Books by John Balcom

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"A true original, like an epic of Chinese history retold with Tolkien-esque grandeur and yet wholly unique: a masterpiece."
Not only is there apparently a "father of science fiction" among Taiwanese writers, but the man himself (a professor at the Univ. of Pittsburgh) is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Read full book review >
WINTRY NIGHT by Li Qiao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Though this version's two halves fit together quite satisfactorily, one misses the epic sweep Li Qiao obviously aims for—and wonders how a full translation of his ambitious original might have differed from what we have here."
Originally written in the late 1970s and published in three volumes, this Herman Wouk-like Taiwanese saga energetically depicts the ordeals of several generations of a Hakka (northern migrant) family, the Pengs. Read full book review >