At the end of Chapter 9, Shi Potian found himself stuck on an island in the middle of the Long River, with nothing much except persimmons to eat, a cranky old woman to endure, a pretty young girl to look after and a bunch of Dings to hide from.
It's that bloody retail season again, and if you're like me, you most likely have had these problems for years:
Too lazy to go Christmas shopping for gifts that nobody cares about.
Too poor to do the above.
Leave it until too late and then feel embarrassed about showing up with "75% off special BUY IT NOW" gifts accompanied by 2-dollar-shop cards.
Break your fingers carrying those gift bags.
Dread that other people's gifts might be better than yours.
Don't know what those bastards / biatches really want because they are already too fat and have everything.
Spend it all on yourself and are now broke.
Whinge about it to friends/colleagues, or on Internet forums.
Read or hear about way too many people with those same problems.
Well, fear no more, I have a solution for you. For only $49.95, you can buy my "Cultural Learnings of Christmas For Make Benefit Glorious Ego of Myself" handbook which will solve all of your beef with this so-called holiday!
Or, you can try this, which is what I'm doing this year: http://www.oxfamunwrapped.com
For Australians: http://www.oxfamunwrapped.com.au The idea is that you buy from a range of their gifts for poor people around the world, ranging from books for kids, goats for farmers, to bigger ones like an entire school for a village, then Oxfam will send your friends/family members/etc. a card on behalf of you and the true recipients, with your custom message. The Glorious Benefits of this are:
You're really buying gifts for people who actually need and appreciate them, instead of those who give you diplomatic thanks then toss it in the bin afterwards.
It makes you feel warm and fuzzy.
It gets you good karma.
It gives you enough credibility to give a lecture on the true nature of the Force... I mean the true spirit of Christmas (something about stealing a holiday from the pagans way back, plus a few other feel-good stuff that I forgot).
It takes minutes to do, instead of hours and hours at shopping centres, where you might get run over by morbidly obese bogans.
Oxfam can even send an electronic card to the recipient (not the poor one, the rich fat one) if you choose that option, so that you can save some poor trees.
It's tax deductible.
So, guys, gals and hermaphrodites, Be A Xia this Christmas and help those in need!
<3 Linh, on behalf of the Wuxiapedia crew
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In the last update, Shi Potian found himself on a boat in the middle of the Long River with an angry old woman, an immobile young girl and a temperamental old man. Now, something strange was happening:
First, the old woman said to Shi Potian: "This old fellow wants to force you into the river so that you will drown. Therefore, you must remember this: Use whatever move that he is using against you. Do it swiftly and with power; the more forceful it is, the better it will be."
Then, she said to the old man: "Ding the Fourth, would it not be easy to have him killed? Just go ahead and use some moves that you have not taught him, and I assure you, he will not be able to handle them at all."
Why was the old woman pitting Shi Potian and Ding Busi against each other? What gain was there for her? Find out in the latest update of Chapter 9 of Ode to Gallantry today!
The Facts and Figures of DGSD have now been updated until Chapter 5, and expanded into an entire section of its own, with the individual categories of information listed as separate articles. There is even an FAQ! :-D
"Facts and Figures" have become somewhat synonymous with wuxia novels on Wuxiapedia, but today, we are taking it a step further by publishing the Facts and Figures of Demi-Gods, Semi-Devils based on the new 3rd edition text, instead of the existing translation. In addition, the compilation of the Facts and Figures of Demi-Gods, Semi-Devils will proceed until all 50 chapters of the novel are fully annotated and referenced, regardless of the progress of the translation of the novel proper, so that wuxia fans can continue enjoying this multi-layered story by Jin Yong.
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Introducing ... A Spear of Alarm, a story by Wen Rui'an, one of the top 5 wuxia authors of the 20th century (besides Jin Yong, Gu Long, Liang Yusheng and Huang Yi).
There was a recent HK TVB adaptation of this story, titled "Strike at Heart", with Joe Ma, Stephen Au, Sunny Chan, Charmaine Sheh, Annie Man and Shek Sau, so I thought I'd try out a pilot translation of the real novel for die-hard wuxia fans out there. :-D
Despite the fame of "The Four Renowned Constables", Wen Rui'an and his works remain relatively unknown in English-speaking wuxia circles. I hope the translation of A Spear of Alarm will help to make Wen better known. Please do not hesitate to post your comments and feedback here about this translation. Thank you!
Introducing ... The Tian Bao War Records, the first work of fiction of a wuxia fan to be posted on Wuxiapedia! Written by the translator of Gu Long's Bordertown Wanderer, Justin Lu, this fan-fic is set in the Tang Dynasty during the An Lushan rebellion. Check The Tian Bao War Records out today and let us know if you would like more of Justin's writing!
After the cliff-hanger of Ding Dang's willow-blade sabre over Shi Potian's head in the previous installment, reader davidY wrote:
"What happened? She suddenly decides to kill Shi Potian? But then again, he is the main character and thus will never die unless it is at the very end. Nevertheless, how will Shi Potian escape?"
Well, the answer is right here in the second and final instalment of Chapter 8 of Ode to Gallantry. In addition, watch out for these gems:
Shi Potian's first skilled and extended fight in a non-hostile environment.
Shi Potian's first skilled and extended fight using internal and external techniques against hostile opponents.
The arguments between Ding Busan and Ding Dang, which features "Gu Long"-esque bits like ' Hmmph-hmmph is hmmph-hmmph'!
PS: Oops, nearly forgot: Somewhere in the second half of Chapter 8, there is a scene between Ding Dang and Shi Potian that might just spell R-rated for those with over-active imaginations. See if you can find it! ;-P