings and characters is that all of them are a great story in themselves that also propel the main plot forward slowly but surely. There is much variety but you don’t have to completely do without at least some familiar things. And: If you like one of the chapters especially (Chapter 10, anyone? 😍) then they’re long enough to have a lot of fun with them but still short enough to not despair if you don’t like a setting.

Speaking of dislike: I binge-read all of the currently translated 14 chapters and some of the settings like the ABO one or the apocalypse were something I had never encountered before. I was a little skeptical if I’d like it but thanks to the well fleshed-out characters and the intersting plots I grew to like the chapters pretty fast.
Well, another advantage is probably that I just like the author’s voice. 😉 It’s just so easy  and comfortable to read. I’d like to see more of that!

Since I love the novel so much, let me say a bit more about the plots: I wrote in the beginning of the summary that Zhou Yun Sheng tries to wrest the energy from God, wants to take revenge for the roles he gets, and searches for his own luck along the way. All of that is interconnected and develops progressively.
At first, you may have the feeling that Zhou Yun Sheng doesn’t really advance with his goal of thwarting the Lord god’s plan since that can take a back seat in the respective arcs. But the stories in themselves are good, too, so I guess I would have even read them if they were stand-alone novels 😁

Zhou Yun Sheng is that one character that really stands out from the masses of transmigrated protagonists I read about until now. Maybe that is because it’s not just the typical xianxia-setting but I just found his plans (with one exception) too intelligent and believable to not get totally excited about it every single time. Zhou Yun Sheng gives a mature impression, thinks things through and might even look three or four steps ahead without giving the impression that this is some kind of paranormal ability. He doesn’t need help (as in someone who does everything for him without him having to even lift a finger) which is a refreshing change, too.

 

All in all: „Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil“ is a Danmei-novel with lots of different settings and characters that are all well fleshed-out. The changes from common tropes, the extraordinary main character, the exciting sub-plots and naturally, the romance 😏, make this an irresistible composition for me that made me lose sleep for an entire week. 😁
So: This is a definite recommendation from me! You’d be losing out if you didn’t at least give this a try!

My Roommate is a Fairy Fox

Today, I’d like to introduce a web series to you. This time, it’s a contemporary one with some fantasy elements: „My Roommate is a Fairy Fox“ or for short „The Fairy Fox“. You can watch it with English subtitles on Dailymotion. I have to warn you, though: The bl is once again more of an insinuation.

My roommate is a fairy fox

What is „My Roommate Is a Fairy Fox“ about?

Xiao Mo is the reincarnation of a fox spirit who saved the life of Lu Bai once upon a time. Out of gratitude, Lu Bai travels to the human world to help Xiao Mo.

 

My opinion

My roommate is a fairy fox2

Xiao Mo, his sister Rongrong (behind him, the one in the blue-white clothes) and her friend Chen Ruyue (next to Rongrong in the white clothes)

The series probably isn’t one of my highlights but it was still alright. One of the reasons I didn’t find the series that good is that the characters sometimes don’t seem to have any common sense and the acting … well, at times, it seemed a little rough to me.

My main problem was the protagonist Xiao Mo. He showed next to no expression and his friendship with Lu Bai wasn’t believable to me at all so that I couldn’t even really enjoy the cute moments. 😥

My roommate is a fairy fox_Lu Bai

Lu Bai and Xiao Mo

I guess I could live with that but sometimes the reactions were so unbelievable that I felt like the plot was suffering from it.
For example, Xiao Mo and his sister Rongrong take in Lu Bai as a flatmate immediately after knowing him. So, I don’t think that’s normal?

And there’s an even worse example: There is that point in the web series where Xiao Mo is doubting Lu Bai (who is living with him for weeks at that time and has done a lot for him) because of something a person he hasn’t really been friends with said. Especially considering that the latter tried to rape his sister a few days prior to that? I don’t think it’s comprehensible that Xiao Mo trusts the other guy over Lu Bai at that point.
Ths is probably the worst example but there are a few things that just don’t add up for me. And in regards to Xiao Mo, I felt like it just got worse with every episode.

There is one other thing I didn’t really like about the series and that is the camera work: It looks strange a lot of times which might be intended but I still didn’t like it. Sometimes it even ruined an otherwise suspenseful scene. (Have a look at the „Xiao Mo is nearly overrun by a car“-scene in episode 1 and look where the car stops if you don’t believe me. 😁)

I did like the soundtrack, though. It wasn’t totally awesome but still decent. Especially the opening and ending song were nice.

 

Overall …

is „My roommate is a Fairy Fox“ a web series you can probably watch but you shouldn’t set your expectations too high. If you don’t think too much and just ignore the things that can’t be explained by common sense (and I’m not talking about the fantasy elements here 😜), then it’s probably even a nice series.