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Under Heaven

af Guy Gavriel Kay

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Under Heaven
  1. 140
    The Lions of al-Rassan af Guy Gavriel Kay (Anonym bruger)
  2. 10
    The Court of the Lion: A Novel of the T'Ang Dynasty af Eleanor Cooney (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: A historical fiction novel of the Tang Dynasty, ably relating the same events upon which 'Under Heaven' is based but in their actual Chinese setting.
  3. 32
    Bridge of Birds af Barry Hughart (Cecrow, MyriadBooks)
    Cecrow: A more playful fantasy take on ancient China.
  4. 10
    Shōgun af James Clavell (ajwseven)
  5. 10
    A Shadow in Summer af Daniel Abraham (souloftherose)
  6. 00
    Paladín af C. J. Cherryh (Anonym bruger)
  7. 00
    In Love with the Way: Chinese Poems of the Tang Dynasty (The Calligrapher's Notebooks) af François Cheng (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: A historical novel about a Tang poet and the poetry of the period. If you like one, you should try the other
  8. 02
    Wildfire af Sarah Micklem (lottpoet)
    lottpoet: I think these books have in common a person caught up in the machinations of a highly formal society.
  9. 36
    En storm af sværd af George R. R. Martin (axelsabro)
    axelsabro: alternate earth fantasy
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It had a great start, got me interested in the characters and had a neat Imperial China feel. Unfortunately, the ending felt really rushed, leaving me feeling vaguely unsatisfied. ( )
  yaj70 | Jan 22, 2024 |
Oh, the prose in this was lovely, as exquisite as the poems quoted by characters (I somewhat wish I had paid more attention in premodern Chinese lit- I recognized some of the names of the poets in the acknowledgements section, but alas. I do remember the symbolism behind a lonely goose, though, and something about the four major beauties). I picked this up because I've been meaning to read a GGK, and it's not often you come across a fantasy novel set in an Asian culture (though given the fantastic elements aren't front and center, this is about as low fantasy as ASoIaF- touches of it here and there, but not omnipresent). Ironically, one of the nonfiction books I read earlier this month mentioned real-life Tang dynasty emperor Taizong who loved horses, and the famed Ferghana horses who allegedly sweat blood.

There are action scenes, there is violence, but it feels subdued, perhaps because our perspective characters spend quite a bit of time thinking to themselves. Looks like the library has [b:River of Stars|15808474|River of Stars|Guy Gavriel Kay|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1356089847s/15808474.jpg|21451403] so I can move on swiftly! ( )
  Daumari | Dec 28, 2023 |
I'm a big Kay fan, but his past few books haven't lived up to my expectations of his novels. With this one, I felt like I was reading an earlier novel - the characters were great (both good, bad, and ambiguous). Kay is usually great at making me cry at some point in his novels (Tigana, Song for Arbonne, Lions of Al-Rassan), this one just didn't have that emotional investment. There were parts that made me a bit sad, but that was it.

The story was interesting, as was the time and place it was set. Kay sucked me into the world he had created, and I wanted to keep reading to find out how the intricacies would play out. He didn't dissapoint there. ( )
  PurplOttr | Dec 1, 2023 |
The authour totally immerses you in his version of 8th century China, and completely captivates with diverse characters, surroundings and (after a bit) several sub plots to keep things interesting.

In some ways, it reminds me of [b:Shogun|402093|Shogun|James Clavell|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1278332605s/402093.jpg|1755568] - although the protagonist isn't a complete stranger to his land, he's been away long enough, and enough has changed to make look at things with fresh eyes.

The mild fantasy elements are subtle, and fit - even as a historical novel, because the characters believe, even if the reader doesn't. They are even presented in a way the reader can choose to believe or not as well.

The authour does have a habit of having characters alude to things they know but never vocalize, so the reader is kept in suspense even when the character isn't. It's an annoying way to do it, and I'm glad it seems to die out in the later stages of the book.

The only mistake you could make reading this book is to take it as an adventure novel. It certainly seems to start out that way, but it never quite fulfills the promise. The ending works and even fits properly as long as you aren't a sword and sorcery ending.

A four star book in a very 3 and two thirds stars way :-) ( )
  furicle | Aug 5, 2023 |
Well researched and wonderful historical fantasy. GGK never disappoints in this area. ( )
  SusanStradiotto | Jul 12, 2023 |
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Amid the ten thousand noises and the jade-and-gold and the whirling dust of Xinan, he had often stayed awake all night among friends, drinking spiced wine in the North District with the courtesans.
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