Man from the Wild South (Part 17)

1T9553V7-16My original plan was to incorporate part of this chapter in last week’s post but alas, things are pretty hectic recently so I’ll just stick to the book’s pacing. As it is, the next and last post for “Man from Wild South” will likely take 2 weeks instead of 1, as it requires substantial editing.

We meet 2 other ladies today and though their appearances are short, Shang Guan Jin’s Fourth Shi Mei and Xiao Shi Mei are very likable characters. That said, I miss Feng Jin, who is out of the picture for once, and this gives Shang Guan Jin some space to digest what the man means to her and vice versa. Hopefully and unlikely, it will not be a divorce but we’ll see about that in the next and last chapter. Until then, have a smooth-sailing week ahead.

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Man from the Wild South (Part 16)

20150718203644_4veGx.thumb.700_0We are coming to the end of the story and will be done with 2 more posts. But before that, the problems at Yu Ling Sect need to be resolved. Da Shi Jie and Er Shi Ge has died – they might as well not have appeared. so short were their appearances – but there is still a missing girl and potential treasures to be found. What part does Feng Jin play in all this? Read on to find out….

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Man from the Wild South (Part 15)

dd89745c1565c7ab1007c93210a8bc86Hello!  Happy weekend again.   “I am just your plaything” is a cutting but accurate a reflection of the early interactions between Shang Guan Jing and Feng Jin, and the latter should really reflect on his deceit.   True to character, he can still remain haughty when he should be begging for forgiveness but I thought his man-child struggle rather amusing; especially when it does not help Shang Guan Jing to forgive him.  Ha!  There are 2-4 more post before the story ends so lets see how the last arch wraps up….

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Man from the Wild South (Part 14)

Finally! The moment of truth. It took a while to get here and my eyes just keep rolling each time Feng Jin opens his mouth. How did he get the cheek to be so high-handed when he has lied and deceived Shang Guan Jing for so long? This is typical 恶人先告状 (the villain calling the police to arrest the good guys) but just so him. The balance of power has subtly changed and I love to see what else develops next week. Happy weekend dear reader!

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Man from the Wild South (Part 12)

Ah, I get it, the pace of the book is uneven.  Things finally start moving and it becomes easier to translate the going-ons in the wild south.  I quite enjoy translating the wuxia scenes and it is a kick I didn’t quite expect when I started the story.  No everyday I can try dabbling in flying kicks and invincible thunder palms like Melanie.  How many ways can you handle a sword, let me count the ways….

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Man from the Wild South (Part 11)

meiren2Chapter 7 (Part 1)

Feng Jin examines his reflection in the mirror. He has added a dressing table and mirror in the bedroom for Shang Guan Jing but the latter is too used to dressing simply and seldom uses either items. Earlier today, she has said that she is “unused” to his looks, which is why he is now examining himself in the mirror from left to right, top to bottom.

Isn’t there a saying that women like pretty things? If this is true, why is he shunned when he is good-looking now? He has not asked to be born this way either, why fault him for something that is beyond his control?

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Man From the Wild South (Part 10)

double-happiness-chinese-symbol-known-as-s-used-to-wish-to-married-couple-main-objects-34841772There are about 10 chapters to this story and we are now at chapter 6.  Although Feng Jin is a surprising character, it is actually Shang Guan Jing who shocked me the most in this story because she can bring herself to marry a man whom she doesn’t love.  She doesn’t dislike Feng Jin of course, but I think it is apparent that she only feels pity and friendship towards him. If I can ever get over my disbelief, I find this situation pretty good if you ask me. Feng Jin is not an easy man to live with and it helps if he likes her more than she does. Have a happy week ahead! Continue reading

Man from the Wild South (Part 9)

old man and daughterThings are getting too slow so I have compressed 2 half-chapters into one longer post. An interesting woman appears today and I quite believe everything that Feng Jin says about how he can help the newcomer although Shang Guan Jing is still clueless. Feng Jin has developed strong feelings for Shang Guan Jing which is good for her, to have more bargaining chips in her corner – else I really don’t see how she can have a life with such an powerful n oppressive person like him….

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Man from the Wild South (Part 8)

yyWe have seen the worse of Feng Jin and wouldn’t see Mr Almost-Rapist again. He has made some servants for Shang Guan Jing and we get to see them today,  This is a short story of about 10 chapters so there isn’t much room for development for side characters but even in this short time, I really like his bubbly maid.  She cracks me up everytime she worries that she will be thrown into the furnace because while Shang Guan Jing thinks that she means it figuratively, we know that the threat is quite literal. Ha-ha.  Have a great weekend!

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