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Bride of the rat god (edition 1995)

by Barbara Hambly

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Title:Bride of the rat god
Authors:Barbara Hambly
Info:Robinson, 1995.
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1920's film stars! Ancient demons! Romance! Magic! Cute puppies! This one's a winner. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly was originally released in paperback in 1994. It's now been rereleased in ebook form. Intrigued by the setting — 1923 Hollywood, and the mystery — an ancient Chinese curse, I decided to give the book a try.

Nora, a British WWI widow, comes to Hollywood where her sister is a silent movie sensation. After her arrival, members of the crew are brutally murdered. If Shang Ko, a self described Chinese wizard, is to be believed, the movie star sister is in danger — cursed by the very necklace she's been wearing in her current movie.

It sounds so good. It has a promising setting. The reviews, for the most part, have been ecstatic — praising the world building and the author's genre savvy. I expected to love the book with my film history background and my current interest in Chinese culture. Sadly, though, I failed, twice, to finish the book.

Bride of the Rat God failed to gel for me. After the initial discovery of a body, the book falls into a routine of describing Chrysanda Flamande's day to day schedule at the studio as well as her Pekinese dogs. Every so often Shang Ko will pop up, say something vaguely ominous.

The dogs end up being the true heros of the book, but not being a fan of the breed and usually finding pets in mysteries to be tedious at best, they didn't add much to the reading experience for me. But the actual mystery doesn't get back on track until well past the half way point of the book. By then, I was bored and ready to move on. ( )
  pussreboots | May 12, 2013 |
*note to self. Copy from A. ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
The title is pure camp, and also fits perfectly with the sort of silent movie Christine is making in early 1920s Hollywood. Her sister-in-law Norah comes from her own tragedies in England during WWI to be Christine’s companion and help her with her three personable Pekinese dogs, who figure prominently in the story, as do mysterious murders, a cursed necklace, an ancient Chinese wizard, a cute and sensible photographer, and the demon Rat God to whom Christine has been unwittingly pledged. The blurb on the front—“Too beautiful to live, too wild to die”—is completely random and irrelevant to the book (though it would fit with one of those silent movies). Hambly is, as usual, competent and evocative.
  kcollett | Aug 6, 2010 |
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Gavin, MargueriteNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rey, LuisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dedicated, with all my love, to Whiskey, Smudge, Nicholas, and the Eternally Beautiful Kismet, without whose love and company it would never even have occurred to me to write this book.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345381017, Mass Market Paperback)

Chrysanda Flamande was the sultriest vamp of the silver screen in Hollywood, California, in the year 1923. Then an elderly Chinese gentleman warned her that a trinket she'd worn in her last movie had marked her to be the bride of an ancient devil-god of Manchuria. Now the Rat God is stalking closer, and Chrysanda is discovering that there's no mousetrap big enough to keep her from being dragged unwilling to the altar!

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:49:19 -0400)

Chrysanda Flamande, a hot actress of the silver screen, pays no attention to an elderly Chinese gentleman's warning about her becoming the bride of an ancient devil-god as the result of wearing an ancient and cursed piece of jewelry until the mysterious death of a stunt double who had also worn the jewel.… (more)

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