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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

When love doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to

When love doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Ballad of a Small Player By Lawrence Osborne Hogarth, 2014 Meet Doyle — or Lord Doyle, as he comes to be known among the casinos of Macau. Doyle’s not quite the English lord people believe he is. He’s actually a corrupt lawyer who embezzled millions from a wealthy […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 28 | 7/5-7/111 Comment

Life in a country away from home

Life in a country away from home

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Sisters Written by Amy Laizans, Illustrated by Sophie Scahill Little Steps Publishing, 2013 Jane and her best friend are like most other kids their age living in Australia. They like to play outside in the sun, jump rope together, and read books aloud together. The two girls even help […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 24 | 6/7-6/131 Comment

New collection of images depicts WWII Japanese internment camp Minidoka

New collection of images depicts WWII Japanese internment camp Minidoka

By Signe Predmore Northwest Asian Weekly When President Bill Clinton designated the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Idaho as a National Park in 2001, Teresa Tamura realized that although she grew up not three hours away from the site, she knew little about it.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 21 | 5/17-5/230 Comments

Mysteries and thrillers — Book recommendations

Mysteries and thrillers — Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder By Shamini Flint Minotaur Books, 2010 When Alan Lee, a big timber executive in Malaysia, is killed, police arrest his ex-wife, Chelsea Liew, as their prime — and only — suspect.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 19 | 5/3-5/91 Comment

Memoirs and life stories

Memoirs and life stories

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Kapoho, Memoir of a Modern Pompeii By Frances H. Kakugawa Watermark Publishing, 2011 Frances Kakugawa was only 5 years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. Despite still being quite young, she quickly learned what that meant for her and her Japanese American family living in the […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 15 | 4/5-4/111 Comment

Life at War — Book recommendations

Life at War — Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Cress By Marissa Meyer Feiwel and Friends, 2014 The Lunar Chronicles continue in this third installment right where the previous one ended. New Beijing cyborg mechanic Cinder and Captain Carswell Thorne are now fugitives on the run from the law — both on Earth and on the moon. And […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 10 | 3/1-3/71 Comment

REVIEW: ‘Tiger Mom’ & hubby discuss new book

REVIEW: ‘Tiger Mom’ & hubby discuss new book

By Alia Marsha NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua defended her parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, On the Shelf, Profiles, Vol 33 No 10 | 3/1-3/71 Comment

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