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review 2017-09-28 23:01
Malay flavored YA
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

Ghostly, entertaining jaunt. Foreign setting, lots of fantasy, family intrigues and romance. Teens and young adults would be a good audience for this one.

 

I liked it well enough, though I wanted to thump some sense into Li Lan several times. And she does the distressed damsel quite a bit. And some issues are managed in somewhat simplistic ways. But it was a speedy read, and I had a good time.

 

 

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text 2017-09-28 00:13
Reading progress update: I've read 155 out of 368 pages.
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

I'm having an easy and enjoyable time with this.

 

So far, it fits

 

 

 

Lol, I might be missing my guess, but dragons are so proud and conceited.

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text 2017-09-27 14:05
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 368 pages.
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

We Chinese did not like to give or receive certain gifts for superstitious reasons: knives, because they could sever a relationship; handkerchiefs, for they portended weeping; and clocks, as they were thought to measure out the days of your life. If any of these were presented, the recipient usually paid a token amount to symbolize that it was a purchase and not a gift.

 

Interesting. Except for the clock one, my half Italian grandfather held those too. And it might have been the full set, and the occasion for him mentioning it never arose.

 

 

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text 2017-09-27 11:41
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 368 pages.
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

So far this is looking like a speedy YA romance with some family intrigue and (I'm guessing) a supernatural element. It will make for a nice change of pace.

 

 

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review 2017-09-23 21:28
Ghost Bride
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

‘If we’re going to have a wedding, maybe we should have an exorcism first.’

‘Are you mad?’ she said. ‘That’s the last thing anybody wants to hear before a wedding!’

Finally, finally, I got to read Ghost Bride. It's been on my kindle for such a long time, I nearly forgot about it. 

 

I had tried to get into the book previously but never found a way into the story. This time the Malaysian setting, the excursion into the Chinese spirit world and the unlikely murder mystery grabbed me almost from the start.

 

Unfortunately, the book started to flag at the end of the first third and the love triangle in the last third had me roll my eyes so often, I nearly skimmed to the end.

 

What can I say, I can't stand love triangles and in this particularly one, I just wanted to shout at our heroine: "The dragon. Always choose the dragon." 

 

 

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