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Shahrazad's got nothing on Chih and contributors to the Thousand Tales have got nothing on Vo. Also, the stories and their framework seem steeped in the metaphor, if it was a metaphor, on the eternal conflict resolution (and losses therein) between genders and populations. Tigers burning bright and roosters flapping and ghosts poisoning. Killing or crushing or draining each other in their passions, while Si Yu and her mammoth and her family live and smile. Tiger skulls are staked. Ghosts fade. Rooster crowing dies away. But the silent, powerful knowing and caring between mammoths surmounts all.
I really have loved the books this author has made and this one was read vicariously in one day. The imagination, language, and thrill of story telling is strong in each book I’ve read. I love the premise of this book and found it a great read that was near impossible to set down. I’d highly recommend it!
I’m going to guess that some may not like this because it’s mostly an argument about the accuracy of a folktale between representatives of two groups with a stake in it. Or partially, or sort-of. It’s really good, like its predecessor, inventive, and the stakes for that argument are high…
So good I had to buy my own copy after I returned to the library. The tone is more light hearted and action packed than the first in the series. I missed Almost Brilliant but Chih still carries the show. Would readily read more about these characters & world.
I loved this book! What a wonderful telling of the story of the cleric and the tigers! I was as mesmerized as if I was sitting around the campfire listening to ghost stories! I can't wait to read Nghi Vo's next story. Thank you for this one.
I really enjoyed the style of storytelling. Hearing the same story from two different cultural perspectives was really interesting. However, the frame story was too short and ended too abruptly. I was left unsatisfied and wishing this was as good as the last story in the series.
I love the adventure. The depth of the stor ytelling showing how tales have multiple lives. This is the 2nd book in a series which I believe as long as there are fairy tales of Asia to be told Nghi Vo will not run out of great material.