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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is the first book in a series the kids have read and Miss Adventure has been trying to get me to read. I finally got around to it because I was looking for something a bit lighter to read.

Published: 2012

Genre: YA science fiction

Length: 387 pages

Setting: New Beijing, about 100 years in the future

Summary: Short version: Prince Kai has to deal with a plague while avoiding marriage to the Lunar Queen Continue reading

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Three Kingdoms by Lo Kuan-chung

Mr. Curiosity read several medieval classics this year, based on recommendations from The Well-Trained Mind. While I like their recommendations, it focuses on Western literature. I wanted Mr. Curiosity to read one of the great Asian classics. I have him a choice between this one (a Chinese classic) and The Tale of Genji (a Japanese classic). I chose this edition (there are many) because our library had it.

Translated and edited by: Moss Roberts

Published: this edition in 1976; originally in the 15th century

Genre: medieval classic historical fiction

Length: 304 pages of text, 318 pages total

Setting: third century China

Summary: Short version: A long-ranging fight over who will control China Continue reading

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Saints by Gene Luen Yang

This is the companion book to Boxers which the family read recently.

Published: 2013

Genre: historical fiction with a touch of fantasy

Length: 170 pages

Setting: China during the Boxer Rebellion, around 1900

Summary: Short version: Boxers told from the point of view of a Christian girl Continue reading

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Boxers by Gene Luen Yang

This is one of the few graphic novels for older kids listed on this CommonSense post. It’s been a while since we’ve read a graphic novel, so I requested this from the library.

Colors by: Lark Pien

Published: 2013

Genre: historical fiction with a touch of fantasy graphic novel

Length: 325 pages

Setting: Northern Shan-tung Province and Peking, China, 1894-1900

Summary: Short version: The disruption of Westerners on Chinese society in the late 1800s Continue reading

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The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

It’s the second book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series that I want to finish.

Published: 2008 in China, 2015 in English

Genre: science fiction

Length: 513 pages

Setting: Years 3-208 of the Crisis Era (after discovering the Trisolaran fleet is on its way), mostly in China

Summary: Short version: Earth comes to terms with the approach of the Trisolaran fleet Continue reading

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The Dragon’s Child by Laurence Yep and Dr. Kathleen S. Yep

We had our second session of American History Club on immigration. I decided to change our focus a bit. The first meeting discussed Irish immigration. This time we focused on Chinese immigration through Angel Island in California.

Subtitle: A Story of Angel Island

Published: 2008

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 106 pages of story, 133 pages with the extra resources

Setting: China and Angel Island, 1922 Continue reading

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Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang

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Translated by Ken Liu

Published: January/February 2015 in Uncanny (you can read it free at the link provided)

Genre: science fiction

Length: novelette (I only read it online)

Setting: Beijing, some time in the future

Interest: It won the 2016 Hugo award for best novelette. Since it was easily read online, I decided to read and review this story instead of my usual short fiction. Continue reading

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