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From: "Darryl Swett" 
Subject: (urth) Bridge of Birds
Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2002 14:54:18 -0400

>From: Michael Straight 
>Reply-To: urth@urth.net
>To: urth@urth.net
>Subject: Re: Kai Lung (was Re: (urth) Major new Wolfe story online)
>Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 14:57:45 -0400 (EDT)
>On Thu, 9 May 2002, Adam Stephanides wrote:
> > The Kai Lung stories were an early-20th-century series of fantasy 
> > set in China, written by Ernest Bramah.  The characters in them always 
> > in the flowery, ultra-polite idiom of the Chinese princess in "Under 
> > so I assumed that Wolfe was pastiching Kai Lung.  But he might have been
> > pastiching Vance, I suppose.
>When I read the story, I thought Wolfe might be pastiching Barry Hughart's
>_Bridge of Birds_ (which is possibly the most wonderful fantasy novel I've
>ever read, Wolfe's works included).

I started _Bridge of Birds_ last night, and I have to praise its wit and 
charm.  Hughart did an excellent job of making the book fun to read.  It 
probably sounds strange, but I had a smile on my face, even when a plague 
beset the village.

I have also checked out _The Golden Age_ by John C. Wright, which is next in 
my queue.


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