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Thirteen Orphans by Jane Lindskold
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May 03, 2010

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bookshelves: novels, china, urban-fantasy, american-writers
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This is an engaging, action-filled book. It is neither as reflective, nor as deep, as her book "Child of a Rainless Year." While this is only the second book of hers that I have read, I find her characterizations of older women more real than her characterizations of younger ones. There are several passages involving Brenda, a nineteen-year-old, that feel false, which is too bad as she should be a wonderful character. The most engrossing passages involve Pearl Bright, a former child star now in her seventies. I may, however, be doing the book a disservice as it is the first in a series and not a stand alone novel. I will certainly be reading the next in the series.

Two notes. One: this book is very American. The collection of heroes includes a blue-eyed blond, a 100% Chinese-American, a dark black man, and a couple of biracial people all tied together by some sort of kinship dating back to a "Chinese" past. Nobody blinks at this.

Two: I now want to go to the Rosicrucian museum and garden in San Jose.

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