mjj (flemmings) wrote,

Spent a chunk of last year reading random recs from here and there. Aaronovitch's I can usually trace to Aaronovitch: they have a certain genre similarity. Others came from the FFL, which is how I read Tim Powers, Michele Batchelor, and Hilary McKay. Usually I c&p the name into the Toronto Public Library system, note what branches near me have which copies, and go and get them. Occasionally none does and I have to put a hold. This will become more frequent now that winter has retired the bicycle.

The trouble is that I rarely note where I got a rec from, and Swiss-cheese-brained as I am, occasionally fail to remember that I've put a hold on at all. Thus I was surprised to discover that I'd ordered a copy of Deception by Eleanor Cooney and Daniel Altieri, of whom I remember not a thing. It's set in Tang China, it has Judge Dee (must be the why of it) and it concerns the Always-Evil Empress (empresses being always-evil by definition) Wu. Who, the blurb says, deposed Confucianists and promoted Buddhists; and that's a bad idea, because IIRC the histories are written by Confucianists. So I'm thinking 'hostile tradition, here we come' and wondering if I want to read this thumping great door-stopper at all.

ETA: the wiki article on Wu Zetian contains the lovely line that she was responsible for 'the "Wordless Stella" at the Qianling Mausoleum.' Someone's autocorrect was too quick on the draw.
Tags: china, history, language, reading, reading_12

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