Ause I didn t have much left I didn t care about Helen Frances and her lover they were just unrealistic and the good doctor Airton well he was so stupid and whiny I just hoped to see him killed but alas the idiot lived to the last pageAs to the brothel this was the most ridiculous thing of all The madam who was supposed to be so cunning together with her son kept torturing the girls and boys randomly Why What for What do they gain out of this How is it good for business How does it affect the atmosphere Does it do they gain out of this How is it good for business How does it affect the atmosphere Does it the prostitutes work harder Does it contribute to their skill effectiveness or the satisfaction of customers I have this dim suspicion that it s got something to do with the author s personal preferences and that he enjoys writing about sexual sadism and that s all there is to it Now don t get me wrong I think it s totally okay to fantasize about this stuff or any stuff that s what imagination is for but when it comes to putting one s fantasies on paper it should be done in a plausible believable reasonable way Why Because the book is for the reader first and for the author "second The author must seduce the reader not only pleasure himself One of my favourite "The author must seduce the reader not only pleasure himself One of my favourite Picking up this book I had high expectations Adam Williams does not only have a background in business but his family also has a history that is deeply entwined with China since the 1880ths That he is on top married to one of my favorite Chinese literates did not lower my anticipation eitherIn my most optimistic expectations I hoped for a read in the ballpark of James Clavell s Taipan sagaI think Adam Williams had similar ambitions with this book he definitely aimed at creating an epicThe Palace of Heavenly Pleasure is not a terrible read else I would not have made it through the 640 pages The overall plot is not bad despite the rather anticlimactic end and the p This was an enlightening book that was a step beyond my normal sphere of crime fiction It was uite a hard read at times but when there was some action the pace uickened for me which I like about a bookFor anyone who loves history andor who likes descriptive narrative this is a must Whilst it took me a long time to read it was a heck of a lot shorter thatn the five ears it took to writeI also have The Emperor s Bones by Adam Williams so I will look forward to this in due course. R destiny Adam Williams's first novel is a historical tour de force and a triumphant return to traditional storytelling on a truly grand sca.
Adam Williams È 9 Free downloadS book It took me about a week to read even though I had not had lots of reading time available at the time This book is a little well uite massive It made it harder to get it started since the size was so daunting And honestly the first chapter is dull However by Chapter 2 I was interestedThis is uite the romanceactionadventurehistorical fiction novel I would say of all the historical fiction I have ever read I liked this one best The writing is well done There is a rolling meandering way to it The bit with letters broke up the writing I see why he included it for story telling and also because he wanted to borrow from his friend s family but I think it should have been written another way Or letters should have been included from the beginning My Friend And I Found This Book In The Big friend and I found this book in the big store in Shibuya and the title made me laugh but when I saw that it was the name of a brothel I had to have it It was 200 en onlySo it turned out to be as cheesy as we expected but it wasn t bad it held my attention for than 600 pages It s a historical romance which takes place in a fictitious town of Shishan in 1899 during the Boxer Rebellion The author was born in China in a missionary family so he knows his stuff and his sympathy towards the culture and people is obvious BUT the characters are painfully stereotypical a beautiful and passionate middle class girl her lover the dashing spy her boorish and naive fiance a bunch of altruistic missionaries a cruel brothel madam and her psychopathic son a prostitute with heart of gold an evil Japanese officer a wise Chinese mandarin a wiser still Mongolian shepherd They all resemble marionettes taken out of a dusty box which has the letters Oriental "drama on it some of them must have been used by Clavell half a century agoThe "on it some of them must have been used by Clavell half a century agoThe interesting people are the crazy fanatical Millward family especially their eldest son Hiram and Major Lin who has a shameful secret to hide BUT the author has a penchant for distorting his characters both minor and major and making them act against their nature and their initial motivations When I read what ultimately happened to Hiram after the rebellion broke out in Shishan I kind of lost half of my interest in the story but read on for Major Lin then as his character got assassinated as well in a writerly way I mean I finished the book just bec. Re an infamous brothel that overlooks an execution ground where the fury of the East will meet the ideals of the West and all will face thei. I learned a lot about the Boxer Rebellion from this book very interesting cast of characters too WHOA I mean before getting into this book ou realize it s meant to be a very dramatic historical fiction account a romance of epic proportions But Williams took it farNO ONE is safe very Game of Thrones esue in its gore violence blood sex no details spared It can be hard
It took me ages to read this book I found it extremely long and with big chunks of it could have been left out as they added nothing to the story I started skim reading it halfway through and still took me months To think I even have the seuel Oh what a monumental book If ou re finding it hard to get into why not jump about 100 pages in and start from there oh how dare i say it but hey just do it it is a bit slow to start "And The Beginning Pages Make Sense When Read In Hindsight "the beginning pages make sense when read in hindsight GOSH Adam has nothing against being bloodthirsty if ou think the sweet and innocent will get away with it think again It s a massive book with huge scope covering not just a historical adventure and raunchy romance but also themes like ethics values religion and how they change or don t according to our circumstances And the cross cultural divide of and how they change or don t according to our circumstances And the cross cultural divide of abroad is a theme I will never tire of and in this book it is tackled brilliantly Can t wait to start the others in the seriesOnce I got into it which took a good while I have to say I read the remaining 600 odd pages in about 2 days and got nothing else done IMHO Williams was very good at Chinese characterization which makes sense seeing how long he has lived there plus the fact he has a Chinese wifeFor the history I had never even heard of the Boxer Revolution the portrayal of Chinese culture the seemingly accurate portrayal of life in the early 1900s all 4 stars I particularly liked how there was a deeper side to the Mandrin and all the different layers of all the Chinese characters Very dead on Truly well doneI am not a blood and guts girl though I can stomach it when appropriate as it was here but even knowing my own proclivities they were still breached Too much As several have mentioned the darker side of whore dom and man s nature took up words than I ever care to read again The mob murders of foreigners were brutal vicious and described in excruciating detail though Wow I really enjoyed thi. Northern China 1899 As the Boxer Rebellion erupts a cast of innocents fanatics sinners and lovers are drawn to the Palace of Heavenly Pleasu.to It took me ages to read this book I found it extremely long and with big chunks of it