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REVIEW ñ Green Island A stunning story of love betrayal and family set against the backdrop of a changing Taiwan over the course of the twentieth centuryFebruary 28 1947 Trapped inside the family home amid an uprising that has rocked Taipei Dr Tsai delivers his youngest daughter the unnamed narrator of  Green Island just after midnight as the city is plunged into martial law In the following weeks as the Chinese Nationalists act to crush the opposition Dr Tsai becomes one of the many thousands o. A brutal beautifully written family epic that is set during the political turmoil in post WWII Taiwan The story of the Tsai family spans six decades and is seamlessly woven around actual events I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic historical fiction and enjoys deeply touching stories about family Something had happened here once but other things had too and life went on We have to remind ourselves to remember The youngest daughter of the Tsai family is born in Taipei on the night that the 228 Massacre begins After the initial civilian uprising the governor general calls a meeting under the guise of reaching out and establishing peace Baba her father goes to the meeting in good faith and politely expresses his desire for a democratic Taiwan A few days later Baba is taken from his home not to heard from again for a decade When Baba returns home he is a changed man and unrecognizable to his family The youngest daughter our unnamed narrator who was a newborn when he was taken has a hard time relating to her father but he takes a special interest in her She is angry with him when he makes a decision she considers dishonorable but decades later she too has to choose between what is right and her family s survival Thousands of husbands disappeared in those weeks Sons as young as twelve Brothers Friends What better way to remake society my mother thought than to eliminate the teachers and principals the students the lawyers and doctors truly anybody who had an opinion and a voice Beyond the river execution grounds field after field irrigated with blood waited to be discovered Buildings would crush the bones This ARC was gifted rather than reuested I have to admit that I wasn t terribly excited about it The cover and title didn t stand out for me and I have a negative knee jerk reaction when I see the words love betrayal and historical fiction in the same paragraph That was unfair of me because this book was wonderful and I am so grateful that I got the chance to read it It had me hooked within the first few chaptersShawna Yang Ryan s writing is beautiful and poetic The book felt so deeply personal that I was surprised when I read the author s bio and it wasn t at least partially a memoir The setting is richly drawn I felt like I was actually in Taiwan and could almost feel the steamy humidity coming off the pages The author is able to explain the historical context without interrupting the story by sounding like a textbook It isn t necessary to have prior knowledge of Taiwan s history but I included a short timeline at the end of this review A general chronology helps me better understand the complexities when I read historical fiction about new to me subjects The loss of freedom isn t a restriction of movement it s the unending feeling of being watched Green Island sounds like a pleasant place but it is where political prisoners were kept during the decades of martial law in Taiwan There are some violent scenes involving torture While the story is mostly told from the perspective of the youngest daughter Ryan occasionally slips into the consciousness of other family members including the father while he is imprisoned Green Island isn t always the easiest book to read because of the brutality the characters experience but I couldn t put it down because of how deeply she made me care for the Tsai family After the narrator moved to the United States I longed for Taiwan I missed the interactions she had with her parents and siblings The author nailed the complicated relationships between family members The four Tsai children are so different and each play a different role in the family We don t spend much time with the oldest brother Dua Hyan but he becomes one of the most interesting characters His choices are the most self serving but like everyone else he feels his choices are made for the right reasons I realized that this was what Mama had meant by love A shared experience a shared history a shared trauma this is what made us a family No one else could understand itI thought of all the moments growing up when I had disliked my family my resentment of my father my disgust at my mother my anger at my siblings Of all the families in the world why was I born into this family I d thought As if just dumb fate had brought us together Now I understood there was something stronger than fate Choice It was ugly and uotidian and lacked romance and that was exactly what gave it its strength I loved Baba and the bond he has with his youngest daughter Baba was a sensible justice minded man before he was taken When he returns he is hardened and paranoid The narrator is the only member of the family who has no memory of him and can t compare him to the person he used to be As a child she is unable to make sense of her father but decades later the political unrest of her home country follow her to the USA and she is asked to make sacrifices for her own family s survival She begins to see reflections of his life in her own journey There was absolutely no honor in survival The book repeatedly asks what would you sacrifice for the ones you love Some characters will do anything to keep their families together while others sacrifice anything for their homeland and a better life for future generations Wei had told me a gentler era was encroaching upon Taiwan Brutality belonged to the previous decade Does brutality ever get old I wondered Each generation brings a new group of men who have not yet learned the guilt of the last They need to feel bones breaking under their very own fingers to know for sure how they feel about it The narrator s life mirrors her parents life in big and small ways illustrating the endless repetitive march of history both in a societal sense and within a family One small moment I remember is the Tsai women pondering a lifetime with their husbands That he remained in some way unknown made the thought of a lifetime together bearable the mother Li Min in 1947 and Maybe what made the years bearable was to let all those bad feelings slip beneath the surface unacknowledged the narrator several decades later The ending is perfect and it echoes back to prior points of the book both the narrator s birth in the beginning and her discovery of how little she knows about the events surrounding her birth As the narrator grows and fills in the gaps of her knowledge she learns that life isn t simple and neither are the choices that people make Life moves on and complex lives are simplified for the history books and museums but the past is never dead gone irrelevant I gave my respects to the widow beaten the night that my motherhood gone into labor with me neither woman aware of the other or how their fates were tied however tenuously Maybe this is what it meant to be a citizen of a place bonded to each other by the histories thrust upon us The setting and the characters are what makes Green Island special It was terrifying how trouble followed the narrator over the Pacific Ocean See The assassination of Taiwanese writer Henry Liu This is a book you can read again and again over a lifetime and get something different from it each time I learned so much from this book and it has caused me to seek out further information on Taiwan s history and the surrounding conflicts briefly mentioned in the text I ve read enough about war to see that while the objective facts of these conflicts are different the impact on people is universally similar All the books I am about to list are all very different but they share similar themes All the Light We Cannot See especially the last chapter The Buried Giant The Constellation of Vital Phenomena And After Many Days and The Nightingale The world does not happen the way we lay it out on paper one event after another one word following the next like a trail of ants The rocks in the field do not preclude the flowing river fifty miles away a man sneezes and at the exact same time a woman washes her feet a child trips and blood oozes from the broken skin a dog nips at a flea on its hinduarter and a bird swallows a beetle Past present and future too swirl together distinguishable but not delineated by any sort of grammar beyond the one our hearts impose What better way to follow that last uote than with a timeline The BBC has a better version but for my purposes here is the simplistic timeline of a complex situation1927 19491950 Period of Chinese Civil War in the Republic of China ROC between the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party KMT and the Communist Party of China CPC1945 Japan forced to return control of Taiwan to ROC as part of post World War II settlement1947 The 228 Massacre Discontent with KMT rule in Taiwan boils over after police violently handle a contraband cigarette vendor and kill an innocent bystander The citizens riot and and the government declares martial law Over 10000 people are killed and even disappear without a trace1949 KMT government and refugees flee to Taiwan after losing the civil war The war resulted in two de facto states the Republic of China ROC in Taiwan and the People s Republic of China PRC on the mainland The White Terror period in Taiwan begins with KMT leader Chiang Kai shek s reign and continues for almost forty years Over 140000 Taiwanese political dissidents are imprisoned and thousands are executed 1971 UN recognizes PRC as the sole government of China which a huge blow to the ROC1979 The United States formally recognizes the PRC and severs relations with Taiwan1987 Martial law ends see 1949 This was the longest period of martial law recorded at the time it was abolished1996 First democratic presidential election in Taiwan2000 50 Years of KMT rule ends with the election of a Democratic Progressive Party candidate for presidentPresent Taiwan s political status still controversial PRC claims Taiwan and ROC still claims mainland China The numbers of those affected listed above are also in contentionI received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This title will be released on February 23 2016 Öffentliche Mülleimer dürfen nicht sexuell belästigt werden home amid an uprising that El tolupan de la Flor has rocked Taipei Dr Tsai delivers Alles Amok his youngest daughter the unnamed narrator of  Green Island just after midnight as the city is plunged into martial law In the following weeks as the Chinese Nationalists act to crush the opposition Dr Tsai becomes one of the many thousands o. 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motivationnel - 2e éd. - Aider la personne à engager le changement historical fiction in the same paragraph That was unfair of me because this book was wonderful and I am so grateful that I got the chance to read it It The Mersey Sound had me Stitches in Time hooked within the first few chaptersShawna Yang Ryan s writing is beautiful and poetic The book felt so deeply personal that I was surprised when I read the author s bio and it wasn t at least partially a memoir The setting is richly drawn I felt like I was actually in Taiwan and could almost feel the steamy Delicious Wraps humidity coming off the pages The author is able to explain the Le cortège de la mort historical context without interrupting the story by sounding like a textbook It isn t necessary to The Mark of Cain have prior knowledge of Taiwan s The Willing Heart An Ideal Marriage? history but I included a short timeline at the end of this review A general chronology KEEP CALM, REYNA IS HERE AFFIRMATIONS WORKBOOK Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes helps me better understand the complexities when I read The Things Id Miss historical fiction about new to me subjects The loss of freedom isn t a restriction of movement it s the unending feeling of being watched Green Island sounds like a pleasant place but it is where political prisoners were kept during the decades of martial law in Taiwan There are some violent scenes involving torture While the story is mostly told from the perspective of the youngest daughter Ryan occasionally slips into the consciousness of other family members including the father while Thursbitch how deeply she made me care for the Tsai family After the narrator moved to the United States I longed for Taiwan I missed the interactions she Forbidden Crusade Black Lace Series had with Kennis van die aand her parents and siblings The author nailed the complicated relationships between family members The four Tsai children are so different and each play a different role in 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Taiwan1987 Martial law ends see 1949 This was the longest period of martial law recorded at the time it was abolished1996 First democratic presidential election in Taiwan2000 50 Years of KMT rule ends with the election of a Democratic Progressive Party candidate for presidentPresent Taiwan s political status still controversial PRC claims Taiwan and ROC still claims mainland China The numbers of those affected listed above are also in contentionI received this book from the publisher in exchange for an Headhunters honest review This title will be released on February 23 2016

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REVIEW ñ Green Island F people dragged away from their families and thrown into prison His return after than a decade is marked by alienation from his loved ones and paranoia among his community conflicts that loom over the growing bond he forms with his youngest daughter Years later this troubled past follows her to the United States where as a mother and a wife she too is forced to decide between what is right and what might save her family the same choice she witnessed her father make man. I picked up Green Island during a Best of Goodreads sale on This was in the 1st round pick of the Best Historical Novel for 2016 I ve pondered this for several months and I simply don t have the bandwidth to craft the kind of review it deserves but here it goes The themes in this one include human frailty courage family mental illness entitlement importance of lineage honor loyalty integrity pride shameGreen Island is the story of Taiwan s violent and tumultuous history between 1947 and 2000 through the eyes of a family view spoilerThe story begins with a pregnant mother of 3 during the last year of Japanese occupation and the takeover by the Nationalists from mainland China on the island ala Chiang Kai Shek Yes Nationalists as in Make Taiwan Great Again The times are turbulent and the father is taken into custody for 10 years The disappearances were an island wide secret My father was not the only man who had evaporated It seemed everyone knew someone and it was simply unspoken this way we could not count the missing we would not know for decades that the dead measured in the tens of thousands This was an extremely brutal time and the family has no idea whether he is dead or alive Into this brutal oppressive environment the unnamed narrator is born and the rest of the tale is through her eyes Ryan does an excellent job in creating the atmosphere of fear foreboding oppressiveness loneliness rebelliousness and helplessness through the characterizations Not knowing whether to mourn or wait for your husband weighs heavy over the years A very mild flirt of the mother with a shopkeeper leads to further isolation and shameHe looks up at her Is he perceptive enough to see that this is than mere manners Does he notice the alarm in her gestures The thought will not leave her head Desire counterbalanced by shameNot knowing her husband s disposition she will not allow herself to contemplate moving forward She must be vigilant against forgetting she tells herselfThe narrators grows older without her father and only knows that he went away She sees a man coming up the road that looks like her uncle but much thinner As her father reintegrates into the family he never talks of his time away He can no longer function in his old occupation and cannot do much manual labor Slowly but surely the family begins to see the mental and emotional damage that has occurred The father has become irrational and cannot control his outbursts The family continues to try to maintain some decorum and dignity in public places As my father left the restaurant my mother kept her eyes on the gold leafed goddess She sipped her tea which was weak and cold The tendril in her chest had bloomed full leaves and blossoms snaking around her heart choking her throat As women often do the mother begins to find fault with how she had coped with his absence All those naive canvases she d painted of reunited families against idyllic landscapes She had considered only happy endings As the family begins to come to terms with his Baba fragile state the narrator sums it up Baba was like a carefully pieced together eggshell delicately cupped in Mama s hands One breath and glue would be no use the seams would open anew and all of us would scramble to gather him up Baba is paranoid As his oldest daughter marries a soldier he thinks the soldier was sent to spy on him Years pass and he is called to the city and the government threatens to imprison him again He lures a dissident back to Taiwan and the man is immediately imprisoned All of the town knows the father had betrayed his friend It is a source of shame and shunning for the entire family No one understands why he did this It s a disgrace The friend is released from prison after being tortured and the father is crazed with guilt and shame He tries to see the man and is kept from it Finally the man sends him a message Su Ming Guo had been away and had just recently returned He d sent a letter to my father no doubt monitored that said he d forgiven Baba It was the worst thing he could have said doubling Baba s guilt Interesting how saying he forgave Baba was the cruelest response he could have given I can t imagine that shame would have that sort of impact in America I m almost envious of a culture and society that has rules of decorum and standards of honor and where shame has a governing effect on the rules of civility and the behavior of a communityFast forward to the 1979 The narrator has married and has two daughters Her husband Wei Lin is a professor at Berkeley He has become an American citizen but is also Taiwanese dissident so it isn t safe for them to return to Taiwan for any length of time The narrator has become a well respected writer within those same academic circle The Taiwan government has their secret service and they are watching the family Wei has befriended and given aid to a Taiwanese fugitive Jia Bao as a part of an underground movement to fight for Taiwan independence from China There are some soap opera ish elements here but the crux of the story is that the narrator is writing Jai Bao s memoir for publication She has Jai Bao s notes and the Chinese government wants all copies of the notes and the book They threaten to take her father back into custody back home She complies but makes her own copies first and once they have the book and associated notes in uestion they kill Jai Bao Wei Lin decides the only honorable thing he can do is to take Jai Bao s body back to his wife in Taiwan The family returns and the daughters meet their grandparents for the first time Wei is taken into custody and tortured but eventually gets released due to US intervention Ultimately their marriage suffers under the strain and they divorceThe first half of the book set in Taiwan felt much stronger than the second Once the narrator comes to America the book becomes predictable and clich d There is commentary in the writing that as the narrator and her family become Americanized they become shallow materialistic capricious entitled They aren t nearly as concerned about honor and integrity as their parents They are also not controlled by shame in the same way that the parents were In fact the I think on it the I realize that it s not that the first half was stronger it s that I liked the characters Perhaps there is some commentary that the soft easier self involved life in America eats away little by little the pride dignity and integrity of our parents and our ancestorsThe book gets its title from the name of the worst prison where the narrator s father was interned hide spoiler Shadows in the House with Twelve Rooms his loved ones and paranoia among LGBTQ Young Adult Fiction his community conflicts that loom over the growing bond Ruins of a Past Day he forms with Oh pardon tu dormais his youngest daughter Years later this troubled past follows Öffentliche Mülleimer dürfen nicht sexuell belästigt werden her to the United States where as a mother and a wife she too is forced to decide between what is right and what might save El tolupan de la Flor her family the same choice she witnessed Alles Amok her father make man. I picked up Green Island during a Best of Goodreads sale on This was in the 1st round pick of the Best Historical Novel for 2016 I ve pondered this for several months and I simply don t Crisp Managing Negative People Strategies for Success Fifty Minute Series have the bandwidth to craft the kind of review it deserves but Crisp Emotional Intelligence Works Developing People Smart Strategies Crisp Fifty Minute Book here it goes The themes in this one include PLSL Interview uestions human frailty courage family mental illness entitlement importance of lineage Itinerary of Prince Charles Edward Stuart from His Landing in Scotland July 1745 to His Departure in September 1746 honor loyalty integrity pride shameGreen Island is the story of Taiwan s violent and tumultuous La Reina Roja De Palenque/ the Red Queen of Palenque history between 1947 and 2000 through the eyes of a family view spoilerThe story begins with a pregnant mother of 3 during the last year of Japanese occupation and the takeover by the Nationalists from mainland China on the island ala Chiang Kai Shek Yes Nationalists as in Make Taiwan Great Again The times are turbulent and the father is taken into custody for 10 years The disappearances were an island wide secret My father was not the only man who In Want of a Wife had evaporated It seemed everyone knew someone and it was simply unspoken this way we could not count the missing we would not know for decades that the dead measured in the tens of thousands This was an extremely brutal time and the family We Fought at Arnhem has no idea whether They drew as they pleased : Hidden art of Disney golden age Part II: the 1940s he is dead or alive Into this brutal oppressive environment the unnamed narrator is born and the rest of the tale is through Wallada La Omeya her eyes Ryan does an excellent job in creating the atmosphere of fear foreboding oppressiveness loneliness rebelliousness and Lord Wraxall's Fancy (Black Lace) helplessness through the characterizations Not knowing whether to mourn or wait for your Тракийското писмо Декодирано III husband weighs Wildwood heavy over the years A very mild flirt of the mother with a shopkeeper leads to further isolation and shameHe looks up at Baghdad City of Peace City of Blood her Is Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell he perceptive enough to see that this is than mere manners Does Liberty Hall he notice the alarm in Appalachian Alchemy her gestures The thought will not leave Paul Graham her Harry Potter Series Box Set Harry Potter #1 7 head Desire counterbalanced by shameNot knowing Le régime microbiote en 60 menus : Se soigner par les prébiotiques her Ghosts at the Table Riverboat Gamblers Texas Rounders Roadside Hucksters and the Living Legends Who Made Poker What It Is Today husband s disposition she will not allow Pop Ćira i pop Spira herself to contemplate moving forward She must be vigilant against forgetting she tells Nula plus Dotek nulačasu #1 herselfThe narrators grows older without Shetland traditional lore her father and only knows that Dobar dan tata he went away She sees a man coming up the road that looks like Guitar her uncle but much thinner As The Orient Under the Caliphs her father reintegrates into the family The Orient Under the Caliphs he never talks of The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes his time away He can no longer function in L'entretien motivationnel - 2e éd. - Aider la personne à engager le changement his old occupation and cannot do much manual labor Slowly but surely the family begins to see the mental and emotional damage that The Mersey Sound has occurred The father Stitches in Time has become irrational and cannot control Delicious Wraps his outbursts The family continues to try to maintain some decorum and dignity in public places As my father left the restaurant my mother kept Le cortège de la mort her eyes on the gold leafed goddess She sipped The Mark of Cain her tea which was weak and cold The tendril in The Willing Heart An Ideal Marriage? her chest KEEP CALM, REYNA IS HERE AFFIRMATIONS WORKBOOK Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes had bloomed full leaves and blossoms snaking around The Things Id Miss her Thursbitch her throat As women often do the mother begins to find fault with Forbidden Crusade Black Lace Series how she Kennis van die aand had coped with Deutsch aktiv Neu Bd1C Lehrbuch his absence All those naive canvases she d painted of reunited families against idyllic landscapes She ueen of Air and Darkness had considered only Roedores | Cuerpo de embarazada sin embrión (Literatura Random House) happy endings As the family begins to come to terms with தேவி his Baba fragile state the narrator sums it up Baba was like a carefully pieced together eggshell delicately cupped in Mama s Dark Promise hands One breath and glue would be no use the seams would open anew and all of us would scramble to gather Studies In Phonetics And Linguistics him up Baba is paranoid As Cooking in the Danger Zone his oldest daughter marries a soldier Biggles Flies West he thinks the soldier was sent to spy on On the Come Up him Years pass and Mind Mastery Meditations A Workbook for the Infinite Mind he is called to the city and the government threatens to imprison Peerless him again He lures a dissident back to Taiwan and the man is immediately imprisoned All of the town knows the father The Wells of Hell had betrayed Chicken Little A little Golden Book and Record #209 his friend It is a source of shame and shunning for the entire family No one understands why The Religion he did this It s a disgrace The friend is released from prison after being tortured and the father is crazed with guilt and shame He tries to see the man and is kept from it Finally the man sends Stray Birds him a message Su Ming Guo زندگی و مرگ پهلوانان در شاهنامه had been away and Foundation's Edge had just recently returned He d sent a letter to my father no doubt monitored that said Une vue parfaite sans lunettes ni traitement ou intervention he d forgiven Baba It was the worst thing griEVE he could Sword of Damocles have said doubling Baba s guilt Interesting Science Book of Sound Science Book of how saying Eleven one-act plays he forgave Baba was the cruelest response The Spellbound Bride he could The Scourging Angel have given I can t imagine that shame would Passions Protocols (Protocol #1-2) have that sort of impact in America I m almost envious of a culture and society that Veritable Key of Solomon has rules of decorum and standards of Wrestling the Dragon In Search of the Boy Lama Who Defied China honor and where shame Israel Our Duty Our Dilemma has a governing effect on the rules of civility and the behavior of a communityFast forward to the 1979 The narrator St Ursula's Girls Against the Atomic Bomb has married and Surviving Raine has two daughters Her Surviving Raine husband Wei Lin is a professor at Berkeley He Human Work has become an American citizen but is also Taiwanese dissident so it isn t safe for them to return to Taiwan for any length of time The narrator Just So Stories for Little Children has become a well respected writer within those same academic circle The Taiwan government Born to Ride has their secret service and they are watching the family Wei Abducted has befriended and given aid to a Taiwanese fugitive Jia Bao as a part of an underground movement to fight for Taiwan independence from China There are some soap opera ish elements Happy To Be Me: A Collection of 50 Poems Reflecting Love Hope and Faith (Poetry For The Soul: Think Doctor Publications Book 1) (English Edition) here but the crux of the story is that the narrator is writing Jai Bao s memoir for publication She Pijpelijntjes has Jai Bao s notes and the Chinese government wants all copies of the notes and the book They threaten to take Cloud Magic her father back into custody back Perfect Tense home She complies but makes Looking for the Possible Dance her own copies first and once they The Hat Shop on the Corner have the book and associated notes in uestion they kill Jai Bao Wei Lin decides the only The Devil's Thief honorable thing Dido he can do is to take Jai Bao s body back to A Voyage Round John Mortimer his wife in Taiwan The family returns and the daughters meet their grandparents for the first time Wei is taken into custody and tortured but eventually gets released due to US intervention Ultimately their marriage suffers under the strain and they divorceThe first The Magdalen half of the book set in Taiwan felt much stronger than the second Once the narrator comes to America the book becomes predictable and clich d There is commentary in the writing that as the narrator and Biggles Defends the Desert her family become Americanized they become shallow materialistic capricious entitled They aren t nearly as concerned about The Life and Death of Dusty Springfield Sharon Davis honor and integrity as their parents They are also not controlled by shame in the same way that the parents were In fact the I think on it the I realize that it s not that the first Deadline half was stronger it s that I liked the characters Perhaps there is some commentary that the soft easier self involved life in America eats away little by little the pride dignity and integrity of our parents and our ancestorsThe book gets its title from the name of the worst prison where the narrator s father was interned Billy Wizard Young Corgi hide spoiler

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REVIEW ñ Green Island Y years beforeAs the novel sweeps across six decades and two continents the life of the narrator shadows the course of Taiwan’s history from the end of Japanese colonial rule to the decades under martial law and finally to Taiwan’s transformation into a democracy But above all  Green Island is a lush and lyrical story of a family and a nation grappling with the nuances of complicity and survival raising the uestion how far would you be willing to go for the ones you lo. DNF 20%I must reiterate that this isn t bad by any means it s just a bit too heavy for what I want right now Recommended based on what I ve read of the book for fans of historical fiction and 20th century East Asian history Twerking Cruxes and a Cloaked Visage history from the end of Japanese colonial rule to the decades under martial law and finally to Taiwan’s transformation into a democracy But above all  Green Island is a lush and lyrical story of a family and a nation grappling with the nuances of complicity and survival raising the uestion Something New how far would you be willing to go for the ones you lo. DNF 20%I must reiterate that this isn t bad by any means it s just a bit too The Weirdstone of Brisingamen heavy for what I want right now Recommended based on what I ve read of the book for fans of The Paradise Prophecy historical fiction and 20th century East Asian Impedance Spectroscopy history