Transnational Geek

Author M. H. Boroson shares his geeky passions: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, spirit magic kung fu movies, the ethics of cultural appropriation, Chinese American literature and history, The Dresden Files, Daoist magic, strong female characters, Asian monsters, spirit world depictions, traditional Chinese foods, race, class, gender, and culture.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Janet Martin reviews The Girl with Ghost Eyes

Set in San Francisco's Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century, this story of a young Chinese widow, Li-Lin is so filled with Chinese folklore and mythology it is easy to lose sight of the real pathos of a woman dealing with grief and the limits of her gender. A priestess of significant power and a master of martial arts, she is constantly placed in subservient position even as she struggles alone to save the life of her father--and battle a demon who threatens the lives of hundreds of innocent Chinese immigrants. I loved this book! Wonderful detail, terrific character.