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Sandi Tan has an MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University. Before turning to fiction, she was a journalist and filmmaker. Her writing has appeared in the Straits Times (Singapore), the New York Times, LA Weekly, and the CalArts literary journal Black Clock. THE BLACK ISLE (2012) is her debut novel. She has an essay in the Lonely Planet food anthology A FORK IN THE ROAD (December 2013) and is working on her second novel. She lives in Pasadena, Calif.

About THE BLACK ISLE:
A PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY *PICK OF THE WEEK*

LOS ANGELES TIMES: “An ambitious, supernatural coming-of-age story… With its paranormal-meets-goth sensibility and angsty, flawed-but-fierce heroine, The Black Isle is a natural fit for the Twilight crowd… But the book is decidedly...more


Here's my interview with crime author Laura Lippman for the February 2014 Goodreads newsletter:
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Not only does she tell me she's a fan of Lifetime movies, she's also instructive on the importance of physical exercise (she does boot camp!) and bravery: "When you're writing fiction in the 21st century, you're staring up a mountain, and it's so tall that the p... Read more of this blog post »
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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: "An engaging and engrossing novel that will absolutely captivate you and should not be missed."

LOS ANGELES TIMES: "Sandi Tan's past is teeming with ghosts. The Pasadena-based filmmaker-turned-novelist isn't a seer herself-she's a self-described scaredy-cat and doesn't particularly enjoy supernatural books and movies-but her childhood in Singapore in the 1980s was populated with ghost storie...more

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" I was floored with THE BLACK ISLE from the second I started reading it. Written in a voice that's so incredibly engaging that you can't take your eyes from the page, it sucks you into an old world China where women are barely second class citizens... " Read more of this review »
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Help us pick Nothing but Reading Challenges' December Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SciFi/Fantasy Book of the Month from among the books our members nominated. Also, please note this is the first month members can use the Power Votes. For more information check out this post: Banking Voting Power Points: The Rules

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
 
  18 votes 24.7%

Nightshifted (Edie Spence, #1)
Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

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From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare. Nothing compares to being Nightshifted.

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…Susanna Kearsley
 
  15 votes 20.5%

The Windup Girl
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
*Winner of the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Novel*
*Winner of the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel*

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In this Time Magazine top 10 book of the year, Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Undercover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko. Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe. What Happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism's genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution?
 
  11 votes 15.1%

The Black Isle
The Black Isle by Sandi Tan

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There are ghosts on the Black Isle.
Ghosts that no one can see.
No one...except Cassandra.

Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts.

Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man.

Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle's dark forces won't let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island's only chance for salvation . . .

Taking readers from the 1920s, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, to the Isle's radical transformation into a gleaming cosmopolitan city, THE BLACK ISLE is a sweeping epic--a deeply imagined, fiercely original tale from a vibrant new voice in fiction.
 
  10 votes 13.7%

Night Myst (Indigo Court, #1)
Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn

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Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the Dark Fae in order to harness their magic, only to create a demonic enemy more powerful than they imagined. Now Myst, the Vampiric Fae Queen of the Indigo Court, has enough power to begin a long prophesied supernatural war. And Cicely Waters, a witch who can control the wind, may be the only one who can stop her-and save her beloved Fae prince from the Queen's enslavement.

Cicely Waters, a witch who can control the wind, has returned home to New Forest, Washington, after learning that her family is in danger. The Indigo Court holds the city in fear. People are vanishing, and strange deaths plague the town. And when she is swept into an unexpected and passionate reunion with Grieve, the Fae prince who taught her how to harness the wind, Cicely finds herself with a fierce and territorial lover.

But Greive has been enslaved in Myst's court, and now, caught betwen two evils, the lovers must survive the machinations of the Vampiric Fae queen, even as Cicely untangles the hidden secrets to her own heritage.
 
  7 votes 9.6%

Mariana
Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

Book synopsis:
The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew that it was her house. And now that she’s at last become its owner, she suspects that she was drawn there for a reason.

As if Greywethers were a portal between worlds, she finds herself transported into seventeenth-century England, becoming Mariana, a young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love.

Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past...until she realizes Mariana’s life is threatening to eclipse her own, and she must find a way to lay the past to rest or lose the chance for happiness in her own time.
 
  5 votes 6.8%

Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1) Rivers of London (Peter Grant, #1)
Midnight Riot aka Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

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Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
 
  4 votes 5.5%

Lady of Hay
Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine

Book synopsis:
With a story as mesmerizing as it is chilling, "Lady of Hay "explores how Jo, a journalist investigating hypnotic regression, plunges into the life of Matilda, Lady of Hay-who lived eight hundred years earlier. As she learns of Matilda's unhappy marriage, her troubled love for Richard de Clare, and the brutal treatment she received from King John, it seems that Jo's past and present are hopelessly entwined. Centuries later, a story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to begin again-and she has no choice but to brave both lives if she wants to shake the iron grip of history
 
  3 votes 4.1%

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