on Feb. 28, 2016 :
As someone who has lived and worked in China, I have come across fragments of many of these core myths before. So it's very helpful to have them pieced together here. For instance, I now have a much clearer understanding of the origins of 'Chinese Valentine's Day'.
These stories also help to understand the Chinese mindset and shared cultural heritage. And having them in one place in a digestible format makes this book a reference work as well as an enjoyable read.
I appreciate the Preface too - a helpful introduction without being overly scholarly or a chore to get through.
There are quite a few typographical errors, though the meaning is still obvious. If author contacts me, happy to provide a list so the book can be refreshed.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Kevin A. Lyons
on Feb. 25, 2016 :
I enjoy reading myths and legends of various cultures. I'm most familiar with Greek, Roman, and Irish myths and legends, so this was an obvious buy for me.
I haven't read the originals -- obviously! -- but I liked these stories. They read like myths, not like stories: for instance, there isn't a lot of dialog.
The only drawback is that there are several typographical errors -- mostly dropped or missing words. The meanings were still clear, but you should be aware.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)