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The Other Tree Mass Market Paperback – January 28, 2014
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"Heartfelt, exciting, suspenseful, and poignant."
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"An adventurous and enjoyable story that gives you the unexpected, the unique, and the unusual all in an interesting story about faith, humanity, and botany."
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"An impressive debut for a very talented writer."
"A ripping good yarn sure to please readers who enjoy mysteries, legends, and overcoming the burden of hard choices."
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About the Author
DK Mok is a fantasy and science fiction author whose novels include Squid's Grief, Hunt for Valamon and The Other Tree. DK's work has been shortlisted for three Aurealis Awards, a Ditmar and a WSFA Small Press Award. DK grew up in libraries, immersed in lost cities and fantastic worlds populated by quirky bandits and giant squid. She graduated from UNSW with a degree in Psychology, pursuing her interest in both social justice and scientist humour. DK lives in Sydney, Australia, and her favourite fossil deposit is the Burgess Shale.
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The story takes the reader across several countries including Australia. If you can ignore the minor implausibilities and incorrect facts The other tree is a ripping good yarn. The main characters are likeable, the story is very funny and there is the right amount of action and suspense without gratuitous violence, sex or info dumps on guns. In critique, I did not like the ending, but I did enjoy the book overall. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this author in the future.
I don't know much about the heritage behind this story but the religious, scientific and geographic elements, whether real or invented, are believably written, and underpin an action packed yet inherently character driven story.
The book rollicks along very nicely, maintaining tension and gradually unpacking characters along the way. I absolutely loved cryptobotanist Chris and conflicted Luke, and their personal journeys are as important to the novel as the overarching plot. Even the secondary characters are multi-faceted and interesting, although I have to say if I have one nitpick, it was with the random head hopping of perspective in a couple of places. Otherwise though, an impressive debut for a very talented writer! Mok is most definitely on my "want more" list!
I almost stopped reading this a few times early on. The heroine's speeches about the eeeevil corporation where just so tinny and shallow that I despaired whether the author could pull off a book length quest. Well, what seems to happen here is that the author is obligated to set up all of the quest conventions, even ones she isn't comfortable with, but once that's done and the author can just do her own thing, the book speeds up, rights itself, and takes off.
Our heroine is crisply drawn, a little chippy around the edges, and has real backbone. Hero one is a conflicted priest, but a pretty sharp cookie and not just some pale young vicar. Hero two sneaks in to the action, and comes on slowly. The villains start out cartoony, although a few are allowed to develop more than one might suspect. All of the them have their surprising angles and none wear out their welcome as the book proceeds.
The plot is pure find the thing that leads to the other thing in the other place. But the things are reasonably cool and the places are interesting so the dashing about is fun and distracting.
Here's the best part. Every now and then the author offers a set piece or a very brief scene or just a throwaway line that is way beyond the usual action/quest/pulp standard. It may be a bit of scene setting or an observation about a place or a character, but it is usually in an exchange of dialogue. You read it and pause and think to yourself that, hey, that was pretty sharp. For me, it was these graceful and elegant touches that really sold the book and kept me reading. This novel has been compared to Indiana Jones stories and DaVince Code books, but while they may have more rollicking action or complex plotting they don't ever have such accomplished authorial touches, and that's what distinguishes this book and what keeps one's interest.
Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.