I currently reading a Chinese fantasy fiction named 《天官赐福》, if I translated with meaning, it is Blessing from heaven. This could be my favorite book in 2021.
The book is set in Virtual Ancient China, they have humans, Taoists who can become God if their fate determines whether they can become gods, also ghosts and God. This book is about a faithful believer and a God who is always kind despite the ups and downs of fate. One is with the fate of pride of heaven, and the other is with the fate of vicious fate. In the past 800 years, one of them has become a joke in the world of heaven, and the other has become a ghost king in the world of ghosts. However, even with the ups and downs of fate, the last believer never leaves. The protection over thousands of years, the following over thousands of years, and the love over thousands of years.
The story is about to choose from reality and accept it, there is never the good but “better” worst. Like the first example show in the story, a man uses the ten years of her daughter to gambling, the price is the death of his business enemy, should you let him win? Also, another example is shown in the book, in front of a powerful enemy, should you let the enemy take away your power, or spread disease in a city, which can only cure if you kill people.
The question in the book attracted me and made me think the most is
The problem of two people with a glass of water: when two people travel to the desert, they will die. You have a glass of water. Who can you give them to?
It seems that they are asking if they have any idea of saving the common people, but actually they are asking about the moral standard and the way you deal with the world, which is the inner core of the characters and the fundamental reason why they make all the choices next.
This is the reason I like this book, it reveals the dark side of the reality even this is virtual, choose from the bitterness choice.
The use of language is elegant. To fit the background, the author uses a lot of ancient Chinese vocabulary and mix with modern Chinese. Create an atmosphere of antient China.
The characters in the book are a complex of contradictions, and their personalities are distinct, the author’s writing style is elegant, the language is humorous, and the plot is full of ups and downs, which is incredible. It’s also worth pondering over the growth of character and the various forms of the world. To choose from the attack the world or attack yourself who would you choose?