No clue how this book remains in demand. First of all, the stories are rather dull, and the names are so similar as to be very confusing. More importantly, though, these are not authentic Chinese stories. Rather they are written "in the Chinese style" by an American who never even visited China. To me that seems horribly patronizing, even racist. China has such a rich and ancient culture, and truly wonderful folk tales of its own. That we are promoting and reading knock-offs is an absolute slap in the face. It's as if we are saying that what he wrote is better than what the Chinese civilization created itself.