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"Strangers in a strange land tell it... dreamlike narratives capture both the banality of daily life and the details that render ordinary lives extraordinary..." City Weekend, Shanghai "...besides hosting China's most exciting new literary events, (Haliterature) has put out a new book... darkly funny, sexy and dangerous stories with a decidedly nontraditional sense of style." Kevin Sampsell, author of A Common Pornography and Creamy Bullets

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A young couple stands outside a hotel in China, nervously working up the courage to get a room together while in another hotel across China, a foreign businessman opens up to a prostitute. A foreign magazine editor in Shanghai burns his bridges and finds a friend in a street peddler's monkey, another befriends a young homeless boy. In northern China, a reporter finds himself at a moral crossroads in a tiger park. Down south, a traveler finds herself in a dietary crossroads and somewhere out east a man shows off his moonwalk on the unpaved roads. In this collection of short stories set in the post-Mao, post-McDonald's People's Republic of China, H.A.L. Publishing brings together these tales and more from up and coming Western and Chinese authors exploring the different facets of post-patriate and local life in the ever changing People's Republic.

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Craig Pay, November 14, 2012 (view all comments by Craig Pay)
I hate giving negative reviews, especially when it comes to indie published fiction as they have such a hard time of it anyway, and even more so as the writers in this snazzy little pocket-book have produced such wonderfully engaging short stories. However I'm saddened to say that poor editing and proofing has knocked a potentially 4- or 5-star review down to just 2-stars.

I love reading translated Chinese fiction. Off the top of my head I've recently enjoyed The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales, I Love Dollars, The Fat Years, Shi Cheng, Beijing Coma (though this last novel also suffered from a few editorial gaffs). I'm a native English speaker, but I know a little Mandarin Chinese. I've recently attended readings by Zhu Wen, Han Dong and Wang Anyi.

Party Like It's 1984 suffers from numerous editorial errors including missing sentences (top of p.43), a strange habit of inserting carriage returns before most (but not all) lines of dialogue, occasionally dropped paragraph indenting (especially after those strangely isolated lines of dialogue), and some of the worst punctuation that I've seen in years (p.50 to name a single example, but there are too many to mention).

Looking at the wide discrepancies in editing quality from one story to another--literally ranging from perfect to awful--I can only assume that either multiple copy editors of varying rigor were engaged or, perhaps more likely, that a single editor simply relied on the proofing skills of submitting writers.

An editor is responsible for the quality of the work that they represent. A handful of errors throughout an entire anthology might be understandable, especially with the limited resources available to an indie publisher; dozens of basic punctuation errors scattered across multiple pages simply isn’t acceptable.

Ending on a more optimistic note, this is the first anthology from HAL Publishing. Their second anthology, Middle Kingdom Underground, is next on my to-read list. Perhaps they will have learned from their initial experience to produce a more polished collection second time around.
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lady_luck_lonely_back, April 7, 2011 (view all comments by lady_luck_lonely_back)
Lucky enough to have lived a long time in a lot of countries, arriving in a new one I'm always struck by how long it takes to really KNOW. It's depressingly slow. I travel to China, but not a lot, and never for long enough. Chance encounter at one of these guys' events in Shanghai (inspirational, by the way). Picked this up 'party like' on the night and then sought it out to give to my girlfriend when I got back to the US. It feels like you're being let in on secrets. Ones that it would take you years to build a library of by yourself. If you even could. Butler, Gordon, Stenberg definitely ones to watch. Made me want to rip out my Moleskine and stab my pen into it with gusto.
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red_leather, March 28, 2011 (view all comments by red_leather)
This book was such a surprise! I've been living in Shanghai for about two years and I was shocked at how well these stories captured the foreign experience in this unique, bizarre city. The first story, The Devoured Man, really resonated. Written from the perspective of an American Born Chinese reporter who accidentally witnesses a death, it immediately delves into the Chinese view of foreigners, the corruption in China, the culture of keeping up appearances and just plain fabulous story telling.
From there, the book just got better. I wasn't a fan of short story collections at all until this came out. I don't know if it's because of the setting of the stories, the level of talent or the honesty. Whatever it is, I'm so glad I bought this and shared it with friends. Enjoy!
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Haliterature - HAL Publishing
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December 2010
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"Review" by , "Strangers in a strange land tell it... dreamlike narratives capture both the banality of daily life and the details that render ordinary lives extraordinary..." City Weekend, Shanghai "...besides hosting China's most exciting new literary events, (Haliterature) has put out a new book... darkly funny, sexy and dangerous stories with a decidedly nontraditional sense of style." Kevin Sampsell, author of A Common Pornography and Creamy Bullets
"Synopsis" by , A young couple stands outside a hotel in China, nervously working up the courage to get a room together while in another hotel across China, a foreign businessman opens up to a prostitute. A foreign magazine editor in Shanghai burns his bridges and finds a friend in a street peddler's monkey, another befriends a young homeless boy. In northern China, a reporter finds himself at a moral crossroads in a tiger park. Down south, a traveler finds herself in a dietary crossroads and somewhere out east a man shows off his moonwalk on the unpaved roads. In this collection of short stories set in the post-Mao, post-McDonald's People's Republic of China, H.A.L. Publishing brings together these tales and more from up and coming Western and Chinese authors exploring the different facets of post-patriate and local life in the ever changing People's Republic.
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