Book Review: With Clear Conscience by Ling Shu Fen

Hello! Hope you have been keeping well.  I have been reading a lot recently and like to share with you this book entitled “With Clear Conscience” (俯仰无愧 pinyin: Fu Yang Wu Kui) by Taiwanese author Ling Shu Fen.

fuyangwukui2.jpg“俯仰无愧” is a Chinese idiom and is also part of a verse. In means that a person can hold his head high if he has a clear conscience.  仰 (Yang) is a pun on the hero’s name Yun Yang, and like his name, he is a righteous, honest, kind young swordsman, who brought up his 2 xiao shi mei from babies to adults.

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Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue (Part 12) (End)

Here is the last installment! Sorry for taking so long to finish this story but I am probably suffering from brain damage when I thought that I can recap this within 8 posts. Still, subsequent visitors to Cloud Manor will have the luxury of reading this recap in 1 sitting so at least someone will still benefit.

happy-new-year-2017-2I am pleasantly surprised each time I receive feedback from new readers on Gentlemen Free-Floating Cloud, Rice Pot, and Just a Straight Road and I am humbled that that there are  readers who manage to find and read these stories long after I have posted them. Looking at my dismal speed in finishing my last 2 projects, I will definitely think twice before picking up any more project, not to mention that I have not come across any stories in the last 6 months that really pulls to me

Until then, keep safe and have a Happy Prosperous 2017!

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Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue (Part 11)


We are nearing the end of the story but we still  have more new characters in the “Pursuit of a Murderer”. Let me introduce Su Su and Mo Yuan, OTP of “A Mistaken Marriage Match: The Pirate’s Daughter” who are guest starring today.

Su Su is the precious daughter of General Su and Gu Yun, the only girl born into the Su family after generations of boys. She is smart, brave, loyal, and although Lou Chen is her cousin, she calls her Chen Jie (elder sister) because first cousins are as good as one’s siblings to the Chinese.

Mo Yuan is the complete opposite of Su Su. An ice block, a nerd, but very, very good to her. Just like the Jian family, the Mo family have ancient roots. They are famous for their divinations and ability to create illusions.  If Sian translates this story, then you can read more about their story, which is suspenseful for the first half and romantic in the second.

I’m having trouble summarizing this story and has hoped that this would be my last post on Pursuit of a Murderer.  I am unsuccessful however, but think I can finish the story in the next posting.  Until then, happy holidays!   –  Moonblossom

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Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue (Part 10)

coyotes-fall-cliffGreetings after such a long break and apologies for falling off the virtual cliff. I has been working on this post for more than a week and because it is so long, it has taken me quite a while to summarize and edit the passage.

Lou Chen is not an easy heroine to be in love with. Not only is she incredibly independent and self-sufficient, she has a slew of protective bodyguards, brother, father, uncle and aunts plus an elite background, which makes it truly difficult to imagine a man worthy enough for her, or brave enough to chase after her. Jian Yan Heng may not be her social equal but he is smart, adorable, supremely self-confidant and thus perfect for her. The chapter I choose today illustrates just how compatible they are and shows Jian Yan Heng at his best – and most thick-skin. Enjoy.

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Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue (Part 8)

Another body appears and the plot thickens with more and more powerful players entering the chest set. Lou Chen gets the feeling that she is the real target behind the recent murders and feels bad that Jian Yan Heng is being implicated by her. She is not wrong but love-sick puppy is only more than happy to stay by her side and barks at unfriendly strangers who dare try to pick on her.

For those who are keen to read the book via Goggle translate, I just found this ebook that allows the copy and paste function. What’s more, Books #4 to #6 of the Mistaken Marriage series – including Yan Ning’s story which follows “Pursuit of a Murderer” – is there too! I can’t wait until I have some free time to read the last book. But until then, here is the latest drop on the Murderer in Liao Yue.


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Straight Road: Epilogue 3 (Part 24) (End)

fireworks-animation-19-2That’s it! Here is the last installment of A Straight Road, which mark the completion my third translation project. Yey!!

This is one very likable chapter, with my favorite quip in the book – the men, the sea, they are all waiting for you. As for who is waiting for who, I’ll leave it to you to read and find out.

In epilogues 1 & 2, we learn about Gong Sun Ling, Jiang Jiu, and how Xu Zhi inadvertently rescued their souls by providing a physical and emotional haven for them. In this last epilogue, it is time for Zhou Wen Wu’s redemption and he has truly come a long way from the proud, violent, angry man at the start of the book.

To all my readers, thank you for following the story. I have not expected to take 7 months to complete this when I first started so it may be pretty frustrating for a reader. Still, I hope that you have enjoyed the story  and its characters because they are not your garden-variety kind of crazy, I mean romantic heros and heroines. If you have friends who may like the story, do let them know about my website for it feels nice when I still see new readers for “Rice Pot Next Door” or “Gentleman Free Float Cloud”.

Until the next post, take care.

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Just A Straight Road: Epilogue 2 (Part 23)

Jiang Jiu actually has quite a number of appearances in the story which I have removed in order to keep my recap ‘short’. He is an enigma who seems totally loyal to Xu Zhi until we find out that he reports to the Emperor. He looks after Xu Zhi very well but yet he has no qualms trying to kill her when he is under the spell of the Soul Snatching Bell.

This put him in a really bad light compared to Zhou Wen Wu when caught in a similar situation and I was ready to write him off as a likeable character until I learn more about him in this epilogue. I like this epilogue because it is finally answers the question that has appeared on-and-off the story – is Xu Zhi a cold and heartless person? I also like this epilogue because we finally see the bottom-most layer of the plot. Xu Zhi could have ended up romantically with Zai Lin or Jiang Jiu, had not been for Gong Sun Ling. Zhou Wen Wu’s luck is truly amazing that he managed to get his woman with so many outstanding men surrounding her but I am glad, that he is the one.

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Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue (Part 8)

noodle soupA very good day to you. Apologies for taking so long to post and I sincerely hope that everyone is having a better time than me.   While searching on where I left off for this story, I came across these 2 chapters, which goes along the lines of “Bun” and “Noodles”, which happened shortly before the Imperial banquet.  Although I am  not moving the story forward based on plot today, I think that you will enjoy reading these 2 light-hearted chapters which really showcase why Jian Yan Heng is the one to get the girl and not say, Yu Xuan, Xing Mu (Young Master of Sword Manor), or other persona non grata.

Have fun, stay chill, and I hope to “surface” again in 2 weeks to tell you about Jiang Jiu epilogue.

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Just a Straight Road: Epilogue 1 (Part 22)

"Gratitude - Knowing and Repayment"

“Gratitude – Knowing and Repayment”

The epilogues are an integral part of the story and form a mini-story by themselves with interlinking titles. The first story is about Ting Wei, Xu Zhi’s supposed enemy in court, but who let her through the City Gates when the Emperor has ordered her arrest. After reading this, I think there is a high possibility that Xu Zhi is really telling the truth when she claims that his letter to her  (to release her prisoners to the court)  is merely a way to let her admire his calligraphy.

If you are wondering why Ting Wei sounds like a different person than Gong Sun Ling, it is because ancient Chinese have several names – the name they are given before they come of age, the name which is officially recorded in the ancestral records when they marry and come of age, and for the rich and influential, another name upon burial. I could have missed something as I summarize this long epilogue into something that is only 3,400 words, but Ting Wei is likely an official title while Gong Sun Ling is likely his name before he comes of age.

Just a heads up – due to some work contingencies, I will upload the next installment of “Pursuit of Murderer” in another 2 weeks time, and after that, I’ll come back with the remaining 2 epilogues of “A Straight Road” on a weekly basis. In the meantime, stay well, and stay happy.

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