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Grass for His Pillow (Tales of the Otori S.)
by Lian Hearn | Science Fiction & Fantasy
Registered by AliceF of Coventry, Warwickshire United Kingdom on Friday, July 14, 2006
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by AliceF): travelling


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Journal Entry 1 by AliceF from Coventry, Warwickshire United Kingdom on Friday, July 14, 2006

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Amazon Review

Grass for His Pillow is the second volume of Lian Hern's "Tales of the Otori", a medieval Japanese fantasy saga that opened with the critically acclaimed Across the Nightingale Floor (2002). Towards the end of book one, our hero Takeo and his lady love Kaede--with help from both friends and enemies--brought down an unpleasant warlord. But regime change doesn't mean an automatic happy ending. Although honour demands that Takeo accept the title of his adoptive father Otori Shigeru and continue revenge on his behalf, he's claimed by the secretive Tribe who are his blood kin. The Tribe runs an underground network of spies and assassins, and Takeo himself has inherited the special powers of an assassin: fantasy talents which build on the legend of perfect Japanese warriors.

The power of stealthy movement extends to periods of literal invisibility; uncanny speed becomes the ability to translocate to a "second self" and be momentarily in two places at once. Our man is harshly trained by the Tribe in readiness for a mission calculated to strain his new loyalty.

Meanwhile Kaede, pregnant by Takeo, returns to her dilapidated family estate and--without any magical talents to help her--determinedly begins to consolidate power and fight with all her intelligence, personality and beauty against the universal view that women are of no account except as wives. Her inheritance, she's told, will make her future husband a key player in the feudal power-struggle. So she thinks: "why should I not become a key player myself?"

The sense of place is strong and effective, as is the irony that in these times of unrest and upheaval the warrior class also cultivates appreciation of exquisite things. Elaborate preparation of tea, for example, or watching snowfall by lantern-light, or collecting ceramics too fine to be kept on display for profane eyes. This, Kaede fears, is how that lordly collector would like to keep her: beautifully wrapped and hidden away.

Inevitably Takeo breaks with the Tribe again and learns more about his other heritage as an Otori Lord. He also learns that there's a prophecy that he himself can buy peace for the troubled land after five battles: "four to win and one to lose". Compelling and evocative, Grass for His Pillow ends on a high note of suspense. The trilogy is to conclude with Brilliance of the Moon. 


Journal Entry 2 by AliceF from Coventry, Warwickshire United Kingdom on Monday, December 18, 2006

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On its way to fushmush


Journal Entry 3 by fushmush from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, February 26, 2007

8 out of 10

Doesn't have as much impact as the first novel does but it's still a good read. Can't wait to find out what happens next in the story of Takeo and Kaede. 


Journal Entry 4 by AliceF from Coventry, Warwickshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 27, 2007

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Returned home to me at the weekend: glad you enjoyed it, fushmush


Journal Entry 5 by AliceF from Coventry, Warwickshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 15, 2009

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My bookshelves are ready for another cull, so this one is going to be released. In the meantime, it's AVL. 


Journal Entry 6 by AliceF at Old Windmill Inn & Pub, Spon Street in Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, April 24, 2009

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Released 5 yrs ago (4/7/2009 UTC) at Old Windmill Inn & Pub, Spon Street in Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom

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I think I released this at the monthly bccov meet at The Old Windmill Inn in Coventry. 




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