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China: 1200 A.D. Guo Jing has confronted Apothecary Huang, his sweetheart Lotus' father, on Peach Blossom Island, and bested the villainous Gallant Ouyang in three trials to win her hand in marriage. But now, along with his sworn brother, Zhou Botong of the Quanzhen Sect, and his shifu, Count Seven Hong, Chief of the Beggar Clan, he has walked into a trap. Tricked by Huang i China: 1200 A.D. Guo Jing has confronted Apothecary Huang, his sweetheart Lotus' father, on Peach Blossom Island, and bested the villainous Gallant Ouyang in three trials to win her hand in marriage. But now, along with his sworn brother, Zhou Botong of the Quanzhen Sect, and his shifu, Count Seven Hong, Chief of the Beggar Clan, he has walked into a trap. Tricked by Huang into boarding a unseaworthy barge, they will surely drown unless Lotus - who has overheard her father's plans - can find a way to save them. Yet even if they are to survive the voyage, great dangers lie in wait on the mainland. The Jin Prince Wanyan Honglie has gathered a band of unscrupulous warriors to aid him in his search for the lost writings of the Great Song patriot General Yue Fei. If he is successful, the Jin armies will gain the key to total victory over the Song Empire, condemning Guo Jing's countrymen to centuries of servitude.


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China: 1200 A.D. Guo Jing has confronted Apothecary Huang, his sweetheart Lotus' father, on Peach Blossom Island, and bested the villainous Gallant Ouyang in three trials to win her hand in marriage. But now, along with his sworn brother, Zhou Botong of the Quanzhen Sect, and his shifu, Count Seven Hong, Chief of the Beggar Clan, he has walked into a trap. Tricked by Huang i China: 1200 A.D. Guo Jing has confronted Apothecary Huang, his sweetheart Lotus' father, on Peach Blossom Island, and bested the villainous Gallant Ouyang in three trials to win her hand in marriage. But now, along with his sworn brother, Zhou Botong of the Quanzhen Sect, and his shifu, Count Seven Hong, Chief of the Beggar Clan, he has walked into a trap. Tricked by Huang into boarding a unseaworthy barge, they will surely drown unless Lotus - who has overheard her father's plans - can find a way to save them. Yet even if they are to survive the voyage, great dangers lie in wait on the mainland. The Jin Prince Wanyan Honglie has gathered a band of unscrupulous warriors to aid him in his search for the lost writings of the Great Song patriot General Yue Fei. If he is successful, the Jin armies will gain the key to total victory over the Song Empire, condemning Guo Jing's countrymen to centuries of servitude.

30 review for A Snake Lies Waiting

  1. 5 out of 5

    Denar

    Just wow

  2. 4 out of 5

    Parima

    Online translation: Eagle Shooting Hero Online translation: Eagle Shooting Hero

  3. 4 out of 5

    SlowRain

    Pretty much everything I said about the first two books in the series applies to this one: Charles Dickens lite...with kung fu fighting, excellent introduction to Chinese culture and geography, insightful look at Chinese values and norms, wonderful world-building around the different martial-arts schools and fighting techniques. However, there are two glaring deficiencies with this novel when compared to the previous two. Number one, the setting is just too limited. The first 150 pages or so is s Pretty much everything I said about the first two books in the series applies to this one: Charles Dickens lite...with kung fu fighting, excellent introduction to Chinese culture and geography, insightful look at Chinese values and norms, wonderful world-building around the different martial-arts schools and fighting techniques. However, there are two glaring deficiencies with this novel when compared to the previous two. Number one, the setting is just too limited. The first 150 pages or so is spent on a ship--and not in the Patrick O'Brian way--and another 100 pages or so is spent in the great room of an inn. Number two, coincidences and contrivances abound, making this what I feel to be the novel with the most overheard conversations in the history of all literature. It's also interesting how, with China being such a vast country and the cast of characters being so large, almost all of them manage to find their way to an inn in a little village over such a short span of time. The bulk of this installment seems to be mostly fluff. It's filler just to drag the story out. Nothing of consequence actually happens until the last 100 pages or so. That part is interesting and does move the plot forward, but it comes too little and too late to save it. That's not the fault of the publishers, editors, or translators. That fault lies squarely with the author when it was originally serialized in the 1950s. Here are links to my reviews of the first two books: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

    Why must I wait one year for volume 4? 😱😱

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael Berens

    The kung fu flies fast and furious as Guo Jing and Lotus Huang continue to accumulate moves from other schools and develop their mastery of them. We learn more about the mysterious Nine Yin Manual and its esoteric teachings. This is more of a transitional part of the story, pulling together threads from the first two books and establishing story lines that will be developed later. Nonetheless, it's still a fun read, and Jin Yong continues to find inventive ways to get his heroes in and out of da The kung fu flies fast and furious as Guo Jing and Lotus Huang continue to accumulate moves from other schools and develop their mastery of them. We learn more about the mysterious Nine Yin Manual and its esoteric teachings. This is more of a transitional part of the story, pulling together threads from the first two books and establishing story lines that will be developed later. Nonetheless, it's still a fun read, and Jin Yong continues to find inventive ways to get his heroes in and out of danger and show off their kung fu skills. Bring on volume 4!!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joancollins

    Third instalment in the series and more of the charming same. A host of characters new and old with twists and turns, martial arts, romance , humour and delightful illustrations Goodies vs baddies and the lines blur An utter joy and can’t wait for the fourth book

  7. 5 out of 5

    YesIReadThat

    Guo Jing is unable to do anything for half the book, which made this kind of meh to me. It was still fun to read. I'm looking forward to the next one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Grant Maynes

    Not quite as good as "A Bond Undone" but still great!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steven Mettler

    ALL TIME GREAT

  10. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    3/4 completed! The events occurring around the deserted cottage are such a coincidence :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lai Yat Long Karlson

    射鵰英雄傳是一部由金融創作的武俠小說,並被先後拍攝了多部電影及電視劇。故事情節曲折,主要講述南宋末年,這本書令我十分緊張,並留下深刻印象。

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emre Yildirim

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rywgar Notnow

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robby Robinette

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fay

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kat

  18. 4 out of 5

    Siew Ling

  19. 4 out of 5

    Noelle

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pumsish

  21. 5 out of 5

    陳奕成

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cheese

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nattapon

  25. 4 out of 5

    Russell Hsu

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hsin-I Mei

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ellespoir

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hakim Alias

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