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  1. says:

    Malaya, with its mix of Malays, Chinese, and Indians, is full of spirits a looking glass world governed by unsettling rules. 3 stars I may need to think some about this one I m giving it a tentative 3 , rounded up to 4 because I absolutely loved that this historical mystery was steeped in Chinese and Malaysian mythology and superstition For the most part, this was such a gorgeous and evocative read The Night Tiger is set in 1930s Malaya and leans heavily on folklore and stories of ghosts and weretigers It s a slower paced novel especially in the middle though I don t think that s necessarily a bad thing here Choo gradually paints a portrait of this time and place, rife with belief in weretigers, possession, and that a person must be buried whole before the 49 days of the soul are over.This last belief fuels the mission of 11 year old Ren After his master, Dr Macfarlane, dies, Ren goes to fulfill his promise of returning the doctor s amputated finger before the 49 days are up He is sent with a letter of recommendation to British doctor William Acton the man said to have performed the amputation many years ago and begins his search for the missing digit.Alongside this is the story of Ji Lin Refused the chance to be a doctor because she is a girl, Ji Lin instead works as a dancehall girl, unbeknownst to her abusive stepfather and beloved stepbrother When a handsy dance partner one night leaves something behind, she discovers to her horror that it is a severed finger The dance partner in question is shortly found dead Soon a mysterious man is showing up, following Ji Lin around, and asking questions.The real world and the supernatural overlap in many ways, as do different beliefs about the supernatural When a woman is found brutally killed, questions arise Is a murderer on the loose in the Kinta Valley Is it a tiger attack If it is a tiger attack, could it be a weretiger Or, perhaps, is it Dr Macfarlane s spirit trapped inside the beast Malaya was and Malaysia still is a society of many different cultures These various peoples superstitions all play a part in this novel, fuelling doubts and fears Ren fears his master lives on as a tiger Ji Lin draws on lucky and unlucky numbers, as well as the five Confucian virtues, to see meaning in things Though the supernatural is heavily implied, it is impossible to be quite sure how much is grounded in reality.There were a couple of things I didn t like, hence the lower rating One was the inclusion of so many flashbacks and dream sequences I mentioned before the slow pacing, and I think the parts of the book which dragged the most were those that lingered too long in bizarre dreams I ve never been a fan of hearing about other people s dreams, and it definitely grew tedious here Second, I really disliked the stepsister brother romance Not my thing at all I don t know why so many authors do this There s just no need If your sibling step sibling is starting to look hot, get yourself out of the house Seriously.These complaints, especially the latter, had a big effect on my reading experience, but I still thought The Night Tiger was a really good book I loved the quiet, eerie, magical feel of it all I think maybe I need to read The Ghost Bride.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube


  2. says:

    This was so great I was thrown off a bit by the romance, because this book would ve been fine and dandy without it I loved learning about the Malaysian culture through this story, I thought the somewhat magical bits in the story were executed so well, and the Chinese folklore was super interesting to learn about It s an engaging read with an excellent pay off.


  3. says:

    Yangsze Choo writes an enthralling and exhilarating piece of well researched historical fiction set in the British colony of Malaya Malaysia of the 1930s The fraught and upset British doctor is dying and worried about what will happen to his soul upon death He had been gifted a 11 year old Chinese house boy, Ren, by a friend Ren is a kind, loyal and compassionate boy and when his dying master on his deathbed asks that he finds his severed finger and bury it with his dead body to prevent his soul from roaming the earth forever, he complies However, he must do this within 49 days, adding a strong sense of urgency to his time sensitive obstacle ridden quest Ren is to find his path crosses with that of Ji Lin, a bright and intelligent woman, whose ambitions to be a doctor have been thwarted by her step father This is a atmospheric story of tradition, culture, masters, servants, love and the dead, incorporating the central role of Chinese mythology and folklore, colonisation, dreams and superstition.Ji Lin is a trainee dressmaker, who is secretly working as a dance hall girl, Louise, at the Flower Dance Hall to pay off her mother s mahjong debts One night, she dances with Chan Yew Cheung, who leaves her with a shrivelled finger in a vial, ensuring her fate is intertwined and indelibly connected with that of young Ren There are strange and bizarre deaths that occur amidst rampant tales of tigers that can take on human form, magical shapeshifters Choo s writing is beautiful in this gorgeously immersive read, with rich descriptions that give us a fabulous sense of location and this historical era There is suspense and intrigue in this multilayered and fascinating depiction of Malaya, the importance of tigers within the culture, and the role of superstition in carving out fate and destiny I loved the well developed central characters of Ren and Ji Lin, particularly Ji Lin, she is a strong woman, although I am not so certain about the romance elements that involved her This is captivating and imaginative storytelling in which Choo expertly weaves together the disparate threads within a narrative that includes secrets, family, sibling relationships and ghosts Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC.


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    The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo is a 2019 Flatiron publication A big, bold story full of magic, romance, mystery and adventure Set in Malaysia during the 1930 s, the story alternates between Ren, an eleven year old Chinese houseboy and Ji Lin, a young woman who has been forced to give up her goal of working in the medical profession Ren is on a mission to find his late master s finger so he can return it to his grave Failure to do so within 49 days will prevent his master from resting in peace Meanwhile, Ji Lin, is working as a dressmaker, while also secretly moonlighting as a dance hall girl to pay off her mother s Mahjong debts, before her hardened stepfather finds out When Ji Lin comes into possession of a severed finger, she implores her stepbrother, Shin, to help her return it to its rightful owner Thus, Ji Lin and Ren s lives will begin to converge While the clock ticks away within the 49 day time frame, a tiger is on the prowl wreaking havoc on the city of Malaysia There is a lot going on in this book and because it s not exactly my usual fare, I was forced to take my time and slowly absorb all the details patiently, as the pieces of the puzzle begin to click into place I found myself completely caught up in the story, in the folklore and magic realism, the family dramas and mystery I was loath to put the book aside, but still wanted to draw it out and relish the tension and adventure Unfortunately, I did have a few issues with the book One thing I noticed was some repetitiveness in the dialogue It was especially noticeable when I was listening to portions of the book on audio The other problem I had was that while I placed a hold on both the e book and the audiobook at my library at the same time, the audio version became available first However, I had to pause the audio until the e book became available because I found it very difficult to follow along The author narrates the book, but the inflections and voice changes were not strong enough or distinct enough for me, and the switch in narratives often caught me off guard Once I had a digital copy of the book, however, the story came to life and I was able to switch between reading and listening seamlessly I love historical fiction, but rarely reach for books with magical realism elements I m a little picky about that genre but do enjoy it from time to time I do love folklore, though, so in this case, the two genres complement one another beautifully Now, I m wondering why I don t read of these types of books and am thinking maybe I should lower my defenses and try reading of them I will definitely check out Choo s first novel and anything she writes in the future This book should appeal to a broad audience as it embodies several different popular genres and creates an insular world with its intense urgency and emotional content While I did read some stellar reviews for this book, I couldn t have imagined what kind of journey I was about to embark on, but it is a journey I will not soon forget 4 stars


  5. says:

    i am positively and splendidly awe stuck this story is a magically woven tapestry of history, lore, superstition, love, and destiny with lush storytelling told humbly from the perspectives of seemingly unconnected people, each thread of their beautiful stories intertwines and unfolds in the most rewarding way, making this novel feel like a work of art a rich art piece that harmoniously integrates all the best kinds of storytelling coming of age mystery and thrill mythology and folklore romance and friendships each story, each character comes together so impressively, so effortlessly wow this story is breathtaking 4.5 stars


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    The Night Tiger has a little bit of something for everyone Fans of this Author s debut book, The Ghost Bride will love this sweeping tale set in Malaya Malaysia in the 1930 s There is a lot going on in this book that I am only going to give a brief synopsis of the main characters.Ren is an 11 year old boy on a mission to locate his former masters missing finger so that he can bury it with his body He has 49 days to do so for his master to be a rest If he fails to find the missing finger, his master will be doomed to roam the earth forever.Ji Lin is a young woman who works as an apprentice to a dressmaker She is intelligent and had dreams of going into medicine, but being born a female at this time, she must do as her stepfather wishes While learning to make dresses, she moonlights as a dance hall girl to pay off her mother s Mahjong debts One night she dances with a man and takes a small container from his pocket in it, a finger She begins a quest to find out just why this man had this in his pocket and where it came from.The Night tiger uses history, Chinese superstition, folklore and mysticism This book is an intricately woven tale of two characters as they grow and evolve on a collision course to learn the truth Choo utilizes many themes the class system of servant and master, sibling rivalry, domestic abuse, the afterlife, superstition, romance, coming of age, and even were tigers.This book is full of beautifully written passages, vivid descriptions and imagery This book has a mystery which unites all the characters It was easy to be sucked into the world that Choo has created This book is as lush as the Malaysian jungle I felt as if I experienced this book rather than read it This book is atmospheric, captivating and intriguing Yangsze Choo has a creative mind and a gift for writing intricate plots The result is a beautiful journey into 1930 s Malaya utilizing mystical elements and superstition.Mark your calendars and be on the lookout next year when this book comes out Thank you to Yangsze Choo and Flat Iron books who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.Read of my reviews at www.openbookpost.ocm


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    Time is running out there are only 20 days left before Dr Mac Farlane s forty nine days of the soul are over If by then he can t find the finger, he ll have failed How will his old master rest Ren remembers Dr MacFarlane s last days, shivering fevers And then the dreams, the waking nightmares in which the old man would cry for mercy, or crawl slavering on all fours If Auntie Kwan had still been with them, she would have taken charge, but in the end there was only Ren A gust of wind shivers through the house, banging all the doors simultaneously To Ren, peering out the window at the top of the stairs, the trees are a waving green ocean surrounding the Bungalow It s a ship in a storm, and Ren is the cabin boy peeking out of a porthole Clutching the windowsill like a life buoy, Ren wonders what secrets lurk in the jungle surrounding them, and if his old master is in fact trapped in the form of a tiger Ren is only 11 years old.a Chinese houseboy is on a mission to fulfill his formers master s dying wish His former master, Dr MacFarlene, lost a finger due to an accident many years ago Ren promised to find it and bury it with his body The old age superstition says this must happen in 49 Daysor his old master s soul will wander the earth forever Malaya, with its mix of Malays, Chinese, and Indians, is full of spirits a looking glass world governed by unsettling rules The European werewolf is a man who, when the moon is full, turns his skin inside out and become a beast He then leaves the village and goes into the forest to kill But for the natives here, the weretiger is not a man, but a beast who, when he chooses, put on a human skin and comes from the jungle into the village to prey on humans It s almost exactly the reverse situation and in some ways disturbing There s a rumor that when we colonials came to this part of the world, the natives, considered us beast men as well, though nobody has said that to my face.William is Ren s new master Ren is grateful for the workJin Lin was a rookie dressmaker.but the job as a student apprentice wasn t enough money to help get her mother out of a Financial jam So on the side she secretly took a job working at the May Flower Dance Hall It wasn t trained professional dancing which she was , that they were looking for She had to learn the Tango fast Jin Lin was bright she wished she could have left for college wished to study medicine and become a doctor like her stepbrother, Shin s plans they were born on the same day , and Jin Lin had higher marks in school, but the culture in the 1930 s, Malaysia for women wasn t encouraging So..dressmaker dance hall dancer it was..Big MAMA at the dance hall had Jin Lin Cut her long braids off to look like a modern western woman In truth if her mother or stepfather knew what her moonlighting job was it would have bad news It was not considered respectable in her family at all With the new dance name that big MAMA gave her Louise she got tapped by a salesman for a dance When he asked her name, she forgot and gave her real nameand accidentally ends up with a thin walled cylinder made of glass a specimen bottle with a dried up finger inside Jin Lin s begins to get much interesting SHE S BRIGHT ZEALOUS SHREWD INGENIOUS.This book is wonderful, covering a fascinating time period set in the 1930 s colonial Malaysia called Malaya in the 1930 s As you might be able to piece together Ren and Jin Lin are going to cross paths It s filled with surprises textured characters engrossing sibling relationship , unexplained deaths danger humor suspenseful turmoil foods to make you hungry I was so in the mood for steaming yummy noodles when I finished this novel , history magical realism ghosts tigers forbidden love Love I admit to an extra appreciation of my fingers, too Yangsze Choo s writing was totally alluring giving attention to detail and descriptive prose It also had the best ending I felt so warm and wonderful after finishing it Thank you Flatiron Publishing for sending me this novel Many thanks to Yangsze Choo, too Quote part of the full message to readers from Yangsze As a child in Malaysia, I was fascinated by the black and white colonial Bungalo s left behind by the British, many of which lie now in ruins With their high ceilings and gracious windows, they spoke of a life that vanished sort of Downton Abbey of the tropics with it shadowed interplay between servants and masters The Night Tiger came out of the secrets I imagined in those houses together with many of my favorite obsessions Chinese dancehall girls, twins, men who turned into tigers, A train that takes you to the world of the dead And of course a good mystery.


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    They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk among usI loved the atmosphere of the book, the magical realism mystery of it, the lush Asian environment, the historical character of the story, the dark and brooding story, loved it.Though the lovey dovey element in the book, which got stronger and stronger further in the story, I thought was less interesting and that brought the rating of this book down for me Especially towards the end the story kind of lost a bit of magic for me Would say just above 3.5, so rounded off 4 Certainly a good read and intriguing Loved especially the boy Ren and his brother waiting on the other side and the mythical Asian story about the five connected characters.


  9. says:

    An intriguing book, set in 1930s Malaya, following the lives over a few weeks of dance hall girl Ji Lin and house boy Ren An intricately woven tale, full of magical realism, Ji Lin and Ren come together over an amputated finger, of all things It is a beautifully told story, the characters come to life on the page, through their interactions and their dreams And in the background is always the threat of a man eating tiger roaming the district, or is it a weretiger3.5 stars rounded up to 4.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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    The story is as stunning as the cover I was totally mesmerized by this beautifully written Malaysian folklore fantasy tale If I wasn t reading it, I was thinking about it The characters, the alluring mystery and the heart pounding moments involving the tiger A newspaper article warns that a tiger was on the loose Was it a man eater or a distraction Did superstition play a role Touches of Malayan folklore love sickness tiger hunts smoke screens lucky numbers and stolen body parts had me all wrapped up in the unfolding of the mystery It is perfectly paced and I wanted to read every word without skimming anything.Intriguing characters that really came alive and some that I was fearful for One character seems to have an affinity for deaths and accidents He also thought events were like dark fairy tales where wishes, however evil and stupid, are granted.The dreaming aspect was fascinating as I ve always been interested in the meaning of certain dreams and if they are some kind of message.A dreamy page turner for me Highly recommend if you enjoy stories with a folklore flavor and cultural intrigue.This was library check out and now available.


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The Night Tiger [PDF / EPUB] The Night Tiger Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick, Spotlight Pick for Best Book of the Month, NYTimes and Publisher s Weekly Bestseller Starred Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher s Weekly reviews.A swee Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick,Spotlight Pick for Best Book of the Month, The Night PDF/EPUB or NYTimes and Publisher s Weekly Bestseller Starred Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher s Weekly reviewsA sweeping historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigersWhen year old Ren s master dies, he makes one last request of his Chinese houseboy that Ren find his severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and reunite it with his body Ren has days, or else his master s soul will roam the earth, unable to rest in peaceJi Lin always wanted to be a doctor, but as a girl in s Malaysia, apprentice dressmaker is asuitable occupation Secretly, though, Ji Lin also moonlights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her beloved mother s Mahjong debts One night, Ji Lin s dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir a severed finger Convinced the finger is bad luck, Ji Lin enlists the help of her erstwhile stepbrother to return it to its rightful ownerAs the days tick down, and a prowling tiger wreaks havoc on the town, Ji Lin and Ren s lives intertwine in ways they could never have imagined Propulsive and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores colonialism and independence, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and first love Braided through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page turner of the highest order.