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Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
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Oct 15, 09

Read in October, 2009

I get the distinct feeling that Barry Hughart and I share some of the same... well, "obsessions" is too strong a word, but "fascinations" might be right.

My wife came home from the library with a copy of The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, and said she thought I might be interested. She was right - I couldn't put the damn thing down. It's as if Carl Hiaasen set out to write a Sherlock Holmes mystery set at the dawn of the Tang dynasty... while slipping in as many traditional folk tales and Chinese festivals as possible.

And the climax is suitably climactic - even if you already know the story behind Qi Xi (Chinese Valentine's Day), the way everything comes together in this story is really satisfying.

Plus, there are valuable instructions on how to see ghosts and defeat invisible spiders.

Plus, there are a few magical references to Lewis Carroll, if you can spot them.

It's fun. It's really fun.
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