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HELP! I'm out of books!
My headline today is not strictly true, I am NEVER out of books. I'm just out of books I haven't already read. This weekend I finished Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay. I've mentioned it in a couple of other blogs already. What a ride! I'll warn you, if you are squeamish about things like people being ordered to commit suicide (and doing it!) you won't like this book. But if you like a little court intrigue (think imperial court, not law court) mixed up with action, adventure, travel, and mystery - you will like this novel. It begins with a man who is serving a penance of sorts, in a remote outpost of the Empire, burying the bones of as many of the 40000 dead soldiers that are lying on a battlefield as he can. He comes to terms with the voices of the ghosts crying in the night, and struggles to write poetry in his hut by lamplight. His world is shattered by an unexpected gift from on high.
This novel takes you across the Chinese Empire (thinly disguised under its ancient name of Kitai, with other place and dynastic names similarly tweaked) to the far northern land of the Mongols. It is loosely based on eventus surrounding a rebellion that occurred during the Tang dynasty.
I could bore you for pages and pages with my feelings about this book, but since I like you I will spare you. Suffice it to say, it was a cracking good read! I'm off to the library to refill my bag and reload my reading list. Tally ho!
Oh, and I'm re-reading a PD James novel An Unsuitable Job for a Woman. Good stuff, as always. More on that later.