Five Classical Chinese Novel Translations?
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On the lit wiki there are translation guides for Journey to the West and Three Kingdoms, but none for Dream of the Red Chamber, Water Margin, or Jin Ping Mei. Can anyone recommend good translations for them, especially abridged editions? Currently I'm reading the University of California Abridged edition of Three Kingdoms and the University of Chicago abridged version of Journey to the West for a class I'm taking, and I'm loving them, but the class is focused on Asian Literature as a whole and as such we don't read the other three, though the professor has spoken very highly of them, so I want to read them on my own, but I'm at a loss as to which translation to get, especially considering how there doesn't seem to be high quality abridged versions like there are for Three Kingdoms and Journey to the West.
How to name
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Hey /lit/, was wondering if any of you felt like helping me with something that I have wondered for a long time.
I'm starting to make a little story for my fantasy character, and I'm stuck on choosing a name. I would like it to have meaning behind it, and have no idea how to do that.
For example, Kratos 'supposedly' means power in ancient greek. Any translator I try, I don't get anything like that. (and I obviously do not know anyone who speaks ancient greek to confirm).
I've tried translating 'strong' 'leader' etc in different languages and just messing around with the word to get a cool looking name, but, nothing seems to work.
If theres some special, secret 'root words for names' thing someone could show me, or something, so I could try to get just the right name for each personality of each character, that would be great.
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Hey /lit/ when was the last time you left a book unfinished?
Mine was 15 years ago. I can´t help it but when I start something, I have to finish it no matter how shitty it is. It's like I'm afraid of losing something, and I'm afraid of judging a book for it's first half, or 100 pages, or it's cover.
Anyone feeling the same here? Any advice? I feel like I'm wasting time. It doesn't happen very often. I enjoy most things I read, but when it happens it's a royal pain in the ass.
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I have like, 5 audible credits that I got for free.
I am looking for some interesting books. I am quite into more paranormal, horror, or weird stories. I am quite fond of gothic era literature more than anything.
I also really like science non-fiction kind of stuff, such as Oliver Sacks.
Suggestions must be on http://www.audible.com/