R.A. MacAvoy
Tea with the Black Dragon
June 14, 2019 Comments.. 804
Tea with the Black Dragon 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 she has had w
  • Title: Tea with the Black Dragon
  • Author: R.A. MacAvoy
  • ISBN: 9780553254037
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 she has had with Elizabeth for years Now, Elizabeth has sent her a plane ticket and reserved a room for her at San Francisco s most luxurious hotel Yet she has not tried to contact MartMartha 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 she has had with Elizabeth for years Now, Elizabeth has sent her a plane ticket and reserved a room for her at San Francisco s most luxurious hotel Yet she has not tried to contact Martha since she arrived, leaving her lonely, confused and a little bit worried Into the story steps Mayland Long, a distinguished looking and wealthy Chinese man who lives at the hotel and is drawn to Martha s good nature and ability to pinpoint the truth of a matter Mayland and Martha become close in a short period of time and he promises to help her find Elizabeth, making small inroads in the mystery before Martha herself disappears Now Mayland is struck by the realization, too late, that he is in love with Martha, and now he fears for her life Determined to find her, he sets his prodigious philosopher s mind to work on the problem, embarking on a potentially dangerous adventure.
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    1. Anna says:

      One of my favorite, favorite books And one of my favorite authors.I read this one at least two times a year.R.A MacAvoy has this ability to write both sparsely and with a richness that makes me want to buy her laundry lists Tea with the Black Dragon and its sequel, Twisting the Rope, and absolute must reading if you enjoy philosophical fiction that weaves in humor and great characters as well.

    2. Algernon says:

      7 10 This was a fast read, and a pleasant one The plot would have worked well, I think, even without the supernatural elements It reminds me of some books by James Hadley Chase with his band of crooks setting up a clever heist and then turning on each other after the deed is done A plus for me is the age of the two main characters Martha MacNamara a spirited 50 something violinist, and Mayland Long a mysterious gentleman who claims to be quite a few centuries older There are a couple of younger [...]

    3. Jon says:

      3.6 stars

    4. Brownbetty says:

      MacAvoy is an author who seems not to write as a career, but rather because she has a story she wishes to tell Some authors seem to be telling the same story again and again, and I do not begrudge them that it s the story they re interested in, and generally they are good at it MacAvoy, however, seems to write one story well, and then move on to the next, which is generally completely unrelated not to say she doesn t write sequels, but when she is done with a story, she moves on, and writes the [...]

    5. Rosanna says:

      There s beauty in subtlety Tea with the Black Dragon does not follow typical fantasy conventions in fact the fantasy elements remain in the background with the crux of the story focusing on a spiritual and emotional awakening and the search for missing persons It is unusual not to delve into the power and life of an ancient and magical figure, since they tend to be the most interesting part of the story, but MacAvoy does not do this He instead masterfully plays with the reader only giving us gli [...]

    6. Daphne says:

      This was a very, very poorly written book By the Nines, the dialogue was so utterly forced Character descriptions were absurd The dragon was an idiot The heroine was an idiot The daughter was an idiot The love sick puppy was an idiot The bad guys were idiots.They shot a cat.Oh, and because racism WTF is the difference between an asian and a british smile exactly Someone please explain.

    7. R.R. López says:

      Un libro delicioso que describe unos personajes muy interesantes.Acci n, romance, y una incre ble sorpresa.Orientalismo, zen una mezcla muy original que har las delicias de los nost lgicos de los a os 70.Hace poco he descubierto que hay segunda parte, investigar si est traducida al espa ol.

    8. Lata says:

      Read this multiple times because I liked it so much.

    9. Chris says:

      It s not a bad book, a quick read A bit predictable, but fun Diverting.

    10. M— says:

      I have a bit of a reading habit where anything with the word dragon in the title I pick up for that word alone I found this book in a rummage bin, rather the worse for wear, and didn t even pick it up for a song.I found out later it s both a Hugo and Nebula nominee circa 1984.The plot is a bit serpentinous You have the start of a quest, Martha trying to find her grown daughter, Elizabeth, and happens to meet and enlist the help of one enigmatic Mr Long, an older man with a vaguely oriental appea [...]

    11. Jamie Collins says:

      A romantic urban fantasy from 1983, and I enjoyed it It reminds me of Barbara Hambly s sci fi fantasy from the 80 s It s slight, and perhaps a little melodramatic, and it s not much of a romance since it s pretty much a case of love at first sight, but it gets extra points because the love interest is a middle aged woman.Martha, an ethereal musician, has flown to San Francisco in response to a vague distress call from her daughter In the hotel restaurant she meets Long, a slight Eurasian man of [...]

    12. Derpa says:

      25% and DNF This is a short little thing, I shouldn t just quit it like that, but I can t do this Everything about this book makes me not want to read it at all Sorry about that I m not writing the review to diss or to try to hate on this, but I do not want to forget my reasons why I got absolutely annoyed by it Martha Macnamara s daughter is in trouble, so she does what most of us would calls her mother, so said mother leaves New York to meet her in San Francisco In her posh hotel she meets a w [...]

    13. KatHooper says:

      Will review soon at fantasyliterature.

    14. James Adams says:

      A truly delightful fantasy mystery hybrid with warmth and wit to spare One could call this Urban Fantasy , given the contemporary, urban setting and genre blending, but this does not fit comfortably into that niche Partly this is due to the balance this is a mystery that just happens to have a fantasy element There is also tone this is much closer in feel to stories of amateur detectives, such as Lord Peter Wimsey, than it is to the noir ish PI novels that inspire most modern UF Third, the chara [...]

    15. Kerry says:

      Sadly, this was a case of an old favourite not quite living up to my memory of it I remember this having been a great book, it wasn t quite as wonderful as I thought.All the same, this is still a lovely, little story I think it is the themes and concepts I remember most the search for truth and how a dragon might go about trying to find it Those are still wonderful ideas and I loved revisiting them.The story itself doesn t hold them up as well as it might, but is well worth taking the time to re [...]

    16. MB (What she read) says:

      Well, that was different I have a feeling that if I d read this in the 80s, I d have rated it higher But, here and now, it feels very dated like Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Narnia books, or The Neverending Story Please note I m not really referring to the romance, or old computer tech, but to the feel.I ve been interested in reading this for years, so was very happy to find it on sale for kindle for 1.99.The proofing and formatting is not wonderful, no scene breaks , but I m happy to acquire it [...]

    17. Raeden Zen says:

      I listened to the audible audiobook Intriguing mystery Good narration Recommended.

    18. Roddy Williams says:

      I do like those novels which are hard to classify Despite being on the genre award lists this is certainly not SF and it is perhaps only borderline Fantasy It is however, a wonderfully written piece full of poetic imagery and metaphor.Martha is a middle aged musician, a classically trained violinist who for various reasons now tours the country with a ceili band She has come to San Francisco having received a worrying invitation from her daughter Liz who has booked her into an expensive hotel on [...]

    19. Marina Bonomi says:

      Crossposted from Outside of Dogs blog When I happen across a book that mixes one of my favorite genres with Chinese history and culture I can t help but read it Problem is that, given that China is my professional field, I m also nitpicky.There are many things I like in Tea with the Black Dragon but I would have liked it better if some little things had been different.I loved the fact that both main characters are middle aged it isn t that common to have people over 50 as the main characters in [...]

    20. Marie-Therese says:

      3 1 2 starsA nice little mystery thriller with muted fantasy elements and really strong, charming characters The San Francisco setting is well done and the depiction of the seedier side of the early Bay area computer scene rings pretty true to me The first few chapters read a bit stilted and awkward but once I relaxed into the eccentricities of the main characters and what interesting main characters they are , the language seemed natural and graceful I liked this well enough that I ve just bou [...]

    21. Sho says:

      I reread the seires through audible What a delight I totally forgot I enjoyed them all those years ago Now that I actually went to San Francisco in 2010, the descriptions made much better sense, too It was a fun and nostalgic read.

    22. Sarah says:

      A marvellous little book I wonder if MacAvoy had just the one superb book in her, since subsequent offerings have been disappointing Highly recommend this one.

    23. Alleyne says:

      One of my all time favorite books Beautifully written A mature heroine, what a treat

    24. Rindis says:

      In the nearly 35 years since it was published, Tea With the Black Dragon has nearly become a period piece The book opens in San Francisco, which doesn t feel too different, but moves down to Silicon Valley, which has changed a lot The street names are the same, but much else is Computers have also changed a lot in those years, with the novel showing the pre IBM PC era of little shops, odd systems, and experimental hobby builders It also features a person who would fit in easily with the dot com [...]

    25. Chris Walker says:

      What an odd little book This is technically a fantasy book, but it s actually like 95% lackluster crime thriller and 5% light fantasy MacAvoy is a good writer, especially when it comes to the inner thoughts of her characters She s much less skilled when it comes to the actual plot, though The story kind of lurches and jerks, never hitting a good rhythm It s a slim book, weighing in at less than 170 pages I can t help but wonder if it would have been better had she expanded it, exploring the bac [...]

    26. Lleny says:

      Reading it was painful Listening to it was equally painful Character development was poor, the transitions were confusingAnd this is part of a series I m going to return it if I can.

    27. Dave Goff says:

      I remember reading this as a kid back in 1985 and for some reason, it stuck with me through the years, even to the point that I mention it in a novel of my own Recently, through a series of strange coincidences it was brought to mind again, so I bought a used copy and read ti again.I have to say, my older, discerning eye can see some weaknesses in the prose that I missed as a young high school student.I love the subtlety of this book It could have been written in exactly the same way with or wi [...]

    28. Peter Tillman says:

      I liked it a lot in 1994, on a reread I might still have a copy Time for a reread

    29. Dikana says:

      Crossposteada aqu , con comentarios m s personales y spoilers muy leves.Ten a muchas ganas de leer T con el drag n negro, porque me hab an hablado muy bien de l, as que tal vez cog la novela con las expectativas m s altas de lo habitual Al final ha resultado ser un libro con el que he tenido un mont n de problemas personales y alg n que otro problema desde una perspectiva m s profesional Me ha parecido original e interesante, eso s como es bastante corto, no ha llegado a hac rseme pesado Pero no [...]

    30. Gwyneth Stewart says:

      This book exemplifies what I was hoping for when I got my kindle that I d be able to access out of print or obscure books from years ago that I loved My success in finding such books has been spotty, but I am so happy I found this one.Tea with the Black Dragon is set in San Francisco in the early 80 s, at the beginning of the computer revolution Martha MacNamara, a 50 ish musician comes to San Francisco to visit her daughter, Liz, who has told her she needs to talk to her about something At her [...]

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