An Ancient China that Never Was: a Review of Barry Hughart’s Bridge of Birds

“O great and mighty Master Li, pray impart to me the Secret of Wisdom!” he bawled. “Take a large bowl,” I said. “Fill it with equal measures of fact, fantasy, history, mythology, science, superstition, logic, and lunacy. Darken the mixture with bitter tears, brighten it with howls of laughter, toss in three thousand years ofContinue reading “An Ancient China that Never Was: a Review of Barry Hughart’s Bridge of Birds”

This is Not the Sinocentric Fantasy You Are Looking For: A Review of R. F. Kuang’s The Poppy War

I just finished R. F. Kuang’s The Poppy War, a book which I picked after I seeing of people raving about it. The good thing is that it is an easy read. The prose is simple and to-the-point, and the hero’s journey is compelling. At the same time, the simple prose felt amateurish, and someContinue reading “This is Not the Sinocentric Fantasy You Are Looking For: A Review of R. F. Kuang’s The Poppy War”

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