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The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)  
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Description
The man forsaken by the world, the man a slave to money and the man known as the legendary God of War in the highly popular MMORPG Continent of Magic. With the coming of age, he decides to say goodbye, but the feeble attempt to earn a little something for his time and effort ripples into an effect none could ever have imagined. Through a series of coincidences, his legendary avatar is sold for 3.1 billion won, bringing great joy to him, only to plunge him into despair at losing almost all of it to vicious loan sharks. With revelation of money through gaming, he rises from the abyss with new found resolve and steps forward into the new age of games led by the first ever Virtual Reality MMORPG, Royal Road. This is the legend of Lee Hyun on his path to becoming Emperor with only his family loving heart, his boundless desire for money, his unexpected mind, his diligently forged body and the talent of hard work backing him.

Type
Novel

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Associated Names
Легендарный Скульптор Лунного Света
달빛 조각사
Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)
LMS, Legendary Moonlight Sculptor
Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)
The Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)

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Japtem
Jun9008
Odd Squad Novels
Royal Road
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Latest Release(s)
v.19 c.6 by Royal Road (7d ago)
v.17 c.2 by Japtem (9d ago)
v.19 c.4 by Royal Road (12d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
44 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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2 topics, 14 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9.3 / 10.0 (364 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.08 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 22nd 2014, 9:17pm PST


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Year
2007

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Monthly Pos #31 decreased(-16)
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Recommendations on Translations   
Rating: N/A
by logain
July 24th, 2014, 10:26pm
Japtem has pretty good translations for (from memory) the first 3 volumes. Then the grammar level falls a bit, but it's still readable. However, RoyalRoad translations not only has volume 5+ (Japtem is 6-10+), but also has better translations then the shitty ones on Japtem's site.
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A highly addictive good Novel with a shittiest Main Character   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by manga_fanboy
July 11th, 2014, 9:31am
Well, i really loved the novel although i hate the main character personality very much for which i am deducting 2 points. The character was good in the beginning where he had to work hard to sustain his family but later he became the shittiest character i have ever known and his greed was to much even when his family condition improved. however novel lost 1 more point when the author introduced a chapter on Royal Road creator planning to take over the world with the help of AI.

... Last updated on July 11th, 2014, 9:35am
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This is going to be a long review   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by thischinksays
July 4th, 2014, 11:16am
I'm torn. I want to give LMS(Legendary Moonlight Sculptor) a 10, while simultaneously I want to give it a 7. This is because the first couple volumes of LMS are easily a 10. The first couple volumes are so well written and addictive, I lost myself in the entire series. I've read from volume 1 to volume 20 with nearly no breaks.

The problems start after the first couple volumes. More padding and filler starts popping up. The pacing slows down because of it. Then more and more contradictory sentences pop up. I understand some of this is due to the translators probably rushing or whatever, though I'm not complaining about the translators as they allowed me to read LMS, so a big thank you to them! Anyway, at one point the padding, slow pacing, contradictions, and numerous loop holes become so bad, I'm not sure it's even the original author writing it. In fact, I seriously think someone else wrote one of the arcs.
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The todeum arc was definitely the low point of LMS.
Anyway, at that point I was thinking of dropping LMS, it was that bad. Luckily, after struggling through the terribly written tautology, padding, and story itself, things got better again. It still wasn't at the level of the first couple volumes but at the very least it had improved a good amount from the low point of the series.

In the beginning, as the author added more elements to the story, it was gradually improving and becoming more complex. I loved every second of it. At some point the author lost control. He constantly added more elements when there was already more than enough, to the point where he couldn't juggle them well and the extra pieces started falling here and there. As a result the story is a jumbled mess at times.

The loopholes and contradictions were one of the worst offenders I had to learn how to overlook. I think that if I had read the volumes spaced out over time then the impact they would have would be much lower. Instead, I read a good amount of the series all at once, so it was easy to spot inconsistencies. When these started appearing it was heartbreaking. Somehow I was able to start ignoring these and push forward. They don't bother me as much now but it feels as if the author is rushing to write as much as possible without checking his previous works and making sure he's got all the facts right. At one point I looked at when this series was created and how many volumes the author put out. I was shocked. It does seem like he wrote as fast as he could and started ignoring quality, and instead opting for quantity. While I would definitely prefer quality over quantity, it's hard to complain when I want more volumes to read.

Some character relationships are well written and others grate on your nerves. One example, which is IMO the most grating is
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Weed's relationship with Seoyoon. At first I was fine with the Seoyoon and Weed relationship but as it went on it got more and more annoying. How can he constantly assume the worst of her every single time when she keeps proving herself to him? I understand it's in his nature to distrust people but there's a limit. The author's reason for doing this is so transparent, which is a big part of why I hate it. It's obvious weed is going to do something to betray seoyoon because of his misunderstandings and distrust. Then seoyoon will withdraw even further because of another deep psychological scar. Weed will then have to overcome his distrust for others and after much hard work he will help seoyoon recover. Maybe this isn't what happens but the way it's been written so far indicates this is where it's heading and I'm over it.
There are other relationships between characters I'm not too fond of but what I wrote just above was IMO the worst of them.

I've got more to complain about but I'm getting lazy and want to end it so I'll just say this. The author is great at writing adventure stories but terrible at writing comedy. Every single time he tried to do some comedy early on, it was a definite miss. When he focuses on the adventure, LMS shines brightest. Unfortunately, when all the padding, inconsistencies, and pacing problems started popping up, the author made another fatal flaw, he started focusing almost solely on comedy instead of the adventure. This made it nearly unbearable to continue reading. Luckily, after the arc I listed earlier, he gets better in all aspects. He still focuses too much on comedy, but at the very least he seemed to realize what he's best at. Sure, his comedic writing did improve a bit. There were a couple parts that made me laugh, but so much of it was a miss that I really wish he would focus on the adventure and leave the humor for when it made sense, instead of forcing it nearly all the time.

Despite my gripes, I love this series. I had a lot to rant about but all in all LMS is still a really addictive and great adventure story. It's creative and there's a lot to read, so if you can look passed its faults, you'll come to love LMS as much as I do.
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Good read   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by Jakklin
June 24th, 2014, 1:06pm
Is is one of my favourite light novels. The main character isn't the normal high school guy who sits at the window, he's not the paragon of virtue, Weed is a greedy and deceitful person (but still likeable). I don't agree with alot of the choices he makes but they aren't bad ones, he might sacrifice someone here or there but it is a game after all.any player will just re-spawn.
Alot of the comments on this page complain that 'its all luck' or something similar, that maybe so but in any RPG your 'lucky' to decide to take that path or to go in that specific cave or even to talk to certain people, in the end its the main characters decisions that lead him to the encounters. Other arguments are that he is apparently the 'only' one who cares about stats and not levels but that not true, Weed is the only one who trains until he suffers, remember its only a game for everyone else.

I originally read some of the comments on this page and the turned me way off, but that was a mistake. I regret not reading this series month ago when I first saw it.

... Last updated on June 24th, 2014, 1:11pm
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Pathetic sociopath 'hero'   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by alphaGulp
June 24th, 2014, 12:30pm
The hero doesn't care about anything but making money off of people (scamming). He literally does not understand what friendship is, never seeks to make deeper relationships or to be honest and true with anyone - the only goal in his life is to screw everyone and come out a 'winner'.

Obviously, since he is aiming to use people, he treats them nicely enough to get what he wants, but his real persona comes out whenever he deals with his AI henchmen: these he tortures for days until finally they break down and accept him as their master... Nice, huh?

Add to that his sister's incestuous love for him and the creepiness only ever goes higher.

The most pathetic is how overpowered he is, how easy everything is for him, how his ego constantly gets flattered by all the ways in which he always ends up on top, loved by all in spite of him being a complete and total sociopath.
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Highly addicting   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by OtonoKakuei
June 23rd, 2014, 10:03am
Just like what entelegent and tallrice had pointed out, the novel has its drawbacks. I personally don't like and even despise some of the characters. There are also some parts, like personality, conversation, filler plots, that I don't agree with with the author. Even so, I can't help but love this novel. This novel is ridiculously addicting for me. I gave it a 9.5 because of all the enjoyments I got from reading the novel. I hope that it'll get localized soon with better English translations than the one from before.
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Disappointing   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by tallrice
May 17th, 2014, 3:02am
As entelegent commented before me, the idea is is good (though hardly original with similar stories around like Yureka, SAO, log horizon, .hack, 1/2 prince, ark, etc...) and the story is pretty addicting - you're always wondering what stat is going to level up next and the adventures are, overall, good premises (though again, hardly original considering all the actual MMORPGs around).

But... I think the biggest problem can be summed up in a single sentence: the author never tries to 'show' anything in his writing, whether it be character relations, thoughts or actions, but always 'tells' the reader what to think.

This style essentially results in us being told, every chapter that Weed is amazing, smart, cunning, powerful and somehow smarter or more capable than everyone else. There is no character who I would particularly call interesting in the series - all the girls introduced are the simplest of stereotypes, and all of them are somehow the most beautiful girl you can imagine - in fact, I'm not sure any of the women introduced were not introduced in this way (minus Seoyong's psychologist or Weed's grandmother), whether it be Seoyong, Lee Hayan, the shaman girl, Hwaryeong or Jihoon... even Surka and Meyoon were supposed to be hot, if not 'the most in the world' like all the others... (And the male characters who are friends with Weed are all the same - Zephyr the closet heir to a big company, Ahn, the greatest master of the sword in Korean martial arts... well, Pale isn't anything special, just has a TV anchor as his girlfriend... and Mapan was never really more than a side character, and I don't remember if there was any other male character that lasted more than a paragraph...)

Then, the story essentially devolves into 'Weed' or "Lee" does this and that, is idolised by all, is smarter than all, and somehow is the only person (of 100 million) in the game who cares about his stats and skill levels (rather than character level). As a result, he easily surpasses everyone and goes around stumbling into badass supper hidden quests that he hoodwinks NPCs into doing for him with his cooking skills. Not only that, but on one side, he is always described as stingy and money-obsessed, scamming people out of their money or gold, or labour (in the pyramids for instance) and yet a) everyone who meets him likes him and he treats them super well (if patronisingly), b) whenever it comes to NPCs, they seem to react only to Weed's charms and never to anyone else... Not only that, but in any matter except money, he is described as a paragon of virtue - helping his family and extending charity to the his friends who can't do anything without him.

Even more problematic is that most of his 'badassedness' appears to be luck... he just happened to get quests for grinding scarecrows, just happened to be pushed into his legendary class, just happened to meet supermodels playing the game, just happened to be the first to discover tons of new dungeons and regions, just happened to say the write thing to trigger NPC events...

As for setting, the beginning was not so bad with the Rosenheim capital city's specific places, but later on Weed just appears everywhere and nowhere and there is very little that isn't superficial RPG environments. Description is also pretty much non-existant, most of the places, cities, monsters, foods, items or anything else are assumed to be recognised by anyone with the most basic of RPG knowledge (?). The author does not hesitate to tell us point blank what people and things are 'beautiful' or 'special' though... so if you like that type of description, you'll enjoy it for sure...

So as for all the comments about how the writing style is good but the translations are bad... I'd like to say that the writing style (original) sucks, but the translations are pretty good, all considering. There are grammar problems here and there, but hardly every paragraph and never anything that makes it difficult it understand, and the layout and presentation was nice. Note that I was reading the Royal Road translations or at least uploads on their site. It takes a ton of work to translate novels like that, particularly if they're pretty monotonous, so I think they did an impressive job.

Anyway, no reread or literary value, in the slightest, but it is an addicting and uplifting tale of someone who excels above others in a game. So it does have appeal in that respect.

... Last updated on May 17th, 2014, 3:13am
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Flawless without being flawless...   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Lorska
May 16th, 2014, 5:12pm
To be blunt it's amazing. The world is awesome, the characters are diverse and interesting, it is hilarious, really I laughed countless times so far. Still I didn't give it a perfect rating, why?

It is very well written, the translations are kind of screwed at times, but that's tolerable. The point of view is regularly changed and even minor characters seem special. Really one could argue the author does everything right what he could do. BUT.

It's the flow. Small things like you really want a certain character to appear now. Or knowing what will happen now exactly and wanting to just get things done. It shows other characters nicely but sometimes it just completely destroys what was build so far. It is often glossed over with humor or character development, and don't get me wrong, very skillfully. But disturbingly enough for me to lower the score no matter how insignificant.

I'd recommend this any day, especially if you want to have a good laugh and less sleep.

flawless novel for most people, you won't regret reading this - 9.5/10

... Last updated on May 16th, 2014, 5:14pm
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A sloppy novel with many holes, yet fresh and fun tale of a greedy gamer.   
Rating: N/A
by Alasdair
May 13th, 2014, 8:16pm
The main character Weed is a extreme money-obsessed hard-worker for who the end (covering for his little sister's studies) justify the means (two to four hours of sleep per night, selfishness, extreme greediness and heavy-handed use of flattery). The setting is very cliche where poor orphaned Weed works extremely hard since the age of ten to pay off huge debts from his deceased parents to loan sharks (sharks being way too small a word for them, since these guys add a 50% interest rate each year). Somehow the legal aspect of this is not questioned, and Weed manages to find the time to go to school and to play a MMORPG (sometimes apparently 10 days without sleep) where he has by far the strongest character despite always playing alone (yes this makes no sense, as many things in the novel). Selling his account for the equivalent of 3 million dollars (people in this world really like games) Weed manages to barely pay off his parents debts. And now in order to make more money he sets off to a new mmorpg, Royal Road, which is a virtual reality world much resembling ours except for the fantasy setting and strange mmorpg rules. In this world non-player characters (npc) have amazing artificial intelligence that makes them completely human-like, and characters make the exact movements the players do, resulting in a transfer of skill between the character and his avatar. After spending a year to train in martial arts and collecting information about mmos, Weed starts his great quest for money.

Reading the Legendary Moonlight Sculptor feels as the author going on his character's adventure, having a faint idea of his global direction but discovering with us what will be on the way. This gives a sloppy scenario with many holes, but a nice feeling of freshness and unexpected. Weed is a very unrealistic character, and while many things about him don't make sense due the sloppiness and flawed logic of the author, his extreme personality and greed make him a fun character to follow. The other characters are a little bland, but this matter little as most of the focus is spent from Weed's perspective.

Overall if you can bear with the poor writing style, the many holes and non-sense, the Legendary Moonlight Sculptor is a fresh and fun novel of adventure.
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LMS   
Rating: N/A
by Roflmaows
April 12th, 2014, 1:40am
Spent somewhere about 90 hours over a week reading this and it was worth it, cant wait for him to do stuff with all the awesome sculpture things he has gotten recently. Also if you enjoyed this series Ark is a similar series that hasnt progressed as far but still seemed interesting right after reading LMS japtem has it finished to volume 2
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