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The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)  
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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.


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Associated Names
Легендарный Скульптор Лунного Света
달빛 조각사(Novel)
Dalbic Jogaksa (Novel)
Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)
Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)
The Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)

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Status in Country of Origin
45 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (658 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.79 / 10.0
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February 8th 2016, 1:00pm PST



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Monthly Pos #39 increased(+6)
3 Month Pos #30 increased(+4)
6 Month Pos #36 increased(+3)

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RAW status 325 days, 4 hours, 17 minutes ago
Royal Road Dropped LMS 447 days, 10 hours, 31 minutes ago
Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (Novel) 511 days, 12 hours, 33 minutes ago

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Reading isn't experiencing.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by watta
March 1st, 2012, 2:54pm
One of my fave due to the fact that the MC chosen path in his life and his lack of talent in every field can be overcome through shear hard work.

He came from a close knitted but debt ridden family, so his childhood was crappier than most. But you dont see him running around acting tough, join a gang, beat people up to relieve him of his anger and his position in life. No, he decided at a helluva young age that he's gunna work for the sake of his only two remaining family members. No one gave him hand-me-downs, no one offered him help; so he learned that the only thing he can rely on is himself, and worked through the pain for the grandmother that raised him, and the little sister he have to take care of as a father.

The MC caught on lucky break in his life when he sold his game account, but ultimately was taken from him about a day after he gotten it. Then he figured as 'i did it once, i can do it again,' and devoted a year into researching the games and building up his body. Both requires a ridiculous amount of hardwork: researching by means of gaining all the information from those before him, and building up his body by means of swinging his sword till his blisters oozes with blood. Tell me, where's is his expert-in-every-skill appears here? Just hard work.

In game, he's a true socialpath; he tends to use people, but they usually received a boost or some kind of reward for their hardwork and going along with his flow. That's why even those that knows how he is doesnt stray from him, because he never once use-then-toss them away. He worked hard to get to where he's at: at the beginning where he mind-numblingly swung his blade(in game) for hours to earn just one stat point, to fighting stronger monsters that resulted in his death many times over. Sculpting statues for days to increase stats, cooking thousands of meals raise stats, repairing hundreds of thousands of times on equipment to raise stats; there aint any talent here, just constant work because he knows the second chance he'd get isnt gunna be given out in the real world, but to be earn in the game world. He also cleared multiples of hard quests for his level where spectators deemed impossible for those doubled his level using his smarts...and he died plenty of times during so.

Like i've said, reading isnt experiencing. You may know how things flow from reading an already written text, but the moment you actually stepped in their shoes and tread the path they chose to take.............ur screwed because ur mindset is 'i got talents, i can do anything/ i got powers, i can crush anything/ i got smarts, i can use anything.' Respect for this MC, everything he got, he earned as he worked.

... Last updated on March 1st, 2012, 2:59pm
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Superpowered shounen   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by imercenary
March 1st, 2012, 9:23am
When you break it down, this is a heavily cliched, straight-forward story: A teenage character with family and money problems learns that his expert-at-all-skills, too-lazy-to-use-it-in-real-life talent is extremely valuable and seeks to utlize it... in a video game. Cue mentally retarded cast of side characters and a universe (video game) where world-breaking powers are accessible merely by finding the loopholes and minmaxing; and this is the result.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sandyatthebeach1
February 28th, 2012, 3:43pm
There are scans up to chapter 20 by OddSquad, and you really don't feel bored reading this! Reading all the descriptions of stats is tedious at times, but honestly, the story is awesome! It really makes you feel like you're in the game. Hyun Lee is also really epic- he's is totally awesome. He's such a jerk at times, lol, but in a cool way. Seriously, I wish more was scanlated and translated- this is awesome! Funny, captivating, and addicting. I'm really looking forward to more! -edit- OMG, NOOO, my heart sank when I read that OddSquad is dropping this... -cries- Why can't I read Korean? Or translate or whatever? I think I'll just have to go hunt for this in the corners of the web... -sigh-

... Last updated on October 21st, 2012, 4:57pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
January 28th, 2012, 4:15pm
Like Daxisheart said: only 2 out of the 33 volumes of this novel are translated at the moment. The rest of it you can read through a combination of shoddy machine translations and attempted summaries by fans. But I read through EVERY VOLUME. It's just that good.

LMS is, hands down, the best of the 'virtual reality' stories online. It's captivating, it's funny, and it gets better the farther along it goes. The scope of the world expands, but it keeps to it's core characters, so you never feel like you've lost a hold of what's going on.

And Weed is a manipulative, miserly guy whose sheer charisma makes up for it; not to mention his skill and Determinator-like tendencies. Plus he's hilarious. He may be bordering on perfect... but his personality is LOL.

... Last updated on January 28th, 2012, 4:22pm
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The main character can be described in one word "Perfect-est-er"   
Rating: N/A
by wotonito
January 12th, 2012, 6:47pm
The main character has really boring traits... If there is one thing that is good, MC is better. If there is another thing that is good, MC is better. MC is able to handle being alone, but when in a group he is charismatic and is a natural leader. MC is hard working, and smart with his money. Whenever MC levels up, his character receives gigantic boosts when compared to other players. He has super powerful perfectester skills too! Nothing stops Mr. Perfectester. But oh no! He runs into girl who is his type, she plays a crappy class but BAM SHE IS SO PERFECT TOO!

With that said, for some reason I enjoy this story...
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The author is generous!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Necrophades
January 11th, 2012, 12:52am
It seems recently the author found out that his writings is translated by fan (odd squad), and he made a statement that he permit Moonlight Sculptor novel to be translated and published, as long as no one uses it for commercial purpose.

Really, he is generous. Live long Heesung Nam.
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This is so good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Daxisheart
December 29th, 2011, 10:44pm
That I'm learning korean in order to read the rest. I'm literally forcing myself korea to read the rest of the thirty something volumes.

It's addictive and absolutely satisfying. Every chapter makes you crave for more, even though the chapter felt so good to read through. The story is massive, and the world, and the immersion it brings is astound.

There's a group that is cranking this series, in korean, through google translate, and slugging through the terrible machine translation to get an idea of its english counterpart and summarize that to us.
It's a summary of a human translation of a machine translation for us to read.
And it is STILL GOOD to read through. This series is so satisfying that I can slug through bad rewrite, summarizing, and editing.
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Most immersive work of fiction I've ever read.   
Rating: N/A
by xhalcyon
November 21st, 2011, 2:45am
Title says all: this has got to be the most fleshed-out iteration of the whole virtual reality premise along with the most likeable character I have ever come to know. LMS goes beyond a mere story about a video game, it is a truly touching celebration of what hard work and a little bit (okay, a lot!) of luck can can put into motion.
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One of my favorite novels   
Rating: N/A
by kamerdiner
September 26th, 2011, 12:08pm
It truly is. Plot is fascinating, and i just love those things connected with virtual reality games! Also character is concrete, hard-working and deep. Unlike 1\2 prince, there is not much distracting love stories. I will reread it soon, i guess. It is totally awesome. Ah, just cant wait for the next chapters!
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A novel that I read & re-read & re-read again & again   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LaDy_ViL
July 20th, 2011, 6:08am
An amazing read if I may say so myself. The first chapter started kinda slow, where we got the background info on the main character and how the story came about. Then we enters the gaming phase which just had to be AMAZING I tell you.

It's just great how he's able to brainwash everyone (npc/users/friends/acquaintances) he met into going along with his pace and making them think he's a hero in shining armors when he's almost the exact opposite but instead of gaining benefits only for himself and make us hate him, by the end of the day everyone got what they deserve and we adore him more. Given that he has such a worthless class in the game (one that he refuses at first but got trick into accepting LOL) people have low expectations of him and then BAMM he did what others has a hard time doing seemingly effortlessly just increase my expectation for his next surprise. The battle scenes are ones that you would just have to love. Instead of going through a steady pace, we got our heart racing, then let down..then woohoo again the main character amazes us. Ohh mann..those moments are precious, thank you google translator.

One might think that his talent just stuck in-game, and that's where this novel's juicy tidbits comes next. Royal Road(a complete virtual-reality game) allows the users to apply what they have learned in-game to the real world. The abilities he learned in-game like sculpting, cooking etc made him an all-around man in real world. It's gaming+learning. Not to mention he got such good martial arts basic=win!! Having real-world and in-game girls+fans go ga-ga. over him, but almost completely oblivious to it, is just precious.

Would I recommend you to read it? Yes!! Go!! Look it up, now!! Get hooked like me!! And then we can go scavenging for even the tiniest bits of spoilers together x33
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