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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Autumn Bridge

    Excellent read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2005

    Autumn Bridge

    Nothing makes driving from point A to point B more dramatic than an epic tale of swords, sorcery, and honor. Autumn Bridge fits the bill nicely, I'd say. Events are propelled by the narrative conceit of prophecy one male from each generation of a specific bloodline receives the gift. (Or curse. Depends on your perspective.) Knowing the future doesn't mean you can alter it in any way, of course. Trying to do so would bring certain disaster. All you can do is change your sense of perspective. Knowing the day you'll die might make you brave when you'd normally be a coward, but it will also make you reckless when caution is needed. Each of these characters comes into the ability in a different way. Genji is granted only three visions during his natural span, while his father was visited by an ancestral specter that told him the shape of things to come. Just like Japanese history, this novel is filled with too many names, places, and dates to easily remember. Matsuoka does an admirable job of keeping a sense of cohesion even as events jump from the Mongol invasions of 1311 to the aftermath of World War II. Professional narration by Jennifer Van Dyck ('Bullets Over Broadway') adds a great deal to the experience. BOTTOM LINE: I'm an East Asian Area Studies major. Your mileage may vary, but I think you'll like it if you have a taste for historical fiction or fantasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2004


    An intriguing generation spanning tale is a perfect platform for accomplished voice performer Jennifer Van Dyck. A veteran of both film and television (most notably Woody Allen' movie 'Bullets Over Broadway' and the TV series 'Law & Order'), she reads with clarity enabling listeners to keep track of a rather heft cast of characters and numerous confrontations. Introduced in this author's 'Cloud of Sparrows,' Japanese noble Lord Genji again takes center stage along with a beautiful missionary, Emily Gibson. There's an undeniable attraction between the two, but theirs would be an impossible match. Beginning in feudal Japan, listeners learn of a woman watching from a high tower in the Cloud of Sparrows Castle. It is 1311 and those who would harm her are gathering in the courtyard below. As the night hours pass she writes down a history of the Okumichi clan and notes the magic they posses, including the ability to foresee the future. Over six centuries pass before these scrolls are translated by Emily Gibson who is puzzled and amazed to find the similarities between what she sees before her eyes and her own life. The author's gift for detail serves to enrich his story, and the voice of Jennifer Van Dyck gives it vibrant life. - Gail Cooke

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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