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Thunder-Studded Battle Pits: Nuances of Chinese Translation w/ Henry Chan

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Henry Chan of 9 Hole Reviews ( was a big help to me throughout the writing of Pistols of the Warlords, helping me translate a variety of really interesting Chinese markings we found on various pistols. So when I decided I wanted to translate the title of the book into Chinese to embellish the back cover, I figured it would be a fairly simple job. However, there are a lot of nuances to Chinese writing, and in particular different approaches to something like a book or film title in different Chinese-speaking regions.

Today, Henry and I chat about what was involved in this translation, what we ended up using as the final Chinese title for my book, and why Saving Private Ryan is known in Hong Kong as “To save a soldier from the thunder-studded battle pits”.

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