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Paper Butterfly — Diane Wei Liang
...trying to, at least. It's slow going, and the protagonist (a private eye in Beijing) is a little too reticent or introverted to get a handle on her. Cautious, as well, and the third-person POV is a little distant, and all of it's creating distance where I think I'm supposed to find sympathy. But I want to like the story, so I may keep trying.

Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad — Minister Faust
This is a book I can't review with any kind of distance. It was just that good, and caught me that much. Tore through it in an evening, because I simply could not stop. Now I want his next books. Like, fifteen minutes ago.

Chinatown Beat — Henry Chang
Not sure if I'll keep with this one. Decent writing, solid, but there are starting to be hints of misogyny. Not sexism (where women are less capable/able than men) but outright don't-like-women-that-much. Haven't read enough to pinpoint whether this is the narration/author or the character in particular. Problem is, not sure I want to keep reading to find out.

Southland — Nina Revoyr
I'm four or five chapters into this one, and I'm starting to get that feeling, the same one I got at this stage of The Hero's Walk, that something marvelous is unfolding in front of me. Stay tuned, will report in later.

Date: 7 Jul 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowsong
Apropos of China: have you read Barry Hughart's books? They're brilliant. You might also like Paper Mage by Leah Cutter, and Liz Williams's Detective Inspector Chen series. (Although that last one's Singapore, not China.)

Date: 8 Jul 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 7scimitarroll.livejournal.com
I thought the Detective Inspector Chen series was China, the city was just a special economic zone like Hong Kong and had a weird franchise-like relationship with the original Singapore.

Date: 8 Jul 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowsong
You're right. It's set in Singapore Three, which is located in China. Obviously I haven't re-read in a while. :)

Date: 8 Jul 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 7scimitarroll.livejournal.com
It's been a few years since my last reading, too.

Date: 8 Jul 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 7scimitarroll.livejournal.com
That makes sense. I read it in high school, so I rolled my eyes and glossed over that part as the author not thinking. Doesn't make it better.

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