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2011/03/27

What Is Wrong with This Poll?

Seen on Goodreads:

April Fantasy Theme: Asian and Middle Eastern Flavoured Fantasy

Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was, by Barry Hughart

50 votes, 22.7%

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, by Alison Goodman

47 votes, 21.4%

Across the Nightingale Floor, by Lian Hearn

39 votes, 17.7%

The Bhagavad Gita, by Anonymous

25 votes, 11.4%

Monkey: A Folk Novel of China, by Wu Cheng'en

18 votes, 8.2%

The Desert of Souls, by Howard Andrew Jones

16 votes, 7.3%

Snake Agent, by Liz Williams

15 votes, 6.8%

Heart of the Ronin, by Travis Heermann

10 votes, 4.5%

So out of eight "Asian and Middle Eastern flavored fantasies," only two are by actual Asians, and both of those predate Shakespeare. I know very little modern Asian literature gets translated into English, but surely there are enough that you don't need six white guys to fill out the list. Where're Uehashi, Miyabe and Ogiwara?

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