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a good read
12/05/2012Heaven to Wudang is the third novel in the Journey to Wudang series by Australian author, Kylie Chan. While the demon essence has been removed from Emma, John has disappeared again, until Simone manages to track the turtle down in Hanoi. His appearances are a bit like a badly-tuned radio station: his form, gender and memory are all highly variable. In this instalment: Gold and Amy make babies and get married; Kitty Kwok and the Snake Death Mother kidnap at least two members of the Chen household; one of the Generals sacrifices himself to fill John up with energy; an ovary is stolen; the Grandmother of all stones (Ayers Rock?) helps Emma out; HIV raises its head again; theres a visit to Angkor Wat; Emma ends up in hospital with amnesia (her isolation incident there quite inaccurate: medical staff do not behave that way); lots of undetectable demon copies infiltrate the Mountain; there is a scan of Emmas brain, Celestial style; and Simones horse, Freddo, has trouble controlling his hormonal urges (hilarious!). Once again, there is plenty of martial arts action (a bit too much for my liking) and I notice that in Hong Kong much of it happens in carparks (note to self: avoid carparks in HK). The rules under which the Earthly and the Heavens operate seem quite arbitrary and rather confusing. The story is filled with interesting information about Chinese mythology, Taoism and Martial Arts. There are a lot of characters, often with more than one name or title and occasionally, it is difficult to remember who they are and to whom they are related. Another cliff hanger leading into the final (and about time too) series of three: Celestial Battle, the first of which is titled Dark Serpent, due in possibly 2013. Meanwhile, the graphic prequel Small Shen should keep fans happy. Still a good read.
05/04/2011This is going to be so squeeeeeeeeeee!
We find out what Emma is! Yay!