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review 2017-01-06 11:42
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
The Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo

The main character was clearly dropped on her head as a child, and I had a lot of other issues with this book. Weirdly I still enjoyed the writing style, enough so that I didn't ditch the book. Which is saying something. The topic was also rather interesting.

 

Still had some major issues, like the MC being insanely shallow. 2 (ish) stars.

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review 2016-10-30 05:18
Book Review: The Ghost Bride
The Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo

Book: The Ghost Bride

 

Author: Yangsze Choo

 

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Supernatural/Coming of Age

 

Summary: Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound. Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price. After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims’ handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits, and monstrous bureaucracy - including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets - and the truth about her own family - before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever. - HarperCollins, 2013

 

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review 2016-10-14 14:57
Thoughts: The Ghost Bride
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

The Ghost Bride

by Yangsze Choo

"One evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride..."

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs.  And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects.  But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family.  They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances.  Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit.  Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim's handsome new heir, Tian Bai.  Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit.  Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.



It took a while to get into this book, but once the story gets rolling, things pick up and the adventure is actually pretty amazing.  The writing is beautiful and easy to follow, and Li Lan is actually a pretty great heroine, though I can't say that all the characters are entirely relatable.

Yangsze Choo certainly creates a wonderfully detailed spirit world, and it was fun trying to make little mental comparisons of what I know of the Chinese spirit world versus how it is interpreted in Malaya.

The Ghost Bride is a very enjoyable read, with a lot of wonderfully amazing descriptions and imagery.  And, as little sense as this makes, it's almost completely realistic in it's supernatural setting; it took little suspension of disbelief for me to completely immerse myself into the story when Li Lan's adventure took a turn for the exciting.

The book DOES start out quite slow, and for a while you're stuck in limbo, not quite sure where the book was going to take you; and really, the only saving grace of those first couple parts of the book before Li Lan enters the spirit world is the writing.

Afterwards, the book is just pretty wonderful.

I hesitate to give it the rating that I ended up giving it because I really, honestly did really like this book.  But there were still a few quibbles and flaws here and there that didn't quite work out for me.  It took close to a month to finish reading this book, though I'm not sure if it had to do with that slow start or my mind being readily lured away by other reads.

I suppose my one other complaint about it would just be that the characters are not easily related to, though to be fair, Li Lan kind of takes over the entire book, and everyone else sort of dulls in comparison.  Don't get me wrong--the character interaction isn't weak, and the characters themselves all have potentially interesting stories surrounding them.  But this tale is certainly all about Li Lan--her adventure, her journey, her growth and development...

Nonetheless, for a wonderfully written diverse read, I would definitely recommend The Ghost Bride just for the beautiful writing alone; although the creative spirit world and amazing descriptions aren't too shabby either.

 



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2016 Reading Challenges:
Goodreads Reading Challenge
BookLikes Reading Challenge
Bookish Resolutions Challenge
2016 Halloween Bingo

 

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/10/thoughts-ghost-bride.html
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text SPOILER ALERT! 2016-10-05 22:01
The Ghost Bride Update: A passage and a short thought
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

The Ghost Bride

by Yangsze Choo

Progress:  132 of 360 pages (37%)

 

We walked on thus for a little way, I pleading while he paid me no heed.  A muscle twitched in the corner of his eye, but otherwise he behaved as though I didn't exist.  At last I stood in the street and bawled like a child, the tears leaking through my clenched fists and my nose dribbling unceremoniously onto my blouse.


For some reason, the above paragraph from the book had a strong enough impact to give me a sad visual that tugged at my heartstrings.  But I guess to understand why, I'd have to clarify:

Some possible spoilers ahead.  But if I were to be honest, nothing is really given away of the book and its secrets.

Basically, our main character, Li Lan is wandering the living plain in spirit form.  She is neither dead nor alive and is kind of suspended in between, unable to return to her body.  As she tries to return to her home, she finds that the ox-headed border patrol are guarding her entrance, waiting for her to return.  When Old Wong, her family's old cook emerges from the house, she follows him, realizing that he can see her, but he makes an obvious display of ignoring her.

I'm not sure why this passage stood out to me.  But it did and it made me feel a bit saddened for Li Lan's current plight.  Except that in the bigger scheme of things, she has a whole lot more to worry about than a familiar household cook not even looking at her when she so direly needs someone to see her.


Anyway, the progression of The Ghost Bride is actually quite slow going for me right now.  Don't get me wrong, though, because I find the premise intriguing and the writing extremely beautiful.  It just seems like it's taking a bit of time for the conflict to manifest, and now it's taking more time even for me to even understand where the book itself is truly headed.

Nonetheless, this book has it's hauntingly lovely factors, from descriptions of homes, people, and the dream world and the spirit world.  And while I hadn't really expected as much, there is a slight touch of horror underlying all the talk of ghostly beings from the hungry ghosts, to Lim Tian Ching's behavior, to the ox-headed demon patrols.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-ghost-bride-update-passage-and.html
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review 2016-09-22 03:27
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo (Audiobook)
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

Read by the author.

 

I decided to read the audiobook version of this title because the library had it available and I wanted to hear the preferred pronunciation of the names and so on. The author read the book herself, and although she could have distinguished the voices a little more, I did really enjoy her reading. Her cadence suited the story, possibly because she wrote it. The novel takes place in 19th century Malacca and follows Li Lan, a young woman who is threatened with a ghost marriage to a dead man, and her attempts to avoid said marriage.

 

This book had caught my eye a while ago but I had never gotten around to reading it. Despite being initially intrigued, it seemed like a popular fiction book of a kind that I wasn’t sure I would like. I can’t say for sure if I would have enjoyed the print version as much, but I found the audio version delightful. There were some flaws, of course, like the way things proposed to wrap up so conveniently in the end, but it didn’t end up being as convenient as it threatened so that was good. There was also definitely a YA coming of age feel to it but that’s fairly natural considering the age of the main character. Some of the twists weren’t all that surprising, but I had fun along the way. It was an interesting fusion of superstitions and quite cohesive. The fantastic elements seemed perfectly natural, logical, and consistent.

 

I’m planning on counting it for the “Diverse Authors” square for the Halloween Bingo, but it could also be used for the supernatural, magical realism, and possibly grave or graveyard squares. Admittedly, this does leave me without a supernatural square, but I’m sure I’ll find something…

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