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`Download Epub ⚤ The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure ë Northern China,As the Boxer Rebellion erupts, a cast of innocents, fanatics, sinners, and lovers are drawn to the Palace of Heavenly Pleasure an infamous brothel that overlooks an execution ground where the fury of the East will meet the ideals of the West and all will face their destiny Adam Williams s first novel is a historical tour de force and a triumphant return to traditional storytelling on a truly grand scale Wow I really enjoyed this book It took me about a week to read even though I had not had lots of reading time available at the time This book is a little well, quite massive It made it harder to get it started since the size was so daunting And honestly, the first chapter is dull However, by Chapter 2 I was interested.This is quite the romance action adventure historical fiction novel I would say of all the historical fiction I have ever read, I liked this one best The writing is wel Wow I really enjoyed this book It took me about a week to read even though I had not had lots of reading time available at the time This book is a little well, quite massive It made it harder to get it started since the size was so daunting And honestly, the first chapter is dull However, by Chapter 2 I was interested.This is quite the romance action adventure historical fiction novel I would say of all the historical fiction I have ever read, I liked this one best The writing is well done There is a rolling, meandering way to it The bit with letters broke up the writing I see why he included it for story telling and also because he wanted to borrow from his friend s family, but I think it should have been written another way Or letters should have been included from the beginning Na m j vkus bohu el p li mnoho romantiky a m lo historie, bylo to docela zklam n Prost , pokud se chcete n co bli ho dozv d t o boxersk m povst n , najd te si jinou knihu.Pokud v s zaj m romantick a dobrodru n p b h rozdycht n anglick panny, kter se dostala v neprav as na neprav m sto, vybrali jste si naopak spr vn.Adam Williams v n ije, man elku m anku, ili tam u jeho rodi e atd a ur it o t hle zemi v prvn posledn , j si ale, a budu p t cht t st rom n z asi Na m j vkus bohu el p li mnoho romantiky a m lo historie, bylo to docela zklam n Prost , pokud se chcete n co bli ho dozv d t o boxersk m povst n , najd te si jinou knihu.Pokud v s zaj m romantick a dobrodru n p b h rozdycht n anglick panny, kter se dostala v neprav as na neprav m sto, vybrali jste si naopak spr vn.Adam Williams v n ije, man elku m anku, ili tam u jeho rodi e atd a ur it o t hle zemi v prvn posledn , j si ale, a budu p t cht t st rom n z asijsk historie, vezmu rad ji n co od Clavella My friend and I found this book in the big BookOff store in Shibuya and the title made me laugh, but when I saw that it was the name of a brothel, I had to have it It was 200 yen only So, it turned out to be as cheesy as we expected, but it wasn t bad, it held my attention forthan 600 pages It s a historical romance which takes place in a fictitious town of Shishan in 1899, during the Boxer Rebellion The author was born in China in a missionary family, so he knows his stuff, and his s My friend and I found this book in the big BookOff store in Shibuya and the title made me laugh, but when I saw that it was the name of a brothel, I had to have it It was 200 yen only So, it turned out to be as cheesy as we expected, but it wasn t bad, it held my attention forthan 600 pages It s a historical romance which takes place in a fictitious town of Shishan in 1899, during the Boxer Rebellion The author was born in China in a missionary family, so he knows his stuff, and his sympathy towards the culture and people is obvious BUT, the characters are painfully stereotypical a beautiful and passionate middle class girl, her lover the dashing spy, her boorish and naive fiance, a bunch of altruistic missionaries, a cruel brothel madam and her psychopathic son, a prostitute with heart of gold, an evil Japanese officer, a wise Chinese mandarin, a wiser still Mongolian shepherd They all resemble marionettes taken out of a dusty box which has the letters Oriental drama on it some of them must have been used by Clavell half a century ago.The only interesting people are the crazy, fanatical Millward family especially their eldest son Hiram and Major Lin who has a shameful secret to hide BUT the author has a penchant for distorting his characters, both minor and major, and making them act against their nature and their initial motivations When I read what ultimately happened to Hiram after the rebellion broke out in Shishan, I kind of lost half of my interest in the story, but read on for Major Lin then as his character got assassinated as well in a writerly way I mean , I finished the book just because I didn t have much left I didn t care about Helen Frances and her lover they were just unrealistic, and the good doctor Airton, well, he was so stupid and whiny I just hoped to see him killed, but alas, the idiot lived to the last page.As to the brothel, this was the most ridiculous thing of all The madam who was supposed to be so cunning, together with her son kept torturing the girls and boys randomly Why What for What do they gain out of this How is it good for business How does it affect the atmosphere Does it make the prostitutes work harder Does it contribute to their skill, effectiveness, or the satisfaction of customers I have this dim suspicion that it s got something to do with the author s personal preferences, and that he enjoys writing about sexual sadism, and that s all there is to it Now don t get me wrong, I think it s totally okay to fantasize about this stuff, or any stuff, that s what imagination is for but when it comes to putting one s fantasies on paper, it should be done in a plausible, believable, reasonable way Why Because the book is for the reader first, and for the author second The author must seduce the reader, not only pleasure himself Oh what a monumental book If you re finding it hard to get into why not jump about 100 pages in and start from there oh how dare i say it but hey just do it it is a bit slow to start, and the beginning pages makesense when read in hindsight meanwhile GOSH Adam has nothing against being bloodthirsty if you think the sweet and innocent will get away with it think again It s a massive book with huge scope covering not just a historical adventure and raunchy romance, but also themes Oh what a monumental book If you re finding it hard to get into why not jump about 100 pages in and start from there oh how dare i say it but hey just do it it is a bit slow to start, and the beginning pages makesense when read in hindsight meanwhile GOSH Adam has nothing against being bloodthirsty if you think the sweet and innocent will get away with it think again It s a massive book with huge scope covering not just a historical adventure and raunchy romance, but also themes like ethics, values, religion and how they change or don t according to our circumstances And the cross cultural divide of Brits abroad is a theme I will never tire of, and in this book it is tackled brilliantly Can t wait to start the others in the series.Once I got into it which took a good while I have to say I read the remaining 600 odd pages in about 2 days and got nothing else done