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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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text 2017-09-23 17:09
Reading progress update: I've read 55%.
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

‘Thank you. My name is—’

He cut me off with a dismissive gesture.

‘Don’t bother. We don’t use names here.’ Seeing my eyes widen he shook his head. ‘You must have just died. Listen, all of us here came because we had descendants or some family member who bothered to burn offerings to us. We’re technically the privileged ones, who can spend some time enjoying the fruits of filial piety before going on to judgment at the Courts. But some of us end up working as servants out of boredom or necessity. Still, we don’t use our true names, understand? My grandchildren want to think that I’m enjoying an afterlife of leisure here and I want to preserve that illusion. So no names.’

‘But how would they know what you were doing here anyway?’

‘Cheh! Of course they don’t know, but we don’t like to think about them getting wind of it through some spiritualist or medium. You never know what sort of information leaks out. Anyway, for our own pride, we don’t mention it.’

 

The Chinese spirit world seems ever-so pragmatic. 

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text 2017-09-20 22:29
Reading progress update: I've read 19%.
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

‘If an exorcist comes to the house, people will suspect we have ghost trouble.’ Amah frowned uneasily.

 

Uh-huh. You don't say!

 

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text 2017-09-16 11:21
Halloween Bingo - Magical Realism
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

The Ghost Bride has been on my TBR for a couple of years, I think. Everytime I tried to start it something else came up. This year I have several reasons for making a start: it looks like the book would be great for the Magic Realism square, and it looks like I'm going to back to Malaysia soon.

 

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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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