Into the Riverlands

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Nghi Vo: Into the Riverlands (2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom)

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Published Jan. 2, 2022 by Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom.

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978-1-250-83799-8
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4 stars (10 reviews)

2 editions

fun read

4 stars

This is the second book I've read from the series and it's amazingly different from the first, rather quiet one. There's a lot of martial arts action! I liked how Chih (and by extension we) first heard the stories of various martial arts legends and then found themself in one. It was also interesting to see how those stories change during their retelling although that was only a small aspect of the book. Recommended. #2024reads

Into the Riverlands

4 stars

The third book (out of four?) continues on the same storytelling vein as the first two, in that it's a standalone tale that thematically is about the nature of stories. All three of these first books could be read in any order, as the only continuity is the archivist monk Chih and their bird[*] friend Almost Brilliant.

What I most enjoyed about this novella was the strongly intertwined past and present stories (even more than the first book), and also the themes of how stories are distorted based on both what people want to hear and how people want their own stories to be told.

All three of these books have been enjoyable in their own different ways, but I feel like the story arc of this book had the most satisfying closure to it, such that I would probably recommend this one as the strongest one to start with …

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4 stars

I didn't enjoy this new Singing Hills novella as much as the other two. I think it takes too long to actually get started and tries to spin a tad too many threads for it's short length, and ends up being too scattered as a result. I could also see the final reveal coming from a mile away. The core of the series is still here though, it's a breezy, wholesome story about stories, myths and the ones who tell them. There's also plenty of Chih and Almost Brilliant's relationship which was appreciated.

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