Search Results: "Hsu-Ming Teo"


BOOK REVIEW

BEHIND THE MOON by Hsu-Ming Teo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"In a world with increasingly flexible borders, Teo's fine novel about traditions lost, found and reshaped resonates beyond the Australian experience."
Set in contemporary Australia, Teo's second novel (Love and Vertigo, not reviewed) is a beautifully crafted story of immigrant alienation, splintered families and the saving grace of friendship. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND RUTABAGA by Claire Hsu Accomando
NON-FICTION
Released: July 20, 1993

"Although recollected perhaps too perfectly—one wonders how Accomando can remember her young life in such vivid detail, including dialogue—nonetheless a compelling story as much about an unusual family as about the vicissitudes of war."
Wonderfully rendered evocations of life in German-occupied France during WW II, by the daughter of a French mother and a Chinese father. Read full book review >

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MANITUANA by Wu Ming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2009

"A worthy treatment of a history too little known, though nowhere near as delightful or as quirky as Q and '54."
Odd, spirited, tale of educated Indians, savage Europeans and bad mojo in the American outback at the time of the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

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SPIDER BOYS by Ming Cher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Still, an interesting voice on an age-old theme."
A bare-bones, gritty, and entertaining first novel about street kids in 1955 Singapore. Read full book review >

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54 by Wu Ming
Kirkus Star
by Wu Ming, translated by Shaun Whiteside
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2006

"Don Camillo meets The Name of the Rose meets Dr. No: a rewarding beach book for grownups."
Grant, Cary Grant. Super secret agent. Not just in Hitchcock films, but in real life. Read full book review >

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TANTALIZE by Cynthia Leitich Smith
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In a densely populated teen-lit landscape of werewolves, vamps and unrequited love, this doesn't stand out, but it will likely find its readership. (Graphic supernatural romance. 13 & up)"
A graphic adaptation of Leitich Smith's werewolf-vampire-culinary thriller from a new point of view. Read full book review >

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THE JOURNEY OF MENG by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A fine contribution. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
The cruelties attending the building of the Great Wall are dramatized in a powerful story. Read full book review >

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THE SHELL WOMAN AND THE KING by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An unusual touch is the subtle, gray damask patterning providing a textured background for the type. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
A beautiful woman with the power to transform herself into a seashell outwits the evil king who commands her to abandon her husband and marry him instead. Read full book review >

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THE TURTLE IS GETTING MARRIED by Qiao-Mei Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"A charming tale, but not seaworthy enough to bear the heaping cargo of cultural information it's plainly designed to carry. (strip index) (iPad storybook/informational app. 7-10)"
An original, folkloric tale set in Taiwan and positively festooned with maps, games and nonfiction side articles—but much in need of better translation and proofreading. Read full book review >

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Guardians of the Dream by Paul Hsu
NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 2014

"A convincing treatise on the value of immigration, though not necessarily on the virtuousness of the American dream."
An impassioned defense of immigration and the strength of the American dream. Read full book review >

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THE PORCELAIN THIEF by Huan Hsu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"Some first-rate detective work sometimes obscured by excessively thick historical shrubbery."
A former journalist and current professor searches for the rare porcelain buried by his great-great-grandfather in 1938, when Japanese invaders approached his property in Xingang, China. Read full book review >

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ALTAI by Wu Ming
by Wu Ming, translated by Shaun Whiteside
Released: April 9, 2013

"If you like your historical fiction with plenty of explosions and Turkish-inflected interjections ('I do not doubt that our Muezzinzade Ali Pahsa...will be able to stand up to the infidels'), this is right up your alley."
More historical fiction alla Bolognese by the Italian committee. Read full book review >