Number Ten Ox comes from a village in which the children have been struck by a mysterious illness. He recruits Master Li to find the cure and comes along to provide muscle. They seek a mysterious Great Root of Power, which may be a form of ginseng. Of course, nothing turns out to be as simple as it seems; great wrongs must be avenged and lovers separated must be reunited, from the most humble to the highest. And even in the midst of cosmic glory, Pawnbroker Fang and Ma the Grub are picking the pockets of their own lynch mob, who are frozen in awe and wonder. --Nona Vero
Tongue-in-cheek fantasy set in ancient China. Must have sense of humor to enjoy this book. Great book to read aloud with a loved one if you like to laugh together!Published 27 days ago by Mary
One of my favorites. Holds an esteemed place on my bookshelf.Published 1 month ago by Leonard Tollerton
Holmes and Watson with a "small flaw in his character". This book is a romp through an ancient China that never existed with characters that might have. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Malcolm Tente
This book had a very strong stylistic feel to it. This was entertaining at first, but eventually the novelty of such a strong style wore off, and I found the plot to be lacking... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BookWyrm
Absolutely 'Different' book in that it is a wonderful adventure into a refreshing genre that is not too easy to catagorise. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jadoo
This novel is half riddle, half fairy-tale, and half historical fantasy.
"But that's three halves."
It's an extraordinary book! Read more
This is a book I love. I give it as gifts. I also reread it every couple of years. I usually buy 3 to 4 copies then because I've given away my last one.Published 7 months ago by R. B. Minor