I'm not sure at what age I was that I learned the term ABC, or American Born Chinese, but I knew that it applied to me, a child of parents who had immigrated to the US from Taiwan. To me, growing up in a predominantly non-Asian environment, it meant that I was one of two … Continue reading A.B.C.
Most trans-Pacific flights are in the neighborhood of twelve to fourteen hours. That's a lot of time to spend on your butt. Granted, you hope to spend some of that time sleeping, but I've argued for years now that sleep on an airplane does not equal sleep in a bed. Maybe one day I'll get … Continue reading Killing Time Across the Pacific (Winter Break, pt II)
The Art of Prophecy starts with the dazzlingly simple idea: What if the prophesied hero...isn't?
If you're here because you've been following my read-along for weeks and week, thank you very much! As I said last week, the experience of reading The Legend of the Condor Heroes was very gratifying. I'm also glad I got the chance to read it and share my experiences with my mom. For her it … Continue reading Stakes and Bones – Coming Soon!
We're done! Yay! And, while I'm happy I read this, I'm also positive that I didn't have the kind of seminal experience that people in my mother's generation had, reading this story as teens. I suspect this is due to (a) my age: forty-mumblemumble, (b) the current state of the world of fiction, and our … Continue reading In conclusion…
Or, The Grand ConclusionAnd, Lessons Finally LearnedAnd, Let’s Tie Up All the Loose Threads, Eh? Viper Ouyang has arrived and the contest at Mount Hua is now truly underway. Who will prevail? Viper and Count Seven square off, vowing to fight to the death. Which is odd, considering how many times Viper actually tried to … Continue reading A Heart Divided – Read-along, Chapter 12
Or, Guo Jing’s Crisis of FaithAnd, Seriously, How Did it Take So Long to Get Here? We last left our intrepid (and muddle brained) hero trudging listlessly into the desert of his despair. And also literally into the desert. His mother: dead. His love: dead. Exiled from the Mongols. What will become of our hero? … Continue reading A Heart Divided – Read-along, Chapter 11
Or, Guo Jing Can’t Catch a BreakAnd, Doing The Right Thing is Rarely EasyAlso, When are the Women Going to Get a Little Justice? Guo Jing has squandered his good will with the Khan. Instead of asking to be released from his betrothal, he asked the Khan to spare the people of Samarkand. Any guesses … Continue reading A Heart Divided – Read-along, Chapter 10
Or, The March of the MongolsAnd, Guo Jing is Always Guo Jing Who is the mysterious benefactor hidden in Guo Jing’s army who is giving him strategic advice? Will he ever reunite with Lotus? Is there any chance that these questions will be answered at the same time? The Mongols move west, conquering and sacking … Continue reading A Heart Divided – Read-along, Chapter 9
Or, Guo Jing Moves to the Next LevelAnd, The Return of the Mongols Genghis Khan, the original broody and menacing alpha male. Will Lotus talk her way out of her latest predicament?? Viper Ouyang grudgingly acknowledges that Lotus is indeed very clever, uncovering the truth behind the deaths of the Seven Freaks on Peach Blossom … Continue reading A Heart Divided – Read-along, Chapter 8