7.12.2011

Blasian Lit Thread #8

I was recently on Lulu to buy a book which (as far as I know) does not have anything remotely Blasian in it, when I came across most of the books in this thread. In Deep Kimchi was mentioned elsewhere on this blog and a review of Pao came up on one of the blogs I follow.

Beauty & The Geek by Shiree McCarver
Glossophobia - the fear of public speaking. Shirou Tsubasa, a glossophobic Japanese scientist, and Zola Simpson, a determined plus-size African-American public affairs specialist, find themselves immersed in a battle of wills. NASA needs their golden boy to perform like a trick pony at an important convention in Atlanta to assure future funding, but the thought of getting up in front of hundreds causes Shirou such intense anxiety he flat-out refuses. Frustrated and at their wits’ end, the bosses decide Zola’s magic touch is the only thing that can snap their residential genius into shape for the big event. Zola is resentful that she has to give up a planned weekend of sexual abandon with her ex after a long dry spell. However, she’s never met a geek she couldn’t crack, and Shirou Tsubasa will speak at that convention—even if she has to seduce the egghead into it.
Lulu

The Concierge by RaeLynn Blue
*warning this novella includes multiple partners* After ten years of marriage, Tamika is excited about this year's Valentine's Day gift. Instead of the usual repetitive trinkets of roses, chocolates and lace, her husband, Ron, sweeps her away to Las Vegas. Anxious to indulge every delectable delight the city has to offer, Tamika pounces on the opportunities for fun. Yet she doesn't clear the hotel room before Vegas sets an offer upon her doorstep-the concierge. Attraction to the Chinese concierge is undeniable and--unattainable. For although it wouldn't be the first time she and Ron have shared their bed with someone else, Tamika knows a male wouldn't be welcomed-not by Ron. So, she shoves her lustful longings down deep and struggles to hide her cravings for the concierge Unbeknownst to Tamika, Ron has noticed her attraction to the other man, and soon sets about giving her a Valentine's Day gift so extraordinary, Tamika, nor he, will soon forget.
Lulu

Groovin' 'n Waikiki by Dee Dawning
While nursing a broken heart and self-esteem issues, two sisters, Jessica and Gloria, head off for a fun filled all-expense paid vacation to Hawaii.

Upon their arrival they meet the sexy islander Kino who is instantly attracted to Gloria. Their steamy love affair begins to play havoc with their intense feelings for one another. Jessica meets her own lover, Del, who melts the wall that she has built around her heart.

Set in the lush tropical environment of one of the world’s most romantic places, Groovin’ 'n Waikiki will be sure to please Dee Dawning fans and recruit new ones. The heat literally leaps off the pages and satisfies to the very end.
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After winning an all expenses paid Hawaiian vacation for two from a local radio station, Jessica and her younger sister, Gloria, head to Honolulu with high expectations. Jessie meets and hits it off with a man who happens to live in the LA area, where she's from and is suddenly looking forward to returning to LA.

Gloria, a showroom dancer in Las Vegas hotel, also meets a man, Kino, a Hawaiian hunk, who is renowned for his lothario like exploits. Just when she's resolved to sharing his company as a summer vacation romance only, she discovers they have something compelling in common.

Is there romance after vacation with this Hawaiian godlike incarnation?

Gloria doesn't think so, but don't count Kino out. 
 In Deep Kimchi by Imari Jade
Erotic romance author Shaundra Morrison thought there was nothing in the world her handsome white boss Harper Kehoe could offer her to get her on a plane bound for Tokyo, including free use of his body for the duration of the trip. Becoming a member of the mile high club intrigued her but not enough to conquer her fear of flying.

Harper Kehoe had money, power, and everything his heart desired except for the affections of his best selling author Shaundra Morrison. He jumped at the idea of forming a partnership with Japanese mogul Goro Niigata because to Harper business came before pleasure. And what a perfect way to have both than by inviting Shaundra and three of his other successful authors to accompany him to Tokyo to promote the opening of NIKII Publishing. So what if it meant having one of his doctor friends prescribe Shaundra a sedative to knock her sexy ass out for twenty-five hours.

Shaundra wasn’t too keen on the idea of being drugged just to fly halfway around the world to help Harper promote his new business, until her senior editor showed Shaundra a picture of Aomori, a group of four J-Pop singers who Mr. Niigata managed and planned to use to help promote his new business. All it took was one look at those beautiful faces, sexy young bodies, and all that long black hair to get her to reconsider. The worst thing that could happen to her would be she’d be turned into a junkie before she returned to New York. The dampening of the panties between her legs assured her that it would be well worth it.
Wasabi Heat by RaeLynn Blue
Nadia loved everything about sushi, the flavor, the scent, and the taste. What she loved more than sushi was owner of her favorite restaurant, Zen Su Chow. She'd lost track of whether her visits to his restaurant were about his food or him, but one thing was for certain, for Nadia, it was love at first taste.

Zen Su Chow had been born and raised in Japan. His immigration to the United States at 18 allowed him to work for his success and bring his family with him. The American dream was his for the taking, when he meets Nadia. Withi a short time, Zen can't see his future or his dream without her in it, despite how much it distresses his family.

Sushi is just plain without the other ingredients to flavor it, to bring it alive. Zen knows he's just been existing. Now he has to convince Nadia she's just the wasabi heat he needs in his life
Therapeutic Relations by RaeLynn Blue & Shara Azod
Dr. Takashi Nakamura was a damn good therapist. His own lustful thoughts lay right there across the office where Dr. Tanya Morris's office resided. He longed to take the beautiful doctor into his arms and confess his long held love. When the opportunity arises and Tak gets to do just that, the results aren't what he had hoped for. Will he be able to convince Tanya he's for real and will he be able to climb over Tanya's sexual hurdles and into her heart?
It seems my prayers have been answered recently. I'm finding more books and stories with Blasian themes that are not strictly romance and this makes me very pleased indeed. Also from the blurb, Pao seems to deal with issues previously discussed on this blog.

 Pao by Kerry Young
Fourteen-year-old Yang Pao steps off the ship from China with his mother and brother, after his father has died fighting for the revolution. They are to live with Zhang, the 'godfather' of Chinatown, who mesmerises Pao with stories of glorious Chinese socialism on one hand, and the reality of his protection business on the other. When Pao takes over the family's affairs he becomes a powerful man. He sets his sights on marrying well, but when Gloria Campbell, a black prostitute, comes to him for help he is drawn to her beauty and strength. They begin a relationship that continues even after Pao marries Fay Wong, the 'acceptable' but headstrong daughter of a wealthy Chinese merchant. As the political violence escalates in the 1960s the lines between Pao's socialist ideals and private ambitions become blurred. Jamaica is transforming, the tides of change are rising, and the one-time boss of Chinatown finds himself cast adrift. Richly imagined and utterly captivating, Pao is a dazzling tale of race, class and colour, love and ambition, and a country at a historical crossroads.
Not only does Pao sound interesting, the book's author Kerry Young is of Chinese and African heritage. You can read a review of Pao here. (I feel I should add a trigger warning here, as in this review, Gloria is referred to as a 'black whore'. Also I raised a brow at this; "Eventually he abandons Fay and her wardrobe of silk cheongsams for the Africa-black Gloria"). Other reviews are excellent, it looks like 10 people at Amazon.co.uk gave Pao five stars. I wish it was available on Kindle.

22 comments:

  1. I've read Zola's Magic Touch. Shiree McCarver's got a flair for telling stories, and she's also got a flair for humor. The story has a very simple structure; on the plane, girl accidentally meets boy in question and the fun begins. ZMT is an enjoyable, lightweight fast read, good for a waiting room. Some of the dialogue is LOL-hilarious. The sex is pretty good. I never got a romancy feel between the two characters, but they have chemistry nonetheless.

    A warning. Based off the feedback I read on the Narrative about one of Lena Matthews' novels, specifically an anal sex scene, I feel obliged to inform Narrative readers that there is such a scene in this book. I'm not bothered by sex of any kind, so the scene doesn't faze me, but if you are a reader who loathes the very idea of anal, then you'll want to skip the last ten pages. It does not take away from the novel itself; the conflict is pretty much resolved before you get to that point.

    Personally, I'd recommend ZMT. It's funny, fast, and entertaining, and at this point in my life, that's what I need out of a book.

    Rating: 3/5 stars.

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  2. At least the covers are getting better. "The Concierge" keeps catching my eye. Dreadlocks AND back tattoos?

    Damn.

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  3. Thanks for the review Amaya. I think I'll take a crack at ZMT. :)

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  4. I bought ZMT a little while ago and I haven't been able to get to it yet (let alone the the books I've yet to read on my kindle V.V) I'm at odds with Realynne Blue's books. I did like the "Concierge" but the the other two didn't really do it for me. I guess it had to do with dialogue and over all structure that through me off. By the way "Wasabi Heat and Therapeutic Relations" are very short reads, about no more than 30-50 pages or so.

    "Pao" definitely sounds like a book I'd get into and I thank you for recommending it.

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  5. @eccentricyoruba
    I found "Pao" on Kindle.

    http://www.amazon.com/Pao-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B0055RSTW4

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  6. @Amaya

    Thanks for the review! I wasn't thinking of buying ZMT but I will now.

    @Ankh

    Yes covers seem to be getting better for the most part. I think the best covers belong to books that were released recently.

    @Kyo

    You seem to have read a lot! Thanks for the info on the other books, when I wrote this the only book I intended to buy was 'Pao'.

    I'm registered to the Amazon UK store so I don't know if I can buy books of the Amazon US store. 'Pao' is not available in Kindle format on the UK store :(

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  7. This doesn't qualify as a romance, but Im currently immersed in Octavia E Butler's "Lillith's Brood" trilogy. The first book "Dawn" features a Blasian couple, the central character Lillith and a man named Joseph Shin. It's a sci fi story and the romance is important to the plot(they have a child named Akin and that's who the next book focuses on) but not the central focus of it.

    Just wanted to put a shout out to Octavia for doing that since I believe these books were first published in the seventies.

    "Pao" and "The Conceirge" looks interesting an will be on my next to read list as soon as I finish the trilogy. Thanks Eccentic Yoruba!

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  8. The first book "Dawn" features a Blasian couple, the central character Lillith and a man named Joseph Shin.

    Really? I own Dawn but I haven't started it yet. Now I have a reason to kick it to the front of the line! Merci!

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  9. Oooh then I don't want to spoil it for you. But I found it to be very enjoyable, I haven't read the third yet but I like Dawn the best so far for the ideas and the sociology commetary/critique Butler throws in. Such an amazing writer.

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  10. @Student of the World

    I've read Lilith's Brood so I know what you're talking about, I wasn't entirely sure though hence my reluctance to include the book in one of these threads. I guess I just needed someone else to notice the Blasian relationship. And I don't think that's the only Octavia Butler book that hints at a Blasian relationship.

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  11. @ Eccetric Yoruba

    I mispelled the male character's name. It is actually Joseph Li-Chin Shing his character is described and a engineer from Vancouver, Canada that was born in Hong Kong. But I do have it right in front of me here :)

    I would not be surprised at all if Butler included Blasian relationships in her novels. I've only read "Parable of the Sower" and first part of the "Wild Seed" trilogy. With her knowledge of African folklore and given Africa's history with Asia, she would definitely have Blasian couples.

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  12. LOL this is really nitpicky but for anyone who's read "In Deep Kimchi" can you explain to me why a both that seems to be about Japanese people and taking place in Japan has "kimchi" in the title?

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  13. @ShaSha

    That's a million dollar question. I've wondered the same thing. Before I read the summary I thought it had Korean men in it but instead Japanese men. I know the kimchi can be used in Japanese dishes but the author obviously didn't know that it was of Korean origin or maybe she thought she was being witty with her title. Either way the title is a fail.

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  14. @ShaSha

    Thank you! You're not nitpicking at all. It's what I thought when I saw the book and read the summary on goodreads. As I've already discussed the issue in a private email I guess I'm over the fail.

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  15. *if this appears more than once sorry, something weird happened*

    Thanks so much for the reviews! I will be purchasing Pao, it seems very interesting.

    @ShaSha
    lol, I said the same thing!I was like "mmkay, they are going to Tokyo, maybe to meet Korean superstars or business men", but nope I was wrong.

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  16. Pao seems good. It does sound enjoyable. I might look into that one.

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  17. @Delicate Wisteria

    I am currently reading Pao, it is good but not what I expected. I'll be putting up a review here once I'm through reading.

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  18. I am currently reading Pao, it is good but not what I expected. I'll be putting up a review here once I'm through reading.

    Cool I can't wait, since I thinking about buying it for myself.

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  19. The review should be up by next week! Finally!

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