Twisting the Ropeby Roberta A. MacAvoy
R.A. MacAvoy is a truly gifted author who has no need to rely on the conventions of the science fictioni genre in order to hold the reader's attention. Her highly original debut novel, Tea With the Black Dragon, combined elements of mystery and fantasy along with a fascination with computer technology, and was highly praised by critics, while her Lens of the World trilogy appeared on many "best of the year" lists in the national news media. In this sequel to Tea With the Black Dragon, Mayland Long is once again thrust into a maelstrom of mysterious happenings. The peaceful relationship he has established with Martha Macnamara is being threatened. A wild psychic force is loose in the world, while Martha's granddaughter has been kidnapped and one of her Celtic musician friends has been found dead, hangingby a rope of twisted grass. Now the Black Dragon must use his wits to hunt for the killer...even if it brings him to a horrifying realization.
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A wonderful followup to "Tea with the Black Dragon." Very well written, with interesting characters and an engrossing plot. By the end of the book, I felt I both knew well and sympathized (rare for me) with all of the major characters. Since all of the characters were engaged in one form of folly or another, this is really saying something.
This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. It is a fun, well-written story, the sequel to Tea with the Black Dragon, and worth reading. Having just written the above, I have to say this ebook edition is a mess. For an example, the phrase "Pádraig Ó Súilleabháin", has somehow replaced every instance of a character's full name, which in the early chapters is every other paragraph. Another character, Marty, is also spelled malty (note the small m) here and there. The character Long only gets his name capitalized every other instance. This book was obviously scanned and put through OCR software, and no-one actually proofed it to see if it put real words in the file. There are plenty of other instances of the OCR making hash out of the writer's well-chosen words, and it would be mildly funny if it wasn't part of a favorite book I just bought again to read for old times sake. The publisher should be embarrassed. Whoever approved this misincarnation should be fired for incompetence. It makes me feel embarrassed and insulted on the writer's behalf. What happened? The first book, Tea with the Black Dragon, looked great as an ebook.