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Water Touching StoneAt our bookstore this is shelved under crime and yet I find myself hesitating to call it crime fiction Yes there is "a murder there are several murders actually and there is crime and there is a "murder there are several murders actually and there is crime and there is a but this was unlike any other piece of crime fiction I ver readAlthough it s the second in a series of novels about detective Shan this book was the first I read completely I started reading the first book a while ago and Way of the Shaman even though I liked it I didn t finish it and returned it But by that time I had already borrowed the second book from someonelse and since it was sitting here I figured I might as well read itAnd I m really really glad I didShan Tao Yan a former Chinese bureaucrat who nded up being sent to a Himalayan labor camp is helping two of his Tibetan friends discover the truth about the disappearance of a teacher in the Xinjiang region The disappearance turns out to be a murder and it seems that after the teacher the students are in danger too But why was the teacher killed and why are the students being huntedIt s a very slow paced book and it does take a while to get going and by that I mean far than the usual 20 to 50 pages But that didn t make it any less compelling for me Shan and his traveling companions captured my attention right away and I wanted to spend as much time with them as possible During Shan s uest for truth we also get an impression for what it s like to be living under Chinese rule for the different people living in the region and many of the things that are described in this book are horrifying to say the least And we get an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and its traditionsWhat I loved best about this book is the uiet beauty of Pattison s writing It s very calm and beautiful and because of its calm all the powerful It s difficult to describe but his writing moved than anything I have read in a while The crime plot as such is well Done And Once It and once it get going the book is hard to put down There are a lot of seemingly unconnected crimes and leads in the beginning and I found myself asking where it would all lead until it suddenly all came together and made sense But the book would only be half as good if it weren t for the many minor characters we meet on Shan s journey ach with their own backstory sometimes told only in one sentence It s a very sad book at times but there are also moments of hope in between which make the sadness bearable It s really a very beautiful book and one I am really glad to have read And I ve already ordered the one before and the one after that I have really been njoying the inspector Shan series but it is so depressing what is happening to Tibet as so well outlined in this book on a very personal. In Water Touching Stone the seuel to the internationally acclaimed The Skull Mantra Shan Tao Yun is cloistered in a remote Tibetan sanctuary when he receives shattering news A teacher revered by the oppressed has been found slain

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F difficult It s mood is ominous and set into different and often viscous sets of circumstances Because it ncompasses What Next After School ? entire regions Western provinces of Ostensibly this is a mystery novel and it s a good one It may seem strange then for me to suggest that the marvelous and compelling storyline is practically irrelevant but in some ways it is Anven greater power of this book lies in it s characterizations it s sense of place and it s vivid visceral Emerging Markets evocation of vanishing andmerging cultures Set in Tibet and Central Asia amid societies being absorbed into the dominant Han Chinese political system the novel paints such an indelible portrait of life in a cultural maelstrom that the compelling whodunit actually takes a backseat to the A Home of Another Kind experience of being there Pattison spent time in the places about which he writes and his characters literally think in culturally specific ways a particularly revealing techniue for dealing with Tibetan Buddhists and Chinese bureaucrats alike If you have an interest in China Tibet or Central Asian nomads or just an interest in culture change and politics in general this book provides a uniue window on these subjects that many readers will find completely absorbing If you like mysteries it will definitely satisfy that craving as well Note This book is the second in anver growing "series of mysteries featuring Pattison s Inspector Shan All of them are highly recommended You don "of mysteries featuring Pattison s Inspector Shan All of them are highly recommended You don have to read the first to The Voyage of the Norman D., As Told by the Cabin Boy enjoy the second but once you read one you will probably want to read them all A beautifully and skillfully written book that weaves Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and a story of mystery and adventure Complex and compelling this is the second book in which thexiled Han investigator Shan Tao Yun has to confront his fears and memories while searching for a rabid killer in the lock down culture of Chinese controlled TibetHere is one insightful sample The one word I would never use for Tibetans she said with a strangely distant tone is harmlessEveryone African Successes, Volume I else we can talk with we can negotiate with we canducate we can teach the wisdom of becoming something Trigger Samaniego 1 (Stallion, elseBut Tibetans just stay TibetansAt least as good as The Skull Mantra it offers insights into modern China and its determination to dominate thethnic cultures it has Lehrbuch Der Physiologie engulfedven as it too is changing Mystery set in Tibet it is an homage to a profound beautiful culture and an anchor to our own restless urbanity Another Inspector Shan mystery that provides about the destruction of native cultures by the Chinese central government Perhaps some idealization of the noble savage in Plastic Techniques in Neurosurgery (English Edition) eBook: James Tait Goodrich, David A. Staffenberg: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. examining the vanishing ways of life in Tajikistan and similar areas but informative and moving nonetheless. Arks on a search for justice Shadowed by bizarre tales of an unleashed 'demon' Shan braces himself forven darker imaginings as he stalks a killer and fights to restore spiritual balance to the ancient and tenuous splendor of Tibe. LevelThe books are like meditations in themselves and as a normally "fast reader I find that I have to really take my "reader I find that I have to really take my to get through the journey of the book The Sexy, Healthy, Food - 25 Clean-eats, Gluten-free Recipes experience of the journey seems to be central to the book than the solving of the mystery A murderer is preying on a group of orphans and their teacher as disappeared In response a disgraced former Chinese investigator and his Tibetan mentors sally forth As they seek to prevent further deaths they come across the resistance kazakhs and uighers seeking to maintain their culture and the han chinese settling in their lands the book is than a crime thriller it isual part an xploration of tibetan culture and a travelogue It is on this third dimension that the book worked best for me as the author is great at conjuring up what life is like there As a crime thriller i found it managed to be both obvious and confusing in parts In this his second Novel Featuring Inspector Shan A featuring Inspector Shan a Chinese political xile in Tibet Pattison moves from southern Tibet the setting for The Skull Mantra to the far northwest of China to the lands of the Kazakh and Uighur Moslem clans The action begins in media res Pattison immediately creating a situation of grave danger as Shan and his Tibetan companions are sent to solve the murder of a teacher and her pupils Buddhist and Taoist myths and philosophy are central to the narrative as they are central in the lives of the characters Tension is thick not only because of the dangers the companions face from others but also because of the suspicions and prejudices among themselves Pattison creates an ambiance of a culture and geography utterly foreign to our own a way of looking at and YARN Essentials experiencing life that contrasts greatly to that of contemporary Western society Pattison has created a gripping story involving contemporary history and ancient cultures all contributing to make an One of the most amazing series of books I havever readDon t let the fact it is a detective series dissuade you from reading themThis series gets to the heart of all that ishas been going on in TibetHistory hidden behind the label of a detective series these books speak of Tibet it s struggle againstthe invasion of China how the Chinese tried to wipe out Buddhism it s monks and a way of life that has Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms, existed for thousands of years This series will make your soul cry make your spirit soar and believe in the power of faith in a people whose courage rose above all the horrors that surrounded them I strongly suggest this series to anyone who is interested in Tibet and the story of it s people This would take pages to review in detail It was anxtremely difficult read for me and the length wasn t the hardest part Nd one by one her orphaned students have followed her to her grave victims of a killer harboring unfathomable motives Abandoning his mountain hermitage Shan Tao Yun a former Beijing police inspector who has been Black on Blonde exiled to Tibetmb.