Earnshaw Books

Discuss literature (e.g. books, newspapers), educational studies (getting help or opinions on homework or an essay), and philosophy.

Earnshaw Books

Unread postby Sun Fin » Wed May 22, 2019 9:58 am

A publishing company has recently come to my attention. Their tag line is "Books about China and occasionally beyond" and crucially everything they publish is in English! They also have a Facebook page.

I've not read anything from them yet but they have a real mix of genres, such as history, memoir, current day and have recently diversified into fiction! They appear to have been around since 2013 but on a fairly small scale - their range of books is pretty limited. I don't believe they've got anything about the Three Kingdom's at the current time, but they do have a novel about Lao Zi which has piqued my interest and I've just ordered on amazon. It'll allow me to gauge how serious they are - how quality their bindings are, how seriously they take editing, etc - but they might be a potential outlet for those of us who wish to write about the 3K! Both in terms of fiction and popular level history. My big concern would be how much pull they have in the industry, ie whether they get their books into mainstream shops etc. However they certainly have potential!
Have a question about a book or academic article before you buy it? Maybe I have it!
Check out my library here for a list of Chinese history resources I have on hand!
User avatar
Sun Fin
Librarian of Shen Zhou
 
Posts: 7734
Joined: Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:20 pm
Location: Vicar Factory

Re: Earnshaw Books

Unread postby Jia Nanfeng » Wed May 22, 2019 1:43 pm

Thanks for the link, I’m definitely going to keep an eye on them.

For the record, quite a few of the books in the Classics section are available in public domain due to age. So if any of them catch your attention, double check for free public domain versions first. Of course, having a real book always beats digital copies (imo) so they might be worth getting anyway. :P

I’m going to browse their fiction and see if there’s anything I’d like — there’s so many Chinese fiction books that never see English; if this company can tap into that market, they might be on to something special.

Definitely let us know what you think about the quality. I’ve been wanting a physical print of Two Years in the Forbidden City and might pick theirs up if you’re impressed.
User avatar
Jia Nanfeng
Sage
 
Posts: 292
Joined: Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:30 pm

Earnshaw Books

Unread postby Sun Fin » Wed May 22, 2019 2:04 pm

Thanks for letting me know about the classics section. That is one part of the site I’ve not looked at yet!

I’m actually really glad you replied Jia, as one of the novels made me think of you! I know your specialism is in Chinese women. They have one called Green Phoenix which is about Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang and I wondered if that would appeal to you!
Have a question about a book or academic article before you buy it? Maybe I have it!
Check out my library here for a list of Chinese history resources I have on hand!
User avatar
Sun Fin
Librarian of Shen Zhou
 
Posts: 7734
Joined: Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:20 pm
Location: Vicar Factory

Re: Earnshaw Books

Unread postby Jia Nanfeng » Wed May 22, 2019 5:38 pm

Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve added it to my book wishlist. :mrgreen:
User avatar
Jia Nanfeng
Sage
 
Posts: 292
Joined: Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:30 pm

Re: Earnshaw Books

Unread postby DaoLunOfShiji » Fri May 24, 2019 1:26 am

Let me know how good that book is Jia, it seems interesting to me.
"Looking at Zhong Hui is like viewing an armory, one sees only spears and lances"
— Pei Kai
Check out this list of historical resources I have.
Check out this list of cited biographies I have written.
User avatar
DaoLunOfShiji
Scholar
 
Posts: 371
Joined: Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:26 pm
Location: "A genius like Cao Zhi, as martial as Cao Cao."

Re: Earnshaw Books

Unread postby Sun Fin » Tue May 28, 2019 12:24 pm

Guys! It's arrived and so far I'm blown away. On an aesthetics level they've done a truly wonderful job. It seems very professional. Every detail just feels right, the cover has a really lovely texture, the map is simple but helpful and the blurb on the back is well written. The whole thing just feels like they've really taken their time with it.

The next test will be in the quality of the editing/content. I'll let you know about that in the next few days! But Jia, I would definitely buy the classic one you were looking at as hopefully this means their actual publishing will be at a consistently high standard and the content isn't the question there!
Have a question about a book or academic article before you buy it? Maybe I have it!
Check out my library here for a list of Chinese history resources I have on hand!
User avatar
Sun Fin
Librarian of Shen Zhou
 
Posts: 7734
Joined: Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:20 pm
Location: Vicar Factory

Re: Earnshaw Books

Unread postby Sun Fin » Fri May 31, 2019 4:18 pm

I'm about half way through and ready to share my thoughts...

It seems well researched. Why do I say seems? Because the political history of this period is something I know nothing about. HOWEVER, that is only one aspect of history. For example, in the chapter I've just read Lao Tzu has left the Imperial palace and explored the city. Now I have spent time reading about cities in the Han. The main reason I bought Fires was for the opening chapter. However I've also spent time reading such riveting titles as The Magic Square: History of Chinese City Planning. And guess what? I was learning stuff from this novel. There was NOTHING that contradicted my research yet there were little details that smacked of authenticity, that I've never encountered before.

But that's not the most important thing, as ultimately if I was only interested in learning I'd stick to history books. But it's also an engaging and well written story. I just don't want to put it down. I'm being sucked in by his characterisations, descriptions and the web of intrigue that is being spun. It also faced an uphill battle. After the opening chapter, the rest of the novel is written in first person. Ever since I tortured myself reading the whole Twilight series, *shudder* I've been incredibly sceptical about 1st person writing. However I don't even notice it anymore, I'm so engrossed in the narration.

I'm not good at grammar, as any of you, I'm sure can vouch, however it all seems great. The editing team seem up to scratch.

Basically this is a positive review. Go, buy, enjoy.
Have a question about a book or academic article before you buy it? Maybe I have it!
Check out my library here for a list of Chinese history resources I have on hand!
User avatar
Sun Fin
Librarian of Shen Zhou
 
Posts: 7734
Joined: Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:20 pm
Location: Vicar Factory

Re: Earnshaw Books

Unread postby Jia Nanfeng » Fri May 31, 2019 9:47 pm

Thanks for the quality and content reviews Sun. I feel more confident in purchasing books from them now. :D

I’m sorry you read the Twilight series. It must have been very traumatic. :cry: Hopefully this book continues to purify you of the Twilight.
User avatar
Jia Nanfeng
Sage
 
Posts: 292
Joined: Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:30 pm

Re: Earnshaw Books

Unread postby Sun Fin » Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:14 am

I mean, no-one held a knife to my throat. it was my own idiotic fault to finish book two, which competes with Crystal Star for the worst novel ever written. To this day I still don't know why I finished them.
Have a question about a book or academic article before you buy it? Maybe I have it!
Check out my library here for a list of Chinese history resources I have on hand!
User avatar
Sun Fin
Librarian of Shen Zhou
 
Posts: 7734
Joined: Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:20 pm
Location: Vicar Factory

Re: Earnshaw Books

Unread postby Deej » Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:06 pm

Sun Fin wrote:I'm about half way through and ready to share my thoughts...

It seems well researched. Why do I say seems? Because the political history of this period is something I know nothing about. HOWEVER, that is only one aspect of history. For example, in the chapter I've just read Lao Tzu has left the Imperial palace and explored the city. Now I have spent time reading about cities in the Han. The main reason I bought Fires was for the opening chapter. However I've also spent time reading such riveting titles as The Magic Square: History of Chinese City Planning. And guess what? I was learning stuff from this novel. There was NOTHING that contradicted my research yet there were little details that smacked of authenticity, that I've never encountered before.

But that's not the most important thing, as ultimately if I was only interested in learning I'd stick to history books. But it's also an engaging and well written story. I just don't want to put it down. I'm being sucked in by his characterisations, descriptions and the web of intrigue that is being spun. It also faced an uphill battle. After the opening chapter, the rest of the novel is written in first person. Ever since I tortured myself reading the whole Twilight series, *shudder* I've been incredibly sceptical about 1st person writing. However I don't even notice it anymore, I'm so engrossed in the narration.

I'm not good at grammar, as any of you, I'm sure can vouch, however it all seems great. The editing team seem up to scratch.

Basically this is a positive review. Go, buy, enjoy.


All sounds very promising! Thanks again for bringing the publisher to my attention!
Deej
Initiate
 
Posts: 49
Joined: Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:25 am

Next

Return to Literature, Academics, and Philosophy

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

Copyright © 2002–2008 Kongming’s Archives. All Rights Reserved