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10 thoughts on “Tea with the Black Dragon

  1. 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. 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.


  3. 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 actors in the book, Liz and Fred Frish, and they balance nicely the older generation discourse I m not giving any hints about the nature of the heist, because it is not revealed at the start of the book, I would just mention that the parts dealing with computers are quite well researched and brought some nostalgia avout 8080 chipsets and magnetic band software loaded from a casette player.Being a bit on the short side, the book doesn t go too deeply into character background and motivations, but what there is mesh well with the action thriller plot I would have liked to spend pages on the history of Oolong Chinese Dragons apparently love to drink tea and read books , but I guess this would have slowed down the pace considerably Overall, I think MacAvoy had some cool ideas here and some beautiful romantic moments, but the writing is not in the same class Dialogue was stilted and the prose didn t shine like in similar contemporary fantasies by Patricia McKillip, Peter S Beagle or Angela Carter.


  4. says:

    I liked it a lot in 1994, on a reread I might still have a copy Time for a reread Not at the library.Jo Walton s is the review to read Tea With the Black Dragon is an odd but charming book It s the kind of book that when someone mentions it, you smile It s unusual in a number of ways It s set at a very precise moment of the early eighties, which can be deduced from the very specific technology but it s a fantasy It has an action adventure plot with kidnapping, embezzlement and early eighties computer fraud but that s secondary to what it s about The whole book is infused with Chinese mythology and CPM era computers It s very short, barely a couple of hours read, which was unusual even when books used to be shorter Tea With the Black Dragon won a Locus Award for best first novel, and was nominated for a batch of other awards.


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    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 next thing.This may make her less marketable, but I have never read anything by her that I didn t enjoy.Tea With the Black Dragon is an example of what is apparently now called Urban Fantasy, I think Is there an oversight body , a fantasy story set mostly in the here and now, with the impingement of the fantastical on the edges Except that the here and now in which it was written is 1984, which makes it a sort of historical artifact, especially if you re me I was alive in 1984, but not a keen cultural observer It is a bit like War for the Oaks by Emma Bull, another author who seems to write only when a new story comes to her.Between the title, and the fact that there is a Mr Long in this book, I don t think there actually is any way I could spoil this book for you, so I m not going to take any great pains to avoid it.Martha Macnamara is a middle aged hippie, a musician who couch surfs her way across America Her daughter is a driven computer programmer who has gotten herself into trouble Mr Long is the interesting man Ms Macnamara meets when she comes to San Francisco, hoping to help her daughter.This book is in general delightful, but my qualm was the way in which Mrs Macnamara was presented by the book as somehow an exceptional spirit, the qualities of whom are evidently self evident and overwhelmingly attractive to the titular black dragon I liked her, and I think she would be the sort of friend one would welcome when she came and collapse in gratitude when she left, but the black dragon seems to hold her in much higher esteem than that, and the reason why was not clear to me.


  6. says:

    Read this multiple times because I liked it so much.


  7. 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 glimmers of Mayland Long s life, leaving us wanting and at the same time knowing that Long s future lies in the present and that his past is irrelevant The book also mentions Chinese philosophy and mythology but again only very lightly, giving just what is needed and nothing Words are not wasted by MacAvoy, everything has a purpose and a reason, and because of this the book has a very mysterious feel to it A lot of your questions will go unanswered, but there s a beauty in that Most fantasy novels choose to go back to a preindustrial world or a totally new world from our own this book, however, is written in modern times and includes present day technology at least for when it was written it seems a bit out dated now At first I didn t know how this would work, having dragons and computer wizards in the same novel I ll admit I was skeptical, perhaps because I m very hesitant to accept new technologies in the first place they have to grow on me and I tend to like fantasy because it escapes into imaginative worlds However, MacAvoy pulls it off beautifully He crafts a tale about an old and ancient being, one who finds truth in the most unlikely of places, the realm of humans A delight to read


  8. says:

    I ve read the book as part of my r fantasy Bingo challenge It s a charming and unusual contemporary fantasy Titular dragon is Mayland Long he has tea with Martha Macnamara, who has just checked into the hotel, where he lives Mr Long is seeking truth Martha is looking for her missing daughter Liz, who summoned her a while ago Mayland decided to help Martha in search of her daughter Not an easy task as they follow the trails, things get a little ugly and dangerous It s a short under 200 pages novella that contains a love story, questions about human nature, forays into eighties computer science, and drama I appreciate compact writing, and it seems MacAvoy can do this well Despite being short, the story manages to engage the reader, convey emotions, surprise well, just a tiny bit The book is classified as fantasy, but, truth be told I think it s something of a stretch While Mayland claims to be a dragon, in the end, the claims remain claims We don t get a full dragon On the other hand, clues are here It may be just a play of light, but his hands may remind talons Also, which sexagenerian is able to leap in the air or shred the doors with his hands Despite this fantasy hints, it s of a old style thriller than urban fantasy.If you re interested in official opinions, Tea with the Black Dragon was nominated for the Phillip K Dick, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards MacAvoy won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Fantasy writer in 1984.If you re interested in personal opinions for me, it s a subtle but predictable book I enjoyed it, but it s not a story I loved.


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    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 appearance who has the habit of discussing his life as a black dragon if he drinks a little too much No sooner is Long on the hunt than he happens to lose Martha, which is really worrisome as she may be what he s been looking for all along.So we have two damsels in distress, several computer programmers with skill than sense, a looming daybreak deadline, a Zen prophecy lurking about, and one old dragon who is thinking it would be easier to just go back to sleep.Long s thoughts and actions are definitely the best part of the novel And I enjoyed very much reading of Martha, although Elizabeth I could never sympathize with The computer wizardry that s described is twenty years out of date, which is both a good thing and a bad depending upon how you look at it bank robbing computer programs clich or easily recognized and understood And it s just a slim little thing, not two hundred pages How on earth did I miss this I have some friends in Silicon Valley This book is so going to start making rounds there.


  10. says:

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


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