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JL's Bibliomania

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While my first love was SF, I read widely in YA, urban fantasy, police procedurals,  middle-grade, and non-fiction. 




Currently reading

Sparrow Hill Road
Seanan McGuire
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
Val McDermid
Progress: 161/320 pages
The Loved Dog: How to Train Your Dog in 30 Days
Tamar Geller
Progress: 103/256 pages
Under Heaven - Guy Gavriel Kay Enough others have summarized the premise/setting of Under Heaven, so I'll skip the info you can find on the book jacket. Despite the few supernatural elements, this book deserves to be shelved and known as historical fiction rather than isolated in the fantasy/SF section.

In general, Under Heaven is a lucious stroll through an almost China replete with spectacular character building. The key exception is Wen Zhou, who in the latter stages of the book seemed too much like a villain charicature undeserving of the role he played. This is my second time reading Under Heaven and I once again found myself weeping uncontrollably when reading about the death of Wen Jian at the culmination of the main storyline.

I agree with the others that suggest that Under Heaven could be a trilogy of books by itself. GGK does a better job than many of interweaving multiple story-lines and several main characters into a single whole for 90% of the book. The ending of the various stories was a bit anticlimatic
with the post-scripts providing the fate of the main characters.