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When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain, by Nghi Vo

31 reviews

tinyjude's review against another edition

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adventurous dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.75

I enjoyed this one much more than the previous book. Nghi Vo's writing is once again breath-taking and each time I love the narrator more as well as the morally grey, but passionate, sapphics that exist in their stories.

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shaipanda's review against another edition

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tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

Absolutely loved this 
It’s super reliant on/centered around storytelling which as the kid of a storyteller was really special and I appreciated 
Also the rep was 🥺 so nice and seeing a character using they/them without it being a big deal and a super casually included sapphic romance was super nice 

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orchidd's review against another edition

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adventurous reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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cheye13's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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horchata's review against another edition

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emotional funny reflective relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

SpoilerNo one told me this was a lesbian love story between a tiger and a scholar and I would like, for the record, to state had I known I would have already had this on my shelf, surrounded by dried flowers and incense, thanks.

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puttingwingsonwords's review against another edition

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adventurous funny mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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merleing's review against another edition

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adventurous lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

Love this book, love the character complexity, the sensuality, and the theming of hunger. It was so good that I read it twice, and then read it out loud to my girlfriend the next week. 

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booksthatburn's review against another edition

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mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

This is great. Clih was the only returning character, and they had a more active role this time, both telling and receiving the story in a high-stakes cultural exchange/hostage scenario as they and they companions try to please three tigers until help can arrive. 

The tigers’ version of events was interjected at moments where it complemented (or occasionally contradicted) the version Clih knew. These moments are well-chosen, and serve to tell much about the tigers conveying them. The actual story is exciting, romantic, and poignant by turns, the pacing works well (even when interrupted by the tigers).

It as much to say about stories, who tells them, and whether telling them imperfectly is a price worth paying to preserve them. Clih begins with a story recorded, but recorded imperfectly, set against the tigers’ corrections and their demand for a perfectly told tale that will be Clih’s last. 

This is technically a sequel but can function as a stand-alone book. The main difference for anyone who reads them in order is that they'd already be familiar with the main character and their vocation, but these details are briefly conveyed early on without needing to reference any other text.

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talonsontypewriters's review

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adventurous reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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ehmannky's review against another edition

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

This is such a fun book, especially since I went into it without really knowing what it was going to be about. But the play of storytelling and the talking tigers and the seamless and uncommented on queerness was delightful. I loved the idea of being sucked into a story despite oneself, and just kind of grudgingly giving in to wanting to hear what happened next, even if it could hurt you. Also, it's got such a fun sense of humor undercutting the danger of the situation. Very good, I was delighted. 

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