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  • LOVELY!

    This was simply wonderful! I enjoyed this book very much. It kept me on the edge,interested and engaged. I loved all the folklore and learning so much about the traditions and beliefs. It is well written, with passion and dedication. So very easy to read,yet exciting. Looking forward to reading more from Yangsze Choo.

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  • Naive & Laggy Story...

    Sorry but this was NOT one of my fav books. Story was told from the point of view of a young adult so it came across very naive & laggy. Topic was interesting (the Asian belief system regarding the afterlife) but over-all, not a story I'd recommend.

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  • Lovely and detailed, I highly recommend it

    The writing style is lyrical and efficient, and while the heroine is a little naive at the start - the narrator is 19-ish years old growing up in 1890s who has led a sheltered (cloistered) life in a conservative upper middle class straits Malaya Chinese family who have not mingled much socially - it isn't a stretch of imagination. What amazed me was the amount of details going into describing the afterworld/netherworld beliefs of South East Asia. These are the folklores I grew up hearing stories about and it was a thrill to read someone actually try write about it. Having consumed much Chinese mythological (romance) novels in the last 5 years (the type that China keeps making into shows and movies recently) all I could think was FINALLY someone is writing about the myths and folklore I grew up hearing about as a child of South East Asia Chinese descent. I loved this book and you can see the effort that has gone into the details. I recommend this book and I hope it entertains you as much as it did me.

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  • Disappointing

    While the book was technically well written, I felt very little connection or attachment to the characters. I can't say that I would recommend it to a friend.

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  • Entertaining

    Sort of like a grownup spirited away. Full of intrigue and spirits, with a strong heroine. Great read!

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