The Corpse Reader

After his grandfather dies, avid scholar and budding forensic investigator C Song begrudgingly gives up his studies to help his family But when another tragedy strikes, he s forced to run and also deemed a fugitive Dishonored, he has no choice but to accept work as a lowly gravedigger, a position that allows him to sharpen his corpse reading skills Soon, he can deduceAfter his grandfather dies, avid scholar and budding forensic investigator C Song begrudgingly gives up his studies to help his family But when another tragedy strikes, he s forced to run and also deemed a fugitive Dishonored, he has no choice but to accept work as a lowly gravedigger, a position that allows him to sharpen his corpse reading skills Soon, he can deduce whether a person killed himself or was murdered.His prowess earns him notoriety, and C receives orders to unearth the perpetrator of a horrific series of mutilations and deaths at the Imperial Court C s gruesome investigation quickly grows complicated thanks to old loyalties and the presence of an alluring, enigmatic woman But he remains driven by his passion for truth especially once the killings threaten to take down the Emperor himself.Inspired by Song C , considered to be the founding father of CSI style forensic science, this harrowing novel set during the thirteenth century Tsong Dynasty draws readers into a multilayered, ingenious plot as disturbing as it is fascinating.
The Corpse Reader After his grandfather dies avid scholar and budding forensic investigator C Song begrudgingly gives up his studies to help his family But when another tragedy strikes he s forced to run and also dee

  • Title: The Corpse Reader
  • Author: Antonio Garrido
  • ISBN: B00AB09KGO
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “The Corpse Reader”

    1. I really enjoyed this book. It was so refreshingly new. It is set in the thirteenth-century Tsong Dynasty. It is based on the work of a real person, Cí Song, who is considered to be the founding father of forensic science. The book starts out with Ci Song as a scholar who is supported by his grandfather who is a noted scholar. Unfortunately, the grandfather dies and Song is forced to return home and become subject to his crass and dissipated older brother. When a crime is committed, he is force [...]

    2. Simultaneously ingenious, compelling, and frustrating. Garrido's historical fiction paints real-life Chinese scientist Ci Song as a Quixotic adventurer, whose problems are caused by equal parts bad luck and bad decisions. The first half documents a trouble-prone journey and you start to get angry at Ci's insistence on trusting the wrong people and making the wrong choice. The second half is much more interesting, opening up a complex murder mystery in the courts of ancient China. Ci may be a sav [...]

    3. Una novela que aunque parezca histórica es en realidad un thriller policiaco ambientado en la China medieval. La novela podría dividirse en dos partes, la primera en que el protagonista, Ci Song, emprende una arriesgada huída junto a su hermana pequeña para buscar un futuro que ya no es posible en su aldea, y la segunda, trepidante, inquietante, en que ejercerá ese oficio de lector de cadáveres que da título a la novela a petición del emperador. Toda la novela tiene un buen ritmo y se ha [...]

    4. Everyone seems to love this book on . Based on the description, I really thought I would, too. At first glance, it's right up my alley. But the author never met a deus he didn't try to machina.Really, it was rather like having a date with the hottest guy--and I mean hot, really hot, in the dangerous, really good tattoos kind of way, which is the only analog for 13th century China, corpses, police procedural, and textual interpretation I can think of--you've ever picked up in a bar. I was going t [...]

    5. I had high hopes for The Corpse Reader, which was described as a tale of rudimentary forensic science being employed by a bright young peasant in imperial China, but I think I'm gonna quit it. A decapitation is revealed in the foreword, the protag's brother looks guilty but there's something fishy afoot, and from there on in it's just been one crisis after another for the protag as he sets his mind to clearing the brother's name. I usually LOVE historical fiction and I'm fascinated by the histor [...]

    6. Another book I expected to really enjoy, but ended up disliking.Set in ancient China around a boy with a knack for forensics. So CSI - hundreds of years ago.But I had several problemsFirst, the hero was supposed to really, really smart. But he wasn't. Most of his giant leaps of inspiration were stupid. And what's worse, most happened because the person he was talking (working against) was an absolute idiot. (The interaction over the sale of his brother's land is a good example of this.) There is [...]

    7. 3.5 A very interesting look back on the 13th century and the Tsong Dynasty and a character names Ci, named after the famous Song CI, who is considered the forefather of the modern day CSI style of forensics.One of the most notable thing about this book, is that the translator has done such a marvelous job that the story just flows very naturally. This is not always the case with translated novels and so often the translations can ruin what is actually a good story. The story itself is very inter [...]

    8. tbh I wanted to give it a lower rating, but I liked the 50last pages.My princepal grief with this book is that it is so damn long, and the writing is just meh. I couldn't like Ci, I couldn't find him intersting or smart, same with the others characters. It just felt flat.I also didn't learn a lot about middle age China.Two words : disappointing and laborious.

    9. I found this book in a bargain bin and thought it sounded interesting. A crime novel set in historical China? Sign me up!Now I'm just glad I found it in a bargain bin, because otherwise I'd probably be a lot more disappointed.Cause you see, the back of the book promised me a thrilling story about murder in the emperor's palace. That's what I wanted to read about!Instead what I got was the tale of How Ci Has The Worst Day Of His Life Everyday. Literally everything in this dude's life that could h [...]

    10. I have finished The Corpse Reader by Antonio Garrido and am excited about this novel. The Corpse Reader tells the story of Ci Song, a young scholar who's been dealt the worst hand possible. I really don't want to give too much away in regards to his family and why he must flee but the story is harrowing and only someone as bright and resourceful as Ci is able to overcome the odds set up against him. While trying to stay incognito and escape the authorities, Ci finds work as a gravedigger where h [...]

    11. Невероятно увлекательная, интересная и необычная история. Поначалу повествование идет не спеша, а потом ты втягиваешься и уже не можешь оторваться. Множество неожиданных поворотов сюжета, и ты до самого конца не знаешь, кто же на самом деле тот самый злодей и какова развяз [...]

    12. This book was wonderful, so different to anything I've ever read before. Think of it more like a biography of Song Ci, rather than an outright mystery/crime book, although there are details of mysteries and crimes within.It is set in medieval China, an era and place I am not too familiar with, but the book seemed to be researched very well as far as I could tell. There was nothing that jolted me out of the story for being too modern or not suited to the place. I loved finding out about all the d [...]

    13. Like a Chinese MovieI really enjoy those Chinese movies that focus on a historic theme and then tell a fantastical story. The Corpse Reader is like that a historical mystery, set in ancient China, showing the supposed beginnings of forensic science, a sort of CSI in silk robes. There are plot twists that are clear to the astute reader, but the level of interest remains high throughout. You really want to know what happens next, just as you want something good to finally happen to poor Song Cí, [...]

    14. 4.5 Stars This was one of those books that you know very little about when you start it but quickly captivates you and has you hooked. This tells the incredible story of Ci Song and his early life. Ci Song is often known as one of the founding fathers of forensic science, having lived in late 13th century / early 14th century China. If you are interested in historical fiction, Chinese history or the early days of forensic science I would certainly recommend this book to you. Ci Song has such ear [...]

    15. "Der Totenleser" is a great historical novel playing in the thirteenth century of the Chinese Tsong Dynasty. I definitly liked the fact that this book is based on one of the earliest forensic medical experts of history; the author found a nice balance between fiction and reality. It was lovely to learn more about the Chinese society of that time and everything felt very credible. However, the first part of the book was a bit tedious (I would have given only 3 stars), but the second part focussin [...]

    16. Généralement, le roman historique n'est pas mon préféré. Mais le lecteur des cadavres porte un style policier où les vrais assassins se révèlent les uns après les autres pour créér une stupeur chez le lecteur. On ne s'est jamais attendu au vrai assassin qui était le plus proche à Cì. Les crimes sont résolus et réalisés dans une logique merveilleuse. Ce qui est impressionnant est que l'histoire est basée sur une réalité. Plein de suspense et de surprises !

    17. This is a very good story, but I felt there was something lost in translation. The writing style was too plain, seemingly stripped of the original author's intent. The story simply seemed to lack emotional depth due to its style. Very imaginative and innovative, otherwise.

    18. Confesso, comprei este livro pela capa (quem não?). Não sabia nada sobre ele, mas depois de ter lido do que se tratava fiquei, estranhamente, ainda mais curiosa sobre ele. Digo estranhamente, porque não é de todo o tipo de livro que eu não costumo ler. Trata-se da narrativa do primeiro médico legista da História.Um rapaz (Cí Song) coveiro na antiga China que com a sua determinação, ambição e com pensamentos muito fora da caixa torna-se um excepcional leitor de cadáveres!O escritor p [...]

    19. Un très bon roman qui nous fait (re)découvrir la Chine d'il y a presque 1000 ans tout en suivant une histoire passionnante. Un petit bémol : j'ai pu deviner le coupable final avant même la moitié du livre. Dommage !

    20. This is a historical mystery set in 13th-century China, with a hapless young hero whose fortunes start out poorly and just go down hill from there. Set within such a restrictive society, the young student has few opportunities and fewer lucky breaks. I was disappointed that the author did not flesh out any of the characters, even the hero. Readers have no clue what most of the characters are thinking, so we have no idea why they take the actions they do. The poverty and injustice throughout the [...]

    21. I'm new to this site and very pleased to find a community of like minded bibliophiles.Let's have a bit more conversation about The Corpse Reader. I've read through the collection of criticisms and feel obliged to put forth my thoughts about Antonio Garrido's work. Many criticize what they feel is an overly long and slow beginning. I feel this is essential to the full experience and enjoyment of this work. For those who confuse their sex life with literature, think of this as a prolonged and very [...]

    22. I loved this book. It was one of the few books that I have come across that had a bit of everything I like in literature.The story is a historical fiction/murder mystery set in Medeval China. Ci, the main character, was a real man who lived in China at that time. There is little known about the man himself, but he did wrote four or five volumes about forensics science stuff. Things like how long a corpse had been dead by the amount and types of insects on/in it. How bruises look when made while [...]

    23. I don't read many mysteries. As a genre, they usually don't have enough "draw" for me; I look for more than is offered in most run-of-the-mill who-dunnits. But a novel about the dawn of forensic science in China, first written in Spanish (and then translated into Japanese and Dutch, among other languages) sounded like it would appeal on more than one level.As I read it, I kept seeing parallels to other historical mysteries: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, The Blooding by Joseph Wambaugh, Th [...]

    24. In some ways Ci’s life story arc reminded me just a little bit of Lin from Shantaram. Yes, a different country and centuries apart, but in both there is this feeling that things cannot possible get any worse…until they do. That book too was loosely based on real life. Ci Song is based on the first forensic scientist, the one who literally wrote the books on the field. Since there are only about 5 paragraphs to be found about the man, Aontonio Garrido had license to make a great story. And he [...]

    25. Based on the life of Ci Song, the world's first forensic scientist, this is a historical mystery set in 13th century China. The level of detail is astounding at times, and it's obvious a lot of research went into this.There were a few small anachronisms, mainly in characters' speech patterns which were sometimes a little too 20th century English colloquial, and I'm still not certain about the Chinese ants, but nothing jolted me out of the story so I'll let the age at foot-binding go.In style it [...]

    26. Here's a novel featuring the historic genius Tsu Sung, who wrote the first books on forensic science in 12th Century China. It is simply written; at first, I thought too simply but as the story progressed the mystery at its core made the book impossible to put down both for the mystery at the core of the story as for the insightful look at an antique culture where respect is often more important than life itself. The story opens with Tsu (called Ci Song in the novel) as a boy in rural China, hop [...]

    27. Um thriller muito bem construído, cheio de mistério e reviravoltas, em que o espírito humilde e, em simultâneo, lutador de Cí Song dá cartas e nos dá a possibilidade de adquirir ou consolidar conhecimentos sobre a Medicina Legal da China da Idade Média. Um retrato duro e cru de um país faustoso no tempo dos imperadores.Com uma excelente pesquisa histórica, este livro mistura ficção e realidade, num universo fascinante. António Garrido teve uma grande preocupação com a descrição [...]

    28. há livros que são lidos com grandes espectativas e este foi um deles,mas superou-as!um livro que retrata uma China do séc XII,magestosa,faustosa e gloriosa dos tempos idos dos imperadores.Ci,o aluno brilhante da academia de Ming,o "leitor de cadáveres",cujo dom preconizado pelos seus professores e mentores,fez com que se afincasse no estudo e o levasse a ser o primeiro patologista forense da histó livro apaixonante,com um enredo e uma trama muito bem elaborada,que nos remete para sua [...]

    29. I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and loosely based on a real person.It was a bit slow in places and the main character Ci had misfortune following him wherever he went. Sometimes I wished the author had sped up the pace and reduced the amount of unfortunate incidents Ci landed himself in.I liked the twists and turns of the plot and how the book ended.There was a lot of interesting information in the books that I sometimes sounded to me to be too advanced for that era but these tho [...]

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