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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: 8.6 / 10.0 (192 votes)
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Not quite like LMS   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by TundraDweller
June 23rd, 2015, 4:54pm
Well, the similarities need not be mentioned, but the two works are still different on multiple levels. To keep this short, the main problem I have with Ark is that the MC's enemies are all people with a personal grudge against him due to him having thwarted them at some point. Completely their own fault to begin with, by the way. So imagine if you defend yourself, successfully, against a bunch of bullies and they develop a deep hatred of you for not letting them walk all over you and go to EXTREME lengths to destroy you no matter what. See, Weed has a more acceptable enmity with the people who want to take him down. They see him as a threat, an upstart who's taking away their spotlight, who's past reputation intimidates them, etc. But with Ark, all of his enemies are people with PETTY personal grudges. Nothing professional or even rational.

That's not all about Ark's enemies. The rest of it is highly spoilerish and just as disgusting. Basically, the author does a terrible job on the villains. At least in LMS the enemies are hard-working, cunning, etc. players who play the game just like everyone else. But in Ark, the villains are ready-made and presented as all-powerful douchebags. Moreover, they did almost nothing to gain their power.
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The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by IT0
May 29th, 2015, 7:41pm
Yes the are very very similar, so much in fact one has very obviously read the others work. I am even going to go out on a limb here, I think the same guy wrote both.

ARC is a fantastic read, it is well written and even though it kinda takes a lot of liberty with TLMS, in some ways takes the good and leaves the bad.

It is not as deep at TLMS is but I like ARC, he seems more kind than WEED even if he starts to show WEEDS greedy side later. ARC is just another version of WEED.

Dont pass this story over because someone says its just a copy, it does the genre well and is fun to read.

No father
Mother in hospital
In debt due to hospital bill
No sister but a friend from work that he calls oppa
Plays a game to earn money
Is very greedy and will do anything for money
Can summon Skeleton and Vampire
He beats his summons into submission
Studies martial arts at the police gym
His teacher joins the game
Has thugs as friends that back him up in the game
Uses “survival cooking” to help stats and free food
Has a hidden game class
Grinds in the game ever chance he gets and does 30 hour hunts
Has an adversarial relationship with ‘The Hermes Guild’
Can sweet talk the NPCs
Abuses other players

No father or Mother
Grandmother in hospital
In debt due to no family support
Has a sister
Plays a game to earn money
Is very greedy and will do anything for money
Can summon Skeleton and Vampire
He beats his summons into submission
Studies martial arts at the local dojo
His teacher joins the game
Has fellow martial artist from the dojo as friends who support him in the game
Uses “cooking” to help stats and free food
Has a hidden game class
Grinds in the game ever chance he gets and does 30 hour hunts
Has an adversarial relationship with ‘The Hermes Guild’
Can sweet talk the NPCs
Abuses other players

After reading so much TMLS and ARC, I am starting to see that greed, obsession with money, self interests and an obsession with not being cheated, are Korean values. If you can stomach entire chapters about Arc/Week cheating other players for no other reason than greed, then you will enjoy the other parts of the story that are actually quite good.

... Last updated on June 13th, 2015, 7:14pm
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Not the same as TLMS   
Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
by bakaleaf
May 24th, 2015, 5:02am
The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (Novel) *sigh*
seriously I am amaze how majority of the people claimed that they are similar when for me they are completely different.. I guess this people happen to read both at the same time and there imagination overlap each other because of some familiar things but honestly speaking Ark is somehow much better that TLMS..
First difference about the MC (Weed Vs Ark)
- at a young age has work for money to support his little sister and sickly grandmother
- have face a lot of near death experience in various illegal jobs and was abuse by majority of his employer when he was young ( Minor are not allowed to work so he can only get illegal job until he reach the age of adult 20)
- he has a personality that does not trust others and devote his life on earning money
- A legendary player (Weed does not realize this) from an old game that made him rich after selling the character.
-Decided to be a pro gamer after all he earn more than doing a Real life job ( this idea came from the character he sold that made him rich basically he was influence by no one to play the game)
- A happy go lucky teenager at the age of 15 both his parent got in an accident resulting of the death of his father and his mother was badly injured.
- After the incident his life went upside down with out any relative to ask for support he devote his life to earn money for hospital bill for his mother.
- he has a personality that is some what emotional that give him the caretaker skills in game (read more to learn) his hunger for money comes from the need for his mother.(clearly different from weed)
- He applied for a job as game tester and later learn that he can earn more as a pro gamer ( clearly different from weed who was a legendary player)
- He has little game experience as a result he was scam and trick when he start playing the game. This result to his lack of trust to other players.

[The MC of both novel are so different from each other yet people often say they are similar?]

Even the game is different

Royal Road Weed
- Goal is look for an emperor in game to rule the real world.
- Real life experience can be applied to game but us limited by the god control system.

New World Ark
- Goal is to unlock or take the master key to control the game.
- Real life experience can be applied in game such as if you are a martial art expert you can take all your real life martial in game and can play with out using in game skills.

I say Ark is more of Sword art online than TLMS

I am saying this so that future reader who have yet both to read TLMS and ARK
Avoid the misunderstanding that the two novel are similar
Ark is much better than TLMS since it has an unknown goal
It focus on Team play unlike in TLMS where weed love to solo
Most fight are not exaggerated and one can enjoy.

I read both and is still waiting for update..
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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   
Rating: N/A
by Lastear
January 25th, 2015, 11:06am
Hey, this is Lastear from Japtem. Just thought I'd give you a heads up that there are more updates than are showing up here since another group has picked it up. Check out this site.
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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   
Rating: N/A
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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