Many adventure stories proceed from one act to the next in a predictable way. River of Stars is a meditation on time, history, life and death, the meaning of our choices in the great sweep of centuries. I also learned a lot about ancient Chinese society, and grew to dearly love and care about the fates of the characters.
Yes, because the reader is perfectly expressive, and because I spend more time in the car than I do at home.
In the tradition of the greats who use the presence of murder to explore the depths of human nature: Dorothy Sayers, Jane Langdon come to mind.
I intend to read all her books.
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