REVIEW: Archangel’s Light by Nalini Singh
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by Janine
7M ago
Dear Nalini Singh, Illium—playful, loyal, kind, and powerful—has been a charismatic presence in the Guild Hunter series since the first book, Angels’ Blood. Aodhan hasn’t been quite as prominent a character but his light-refracting beauty, artistry, and remoteness give him an almost haunting quality. Their fast friendship was always intriguing and many readers have been waiting for years to see it blossom into romance. Archangel’s Light is that long-awaited novel. Early in the book, Raphael tells Elena he is sending Illium to help out Suyin and Aodhan in China. Suyin has requested Raphael’s p ..read more
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Jayne’s Grandpa Reading List
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by Jayne
7M ago
Kiyoshi’s Walk by Mark Karlins Where do poems come from? This beautiful picture book about a young aspiring poet and his grandfather shows that the answer lies all around us—if we take the time to look. After Kiyoshi watches his grandfather, Eto, compose his delicate haiku, he wonders out loud: “Where do poems come from?” His grandfather answers by taking him on a walk through their city, where they see a cat perched on a hill of oranges; hear the fluttering of wings; imagine what’s behind a tall wall; and discuss their walk, with each incident inspiring a wonderful new haiku from Eto. As Ki ..read more
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REVIEW: The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas
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by Jennie
7M ago
Dear Ms. Thomas: I’m going to be lazy and steal the blurb: A Warrior in Disguise All her life, Mulan has trained for one purpose: to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight. If she prevails, she can reunite a pair of priceless heirloom swords separated decades earlier, and avenge her father, who was paralyzed in his own duel. Then a messenger from the Emperor arrives, demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders in the north. Mulan’s father cannot go. Her brother is just a child. So she ties up her hair, takes up her sword, and joins the army a ..read more
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REVIEW: Chinese Myths by Xueting C. Ni
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by Jayne
7M ago
Chinese mythology has been passed down in written and oral form over many millennia, emerging from a range of cultural traditions that often have their origins in Daoism and Buddhist religion. At times merging history and folklore, Chinese myths are rich in symbolism and teach us about the complexities of an ancient culture that stretches back more than 4000 years. In this book, learn about Pangu, the creator being, who sprang from an egg after the forces of yin and yang emerged out of a formless chaos; or Hou Yi, the greatest archer of all time who shot down nine of the ten suns; or Fuzangl ..read more
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REVIEW: Fragile Cargo: The World War II Race to Save the Treasures of China’s Forbidden City by Adam Brookes
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by Jayne
7M ago
The gripping true story of the bold and determined museum curators who saved the priceless treasures of China’s Forbidden City in the years leading up to World War II and beyond. Spring 1933: The silent courtyards and palaces of Peking’s Forbidden City, for centuries the home of Chinese emperors, are tense with fear and expectation. Japan’s aircrafts drone overhead, its troops and tanks are only hours away. All-out war between China and Japan is coming, and the curators of the Forbidden City are faced with an impossible question: how will they protect the vast imperial art collections in the ..read more
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JOINT DISCUSSION (WITH SPOILERS): The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik
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by Jennie
7M ago
In our second post on The Golden Enclaves (you can find the spoiler free part one here), book three in Naomi Novik’s Scholomance trilogy, we discuss spoilers from start to finish, so if you’re spoiler-wary, avoid this discussion or come back after you’ve read the book (if you’re not, please join us in this comment thread; we plan to make it chock full of spoilers too). Jennie: It seemed pretty obvious that Orion was not going to actually be dead the first time, at the beginning of the book. When he’s in jeopardy much later in the book, did you feel like there might indeed be a dark ending wher ..read more
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JOINT REVIEW (Part I, Spoiler-FREE): The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik
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by Janine
7M ago
Jennie and I reviewed the first two books in Naomi Novik’s Scholomance series, A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate, together (the first with Sirius) and we both really, really liked them. After a breathless wait for The Golden Enclaves (the previous book had one hell of a cliffhanger) the book is here. Here, too, is our joint review of it. The Golden Enclaves is extremely easy to spoil and extremely difficult to discuss without spoilers. Most of the twists and revelations (and there are a lot of them) start at around the 33% mark and then keep coming, one after another, almost until the v ..read more
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REVIEW: The Professor Next Door by Jackie Lau
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by Jayne
7M ago
Friendly neighbors can have their benefits… Nicole Louie-Edwards enjoys the nightlife and bringing men back to her apartment, although lately, she’s gotten tired of the chase. Her quiet new neighbor, David Cho, isn’t her type, but after they get trapped in an elevator together on her birthday, she develops a friendship with the kind geology professor. Then, blushing, he tells her that he can hear her having sex but tries not to listen. Except it’s clear he’d like to, and she’s surprisingly turned on. They embark on a friends-with-benefits arrangement hotter than any she’s had before. She did ..read more
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REVIEW: Auspicious Animals by Jun’ichi Uchiyama
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by Jayne
7M ago
The world of mythical creatures born from human imagination. Many imaginary animals believed to be auspicious symbols of good fortune originated in ancient China. The most famous ones are the “Big Four”: the Winged Dragon, the Chinese Phoenix, Qilin (a hooved chimeric creature) and the Spirit Turtle. There are many more, not only from China, but also from Japan and other regions around the world. This book showcases illustrated artworks, along with sculptures and applied arts, featuring these good omens. The collection, totaling around 240 pieces, is accompanied by rich, enjoyable and approa ..read more
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REVIEW: The Dragon that Flew Out of the Sun and Other Stories by Aliette de Bodard
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by Jayne
7M ago
Here is The Dragon that Flew Out of the Sun and Other Stories, a short compilation of Xuya universe stories: sentient spaceships, the dark between the stars, and–always–food and memory and family. Review Several reviewers here have read and raved about Aliette de Bodard but up until now, I’d not managed to delve into her books or short stories. Then I saw that she’d packaged three short stories set in the Universe of Xuya, offering them for free download at her blog and I decided to plunge in here. I can’t say it was the wrong place to start nor the right one. It helped that I knew a teensy ..read more
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