Fang Fang, an award-winning Chinese novelist, lives in Wuhan, China. She began to document her life online on January 25th.
The publishing company that brought us Harry Potter, Bloomsbury, has been faced with an increase of fifteen percent from China for books printed there. This happened overnight on the first of September.
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According to Chief Executive Nigel Newton, the company wasn’t prepared for this increase but they are doing their best to take it in stride. This increase should only have a small impact for the finical year, but could possibly cause some issues in the future. Newton says that illustrated books, such as the Harry Potter illustrated editions are published in China due to the good pricing and quality.
Unfortunately from March to August there was a five percent decrease in Sales, but Newton wasn’t worried about future sales. When E-books were forced introduced everyone feared how they would take over, but according to Newton, it doesn’t matter if it’s an e-book or printed copy, they’re still buying a book from the company, so E-books just helped increase sales.
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Alright, so I don’t really think there’s stuff we’re not meant to know – vive la science! – but a lot of people were talking about aliens (and Monty Python – Twitter, never change), so here are some books about aliens to start knowing some things. Maybe. The truth is out there!
Cinder – Marissa Meyer
This is a great start for anyone who likes their sci-fi light and lush, with enough cyborgs, psychics, and space travel to satisfy more die-hard fans. Set in futuristic Beijing, this well wrought fairy tale retelling features plague, sisterhood, and a robot who’ll be your favorite character. What more could you want? Crime? Formal wear? A lost foot? All that and more, plus, your book hangover will be delayed for quite a while, because there are several excellent sequels and a delightful graphic novel companion series. And did I mention Cinder is a mechanic? She’s a mechanic. Heart eyes.
These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Quick question – are you ready to suffer? This is a good book, maybe even a great one, but it’s going to break your entire heart and not even be sorry. Two strangers, the only survivors of a massive spaceliner crash, try to find their way across an alien landscape to the ship’s wreckage and hope of rescue. An unlikely pair, an heiress and a former soldier must work together not only to survive harsh conditions on dwindling hope, but to discover the secrets of this planet, long hidden, and more lovely and terrible than they could have imagined. Like I said, this one’ll hurt, but read it anyway. It’s earned.
Binti – Nnedi Okorafor
Confession; this one’s from my TBR. But it’s at the top of the list! Brutal, large scale war against terrifying aliens, an intergalactic university, and the terrible pull of leaving the Earth behind. Clocking in at under a hundred pages, this is definitely a quick read, but don’t worry about being abandoned – it’s the first of three novellas. Plus, we always, always stan a heroine who’s good at math. Isn’t that the dream? Be good at math, and risk death to go to space school? Don’t boo me, I’m right.
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Peter Navarro, a trade advisor for the Trump administration, published Death by China in 2011, but now Navarro’s publishers are attaching an addendum to the book to warn readers it contains quotes from a made-up character.
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One of Navarro’s key sources used in Death by China has been outed as being fake. Navarro frequently cites a Harvard-trained economist named Ron Vara with a backstory that strangely parallels Navarro’s own life. You might also have noticed that “Ron Vara” is an anagram of “Navarro.” Well, turns out there is not Ron Vara and, in fact, Navarro frequently used the pseudonym to plug gaps in his book on economic policy and China. Navarro would often speak through Vara about the supposed dangers of Chinese imports:
Only the Chinese can turn a leather sofa into an acid bath, a baby crib into a lethal weapon, and a cellphone battery into heart-piercing shrapnel.
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Navarro responded to the controversy by saying that his use of a fake source was used as a “whimsical device” and “at no time was the character used improperly as a fact source.” Navarro has tried to play off his using Vara as a fun inside joke. His publisher, however, is a little bit more concerned. New editions of Death by China will have warnings attached to let readers know of the circumstances surrounding Navarro’s use of Ron Vara as a source.
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China's newest design-heavy shopping mall is covered in functional bookshelves.