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    Laura Joh Rowland
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    Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (February 17, 2010)
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Thorndike Press publishes large print books - including the most bestsellers and bestselling authors - in fiction genres like romance, mystery, and western to nonfiction sub-genres such as biography, history, and lifestyle in an easy-to-read format.

The Cloud Pavilion book. Hardcover, Large Print, 547 pages. Published February 1st 2010 by Thorndike Press (first published 2009). 1410423034 (ISBN13: 9781410423030).

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Contemporary Fiction Genre Fiction Historical Historical Fiction . The culture is vibrantly described througout the book for a really great story.

Contemporary Fiction Genre Fiction Historical Historical Fiction Literature & Fiction Mystery Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Romance Thrillers. Rowland's stories deliver mystery and history with vibrant descriptions of clothing, food and country - the characters also make this book another wonderfully done mystery and I can't wait for the next one! The culture is vibrantly described througout the book for a really great story that keeps the reader in suspense. super Japanese historical mystery. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 9 years ago.

Laura Joh Rowland is a detective/mystery author best known for her series of historical mystery novels set in the late days of feudal Japan, mostly in Edo during the late 17th century. Her protagonist is Sano Ichirō (佐野 一郎). Rowland is the daughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants. She grew up in Michigan and was educated at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a . in Microbiology and a Masters in Public Health.

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Having read The Cloud Pavilion I'm left wondering how many more Sano novels Rowland will try to crank out; much like Tom Clancy and his Jack Ryan series this one seems tired. Like her characters it seems that she's boxed herself in a corner with no honorable way out.

I've read every Sano Ichiro novel from the very beginning 16 years ago. Had Rowland left Sano as an investigator (ala Christie's Poirot or even Martin Cruz Smith's Renko) without all of the political intrigue she feels compelled to include it'd be much a more durable series. Alas before I cracked open the cover I already knew what to expect and got pretty much just that. I get the feeling that Rowland herself is bored with her characters and because of all of the political intrigue she's woven doesn't know how to bring the series to a good end. IJ Parker's Akitada mysteries seem to be avoiding that trap and thus I find myself wondering if Parker couldn't write faster! The Sano series lost that allure years ago.

Other reviews of other Sano novels have complained about the anachronisms but since this is fiction I generally don't see the problem with bending truth or reality a bit. However with each novel or two there seems to be a new entry in the "how far can I push this" contest. First there was his willful and disobeying wife Reiko. Though her character is toned down in recent novels she tends to stretch the bounds of believability for feudal Japan. Then there is Sano's chief retainer Hirata and his relatively new mystical martial arts prowess. In this novel it's Sano's son Masahiro and his willful headstrong intention to become an investigator like his father or Mitsuke spy.. Some kind of invisible barrier has been crossed with me where the series has become predictable, tired and one dimensional.

If you are new to the series this novel is probably a decent, though not stellar, read. The first novels in the series, "Shinju", "Bundori" and "Way of the Traitor" are much better before Sano's mission somehow became "saving Japan from Yanagisawa". The middle novels in the series starting with "The Concubine's Tattoo" make Sano a secondary character to his liberated and headstrong wife Reiko. This is where the franchise begins to weaken in my opinion. The last five novels, with Sano now elevated to Chamberlain are the weakest in the series to me.

In "The Cloud Pavilion" I can see Rowland struggling with her characters to try to bring the series back into the realm of believability. However in doing so she sheds what makes historical fiction so interesting of a read, the in depth descriptions of life in Edo and feudal Japan and the cast of characters that go along with it. In "Pavilion" most of the characters are the same worn ones that survive from book to book, the only real new characters being the criminals themselves and Sano's estranged uncle. As Chamberlain Sano's possibilities as a detective are much more hemmed in and with no character to fill the gap the series falters and Rowland seems forced to reach for filler in an attempt to make the story come alive.

At this point I'm not certain I'll buy any 15th novel in the series. On the one hand I've become so familiar with the characters and would like to see what's next in their fictional lives. On the yet third hand the willful suspense of disbelief that engrossed me so in her earlier works just isn't there anymore.

I've rated this novel three stars because Rowland is a skillful story teller; I just think that the series has drifted too far from what made it compelling to begin with. Should Rowland find a way to bring Sano and Co. back towards his investigative roots perhaps there is life still left in the series. Short of exile to some distant province I don't see how this is possible.
Twisting! No loose ends! Excellent prose, by an excellent storyteller. I really became invested in the characters, and the continuity is carried throughout the series. Sorry the series had to end.
I've read many books in this series. The author has the sense to be able to write a series with books that stand alone, without your having to read them in order. Full of plot twists and with an authentic feel for the time period, I enjoy Rowland's books very much.
Mr Freeman
I am a Medieval Japanese Historian and I must say Laura Joh Rowland's description of Japan are just so refreshing to read. She describes everything perfectly and I have to say this is truly one of my favorites in this series. I hope she continues to write many, many more.
Another excellent novel by the author of the Sano Ichiro Series (The Fire Kimona, Red Chrysanthemum, Blundori, Shinjo, etal). If you love stories about feudal Japan you will enjoy this one! Well written (as usual) and well plotted The Cloud Pavillion is filled with well developed characters and knowledge of Japan.
I love the Sano series and will now miss them as the author is done with Sano....
The historical details, as always with the author, are good. You feel like you are in medieval Japan. The only negative was the ending seemed to me to be a bit flat. Good set up for the next book, though.
There are always several sub plots in the Sano Ichiro novels.
I like reading about the culture, etc of those days.