An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.

Dragon Road

Dragon Road - Laurence Yep

I really wish there were more women in this book. And sometimes I found the basketball writing hard to understand (it's just not always super clear what's happening on the court). Other than that I enjoyed this book a lot. It ties in nicely to the series despite the main character not being a Young.

 

I especially liked the part where the team plays the Harlem Globetrotters. A lot of the others books only concentrate on white/Chinese tensions.* But this book includes the racism Black people were facing in the 1930s as well.

 

The Golden Mountain Chronicles as a series is very good. I personally enjoy the books with more female characters the most. I also enjoy the later books (chronologically in the series, not published order) more than the earlier books. It's easier to feel the personal connection Yep has to those stories (Sea Glass through Thief of Hearts, and maybe include Dragon Road in there too) which resonates with me and my experiences as a Chinese American. I do appreciate the historical novels as well though, especially since they cover less well known aspects of American history.

 

I didn't quite finish my reread of the series in March. I'm hoping to get to the three I skipped later this year. We'll see if I can manage it.

 

*A couple of the books mention the Civil War, but there's nothing as explicit as the scenes with the Globetrotters.