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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  19 reviews
It’s been four years since Chris Arlin graduated with a degree that most people think she made up, and she’s still no closer to scraping up funding for her research into rare plants. Instead, she’s stacking shelves at the campus library, until a suspiciously well-dressed man offers her a lucrative position on a scientific expedition.

For Chris, the problem isn’t the fact th
Paperback, 392 pages
Published January 2014 by Spence City
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Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
I first encountered DK Mok's writing in the FableCroft anthology One Small Step , where her story Morning Star was one of my favourites. When Mok approached me about reviewing her urban fantasy novel I said yes with alacrity as I was really interested to read more of her writing. And while The Other Tree is very, very different in tone and setting from Morning Star, I really enjoyed it. The story is set in a future version of Australia – though we also visit Italy and the Arabian Desert – and ...more
Tsana Dolichva
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Other Tree by DK Mok is the author's first novel and the second thing I've read of hers, the other being a story in One Small Step. The Other Tree is an amusing adventure story that takes our Australian protagonists around the world (well, to Europe and the Middle East anyway).

The story follows Chris, a cryptobotanist, and Luke, the hapless priest she drags into her mission. With a few starting advantages, they race against the big corporation's cronies to locate and get to the Tree of Life
This book is heartfelt, exciting, suspenseful, and poignant. About a young woman's quest for the Tree of Life in a race against an evil corporation and time, it deals with bigger questions, about humanity, love and loss, acceptance and striving, hope, reconciliation, and redemption.

Chris, an under-appreciated, under-funded cryptobotanist, discovers her sense of purpose when the giant technical and scientific corporation, SinaCorp, invites her to participate in its second search for Eden. She bl
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first glance, Mok's debut novel has many elements in common with a Dan Brown book; there's a quest for the mythical Eden, a well trodden path to follow, a trio of riddles to solve, and unscrupulous opponents to overcome in SinaCorp. That's where the similarities end, however.

Mok's wry sense of humour sets this book apart from other aspirants to Brown's historical quest throne. The Other Tree never makes the mistake of taking itself too seriously, which largely serves it well. Having said that
Henry Lazarus
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
DK Mok shows us another type of scientist, one with a quest. Chris Arlin is a crypto-batonist When a representative from Sinacorp, a huge evil corporation, tries to recruit her to join an expedition to find the real Eden and The Other Tree (paper from Spence City) that can confer immortality. Chris mother was killed on the last expedition,. But her father is dying of cancer, so she decides to hunt for Eden on her own, a place written about in Sumerian and Pre-Sumerian records that are far older ...more
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
If Seanan McGuire had written The Da Vinci Code, the outcome might have been a little like The Other Tree! Given I adore Seanan's work and think The Da Vinci Code could have been quite fascinating in the hands of a different author, this is definitely a compliment.

I don't know much about the heritage behind this story but the religious, scientific and geographic elements, whether real or invented, are believably written, and underpin an action packed yet inherently character driven story.

The b
Michelle Pickett
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An intelligent and riveting read that packs action and adventure with intellect and science. Add in a healthy dose of witty sarcasm and you have a clever story about a thousands year-old mystery that sparks the interest of not only scientists, priests, and big-brother corporations, alike.

Although the central theme of the book is the “Tree of Life” from the Garden of Eden, the book is not overtly religious and blends that aspect of the story with the scientific well.

I agree with the jacket copy,
Darby Karchut
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
I really liked the premise of The Other Tree. This book has been compared to The Da Vinci Code meets Indiana Jones and I agree! The adventures Chris, Luke, and Emir survive—often by a wild mix of brains, skill, and luck—kept me turning pages as fast as I could read. But even more than the action scenes, I really enjoyed the philosophical/scientific “debates” woven throughout the story.

D.K. Mok’s writing is subtle and she is a master at dialogue. While there is quite a bit of head hoppin
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Note: I was provided a copy of this book by the author to review.

The Other Tree is a story that is clever, secretive, and mysterious. It is about two regular people trying to do something extraordinary, driven by determination and personal motives, all the while having a dangerous enemy biting at their heels who is also after the same prize: the Tree of Life. Both parties are after the Tree for very different reasons and we watch as Chris and Luke race against SinaCorp to decipher ancient texts
Kae Cheatham
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fiction
The publisher sent me the download of this book through NetGalley.

D.K. Mok's The Other Tree is a quest novel that follows the predictable format of someone out to find something that seems to be impossible to find. The main protagonist Chris Arlin, is a cryptobotanist, which gives her an academic interest in finding "the other tree." What is this other tree? Well, most folks are familiar with the tree in the Garden of Eden that produce the apple that sent man into exile f
Pop Bop
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Hokey Plot Elevated By Decent Characters and Flashes of Elegant Writing

This book is good guys racing bad guys to find a mythical wonderful thing. I think the Greeks started that plotline, or maybe it actually was the Sumerians. Doesn't matter. There's a reason why quest fiction is forever. The real issue is what our author does with it.

I almost stopped reading this a few times early on. The heroine's speeches about the eeeevil corporation where just so tinny and shallow that I despaired whethe
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
eARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"The Other Tree" is Australian author D.K. Mok's debut novel. Caught somewhere between fantasy and thriller with religious overtones, this books is inevitably going to be compared to blockbusters like "The DaVinci Code". The bonus here is that Mok's writing is almost flawless, and her characters live and breathe (and snark at refreshing intervals) and actually act like real human beings.

Chris Arlin is a cryptobotanist who is approached
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Chris graduated from university four years ago yet finds herself rooted to the campus. Despite her degree she finds herself undertaking menial tasks with little fulfilment – until, she’s accosted by a corporation that has ties to her mother’s death to aid them on a mission to discover a cure for death; the promise of immortality.

She turns them down only to take up the challenge on her own accord. Wanting to ensure this powerful and world changing discovery doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Dion Perry
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think I will describe this book as a comedy thriller. Chris is an ethnobotanist without a job in her chosen profession. She hangs around her university desperately hoping to receive a grant for further research, but is continuously disappointed. When she is offered a job with a large corporation, one might be mistaken for thinking this is her lucky break. It’s not. She refused the job on ethical grounds. Not only was the company responsible for her mother’s death, it intends to launch an exped ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
THE OTHER TREE features Chris Arlin, a cryptobotanist and Luke, a priest who has had a crisis of faith. Chris is approached by a mysterious man who wants her to join their expedition to find the Tree of Life. The only problem is the expedition is funded by the same corporation her mother died for years ago. With her father sick, she ropes Luke into performing their own search, hopefully beating SinaCorp to the treasure. Following clues and risking their lives, like an Indiana Jones movie, Chris ...more
Eve Whitney
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I won an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway and anticipated I would enjoy this based on the description. However, it did not live up to my expectations, and I was rather disappointed. My first impression after several chapters was that this was a poor imitation of a Dan Brown novel, and unfortunately that impression was not lessened the more I read.
While technically the writing was sound (vivid imagery, detailed descriptions, well paced), the plotting and characterization were unrealistic and left
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Imagine if The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons had been written by an author with a sense of humor. That’s The Other Tree, by Australian writer D.K. Mok. Mok weaves together religious history, geology, botany, and art history with a healthy (more than healthy) dose of sarcasm and wit to create this highly entertaining quest for that other tree mentioned in the Book of Genesis: the Tree of Life...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Gave up reading half way through.
It wasn't bad... but it was disappointing since I really liked Hunt for Valamon.

Maybe I had too high an expectation?
Or maybe the author is more suited for writing fantasy than contemporary.

Maybe I'll go back to read it to the end sometime...
And maybe I won't.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. This entry is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

To be safe, I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the AA are over.
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DK Mok is a fantasy and science fiction author whose novels include Squid's Grief, Hunt for Valamon, and The Other Tree. DK has been shortlisted for seven Aurealis Awards, three Ditmars, and two Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Awards.

DK grew up in libraries, immersed in lost cities and fantastic worlds populated by quirky bandits and giant squid. DK is based in Australia, and he

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