The Eye in Binhai – Library in China

“…the incredible structure has a giant spherical auditorium in the middle that looks just like a giant eye.

Located in the Binhai Cultural District In Tianjin, the five-story library, which was designed by Dutch design firm MVRDV in collaboration with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) and has since been dubbed “The Eye of Binhai”, covers 34,000 square meters and can hold up to 1.2 million books…

… most of these futuristic-looking floor to ceiling shelves are painted to look like they’re full of books, but in reality, much of the covers in the hall are printed images. The real books are stored in other rooms in the building.”

It still looks amazing.

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Book Review: Two Tales of the Moon by Jennifer Sun

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Title: Two Tales of the Moon

Author: Jennifer Sun

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publication: October 8, 2015

Summary

Two Tales of the Moon is set on 2009, and America’s economic interest in China is increasing at a rapid pace, along with China’s ambition to become a superpower. A high-profile, joint-venture deal between two U.S. and Chinese cyber technology companies has unforeseen consequences as Will Donovan meets Lu Li—and life as he knows it is never the same again.
 
Will is a native New Yorker and ex-Navy cyber-warfare specialist who has built a prosperous cyber-security business. Lu Li’s life was one of terrible strife as she escaped her home country’s communist regime at the age of thirteen and swam to Hong Kong and to freedom. She made it all the way to the United States and is now a successful Wall Street investment banker.
 
They meet as the cyber technology companies merge. They meet and realize their orderly worlds of hard work and legality don’t apply in this new high stakes game of corruption and deceit. From Washington, DC, to New York to Shanghai, Will and Lu Li face moral and ethical dilemmas and make personal choices that could change their lives forever.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest.

Two Tales of the Moon is about two women who are friends with very different backgrounds. It’s during a time when there are lots of layoffs on Wall Street and, at the same time, there is growing economic interest in China. Lu, who is an investment banker, ends up meeting Will, an entrepreneur, through her friend, Sage. Will is Sage’s brother and his company is considering making a deal with a Chinese company and it just so happens that Lu works at the bank that is involved in the merger. There is a lot of information about China and American business relations and, more importantly, how life was in China in the sixties.

The characters are well developed. Through their memories, Lu and Sage’s pasts are brought to light. They are both complex, professional women, both in their forties and both with issues to work out. Lu, especially, has a lot to deal with but she does so with grace. She also has the support of Sage and Will, which helps. 

Anyone who likes women’s fiction will like this book. I also found the Chinese history interesting. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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About the Author

14554078Jennifer Sun has a MBA from George Washington University and a B.A. in English Literature from Fudan University in Shanghai,China. She has held several executive financial management positions at Fortune 500 companies in telecommunication and web technology industries. She currently writes full time and lives with her husband in Vienna, Virginia.