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April 23, 2014 marks the 19th World Book Day.

Mark Twain defined a classic as, “A book which people praise and don’t read.”  Whether this is true or not, you probably have a few books that you speak highly of and have read more than once. What’s your favorite China book? Please share with us!

Our upcoming special coverage is to reveal China’s new trends in terms of reading habits, book design and publishing, and also to explore the pleasures of “reading” China with you. Stay tuned for more!

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《Something about Ming Dynasty》, a history book telling about Ming Dynasty from the founding emperor to the last emperor, which was written based on official history but in a humour way.You will never get bored while reading it,so I strongly recommended it.  

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《Something about Ming Dynasty》, a history book telling about Ming Dynasty from the founding empero ...


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Jaee Post time: 2014-4-19 09:18
《Something about Ming Dynasty》, a history book telling about Ming Dynasty from the founding empero ...


  This  book, which is written by  a Chinese blogger claiming he's familiar with the history of Ming Dynasty, is a potboiler. You could even could him a plagiarist  because he is said to have cribbed other related books without listing reference sources.

Having read some parts of this book online,  I have to say  the book is just a collection of tales and rumors. A more fitting title for this book would have been 明朝那些绯闻.

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Jaee Post time: 2014-4-19 09:18
《Something about Ming Dynasty》, a history book telling about Ming Dynasty from the founding empero ...

Do you know the author of this book is not a historian?  Even you could write a book featuring Ming, jaee. All you have to do is put together all the rumors about Ming and mix it up with a morsel of truth, say, some historical facts we all know about Ming. La volia.  A new book is born.

  The next issue you are going to face is truly critical : how to  turn your insipid book into a hot ticket in China? Answer:  post some parts of your novel online , hire 水军 to help you promote the book  and most of all, take it to the airwaves. It's called 有声书 in Chinese.

  I'm not saying all such books are just duds. Yet it's so striking that many Chinese books related to history are just sloppily written and full of falsehoods or rumors ; the authors of such books are  just weaving stories  like novelists when they  talk about historical facts about Ming.

   That's proof that  such books can not be trusted.  We had better not to  mistake it for history books; rather, such books are novels written by people who are not historians, just like the author of " Something about Ming Dynasty."

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Jaee Post time: 2014-4-19 09:18
《Something about Ming Dynasty》, a history book telling about Ming Dynasty from the founding empero ...

This  book, which is written by  a Chinese blogger claiming he's familiar with the history of Ming Dynasty, is a potboiler. You could even could him a plagiarist  because he is said to have cribbed other related books without listing reference sources.

Having read some parts of this book online,  I have to say  the book is just a collection of tales and rumors. A more fitting title for this book would have been 明朝那些绯闻.

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Jaee Post time: 2014-4-19 09:18
《Something about Ming Dynasty》, a history book telling about Ming Dynasty from the founding empero ...

  Looking for the truth about this book?

http://book.people.com.cn/GB/693 ... 39176/8369361.html. Check it out. This  Chinese article was  written by someone working for People.com , which's a state-owned website.

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