|11-24-2015, 02:42 AM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2015
Chinese fantasy novels recommendations (are they on par with Western fantasy?)
Wuxia and xianxia are the two most popular Chinese fantasy genre.
I have been reading a lot of xianxia lately (in English of course since I can't read Chinese characters) through fan translations. In my opinion, they are just as enjoyable as Western fantasy (GRRM, Tolkien, Jordan, Sanderson, Rothfuss, Abercrombie etc...).
My recommendations for xianxia (immortal heroes) fantasy series:
Against the Gods 9.5/10 (wuxiaworld translating)
Tales of Demons and Gods 9.5/10 (wuxiaworld translating)
I Shall Seal the Heavens 9.5/10 (wuxiaworld translating)
Douluo Dalu (Battle Continent) 9.5/10
The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor 9.5/10 ------ highly recommended for those who are interested in Virtual Reality gaming
Battle Through the Heavens 9/10
Way of Choice 9/10
Wu Dong Qian Kun 8.5/10
Coiling Dragon 8.5/10
The Desolate Era 8.5/10
The Great Ruler 8.5/10
Sealed Divine Throne 8.5/10
Martial God Asura 8/10
Mad God 8/10
Stellar Transformation 7.5/10
Peerless Martial God 7.5/10
Chaotic Sword God 7/10
I haven't read any wuxia though but will soon.
|11-24-2015, 09:14 PM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2006
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Interesting. I really can't think of a lot of Chinese fantasy that I've read, at least not fantasy that was originally published in China. Lot's of fantasy written by Western authors set in China, though. I wonder if they are covered by copyright laws here in the west.
|11-24-2015, 11:20 PM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2015
That's very impressive, thanks for providing a recommendations list as well. I wonder if you can buy any of them from an Indigo branch? Aside from that, I was hoping to give a few titles but realized I only know of a few chinese fairy tales and Buddhist tales I was told as a kid.
|11-25-2015, 06:10 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jun 2012
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Read The Grace of Kings (Dandelion Dynasty #1) by Ken Liu this summer. Didn't like it at all. Character development was non existent, repetitive storytelling with a simplistic plot. One main character is just dumb. That is his main thing. No female characters of any importance. Huge cast of paper thin characters that contributed very little, lazy world building (one country is just farmers, the other just fishermen, the other just warriors, etc etc), inconsistencies in technologies used (gas propelled airships and battle ships propelled by rowing). In one word a disappointment.
I really wanted to like it because I love reading fantasy from non anglo-saxon traditions, but alas.
Thank you for the recommendation list, maybe I'll have better luck with some of those.
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