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Ark (Novel)  
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Kim Hyun Woo lived the life of the wealthy thanks to his parents. But one day, he received a phone call informing him of a traffic accident which involved his parents. His father had died and his mother was hospitalized in critical condition. The normal life he once knew, collapsed...

They sold their house, cancelled various insurance plans, and moved to a one room apartment. And after a few years, Hyun Woo spends four to six hours tending to his mother and worked to pay for her medical bills.

One day, one of his Instructors recommended him for position in a company called Global Exos, who made an announcement of making history with the newest technological invention.


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아크 (Novel)

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (166 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
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April 18th 2015, 3:38am PST



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I can't help but agree with entelejent   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by orario
March 27th, 2015, 6:01am
There are many similarities between LMS and Ark. It's almost like the authors wrote this novels together.

But if you're a big fan of one you'll certainly enjoy the other one too despite the many similarities
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If you enjoyed Moonlight sculptor you'll enjoy Ark   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SrwpkMX
February 6th, 2015, 8:40pm
Minor Spoiler alert*

Great fast releases.
A lot of similar plot points with LMS but ultimately establishes itself a different story.
Ark is highly relatable and someone you want to root for. He's strong but isn't severely overpowered.
His quests aren't as epic, but the journey is enjoyable and much faster paced.

Many interesting side characters, especially his companion/pets.

Ark is witty and clever, knows how to rise as an underdog.
Self motivated and very independent.
His greed for money comes from a place of desperation rather than selfishness. Imagine having to pay $6000 a month for your mom's hospital bill as a young adult with no real job.
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More updates   
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by Lastear
January 25th, 2015, 11:06am
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Pretty Good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Flitfish
March 31st, 2014, 12:51pm
Ark is about a guy who dropped out of high school and gave up gaming to make money for his ill mother's healthcare. He ends up making an account for a VRMMO and picking up gaming again to apply for a job in a game company. His progress in the game marks how well his application is received.

I suggest reading this and Legendary Moonlight Sculptor at the same time; they have the same translators anyway. It's almost like watching someone start to turn into Weed.

Comparing the main characters, Ark is something like a less exaggerated Weed. They're both desperate for money and greedy as a result but while Weed's penny pinching is a source of humor, Ark's can't really be laughed at. It's less of an omnipresent force. Weed's desperation drove him to become somewhat superhuman in terms of physical ability. Ark's physical strength is quite normal. Weed somehow manages to encounter famous people online and irl. He finds good teammates and while he sometimes journeys alone, it's usually by choice. Ark's online isolation seems more sensible given previous betrayals by teammates. Even Ark's irl relationships seem more natural than Weed's. A normal coworker, his mom's friend, etc. On the whole, Weed is funnier to watch but Ark is easier to relate to.

Weed is a funnier character to watch but Ark isn't derived of humor either. The job system is played for laughs. The survival cooking scenes are pretty funny. While Ark's irl situation is worse than Weed's, he concentrates on making the best of his time so some of his game adventures can be quite light hearted.

The VR aspect is explored pretty well in both games. In LMS the interplay of reality and game is explored better than in Ark but Ark is more creative in his thinking and abuses the VR system better in battle.

It's pretty early in the series so things can change but for now I'd recommend it.

This turned into a comparative essay. Good job self.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by entelejent
March 25th, 2014, 12:25pm
So far, it's been okay but nothing special. It shares far too many similarities with The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, including not-thought-out things; were the authors copying each other's ideas?
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i agree   
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by nanner
January 4th, 2014, 3:54pm
I'm only on book 3 of this series so i can't really give it a rating yet but its interesting. its not as polished as some of the others in the same genre, but there is enough there to keep my attention. the MC seems to get screwed over again and again, which is stating to get to me.
so far its not one of my favorite VRMMORPG series (legendary moonlight sculptor,sword art online, and half prince before the WTH ending).
it is interesting enough to keep reading the scans as they come out but not enough so that i search out the rest of the raws and suffer through google translate the way i did with MLS.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by FrostLord
November 9th, 2013, 12:14am
A nice twist on the VRMMORPG genre. The game setting is really interesting and the story is really funny. It focuses on real world and the world of the game. Seeing the world develop is truly fascinating, even more so when additional aspects of the game's interface is revealed.
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