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Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was
by Barry Hughart | Science Fiction & Fantasy
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 7/9/2013
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Abi-Gibby): travelling


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8 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, July 13, 2013

9 out of 10

An old favorite: when the children of Number Ten Ox's village are felled by a mysterious ailment ("First tell me how a plague can learn to count!"), he must seek the help of Li Kao, a sage with a slight flaw in his character. Together they brave many adventures and encounter remarkable individuals in their quest to find the Great Root of Power - the only thing that can save the children of Ku-fu.

"Take pity upon a faithless handmaiden," she whispered. "Is not a thousand years enough?" Two transparent ghost tears slid slowly down her cheeks. "I swear that I did not know what I had done! Oh, take pity, and exchange this for the feather," she sobbed. "The birds must fly."

Other copies on my shelf:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4235869
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4134603 


Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, August 19, 2013

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Sending this out as a bookray to share the fun!

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Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, August 19, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (8/17/2013 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Master Li and Number Ten Ox are on their way to Greece to start the bookray! 


Journal Entry 4 by Merolia at Halandri, Attica Greece on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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The book has finally arrived!! All the way from Hawaii, packed with stamps. What a joy -and what lovely page corners (I really don't know what they're called!). It's been a while since I read fantasy, I can't wait to get into this. Many thanks, Hyphen8. 


Journal Entry 5 by Merolia at Halandri, Attica Greece on Friday, October 04, 2013

9 out of 10

I realize I kept the book a bit long. The reason is I needed to take my time with it. It took me far longer than I expected to really get into the story. If that happens to you too, do give this book all the time it deserves.

Now, where to start? This was an outrageous blend of fantasy, imagination, mythological and folkloric influence from far and beyond. Increadibly amusing at times (I couldn't help but laugh while reading on public buses) and increadibly heartwarming at other moments (the scene with Ox in the garden thinking about Mouse seems to have stuck with me -so short but so emotional). This is the fantasy I love, a whole new world of extraordinary wonders, with great action, continuous twists, beautiful descriptions next to hilarious situations.

This is a bit of a spoiler: At some point I managed not to be bothered by the lack of logic or distinct rules in the narration's world or by how easily new elements, situations and characters were introduced. I decided I like it even though it felt quite unfocused. But gradually everything fell so neatly into place, with the recurrent appearances of heroes and the settling of all plot elements. It's unbelievable how such a crazy story managed to make such perfect sense and leave me with such a wonderful feeling.

Thank you so much for sharing the book, hyphen8. I probably would have never come across it otherwise and I am delighted that I did. 


Journal Entry 6 by Merolia at Halandri, Attica Greece on Monday, October 07, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (10/7/2013 UTC) at Halandri, Attica Greece

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On its way to next reader.

I uploaded a couple of photos from its journey here. It's colder now, but a few days ago still felt like summer. 


Journal Entry 7 by Smitie1405 at Nijmegen, Gelderland Netherlands on Monday, October 14, 2013

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Yay, I got the book in the mail. At first I was surprised that the package was so big, as it didn't fit in my mailbox and the postman had to give it to a neighbour because I wasn't at home. And after opening I found the book and another special surprise. Thank you so much Merolia for the Zelda OoT manga, I wanted to read that for ages.

I will put my other books on hold to read this book as fast as possible. 


Journal Entry 8 by Smitie1405 at Nijmegen, Gelderland Netherlands on Monday, October 21, 2013

7 out of 10

Finished the book today. An interesting blend of fantasy and fairy tales of a culture I'm not familiar with. The first part of the book is a bit of a hassle to get through as the story is thrown at you and is all over the place. Luckily, part 2 and 3 have more focus and the story elements start falling into place. I really liked the interaction between Li Kao and Number Ten Ox and the other characters involved in this interesting story.

I'm currently waiting for Tsjara's address to continue the books journey.

Thanks Hyphen8 for sharing this book. 


Journal Entry 9 by Smitie1405 at Nijmegen, Gelderland Netherlands on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (10/23/2013 UTC) at Nijmegen, Gelderland Netherlands

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Dropped the book in the mail box today for Tsjara. And I also sent some stamps to Hyphen8 yesterday. Happy Travels! 


Journal Entry 10 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, October 25, 2013

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Arrived here safely (together with 2 other books from different countries on the same day - when I haven't received any books in weeks.. how did they manage that? :p). Thanks for sending and the pretty card Smitie1405!
Looking forward to read this. I haven't read any fantasy in a while, I think, though it is still one of my favorite genres.
Thanks for sharing the book hyphen8! (cute little corner protector thingies too :p) 


Journal Entry 11 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, November 17, 2013

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I enjoyed this book, it was a charming read. The story starts a bit slow, sometimes trailing off into bits of seemingly random information. But as the ending nears, everything starts to come together and the many puzzle pieces fall into place.. strange how it all suddenly makes so much sense. Number Ten Ox and Li Kao are both very likeable characters, and I enjoyed following them on their quest filled with unexpected twists and turns, folklore and fairy tales.


This lovely little book will travel to Voronda soon. 


Journal Entry 12 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (11/20/2013 UTC) at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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The book is now on its way to Voronda in the UK.. hope you'll like it :) 


Journal Entry 13 by Voronda at Hounslow, Middlesex United Kingdom on Saturday, November 30, 2013

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I received this book today! Ok, so I got a 'something for you' from the royal mail a few days earlier but wasn't able to pick it up till now.

Thank you, Tsjara ^.^ the package was lovely and very nicely wrapped! Thanks also for the card and the Sinterklaas goodies! 


Journal Entry 14 by Voronda at Hounslow, Middlesex United Kingdom on Sunday, December 15, 2013

7 out of 10

This was an entirely different sort of fantasy than I usually read, but I quite liked it. The writing style and fairy-tale like feel of this story carried me easily through this story. It took a while to get used to the leaps and logic of this book, but in the end I was very satisfied with how everything came together. 


Journal Entry 15 by Voronda at Hounslow, Middlesex United Kingdom on Sunday, December 15, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (12/14/2013 UTC) at Hounslow, Middlesex United Kingdom

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I put this in the post yesterday, on to its next reader. I hope you enjoy this book as well! 


Journal Entry 16 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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So glad to receive this as I've been wanting to read it for years. Thank you very much! 


Journal Entry 17 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, December 27, 2013

8 out of 10

This story of 'an ancient China that never was' blends fantasy and Chinese mythology brilliantly. Number Ten Ox must go on a quest to save the children of his village. Accompanied by Li Kao, a wise man with a slight flaw in his character, the pair embark on a string of incredible adventures, meeting with marvellous characters along the way. Extremely funny and very clever. 


Journal Entry 18 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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Released 3 yrs ago (12/31/2013 UTC) at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom

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Sent on to lunatum who is next in the ray. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 19 by winglunatumwing at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland on Saturday, January 11, 2014

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I was away for home this week and when I came back the book was waiting for me. Looks really interesting. 


Journal Entry 20 by winglunatumwing at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland on Saturday, February 15, 2014

8 out of 10

I read the book two weeks ago, but I forgot to journal it. I'm really happy that I joined the ring, because I enjoyed the book very much.  


Journal Entry 21 by winglunatumwing at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland on Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (2/15/2014 UTC) at Savukoski, Lappi / Lappland Finland

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I sent the book to next reader. 


Journal Entry 22 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Sunday, March 02, 2014

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Books all safe and sound sorry for long delay in writing this journal have been in Australia for past 6 months 


Journal Entry 23 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Coffee morning in Kingsand, Cornwall United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (5/11/2014 UTC) at Coffee morning in Kingsand, Cornwall United Kingdom

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