It's interesting how both books, were quest books. "Bridge of Birds" was a novel written in the style of ancient Chinese folktales that follows the paths of Li Kao and Number Ten Ox. They have set out to find the Great Root of Power to save the village children from a sudden illness. The book is told with tongue-in-cheek humor and moves at a quick pace once the journey begins.
In "The Journey to the East", the narrator belongs to a mysterious League who voyages to the East. Each of the characters on the journey all have a different goal in mind. The narrator seeks to find Princess Fatima, but the quest is vehicle for more psychological and philosophical questions. The relatively short novel is told in a confessional style that is a recollection with details obscured by secrecy and self-described poverty and illness.
The first book was met with overall favorable reviews, while the second was met with mixed results. Both had some interesting imagery to pull from.
Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather our in-store meet-up was canceled. It's a shame, because I really do look forward to these gatherings. I think that everyone who comes uses it as an opportunity to do more than just talk about books and being crafty, but to unwind and socialize.
And without further ado… here's the REVEAL: