Of Oysters, Pearls And Magic

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Enter the world of Mirra. She is a magic user, but her gift is scorned by the menfolk in her village. Men are allowed to use magic; women are not. So, after a tumultuous event, Mirra decides to leave and heads for the City to continue her own self-journey.

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About Joyce Chng

Joyce Chng lives in Singapore, loves sf/f, reading, writing, cooking, gardening and assorted stuff. She has two lovely daughters and a wonderful husband. She also herds cats.

Her other writing and publishing credits appear in sf/f publications such as Crossed Genres, Semaphore Magazine, Everyday Fiction, M-BRANE SF, the Apex Book of World SF II, Lunar Station Quarterly and Bards & Sages Quarterly.

Stories are featured in anthologies by Semaphore Magazine and Apex (The Apex Book of World SF, II, 2012). Her two urban fantasy novels by Lyrical Press (Wolf At The Door and Obsidian Moon, Obsidian Eye)were released in April and November 2011 respectively. Heart of Fire, the third book in the series, was published by Fox Spirit Books in 2014. Fox Spirit Books is now publishing the Jan Xu trilogy.

The Ayam Curtain, co-edited with J.Y. Yang, was published by Math Paper Press, 2012.

The Rider Trilogy is also published by the same publisher in 2013.

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Review by: Gökçe Mehmet AY on Aug. 04, 2011 :
Forgot to put stars.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Gökçe Mehmet AY on Aug. 04, 2011 : (no rating)
Books can be seen as vehicles that carry readers to other worlds and cultures. If that book is Science Fiction or Fantasy they become jets to new worlds. Sometimes those worlds are known to you. Rarely there are books dealing with cultures new to the reader. In those rare books you read about new cultures, immerse in a new understanding.

Joyce Chng's novella Of Oysters, Pearls And Magic is such a book for me. Chng tells the story of Mirra the daughter of oyster-divers and pearl gatherers. She is the descendant of "first-wave immigrants from old Terra Firma" a protagonist with complex issues and fleshed out character. The man in her village has magic and women with magic is shunned. When she shows her magical abilities, Mirra has to leave her home and must go to an adventure. It is a sad but hopefull tale of a girl that searches her place in the world.
Joyce Chng uses an interesting technique to immerse readers into the world of Mirra. She puts songs and food recipies into the book. Chng's Asian heritage and her understanding of culture shines through the book. If you are bored of the same old Western stories, Joyce Chng's wind from East would be a great read.
You can read an interview with Joyce Chng here: http://turkcebkf.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/interview-with-joyce-chng/ ‎
(reviewed long after purchase)

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