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The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox Author Barry Hughart – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Omnibus edition including the three novels in the series Omnibus edition including the of Master PDF Ê three novels in the series.

  • Hardcover
  • 652 pages
  • The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
  • Barry Hughart
  • English
  • 15 December 2018
  • 0966543602

About the Author: Barry Hughart

Hughart was educated at of Master PDF Ê Phillips Academy Andover He attended Columbia University where he obtained a bachelor s degree in Upon The Chronicles Kindle - his graduation from Columbia, Hughart joined the United States Air Force and served from to where he was involved Chronicles of Master eBook ¸ in laying mines in the Korean Demilitarized Zone During Hughart s military service he began to develop his lifelong interest in China that led him to plan a series set in an Ancient China that never was His connection to China continued after his military service, as he worked with TechTop, a military surplus company that was based in Asia, from to From to Hughart was the manager of the Lenox Hill Book Shop in New York CityHughart lives in Tucson, Arizona.



10 thoughts on “The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox

  1. carol. carol. says:

    After considerable searching and expense, I procured this hardcover edition It is actually three books The Bridge of Birds, my review The Story of the Stone my review and Eight Skilled Gentleman my review The first is the most marvelous, in my opinion, and was evenamazing on my July 2019 re read for the marvelous way the author pulled a mythological adventure tale together into a very beautiful and moving ending I definitely felt echos of Princess Bride After considerable searching and expense, I procured this hardcover edition It is actually three books The Bridge of Birds, my review The Story of the Stone my review and Eight Skilled Gentleman my review The first is the most marvelous, in my opinion, and was evenamazing on my July 2019 re read for the marvelous way the author pulled a mythological adventure tale together into a very beautiful and moving ending I definitely felt echos of Princess Bride

  2. Alice Bentley Alice Bentley says:

    I loved these books so much that I published this one.All three novels concern the same two primary characters, but can be read completely independently Bridge of Birds, the first of the three, is such a just generally appealing and interesting novel that I sold it satisfaction guaranteed at my bookshop You don t care for it Bring it back for a full refund In 16 years and over 1,500 copies of the paperback sold, I had two people take me up on it And one of them said he did kinda like it, I loved these books so much that I published this one.All three novels concern the same two primary characters, but can be read completely independently Bridge of Birds, the first of the three, is such a just generally appealing and interesting novel that I sold it satisfaction guaranteed at my bookshop You don t care for it Bring it back for a full refund In 16 years and over 1,500 copies of the paperback sold, I had two people take me up on it And one of them said he did kinda like it, but really wanted the cash The frustration at that time was that folks would come rushing back, delighted with this new find of theirs and ask what else this author had written The good news is, there are twobooks The bad news is, you can t have them Both of the later books had gone out of print shortly after publication, and were astonishingly expensive in the used book market.That s why, in 1998, while looking for a really big thing to do to celebrate 10 years in the bookstore business, I decided to contact Mr Hughart, hire a book designer the amazing Robert Garcia , and take my friend Kaja Foglio up on her years ago idea to illustrate these books if there was ever a chance We published an omnibus edition of all three novels, with a color cover, and six full page black and white illustrations While the collection we published is also now out of print, Bridge of Birds has always been available, and the other two have been showing up in sporadic reprints Set in a China that never was , these books have elements of both fantasy and mystery novels, but fit best into the just try it and see if you like it genre

  3. Lois Bujold Lois Bujold says:

    I own an old paper copy of this omnibus published in the late 90s when I pulled it off the shelves for a reread, having been reminded of its existence by another work altogether, I found the print had shrunk sadly over the years, so I bought a new copy for my Kindle Much better for my eyes, and possibly yours.So far I have only reread the first of the three novels in the collection, Bridge of Birds, of which, it turns out, I had forgotten nearly everything, so it was just like reading a new bo I own an old paper copy of this omnibus published in the late 90s when I pulled it off the shelves for a reread, having been reminded of its existence by another work altogether, I found the print had shrunk sadly over the years, so I bought a new copy for my Kindle Much better for my eyes, and possibly yours.So far I have only reread the first of the three novels in the collection, Bridge of Birds, of which, it turns out, I had forgotten nearly everything, so it was just like reading a new book Picaresque fantasy adventure told as a first person memoir by Number Ten Ox, who isor less the Watson to Master Li s Sherlock, in aor less Tang China setting On which I imprinted long ago with the Judge Dee stories of Robert Van Gulik, but that s another subject The children of Number Ten Ox s village are felled by a paralytic poison very slow acting, fortunately for the convoluted plot, and Ox is sent to Peking to hire the only sage he can afford, Li Kao, an ancient genius lunatic with, as he repeatedly explains, a slight flaw in his character , to attempt to find a cure This proves, eventually, a very happy chance for Ox, his village, and the reader.Recommended.Ta, L

  4. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    The only complaint I have about this volume of Barry Hughart books is that Hughart never wrote any .I bought The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox from the Science Fiction Book club, largely because of the name If you re into Princess Bride style humor and dungeon crawls, these are the books for you.

  5. Chris Chris says:

    This book is a set of three novels, so it s hefty But it s a delight to read, set in a magical China of long ago The Chronicals are presented in first person by Number Ten Ox, a large and self deprecating accolyte of Master Li, who has a slight flaw in his character Master Li is an inverterate drunk, murderer, and thief Together they right wrongs, fight evil, poison, stab, and deviously sprint their way through many adventures As humble as Number Ten Ox presents himself, he still seems to This book is a set of three novels, so it s hefty But it s a delight to read, set in a magical China of long ago The Chronicals are presented in first person by Number Ten Ox, a large and self deprecating accolyte of Master Li, who has a slight flaw in his character Master Li is an inverterate drunk, murderer, and thief Together they right wrongs, fight evil, poison, stab, and deviously sprint their way through many adventures As humble as Number Ten Ox presents himself, he still seems to find time to describe his significant abilities with the ladies I recommend this for the humor, the fast pace and the well crafted exotic local

  6. Mike Mike says:

    Chronicles is a monster of a book It s really a trilogy three relatively short novels, originally published separately but collected in this edition And it probably should be read as three individual works All of these works weave together Chinese literature, philosphy, and folktales in fascinating tales even going back to the aboriginal inhabitants of China, and their forgotten religions I know little about Chinese mythology, so this may be fictitious If all you know about Chinese my Chronicles is a monster of a book It s really a trilogy three relatively short novels, originally published separately but collected in this edition And it probably should be read as three individual works All of these works weave together Chinese literature, philosphy, and folktales in fascinating tales even going back to the aboriginal inhabitants of China, and their forgotten religions I know little about Chinese mythology, so this may be fictitious If all you know about Chinese myth is dragons and a trickster Monkey, you ve got a lot to look forward to.The first of the three book, Bridge of Birds , is the best It starts out as a relatively simple mystery who has poisoned the children of Ox s village, and how will they find the mysterious Great Root of Power, which is the only thing that will cure them But partway through, after several unsuccessful adventures, Master Li reveals that the stakes are much larger the story of the poisoned children is inextricably bound up with the disappearance of the Princess of Birds from Heaven, and the gods have arranged things so that Li and Ox can t cure the children without first finding the Princess and restoring her When these two stories lock together, Bridge of Birds changes from a simple adventure quest to a story about love and the power of love in many different forms.On the dustjacket, the author writes that he didn t writebecause Ox Li had become a formula, and he didn t want to write that way, so he quite A wise decision the third book, Eight Skilled Gentlemen, is the weakest, but also provides a beautiful and satisfying end to the series It s not clear where Hughart could have taken the series that wouldn t have beenof the same In a recent interview in the New York Times, Joyce Carol Oates said If you re going to spend the next year of your life writing, you would probably rather write Moby Dick than a little household mystery with cat detectives I suspect Barry Hughart felt the same When you ve taken a story as far as you can, it s time to stop

  7. Peter Peter says:

    It is hard to say what made me read this trilogy in one volume every night way beyond the time I was sleepy The books are hardly classic thriller page turners The main characters don t immediately strike you as deep or well developed, on the opposite they appear almost as cartoon characters, exaggerated to a ridiculous degree And if you ve been bored to death by the singing and poetry in Tolkien J.R.R s books, well, you stumble across a lot of poems, songs and random side notes in these s It is hard to say what made me read this trilogy in one volume every night way beyond the time I was sleepy The books are hardly classic thriller page turners The main characters don t immediately strike you as deep or well developed, on the opposite they appear almost as cartoon characters, exaggerated to a ridiculous degree And if you ve been bored to death by the singing and poetry in Tolkien J.R.R s books, well, you stumble across a lot of poems, songs and random side notes in these stories.Nonetheless The Chronicles Of Master Li And Number Ten Ox were funny They hold intriguing riddles and questions These stories touch the heart and are lighthearted at the same time Those characters I maligned above They make you wish you had met them.Read this unique trilogy, you ll enjoy the fairytale that pulls no punches and mixes the real, down to earth with the unquestioning acceptance of the divine in ancient China

  8. Jenn Jenn says:

    The only thing that I dislike about these books is that there aren t anyof them Why aren t thereof them I love these books SO MUCH how can I explain First of all, I love stories that take place in ancient China and, especially, those that incorporate the myths, legends, and deities of ancient China The main characters of Li Kao who has a slight flaw in his character and Number Ten Ox who is a pure soul, even though he has an enormous weakness for the ladies I don t jus The only thing that I dislike about these books is that there aren t anyof them Why aren t thereof them I love these books SO MUCH how can I explain First of all, I love stories that take place in ancient China and, especially, those that incorporate the myths, legends, and deities of ancient China The main characters of Li Kao who has a slight flaw in his character and Number Ten Ox who is a pure soul, even though he has an enormous weakness for the ladies I don t just love these characters, I adore them Their adventures are fascinating and the villains are scary, and there is such a unique interconnectedness of the mysteries with the legends I will see Master Li hopping on Ox s back and putting his feet in Ox s pockets as they run after each new mystery or away from something that wants to kill them forever I devoured all three books while in Hawaii and it kept my attention enough that I wanted to read, even while the ocean beckoned

  9. Phil Phil says:

    Bridge of Birds 5 StarsSet in mythic China, Bridge of Birds is a picaresque fable with similarities to The Princess Bride, the Sherlock Holmes stories, and Jack Vance s tales of Cugel the Clever While it starts off with a rather simple premise involving a search for a magical medicine for afflicted village children the book s final chapters reveal that the entire story was no simple MacGuffin fetch quest, but in reality something faroriginal and carefully constructed.All of Hughart s Bridge of Birds 5 StarsSet in mythic China, Bridge of Birds is a picaresque fable with similarities to The Princess Bride, the Sherlock Holmes stories, and Jack Vance s tales of Cugel the Clever While it starts off with a rather simple premise involving a search for a magical medicine for afflicted village children the book s final chapters reveal that the entire story was no simple MacGuffin fetch quest, but in reality something faroriginal and carefully constructed.All of Hughart s characters, including the crafty scholar Master Li Kao and earnest bumpkin Number Ten Ox, are well drawn and appealing, if generally amoral The heroes are Magnificent Bastards in a corrupt world Still they manage to do a tremendous amount of good in between heists, swindles, and the occasional murder The setting is colorful as well, encompassing both the exotic and decadent heights of the imperial lifestyle and the grubby desperation of the peasant class The book hand waves historical accuracy, set in an Ancient China that never was , but Hughart still presents a fascinating world that I enjoyed spending time in.Packed with cliffhangers and abrupt reversals of fortune, Bridge of Birds is to borrow cheesy movie review speak a romp from beginning to end I found myself grinning at many points during the story, and never wider than during the book s conclusion, which was thoroughly satisfying All loose ends are tied up neatly, with characters and locales revisited in such a way that it highlights just how far we ve traveled with Li Kao and Number Ten Ox I rarely give out five stars, but this book is definitely worth sharing.The Story of the Stone 4 StarsIt was great to readabout Master Li and Number Ten Ox s exploits, but I can t help feeling like it didn t quite live up to its predecessor.While Bridge of Birds isof a traditional fantasy adventure, The Story of the Stone ends uplike a murder mystery While investigating an apparent forgery, the protagonists come upon the scene of a killing, along with hints that the killer may be the Laughing Prince, a long since deceased despot.The premise is interesting, but the story that follows has evenmeanderings, red herrings, and side treks that Bridge of Birds The adventures described are always entertaining the heroes visit to a number of the Chinese hells stands out in particular but with so much misdirection and dead ends I found myself losing the plot at times It turns out there s a reason for all this, revealed in true mystery novel fashion as a climactic twist.Master Li and Number Ten Ox continue to entertain, but Master Li s idiosyncrasies in particular seemed somewhat muted in this novel compared to the first one Perhaps it was due to the spotlight time given to newly introduced characters Moonboy and Grief of Dawn.The Story of the Stone didn t wow me as much as Bridge of Birds, but then again very few books do This is still an interesting novel and very much worth a read.Eight Skilled Gentlemen 3 StarsWhile still a pleasure to read, Eight Skilled Gentlemen hews disappointingly close to The Story of the Stone s formula As with the last book, there s a barrage of digressions, false starts, betrayals, and red herrings While individual scenes are invariably entertaining one where Number Ten Ox and Master Li have to dispose of a corpse was stomach churningly hilarious I felt they didn t quite come together to form a single cohesive book.That being said, Master Li and Number Ten Ox have earned a place in my heart as two of my favorite characters, and it seems a great loss that there won t be anyadventures starring them

  10. Laura Laura says:

    On the one hand, it feels very 80s fantasy framed in uncomfortable Orientalism I m assured it s an affectionate and well researched approach, and it is really nice to read a fantasy set somewhere other than Europe or Europe ish But there are definitely elements that have been stretched to the breaking point to fit a Western framework with a style of narration that comes off like Aravis and Lasaraleen in The Horse and His Boy and I d be interested to hear how others feel about the appropria On the one hand, it feels very 80s fantasy framed in uncomfortable Orientalism I m assured it s an affectionate and well researched approach, and it is really nice to read a fantasy set somewhere other than Europe or Europe ish But there are definitely elements that have been stretched to the breaking point to fit a Western framework with a style of narration that comes off like Aravis and Lasaraleen in The Horse and His Boy and I d be interested to hear how others feel about the appropriation and parody That said, the first book in particular is a brilliantly crafted yarn, beautifully told The storytelling is captivating, and feels like sitting in the warm grass listening to a Jack Tale told by a master, where you lose track of your senses and almost feel the vivid environments described The other two books tend to follow its formula but are also fun to read Well worth picking it up

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