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It's the Lunar Year of the Dragon

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Today, Feb. 10, is the first day of the Lunar New Year, kicking off the Year of the Wood Dragon! To celebrate, I thought I'd explain what Chinese dragons are, and the differences between Chinese and Western dragons. In Chinese mythology, dragons are divine beings that are both wise and benevolent. They also signify power, authority, luck and good fortune. They represent leaders and warriors. In the olden days, dragons were thought to control bodies of water, floods, typhoons and rain. The Chinese emperors were believed to be the descendants of dragons. The dragon is the only mythological creature in the Chinese zodiac. It is also the most popular of the 12 zodiac animals. People born in Dragon years have strong leadership qualities. Differences between Chinese and Western dragons: Chinese dragons don’t have wings, although the male dragons fly. don’t breathe fire. don’t hoard treasure. Instead, they control bodies of water, floods, typhoons and rain. don’t have a bad rep. Chinese d

A Toast for the New Year

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May your bookshelves be ever full. May your plans go without a hitch.  May your adventures be never dull, And may your lives be always rich! Health, wealth and blessings to you and yours in 2024! Happy New Year, and thank you for reading my blog 😀

Netflix’s 'Rebel Moon': A Movie in Search of a Soul

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I liked Netflix's  Rebel Moon , but I found the story only so-so. The tropes and archetypes could have been lifted from any fantasy (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). Here you have an evil empire, an innocent village, a brave, disillusioned warrior, a villainous villain, a quest to seek out heroes and defenders. The writing is clunky in parts. Everything is too pat. The movie’s concepts and aesthetics also are heavily reminiscent of those from popular sci-fi films, shows and games such as Dune   (2021),  Firefly  (2002-2003),  Star Wars   (1977),  Mad Max  (starting from 1981's The Road Warrior ) and Warhammer . I didn’t get to know any of the main characters, and I didn’t particularly care for any of them. Which is a pity because any good story needs a heart and a soul. Perhaps Rebel Moon, Part 2 , coming in April, will tell us more about their back stories. I’m also interested to see what happens with Jimmy, a sentient machine whom I found the most sympathetic of the cast

Dear Readers

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May your cup always be full May your hearth always be warm And may you never run out of good books to read Merry Christmas!

Books Make the Perfect Gift ...

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A failed barista, a struggling geomancer, feng shui, Washington, D.C., ghosts and monsters. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING!! Who knew feng shui would be this dangerous? The Geomancer’s Apprentice urban fantasy series features Asian mysticism and magic, and terrifying monsters from Asian folklore. Reader reviews on Amazon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Five-Out-Of-Five-Star Fantasy Page-Turner!!" "A roller coast ride of a novel" "Folklore based UF at its finest!" "A breath of fresh air" 🎄 Join the adventure now Holiday destinations. Sun-drenched beaches. Pristine rainforests. But what comes out to play when the sun sets? Vengeful spirits. Horrific creatures from Asian folklore. Sometimes the old wives’ tales are real. 🎄 Joss Paper : It's time to chill …

Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season ...

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First off, thank you so much for reading and supporting my books! There is so much for me to be thankful for this year: I released two books: The Four Perils (book #4 in my Geomancer’s Apprentice series) and a short novella, Offerings for the Dead , for my newsletter subscribers. I revamped my newsletter. Work on book #5 is going well. I’m having a blast connecting with readers on Facebook and Twitter (now known as X). If you’d like to hang out with me, click here for my Facebook and Twitter links. And have you signed up for my monthly newsletter yet? If not, click here to sign up. I would also appreciate a follow on my Amazon page if you can. One benefit of following is that Amazon will notify you whenever I have a new release.    Finally, please leave a review and/or a rating on Amazon or Goodreads if you enjoyed one of my books.  Every follow on Amazon, and each review/rating gives me and my work more visibility. Cheers, and have a safe holiday season, ~ Yin

Read a good book recently? Leave a review!

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Why you should leave reviews: You’re sharing a good book with other readers. You’re giving your favorite authors more visibility. The more, and better, reviews a book has, the higher Amazon’s algorithms will rank it in search results.  Even a rating will help. Make an author’s day  😄