Monday, September 13, 2004

Master Li and Number 10 Ox

I have been ill this weekend and have therefore been reading lighter
material than normal. I took the opportunity to re-read Barry
Hughart's excellent books Bridge of Birds and Eight Skilled Gentlemen. They are truly wonderful books and I am sorry that he does not plan to write more. He gave an interview where he blames his publishers for failing
to sell many copies, in spite of having won the World Fantasy Award.

He wrote another book in this series called The Story of the Stone, but
it is no longer being published. In spite of having read only a
handful of fantasy novels (these and some of Terry Pratchett's
Discworld series) I just ordered it from Amazon.

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