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Prologue - Episode 36 Only I know the end of this world. One day our MC finds himself stuck in the world of his favorite webnovel. What does he do to survive? It is a world struck by catastrophe and danger all around. His edge? He knows the plot of the story to the end. Because he was the sole reader that stuck with it. Read his story to see how he survives!


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Prologue - Episode 36 Only I know the end of this world. One day our MC finds himself stuck in the world of his favorite webnovel. What does he do to survive? It is a world struck by catastrophe and danger all around. His edge? He knows the plot of the story to the end. Because he was the sole reader that stuck with it. Read his story to see how he survives!

30 review for Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    qikiqtarjuaq

    I started reading this book thinking it would be just another power fantasy of a reader transmigrated into a book using his knowledge to become over-powered. However, this book surprised me in the best way. I love that this novel goes very heavy into the meta concept of the reader, the writer, and the story - drawing influences from history and mythology - and really digs into the cognitive dissonance of being transported into a fictional world, and what separates a character vs a person. The ab I started reading this book thinking it would be just another power fantasy of a reader transmigrated into a book using his knowledge to become over-powered. However, this book surprised me in the best way. I love that this novel goes very heavy into the meta concept of the reader, the writer, and the story - drawing influences from history and mythology - and really digs into the cognitive dissonance of being transported into a fictional world, and what separates a character vs a person. The absolute highlight of this book is the slow-burn rivals-to-friends interaction between the main character (Kim Dokja) and the novel's original protagonist (Yoo Jonghyuk). They start off grudgingly using each other for pragmatic reasons, while thinking very little of the other person. Over the course of the events, they eventually come to trust and admire each other (still grudgingly of course) until they would willingly die for each other. ("Only I can kill him!" is literally my favorite trope in this type of dynamic, and Yoo Jonghyuk actually declares this at one point!) The supporting characters are a lot of fun as well, including a lot of them who fall into very complicated gray areas. (I initially had no good feelings at all about Han Sooyoung, but by the end of the book, she became a strong favorite of mine!) And the group Kim Dokja gathers behind him becomes a very dysfunctional but amusing found family. The plot becomes increasingly more complicated as things go on with higher stakes and more terrifying large-scale fights, maybe even a little too much so, but I personally enjoyed how everything tied together through the epilogues. It's very mind-bending but satisfying. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a really well-plotted isekai/portal fantasy with humor, really interesting and evolving relationship dynamics between the characters, and a heavy dose of meta about what it means to be a reader and a writer.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristalia

    Rating: 6/5 This tale was a story of a reader who wanted to change its conclusion.⸥ ORVreview. txt (second revised edition after finishing) Now that I am done with these books, let me tell you something: Have you ever seen a book so beautiful you started crying? Well feast your eyes and read this, because this book is a beautiful masterpiece that blends every single tvtrope being subverted or not, wisely uses everything - the characters, the setting, the modern media, the fantasy, horror, t Rating: 6/5 This tale was a story of a reader who wanted to change its conclusion.⸥ ORVreview. txt (second revised edition after finishing) Now that I am done with these books, let me tell you something: Have you ever seen a book so beautiful you started crying? Well feast your eyes and read this, because this book is a beautiful masterpiece that blends every single tvtrope being subverted or not, wisely uses everything - the characters, the setting, the modern media, the fantasy, horror, thriller... It's a huge bundle of emotions - that all comes down to one goal: survival. But, what point is there to survival if none of you are there to witness the end? (Best of all, it's fully translated!) At this point, I have so many feelings about this book. This is a perfect time loop, a perfect dystopia, a perfect apocalypse, and a perfect scenario. There are no plot holes because everything is so carefully written and even the smallest details can be connected to form a bigger picture. For example, chapter connections between 180+530 and so on and on. When I started reading this book, all I thought about was this: Will everything be explained? The answer is yes. It was done so damn well that there is no doubt that this can be considered a masterpiece. You have to have 2 huge galaxy brains like ShingShong to write something like this and not fail at connecting everything. Not just the story, but the characters in this one are stunning. Even though there are three main characters in the book, there are around 15 so called side characters - but they are all so well done that you could just straight up call them a group of deuteragonists instead. Everyone is highly developed, they have their own histories and best of all - they are all different and have huge difference in their personalities. "The act of understanding someone started off with admitting that you didn't know anything about that person." The female characters in this book are absolutely amazing. They are not shallow. They don't suffer from The Bechdel Test - they pass it gloriously. Such a wide variety of characters is stunning... There are really few authors that can pull of such a feat and I have read 1000 books already, so this is saying something about the the level of writing. STORY AND CHARACTERS: Omniscient reader's viewpoint is about Kim Dokja who once read a book. And that book has always been there for him - and it saved his life. He was the only follower of that book that has over 3100 chapters for 10 years. It's always been there for him, even through his ups and downs in life. And one day, it was completed - the last chapter of the story was finally published. But then, at the same time, same day, the world ended and the book he read about blended with the reality he was living in. What makes this whole book this damn interesting is exactly Kim Dokja. He knows everything of the world, he knows almost all about the creatures, but his strongest point is his knowledge of characters that are suddenly real people. And he knows how to manipulate them, how to make them help him and how to survive in this world and how to turn this new world and their rulers upside down. After all, the main runners of the show are Constellations: beings of amazing powers that chose their pawns to play with by giving them Stigma in order to survive the scenarios. They award them with coins in order to improve themselves and their abilities. And yet, no matter how much Kim Dokja abuses his knowledge of this world, he can't change one thing: the protagonist of this world is very hard to get on his side - and very hard to work together. Yoo Jonghyuk is stuck in a time loop (regression) that starts from the beginning of the scenarios every time he dies, and at the moment where he meets Kim Dokja, he is living through his third regression. And yet, Kim Dokja knows that YJH has survived dozen of regressions and every time he does, it changes him. YJH is prideful, loner and murderous man who doesn't really trust anyone anymore, but there is still that tiny bit inside him that screams that he doesn't want to stay alone... But whenever he dies, the world ends with him and thus for him... having relationships with others is waste of time and a burden on his feelings. (But Kim Dokja changes that). The other unknown variable are the real humans that have been dragged with him like his coworker Yoo Sangah (excellent at languages, hardworking, outstanding), one of his bosses Han Myungoh (who at first starts as a huge scum, but later changes to better), Lee Gilyoung (a child KDJ adopted and saved because he saw things and he just knew. LGY is a kid who was thrown into a really difficult situation). Kim Dokja cannot read through them and thus he needs to earn their loyalty and affections through his own actions. Meanwhile, book characters like Jung Heewon (someone who was never saved before, someone whose potential is so high she can slaughter the heavens), Lee Hyunsung (a soldier and a man who needs encouragement but is actually really brave, but he needs to break free from following orders), Lee Jihye (who has many issues due to trauma of her own survival through the first scenario) are someone that Kim Dokja can affect. Finally, there is also Han Sooyoung... the apparent third main character and her introduction is later in the novel so talking about her would have to go under spoilers. She's everything. She's sassy, bossy, and really smart and dedicated person who would stop at nothing to achieve her goals. And the best of all, the relationship of all three of the main characters. Of how they all fit the soulmate trope and how they all complete each other's life. In short, if one of them was removed from the picture, the others wouldn't be alive. That's how much they depend on each other. That's how much their stories, their lives, mean to each other. I sadly can't type everything about them because of spoilers, but... it's amazing. (I love one ugly rat with wings, one angel, one monkey king, one immature dragon, one regresso depresso sunfish bastard, one secretive bastard with a veil, one amazing author, one perfect collegue and adorable woman, one boss that becomes better, one righteous swordswoman, one soldier cutie bear, two kids I adopted (so did the rat), one Baaaht, one dokkaebi who is underestimated, one schoolgirl with wild imagination, one doctor that needs a break, one golden haired cutie, the smallest and the most powerful being in the universe, the huge half titan master, dogs, one forgotten sister, death god in love with his wife, his wife that kicks ass, one drunk god, one god with a train, and finally a 4th wall!) [To someone like that, telling him that he's not alone a few times won't suddenly change anything.] [You need to tell him, always be next to him, and reaffirm it for him.] [Until he realizes that he's truly not alone anymore.] OVERALL: Characters: 6/5 - Excellent, will make you scream and cry. One rat man especially and one sunfish. Side characters: 6/5 - Excellent and strong point of this book. They are a support and huge help and emotional crutch in this messed up world. Story: 6/5 - complex, unique, excellent world building. Humor and angst: 5/5 - do you want to cry a lot and feel sad and actually be happy. there you go. Warnings: (view spoiler)[rape mention, suicide, depression, dying a lot, domestic abuse (mentioned) and so on and on.... (hide spoiler)]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aditya Prasad

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a jewel of a book. The protagonist Kim is a very smart guy and it's wonderful to see him plan out a long term strategy and slowly work towards his goal - to get to see the end of the story. Knowledge is power. We can see it action here. Our dear MC was a normal office worker who read an online novel in order to escape his reality. He was the only reader who stuck to the incredibly descriptive book even as others abandoned the book. He stayed with the author till the end. Now what happens i This is a jewel of a book. The protagonist Kim is a very smart guy and it's wonderful to see him plan out a long term strategy and slowly work towards his goal - to get to see the end of the story. Knowledge is power. We can see it action here. Our dear MC was a normal office worker who read an online novel in order to escape his reality. He was the only reader who stuck to the incredibly descriptive book even as others abandoned the book. He stayed with the author till the end. Now what happens is, the story in the book he followed for years, becomes reality. You could say that the actual humans in earth take up various roles from the book and the flow of fate aligns with the story. Or in a sense it is revealed that earth was part of the story world all along? Or that the story world was deployed? The book is ongoing and I hope we get clarity on that. The author rewards his faithful, patient, only surviving reader with a copy of the book which is invaluable to survive in the hell that Earth has turned into. The book is fascinating because they have ideas of probability, that nature prevents implausible things from happening, that there are limits to how much Gods can interfere. God's (constellations) are characters who collects stories, in the sense that they build fame for themselves. We see the famous myths that thrive in earth have owners, the Vedas, the Abrahamic religions, the Olympus gods. They all observe the stories playing out, looking for incarnations through with to spread their fame by appointing them as avatars. You earn coins from the Star Stream (Nature) as your fame increases and your stories are passed on. The ideas are super deep, the idea of how you can read a book multiple times and come away feeling like it was a different book each time. You only die when your story dies, when you are no longer talked about. You have people using coins to create the stories they want, living vicariously through the characters (incarnations). These stories are streamed by the bureau throughout the universe. So this is a commentary on how the incentives for the bureau is to increase viewership count by forcing things to get "exciting". (I see a parallel with how TV is trying to sensationalise the news) There are lots of references to folktales which I haven't gotten to unpack yet. We also have the original protagonist of the book which Kim had read playing an important role in the story. A regressor who will go back in time if he dies and has accumulated a lot of experience already. There are many other fascinating characters. My favourite, our protagonist Kim Dojka, his ability is that of a reader, he can create bookmarks of characters he understands and become them and use their abilities for a short while! He has a personal fourth wall that keeps him objective and protects his mind from the story, ensures he doesn't become part of the story, lets him stay a reader. He has the ability to read the minds of people he understands, act through them in real time. I could keep going on, but the story is fascinating and I highly recommend this novel. It is still in translation and sadly the translators have changed. The old TL was super good, did the work in her free time. It breaks my heart to see how the new TL went back and changed the terms. Qidan is really evil 😭😭 https://www.reddit.com/r/noveltransla... I'll finish the book when it's complete and update the review. But if you can try to get the chapters translated by Rainbowturtle.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chijim

    I read a lot of books about transmigration that that theme had begun to feel generic and cliché. I happened to stumble on this book's webtoon. I have to say I don't regret reading 551+ chapters. This book was different, unpredictable and above expectations. The characters were refreshing, this book had its own rhythm unlike many transmigration books. The book basically screamed, "To hell with the handsome unfortunate male lead and ditsy, far from reality female lead. I am going to give you a rea I read a lot of books about transmigration that that theme had begun to feel generic and cliché. I happened to stumble on this book's webtoon. I have to say I don't regret reading 551+ chapters. This book was different, unpredictable and above expectations. The characters were refreshing, this book had its own rhythm unlike many transmigration books. The book basically screamed, "To hell with the handsome unfortunate male lead and ditsy, far from reality female lead. I am going to give you a real story." The bromance between Kim Dokja and Yoo Joonhyuk was just exhilarating. No character was underplayed. It was so realistic. In summary: This book was what made me stay up for a week. 551 + chapters actually isn't a lot. Edit: The ending got me shook, it was satisfying but made me want more yet made me realise that wanting more would ruin story. I felt like this book was a wonderful piece art. My heart is still crying, I will never see Han Sooyoung and Kim Dokja budding relationship but the ending made me realise that some books just have to end. It really drags readers into the story. Honestly, I would not care if Shin Song added 500 more chapters just for relationship focus. I love all the characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Miss Susan

    part of me wants to detract this stars because it ATE MY BRAIN for two days like wtf sing-shong, i have a life that needs attending to!! 4.5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meghana K S

    Entertaining but a very lengthy read. I felt like there were quite a lot of issues despite enjoying the majority of the book. I felt like character development could have been greater considering the size of the whole thing. Creative liberty has been taken in the depiction of myths, some of which I did not agree with. The ending was not that satisfactory, rather it felt drawn out a bit. Still a good read. It's going to be a treat to read the illustrated version on webtoon. Looking forward to it! Entertaining but a very lengthy read. I felt like there were quite a lot of issues despite enjoying the majority of the book. I felt like character development could have been greater considering the size of the whole thing. Creative liberty has been taken in the depiction of myths, some of which I did not agree with. The ending was not that satisfactory, rather it felt drawn out a bit. Still a good read. It's going to be a treat to read the illustrated version on webtoon. Looking forward to it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dakota

    Reading the manhwa at the moment up to chapter 35. I got hooked in to these series and will move to the novel now

  8. 4 out of 5

    Milaryn

    ARGHHHHHHHHH the endinggggggg. It was just slightly raining when I finished this and I need fic to continue this found family ship my god. The OT3 is also pretty legit though and just wehhhh I got so. many. opinions. about the way it ended ok wehhhh.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liezl Ruiz

    This review is an amalgamation for all volumes and appear on my website: zirev.com. I felt giddy, I cried, I laughed, and cried some more. It's a truly heart-wrenching story. I felt myself spread thinly as I read the novel for two weeks. The story opens up with this prologue: There are three ways to survive in a ruined world. Now, I have forgotten a few, but one thing is certain. The fact that you who are reading this now will survive. That is obviously meant for the reader. That paragraph is conta This review is an amalgamation for all volumes and appear on my website: zirev.com. I felt giddy, I cried, I laughed, and cried some more. It's a truly heart-wrenching story. I felt myself spread thinly as I read the novel for two weeks. The story opens up with this prologue: There are three ways to survive in a ruined world. Now, I have forgotten a few, but one thing is certain. The fact that you who are reading this now will survive. That is obviously meant for the reader. That paragraph is contained in the novel "Three Ways to Survive in a Ruined World", shortened as Ways of Survival. In its feature-length that spans 3,149 chapters, a sole reader read it from the 100th chapter till the end. That sole reader is named Kim Dokja, which is apt since Dokja in Korean means only son or reader. What happens to a story when the story already left the author's hands? It breathes, it comes to life when a reader reads it. Characters will play out the roles they're portrayed as and act out on their own in the gaps of pages that the author didn't get to write. The day after Ways of Survival was concluded, Dokja has no idea that the novel he faithfully read for over 10 years would become real, and he gets to live in that world. When 7:00 PM struck, his world transformed into that of Ways of Survival with video game-like setting. A furry cotton-candy shaped Dokkaebi named Bihyung appeared out of thin air and gave everyone a scenario that they have to clear. The first scenario is that of a Battle Royale where they have to "kill a life form" to proceed to the next scenario. Failure to do so means death. The story is powered by fables. Known people of history gets to become historical-grade constellations. Heroes with more known stories became fable-grade constellations. Beings known as gods in various cultures became myth-grade constellations, the most powerful among constellations. These constellations who've lived hundreds, thousands, and tens of thousands of years live through fables. They quench their boredom by participating in scenarios. People are now become known as incarnations and constellations get to sponsor them when selected. The more powerful a story gets germinated during a scenario, the more incarnations and constellations alike get stronger. A dokkaebi is a story-teller and the events he covers are shown in the Star Stream, the universe where constellations regurgitate stories as if consuming the shows they watch on live television. As Dokja is the only one who knew the entire story of Ways of Survival, he's basically ahead of everybody. He knows everything that's going to happen, knows where hidden scenarios are, knows where to collect items that will help anyone to get stronger. A dokkaebi is a story-teller and the events he covers are shown in the Star Stream, the universe where constellations regurgitate stories as if consuming the shows they watch on live television. Of course, Kim Dokja wasn't the only one knowledgeable in this new world. The protagonist of the novel he read would step in. Yoo Joonghyuk, a man towering over everybody with a very handsome face to boot, is a regressor. He regressed 1,863 times in the novel. Currently, he's on his 3rd regression. Shackled by the fate of regressing after death, Joonghyuk gets to revive back to the first scenario. Along the way, he collects his comrades. He loses them, he dies. After countless of times with people dying around him, he realizes he couldn't save everybody. With this torment, he decides not to care for anyone who isn't originally his companion on the earliest memory he remembers. Anyone who gets in his way, he instantly kills. That's how Kim Dokja remembers the favorite hero he so badly wants to emulate as a child. That guy eventually turned into a psychopath hell-bent only on achieving his goal, that is to reach the end of the scenarios. Inadvertently, Kim Dokja got hold of the companions that were originally Joonghyuk's and gathered people of his own, some of which are not characters of the novel he so loves. He even turned the evil ones to his side. That sounds about long-winded. Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint, designated by fans as ORV, spans 551 chapters. It has a handful of lovable characters. You'd cheer for them, you'd get angry, and then you'd ache for them. A character I felt repulsed by initially turned out to have a pivotal role in the end. Three characters, Kim Dokja, Yoo Joonghyuk, and Han Sooyoung, the leader of the "Apostles" who gave up reading the novel, are bound by fate. In a nutshell, Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint is like Ethan Hawke's film, Predestination in terms of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff. No matter what they do in the expansive universe, the result will give life to a cause and the cause would yield to a result. The story is very intricate. Various known figures are utilized, from localized historical figures in Korea, to famous characters in Chinese literature like Journey to the West, to Olympian gods like Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus. Thor of Asgard wasn't even spared. Characters get to earn skills along the way depending on their initial talents and characteristics. Incarnations could inherit stigmas provided by their sponsor Constellations. Coins could also be a medium of success. Various cliches and tropes get mentioned, trends in the light novel world get to be made fun of. There's so much going on that it's hard for me to end writing this review. What lasted with me were the characters' comradeship, the feeling of longing for someone you've lost, the pain when someone misunderstands and makes the wrong decision, that nice feeling when you expect some good news. When they all finally get to be together is all you'd yearn for till the end. The authors are a married couple. The fact that they develop this story long before their previous work just shows how much they want to perfect this masterpiece. There's no plot hole. Everything is well-thought and things that transpire are laid out well. This book is one of the best masterpieces there are in the world of literature.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Muhammad Azfur

    A truly amazingly great story. It is such a great story that I can’t describe it in words. The most amazing thing about this novel is how much thought and research is put into it. All the characters from Chinese, Japanese, India and Europe have been through research and put into it. The description of this novel is just the tip of the iceberg. I sincerely appreciate and thanks the authors of novel omniscient reader viewpoint “Shing and Shong” for creating such a masterpiece and I hope that you w A truly amazingly great story. It is such a great story that I can’t describe it in words. The most amazing thing about this novel is how much thought and research is put into it. All the characters from Chinese, Japanese, India and Europe have been through research and put into it. The description of this novel is just the tip of the iceberg. I sincerely appreciate and thanks the authors of novel omniscient reader viewpoint “Shing and Shong” for creating such a masterpiece and I hope that you will also keep writing novels. From the bottom of my heart thank you for writing this story I hope this story get popular and get animated into a series I will wait for that day. Once again thank you very much for writing this novel.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    ...Wow. Being a person who is *quite* fond of reading, the protagonist being a reader really helped me connect with his story. Kim Dok-Ja, a man struggling though his dreary mundane life by reading a certain on-going webnovel. Until the scenario of the webnovel turns out to be his reality. Sooo many emotions in this story. I'll admit I had to give it a break for a while but this was definitely a great read. One of my only real problems with the novel was my unfamiliarity with all the Korean myths m ...Wow. Being a person who is *quite* fond of reading, the protagonist being a reader really helped me connect with his story. Kim Dok-Ja, a man struggling though his dreary mundane life by reading a certain on-going webnovel. Until the scenario of the webnovel turns out to be his reality. Sooo many emotions in this story. I'll admit I had to give it a break for a while but this was definitely a great read. One of my only real problems with the novel was my unfamiliarity with all the Korean myths mentioned. I think if I knew more about them and Korean history, some parts of the novel would have been much more meaningful.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gianna

    Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint was PHENOMENAL. It was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. I laughed out loud, ugly cried (many times), and clutched my figurative pearl strings often. At first glance, this may seem to be another transmigration story but it truly is MUCH deeper than that, exploring the meta relationship between the reader and the novel, how one's stories define a person, how shared stories establish relationships, and what is a "character" vs. a person. I wish this story cou Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint was PHENOMENAL. It was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. I laughed out loud, ugly cried (many times), and clutched my figurative pearl strings often. At first glance, this may seem to be another transmigration story but it truly is MUCH deeper than that, exploring the meta relationship between the reader and the novel, how one's stories define a person, how shared stories establish relationships, and what is a "character" vs. a person. I wish this story could go on for eternity...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Selin

    Such a rollercoaster of emotions. This story was not the one I thought I would see; it was simply beyond my expectations. I always kept rooting for them; they were all amazing. Story pacing was just as it should be, I never once felt like it was dragging; instead it was I that couldn't keep up; I had to take numerous breaks in between, whenever I got too tired and my focus started slipping. I loved everything. Epilogue destroyed me. Would let it destroy me again. This novel is totally worth all t Such a rollercoaster of emotions. This story was not the one I thought I would see; it was simply beyond my expectations. I always kept rooting for them; they were all amazing. Story pacing was just as it should be, I never once felt like it was dragging; instead it was I that couldn't keep up; I had to take numerous breaks in between, whenever I got too tired and my focus started slipping. I loved everything. Epilogue destroyed me. Would let it destroy me again. This novel is totally worth all the pain it brings to the readers, a definite recommendation.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mikanrulz

    THE BEST OF THE BEST I love everyone just like everyone love kim dokja. this is the first time i read star sponsor genre of webnovel, and it's interesting how the novel utilized this aspect and getting everyone involved in everything. also i really want to see how the monkey king looked like T____T THE BEST OF THE BEST I love everyone just like everyone love kim dokja. this is the first time i read star sponsor genre of webnovel, and it's interesting how the novel utilized this aspect and getting everyone involved in everything. also i really want to see how the monkey king looked like T____T

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joli Mamon

    Second time reading this gem of a novel and i'll do it again if I can. Second time reading this gem of a novel and i'll do it again if I can.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Got to chapter 65/~550 before stopping. This book tells a fun, interesting story, but it tells it in the most boring way possible, leading to it painful reading experience. Characters: The characters here are not as fully human as in many other books. What I mean by that is that character presentation does not follow the “show don’t tell“ philosophy. I believe the good books give you a sense of the character through the actions of the character and their dialogue, instead of descriptions. However, Got to chapter 65/~550 before stopping. This book tells a fun, interesting story, but it tells it in the most boring way possible, leading to it painful reading experience. Characters: The characters here are not as fully human as in many other books. What I mean by that is that character presentation does not follow the “show don’t tell“ philosophy. I believe the good books give you a sense of the character through the actions of the character and their dialogue, instead of descriptions. However, the most you hear about people in this book is through descriptions of how they are and what they’re feeling. This is tied into the concept of the main character being omniscient, so it’s supported by the story. However, story support doesn’t make it any better of a storytelling mechanic. The characters are fundamentally boring and hard to care about, because they are words on a screen as opposed to people that I can imagine in my head. The extent of most of their actions, even the core supporting characters, is robotically helping the main character do stuff and kill people and being manipulated by him, which isn’t exactly the most fleshed out existence. The main character himself is also surprisingly a blank slate. Everything he does is robotically toward increased survival chances, to the point where he winds up seeming like a bland robot. He is shown to have certain doubts about things he does, but those are just narrations of his feelings, as opposed to anything visual, once again supporting the idea that this book tells instead of shows. If you’re reading this, you are 100% not doing it for the characters. World: The world building in this book is rather lacking. They tell you exactly what you need to know and when, with zero foreshadowing or integration into a larger context. The character will randomly buy nonsense and do things that make no sense until it is revealed in the next chapter that it was all part of some master plan, a plan that relied on concepts of equipment or interactions that the reader was not aware of. Personally, I hate this kind of storytelling, because every little thing seems to come out of the blue and thus breaks immersion and realism. It’s comparable to a never ending stream of deus ex, but not even, since the random stuff isn’t even being introduced to solve a problem. His way of powering up is doing random nonsense which is then retroactively world-built into making sense. Story: This is where the series is redeemed from one star to two stars. It tells a very unique story, at least to me (as in I haven’t read anything like it before). It’s about a boy who read a novel, but then the novel becomes true. However, the continuity of the novel is greatly affected due to his and other readers’ existences. Honestly, reevaluating it, it winds up being similar in situation to my all time favorite Reverend insanity, in which a 500-year-old person returns to being born, and now knows the history of the next 500 years. Because of the interesting mechanics, the story winds up being rather interesting. However, the actual telling is incredibly lackluster, due to the aforementioned telling not showing, and lack of telling to begin with, at least when it comes to understanding the world and actions of the main character. The story also likes to go into random tangents about history and other things that are frankly pretty boring. To exacerbate the already bad writing style, due to the nature of the book, the author is often describing the main character who is describing the occurrences of the book that he read, which leads to an unbearably painful read, since absolutely none of the words are actually visual or interesting in anyway, instead of reading like a bad summary of a sports season. On the whole, I would only read this book if I was particularly interested in the premise. If you’re just interested in somebody who knows what’s gonna happen, go read Reverend insanity. And if you like a good writing, good characters, and a world that always makes sense, then look elsewhere.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Twine & Ribbon

    This is almost really good, but it misses the mark in a few areas. The setup is very entertaining. The reader of an epic novel ends up having his reality become the reality of the novel, with him being granted various abilities related to his reading of the book. The biggest issue is the relationship between the leads. We will call the reader the Hero and the main character of novel he read, the Main Character. The Hero often interacts with the Main Character. This original main character is, unf This is almost really good, but it misses the mark in a few areas. The setup is very entertaining. The reader of an epic novel ends up having his reality become the reality of the novel, with him being granted various abilities related to his reading of the book. The biggest issue is the relationship between the leads. We will call the reader the Hero and the main character of novel he read, the Main Character. The Hero often interacts with the Main Character. This original main character is, unfortunately, a psychopath who has seen the end of the world multiple times and has come to believe he can only rely on himself. The slow building of trust between these two characters is for many a strength. I'm 94 chapters in, however, and the Main Character inexplicably still maintains a verbally open kill on sight policy regarding the Hero. At this point, I don't view this as a slow burn, but more as dragging out a plot point too long. 94 chapters is a lot of reading. It's enough space, in fact, to have had multiple large story arcs conclude. With multiple major events under his belt, the Hero is a clear force to be reckoned with. He obviously knows what he's doing and has clearly proven himself over and over again. Maintaining a verbal kill on sight policy against an individual who openly supports you and has repeatedly saved your life is just dumb. Every time the Main Character talks about killing the Hero, it strains the credibility of the story being told. Why would this supposedly intelligent person do something so clearly counterproductive to his own goals to save the world? Killing off people who can and want to help you is not conducive to this plan and the longer he persists in this self destructive behavior without learning the more frustrating it is to the reader. Now, reportedly they eventually become... frenemies or whatever, and I can see the seeds for this development, but 94 chapters was my limit for waiting for this to happen.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Reetika Shrestha

    A very interesting and heartfelt read. Plot is very amazing, characters are well written, there is mystery, humor, angst, romance(side characters), action, myths and the relation between characters are very good. The core plot is very deep and every little things are carefully tied up. I would rather it is not an open ending and ShingShong adds other 500 chapters but still ending is very satisfactory. Kim Dokja is a reader, that represents most if the readers. Yoo Jhunyook is the protagonist of A very interesting and heartfelt read. Plot is very amazing, characters are well written, there is mystery, humor, angst, romance(side characters), action, myths and the relation between characters are very good. The core plot is very deep and every little things are carefully tied up. I would rather it is not an open ending and ShingShong adds other 500 chapters but still ending is very satisfactory. Kim Dokja is a reader, that represents most if the readers. Yoo Jhunyook is the protagonist of the novel Kim Dokja is the only reader of. Yoo Jhunyook is often called as protagonist or sunfish bastard is the novel. He is super OP, merciless, killing machine with absolute zero trust because of repeated regression tragedy. When Kim Dokja and Yoo Jhunyook first met, protagonist throws our reader down the river inside a monsters mouth. They can be said to have used each other for their own benefits. Protagonist have trust issues and refuses to believe our reader and our reader tries very hard to gain his trust. Kim Dokja and Yoo Jhunyook's relationship went from strangers to rivals(?) to trust each other with their life's and amazing tactic understanding. Their communication method is little different (they have this huge sort of misunderstanding in later part that they almost kill each other). And the third MC is sassy, badass, smart girl that kicks ass. Their relation is amazing though Han Soo yung and Yoo Jhunyook are constantly at each others throat. They have very amazing balance in their relationship. I am not sure if I can call it transmigration novel or not but the story universe is very magical. It has time paradox theme, it's confusing and each time you re read it you may feel like "that happend?" Or "OMG it is like this? " kind of feeling. It is very different from other novels I have read. This lovely novel has a webtoon (currently ongoing) be sure to check it out

  19. 5 out of 5

    Reader

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3 stars mostly because I like Mc’s with future knowledge and survival games. If the MC is omniscient because he finished the entire novel I don’t understand why there are so many mysterious encounters. Maybe it’s because it’s written with an unreliable narrator, but the plot can get somewhat confusing. The information that the MC knows isn’t given upfront or even in a timely manner, so we are often fed by random tidbits and then blindsided. A separate issue is the ‘totally not a harem/romance boo 3 stars mostly because I like Mc’s with future knowledge and survival games. If the MC is omniscient because he finished the entire novel I don’t understand why there are so many mysterious encounters. Maybe it’s because it’s written with an unreliable narrator, but the plot can get somewhat confusing. The information that the MC knows isn’t given upfront or even in a timely manner, so we are often fed by random tidbits and then blindsided. A separate issue is the ‘totally not a harem/romance book’ aspect. The novel is loaded with love interests and harem flags but nothing is ever addressed. I hear it ends as a mystery too. It’s annoy to see this unnecessary suspense that will never pan out. The fourth wall breaking parts of the book are also pretty annoyingly prevalent as a consistent joke. Finally, this entire novel is like an annoying rpg escort mission. The Mc has to make sure that the original protagonist doesn’t die (which he originally regularly does) or the universe as the mc knows it “might” end. Heavy emphasis on “might”. Unfortunately the original protagonist is extremely homicidal, suicidal, irresponsible and unpredictable. Despite this the Mc is forced to, and even wants to, become friends with him. - Dropped Episode 16 – The Fifth Scenario (3)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maryam Emam

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I won’t give it any stars because I didn’t exactly finished it , I dropped it at chapter 90. It just was always the same, Kim knowing what’ll happen, action , and keeping yoo joonghyuk alive . Well I did though search the ending , it was the main reason to not finish the novel . It was a sad ending and confusing (keep in my mind I didn’t read the whole thing) and it was an open ending . I hate open endings and they were the deal breakers for me on this one Well what I “understood” is that it’s som I won’t give it any stars because I didn’t exactly finished it , I dropped it at chapter 90. It just was always the same, Kim knowing what’ll happen, action , and keeping yoo joonghyuk alive . Well I did though search the ending , it was the main reason to not finish the novel . It was a sad ending and confusing (keep in my mind I didn’t read the whole thing) and it was an open ending . I hate open endings and they were the deal breakers for me on this one Well what I “understood” is that it’s some gigantic loop Kim dokja is technically the sponser of yoo joonghyuk and like there are many Kim avatars . So like the actual Kim dokja was in the hospital recovering from suicide and escaped by creating the world he loved from the book . So like I think ways of survival was real the whole time because thats what dokja wanted. he read the book and became the most ancient dream to see it become reality, but the book came to be because han sooyoung lived thru its events and wrote the story so that dokja could dream on it, aka a constant cycle where the beginning led to the end & the end led to the beginning. And that the story lives only when someone reads it . And I repeat I didn’t finish the story so this review isn’t really “reliable “ I would suggest you guys check Reddit tho Ü

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aashiqah

    This is by far my favorite webtoon and webnovel of all time! 'Omniscient Reader' is the first webtoon where I actually spent money for fast passes, started reading the webnovel on a different app and bought coins out of impatience. The storyline is that good! I genuinely thought it was going to be a cliché plot, but it's actually so interesting and unique! I lost sleep reading the webnovel and made it halfway through in 2 days. Yes, in total the book is about 550 chapters but it's truly worth it! This is by far my favorite webtoon and webnovel of all time! 'Omniscient Reader' is the first webtoon where I actually spent money for fast passes, started reading the webnovel on a different app and bought coins out of impatience. The storyline is that good! I genuinely thought it was going to be a cliché plot, but it's actually so interesting and unique! I lost sleep reading the webnovel and made it halfway through in 2 days. Yes, in total the book is about 550 chapters but it's truly worth it! The plot includes so many references to constellations, mythology, cultural histories, other fandoms, etc. The way the author brings the story and characters together is absolutely insane! I cried quite a number of times and squealed twice as much. What I also like about Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint specifically is the development of secondary characters (especially the WOMEN) and the building of relationships. The book is so well written, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and each story arc is such a pleasure to read (and re-read). I can't wait for the Webtoon art to catch up with the Webnovel chapters and for more people to read it. Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint deserves more hype and recognition.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Finn

    not gr splitting this up in volumes while i was apparently in the middle of the last volume?!??! i read this all in one place so it felt like a VERY LONG novel and not five volumes to me. i'll just add this one despite having read all five... anyway, two months later i'm finally done with this beast! despite it's length the plot was pretty easy to follow all the way through, and it stayed pretty faithful to characters introduced relatively early. in short: long, but easy to follow. the epilogues not gr splitting this up in volumes while i was apparently in the middle of the last volume?!??! i read this all in one place so it felt like a VERY LONG novel and not five volumes to me. i'll just add this one despite having read all five... anyway, two months later i'm finally done with this beast! despite it's length the plot was pretty easy to follow all the way through, and it stayed pretty faithful to characters introduced relatively early. in short: long, but easy to follow. the epilogues also tied everything up in a very nice and neat way. i wish i could express how i feel about the concept of "reader" in this novel, as someone who, very much like kim dokja, finds a lot of solace in consuming fiction, but i'm not smart enough for that. i'll just leave it at it being very neat to me. like, what does a reader do for the story, and what does the author do for the reader? also found myself very amused and intrigued by the characters. there were obvious main characters, but i also felt as if a lot of the supporting cast were close enough main characters with how well thought out they were. tldr; long, but good and easy to follow.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sumayya

    please do yourself a favor and read this. made me laugh and cry multiple times in a span of a handful of chapters. everything has a purpose and there are barely any plot holes- by the end of the book, the very complex plot is intricately resolved and explained in a way that will definitely blow your mind. not to mention how beautifully real and deep the characters are- they cannot be described with your traditional good and evil. the character development is so natural you won't even notice the please do yourself a favor and read this. made me laugh and cry multiple times in a span of a handful of chapters. everything has a purpose and there are barely any plot holes- by the end of the book, the very complex plot is intricately resolved and explained in a way that will definitely blow your mind. not to mention how beautifully real and deep the characters are- they cannot be described with your traditional good and evil. the character development is so natural you won't even notice the changes in their personalities until you go and reread the first couple episodes (which i can guarantee you'll end up doing haha) and compare with how they end up. the entire book is worth the 551 chapters and will leave you shaken and speechless. the plot stays strong throughout the novel till the very epilogue. you'll refuse to put it down once you get into it. the found family trope is incredibly touching and wholesome, and the lack of romance is still pretty satisfying. overall 20/10

  24. 5 out of 5

    a

    //review for the entire novel i'd give this a 6/5 and a spot on my all time faves list. i'm not feeling particularly eloquent at the moment, but i'll just say that as over the top and ridiculous as this book can get, it's rarely boring and everything has meaning. it reads as a love letter to the reader, to anyone who's read something and imagined themselves as one of the characters, who's ever thought about what they would do differently or what they would change. it's incredibly meta and goes d //review for the entire novel i'd give this a 6/5 and a spot on my all time faves list. i'm not feeling particularly eloquent at the moment, but i'll just say that as over the top and ridiculous as this book can get, it's rarely boring and everything has meaning. it reads as a love letter to the reader, to anyone who's read something and imagined themselves as one of the characters, who's ever thought about what they would do differently or what they would change. it's incredibly meta and goes deep into what it truly means to be a 'writer' and a 'reader', and that, to me, makes it extra worth reading. the (massive) cast of characters is entirely lovable, the writing is good, and the ending is open but fulfilling. all in all, it's thoroughly enjoyable. personally, i feel like i am better for having read this novel.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I FINISHED IT HEHE. The plot are complicated af. It's an apocalypse world that including history of korean, a bit history of japanesse, mythology and a few tales from another country. It's contained fantasy too because of the demon and the dragon. But the story itself does focus on kim dokja’s point of view entering the world of webnovel he's loves. His struggle (and his companion) to solve every scenario that exists to reach an ending. Reading this felt like climbing up the stairs. every time you I FINISHED IT HEHE. The plot are complicated af. It's an apocalypse world that including history of korean, a bit history of japanesse, mythology and a few tales from another country. It's contained fantasy too because of the demon and the dragon. But the story itself does focus on kim dokja’s point of view entering the world of webnovel he's loves. His struggle (and his companion) to solve every scenario that exists to reach an ending. Reading this felt like climbing up the stairs. every time you move to a new chapter, the story will get more and more difficult, but 'entertaining' as well. Gak bisa berhenti baca :''') P.s akhirnya bisa ngerti kenapa kim dokja dibilang mati mulu, emang mati beneran di sini, berkali-kali, tapi idup lagi.... terus ship-nya beneran ada woiiii, ada pendukungnya pula ohokurielohok 😂 P.s.s i wish for the death of the nebulae 🙏

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fauzia Salma

    its a book that didnt made me move on for a year i started in december. finished in september because many things. and along that hard journey this book is one of many source for my determination :') the fandom is nice too. i love all of it. i love kim dokja too much i wanna do a proper review but theres no much space, so. this book is one of book with 'returning back' themed genre, but actually despise 'returning back' so much. it tells many things despite being a fantasy and meta book. and like its a book that didnt made me move on for a year i started in december. finished in september because many things. and along that hard journey this book is one of many source for my determination :') the fandom is nice too. i love all of it. i love kim dokja too much i wanna do a proper review but theres no much space, so. this book is one of book with 'returning back' themed genre, but actually despise 'returning back' so much. it tells many things despite being a fantasy and meta book. and like the title this book is really presented for us, A Reader. Dokja. umm read until ending and you will know what i mean. some of my friends grow to really like this, but there's some that stopped reading too. i personally reccomend it :')

  27. 4 out of 5

    Noor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's hard to write a review for this book because I love it so much. My only complaint is that I wish there was more. I would have liked to see the characters start living their lives again and truly enjoying their "happily ever after." The ending is bittersweet but in some ways it's perfect for this frustrating but beautiful book (and anyways, I've decided that the ending I want, where Kim Dok-ja is back and everyone's living together in a big house is the true ending to this novel). It's empha It's hard to write a review for this book because I love it so much. My only complaint is that I wish there was more. I would have liked to see the characters start living their lives again and truly enjoying their "happily ever after." The ending is bittersweet but in some ways it's perfect for this frustrating but beautiful book (and anyways, I've decided that the ending I want, where Kim Dok-ja is back and everyone's living together in a big house is the true ending to this novel). It's emphasized many times that even though the author is the one who writes the story, the reader can change the ending...so there you have it. In short, everyone should read this book! It's one of the best fantasy-scifi-horror-action-adventure books I've ever read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bairong

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I've read this a year ago and I've been re-reading it over and over! This is my kind of genre and I'm so happy I discovered ORV. I don't even know where to start. The plot twist is just so immaculate that it really leaves you questioning your whole existence. What if this was one of the worldlines Yoo Joonghyuk went to to distribute the story? What if WE were the alternate universe Kim Dokja and by reading this novel, we get to help the 'original' Dokja? All the characters were well-written as w I've read this a year ago and I've been re-reading it over and over! This is my kind of genre and I'm so happy I discovered ORV. I don't even know where to start. The plot twist is just so immaculate that it really leaves you questioning your whole existence. What if this was one of the worldlines Yoo Joonghyuk went to to distribute the story? What if WE were the alternate universe Kim Dokja and by reading this novel, we get to help the 'original' Dokja? All the characters were well-written as well (at least, in my opinion!) and they all have their flaws which makes it more relatable and makes it feel as if they were actually real, and not just mere characters. This is now in my #1 list and nothing could ever beat that!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan Wright

    This entire story was so compelling I couldn't put it down. It had me laughing and crying throughout its many chapters. All of the characters have so much personality and depth to them that I have not seen in many other novels, especially of the same genera. The twists were also incredible and it is clear that the authors put a lot of time onto planning out the story as it is simply mind blowing and incredible. Details in the beginning are important later on in the story and the journey of readi This entire story was so compelling I couldn't put it down. It had me laughing and crying throughout its many chapters. All of the characters have so much personality and depth to them that I have not seen in many other novels, especially of the same genera. The twists were also incredible and it is clear that the authors put a lot of time onto planning out the story as it is simply mind blowing and incredible. Details in the beginning are important later on in the story and the journey of reading this series was nothing short of amazing for me. Also, despite how meta this series gets I never found myself getting lost or confused as they did such a good job crafting the story without pages on pages of exposition. I cannot recommend this series enough. It's also a series I am very excited to re read as there are many details that are easy to miss on your first read through. I am so incredibly attached to this story and am so glad I read it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nur Aida

    This novel is very thrilling. Totally unexpected. It felt as if we were entering it ourselves. There are so many mysteries, which are finally revealed one by one. The character development is also very good. Especially Kim Dokja. It's a shame this novel has ended. I really hope this novel can continue. I'm still very curious about what will happen to Kim Dokja and his friends after he returns. Also, I am curious about the woman who chased him when he was on the subway and about the young Kim Dok This novel is very thrilling. Totally unexpected. It felt as if we were entering it ourselves. There are so many mysteries, which are finally revealed one by one. The character development is also very good. Especially Kim Dokja. It's a shame this novel has ended. I really hope this novel can continue. I'm still very curious about what will happen to Kim Dokja and his friends after he returns. Also, I am curious about the woman who chased him when he was on the subway and about the young Kim Dokja being brought in by the Secretive Plotter.

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