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    “Are you a cultivator?”

    “No,” she says, steadily. “This one doesn’t possess the core for it.” She pauses and raises her eyes to his, so boldly he finds it a little startling. “I believe that I can be of use to the Jiang sect in spite of that, and I have brought a gift to prove it. May I show you?”

    Fully intrigued now, Jiang Cheng nods. The girl unslings the bundle from her back, unties a couple of straps, and unrolls it on the floor in a smooth motion.

    Jiang Cheng is on his feet before he even consciously realizes it’s happened, and the reaction murmurs out through the hall. There, on a blanket that belongs on the back of a horse, are five Wen cultivator swords, offered to him by a girl who looks like the word “bumpkin” was invented specifically for her. What the fuck.

    “Where did you get those?” he asks, instead of asking “What the fuck?” out loud, because that would be unbecoming of his status as sect leader.

    The girl meets his eyes again, lifts her chin, and says simply, “I killed the men who carried them.”

    Or: Fan Dingxiang cultivates the swole path. Jiang Cheng doesn't know how to handle that.

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    17 Mar 2021

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    I have never been so delighted to read about a pigfarmer. Also, Fan Dingxiang please put Jiang Cheng out of his smitten misery.

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    Well, Rufus thought to himself, second chances weren't to be squandered.

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    10 Mar 2021

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    Rufus fixes the world. I like it!

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    Set after Original!Luo Binghe's visit to Shen Yuan's timeline.

    Shen Qingqiu owes everything to Luo Binghe, and Luo Binghe is determined to get it all. When he resurrects his master, it's to make him into the kind Shizun he saw in another world, the one who loved this meek version of himself.

    Of course, Shen Qingqiu isn't that sweet - nor that harmless.

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    08 Feb 2021

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    These two deserve each other.

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    "Many years ago, and many years from now, I activated an array that sent me back in time to the beginning of my life," he says.

    "Why?"

    "I did not actually know what it would do," he admits. "It was constructed by... someone else. We broke through the doors too late to stop him from activating it, and the room was empty. I think I thought it must be a teleportation array."

    "We?"

    "Me and Wangji."

    Jiang Cheng and Lan Wangji start again from the beginning.
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    24 Jan 2021

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    A beautiful, though slightly darker, counterpart to it's siebling piece, yet another magnificent timetravel fix-it. I like the evolving friendship between Jiang Cheng and Lan Zhan, their introspective insight into and (welcome) overprotective sheltering of Wei Wuxian, and the expansion on Tang Lijuan and the Lan's dirty laundry and being called on it. The Cheng-Zhan (on-the-sly murderhobo) combo makes for a competent Sunshot campaign and efficent everafter, the childhood years before that are both heartwarming and heartrending, and I love that Jiang Cheng gets to keep his family - those that matter (and who later grow on him). The seduction of Madam Yu is pretty hilarious too.

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    Three years from the end of the novel, Wei Wuxian continues to live freely, albeit quietly, resigned to keeping silent amidst continued hostility from Yunmeng Jiang, and the cultivation world at large. However, as old grievances tighten around him, threatening to ensnare him in a plot to put him to trial, he and Lan Wangji must find a way to defend his actions. Jiang Cheng turns out to be an unexpected ally. This turn of events may very well force them to confront the wrongs they have committed against each other, and apologize for past feuds.

    Alternative summary: Am I The Asshole? Yunmeng Jiang loyalists plot to have Wei Wuxian publicly labeled as The Asshole. Jiang Cheng is bewildered, seeing as he thinks that The Asshole is himself. In other news, when you’re both bad at talking about feelings, mutually unrequited forgiveness happens.

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    24 Jan 2021

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    I am a fan of Wangxian, including how Wei Wuxia and Lan Zhan are romantizied for their unflinching morals and utter devotion to eachother, etc.

    HOWEVER, I do sympathise with Jiang Cheng, who really got shafted and painted in the worst light in their story - despite circumstance from his perspective justifying his anger, hurt and sense of abandonment. And it's about time someone called out Mr Lan Zhan on his flagrant hypocrasy and biased/self-serving selfrightousness, his own (non-humorous) and unflattering misbehaviours deserve to be called out at least once.