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The Corpse Reader [Kindle Edition]

Antonio Garrido , Tom Bunstead
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After his grandfather dies, avid scholar and budding forensic investigator Cí 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 Cí receives orders to unearth the perpetrator of a horrific series of mutilations and deaths at the Imperial Court. Cí’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 Cí, 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.

In 2012, The Corpse Reader received the Zaragoza International Prize for best historical novel published in Spain (Premio Internacional de Novela Histórica Ciudad de Zaragoza).

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

A native of Spain, a former educator, and industrial engineer, Antonio Garrido has received acclaim for the darkly compelling storytelling and nuanced historical details that shape his novel The Corpse Reader. This fictionalized account of the early life of Song Cí, the Chinese founding father of forensic science, represents the author’s years of research into cultural, social, legal, and political aspects of life in the Tsong Dynasty, as well as his extensive study of Song Cí’s own five-volume treatise on forensics. In 2012, The Corpse Reader received the Zaragoza International Prize for best historical novel published in Spain (Premio Internacional de Novela Histórica Ciudad de Zaragoza). Antonio’s previous novel, La Escriba, was published in 2008. Garrido currently resides in Valencia, Spain.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 865 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 494 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1612184367
  • Verlag: AmazonCrossingEnglish; Auflage: Reprint (28. Mai 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00AB09KGO
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very good read. 19. März 2014
Von Chris
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At this point a lot of people go on to tell you exactly what you can read on the cover. Sorry, not me. I hadn't read the cover, so I didn't really know to expect a criminal story set in ancient China. Sounds boring? It isn't! Suspense all the way and a lot of interesting facts to boot. The protagonist is someone who seems real, because he's not loveable all the way, but has some annoying impulsiveness about him sometimes. He has normal charcter traits, that make him and the story plausible. I really enjoyed this story a lot.I hope you do too.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen interesting, good read 3. Februar 2014
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Apart from the mysterious illness of the main character and extreme torturing, which may well be historic fact - became to much in spite of truth a very fine read. Bones would love it...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen rather slow paced 30. November 2013
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During the first half of the book I several times came very close to deleting often can your average hero get out of the frying pan into the fire? After the umpteenth time you stop being sorry for the poor sod and are simply annoyed, especially as the reasoning behind many decisions is not merely alien but downright imbecile. It got better in the second half, though then was a bit too much whodunnit for my taste...not the kind of historical novel I expected, but okay for the 0, 99 € I paid
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Von bernie
The story starts off slowly and is very convoluted. It takes place in another time and environment (1206, Tsong dynasty, Eastern China) that makes reading this like reading Jane Austin and having to remember it was of a different time and place. I know of the time and events from other histories; however i will have to rely on the author for the customs presented.

We have to suffer through pages of Cí doing ridiculous things and getting into ridiculous situations before he becomes "The Corps Reader" and the story we are reading for begins.

The story is told half be third party narration and half by stilted dialog. Many choppy sentences. The dialog problem could be the translation.

After Cí learns his forensic skills form working for the grave digger and is commissioned by the Imperial court to examine victims of a savage killer for the purpose of identifying him/her this story picks up speed and you finally get involved enough not to mind the stilted dialogue.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A worthy CSI whodunnit 13. März 2013
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A fictional novel inspired by a real-life man, "The Corpse Reader" is a solid mystery for those CSI fans who want a change of setting. Ci Song is a student with his whole life ahead of him until his family is dishonored and Ci looses everything important to him. Still possessing his forensics skills, Ci works with a con-man, identifying the causes of death until word of his ability brings him to the imperial palace to help solve a string of murders.

This is a mystery for people who love mysteries: a good length, full of twists and intrigue, a focus on details while still possessing a fast pace. While it was too long to be a one-sit read for me, it was a book I couldn't wait to pick up again and required no effort to get back into. Whether due to the translation, original intention, or both, there's a lot of modernity to writing. This bothered me a bit, but made the plot no less absorbing and I imagine many readers will prefer it that way. The historical fiction quality takes a back seat to the pure plot of mystery, so don't expect to be easily transported to twelfth-century China.

But for those who are looking largely for an intriguing murder mystery with all the right trappings and twists with a little bit of historical flair, this will be appreciated. I don't recall the last time I read a mystery I enjoyed so much. Definitely recommended.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting Fiction of a Historical Genius 9. März 2013
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Song Ci (宋慈) was a real life forensic medical expert during the medieval period of China and is considered the Founding Father of Forensic Science. He wrote a book about his findings called Collected Cases of Injustice Rectified which has been translated into English and several other languages. The author of this novel had taken an interest in this historical figure and created a fictional account of his life and beginnings.

The character Cí, in this novel strives to learn about human anatomy and buries himself in his studies. He is forced to return to farm life after his grandfather dies and there is where his life becomes a series of experiencing one bad fortune after another. The book is definitely interesting and contains a series of twists. The author obviously did plenty of research of the time period for this book. I do think there may be times where the author has confused Mandarin and Cantonese, which some people (language students like me) will notice.

Ci finds himself in and out of the forensic world. Sometimes acting as a charlatan for a fortune teller to eventually working for the Emperor himself. The people he comes in contact with during his travels are varied, from deviant huskers to true friends.

Anyone who is interested in criminal investigative type stories and what happens to the human body after we die, should give this a read. This is definitely an entertaining book and gives a different view of the CSI world for fans of CSI Miami or the BBC's Copper. Fans of Chinese history will also enjoy this novel.

The end of the book has some information on how the author became interested in this subject and some background on the Song Dynasty. For those wondering, the story is almost 500 pages. My only complants about the book are the discrepancies in language and the fate of one of Ci's adversaries was never revealed. Perhaps this is because the author is planning on writing a sequel.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen I wanted to like this book 30. Mai 2013
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This novel is right up my alley. I love historical fiction and love detective stories. I am a big fan of van Gulik's Judge Dee stories. I wanted to like this book. I didn't.

There were three key things keeping me from liking the story. First, though Garrido clearly has done his research and knows his subject intimately, there are plenty of weird anachronisms. For instance (not spoiling much), the sisters are said to have suffered a genetic disorder. Wouldn't it be simpler and more in context to refer to them as having been cursed with a wasting disease?

Second, I found the main character unlikeable. He is clever, but profoundly stupid. He is someone who should know manners and protocol, but consistently violates them - not in a bad boy can't be bothered with niceties way but rather in a bull in a china shop clumsy way. Though he mourns the loss of his family, he shortcuts rituals of mourning and doesn't seem to grieve much at all. I briefly wondered whether the author intended to portray him as someone with Asperger's, but I think it was just that the character lacked warmth, social skills and common sense. He also made the same errors time and again, trusting when his motto should have been "trust no one." I found myself feeling little sympathy for him.

Finally, the story failed me. It was fairly obvious what the motive was and who was guilty about halfway through. It was painful watching the hero blunder his way through. And, in the end, the resolution was sloppy.

I wish I could have written a more positive review.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great topic - poor writing 28. Juni 2013
Von Karen Girdner - Veröffentlicht auf
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As an English teacher, I am perhaps a harsher critic than others, but I felt this novel could have been much improved by the use of more mature storytelling skills. In fact, I used this book as an example for my students of how not to put your sentences together! There were far too many short choppy sentences and not enough figurative language to keep the story interesting. Additionally, the plot lacked plausibility and there was simply far too much drama; consequently, more imagery and less ridiculous plot turns would have greatly improved the novel.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen One calamity after another 28. Juni 2013
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I found this story to be tiresome. The setting was potentially interesting, but despite the apparent extensive research done by the author, it failed to come to life for me. I couldn't get a feel for the culture, in part because of the contrived series of crises and adverse events that befell the protagonist. There just wasn't enough else interesting going on. Characters were minimally developed, their interactions were minimal and felt flat to me. I found the initial premise fascinating, but ultimately found the execution lacking.
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