I missed this year’s Chinese New Year festivities, so here’s a late 恭喜發財 to everyone in the Year of the Monkey. I’ve managed, in a boring and not at all epic fashion, to totally throw my back out. Between that and the loss of Bowie, I’m not at all pleased with how 2016 has started out… Anyway, I digress (as I tend to do).
Let me tell you about something awesome instead. If you are a fan of Randall Lee (and if you aren’t…um…not to be rude but… what are you doing here, again?) you absolutely, positively MUST check out M.H. Boroson’s The Girl with Ghost Eyes.
Why? Well, ahem, listen to this:
It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes–the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father–and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford.
When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them. To aid her are her martial arts and a peachwood sword, her burning paper talismans, and a wisecracking spirit in the form of a human eyeball tucked away in her pocket. Navigating the dangerous alleys and backrooms of a male-dominated Chinatown, Li-lin must confront evil spirits, gangsters, and soulstealers before the sorcerer’s ritual summons an ancient evil that could burn Chinatown to the ground.
With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl with Ghost Eyes is also the poignant story of a young immigrant searching to find her place beside the long shadow of a demanding father and the stigma of widowhood. In a Chinatown caught between tradition and modernity, one woman may be the key to holding everything together.
Whether you’re totally new to the genre or the kind of mega nerd (like me) who sought out every one of the Mr. Vampire and A Chinese Ghost Story movies, you’ll find yourself completely sucked into this book. Boroson knows his stuff, and I’m not just talking about the Chinese folk lore and Taoist mysticism… the book is fast-paced, beautifully written, and totally fun.
So please check it out. You won’t be sorry.