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Noted short story author Foster offers a dozen enchanting and sometimes chilling tales alive with elegantly sketched characters and sensibilities drawn from Asian folklore. Revenge and family loyalty drive the title story as well as The Tears of My Mother, the Shell of My Father and the historical fantasy A Thread of Silk. In Shim Chung the Lotus Queen, good deeds and sacrifice are rewarded, but The Raven's Brocade shows how easily those rewards can be lost. The most memorable stories follow shape-changers: the fox spirits of Year of the Fox, the lively rabbits-turned-human of Daughter of Bótà and a most unusual tea kettle in The Tanuki-Kettle. Readers who long for a break from European medieval fantasy will be charmed and entertained by Foster's tales. (Mar.)
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An evocative and unique voice. These are touching, personal stories with fantastic Oriental flavor.Published 5 months ago by Yahzi
This was a great collection of Far Eastern Fairy Tales. I really enjoyed reading them.Published 5 months ago by Not Nancy
Eugie's stories are a joy to read - her mix of asian folklore and sci-fi/fantasy is unique and her prose is nearly perfect. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. Bennett
This collection of 12 stories, all based on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean folktales, is brilliant. Each story is a carefully polished jewel, with heartfelt emotion and beautiful,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeff in Seattle
This was a great collection of short stories, some bitter, some sweet, and many bittersweet. She tells original tales as well as retells Asian folk stories. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Colleen R. Fisk
I can't say enough good things about this collection of stories. Eugie has really out done herself. Some of them (like the tuniki-kettle) I've read a dozen times now. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by John Allman
With school fees, bills and everything going up, I don't mind purchasing used books. They contain everything except they're not fresh from the box. Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by Carol