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Tea with the Black Dragon

av R. A. MacAvoy

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In this "astonishing fantasy debut," a mother and a mysterious Chinese man--who is more than he appears--search for her missing daughter in San Francisco (Locus). Offering "a deft blend of the oldest of magicks in a dragon, and the newest of sorceries in computers" (Anne McCaffrey), this is the incomparable novel that garnered Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and Philip K. Dick Award nominations, and earned its author the John W. Campbell Best New Writer award.   Martha Macnamara knows that her daughter, Elizabeth, is in trouble--she just doesn't know what kind. Mysterious phone calls from San Francisco at odd hours of the night are the only contact they've had for years. Now, Elizabeth has sent her mother a plane ticket and reserved a room for her at the city's most luxurious hotel. Yet, since Martha checked in, she still hasn't been contacted by her daughter, and is feeling lonely, confused, and a little bit worried.   But Martha meets someone else at the hotel: Mayland Long, a distinguished-looking and wealthy Chinese man who is drawn to Martha's good character and ability to pinpoint the truth of a matter. They become close quickly, and he promises to help her find Elizabeth. Before he can solve the mystery, though, Martha herself disappears--and Mayland realizes that he's in love with her.   Now, a man whose true nature and identity is unknown to those around him will embark on a potentially dangerous adventure in a city on the verge of exploding with its own sort of magic as technology spreads through the region that will become known as Silicon Valley. An elegant, delightful, and unusual novel that blends ancient myth with modern wizardry, Tea with the Black Dragon is "a small masterpiece, setting a fantasy story against a contemporary background" (Booklist).… (mer)
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What a delightful mystical mystery. ( )
  dianeham | Feb 20, 2021 |
A unique gem of a book -- rather dated these days, I'm afraid, and not just the computer bits -- but the story itself is still fresh and charming. It feels unpolished, yet driven by a confident curiosity. I'm glad to have revisited it. ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
This book is very, very early 80s. Technology features prominently, which is entertaining and sometimes bewildering. The gender politics are much more feminist than I expected, but there is, unfortunately, a whole lot of period-typical Orientalism.

The story itself is unusual, inventive, and charming, with a good bit of philosophical pondering on the part of the characters.

Also featured: a substantial blond mustache, lovingly described. (And we're back to very, very early 80s.) ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
A weird little book that is utterly compelling. I expected a fantasy novel from the title, but this is something far different. This is a contemporary mystery with a slight supernatural aspect (before it became common place to have such a theme). At the heart we have Maylond Long, a Chinese philosopher, and Martha, the woman he comes to love. When she disappears looking for her missing daughter, he must travel a path he never intended. An excellent read! This limited edition is stunning, in leather with matching slipcase. A worth edition for a brilliant book. ( )
  jshillingford | Jun 8, 2020 |
I had forgotten so much of this story in the intervening decades since I first read it. Fortunately, it remains an enthralling read, with delightful characters, plot that just thumps along, and the kind of detail for state of the art tech that makes this now quite the nostalgia trip.

I love that there is a rather ordinary middle-aged woman as the focus. Without Martha McNamara, and her very practical attitudes, this would be a much lesser story. ( )
  fred_mouse | Mar 7, 2020 |
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Monk: "What is Tao?"
Ts'ao-shan: "A dragon singing in the dry wood."
Monk: "I wonder whether there is anyone who can hear this?"
Ts'ao-shan: "There is no one in the entire world who does not hear this."
Monk: "I do not know what kind of composition the dragon's song is."
Ts'ao-shan: "I also do not know; but all who hear it lose themselves."

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Martha Macnamara stood at the Pacific, her toes digging into the froth.
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Mayland Long, in his quiet gray suit, felt like a quote taken out of context.
She was sure that the tea was Oolong. Both the tea and the statue were named Oolong? The tea, the statue and the dragon?
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In this "astonishing fantasy debut," a mother and a mysterious Chinese man--who is more than he appears--search for her missing daughter in San Francisco (Locus). Offering "a deft blend of the oldest of magicks in a dragon, and the newest of sorceries in computers" (Anne McCaffrey), this is the incomparable novel that garnered Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and Philip K. Dick Award nominations, and earned its author the John W. Campbell Best New Writer award.   Martha Macnamara knows that her daughter, Elizabeth, is in trouble--she just doesn't know what kind. Mysterious phone calls from San Francisco at odd hours of the night are the only contact they've had for years. Now, Elizabeth has sent her mother a plane ticket and reserved a room for her at the city's most luxurious hotel. Yet, since Martha checked in, she still hasn't been contacted by her daughter, and is feeling lonely, confused, and a little bit worried.   But Martha meets someone else at the hotel: Mayland Long, a distinguished-looking and wealthy Chinese man who is drawn to Martha's good character and ability to pinpoint the truth of a matter. They become close quickly, and he promises to help her find Elizabeth. Before he can solve the mystery, though, Martha herself disappears--and Mayland realizes that he's in love with her.   Now, a man whose true nature and identity is unknown to those around him will embark on a potentially dangerous adventure in a city on the verge of exploding with its own sort of magic as technology spreads through the region that will become known as Silicon Valley. An elegant, delightful, and unusual novel that blends ancient myth with modern wizardry, Tea with the Black Dragon is "a small masterpiece, setting a fantasy story against a contemporary background" (Booklist).

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