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Sign of the Qin by L.G. Bass
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Jul 15, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: action-adventure, dragons, fantasy, historical-fiction, mythology-folklore, youkai, dropped-dull
Read from July 15, 2010 to September 24, 2011

If you've never read Journey to the West or the Water Margin, you might be forgiven in thinking that most of the plot in this book was original. Unfortunately, if you had read those books, then you were probably as bored with the story as I was. Those plots that weren't cribbed from various ancient Chinese novels were not very good, and the character development... well, there wasn't much development. I didn't even like Monkey much and that's just depressing.

I've been stalling for well over a year now on dropping this book, but every time I think of finishing it, I think of much better books I could be reading. Like the unabridged Journey to the West... So, I am officially declaring my reading of this book over.

If you want amazing original tales steeped in Chinese legend, go read the Bridge of Bird series by Barry Hughart.
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