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Posted March 16, 2013
Different and a great read
I enjoyed this novel. The author came up with an intriging means of destructon. Very believeable. Let's hope things get better and common sense overcomes greed, not just in the west, but worldwide. Greed and the love of power exists everywhere. Look at extremests everywhete. Do it my way, or you are evil!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I disagree with the reviewer that felt the female characters were weak. I still break down in tears when I remember my life before my husband died after a long, life and soul tirog illness. He and I worked hard to make ourlives as happy as possible. After his death, I literally fell apart - and I live a comfortable life - not one like these characters face - no fear that my home wll be invaded because someone ia starving and deaperate, or just plain mean-crazy. Remember, the men cried too.
Posted January 18, 2013
I have high hopes before I read this book after I review many positive feedback. But towards the end of it, I am very disappointed. First of all, the character development is too formula and too linear. The description of the Chinese characters are also too stereo type. Any Chinese who enjoys poem is the good guy and any Chinese who is not will be the evil type. This is way too linear and too shallow view of the Chinese. For the male characters, they are always the hero type, the righteous kind and the female characters are always the passive kind, cry too easily and always soft. Again, very linear and formula like.
If the author eventually establishes a deeper world and a deeper characters, then this first book fails to draw the attention to it. I assume that if you have started reading the original books first and then read this one, I guess that it may be ok.
But I haven't read any other books in the series other than this first one. So it is disappointing.
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