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The Emperor's Jade
3.78
it was ok
James Lawrence is an Australian teaching in mainland China. Out shopping one day, he purchases an antique Chinese pillow box, thinking he's made the A ...more
Jul 22, 2016
Jul 19, 2016
 
Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt
3.67
it was ok
"There is nothing humble about you, Taita. Even the smell of your farts is conceited and ostentatious."


You got that right, brother. Admittedly it's be
...more
Nov 29, 2015
Nov 30, 2015
 
Everything Under the Heavens (Silk and Song Trilogy, #1)
3.86
liked it
An amiable YA historical based on the not unreasonable supposition that during his decades long stay in Asia, Marco Polo fathered a child. The star of ...more
not set
Apr 30, 2016
 
Night in Shanghai
3.61
really liked it
Thomas Greene is a black musician who finds more freedom and respect in China than he ever did in his segregated homeland. Song Yuhua was sold into se ...more
Nov 04, 2014
Nov 04, 2014
 
The Green Berets: The Amazing Story of the U. S. Army's Elite Special Forces Unit
3.91
it was ok
A bit eye-rolling at times, caused by Testosterone Overload. It also didn't help to have Lee Greenwood constantly humming in my ear as I read.

Based o
...more
May 06, 2016
Dec 25, 2011
 
Parrot and Company
3.00
liked it
Poor little forgotten book. Will no one review or even rate you? Come, let me take you under my wing.

Warrington is a self-exhiled American knocking ar
...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
 
The Mongoliad: Book One (Foreworld, #1)
3.48
it was ok
On the one hand you have the Mongol Empire, legendary warriors with the power to make most of the known world crap in their pants at the mere mention ...more
Mar 02, 2013
May 21, 2012
 
Lights and Shadows of a Macao Life: The Journal of Harriett Low, Travelling Spinster
2.00
it was ok
A young American woman travels to China with her family, does a whole bunch of nothing for several years, and her journal doesn't really pick up and g ...more
Aug 21, 2016
Jul 09, 2012
 
The Incarnations: A Novel
3.77
liked it
What an odd little book. I'm not saying it's unreadable but boy, is it strange. Chinese taxi driver Wang has a stalker. This mysterious unknown person ...more
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 01, 2016
 
Equal of the Sun
3.69
liked it
2.5 stars

Perhaps I approached this book with too high of expectations. I saw all these glowing reviews of it here on GoodReads and other sites. The su
...more
May 09, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
 
Daughter of the Bamboo Forest
3.44
did not like it
The story is set in China during the Japanese occupation but except for a random mention here and there you'd never know the Japanese were anywhere ar ...more
Jul 16, 2016
Nov 02, 2012
 
The Ming Admiral: A Chinese Odyssey
4.00
it was ok
Odd writing style. I don't know that much about the author but if English is her second language that would explain a lot. I'm still in search of a de ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
 
Swan Cloud (Southern Swallow #3)
4.80
Eddie, you really need some help with these ebook covers. They are gawd-awful. Spend a little money and hire a professional.
not set
Sep 05, 2013
 
Gentlemen of the Road
3.42
did not like it
Very disappointed. Not original at all.
not set
Aug 09, 2011
 
Flashman (The Flashman Papers, #1)
4.08
did not like it
What a dick.
Jan 20, 2017
Jan 20, 2017
 
The Corpse Reader
3.84
liked it
I had every intention of being nice and giving this book three stars. But when it came down to the moment of truth I just couldn't do it. While the st ...more
Feb 15, 2014
Aug 16, 2013
 
Pearl Moon
3.76
did not like it
I deserve an award for making it to the end of this clap trap. An award or at least a good stiff drink.
Jul 15, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
 
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
3.80
really liked it
Fascinating, intriguing, absorbing real life who-dunnit. French recreates the turmoil of a China in flux and the world of a crumbling city's refugees, ...more
Aug 22, 2013
Aug 17, 2013
 
Mission to China: Matteo Ricci and the Jesuit Encounter with the East
3.38
it was ok
A short, quick read. Author Mary Laven skims over the basic details of Matteo Ricci and life in the Middle Kingdom. If you're looking for an in depth ...more
Dec 23, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
 
Bones of the Hills (Conqueror, #3)
4.32
liked it
It's a good thing this was a trilogy as this book was when I started to get bored. It seemed that the larger Genghis' empire became, the smaller a cha ...more
not set
Aug 03, 2011
 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
4.05
liked it
Not as interesting as I was expecting it to be. I just didn't really like the protagonist, Lily, or felt like I was getting an intimate view of 19th c ...more
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
 
The Academician (Southern Swallow, #1)
4.11
liked it
The first half was kind of slow, but the next half had a national crisis that spiced things up.
Jun 29, 2014
Sep 23, 2013
 
Khubilai Khan’s Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada
3.55
liked it
Now I want to learn more about Khublilai Khan.
May 12, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
 
Reading Lolita in Tehran
3.57
did not like it
Not as interesting as I thought it would be.
Jan 2004
Aug 13, 2011
 
The Nan Tu (Southern Swallow, #2)
4.22
liked it
2.5 stars
Sep 08, 2013
Aug 29, 2013
 
Last of the Breed
4.23
liked it
None
not set
Aug 09, 2011
 
Caravans
3.98
liked it
None
Aug 2004
Aug 07, 2011
 
Foreign Devils on the Silk Road
4.13
liked it
None
not set
Aug 13, 2011
 
Genghis: Lords of the Bow (Conqueror, #2)
4.31
liked it
None
not set
Aug 14, 2011
 
The Siege of Isfahan
3.85
liked it
None
not set
Sep 11, 2011
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