The Jade Temptress

The Jade Temptress, the second book in the Pingkang Li series, has an action hero and a calculating courtesan heroine, a couple whose differences and similarities quite suite Jeannie Lin’s evocative writing and her interrogation of class and gender, all while racing toward a believable happy ending. Tortured action hero Wu Kaifeng and scheming, desperate courtesan Mingyu first appear in The Lotus Palace, Mingyu’s sister … Continue reading The Jade Temptress

Wolves, Gods, and Betrayal: Barbarians on Netflix

Sometimes Netflix recommends things that are “soapy and sentimental” to me, and I have no idea why they’d do so. Other times they recommend shows that are violent and gritty and filled with historical battle scenes, and I binge them. The German Netflix show Barbarians, in other words, might as well have been created for me: it’s dark and gritty and violent and filled with … Continue reading Wolves, Gods, and Betrayal: Barbarians on Netflix

on re-reading Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series

I first stumbled across Elizabeth Hoyt’s romances back in grad school. I’m pretty sure I started with The Ice Princess, as I was locked in the cage match of a library school job hunt; I moved from there to the rest of the books in the Princes series, and then on to Maiden Lane. I have those fogged grad school memories of lying awake in … Continue reading on re-reading Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series

Barkskins on Hulu: The Turtle King

Everything is awful today (except for the snow showers earlier, I liked those), so I finished up episode two of Barkskins: “The Turtle King.” It’s a great episode! There’s a lot that felt really accurate to me, and I truly appreciated that the chracters stayed dirty once they got dirty—or they were just grubby all the time. (That works, too.) I still think Goames is … Continue reading Barkskins on Hulu: The Turtle King

Barkskins on Hulu: New France

I finally started watching the television adaption of Annie Proulx’s eponymous novel, Barkskins, yesterday, and I am really not sure why on earth I waited this long to do so. It’s pretty obviously my sort of content. I should start this with an acknowledgement: I haven’t read the source material! So I have no clue how closely this adaption (originally on National Geographic, who’d have … Continue reading Barkskins on Hulu: New France

The Dragon and the Pearl

I’m continuing through Jeannie Lin’s back catalog (it’s wonderful! and rich! and amazing!), and I moved quickly through Butterfly Swords to re-read The Dragon and the Pearl. At this point I’m not even sure how many times I’ve read it, or chunks of it: I absolutely love The Dragon and the Pearl. Both the hero and the heroine show up in Butterfly Swords, and, for … Continue reading The Dragon and the Pearl