Search Results: "Da Chen"


BOOK REVIEW

BROTHERS by Da Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"Often melodramatic, but Da Chen's sweeping tale, reminiscent of Zhang Yimou's film To Live, successfully transports Chinese conventions into English to recount the agony of history."
From Shaolin to the sugarloaf mountains of Gwangdong to Tiananmen Square and the skyscrapers of New York: an epic novel that neatly distills modern Chinese history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2001

"It seems that the reason for the adaptation is primarily for length—although it's unlikely that the missing hundred pages would have made the difference between a young person deciding to read this or not. (Autobiography. 10-15)"
Adapted from his work published for adults, Colors of the Mountain (1999), this autobiography of a landlord's son growing up as a pariah in his village in the '60s is gripping and funny. Read full book review >

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COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN by Da Chen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Chen's memoir displays an unusual and remarkable insight into Chinese life, and into the resilience of the human spirit. (Author tour)"
A moving evocation of life in a remote village in China in the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >

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SWORD by Da Chen
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Fans of Asian martial-arts movies and manga will be satisfied and eager for the second volume, due in the fall. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
In the China of the Cultural Revolution, Ar Kin returns to his village after years spent in prison for speaking out against Communism, bringing with him a library of forbidden books and a head full of forbidden tales. Read full book review >

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MY LAST EMPRESS by Da Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A lyrical tale of crossed borders, boundaries and destinies, expertly told."
Nabokov meets Dream of the Red Chamber. Read full book review >

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WANDERING WARRIOR by Da Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

One assumes that this story was pitched at an acquisitions meeting as "Harry Potter meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Read full book review >

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THE DA-DA-DE-DA-DA CODE by Robert Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Downright obnoxious once or twice, amusing about as often, but nearly always clever and witty: Well worth a try, though Rankin's in no danger of knocking fantasy-comedy maestro Terry Pratchett off his perch anytime soon."
Transcendent parody from Rankin (The Toyminator, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1999

"McElrath-Eslick's artwork is handsome and evocative, dreamy but with enough detail to keep readers' eyes busy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This enchanted adventure tale from the Changs (The Beggar's Magic, 1997, etc.) rolls along smoothly, telling of a poor but thoughtful and diligent son of a peasant in China. Read full book review >

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THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan  Brown
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A satisfying adaptation for teens who want their thrills clean. (Thriller. 12-16)"
The bestselling page-turner, adapted for young readers. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"Too carefully irreverent and breezy to generate real belly laughs, but anyone familiar with the original mega-seller's tangled plots will get it."
Parodist drops letter from title of bestseller; moderate hilarity ensues. Read full book review >