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About Isham Cook

Beijing-based writer Isham Cook is the author of Massage and the Writing, The Exact Unknown, and At the Teahouse Café. He blogs at

Author Interview: James Lande

Beijing-based writer Isham Cook talks to fellow American James Lande, the author of Yang Shen: The God from the West, an epic novel set during the bloody Taiping Rebellion of the mid-nineteenth century. What got you interested in this particular time period in Chinese history? The late Ch’ing Dynasty was where [...]

Yang Shen: The God from the West • James Lande

Reviewed by Isham Cook. Last century China experienced one of its periodic mid-century blowouts, where everything that can go wrong does go wrong and tens of millions die in senseless slaughter. The Chinese Civil War of 1927-50: 2-8 million dead. The Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45: up to 26 million dead. [...]