The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 2

Sep. 16th, 2017 11:23 pm
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The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 2 by Rei Tōma

Our heroine's further adventures.

She learns of someone who couldn't go back, the dragon reacts to the village (for the first time), her friend protects her, the other gods still find the whole thing interesting, and more.

The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:29 pm
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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2 by Christian Gossett

The continuing story -- to the end of the published issues. Spoilers ahead for the earlier volume.

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Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying dozens of treasure chests up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone, even many respected scholars, have the story all wrong. Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. His three-year odyssey aboard the aptly named Adventure galley pitted him against arrogant Royal Navy commanders, jealous East India Company captains, storms, starvation, angry natives, and, above all, flesh-and-blood pirates.

A really interesting book about the pirate turned pirate hunter who wasn't as ruthless or had as much treasure as people thought.

After his time as a pirate in the Caribbean he settled in New York City, married a wealthy widow & became respectable. Through a chance meeting he is commissioned by William III of England to capture pirates in the Indian Ocean. Run-ins with the English Navy, his crew not being paid because they can't find any pirates & crossing paths with his old shipmate (& mutineer against Kidd) Robert Culliford lead to his eventual downfall.

The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1

Sep. 14th, 2017 07:47 am
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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1 by Christian Gossett

An alternative, magitech-based USSR and a disastrous battle. . .
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The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

An ABC book. The letters are the only things on the pages as the cat slips out the door and finds himself pursued through the entire alphabet. The reader has to work out the significance.

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Sep. 9th, 2017 07:27 pm
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Recently I was corresponding with a new-found third cousin and we were moaning about the difficulties of researching in the western provinces when she provided me with a little story about how her family went west. Short story shorter, " Our line headed out to Manitoba in the same generation as Mary Ann and co (her brother James William and his wife came out - she was on her own, pregnant, with the older children and ended up shipwrecked after a storm on the lake, and gave birth on Manitoulin Island".

When I read that, I shouted, "Wait! I know this story." Which I speedily typed out and sent to her and then I had to dig up the links. I could have just sent her the link to A Little Mystery Solved. It's interesting to see how family stories can be retained by some parts of the family and lost to other parts. At this point, we think maybe Mrs. Morley and kids were on the Manitoulin which wrecked just off Manitoulin Island with only two lives lost. Mind you that was several months before the Asia sank so we aren't sure why they thought Mrs Morley and kids were on the Asia. I did find out where the fourth child came in, I guess that was the paper's subtle way of letting those who knew about the pregnancy know the child had arrived safely.

I just wanted to share this as a follow up to my original post because truly the answers are out. Even the ones to little stories that give the past some texture. (I think this is one of the coolest stories I've had happen while researching my family history.)

China's Cosmopolitan Empire

Sep. 9th, 2017 12:07 am
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China's Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty by Mark Edward Lewis

From the geographical shifts of population and importance, the succession of emperors, the revisions of the legal code, the urban life, with its main roads forbidden to most by night, the beginning of the examination system (which might win you a prestigious marriage instead of a post), the importance of tribute bearers in their native costume to show how far its power reached, how Buddhism was still treated as foreign, the Buddha being denounced as mere ghost or ancestor, to honor only his own family, and accusations against foreign monks going so far to claim they were animals in disguise (one, it was declared, was revealed to be a camel), women who became Daoist or Buddhist nuns to escape marriage and more.

Arranged by theme.
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sadly this is the last amelia peobody novel as elizabeth peters passed in aug. 2013. also sadly, ms. peters had only started writing the final page at the time of her passing, but left a lot of notes which joan hess used to complete the novel. i don't know if any were on the story or dialogue or just on the background (the discovery & disappearance of the famous bust of queen nefertiti)

it reads like fan fiction. not very good fan fic either. characters are out of character or almost parodies of themselves. there's a pack of assassins running around in almost comical fashion & the peabody/emerson clan's enemy sethos (mater criminal & master of disguise) seems almost shoehorned in. frankly, i'm not sure i really cared for the character anyway.
titles of previous amelia peabody novels were randomly added to conversations for no good reason other than this is the 20th novel in the series. it's kind of like when all of those nods to previous bond movies were in die another day for the franchise's 40th anniversary. i very nearly stopped reading it. but i will bravely plowed though to the end.

i didn't notice a change to the avalon series by marion zimmer bradley after her passing. but maybe it's because; 1. diana l. paxson was her co-author on the last 3 before bradley passed. 2. i had not re-read the series at least twice like i have with the peabody series. 3. was not in the middle of yet another re-read of the series like i am with this one. 4. or a big fan of the avlaon series like i am with the peabody series.

tl;dr only read this novel if you want to complete the series. but it might disappoint fans of the amelia peabody novels.

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

Sep. 8th, 2017 07:47 am
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Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke

This and Mighty Jack are really a single story in two volumes. So spoilers ahead.

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The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 1

Sep. 7th, 2017 12:02 am
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The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 1 by Rei Tōma

The first volume in a manga series. A little girl is mysteriously drawn into a pool and finds her in a far-distant time.
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China Between Empires

Sep. 6th, 2017 12:07 am
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China Between Empires: The Northern and Southern Dynasties by Mark Edward Lewis

He refers to the period by one of the names by which it is known, but he points out that there are several.

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