Writing

Gaming, gender shifts, and a Samurai among Panthers

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly: In Real Life Written by Cory Doctorow, Illustrated by Jen Wang First Second, 2014 After a guest speaker visits her class at school, Anda joins the world of Coarsegold Online, a massively multiplayer role-playing game. She ends up spending most of her free time […]

August reading recommendations

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly: Pioneer Girl By Bich Minh Nguyen Viking, 2014 Ever since she received the box set from her grandfather when she turned 8, Lee Lien has always loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” books. She uses the books – as well as […]

Mysteries and thrillers — Book recommendations

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly. Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder By Shamini Flint Minotaur Books, 2010 When Alan Lee, a big timber executive in Malaysia, is killed, police arrest his ex-wife, Chelsea Liew, as their prime — and only — suspect. With the former Singaporean model on […]

Life at War — Book recommendations

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: Cress By Marissa Meyer Feiwel and Friends, 2014 The Lunar Chronicles continue in this third installment right where the previous one ended. New Beijing cyborg mechanic Cinder and Captain Carswell Thorne are now fugitives on the run from the law — both on Earth and […]

Three tales of folk and fantasy

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly: Forgotten CountryBy Catherine ChungRiverhead Books, 2012 Ever since the Japanese occupation in Korea, each generation in Janie’s family has lost a daughter. Because of this, Janie is charged, at a very young age, to protect and keep her sister Hannah safe. When Hannah suddenly […]

Pictures worth a thousand words — Characters, mangrove trees, and teen romance flourish in pictures and words

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya By Nagaru Tanigawa Little, Brown and Company, 2012 For the first time since Kyon met her, Haruhi Suzumiya seems content with her life. She’s not forcing the SOS Brigade (Save the World By Overloading It With Fun Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade) […]

Rap and grammar…what more can a girl ask for?

As a writer, I’ve made it no secret that bad grammar is a major pet peeve of mine and have no qualms about correcting people on their mistakes. I feel I covered some pretty good points the first time around, but there is still one common error that just irks me: I cannot tell you how […]