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The Life of a Boo I usually LOVE historical fiction and I’m fascinated by the history of science and medicine as well, but this one’s not really living up to the description. Open Preview See a Problem? I received dde free ARC from Netgalley, and am giving an honest review.

Dee 12, Elaine Bergstrom rated it it was amazing. Then he was supposed to have a genetic disorder that didn’t allow him to feel any lectir, but I wouldn’t even have known it, if the text hadn’t reminded me every time it was plot relevant, because Ci didn’t act like it at all.

That’s what I wanted to read about! The interaction over the sale of his brother’s land is a good example of this.

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Loyalty to the nuclear family is at the heart of this philosophy, cadaceres spreads out like ripples in a pond to the outermost ring which is the Imperial rule of law. A strong three stars. Ci is now slave labor to his oldest brother. View all 3 comments.

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He’s loving, kind, smart, and resourceful. When a crime is committed, he is forced to flee and he returns to the city where his talent for “reading corpses” eventually leads him to the Lectoor himself. With all it’s flaws aside, I really encourage you read The Corpse Reader; go ahead, dip your toe into the stream, and let yourself be carried back to 13th century China.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I usually LOVE historical ell and I’m fascinated by the histor I had high hopes for The Corpse Reader, which was described as a tale of rudimentary forensic science being employed by a bright young peasant in imperial China, but I think I’m gonna quit it. Literally everything in this dude’s life that could have gone wrong, went wrong.

Louise This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Direct violence is not involved that much for most the of the rest of the book a few punch ups but nothing too bloody and brutal though there are …more Direct violence is not involved that much for most the of the rest of the book a few punch ups but nothing too bloody and brutal though there are details of dead bodies What Garridp is doing in the first part of this work is conditioning us to what life was like in a Confucian world.

I loved finding out about all the d This book was wonderful, so different to anything I’ve ever read before.

El lector de cadáveres

Second, the writing was did nothing for me. In dr it was reminiscent of the Sister Fidelma books by Peter Tremaynepartly in that writing a historical mystery so far removed from our time and culture leads to a little awkwardness as the author lecotr to convey all the necessary historical detail as well as move the plot along, but this shouldn’t be taken as a criticism; I like the Tremayne books, and feel they bring ancient Ireland to life as this does to ancient China.

The book starts out with Ci Song as a scholar who is supported by his grandfather who is a noted scholar. Sep 14, Neocortext added it Shelves: Ci labors in his brother’s fields, dreaming of the day that he can go back to school and big city life, when the ox plows up the headless body of a man. Would have made him more interesting. Set in cadaverres China around a boy with a knack for forensics.


Even the underworld is influenced by this way of life. If there was a sequel that was simply about another murder case, I would read it, though. One of the most notable thing about this book, is that the translator has done such a marvelous job that the story just flows very naturally.

More than anything I wanted a deeper POV and more grounding in setting. While in the midst of Garrido’s tale, however, you only feel the pull of wl story.

I really don’t want to give too much away in regards to his family and why he must flee but the story is harrowing and only someone as bright and resourceful as Ci is able to overcome the odds set up against him. I loved this book. The fact that the novel is about a person who made such a contribution to criminology would imply that he survives the ordeal he goes through, but again HOW he will survive is not so certain.

Following the end of the novel is a list of references, making it clear that Garrido did his homework — as if that wasn’t clear from the rich detail found on every page. I’m glad I gave it a chance to impress me. When a crime is committed, he is forced I really enjoyed this book. The Corpse Reader is like that The dude was hot but had no finesse to his plot. Things, of course, do not ce out so easily.

This discovery leads to Ci losing everything–home, family, even the girl he is promised to.