Search Results: "Tan Twan Eng"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GIFT OF RAIN by Tan Twan Eng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"The author makes it clear that issues of treason and patriotism—and fate and free will—defy easy resolution."
Though this debut novel of divided loyalties in Southeast Asia during World War II has the epic sweep of a TV mini-series, portentous dialogue and belabored themes undermine its otherwise engrossing plot. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Grace and empathy infuse this melancholy landscape of complex loyalties enfolded by brutal history, creating a novel of peculiar, mysterious, tragic beauty."
The unexpected relationship between a war-scarred woman and an exiled gardener leads to a journey through remorse to a kind of peace. Read full book review >

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2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR FANS (PART 2)
by John DeNardo

In the first part of this Gift Guide for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, we covered lots of great suggestions for the bookworm on your holiday shopping list.  This time around, we offer gift suggestions for lovers of visual media, like art books, film, television, and comics.

For the visually oriented giftee on your list, art books ...


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BOOK REVIEW

RULES OF SUMMER by Shaun Tan
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 29, 2014

"Evocative, enthralling and with absolutely astounding artwork so good readers will wish that, like summer, it would last forever. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
One summer, two brothers live by mysteriously dire rules laid down by the older of the pair. Read full book review >

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THE BIRD KING by Shaun Tan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Rewarding territory to explore not just for budding artists or writers, but for daydreamers in general. (media and production notes) (Artist's sampler/showcase. 6 & up)"
From a master of visual mystery, a beguiling gathering of sketches, doodles, portraits and written thoughts about art and creativity. Read full book review >

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TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA by Shaun Tan
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Graphic-novel and text enthusiasts alike will be drawn to this breathtaking combination of words and images. (Graphic anthology. 12 & up)"
Nameless, ageless, genderless first-person narrators bring readers into offbeat yet recognizable places in this sparkling, mind-bending collection from the creator of The Arrival (2007). Read full book review >

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BLACK FEATHERS by Cecilia Tan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"To avoid narcosis, full hormonal participation is required."
A debut collection featuring 23 tales devoted to erotic fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK ISLE by Sandi Tan
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Cassandra is compelling, but despite graphic, sometimes gratuitous eroticism and violence, the ambitious novel eventually becomes a slog through too many ghosts."
Tan debuts with a cinematically epic ghost story set largely on a Malaysian island that bears a striking resemblance to her native Singapore. Read full book review >

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JIMMY BUFFETT by Steve Eng
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 20, 1996

"But many will probably put it right back down. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Jimmy Buffett, the author of pop music hits such as ``Margaritaville,'' chose wisely when he refused to authorize this rambling biography. Read full book review >

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Released: March 11, 1999

"Asian women who want to understand themselves in relation to language, history, and the rest of humanity would do better to reread The Woman Warrior. (Author tour)"
In this hybrid of inspirational creed, personal memoir, anecdotal reportage, and political pamphlet, Eng exhorts Asian-American women to face their issues—and conquer them. Read full book review >

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THE SINGING BONES by Shaun Tan
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"These inscrutable, unsettling sculptures demand that viewers connect art and tale, examining their own reactions to the darkest impulses and glimpses of light within the book—and themselves. (foreword, introduction, bibliography, afterword, annotated index) (Fairy tales. 12 & up)"
Tan's latest book is a portable gallery: each spread features an artfully illuminated sculptural scene facing a paragraph-length "explanation"—an excerpt from one of 75 Grimm fairy tales. Read full book review >

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THE KITCHEN GOD'S WIFE by Amy Tan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1991

"One can only admire Tan's talent for capturing and synthesizing the complex cultural dynamics at work here and turning them into such an intriguing, harrowing tale."
Worthy of the acclaim given The Joy Luck Club, Tan's engrossing second novel about Chinese-American culture continues the author's intricate exploration of mother-daughter relationships, generational differences, and the key way secrets define them. Read full book review >