Editors’ Picks: 2016 Chinese Novels Translations

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Another year is ending, and we have SO many C-Novels to talk about, yet again. The 2015 Chinese Novel Translations Review done by me and @LucilleLyons had been really successful. So, this time, I’m back with @chairmanlichi to look back at 2016 (coz we have nothin’ better to do anyway. And there’s no place we’d rather be!)

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Book Review: Songs of Blood and Sword by Fatima Bhutto

Why did I choose this book to read and then write a review about? Because I’m unabashedly political. And because I wanted to understand the psyche of a country (read: Pakistan) which has been repeatedly accused of exporting terrorism across the world. Even as I post this, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Bhutan have pulled out of the SAARC Summit that was to be conducted in Islamabad, as a form of protest. I’m talking about Pakistan and its role in the recent Uri Attacks. For those of you who don’t know about it: here’s the story. And now, back to the book.

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When The Sun Goes Down: Prologue

Okay, we’re out with the prologue, which is pretty long. But it’s also the most important part of the story: the link to the past and present. Here, we meet our protagonist, who is battling on that thin line of life and death, waiting for her love to come to her one last time. Will death relent or will it be as unforgivable as ever? For those of you who haven’t read the Synopsis yet: here you go.

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When The Sun Goes Down: Introduction

Okay, we’ve officially decided to translate When The Sun Goes Down by Ming Yue. She’s a close friend of Xiao Li (author of The Lone Star In My Constellation). We tried summarizing the chapters but felt that the real essence of the book is getting diluted. Also, Ming Yue made some really interesting changes to the book. So, folks, we bring you, When The Sun Goes Down.

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A Lifetime of Longing: Chapter 2

It’s been a long wait for those who fell in love with this book after the very first chapter. I acknowledge and am sorry about it. But here’s the next chapter, and it’s as good as any other! We finally get to meet the reclusive male lead. And also, more light is shed on Xi Shi, and a surprising one at that. The world of Xue Nong is thrown open to us, and what a world it is! With their rituals and ancient power. Questions are raised and the dead are buried. Reasons are examined and realizations are made in this new installment of A Lifetime of Longing.

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Ballad of The Desert and Infernal Devices: Similarities!!!

(This is my first post. So hope you guys will like it!) Oh. My. God! I think you all need to read this right now. Because I’m positively sure that there are a few glaring similarities between our Chinese Novel, Ballad of the Desert (Da Mo Yao), written by Tong Hua, and the Infernal Devices Series by the American author Cassandra Clare.

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