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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.

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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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v.22 c.2 by Jawztranslations (4d ago)
v.22 c.1 by Jawztranslations (12d ago)
v.21 c.10 by Jawztranslations (14d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
44 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
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Forum
3 topics, 30 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (451 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.94 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 6th 2014, 4:07pm PST


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Year
2007

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

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Weekly Pos #36 decreased(-2)
Monthly Pos #23 decreased(-3)
3 Month Pos #27 decreased(-8)
6 Month Pos #15 increased(+12)

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On 1377 reading lists
On 562 wish lists
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Royal Road Dropped LMS 31 days, 19 hours, 15 minutes ago
Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (Novel) 95 days, 21 hours, 17 minutes ago
RAW status 112 days, 9 hours, 41 minutes ago

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Recommend if you liked LMS   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Astral100
November 26th, 2014, 9:28am
If you like novels like Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, Ark, Sword Art Online, etc... you should check out a newly translated book AlterWorld (Play to Live) by D. Rus, from russian. There are 2 books out of 6 translated at the moment and they are amazing if you like those kind of stories.

In fact this genre has become very popular in Russia and there are many "LitRpg" novels on the level of greatness of LMS and even better. AlterWorld is one of them.

... Last updated on November 26th, 2014, 9:29am
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Overrated.   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by faex
November 18th, 2014, 6:08pm
This series is simply overrated. The person below me jjkyxr explains it brilliantly.

The best stories go by the words, "show and not tell" but this author tells us every little detail. Even if his story is unique and interesting---it shows his bad writing/story crafting skills.
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Maybe it should move a little faster?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MissModern
November 16th, 2014, 12:13am
I love this novel - particularly the MC and the fact that the story shows every single detail of his epic adventures. However, I sometimes feel as if one part is too long? For example, the objective would be to kill this one mob, or etc. The story then continues to explain - in full detail - about an unnecessarily long ride it took there, such as a bear came out of nowhere or they decided to stop for a break and explain what happened during that time. Yeah, no. Wish it would get to the point faster.
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An exciting adventure   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by TundraDweller
November 3rd, 2014, 1:53pm
This is what the best of the shounen (LOL, even though it's classified as seinen) genre is about. A character that you can still cheer for despite him being not much of a good guy. More like, he's a rotten bastard to all but his two family members. Weed has many things in common with the MC from Zippy Ziggy. The author's writing style and the solidity of the plot and story progression can be criticized to no end, but when you are enjoying the excitement of a player growing in skill, wealth and fame, using unorthodox methods of interacting with people, having abnormal views about things in general, being selfish and unrepentant above all, going on dangerous and exciting quests, riling up the virtual and real world with his numerous exploits, etc. etc. then you can't help but be absorbed and consider the points of criticism to be insignificant and not worth the attention. At least for me, that's how it is. You need youth and an adventurous spirit to enjoy stories like this. If you get obsessed with the minutiae of the story, you'll miss out on this amazing ride. Too bad about being able to read less than half the content actually released. They say the author will be getting the rest of it published in English officially in a few years. So I think I'll be back to update this post around 2017 or maybe 2018, if nothing goes awry.

... Last updated on November 10th, 2014, 12:01pm
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Meh   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by gimeyop
October 30th, 2014, 7:26pm
It was fine at the start but the more you get into it the more stuff repeats and it gets kinda annoying. I only got like 6 volumes into it but from what I can tell it feels like reading the same thing over 6 times. The same thing keeps happening, the main character never does and never gets pushed to the point where he needs to do something unexpected. The development of his character (not talking about the in-game character) was non-existent. Last but not least, the game is as imbalanced as Kirito. He's playing a hidden class, okay! I get it! but that doesn't mean the class should be overpowered to the point where everyone bows to him. They mentioned something about having ~20+5 attributes or something per character (art, blacksmith, repair, etc...) someone with an crafting class and half his attributes in crafting stuff should not be stronger than a combat focused class no matter what.
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Waaay overrated   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by bnad
October 29th, 2014, 5:39pm
I'm just gonna quote @tallrice as the best review for the LN. Enjoy.

Quote from tallrice
...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 October 29th, 2014, 5:40pm
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TRUE Bayesian Average: 8 or lower   
Rating: N/A
by jjkyxr
October 26th, 2014, 9:12am
tallrice's review (10 or so posts below) nails it wonderfully. This story is very disappointing considering it's high rating.
Also I would like to add how horribly designed the video games are made in NAM Heesung's universe. Both Continent of Magic and Royal Road would be TERRIBLE games to play in and would never amass that many players even if they did hold a monopoly with virtual reality tech. Only the most autistic players or beta testers would get rewarded in these games. Fame/Exp bonuses for first discoveries.. are you kidding me? Any game that supports 'Dark Gamers' (the term the author uses) is bad game design. Good games eventually force players to group up to access endgame level content leaving no options for MC Lee Hyun to mysteriously grind away by himself in a corner doing endgame quests by himself.
NAM Heesung's vision of gaming is terrible and it makes me wonder why so many people enjoy this story.

... Last updated on October 26th, 2014, 9:14am
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Battles on an epic scale but...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kirbygc
September 26th, 2014, 12:14pm
Moonlight Sculptor is the definition of epic, from the quests to the story-line, however numerous errors in the translation and editing as well as the sometimes convoluted nature of the story keep it from truly shining.

For the pro's, I thoroughly enjoyed the different climaxes of the seemingly impossible quests undertaken by the MC, as well as the author's insistence upon smarts over brawn as being the answer to many problems. I thought it was pretty novel that the author focused on large-scale battles many a time which helps the series stand out from others in the same genre which focus solely on the MC's combat abilities or a small group of similarly strong characters. The seemingly unending supply of different creatures, myths and quests did alot to keep me interested.

On the con's side I didn't find the MC's personality relate-able or like-able in the least, although I did like his skill-sets. The story is also fairly complex with the author jumping in-between 6 or 7 different plot lines at points... as in focusing on a character's real life circumstances, then jumping to a in game quest, then jumping to a different character's circumstances.... it was really just excessive. I couldn't care less about half of them and they only seem to be there to add to the grand/epic scale of the novel rather than adding legitimately necessary or interesting ideas: sometimes more isn't better. Also, as others have commented already, some (read most) of the translation reeks of some kind of translating software and as a result, the beauty of the writing was lost in translation, unfortunately.

All in all I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and would recommend it to a friend if they had time to kill. The errors in grammar made me drop the series for a while, especially during the earlier portions of the translations. The series takes a while to gain momentum and some chapters are better than others (grammar-wise) although the later translations are far superior they are still lacking. I'll continue to follow the series to see where it goes in the future.

... Last updated on October 10th, 2014, 9:53am
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Great novel   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Azikea
August 16th, 2014, 5:14pm
The characters each are interesting and have their own playing style which adds to the story. Weed is a fairly unique character. Weed is one of the few greedy protagonists that are done in a fun and interesting way. He initially started Royal Road for the purpose of making money and his various actions typically were for the sole act of money making. This makes Weed take interesting choices that adds to the story. Although some of the characters can be annoying at times, altogether it's a fun and addicting story.

... Last updated on August 16th, 2014, 5:15pm
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Absorbing, but peters off.   
Rating: N/A
by Colacanth
August 15th, 2014, 5:27pm
Instead of reading these reviews, why not just check out the work? Personal taste is an important criterion of satisfaction.

While the premise is unrealistic, the first few volumes are wonderful. Amazing, delightful, a myriad of other similar adjectives besides. The story and primary developments are enticing and keep the reader engaged. Subsequent volumes (say, up to 25?) utilize this momentum and allow the reader to keep cheering for the underdog, Weed.

Along the way, however, Weed's accomplishments become overwhelming. While a natural consequence of such a story, the desert arc feels especially jarring and the series loses its original charm as Weed's abilities far outshine those of his opponents, a problem exacerbated by the lack of a well-established rival character, Bard Ray seeming more like an afterthought.

Note that my understanding of untranslated chapters is bare and relies on chapter summaries, which may affect the reliability of this review.

Regarding translations, those of earlier volumes, while not with perfect grammar, are definitely readable, while those of later volumes are of higher quality. However, a result of the translations' being done by different groups is the variety reflected in the romanization of proper nouns -- Ahreupen and Arpen; Jaffre and Zephyr; Pale and Fail; Surka and Sureuka; GeomChi and SwordNoob; etc. -- which may prove confusing. Notwithstanding this caveat and considering the length of the series, the translators have done an outstanding job.
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