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The Crocodile and the Crane: A Novel of Immortality and Apocalypse

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Finalist 2008 USA Best Books AwardPractitioners of a secret art that bestows immortality and more, Sanfeng and Zetian are brother and sister and have lived together in China for more than 3000 years. Now, in the near future of 2009, they face an enemy they recognize from their childhood, a terrifying disease that left them orphaned and alone in the world. The disease kills ...more
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by YMAA Publication Center
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Mike Angelillo
Feb 09, 2008 Mike Angelillo rated it it was ok
Not a bad plot but doomed by lousy dialog
Adan
Mar 10, 2015 Adan rated it it was amazing
Genre: Fantasy, martial arts, apocolyptic

Synopsis: Two immortal martial artists, a brother and sister, have secretly lived thousands of years based on a family secret. In 21st century Hong Kong they finally come to blows against each other when a mysterious disease from the ancient past begins to destroy most of the world's population.

Commentary: To use a movie analogy, it's "28 Days Later" meets "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".

Pros:
"Forrest Gump" style flashbacks on key events in Chinese his
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James
Mar 01, 2009 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
Really tried to like this book. Want to have a category called martial arts fiction. But this author's style is so chop socky. His layouts and characters so sketchy and cariacatured, that it's hard to make it through the book. A lot happens in the author's head. Too bad so little of it makes it onto the reader's page. Not recommended.
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I'm an American-born Taoist monk ordained in China. A one-time New Yorker, frequent Californian, and mostly Floridian, I am in love with Hawaii and addicted to traveling around Asia. I live a Taoist life, which means I treasure harmony and balance, worship nature, and engage internal martial arts as a form of devotion.

My work focuses on exploring Chinese philosophy and history through the lens of
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