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Also, this is the last post of the year 2022, so as I have the opportunity, let me wish all my readers a wonderful 2023, and I hope you got through 2022 relatively fine! I’m very happy to have managed to finish this series before the end of the year, so I don’t have to begin the new year with it. Lol.
Thank you for staying with me through this year or thank you for finding me. Either way, I’m happy to know I have had people read my blog for yet another year. See you in 2023!
“Shizun, what were you dreaming of just now?” he asked persistently. “Are you injured?”
“I…” Shen Qingqiu had stayed within that dream for too long, and his soul had yet to make it all the way back. As he looked at Luo Binghe’s face, it seemed both real and yet not, and his vision wavered, at times blurred and at times clear. He didn’t know what to say.
Luo Binghe became even more frantic, and he raised his voice. “ Shizun! Say something!”
Suddenly, inspiration struck Shen Qingqiu. He blinked, then pulled Luo Binghe’s face down and kissed him.
This is a collection of short stories set both before and after the main story. In original stories and bonuses from the web serialisation, we get to meet the original flavour, Bing-ge and Zhuzhi-lang during his time with Tianlang-jun, among others.
These are indeed my final thoughts on this novel series. I’m slightly surprised I’m through it all now. This is truly the last book of SVSSS, and I honestly don’t know how to feel right now.
I’ll share a few words on each of the extra, perhaps to prolong my time with this hate-read, perhaps because I want to truly show my hate to the very end.
The first short story is post-canon featuring the original stallion novel protagonist and the Luo Binghe we’ve got to know in the series. I wasn’t particularly fond of it, but most importantly is that between the Original and the one whose Shizun was kind, I kind of prefer Bing-ge over Bing-mei. However terrible that ruined that man is, he’s more my thing.
The second extra I completely forgot I even read, even if I’ve thought about Liu Qingge’s reaction a few times since I read it, for sure. But I legit can’t remember anything other than Liu Qingge being upset and then how they ended up in a pond or something, which was about as helpful as not at all while reading a later extra referring to this incident.
Next is the Qijiu extra, which is a multiple-part one. It’s not particularly long, but I lost interest really early on. It’s not that it’s any worse than anything else, but if you thought I didn’t really care much about Shen Yuan and his internal narrative, I care even less about Shen Jiu, except I can’t actually laugh at him sometimes. The Qijiu story is truly tragic, but also not the kind that stabs me in the chest. It was just boring to read.
If we want something that hurts to read, it’s the Bamboo Branch Poem extra, which tells about Zhuzhi-lang, Tianlang-jun and Su Xiyan. I found this was too short. I would have so wanted more of this. This is probably the highlight of the book for me, but I truly love heartache. I also enjoyed the dynamic described between Tianlan-jun and Su Xiyan. This was absolutely a really good, though short, little story about Luo Binghe’s relatives.
#13 Refusing to be a Plotholer:
Cucumber-bro up there wrote how many words just to hate on it?
Must be true love.
The longest piece in this collection is the Airplane Extras which shares Shang Qinghua’s story. It had some of the funniest moments, definitely, including some of Shen Yuan’s comments on PIDW. I don’t want to sound like Cucumber-bro, but let’s face it though, this also was a little dull. I personally don’t read SVSSS to learn more about Shang Qinghua’s crush on Mobei-jun, I mean, learn more about Shang Qinghua’s struggles from his past life to post-canon. I want to ask why it was added, but I understand perfectly why and that’s the worst part.
The rest following the Airplane Extras is more of Shen Qingqiu and Luo Binghe and their life after everything. By now I was kind of tired of the extras though. Or, not really, by now I was absolutely weeping inside. I just read without any feeling of wanting to. I honestly struggled reading to the end and I just tried to read through them all, but this was definitely almost as bad as the Qijiu extras. Well, there’s the infamous wine extra and no matter how you look at it there’s nothing worse than that.
The one Bingqiu extra at the end that was indeed a lot of fun to read was the 100 questions one, which is the second last. I got laughs out of the answers Luo Binghe and Shen Qingqiu gave, my favourite by far being the questions about their first date. Nonetheless, wine extra aside, the Bingqiu extras still go some laughs out of me, and I think nothing was as cute as Luo Binghe proposing. I felt like I got my pre-Endless Abyss Luo Binghe back for just a moment, even if he wasn’t clumsy on purpose.
I shared my thoughts on the main story as a whole in my review of volume 3, so I don’t want to repeat myself too much, but Shen! Qing! QIU!! is so annoying!! This novel doesn’t really have much sex overall, but there’s some in this book as well, just like in volume 3. The infamous extra gets a big fat NSFA where that A no longer stands for Anny but for Anyone. (Like, pretty literally! Do not try what they did! It can actually lead to alcohol poisoning. Just saying.)
I’m in general uncomfortable with the non-consensual stuff in volume 3, yes, but I can’t say that I was any more comfortable with the sexual content in this volume either. But I also think this one is perhaps the best volume of all four. Shen Qingqiu still misunderstands Luo Binghe, but at least it’s not as bad, and we get far more comedy than misunderstandings.
This series in general was indeed a hate-read and I will probably never read it again. Though that generally applies to all books. I rarely re-read anything, so this is a rare instance and was solely for reviewing. I’ve done my job. I and my copies of this will now be at peace with one another as the series stays on my bookshelf collecting dust.
In the end, though, it’s not really all that important what I think about this novel. I can hate it, others can love it. And I will finish my thoughts on this novel with an Airplane quote.
This story was riddled with landmines, a whole chaotic mess with grade school-level writing, and maybe the more serious readers would throw it down with a curse of “What dogshit is this?” But “Great Master” Airplane Shooting Towards the Sky was used to making excuses for his own fraudulent behavior. He could throw out a thousands “it’s justs” to smooth things over. For example:
It’s just reading a novel, it’s like living your life. Just have a good time—why take it so seriously?
It’s just a silly novel the author wrote for fun. Don’t set your expectations too high, everyone, and please bear with me!
It’s just a brainless satisfying read. Wake up—what did you expect to read?!
…It was just that he really, very much liked this story he’d written.
Irrelevant to the thoughts on the book itself, I suppose it is worth mentioning that I got the Special Edition. Of a series I hate. Well, it should show I’m not unwilling to spend money, I guess. But that’s beside the point.
What I do want to say is that it’s truly unfortunate that Seven Seas made an absolute mess of things and all who preordered the special edition with its goodies haven’t got them. I was really lucky, which is honestly not something I would expect.
Seven Seas really need to step it up. Like, I can understand issues with having to do reprints, but Heaven Official’s Blessing sold out before everyone who preordered could get it as well, and Seven Seas has stated the Special Edition was a one-time limited print. If it was, they shouldn’t have had the preorders opened so freely. Obviously, it’s only my opinion, but they need to fulfil the orders they received. That it won’t be on sale later is not an issue. A limited edition is fine, not fulfilling orders is not.
These issues do make me hesitant to get any of their future releases. Well, I couldn’t even if I wanted to at the moment, because of my financial situation, but other than potentially getting all of HOB and The Husky and His White Cat Shizun, I might wait until they get their act together again.
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