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Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy

Tea with the Black Dragon (edition 2001)

by R. A. MacAvoy

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Title:Tea with the Black Dragon
Authors:R. A. MacAvoy
Info:e-reads.com (2001), Paperback, 140 pages
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Tags:fiction, mystery

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Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy


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probably my favourite urban fantasy book! In an age where everybody is try to outdo epics this is small, poignant and re-readable. ( )
  DavidMcKay | Jun 17, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this mashup of glimpse of computer science fiction, incipient feminism, fantasy, and action. Dated, yes. Stylistically a bit odd - stilted in places. Paragraphs ending and beginning without regard to (my) logic.
The main characters are quite complicated, and refreshingly far from politically correct. Mrs. Macnamara is the freest of spirits, a musician who flits from place to place with her eyes and ears on the mundane magics of the world. Her daughter Liz, a Stanford graduate, is beautiful, career-driven computer scientist who has invited her mother to help her solve a problem.
But when Mrs. Macnamara arrives, Liz has disappeared. An elderly gentleman by the name of Mr. Long invites her to tea, and soon the two are embroiled in a search for Liz that has deadly - and sometimes farcical - implications.
This won't take you long to read, and I highly recommend it for fans of feminist/fantasy/romance. Mind you, parts of this will annoy all of you, but that's part of the shine of this gem. ( )
  KarenIrelandPhillips | Feb 20, 2017 |
When Martha Macnamara's daughter calls her to San Francisco to help her with some unspecified trouble, she meets and is intrigued by the enigmatic Mayland Long; Martha then goes missing, and Mayland has to find both her and the daughter before it's too late.

PS Mayland is a dragon in human form.

This book and I just don't get each other. I don't feel like I know enough about Chinese dragons to appreciate Mayland's character (or at least I don't know as much as I felt the author was expecting me to know). And the suspense aspect of the plot was too thin to make up for this. ( )
1 vote sturlington | Jul 29, 2015 |
Entertaining and imaginative but superficial and direct. MacAvoy has an excellent writing style but the diminutive plot of this novel makes me wonder if this was one of her earlier novels. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed this book - it just never seemed to fulfill its potential. A beach read of the fantasy world. ( )
2 vote konrad.katie | Apr 24, 2014 |
very different than I anticipated. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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Monk: "What is Tao?"
Ts'ao-shan: "A dragon singing in the dry wood."
Monk: "I wonder whether there is anyone who can hear this?"
Ts'ao-shan: "There is no one in the entire world who does not hear this."
Monk: "I do not know what kind of composition the dragon's song is."
Ts'ao-shan: "I also do not know; but all who hear it lose themselves."

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Martha Macnamara stood at the Pacific, her toes digging into the froth.
Mayland Long, in his quiet gray suit, felt like a quote taken out of context.
She was sure that the tea was Oolong. Both the tea and the statue were named Oolong? The tea, the statue and the dragon?
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Cryptic phone calls and a mysterious disappearance draw Martha to San Francisco in search of her estranged daughter. With the help of a philosophical stranger, Martha embarks on a dangerous adventure.

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