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

Born in Singapore, but a global citizen, Joyce Chng writes mainly science fiction and YA. She likes steampunk and tales of transfiguration/transformation. Her fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Her YA includes a trilogy about a desert planet and a fantasy duology in Qing China. Joyce has also co-edited a Southeast Asian steampunk anthology titled THE SEA IS OURS: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. Her Jan Xu Adventures series, an urban/contemporary fantasy set in Singapore, is written under the pseud. J. Damask which she will tell you it's a play on her Chinese name.

Joyce's bibliography, updates, rants and (occasional) photography can be found at A Wolf’s Tale (http://awolfstale.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@jolantru). If you are interested, she has also a Patreon for her medical fees: https://www.patreon.com/jolantru?ty=h. Samples of her work are posted on her Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/jolantru.

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Gökçe Mehmet AY reviewed on Aug. 4, 2011

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(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Gökçe Mehmet AY reviewed on Aug. 4, 2011
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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 31 days after purchase)

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