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This is a mystery for people who love mysteries: a good length, full of twists and intrigue, a focus on details while still possessing a fast pace. While it was too long to be a one-sit read for me, it was a book I couldn't wait to pick up again and required no effort to get back into. Whether due to the translation, original intention, or both, there's a lot of modernity to writing. This bothered me a bit, but made the plot no less absorbing and I imagine many readers will prefer it that way. The historical fiction quality takes a back seat to the pure plot of mystery, so don't expect to be easily transported to twelfth-century China.
But for those who are looking largely for an intriguing murder mystery with all the right trappings and twists with a little bit of historical flair, this will be appreciated. I don't recall the last time I read a mystery I enjoyed so much. Definitely recommended.
The character Cí, in this novel strives to learn about human anatomy and buries himself in his studies. He is forced to return to farm life after his grandfather dies and there is where his life becomes a series of experiencing one bad fortune after another. The book is definitely interesting and contains a series of twists. The author obviously did plenty of research of the time period for this book. I do think there may be times where the author has confused Mandarin and Cantonese, which some people (language students like me) will notice.
Ci finds himself in and out of the forensic world. Sometimes acting as a charlatan for a fortune teller to eventually working for the Emperor himself. The people he comes in contact with during his travels are varied, from deviant huskers to true friends.
Anyone who is interested in criminal investigative type stories and what happens to the human body after we die, should give this a read. This is definitely an entertaining book and gives a different view of the CSI world for fans of CSI Miami or the BBC's Copper. Fans of Chinese history will also enjoy this novel.
The end of the book has some information on how the author became interested in this subject and some background on the Song Dynasty. For those wondering, the story is almost 500 pages. My only complants about the book are the discrepancies in language and the fate of one of Ci's adversaries was never revealed. Perhaps this is because the author is planning on writing a sequel.
There were three key things keeping me from liking the story. First, though Garrido clearly has done his research and knows his subject intimately, there are plenty of weird anachronisms. For instance (not spoiling much), the sisters are said to have suffered a genetic disorder. Wouldn't it be simpler and more in context to refer to them as having been cursed with a wasting disease?
Second, I found the main character unlikeable. He is clever, but profoundly stupid. He is someone who should know manners and protocol, but consistently violates them - not in a bad boy can't be bothered with niceties way but rather in a bull in a china shop clumsy way. Though he mourns the loss of his family, he shortcuts rituals of mourning and doesn't seem to grieve much at all. I briefly wondered whether the author intended to portray him as someone with Asperger's, but I think it was just that the character lacked warmth, social skills and common sense. He also made the same errors time and again, trusting when his motto should have been "trust no one." I found myself feeling little sympathy for him.
Finally, the story failed me. It was fairly obvious what the motive was and who was guilty about halfway through. It was painful watching the hero blunder his way through. And, in the end, the resolution was sloppy.
I wish I could have written a more positive review.
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I think this will appeal to those who like a good, sound forensic mystery in the vein of CSI, but will drive readers who love historicals COMPLETELY BATTY. Read morePublished 4 days ago by J. Ferreira
I really enjoyed this book! I was surprised that it was based loosely off of a real person. If you're a fan of forensics sciences and good storytelling then give it a ready!Published 17 days ago by Richard Owen
A great factual fiction read, the historical first CSI, which I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.Published 21 days ago by Captain Cook
Wonderful story with an unusual setting. I didn't expect it to be so compelling.Published 1 month ago by Glenn E. Van Zyl
The story line in this book was so thought out and the characters were awesome..Really loved reading this book and recommend to all warning it is a long book so be ready to dive in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Well worth the read. Loved how much research the author put into this historical fiction. A nice bonus is getting the author's thought process at the end of the novel; explaining... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I rated this book so high because the story was easy to follow and has very colorful characters as well as a good plot.Published 1 month ago by James L. Clapp
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