I have been working on Coiling Dragon for almost a year now, and at a ‘full time’ level for almost three months, starting in mid-December of 2014. I have enjoyed every second of it, especially with the awesome support that you guys have given me in every possible way, and I will definitely finish Coiling Dragon. Bank on it! In fact, another Coiling Dragon chapter will be coming in a few hours (it is currently 10 PM, March 16th, New York time) 😀
At the same time, I must confess that the hardest part of translating it, aside from the hours, is the fact that I know exactly what is going to happen, because I’ve already read it. Like all of you, I’m a huge reader, but spending around 9 hours every day only reading something that I’ve already read once does get a little tiresome, and honestly, I’ve barely read anything else recently. So, for my personal reading, I’ve been searching for something Chinese which would be a good change of pace for me.
Since the last three (extremely long) webnovels I’ve read have all been by I Eat Tomatoes (Stellar Transformations, Coiling Dragon, and Swallowed Star), that became my first requirement; no more IET. The second requirement was that it not be Xianxia, or at least not too Xianxia, because again, Xianxia was the genre of the last three novels that I read. The third requirement was that it would have to be long; I’m the type of guy that loooooves long novels (my favorite Western fantasy is the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Seriously, if you like fantasy and you haven’t read it before, read it.). The fourth requirement is that it has to be something someone isn’t working on (or hasn’t done more than one or two chapters on).
So anyhow, I’ve been poking around a couple webnovels, glancing through a few here and there, and I found this gem: Skyfire Lane, the very newest novel by Tang Jia San Shao, the same author who wrote Duoluo Dalu (which Bagelson is translating). It seems to be exactly what I am looking for; a Chinese scifi/fantasy novel which fits all the above criteria. So, I have come to the decision that I am going to be reading (and translating as I read) Skyfire Boulevard, at the rate of probably about one or two chapters week. Now, before you rabid Coiling Dragon fans start getting agitated, hear me out!
1) I will NOT stop doing regular Coiling Dragon chapters each week.
2) I will NOT reduce the number of sponsored Coiling Dragon chapters I do (unless there are external factors, like my hand getting tired, girlfriend, work, health, etc.).
3) I will NOT accept donations for Skyfire Lane. You guys will just have to be patient on this one.
4) I will NOT tolerate any spoilers at all (cuz I am reading as I translate!).
Okay, so no rabid agitation from CD fans, right? xD Now, let me bring you the ‘foreword’ by Tang Jia San Shao, as well as the synopsis he wrote for it. I hope this will be an awesome journey, and that you’ll enjoy it with me! First chapter coming…soon.
The conclusion of ‘Jueshi Tangmen’, without question, represented a new beginning for me as well. My latest book, ‘Skyfire Lane’, is about to meet all of you. ‘Skyfire Lane’ is a book which I’ve always wanted to write, and a work which I have been pondering for a long time. This time, I am going to surpass myself and write a type of story I have never written before.
I’ve gotten too accustomed to this encouraging stories of struggling, developing youths. This time, I’m going to let you guys get a sense of what it means to be invincible, tall, rich, and handsome. Or perhaps this book can be described as the roadmap to becoming tall, rich, and handsome. This book contains much of the knowledge I have gained from real life. I believe that after you all read it, it will be of some help to you. Mutant powers, mecha, the path to invincibility, and many other fun things. I’ll put all of these things on display for you in this work. I hope you like it.
———唐家三少 [Tang Jia San Shao – Third Young Master of the Tang Family]
Skyfire Lane is a street that is 2048 meters long. There are 168 stores here, and each of the owners of the stores is an extremely powerful mutant.
Skyfire Lane doesn’t permit any vehicles or any robots to pass through it, much less mecha. Even the patrolling police must patrol on foot, the most ancient of methods. That’s because this is a street for pedestrians, a lane for nobles, hidden away within this high technology world.
Lan Jue, the greatest of the mercenaries, codenamed ‘Zeus’, has secluded himself here in Skyfire Lane after the accidental death of his wife. The name of his shop is: “Zeus’ Pearl Store.'” And here in Skyfire Lane, he has been given a nickname: The Pearl Master.