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NWAW’s January must-reads — Mysterious murders, a petite pachyderm, and not-so-hardboiled detectives

NWAW’s January must-reads — Mysterious murders, a petite pachyderm, and not-so-hardboiled detectives

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly One of my favorite things to do when the weather is cold is curl up under a blanket with a good mystery. The following are my January must-read picks: “Grave on Grand Avenue” By Naomi Hirahara Berkley, 2015 LAPD bicycle cop Ellie Rush is back and on the case […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 35 No 2 | 1/9-1/150 Comments

Top reads in 2015

Top reads in 2015

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly From murder mysteries and adventures as far as outer space, to superheroines in the making and meaningful relationships, this past year, I delved into a number of literary worlds. Here is a list of my top 10 reads from 2015 (in no particular order). Winter By Marissa Meyer Feiwel […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 35 No 1 | 1/2-1/80 Comments

Worlds of fantasy — Monkey queens, princesses, and rice cookers?!

Worlds of fantasy — Monkey queens, princesses, and rice cookers?!

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Winter By Marissa Meyer Feiwel & Friends, 2015 Cinder the cyborg mechanic from New Beijing, Scarlet the farm girl from France, and Cress the former secret Lunar programmer are still working to overthrow Queen Levana of Luna (better known as the moon) and start a revolution. And in this […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

Bae’s N.K. ordeal  to be told in book

Bae’s N.K. ordeal to be told in book

SEATTLE (AP) — Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen who was detained in North Korea for two years before his release last November, plans to tell his story in a book. The W Publishing Group, an imprint of the Christian publishing firm Thomas Nelson, says “Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea” […]

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Posted in Briefs, On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 47 | 11/14-11/200 Comments

Missions, mysteries, mathematics

Missions, mysteries, mathematics

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Sun Gods By Jay Rubin Chin Music Press, 2015 It’s the late 1950s and Bill Morton is about to graduate from college. He’s with a young woman he loves and is considering marrying, and the two of them have plans to do missionary work abroad after they graduate. […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 46 | 11/7-11/130 Comments

Fantasy, story, and history through graphic novels

Fantasy, story, and history through graphic novels

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Just So Happens By Fumio Obata Harry N. Abrams, 2015 Yumiko lives in London but she was born in Japan. It has been many years since she left Japan and she has established a new life in England: She has a good job at a successful design firm and […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 43 | 10/17-10/230 Comments

Cops, Boys, and Chinkstars — Reading recommendations for the new season

Cops, Boys, and Chinkstars — Reading recommendations for the new season

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Murder on Bamboo Lane By Naomi Hirahara Berkley, 2014 Ellie Rush is a bicycle cop for the Los Angeles Police Department. And while she just wants to help those who need it, with a half-white, half-Japanese background but looks that can pass for white, she is not always welcome […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 41 | 10/3-10/90 Comments

Assassins, voices in your head, imperfection… – Sci-fi selections for late-summer reading

Assassins, voices in your head, imperfection… – Sci-fi selections for late-summer reading

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Lives of Tao By Wesley Chu Angry Robot, 2013 When Roen Tan finds himself being mugged after a late night at work, he goes into a panic, not knowing what to do. But then, a voice inside his head instructs him how to handle the mugger. Worried he […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 34 | 8/15-8/210 Comments

SE Asian intrigue — Selections to cover those extra summer hours

SE Asian intrigue — Selections to cover those extra summer hours

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Singapore Noir Edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan Akashic Books, 2014 For many people, when they think of Singapore, a few words and phrases may come to mind: caning, chewing gum, no littering, fines, and new-money wealth. But as clean as people think the streets may be, there is more […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 28 | 7/4-7/100 Comments

Strange and strong couples — Connecting through work, awkwardness, and romance

Strange and strong couples — Connecting through work, awkwardness, and romance

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (Hobson & Choi: Case One) By Nick Bryan CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014 On the first day of her work experience (similar to a job shadow or internship) at private detective John Hobson’s London office, 16-year-old Angelina Choi is asked to bring his business […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 24 | 6/6-6/120 Comments

Around the world with best friends, twins, and con-artists — Books that will make you appreciate the journey

Around the world with best friends, twins, and con-artists — Books that will make you appreciate the journey

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The extraordinary journey of the fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe By Romain Puertolas Alfred A. Knopf New York, 2015 When Ajatashatru (Aja) Oghash arrives in Paris, the first and only thing on his mind is to get to an Ikea. All the Indian fakir — or […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/290 Comments

Surviving life after death

Surviving life after death

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Dove Arising By Karen Bao Viking, 2015 Phaet Theta, a teenage girl of Chinese descent who has grown up on a colony on the moon, has only known one way of life, one of strict rules, military-like police and the law enforcement and the Committee — their governing body […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 15 | 4/4-4/100 Comments

Hold on — Series that keep you reading

Hold on — Series that keep you reading

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Infiltrator By Peter Stone Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2014 Ethan Jones and the remaining members of his ragtag team of foragers are back in the second installment of Stone’s Dystopian trilogy. The group is on their way back to Newhome, the post-apocalyptic Australian town where Ethan and his friends […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 11 | 3/7-3/130 Comments

Ghost stories — Books that will make you enjoy being scared

Ghost stories — Books that will make you enjoy being scared

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Deadly Love By Wesley Robert Lowe Wesley Lowe Media, 2014 Five years ago, 20-year-old actress Jasmine Huang died in Beijing. She had asked her boyfriend Chris to rehearse with her for an audition for the role of a battered woman. She was convinced he needed to make the pain […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 8 | 2/14-2/200 Comments

BOOK RECS: Remembering family, new year must-reads

BOOK RECS: Remembering family, new year must-reads

Here are these month’s top book recommendations. The theme of these books is new beginnings. … For Mei and Grandpa Tu, that means making enough long-life noodles to feed everyone at the celebration. But these noodles aren’t just any noodles. Grandpa Tu’s noodles are magical. In addition to eating the noodles, they can be used to string kites, as jump ropes, and to catch clouds.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 34 No 02 | 1/3-1/90 Comments

All about action — Book recommendations

All about action — Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Tiger By Wesley Robert Lowe Wesley Lowe Media At 28, Micah Keating is fresh out of law school and traveling back to Hong Kong to start his new law career at one of the country’s top firms. On his first day, Micah meets Brenda, the daughter of his boss, […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 50 | 12/6-12/120 Comments

Gaming, gender shifts, and a Samurai among Panthers

Gaming, gender shifts, and a Samurai among Panthers

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly In Real Life Written by Cory Doctorow, Illustrated by Jen Wang First Second, 2014 After a guest speaker visits her class at school, Anda joins the world of Coarsegold Online, a massively multiplayer role-playing game. She ends up spending most of her free time playing and for the naturally […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 46 | 11/8-11/140 Comments

Women in control — Reading recommendations

Women in control — Reading recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Real Dangerous Girl By Kim Oh Editions Herodiade, 2013 As a teen and young adult, Kim Oh has worked hard, keeping her nose to the grindstone. Never mind that her boss McIntyre is one of the most corrupt men – if not the most  – in Los Angeles, who […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 42 | 10/11-10/170 Comments

No textbooks! — Books you will actually want to read

No textbooks! — Books you will actually want to read

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Nisei Daughter By Monica Sone University of Washington Press, 2014 Growing up in Seattle in the 1920s and 1930s, Monica Sone constantly battled with her Japanese heritage and her American home. From the time she was 5 and told by her parents that she and her older brother Henry […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 38 | 9/13-9/190 Comments

August reading recommendations

August reading recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Pioneer Girl By Bich Minh Nguyen Viking, 2014 Ever since she received the box set from her grandfather when she turned 8, Lee Lien has always loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” books.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/150 Comments

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