Category: #Reviews

  • ORIENTAL FADDAH: A COLLECTION OF SIGNIFICANCE

    ORIENTAL FADDAH: A COLLECTION OF SIGNIFICANCE

    I recently picked up Lee A. Tonouchi’s Oriental Faddah and Son as part of my deep dive into what it means to be Uchinanchu. An interesting study from the cultural topics Tonouchi covers with his poetry to the fact that the entire book is written in Hawai’i Creole. An advocate for the dialect locally known as […]

  • “SPEAK, OKINAWA” NEEDS TO BE HEARD

    “SPEAK, OKINAWA” NEEDS TO BE HEARD

    I don’t know what I was expecting when I cracked open Speak, Okinawa by Elizabeth Miki Brina this morning, but it wasn’t this. I just spent the entire day unable to put this book down, weeping and raging. I only paused long enough to send a Kindle copy to my mother and order a copy […]

  • AN INDIGENOUS BEAUTY: OKINAWAN PRINCESS REVIEW

    Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos by Lee A. Tonouchi is almost impossible to find and somehow I was lucky enough to get my hands on four copies. I hope it will become available again soon. Written for children in three languages, it tells the story of the almost forgotten hajichi tattoos all Okinawan […]

  • HAVE I FOUND MY NEIL GAIMAN?

    HAVE I FOUND MY NEIL GAIMAN?

    For most of my publishing life I have sought a unicorn. The perfect story, undiscovered by the world—unsullied by the masses. It would lie waiting for me with a beginning to hold me captive, a middle that would keep me in surprise and an ending that did not drop the ball. Here is that book: […]

  • Ryan Aussie Smith on Rabbit Air

    We try to drink bottled water and eat organic but there isn’t much to do about our air quality… besides not smoking. This is what I used to think before my husband started working for Rabbit Air, creator of some of the best air purifiers on the market. Honestly, clean air is not something I’ve […]

  • Review: Lily Wong Books by Tori Eldridge

    Review: Lily Wong Books by Tori Eldridge

    If you think a ninja’s life is all about throwing stars and black pajamas, think again. For Chinese-Norwegian born Lily Wong, it’s a mixed bag of fighting domestic abuse, family dynamics and this little issue with the Los Angeles Ukrainian mob. No big deal. Lily Wong is a heroine for modern times. Gutsy, humorous and […]

  • Review: Spineless by Amy Langevin

    Review: Spineless by Amy Langevin

    It’s uncommon for a work of horror to have a message of hope and a happy ending, but that’s exactly what Amy Langevin accomplishes with her book Spineless. Equal parts horror and empowerment, she presents the very real situation of abuse from the POV of a victim turned vigilante. Slade seems like he is in […]

  • Review: Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

    Review: Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

    Possibly the first thriller I’ve reviewed on my blog, this twisted but well crafted plot deserves the premiere position. The pacing kept me tightly bound to the story even through the recent… er, current… election dramas. Quite a feat for any book, Annie Ward kept me wrapped up until the shocking and unexpected end. The […]

  • Review: Whitechapel Rhapsody by Alessandro Manzetti

    Review: Whitechapel Rhapsody by Alessandro Manzetti

    When I prepare to read Manzetti there is a certain ceremony to it. I do not read his work in a public place. This level of darkness is to be savored alone. No innocent bystander needs to be exposed to this razor edged text. One should approach of their own volition, understanding the nightmare to […]

  • Meet Black Crane Lee Murray

    Meet Black Crane Lee Murray

    Next Tuesday editors and authors from the new horror anthology, Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women will be featured on the next Skeleton Hour, the Horror Writers Association’s monthly horror literature webinar series. Please join Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn, Nadia Bulkin, Rena Mason and myself for this event. You can register for the online event […]