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The Book-Addled Brain

Hello!  Welcome to my little corner of the universe.  Join me as I make my way through my infinite reading list one page at a time.

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A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin
Progress: 187/1009 pages
Edith Hamilton
Progress: 85/497 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Progress: 46 %
Les Miserables
Victor Hugo
Progress: 718/1463 pages

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A Hundred Flowers - Gail Tsukiyama

A Hundred Flowers: A Novel - Gail Tsukiyama 


I am a huge fan of Gail Tsukiyama's previous works, so I was very excited to see something new from her. Unfortunately, this one didn't quite live up to my expectations. The story is told from five different viewpoints. While this can be a useful tool, in this case it feels like the story jumps around too much and you never really get a complete story from any of the characters. I also felt like I kept waiting and waiting for the story to gain some momentum, but it never really did, and then suddenly it was over. I found the ending to be very abrupt and felt like there was the potential for a second half to this novel. I guess I wanted A Hundred Flowers to knock my socks off like Street of a Thousand Blossoms did, but sadly it fell short.