Tao of Life and Death
By: Stephen McDonough
The story, set in ancient and modern China, is a supernatural tale of mythological, historical, and fictional characters and the lessons they learn.
I received a copy of this volume from the author himself. I haven’t ventured much into Chinese history and culture beyond what I learned from other history courses I’ve done in the past (namely Japanese and British history) so reading this was an interesting experience. It was interesting how the reader is introduced to a couple of different stories but over the course of the volume these stories begin to intertwine with each other (I’d make a reference to one of the beliefs of the Eastern religions but as I’m very hazy in them, I won’t). I think my favourite of the stories was Zhong Kui & Gnarled Pine early in the volume. It was also wonderful that the short stories were accompanied by the author’s artwork, which was a nice touch. Overall it’s an impressive volume utilising Chinese history and culture.
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