Monday, 21 April 2014

Gentleman Free-Floating Cloud by Yu Qing (闲云公子 -于晴)(5 stars) (HE)





    I had a short respite over the weekend from my deluge of work, and chanced across this interesting c-novel called Gentleman Free-Floating Cloud (although a part of me was tempted to translate it as Gentleman Carefree Cloud but I decided I like the sound of free-floating more). I realised while reading the epic beginning that I've long read this before! Actually, I read it when it was published around 2011. Heh. I know my taiwanese authors quite well.

  To be honest, I can't really remember Yu Qing's other works but I always held great fondness for her Cloud Family Series and plan to re-read the whole series again and share my thoughts. Gentleman Free-Floating Cloud is actually the prequel of the first novel, the title is 《一鸣天下》 which sounds like the chinese proverb 《一鸣惊人》 which means to amaze the world with one shout. Literally translated, the chines proverb is about a bird that does not cry, but once it cries, everyone is shocked. I'm not really sure how I would translate that (haha), so I will call the first novel "To Rule the World With One Cry".

  Here's the synopsis I posted on SSB:

 As the left protector of the Demon Sect, and being so "honoured" to be seen as the successor by her crazy Demon Sect leader...... ah, to be honest, she's someone who rather just lead an idle life, but... sigh, her luck has always not been good.


When she was ten, the Demon Sect leader bestowed upon her a handsome sect servant (they are called Sky Slaves (天奴)), in order to survive, she and her sky slave never parted from then on, cooperating perfectly, he even promised he would follow her for one life, one lifetime... what a one life, one lifetime!



 Ah... it's only a beautiful back, there's nothing important about it, she shall be generous and not ask the person to take responsibility. Who knew that she's generous but the other person is stubborn, insisting on having her as an adopted sister! Adopted sister? She once heard that the Cloud Family has a bad practice in the "Jiang Hu" (literally rivers and lakes, but indicating the pugilist world).



--- Ah! She has miscalculated! Miscalculated! Once she met the charismatic but poisonous heavenly man, can she make a full retreat?



 Haha, I suppose the synopsis sounds a bit messy, but that's really the literal translation! Haha. Most taiwan novels have strange blurbs, and they aren't always characteristic of the writing.


Review:

  Now, I love this novel. It's not perfect, but it sure packs a punch! It has two short prologues and ten chapters and if you are proficient in chinese, you can finish it in two hours. But, the journey that this novel takes you on is amazing. It starts with the female lead, Huang Fu Yun (皇甫), who at the age of ten is already forced to be the left protector of the Demon Sect. The Demon Sect usually has the Sect leader and the next two most powerful would be the right protector and the left protector, kind of like the left and right hands of the Sect leader. Huang Fu Yun inherited this position from her mother who passed away when she was young.

  When the first prologue starts, that is when you meet the second male lead, He Zai (何哉). It's incredibly exciting because He Zai, is a young handsome pugilist from the central plains who had infiltrated the Demon Sect to try and kill the Sect leader - but he got caught. Instead of killing He Zai, the Sect leader "gives" him to Huang Fu Yun. But Huang Fu Yun, often called Yun Er, is smarter than that and knows her Sect Leader is testing her again. The Sect Leader passes her the Sky Slave bangles, these gold bangles are considered a mark of humiliation for the central plain pugilists and can never be taken off once they are placed. Yun Er sees that He Zai while injured is a person that would rather die a noble death than be humiliated and will most likely kick her to death when she tries to put the bangle on him. So, this is what she does --- she marvels at how pretty the bangle is, and puts one on herself --- shocking everyone --- then she places the other bangle on He Zai's right ankle. There's this line she says that I really like, "You have one, I have one, it's fair."

  Now, the second male lead and the female lead's relationship is all kinds of awesome sauce and so complicated. In this dark and poisonous tribe, they protected each other for ten years. They take you have my back to very literal ends. And yet, despite this beautiful poignant depiction of their relationship, I am completely on the ship for the first male lead, Gong Sun Yun (公孙云), who is so perfect for the female lead from the first moment they meet!




  Gong Sun Yun is considered the most perfect pugilist to walk the land. He belongs to the Cloud Family, a very respected family that maintains independence and neutrality in the pugilist world. Their role is to record the annals of the pugilist world - basically who owns what manual, who is the most powerful, the good deeds, the bad deeds, etc etc etc. They are the be all and end all of what is happening in the pugilist world (a very interesting concept created by Yu Qing).

  He never smiles and is like a cloud free-floating in the sky --- he is considered a god among men, not just because of his other worldly aura, but because he never seems to express any human emotions.

  Ah, but this is because Gong Sun Yun is clearly the biggest fox of all! What will happen when he meets the female fox, Huang Fu Yun? Who has to overcome all kinds of schemes and plots to survive in the Demon Sect since she was 10?

  So, if you ever wanted to read a beautiful, poignant and funny story about how a free-floating cloud entwines himself around a distrusting Demon Sect left protector who only longs to leave the jianghu (pugilist world) and live an idle life.... this is for you!


  Here's a translation of the second prologue, in which they meet:

Second Prologue: The Second Person

  When someone is unlucky, it will not be affected by time, place or a young girl's weak heart.

  After she finished soaking in the hot springs, she was going to head home under the moon light, so rarely she had the mood to serenade an ode to the moon, when a bright sword blade appeared at her neck out of nowhere.

  It even carelessly cut off a piece of her wet locks.

  "Miss, pardon my offence."

  That voice, behind her back, it sounded like the voice changed, but it was definitely a male.

  The night wind blew, she smelt a special sulfur smell from the male behind her, it was the same smell as her!

  In that moment, her lids that looked down had a flash of killing intent.

  "Gentleman had followed me since the Tian Bi cliff?" She lowered her voice to change her original voice.

  "....... Pardon the offence, Miss."

  That voice had a trace of apology. That means this person from the central plains indeed came from Tian Bi cliff. Tian Bi cliff has the natural hot springs, in which she just soaked.... does that mean he has seen everything?

  Her face twitched, tolerate, she must tolerate!

  She took a deep breath and let her heart widen. A hero must be able to discern the times, few people from the central plains are able to reach Tian Bi cliff, his martial arts must be greater than her, his movements are also definitely faster than hers, she recognised that the four swords behind her back will not be able to beat a highly skilled pugilist who can reach the Tian Bi cliff.

  Additionally, she was only fourteen this year, but due to her emotional stress, her physical development was later than other people by about two to three years, even if she was seen... ah, it was nothing, she will tolerate, tolerate!

  Thinking of this, she gazed at the sky, thinking of the sword that may dropped on her head at any time. Tolerate!

  "Miss must have misunderstood, in the midst of going up Tian Bi cliff... I've been poisoned by the smoke, my eyes cannot see."

  "I definitely believe you!" She said strongly. Even if she did not believe, she must believe! "Gentleman you can follow the sound of my bell down the mountain..." She placed her hands behind her back, she did not dare to make any huge movements for fear of being innocently killed.

  "I ask Miss to send me out of this place."

  "No problem!" She agreed heartily. There were no hidden traps here, anyone can pass easily, every single road leads to outside, the person behind her must indeed be temporarily blinded. "Gentleman need not worry, the poisonous mist at Tian Bi cliff will evaporate when it sees daylight, upon daylight your eyesight will recover."

  "..... Ah, many thanks, Miss."

  "Can I start walking?" She tested.

  "Please."

  The blade retracted.

  She did not even turn her head and walked forward. She was extremely careful, but no matter how much effort she placed in listening, she could not hear any footsteps following her.

  "Gentleman?"

   "I'm here."

  Her heart was shocked. He was behind her, but she could not hear a single footstep, doesn't this prove this person's martial art skills was incredibly high? Now, she can only hope his character was as high as his skills, that he wouldn't send her to meet King Yan Luo (ruler of the Underworld) after he finished using her. 

  Her head --- must not ever turn back. The people in the central plains like to talk about face, when they intrude into the Demon Sect, it was to eliminate the Demon Sect Leader, now that his task did not succeed.... would he kill her to vent his anger?

  "Miss is a Sky Slave?"

  Oh no, she shook the bell on her hand, and answered, "Gentleman have recognised wrongly, this is only an ordinary bell sound. The Sky Slave Males have it on their feet, the Sky Slave Females have it on their hands, but I only have one, this is a bangle I bought from the central plains." He better not be mistaken, the people in the central plains especially look down on the Sky Slaves, when some Sky Slaves escape back to the central plains, their outcome can only be described as terrible. She did not want to bear such punishment.

  The person behind her did not make a sound.

  After a while, he seemed to realised that she was indeed leading him out of Tian Lin (sky forest), he said, "Miss has a good heart, you have truly brought me out."

  She pursed her lips, then replied, "My heart is not only good, I also hanker for peace and a quiet life. I have never killed anyone and have never blocked anyone's road." This must be said clearly.

  She did not want to attract trouble, naturally she would not lead him into the sect, she only wanted to quickly send him away, to treat it as a ridiculous dream and not leave a trace.

  "So it turns out that Bai Ming Sect (the original name of the sect) also has a character like Miss, a pity about where you were born."

  "Ah, I also feel the same way," She shook her head and sighed, "If I was born in an ordinary family, I would not need to suffer such a life and death fate in the middle of the night, still hoping that Gentleman will be aboveboard, and not take my life as well." She emphasised on the word "aboveboard". 

  "That is natural, the grace Miss have shown tonight, I will definitely remember." He also copied her way of emphasising the words.

  "No no, this is a small favour, only sending you as I take a stroll, it is nothing nothing." Please don't remember her, please.

  It was not known if the person behind her was surprised at her humility or shocked that there was such a weak person in the Bai Ming Sect, essentially, he did not reply her.

  She continued to walk as if she was on a stroll, not daring to go faster or slower. The night air continued to blow, causing her long untied hair to sway with the wind, she did not expect something to happen tonight, so she wore very casually, a loose young male's outfit, so that she could take it off and sleep immediately when she is home, who would know.... ah, Heaven plays with all of us.

  "There's someone in front." Suddenly, the person from the central plains spoke, his voice was extremely low.

  She reacted quickly, she immediately stopped and said, "Gentleman, please turn around."

  Following which, she turned around with her hands behind her back, she saw that five steps away, was a young male.

  Her pupils widened. This young male from the central plains wore a robe of white, his tall figure appeared elegant and handsome, he did not appear to have passed twenty, such a person, was already a highly skilled pugilist?

  Her heart inwardly cried that she was lucky. So young and already highly skilled, this kind of person was likely a genius, and geniuses are easily agitated. If she had tricked him, even if his eyesight was not good, he could have killed her with one stroke!

  Lucky, lucky! Her personality that disliked more trouble had saved her life today.

  "Who is ahead?" The patrolling guard cried.

  "Who else?" She replied unhappily, she did not turn her head and pretended she was admiring the moon.

   Every month during night time, she would go to the hot springs for a few times then return to her residence. There was usually no one so she was used to walking around without makeup, who knew that a man from the central plains will arrive, and cause her to meet others, this example reminded her to never loosen her guard, in future other than when she was at home, she will not remove her "protector makeup".

  ".... protector?" The guard asked suspiciously. This voice, this figure, this little old woman appearance, it was clearly the weakest small protector in Bai Ming Sect.

  "Good that you know. Hard on you to patrol tonight," She said lightly.

  "Protector, he..."

  "He is my Sky Slave, don't you recognise him?"

  "Yes, yes." Four years ago, the protector received a young Sky Slave, from then on they never parted.

  She waved her hand, "Go go, don't spoil my admiration of the moon."

  "Yes."

  She let out a breath of air. Although she just bathed, her body was now covered with sweat again. Drats, but she must tolerate.

  She did not want to see the person from the central plains again, she turned around, her back facing him and said, "Gentleman, we can go."

  She heard him turn around, and laughed, "Gentleman, although this is the first time we met, who knew we could cooperate so well." She wanted him to turn, he turned, they cooperated seamlessly and had great chemistry.

  "Miss treats people with sincerity, naturally I will trust you."

  What an apt compliment, she decided to accept it. In reality, she was forced to take out all her sincerity to resolve the greatest danger in her life so far!

  Asking him to turn around was to prevent him from seeing her face. What a joke, if he recognised her face, who knew what trouble it would cause?

  After a while, they finally reached the exit.

 She said, "The morning is arriving, Gentleman's eyesight should return soon, I have led you out of Tian Lin, please go."

  "......" 

  "Gentleman?"

  "Miss is Bai Ming Sect's Protector?"

  "Even though I am a protector, I am unsoiled by the roots I come from. If Gentleman want to repay grace with revenge, then it ruins the so called righteousness of the central plains."

  He laughed, "Don't misunderstand, Miss, I only wanted to know your name, I remember the Bai Ming Sect has a right and left protector, the left protector is Huang Fu Yun..."

  "I am the right protector Che Yan Yan!" She shamelessly pushed the disaster to someone else.

  "Che Yan Yan......" The voice repeated it, as if he wanted to remember her.

  Her back started to sweat, don't remember don't remember.... oh wells, you can remember, as long as it's not her.

  "I remember that Che Yan Yan is the right protector, sixteen this year... Miss, your figure.... your voice doesn't match."

  "Are you saying my voice sounds like a child?" She sighed, "Although I'm sixteen, the Sect Leader forces me to practise dark arts, ruining my figure, causing my voice to be like a child... I don't want this either!"

  "It is spread that Che Yan Yan is a big beauty..."

   "Gentleman, I have low self esteem. Even though I look like a child, I still want face, so I ordered people to spread the rumour that I was beautiful to satisfy my superficial heart..." Are you happy now?

  "Oh so it is, I have offended." He sympathised.

   "Oh no offence taken, I just hope that you will not reveal my lie when you hear people talking about Che Yan Yan's beauty next time. Gentleman, quickly go." She did not want to wait for daylight to arrive and for them to stare at each other.

  "......"

  "Gentleman?" This person was not planning to leave, was he intending to stay here for the rest of his life?

  "Miss Che, since I owe you a debt, I must repay it, you... do you have a hankerchief?"

  She almost fell to the floor. Handkerchief? Even though she's not someone from the central plains, she also read books. A handkerchief was akin to a love token, does this person want to repay a debt or confirm feelings?

  "It's easy if you want to repay the debt. In future if Yan Yan goes to the central plains, you can come find me."

  "Miss is right."

  "Now is there any other matter..."

   He quietly analysed, "Although the pugilist world in the central plains is righteous, one cannot guarantee that someone will not falsely impersonate Miss Che... I think it's better if I see your appearance at daylight so I do not repay the debt to the wrong person......"

  She narrowed her eyes.

  "Miss?"

  The sky was brightening, she quickly decided, she turned around and faced him, her face leaned downwards, she did not raise her head to meet his gaze.

  She took out a clean white handkerchief from her waist.

  "Gentleman, you may use this to recognise me in future."

 He received it, then placed something in her hands. She looked, it was a jade pendant.

  "If Miss have trouble in future, just bring this to any big sect and they will bring you to see me."

  Any big sect? How arrrogant, she never knew the pugilist world in the central plains had become so united? She pretended to carefully keep it, she stared at the soil and laughed, "I hope I lead a life of peace and will never have to use the jade pendant."

  "Miss, you don't even have a flower embroidery on your handkerchief."

  She had a big smile on her face, "To be honest, I know that Bai Ming Sect has done many evil things, but my heart leans towards the righteousness in the central plains, this handkerchief is like a sacred land in my heart, whenever I see it, my heart becomes at peace."

  "..... Miss really has the heart."

  The voice carried an uncontrollable suppression, was he touched by her?

  "...Che Yan Yan.... Che Yan Yan..." He seemed to be interested in her name, he kept repeating it.

  "Gentleman, the light is arriving." She reminded.

  "Then I shall bid farewell, many thanks to Miss Yan Yan."

   She peeked and saw the person was paying her a respectful gesture, so she returned it. She stared at his shoes for a long while, seeing that he finally moved, he passed her by and headed out of Tian Lin.

  At this time, she noticed that the person's white robes and shoes were a little wet... she bit her lips, she could not control her anger. For it to be wet, he must have been very near the hot springs.

  For someone whose eyesight is not good, how much can he see at close lengths?

  "Gentleman," She tried to tolerate, until she could no longer tolerate.

  The footsteps stopped.

  She did not turn back, she slowly grabbed her wide sleeves on her red robe, and coldly said, " Gentleman wears a dashing snow robe, but I am used to wearing black robes. White and black contrasts with each other, as if marking our opposing stance."

  He did not even pause and answered, "If Miss Yan Yan like to wear black, that is your own personal taste, it has nothing to do with good or evil."

  "So.... Gentleman held my handkerchief, how do you know that it did not have any embroidery?"

  "Just now Miss Yan Yan did not see? I had touched the handkerchief, there was no pattern."

  "Oh so it is. After today's parting, it will be difficult to meet again, Yan Yan will not tell the Gentleman that we will meet again."

  "Miss... take care. If you ever have trouble, please come and find me in the central plains. Goodbye."

  She did not turn around and continued to play with her belt at her red robes. She wore a whole body of red today, but he had followed her words, if this person wasn't really blind, he was incredibly smart.

  ......

edited on 23/4/2014:

   Although to be suspicious is the best way to survive, right now, she rather believed that he was blind, better than to have her heart all fired up and yet having to tolerate such humiliation.

  She heard the person receiving him softly crying, "(闲)Xian..."

  贤? (This character has the same sound "Xian" but means worthy person.)

  The person's words were stopped and she did not plan to eavesdrop. She stood for a while then turned back.

  Ah, everyone has gone.

  She left out a big sigh of relief. Today she has survived her big crisis, thanks to the protection of heaven. She looked at the jade pendant in her hand, quickly threw it on the ground, kicked some sand to bury it.

  She will not leave a single item, she didn't care if he wanted to return gratitude, vengeance or exchange feelings, it would be hard for them to meet again, even if they meet they must not recognise each other.

  She wanted very much to face the sky and let out a hearty laughter. Since she is a girl, she liked to be clean, it was natural to carry a handkerchief, but she has always been cautious, the handkerchiefs she chose were all plain white, with no flower embroidery on top at all, she was scared that if she was forced to do something bad one day, she might accidentally leave a clue behind.

  Truly! She truly has foresight and she was able to use this today!

  From tomorrow onwards, she will use flowery handkerchiefs, to avoid being recognised by the highly skilled central plains pugilist. Oh yes, she remembered that Che Yan Yan's handkerchief always embroidered a Mu Dan flower, she better go do something so that Che Yan Yan will use plain handkerchiefs.

  To give disaster to someone, one must be thorough. However, if the central plains person wanted to return the favour to Che Yan Yan or even betroth himself to her, it is fine with her, she will be happy to see it.

  Although she lost out a little, since she bathed in the hot springs and did not even realised he was there... she will not think, she will not think, she definitely will not think.

  She crossed her arms on top of her chest and fell in deep thought, she touched her long hair which had been blown dry by the wind, she was ready to return to her residence to catch up on sleep, when she saw the Sky Slave she had received four years ago standing behind her.


  To think they were supposed to be inseparable, now then he appeared... she did not ask where he had hid, only laughed, "Let's go back." She passed him, and headed back.

  "Miss, he is a real gentleman, he will not hurt anyone for no reason," Her Sky Slave said.

  "Oh?" She wanted to know if the central plains highly skilled pugilist had tried to hurt her, will her Sky Slave that followed her for four years still hide and refuse to come out? But she thought, it is better not to know the outcome.

  The outcome will usually hurt people. In this world, even the closest person, you also cannot easily trust and depend on.

  To rely on one's self, that is the true way to survive.

  She idly walked, he followed behind, as usual. Their two Sky Slave bangles rang... ding ding dang dang, ding ding dang dang, as they have always been sounding in each other's lives. 


   And with that, Yun Er went to change Che Yan Yan's handkerchiefs to plain white handkerchiefs so nothing can be traced back to her. But, Gong Sun Yun is so intelligent, do you doubt that he will not be able to find her again? 


  And thus, another epic love match begins. 



30 comments:

  1. Loved it. It seems to be pretty cool. I would ask for more if you didn't have your hands full with the others. > _ <

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    1. Hahahaha! I love it too. Sorry, my hands really are full! I need to finish one of the three projects before I can start on others, but reviewing other cnovels are still a passion of mine. :)

      Also, all 5 star novels will potentially be translated in future if I have the chance. Though the top of my list now will probably be The King is Here

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  2. So hilarious. You can't help but love Huang Fu Yun (aka Che Yan Yan:).

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    1. Hahaha! Yes, I love her. She's such a kick-ass fox who only wants to save her tail ALL THE TIME. She only pretends to be Che Yan Yan in the second prologue, which is great because the real Che Yan Yan is a men-loving spitfire. Haha.

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  3. This one sounds like a nice read. Discovering C-novels is like discovering a whole new world :) Thank you for doing your best to introduce them!

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    1. No problem! :) I really do enjoy sharing. There's no one I can share this joy with in "real" life. Haha.

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  4. *gasps* a wuxia novel!

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! Thank you for adding another novel to the wuxia genre at SSB. Last one I read *coughs*listened to*coughs* was Who Gets the World (and that one had more jiangshan vs meiren and less jiang hu) so this post was a total gem. <3

    So far, I've gleaned from your review/translations many points that would usually pique my interest.
    1) strong and smart female lead (LOL at how she audaciously lied to him about the sky slave bangle and her name), and she has been a left protector of her sect since she was ten so she must be a powerful pugilist in her own right, right?
    2) powerful, perfect, and intriguing male first lead who never smiles but ends up being much more than meets the eye
    3) mistaken identities (they can be frustrating but can be oh so good if done right)
    4) awesome friendship between female lead and second male lead
    5) a Romeo & Juliet-esque romance between lovers of a well respected white/good/virtuous sect and a black/evil/criminous sect in the wulin world
    6) and dare I hope that there will be actual fight scenes between pugilists for the lofty title of "天下第一 / 武林第一" or to 號令天下?? or is this mainly a romance-centric book?

    oh, and I think we've pretty much established that I may just have a wee obsession with handsome elegant gong zis in white. *drools* :D

    p.s. were the characters for the left protector and right protectors of the Mo Jiao in the book "左使 and 右使"?

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    1. Hello joanna,

      OMG epic comment. You are welcome, I love pure wuxia funny rom-coms too! Hahaha.

      You are correct about 1 to 5. There will be an epic battle, but it may not be what you think. *winks*

      OMG. I have the same obsession! Hahahaha.

      The characters, from my memory, are 左护使 and 右护使。

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  5. Aww this one seems nice to read, already liking the characters, too bad I can't read Chinese though.

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    1. Sorry, I can't share the whole book with you! Maybe you can try and use google translate? It's not that good, but you can follow if you really want to. :) Maybe I will translate it one day. But for now, I can only translate my three current projects!

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  6. Oh my god, yet another book added to my ever growing txt files. I'll probably be putting Man Chao Huan on hold to go read this one ~
    It's just one prologue and I'm already in love with the heroine haha.
    I'm sure it wasn't, but it totally seemed to me like GSY was peeping hahhaha
    I can't tell if he was lying about his sight, but if he was lying, also can't tell what his intentions are at all. I'm totally sucked in already ah.

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    1. I was just reading the prologues in Chinese and realized that I misunderstood it when I read your translation that he let slip that he could see when he was talking about her figure ( I thought his eyesight was already better at that point and only saw her back or something when I was reading your translations the first time) . both are so sly hahaha.

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    2. You can read Chinese? Lucky you! Teach me so I can read C-novels ~

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    3. Haha, I know right? But asking someone to teach you Chinese over the internet is like asking to learn how to perform neurosurgery xD The Chinese language has soooo many characters and symbols, I don't think I'll ever be able to memorize it all @__@

      I really wish I knew how to read Chinese. My eyes would be glued to the screen all day, devouring novel after novel... And then my glasses would be like an inch thicker by the end of the year.

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    4. Hello Karma,

      Hahaha! You have started reading the prologues. Yu Qing is very good, isn't she? I think she's pretty amazing to tell such a powerful story in only 10 chapters and 2 prologues. Ok, there will be some deficiencies because there is hardly any character development for the second male lead, but I thought she captured a lot in that brevity which also maybe made a greater impact on me.

      We get to see the second prologue in the male lead's POV in chapter 7 heheheh. That's why you will find out the truth!

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    5. Hello anonymous and S. Zara, Haha I love S. Zara's simile! Hahaha. It's extremely hard to teach Chinese since we don't just have an alphabet of 26 characters. It takes years of rote memorisation and practice! Most professional Singaporeans have a weak grasp of spoken Mandarin and the heartlander Singaporeans have a better grasp of Mandarin. Maybe, I will do a glossary of common phrases in chinese and my favourite words! :)

      If you are really interested though, I see a spurt of Mandarin classes as second language in many countries due to the rise of China as a superpower. After learning some basics, I would recommend reading chinese comics to get a good grasp of conversational Mandarin.

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    6. Don't worry I wasn't actually being serious! Though I would love to learn Mandarin some time in the futute! (it seems so hard though, I don't think I'll ever learn)

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    7. Haha! Mandarin is a pretty fun and punny language once you get the hang of it too :)

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  7. I have read this book, and it my favourite among Yu QIng's "Cloud" Series. It is probably the lightest in terms of tone and I simply love Huang Pu Yun. She is always so calm - almost deadpan - when she encounters crisis. The worse in the series is Demon God Lan Qing (妖神兰青) so try to avoid that book if you plan to read on other Cloud family members.

    Decembi. have you tried 有女舜华 by the same author? It is one of Yu Qing longer novels and the start is a bit bumpy. But I think you will like the OTP as the story progresses.

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    1. Hello Moonblossom, I replied you at SSB too. Actually, some people in Douban call the female lead Huang Pu Yun (皇谱沄), but because the version I read used (皇甫澐), I call her Huang Fu Yun haha. I love her too! She's so funny, and I love her she tolerates tolerates tolerates until she can't anymore!

      Oh my disappointing! Maybe I will skip that. I plan to read Chun Hua says soon, it's quite high on my reading list.

      I have not read A Girl Shun Hua, I think because it's a standalone book right? I usually read series heh. But since you recommend, I will definitely read it.

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    2. Yeah, "tolerate, tolerate, tolerate until she can't anymore!" described her so well. I like her intelegence when she manage to figure out who poisoned her in just 5, 6, seconds. Serves He Zai right when she throw up all over him.
      I thought He Zai was a little pitiful when he did not get the girl. And to hear her describe his very muscular body like something yucky... his ego must be going ouch! I thought for a moment at the end Che Yan Yan is going to er, seduce him when she finally realise how yummy-looking he is, but alas, he did not even manage to get laid! nvmd, I'll let my imagination tell me he at least got a girl after the book ended.

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    3. Oh yes that scene was really bittersweet. I felt the pain in her heart - she had never been poisoned before because she trusted no one. Ah.

      *SPOILER*
      I felt a little bad for He Zai when he imprisoned himself in the sect for 10 years just to wait for her to come back, in the belief that she was still alive because she would have found some way to survive the fall. But he had his chance - and I suppose he would have always lost his chance, if not it would have been hard for Gong Sun Yun to ever win Yun Er's heart. But the author is clearly a good mother, took away the girl, gave him the power! Hahaha. I suspect he will always be celibate. Haha. *END SPOILER*

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    4. I think it is closer to 1-2 years, not 10.

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    5. Eh that's true come to think of it. Since the time lapse sounded only like 1 to 2 years. Haha, I don't know why I remembered it as 10 years.

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  8. Decembiii, i loooove this girl!!! hihi
    she's such a badass and smart girl.
    she tries to be patient but it's become hillarious :D
    I can't wait for the next translation. i know moonblossom join you. it's great! thank you so much :)

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    1. Me too! She's one of the best female leads ever!!! :) She tolerates, tolerates until she can't no more! She's the bomb. Thanks for the support :)

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  9. this is awesome.. Girl power!!!

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    1. Hahahahah! Yes, girl power indeed! :)

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  10. decembi c, hi, im a new fan and no read or write chinese but an avid reader of c novels will wait for the full translation of this book with bated breath and hopefully soon just love this girl...awesome

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    1. Hello! Welcome to my blog :) I'm really glad you love Fu Yun, she's really kick ass. Enjoy moonblosso's translations!

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