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review 2015-10-03 09:15
[CHINESE BL NOVEL] Hua Hua You Long [花花遊龍] by Xing Bao Ni [星寶兒]
Hua Hua You Long - Xing Bao Ni

Sadistic lover. A devil with the face of an angel. A twisted romance of brutal and dysfunctional relationship. Be ready for multiple stab wounds on your poor heart.

 

This book left a bitter aftertaste. Yet I am appreciative of the author's skill at manipulating the fragile human heart. I am also grateful for the author's effort to keep the story real. So real, it left an indelible mark on my mind. To me this meant the author is successful in his/her work since their main aim should be to grasp the reader's mind and mold it to their own desired shape. A book that is able to control the psyche of its reader is a winner. That's how I see it. And this book had subjected me to various onslaught of intense emotions of amusement, joy, fear, anger, sadness, disgust, frustration, anticipation, surprise, expectation and last but not least love. Yes, love even-though this is a very brutal romance story which I had nearly lost hope of finding a flicker of romance within its pages. Some might reject the ideal of romance in this story due to Jing's (seme/antagonist) violent and selfish way of pursuing love and also Lu Cang's (uke/protagonist) seemingly masochist acceptance of abuse from his lover. To be fair, I too could not exactly shake off the possibility of Stockholm Syndrome in play as I did find it hard to see how Lu Cang as broken as a battered rag doll could ever find in his heart to forgive Jing's incessant cruelty upon this mind and body. Nevertheless how ever twisted their love is, love is still the catalyst of their tragedious joining. Sigh such highly dysfunctional relationship this pair has. I am still worried for Lu Cang's future even upon finishing the book. Afterall, to serve the king is like accompanying a tiger. (famous Chinese proverb).

 

The version I read was in Chinese Text via TTS (text-to-speech). If you are interested, you could try the fan translations in English here: [Click Me]. I am not sure how the translation fairs but I do believe the real thing is surely better than a translated copy. For the record, I have read the manga adaptation up to volume no. 5 and am keen on reading its next installment. The artwork is not bad and so far the story sticks with the original novel.

 

 

BOOK DETAILS:

Title: Hua Hua You Long [花花遊龍]

Author:  Xing Bao Ni [星寶兒]

Type: Novel

Genre: Chinese M/M dark erotic romance

 

Description: In order to help their chief find a wife, the bandits kidnapped a woman from the bottom of the mountain in order to offer her up to him. The chief of the mountain stronghold, Lu Cang falls in love at first sight with the absolutely stunning beauty! However, on the night of the consummation...

 

 

READ FAN TRANSLATIONS: ★|| Hua Hua You Long (English Translations) ||★

 

 

* Reviewed on October 3rd, 2015 *:

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**Read via TTS in Cantonese**

 

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review 2015-08-21 00:00
Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm Syndrome - Richard Rider Mindfuck.

This one is, without any kind of doubt, one of the best books I've read this year. Now all I have to do is wrap myself up in latex and sing Bad Romance until sunrise.

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You better have solid moral compass engraved on your brain because this is not a book to learn from and even less to get inspiration from in real life. This is far from being a role model in relationships and society in general, unless you are a wannabe sociopath, in that case, this is made exactly for you.

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What does make it so special? It's an understatement to say this is not the usual thing. Far from it, it's such a weird combination of humor, craziness and love there is no way to avoid falling under the spell. Rest assured, there is no real Stockholm Syndrome here, Valentine is just SO eager to be kidnapped by Lindsay he immediately complies. He had never been so happy to obey.

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To be honest, my intestines would be lurching in a funny way if not for some spot on features: firstly, the absurdity of most scenes. Secondly, the unexpected sweetness of certain moments. Thirdly, the madness that surrounds everything, from the decision to gather a gun for risky foreplay to the second when Lindsay threatens to spank Valentine if he doesn't eat the broccoli. It was all so out-of-the-ordinary and so ridiculous than it was supreme stupidity turning into real brilliance by the bat of an eye. The author managed to choose the correct words, to tell the perfect tale, in such a way that incredulity was never annoying because you were bursting out laughing so violently you had no time to think "WTF have I just read?" till it was too late.

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I enjoyed this as a child but... I know I shouldn't have. Because, seriously, these too are terribly sick. I can't point out who is crazier here. Valentine is such a brat, he is strikingly immature and childish so that makes Lindsay look out like the reasonable one in comparison. Most of the time Lindsay is like Valentine's daddy (in more sense than one), protecting him from those who mean harm, imposing his authority on him when he goes out of hand, chastising him when he behaves badly, comforting him when he cries, arguing with him when he goes beyond reason. He even picks up his crayons and serves him the hot chocolate at night. Yes, you might have guessed at this point already this relationship is not the ordinary one.

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This book is not for the faint of the heart, but it's undeniable there are very romantic chances to see them really together. So romantic you even come to believe they are meant to be due to fate or destiny. Because, is there much of a possibility for Lindsay to precisely "rape Valentine's ear with a gun" in that robbery when they first met? I don't think so, and Valentine is of course of the same opinion, as he states more than once while testing Lindsay's patience with his "I love yous" (I'm smiling so broadly right now, you wouldn't believe).

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I jumped at the constant push-and-pull between these two. Valentine exaggerates his childish behavior whereas Lindsay struggles to keep a poker face and a grumpy reaction at every challenge Valentine throws at him, on purpose or not. Their dynamics are on the grounds of a fragile balance that becomes apparent at the end of the book. It's true that each one of them plays a role in the relationship. The role is not an unmoving one, because it changes everyday but within certain limits. If you cross those limits, their world could shatter forever. And that's what happens indeed. How can you rebuild something that seems beyond repair? One the trust is broken, it's very hard to regain it. Once you see the ugly face of things, the illusion does not look appealing anymore. Can things go back to normal, whatever their version of normal is?


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review 2015-08-01 00:00
Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm Syndrome - JB Brooks Good writing but I just couldn't really connect with the characters and while the subject matter doesn't bother me, it just felt over the top and forced to me.
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review 2015-06-27 11:14
Stockholm Syndrome - JB Brooks

A scorching hot love story!

I will read anything J.B. Brooks writes. Her ability to use a wide variety of words and non-cliche phrases holds my attention. The plots flow smoothly and at a steady pace, and the love scenes are smokin'. This story was no exception!

I've read a lot of romances, but the circumstances that brought Evelyn and Mason together were, by far, the most unique I have encountered! It's one of those situations where the coincidences all line up so perfectly that maybe, just maybe, Fate was trying to tell them something from the start.

All characters were, in my opinion, very well-written. I would even love to read a story featuring minor character Owen (Mason's brother)!

Evelyn was pretty realistic; she wasn't an idiot or a "drama queen" (ha....you'll get that joke after you read the book), and I loved her sass.

Mason is the prime example of "I'm not guilty, just at the wrong place at the wrong time." His remorse was endearing, but he was no idiot either. He and Evelyn engage in a battle of wits that makes for some pretty interesting situations. Mason is also INCREDIBLY sexy, and I couldn't think of a better guy to accidentally kidnap someone.

The inclusion of Stockholm Syndrome was a very clever catalyst for the love that blooms between Evelyn and Mason. It adds an intelligent flavor to the story, and I thought it was absolutely brilliant!

The ending had a few twists that I was NOT expecting, and the happily-ever-after scene was a perfect fit for Evelyn and Mason. This book was just incredibly well done, and I loved every word!

***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

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review 2015-03-03 00:00
Witches, Spies and Stockholm Syndrome: Life in Medieval Ireland
Witches, Spies and Stockholm Syndrome: L... Witches, Spies and Stockholm Syndrome: Life in Medieval Ireland - Finbar Dwyer Interesting series of essays on aspects of life in Medieval Ireland, more from the Norman side than the Native side, well that's where the documentation is.
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