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The Tower of Myriad Mirrors by Tung Yüeh
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Apr 19, 2011

it was ok

16th century fanfiction- I kid you not. This is a 'missing chapter' from "The Journey to the West" one of the great works of Chinese literature and one of the best fantasy novels of all time (to be adapted into a movie by Neil Gaiman and Guillermo Del Toro.) "Tower" is honestly pretty dry. It was written by a monk and was intended to be an exploration of Buddhist philosophy regarding the evils of desire, so it spends a lot of time doing that, as well as dealing horrible torturous deaths to historical figures and politicians the author did not like. Still, the writing is actually somewhat ahead of its time in the way it deals with POV and symbolic psychology- downright Freudian in some places. And there's some very cool psychedelic fantasy stuff too. Still, not really worth it (even for such a slim volume) if you aren't a passionate fan of the original novel and also a lover of esoterica.

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