Eight Skilled Gentlemen

Eight Skilled GentlemenEight Skilled Gentlemen

Master Li and Number 10 Ox #3

Barry Hughart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

I enjoyed this book. I probably would have enjoyed it more and given it 5stars but for a few things.

All the versifying. Turned me off with it’s repetition. Hostetler Tu’s food rants. They were too long to be funny after the first one. They were just annoying.

Other than that, I really liked this book. Started out with a bang with monsters and vampires and plots, oh my! Reminded me a lot of the first book. I found the political intrigue just as interesting as the monster/myth hunting.

If you liked the previous books, you’ll most likely like this one as well.

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The Story of the Stone

The Story of the StoneThe Story of the Stone

Master Li and Number 10 Ox #2

Barry Hughart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

As wonderful as the first book was, this was a bit of a let down. I certainly enjoyed the read, it just didn’t pack quite the same punch as Bridge of Birds.

Li and Ox have to deal with a long dead sadist prince. In the process they find some “kind of lost” souls, go through the 10 layers of chinese hell, do their typical wenching and eating thing, and finish things up nice and neat.

Bridge of Birds

Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never WasBridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was

Master Li and Number 10 Ox #1

Barry Hughart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

A chinese fairytale. That made me laugh my butt off.

Number 10 Ox, the tenth son of a peasant, teams up with a physician, Master Li, who has one character flaw. They work together to save the children of Ox’s village, who have fallen ill of a mysterious disease.

Along the way, they fight monsters, mother-in-laws, misers, monks and an immortal warlord. They fly in a basket with palm-frond blades, they kill a coward’s daughter [with his blessing and help], they enjoy multiple hoards of treasures and in the end, they help restore a goddess to heaven.

This was engaging, light hearted, funny, just enough dark macabre humor to keep me tickled and serious enough so I didn’t feel like I was drowning in cotton candy.