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Ride a Mule

Ride a Mule A short story that takes place a month or two after the events in THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES Li lin is called upon to exorcise a strange spirit at a cigar factory but things may not be what they seem

  • Title: Ride a Mule
  • Author: M.H. Boroson
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 452
  • Format: None
  • A short story that takes place a month or two after the events in THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES Li lin is called upon to exorcise a strange spirit at a cigar factory but things may not be what they seem.

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    About Author

    1. M.H. Boroson says:
      When M.H Boroson was nine years old, a Chinese American friend invited him to dinner with his family Over a big, raucous meal, his friend s uncle told a story about a beautiful fox woman She had a magic pearl and she stole men s energy.Boroson wanted to learn about this fox woman, so he went to the library They had Greek, Norse, and Arthurian mythology They had vampires, witches, werewolves, and fairies, but they didn t have anything like the story his friend s uncle told not even an encyclopedia entry.This baffled him A number of his friends were Asian American why weren t their families stories in the books He asked his friend s uncle to tell him stories He started asking other kids if he could interview their families If they said yes, he d go to their houses, bringing a notebook.In college, he studied Mandarin and Religion with a focus on Chinese Buddhism He lived near a video store that had a large selection of Hong Kong cinema he rented Shaw Brothers movies, as well as Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and John Woo films He loved BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER too it was fun genre fluff on the surface, but it also had deeper meanings.One day he realized he could combine everything he loved Chinese ghost lore, Buffy, kung fu movies, fantasy novels, history He could write stories about Chinese magic and monsters, using these incredible cultural details as metaphors to dramatize the experiences of immigrants in America.Stories told from inside the culture, centered on people whose lives had been treated as marginal Stories inverting the margins, subverting stereotypes Chinese American characters portrayed as three dimensional, diverse human beings facing challenges, earning a living, supporting families, struggling to hold on to traditional values in a new country Exciting, action packed stories that base their fantasy imagery in Chinese folklore, but tackle issues of vital importance in today s world, like race, class, gender, culture, and power.He started taking notes He bought hand written Daoist manuscripts He interviewed Chinese and Chinese American people again He took detailed notes from Chinese stories, like Pu Songling s Tales from the Liaozhai, and ancient texts like the Shan Hai Jing Classic of Mountains and Seas and Journey to the West He watched movies like MR VAMPIRE and A CHINESE GHOST STORY He took sixty thousand pages of notes.From Iris Chang, he learned to write about history from a place of compassion Walter Mosley s Easy Rawlins stories taught him how an investigation can paint a vivid picture of an ethnic enclave at a specific historical moment Jim Butcher s Dresden Files showed him how to create big fun supernatural adventures Tony Hillerman s Navajo mysteries gave him a way to write about a culture that isn t his own, trying to honor the people he s writing aboutE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES is his first novel It received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, won first prize in the Colorado Gold and Crested Butte Writers writing contests, was nominated as one of the ten best books of the month at LibraryReads, and was listed as one of Bustle s best diverse fantasy novels.

    Comment 403 on “Ride a Mule

    1. The Captain says:
      Ahoy there mateys For those new to me crew, this be a category for those novels whose stories of acquisition be strange and unusual like the time someone commandeered me 12 pages There be a tale to tell on how I got me grubby mitts on this one .Ye see this short story is not available to just any scalawag with a hankerin It is given to only those few who belong to a secret society of book lovers And how does one join this society and get to add this treasure to their tally of booty Well sit back [...]

    2. Minna says:
      Absolutely terrific short story Yes it was unfortunately very short, but in perfect keeping with what I like to think of as the requirements for a good short story Complex characters a feat and a half in a short story, as there is little time to establish characters A good setting this particular short story benefits from the setting established in The Girl With Ghost Eyes, but its features are nonetheless developed further here A developed conflict, plot, and climax Check, check and check again [...]

    3. Adan says:
      A short story adventure into netherworld of Chinese mythology with Xian Li Lin.Several weeks after the events of The Girl With Ghost Eyes , Xian Li Lin is assigned to perform an exorcism at a nearby factory However, upon Li Lin s initial investigation she finds something very strange about the ghost responsible for terrifying the Chinese laborers I totally devoured this 20 page short story in a single reading Everything I loved about The Girl With Ghost Eyes managed to fit in a condensed format [...]

    4. Sierra Chandler says:
      This short story was an excellent taste of Li Lin s adventures while we wait for the second book Although painfully short I felt it was a satisfying glimpse into our heroine s life roughly one month after the conclusion of The Girl with Ghost Eyes Overall, the connecting metaphor of ride a mule to ride a horse was one we can all relate to, perhaps particularly in the historical setting of the USA during the immigration rush The story s conclusion, most poignantly, was bittersweet The sentiment o [...]

    5. Rob Trans says:
      Nice short story entry into the Xian Li lin series Well worth the read Doesn t provide as much background on the Chinese occult as Ghost Eyes, but sheds some light on how Chinese immigrants lived in late 19th century San Francisco.

    6. Anna Marie says:
      A short story and very well written You have to be careful what you brag about, it might give people ideas Li lin is sent to exorcise a cigar factory Quick paced and action packed, her quick think saves any workers from getting hurt.

    7. Serena W. Sorrell says:
      A good little story to follow The Girl With Ghost Eyes A point off for mixing tenses, lack of clarity, and too much explanation which detracted from the flow of the story.

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