I was in the bookstore today and I picked up an interesting read. It's entitled Paper Swordsmen - Jin Yong and the Modern Chinese Martial Arts Novel, written by John Christopher Hamm.
I found the book on Amazon, in case any of you are interested to check it out.
The author noted that "The English Titles used (with one exception) are likewise those supplied in the Ming Ho edition."
He was referring to the Ming Ho Collected Works of Jin Yong.
Out of curiosity, I checked the titles of the novels used and here are my findings:
Book and Sword, Gratitude and Revenge
The Sword Stained with Royal Blood
The Eagle-Shooting Heroes
The Giant Eagle and its Companion
Flying Fox on Snowy Mountain
Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain
The White Horse Neighs in the Western Wind
Mandarin Duck blades
The Young Flying Fox
The Heaven Sword and the Dragon Sabre
A Deadly Secret
The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils
Ode to Gallantry
Sword of the Yue Maiden
Illustrations of the Thirty-three Swordsmen
The Smiling, Proud Wanderer
The Duke of the Mount Deer
I cringed at some of the translated book titles
I have yet to read more and will post more when I do. If anyone's read this book feel free to share.
Here's the teaser:
"The martial arts novel is one of the most distinctive and widely read forms of modern Chinese fiction. It is popular not only within Chinese-language communities but in translation throughout east Asia and in cinematic and other adaptations throughout the world. In Paper Swordsmen, John Christopher Hamm offers the first in-depth English-language study of this fascinating and influential genre, focusing on the work of its undisputed twentieth-century master, Jin Yong."