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The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (original 1998; edition 2011)

by Barry Hughart

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Title:The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
Authors:Barry Hughart
Info:Subterranean (2011), Edition: Corrected, Second Subterranean Edition, Hardcover, 648 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:E-Book, Humor, China, Fantasy

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The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry Hughart (1998)

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    The Mortdecai Trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli (nessreader)
    nessreader: they share a cheerful and violent cynicism, ornate language, and are set in cultures that are based on literary genres rather than historical periods (chinoiserie for Hughart and Bertie Wooster goes pulp noir for Bonfiglioli) More importantly, I think they'd appeal to the same sense of humour.… (more)
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    The Secrets of Jin-shei by Alma Alexander (Limelite)
    Limelite: Another alternative history with fantasy medieval Chrysanthemum kingdom setting, only featuring women's sisterhood. Magic, potions, adventure, and legendary characters.
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    The Princess Bride by William Goldman (Limelite)
    Limelite: Similar humorous picaresque with quirky characters and adventure.

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This is an omnibus edition of three books set in sixth century China. Each book is a detective story with a mystery which Master Li, the ancient sage, and number ten Ox, his peasant friend and assistant have to solve.

Its very engagingly written, and convincingly plunges you into ancient China, but its very long - 650 odd pages. I probably should have just bought the first book separately. Mildly recommended. ( )
  Matt_B | Mar 23, 2014 |
FANTASTIC! Ran into this book at an eclectic store in Spokane, WA, called Boo Radly's. It lived up to everything that the cover said about it. ( )
  librken | Jul 4, 2012 |
This omnibus edition comprises
1) Bridge of Birds,
2) The Story of the Stone, and
3)Eight Skilled Gentlemen.
The first novel is one of the best fantasies I have read. The second is very, very good, and the third is well worth reading.

It is a story about Master Li (a sage with a slight flaw in his character) and Number ten Ox, his peasant friend and assistent. They solve mysteries and crimes in sixth century China, and their antics and the world they live in are extremely quirky and interesting. Even more quirky and fascinating are the characters that populate this world, up to and including the Celestial Beaurocracy.

You fall in love with the characters, sympathize with their trials and tribulations, try to figure out what Master Li is thinking, and become immersed in their lives and in trying to help. The books have a purity and honesty of feeling that is rare these days.

While Barry Hughart only wrote three novels to my knowledge, I am happy he managed to produce these three objects of beauty and delight. ( )
1 vote rexton | Jun 4, 2006 |
This is a compendium of three excellent books which take place in a historical China that didn't exactly exist. In the books, which are set in China's distant past, mythical creatures and deities rub elbows with peasants and Confucian scholars. The books are a combination of historical mystery, farce and historical fiction. This is a brilliant, hilarious compelling collection everyone should read. ( )
  orangejulia | Oct 14, 2005 |
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Contains the three books in the trilogy.:

Bridge of Birds
The Story of the Stone
Eight Skilled Gentlemen
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When the children of his village were struck with a mysterious illness, Number Ten Ox found master Li Kao. Together they set out to find the Great Root of Power, the only possible cure, and together they discover adventure and legend, and the power of belief...… (more)

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