Gu Fang Bu Zi Shang

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Bai Pingting has always been contrary the saying, “A woman’s virtue is ignorance.”

Although she serves the Marquess of Jing-An as a maid, she leads a life far richer than most women. Her plain appearance is not what defines her — but her intelligence, far beyond many wise men.

Although Chu Beijie was an enemy general, she still cannot help being attracted to this man, despite the many lies and conspiracies…but between love and loyalty, she must make a choice. She can only hope that man’s love for her isn’t as deep as she thought.

One is a soul who seemingly destroys peace while the other aspires to be the sword that saves. Between them, lies a mountain of hate…

Who of the two most cunning people on earth cast the trap and just who captured the other?

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A Lonesome Fragrance Waiting to be Appreciated
General & I
孤芳不自賞
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06/16/16 Chinatown KM dj story 1
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Eclat123
New Eclat123 rated it
June 24, 2019
Status: Completed
This novel is way better than its drama adaptation.

In the drama adaptation, there's a clear line between protagonists-antagonists with He Xia depicted as an unfortunate antagonist and Chu Beijie as a strong gentleman since the very beginning. Not to mention the fact that Pingting is always shown as a delicate emotional little girl. It falls into the cliche of those princessy tales and I really couldn't help but cringe every few seconds.

The novel, however, doesn't fall into the same trap. The author managed to make us feel MC's anguish to... more>> ML from the beginning, building this complex love-hate relationship that became the main plot of this story. The bertrayals are real because they each have their own values to hold on to, making it more believable as it goes on. The character development is simply amazing, my favourite being He Xia who was once described as a gentle young master then gradually lost his reasons because of his resentment to ML. MC too, from being a strong intelligent one-way thinking servant to a willful individual. I also enjoy ML development who was depicted as a semi-tyrant general in the beginning to a madman because of heartache to a wise ruler. It really covers everything beautifully.

It's just a shame that the drama adaptation successfully managed to neglect the main charm of this story and focus more on slowmo-ing ML-MC interactions with a cliche perspective. The drama scriptwriter obviously did not do any justice to this novel.

The manhwa, albeit a bit confusing, is still very good. <<less
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Howaitokuin
New Howaitokuin rated it
June 19, 2019
Status: Completed
It's actually a nice story. If you have decided to try reading this, I hope you would clear your mind and try your best to not be a hard die fan of any of the two MCs of this novel. Try to know their circumstances, the time, the era and try to understand from each characters pov on why a certain situation happened. None was innocent. Everyone was connected in certain way.
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dysry
dysry rated it
March 12, 2016
Status: --
Plot 2/5
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The female lead Bai Pingting, is captured and sold as a slave to an enemy country, where she meets and attracts the general and prince of the country, Chu Beijie. However as an enemy strategist, she escapes to her country despite falling for him. After a few clashes on the battlefield and plots orchestrated by BPT but manipulated by the second male lead, He Xia, she eventually returns to him despite his distrust. She’s soon captured by HX and while escaping, is hesitant to return to CBJ due to the friction and doubts that exist between them. HX then attempts to conquer and unite the countries, however his ruthless and manipulative approach causes BPT to re-unite with CBJ to defeat him.

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Relationship 1/5
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BPT is supposedly a cute, intelligent and charming character, that attracts the attention of CBJ through her personality. And he is caring and dedicated to her, having recognized her as his intellectual equal. However given their roles in opposing factions (although she just happens to support all his enemies), this ideal relationship doesn’t last. This is followed by several make up and break up sessions. When they’re fighting they’re excessively melodramatic, and when they’re on good terms, they’re disgustingly sweet in a cheesy and tacky way, making them bi-polar but flat characters.

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Characters 0/5
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While there is a lot of commentary on the MC’s intellect, it seems like her greatest victories play on the affections of the male lead towards her, and his unwillingness to harm her. Similarly, a lot of the angst and bitterness on her part due to her need to test his affections through unreasonable means despite misleading and disappointing him several times.

Tests include not explaining herself despite being accused of poisoning his nephews/heirs to the throne and expecting him to return to her on his birthday despite the country facing a coalition army at their borders. Both these choices are pretty much there to distance him from his country as well as his family for her. While her other tests make her appear suicidal, as she risks her life to prove a point.

The male lead is also meant to be cold and calculating but in front of the female lead, he seems to have lost any spine or common sense and is willing to chase after her and to take her back regardless of her actions. In a way he resembles Nangong Liuyun from DKC but without the moments of ruthlessness and ingenuity, while his female lead lacks Su Luo’s feistiness, resourcefulness and charm.
The second male lead loses his family and home at the start, and is driven by vengeance and ambition to conquer the four countries. To him, BPT represent the happy moments in his past, while CBJ gives him an inferiority complex. In the end he’s blinded by his hate and loses everything he values. In a way he’s the only character that actually makes sense in the warring states/political context, but not particularly great.

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The story started off well, and could’ve been a very fascinating read but ultimately ended up disappointing, with the nature of the characters clashing with the story setting. The MC never got to fully show off any of her wit or intellect as a strategist and person (mostly relying on the same tactic of using the male lead’s love for her), the author’s attempts at war tactics were just plain embarrassing. While the main pairing’s relationship felt unbalanced and unrealistic, with the male lead constantly betraying his family and country’s trust to be with her and neither of them addressing their underlying misgivings. <<less
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MangoGuy
normal guy rated it
July 14, 2016
Status: Completed
This is a gem. A masterpiece, I feel. This review is being written after reading the entire work.

First off, the translations are otherworldly. As it is in pdf format, it is easily attainable. Kudos to the translator.

Next, the actual story. It is a complex love story between two intelligent and stubborn people. The feels are REAL. VERY REAL. There are three main characters, with a few other characters who can almost be considered to be main characters. And all of them get sufficient screen time to leave a deep imprint... more>> in your heart. A VERY DEEP IMPRINT. The battle strategies are a part of the historical setting, but not the main thing in the story. It is much more about the struggles of the love birds. Few deep questions relating to human nature, cause of war, who is right and who is wrong etc are asked and they make you think really hard. If someone makes a good soundtrack, then this can even be made into a TV show (if it is not already made).

The characters are very well made, with questions of betrayal and human relations around. There are no clear heroes and villains. There are only people who were forced by fate to take action. After reading, you will definitely sympathize with the characters.

This one is definitely recommended to even those of you who are not looking for romance/drama/historical/feels. I personally rate it 5/5. Some people may feel the ending is a bit of a letdown, but do not fear. It is a satisfactory one.

Spoiler

There is a happy ending at least for the main couple, so fear not about tragedy.

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Personally, I feel that it is under appreciated. I mean, it is not too long either. I just can't find any faults with it. <<less
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admiralen
admiralen rated it
January 6, 2018
Status: --
This series started out pretty damn well, but when it gets to a certain point it just keeps on making drama for drama

The main character is a plain psychopath

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A good example is when she is pregnant and Chu Beijie doesnt come home at the proper time, so she decides to leave forever

She knows he wasnt at fault and that he never intended to be late, but she doesnt care, she knows he is in despair and searching for her, pretty much giving up all he has, but she doesnt care, she lets him search for several years while she raises their child on a farm where there isnt enough food (which is curious since she is supposed to be some kind of supergenius, but cant even make enough money to support her childs eating habits), and she only returns to Chu Beijie because she needs a general. Not because she cares about him or wants him back or anything, just because she wants to use him.

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Shaiole
Shaiole rated it
July 14, 2016
Status: Completed
I'm never good at reviews but ill try to promote this novel because I like it so much but there are too few people that had read it.

I can say that this novel is not for everyone but it is for me. I could say that it is one of my favorites.

I want to say a few things about this novel.

... more>> It is not for kids. It's so emotional. Not erotic, but emotional.

Tragedy makes the story as it is. It is sad, but read it. It is about 2 smart people that love each other, but somehow, some people and events get in the way. Their love gets tested every single time. And this is what makes them stronger. The tests could have taken their lives.

Family or love?

Country or love?

Reason or love?

A tale of two hearts and two minds. <<less
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areeba1169
areeba1169 rated it
January 3, 2016
Status: Completed
Whoever has an interest in historical romance novel would love this. Its has become number one in my list. I fell in love with the manga and came across this. So glad I did. The two main characters Bia Pingting and Chu Beijie go through many heartache such as being both from different countries so politics gets in the way of their relationship. This story would leave you in an emotional wreck but you cant help but read on hoping that there would come a time where the could settle... more>> down somewhere isolated from this world. But obviously this is impossible but hopefully they have a nice ending. Nevertheless I cant wait to see what happen next. Its amazing to see a person who was a lowly position of a maid was able to shake the great 4 nations. She is great at the qin and has the mind to rival any great General. Definitely not weak, you cant help but fall in love with her and feel empathy from beginning to end. Definitely a must read. I cant help but envy there love for each other ^_^ <<less
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Bunnypillow
Bunnypillow rated it
November 23, 2016
Status: --
This novel is seriously like a masterpiece. It portrays a brave and valiant girl that is also very intelligent! For me, I enjoy the female MC being a smart and cunning woman, and Bai Pingting is both of em. I honestly think you should read this novel, it's just really really good! &Gt;|||<

I don't really know how to describe it but I think you'll know what I mean when you start reading this. &Lt;3
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mxg
mxg rated it
July 28, 2018
Status: --
I don't even know at what point I officially gave up on this novel. It was such a difficult book to get through. I couldn't finish no matter how hard I forced myself to keep going. Nothing about this book lives up to my expectations.

The characters go from badass, independent individuals to lovers who can't breathe without the other in 0.3 seconds. The MC goes from resourceful and cunning to melodramatic, petty, and so effing annoying.
Spoiler

She demands that the ML love her even though she doesn't even try to explain the poisoning of his nephews, which everyone thinks she did. She just whines about he doesn't love her anymore and then tries to take her life through several hunger strikes and lonely instrument playing.

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The author tried to paint her character in a better light by having all the ML's friends or acquaintances be shocked by her charm/wit/selfless love blah blah blah. But it doesn't help at all - it just makes you question the intelligence of these characters.

I can't even rant about the ML because he's such a flat, static character whose only role is to be OP and love the MC unconditionally -
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DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE STILL THINKS SHE POISONED HIS NEPHEWS. Like, come on, dude! She's not even arguing against the accusations (for some really stupid reason too). So much is wrong with their relationship.

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All in all, don't read this. Save yourself time and effort. It's not worth it.
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saltNpepper
saltNpepper rated it
July 14, 2018
Status: c42
Started out great, but the MC got too annoying for me. She was selfish and rather unreasonable and I couldn't stomach it. Initially he was the one who didn't give her the chance, but when he finally did, she decided to throw that and create even more drama. Really disappointed with it and so I've decuded to drop it and just read the final chapter to see how it ends...
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DOHere
DOHere rated it
April 20, 2018
Status: v2c46
The story is seriously wrong. It's ok if MC betrays ML continuously and he has to forgive her even for sth so very cruel
Spoiler

killing your nephews is not sth you forgive someone for

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, but he wrongs her only once and she leaves him
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Keiji
Keiji rated it
March 31, 2018
Status: --
Worth reading indeed!!! If you want a breath of a fresh air from the reoccurring plot of CNs, this is it!

The story was well written and the drama brought me to tears. Their love story and character development was awesome-not fast faced, not based on looks but grown as the chapters progressed. This is one of the reasons why I'm into CNs now.

Loved it!
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BillionJellyfish
BillionJellyfish rated it
March 20, 2018
Status: Completed
A MASTERPIECE

Just skip this review and start reading it! What are you waiting for?!

*cough cough* Ahem- my review/summary will be brief:

The MC is an enemy spy who eventually betrays the ML to save her own country, but the MC falls in love with the ML during their time together. The ML chases after the MC through battlefields in the hopes that she will come back to him (which she does!) and they end up happily every after. Okay, I skipped over several important turning points of the story, but ya... more>> get the gist of it. The story is a gem! Quickly go read it! The story is so well written that there is even a drama and manhwa adaptation of it!

I highly recommend this story for those in love with historical romance and a strong MC! <<less
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whosays25
whosays25 rated it
November 8, 2017
Status: c75
This is an absolute gem. It's totally been written so well, and it's one of those few novels which really made me so emotionally attach to it even after reading it thrice. (The other one is Mulberry Song, my ultimate favorite Chinese romance story). Please give it a try. If you are looking for something which has depth, I'm sure you won't get disappointed.
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emilia
emilia rated it
November 30, 2016
Status: Completed
Their love blossomed through *numerous* suffering: tried and tested to be true. Definitely a must read romance novel. I really liked both leads.
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luxe
luxe rated it
November 26, 2016
Status: dj story 1
This is a real gem if you're interested in an intelligent female lead and a thrilling romance. Bai Pingting is a woman who is crafty, good at battle tactics, and falls in love with a general who is her equal (at least in mental tactics department). It's heart-wrenching at certain moments, but you're never left hanging for too long. Great read, already fully translated so even better.

Admittedly, there are cringe-worthy moments where I question things, but I'm mostly reading stories that don't constantly require the female lead to be saved.... more>> She does end up using the main lead's affections for her often in her tactics when they're on opposite sides. But, being in love tends to get you doing stupid things, I suppose, and makes you admit there are some characters who don't want to go past a certain point. Emotions can sometimes imbalance you.

I don't get why, with all the times she tricks Chu Beijie due to her duty and her intelligence, she doesn't consider the possibility that Chu Beijie is delayed when He Xia and Beijie's brother plots together, and ends up getting heartbroken. \O/

Edit: After returning to this, I admit I don't really like how BPT uses Chu Beijie in her tactics. The author truly doesn't really go into much details in war tactics that show off BPT's intellect without using Chu Beijie's emotions and him not wanting to hurt her. In one of the bigger plots she uses, she doesn't even consider that she's one small tactician in the game, can be betrayed, and made no back-up plans in case that happened. Ignoring the tactics, though, this story did squeeze my heart a bit. : ( <<less
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
January 23, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Ch 12. It is rare that I made an opinion this early, but the well-written prose and description of the emotional turmoil made up my mind. I believe this is a good series, but not for me as it's something that tugs on the heartstrings too much for my liking. A female reader might either empathize with the MC or detests her seemingly fragile resistance to the charms of a fiery man. As I read through the chapters while listening to Faye Wong's "Fragile Woman", the MC's... more>> emotions reminds me of the heart-wreck Otsu from the Eiji Yoshikawa historical epic "Musashi" had suffered. If you like a love story that is colored with "so close yet so far" that you see in romantic dramas, then I think you would enjoy this.

Spoiler

Translator promised it has a happy ending.

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Mavsynchroid
Mavsynchroid rated it
April 12, 2018
Status: Completed
Loved it! To be clear, this is NOT a wuxia novel with cultivation and arrogant young masters getting slapped every 5 chapters by the MC. This is... how do I put it.. an adults novel? It's written extremely well. All characters are absolutely realistic, even the villains. You can relate (but not necessarily agree) to their actions. The MC and ML are both incredibly well written as well. They're not super heroes. They use their brains, and as corny as it sounds -- their love, to overcome all... more>> odds. The writing actually makes me think of the grand master strategist. Not so much by how complex the writing is. More like... Alright, every character is actually a real person who make sensible choices and actions. All in all, it's an incredibly interesting story.

I recommend changing the novel update chapter listing for this novel as I'm not a big fan of short novels, so I actually skipped past this completed novel for a while because I thought there were only 30 or so chapters. I didn't realize the last two listings in the chapter list were somehow another 40 chapters!

I give this a 5 out of 5 due to how incredible it was, even WITH the errors the translator/editor makes fairly often. Confusing names (somehow a character was actually called by the name of a city at one point instead of their name), previous and past tense screw ups, missing words. It wasn't enough to make me drop the novel, however, and I'm EXTREMELY picky about lazy/overconfident translating/editing.

So.. If you like intelligent strategist MCs who use their brains and not ALWAYS their brawns, this novel will be a treat for you! <<less
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B2j
B2j
November 18, 2017
Status: v3c50
The novel is very dependent upon its romantic nature. I don't seem to think about anything good about the romance though. It wasn't forced or anything but it was shallow and awkward. The feelings get deeper but through a lot of idiotic and miraculous events. The ML is a horrible, violent, and overbearing prick but at the same time he probably is the biggest victim in this horrible romance. He was the one that pursues the MC and relentless gives her chances. She, on the other hand, keeps rejecting the... more>> offers, against her own wishes, and makes decisions that lead to idiotic misunderstandings. The couple lacks a good communication and so their relationship is just horrible and painful to look at. Although I understand her reasons for doing the things she did but she needs to convey her messages properly. The MC is insensitive. She is described as a smart strategist and so is the ML but the strategies are typical and at the level of elementary kids. It generally over-complicates a lot of things. The side characters are not in depth and has typical ambitions, at least they had some. The plot is not as in depth as I thought it was. Overall, it was also an idiotic misunderstanding. All the characters had to do was to communicate and things would have been better but for some reasons, they only trust themselves. There is some character and relationship development for the MC and ML but the other supposedly important side characters and possible other ML is neglected and glossed over on the surface, especially when he plays a fairly important role. As the story goes, the MC just makes the ML suffers and feels betrayed over and over while the ML treats her worse and worse. I am utterly surprised that they still haven't broken up completely and kill each other for gods' sake. That would have made it enjoyable. In addition, it sometimes get illogical as it provides unrealistic descriptions and things. Sometimes it also provides info that I give no f**ks about and has no real relevance to the plot. This novel is full of sufferings and I think that might be the whole point of the story. Overall, the pace is good and is slightly unique but in my opinion, masochists would love to read this. <<less
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Yohanna
Yohanna rated it
August 20, 2017
Status: Completed
I recalled reading the manhua and because I was so desperate to know what happens next in the story, I came across this novel. This was the first C-novel that I've ever read.

This novel holds a very special place in my heart as this is the one that introduced me to the world of C-novels.

What I loved from this novel that wasn't higlighted that much in the drama was how the male lead fell in love with her. Not because of her beauty and whatnot but because of her brains.

The... more>> characters had to experience series of obstacles like betrayals, wars to get to where they are now.

There were supposed to be more than 1 dj's but only one was translated. Huhuhu. I just can't get enough of this couple!

Bonus:
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THEY EVEN HAD A SON!

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Ashress
Ashress rated it
November 27, 2016
Status: Completed
I really like the 1st half of the story because it is center around just the MC and her love. The author played with your heart string like Pingting played her qin (cries). This is one of my first romance, historical-ish tales but I can tell this story is different than the others. Each character has their own problem and concern. I really love the character development :)

But as the story goes on the perspective expanded, this is probably because she grew older and become mature. Her fame slightly... more>> diminished but this is good, I mean she suffered a lot so I can understand that she want to settle down and be more dependent. Being a reader you got to adjust to this, (or it's just me).

Overall, it's a beautiful love story. I recommend it, even if it's a little bit sad (hang in there!).
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(rant) But seriously, Pingting hate how Chu Beijie was late for the 6th day. She exclaimed that he was choosing his country and family over to her. Yet she calls him out of the mountain when she was finally forced to do it because she wants to protect her little place. (The transitions between a lot of romance centering around her and the Duke to barely minimum talk. I felt like the Duke loves her but more of because of the 1st half part of the story, because he felt like he still loves her.) So she use him to secure a peaceful life for her place. Really.

Maybe this is because I really don't like the transition between the perspectives but it's really bothering me. But at the end of the day, I ignore that feeling and finished the story. Still love it but the transition still bothers me so a 4 stars rating.

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remems3
remems3
April 4, 2019
Status: v3c75
To be honest, I am a complete sucker for strong/intelligent female leads, and this novel did not fail in providing me just that. However, as much as I do enjoy reading the novel, the progression and development of both the story and the characters is quite skewed, thus forcing me to rate this with 3 stars.

The beginning was fairly good, it had a great set up and the characters were so-so, but sometimes, just when you feel like you know the character enough, they'd do something completely off hilter which... more>> makes it a bit inconsistent from how they were initially built or portrayed; in a sense it is a form of character development but the transition between the changes makes the story feel underdeveloped and sometimes exhausting to read.

Especially at the latter parts of the story, where a character changes so much, or an event has progressed to a point where it being unexpected just comes off as weird or rushed, it really changes the way you perceive and feel about the novel. I mean at the end, they do sort of tie back and weave things better but when reading, what matters is the journey and not necessarily the end, so I don't really know what to do with these mixed emotions.

But to wrap this review up, the story and characters, though had great potential, were either rushed or underdeveloped, to the point where it had affected the story's capability to compel readers. However, by no means does it mean that the novel is awful; it's still quite a good read but frustratingly underdeveloped. If you don't mind the either rushed or prolonged developments then I guess this is the right book to read <<less
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