Translation Tuesday: MCH 1.3-1.4, July 25, 2013

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Picture is probably completely unrelated to the story, but ended up matchig one scene quite well. Drawn by Yi Chui Wu Yue.

There is the slight possibility that there will be no translation tuesday next week, and so to compensate, here are two sections for this week. At last, Prince Zhao finally makes a personal appearance! For now I’m borrowing pictures off the internet (Baiduing things like, “gentleman in purple”), but you should feel free to discuss what type of image you have so far of the characters in the comments. What are your thoughts on the story? The characters?  (more…)

Translation Tuesday: MCH, Ch 1.2

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Mm, dessert…

“Suddenly, Yun Ge thought of a desperate question; if they were not allowed to leave the courtyard, what would happen if she had to go to the restroom? Just how long were those bandits planning to make a ruckus anyhow? She couldn’t help but congratulate herself on having been sleeping up until then, so there were not many desserts in her stomach that could cause problems.”

Thoughts? Comments? Leave in the comments below! 

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Translation Tuesday: Man Chao Huan, Chapter 1.1: The First Meeting

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“A Court Full of Happiness” – first place winner of the VIP work for the Online Female Newcomer (author) award.

Thank you for all of the novel suggestions. Most likely one of them will be used in next week’s translation, because I did not read the summary or the book before I began to translate this one. Your thoughts would be much appreciated; does it deserve another shot? 

Also known as “Silken Dream of the Big Dipper.” Written by E’Mei, published in 2010, a time traveling piece.

Summary: Career girl Xie Xuanji, trained in speedy calculation, was transported back to ancient times after dying, landing in the body of a beautiful girl, a singer who was given to the Zhao Palace by a wealthy merchant. In a twist of fate, Xuanji saves the life of Prince Zhao’s mother (this ruins any suspense the first translation may have built up) and thus attracted the attention of Prince Zhao. After discovering her independent personality and unique thought process, he is surprised (and delighted), and falls in love…by legend, she is the reincarnation of a heavenly maiden, and whoever “gains” her, can unite the country…and so she attracts the attention of six countries. But although she just wants a peaceful life, she is constantly thrown into these powerful struggles, facing a choice between the man she loves and a position as queen of the six palaces, how will she decide? And who will really be able to lead China and unite the six kingdoms?  (more…)