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Old 03-21-2020, 04:06 PM   #1
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A Hero Born

I seem to recall a few years ago, there was a thread about Chinese martial arts fiction. I just ran across A Hero Born by Jin Yong in the kindle store. According to the blurb, this is book, written 50 years ago, is the first in a series of books (Legends of the Condor Heroes) that started the current Chinese Martial Arts fiction genre in China. This edition is put out by Hachette. I just downloaded it, so I haven't read it, but I am into the martial arts and like the Chinese martial arts movies, so I'm looking forward to reading it. As I recall, the thread went on quite a bit, so I thought some here might be interested.
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When I saw the title I thought you meant A Hero Born (Realms of Chaos Book 1) by Michael Stackpole.
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When I saw the title I thought you meant A Hero Born (Realms of Chaos Book 1) by Michael Stackpole.
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I've got that one. Stackpole is one of those authors who write books that I find readable, but unsatisfying if that make sense. I don't think that I've ever re-read a Stackpole book. It's funny, because I keep thinking that he ought to be better. He's real good at painting verbal images, but his books are like a joke with a really great lead in and a really weak punch line.

I've always thought that he would do better teamed with someone who could give him a story outline to flesh out or at least a strong editor who could work with him on having a strong finish.
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I think you hit the nail on the head. I have read some of his books, including A Hero Born, but I have never reread any of them.
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STackpole's "A Hero Born" was a co-written series that he pretty much rubber-stamped his name on. It has his name, but it shouldn't. It was a travesty.

As for the OP, my wife reads a lot of fan translated chinese martial arts stuff, so I get enough blow over that I feel zero need to even think about reading this. Plus I read a review of someone I follow who stated that the translation destroyed it for him.
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