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About the Author
- ASIN : B00J48FCRK
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy; Reprint edition (April 1, 2014)
- Publication date : April 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 5272 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 138 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #310,157 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The formatting made it EXTREMELY difficult to read. No indents or spaces between paragraph and, no scene breaks made dialog hard to follow and the story confusing. One character would be speaking, then in the next paragraph it was the same character speaking again. Did I miss something? Was that a paragraph break? WTH? I'd be reading about one character doing one thing, then all of a sudden it was a different character doing something else.The first scene break that appears in the "Look Inside" sample looks like a chunk of the book got cut out. Martha's walking down the street, then suddenly she's talking to Mayland in the hotel bar. Did something get cut out? Or was that just a bad a scene break? I can't tell.
I've never seen an e-book more poorly formatted. Every indie book I've ever read is far, far better formatted than this one was. If I'd bought it for 99 cents, it wouldn't be so bad. But I paid over $5 for the book and expect to at least be able to read it without having to struggle. No more Open Road Media books for me!
Yes, the tea is black China, and the sculture is a black dragon named Oolong. So, it rapidly becomes apparant, is Mayland Long. When he sets aside his scholarly search for the truth and his master, which he had been prophecied to find in San Francisco, to help Martha track down her daughter, he will put his own long life in jeopardy.
I first read this book in the mid-80s, when I was just getting into computer programming. MacAvoy expertly wove a a tapestry of fine design by combining computer technology with the poetry of Zen philosophy and mythical Chinese dragons. I was rapt in the romance of a dragon's study of humankind, and taken with Long's life among books. Who would not want to be the dapper, wealthy, studied, elegant dragon in his hotel-room tower?
Reading it again in the Kindle edition for the first time in a decade, I now see more of the appeal of Martha Macnamara, and the romance between these two older people, both slightly alienated from the push and thrust of modern life and modern technology—especially now that my own years are advanced! It helped to be familiar with San Franciso, although MacAvoy's descriptions of the city are so evocative that this knowledge adds only a minor gloss to the tale.
Either way, the book has not lost any of its original charm due to the slight dating of computer tech in the modern half of the story, but has only acquired more polish. Make an appointment to enjoy this high tea, whether it is your first sip, or a familiar refreshment. Oolong does not disappoint, and neither does MacAvoy.
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(This is silly needing more words, you can say all you need in a few).