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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2018, authors-of-color, authors-women, fantasy, library, hugo-maybes-2019, series

Most high fantasy is based on European folklore. You know—knights, elves, dragons. The landscape is vaguely European, the cultures are usually European and white. Look at Game of Thrones. Westeros is literally Europe and the free Cities are also Europe. Southeros is Africa and Easteros has the Great Grass Sea with the Dothraki who are the Mongols/Huns. However there is no Far East Asian peoples in Game of Thrones. None in Wheel of Time, none in Lord of the Rings, none in most of modern High Fantasy. So the idea of a fantasy novel based on Chinese folklore is very appealing. What would that look like? How would the characters, landscape, plot and action be different?

Apparently it looks like World War II. The Poppy War is simply a retelling of WWII with some fantasy elements from the Chinese perspective. Once that became apparent the story got a lot less interesting.

I did like the theme of talking to gods by using drugs. I don’t think that’s been done a lot before and is kinda surprising.

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Reading Progress

August 21, 2018 – Shelved
August 21, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
November 19, 2018 – Started Reading
November 19, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
November 19, 2018 – Shelved as: authors-of-color
November 19, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
November 19, 2018 – Shelved as: authors-women
November 19, 2018 – Shelved as: library
November 19, 2018 – Shelved as: hugo-maybes-2019
November 22, 2018 – Finished Reading
January 4, 2019 – Shelved as: series

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