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CANNIBAL NIGHTS Pacific Stories, Volume II

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From bestselling Hawaiian author, Kiana Davenport, comes CANNIBAL NIGHTS, Pacific Stories Volume II, a follow-up to her bestselling collection, HOUSE OF SKIN, PRIZE-WINNING STORIES.

Here are provocative and shocking tales of family, love, betrayal, terrorism, murder, rape, revenge all set in the Pacific Islands of Hawaii, Tonga, Easter Island, Tahiti, the Marquesas, Austr
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Kindle Edition, 122 pages
Published (first published July 21st 2011)
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Karen
May 02, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-the-world
Kiana Davenport writes beautiful stories about the Pacific Islands. They are a little darker than I normally like, but these are still worth reading.
Deborah
Sep 26, 2011 Deborah rated it it was amazing
I remember once reading an interview with William Trevor (a master if ever there was one) in which he made the point that short stories are intended to be read as ‘stand-alones’; it was, in fact (or so the story goes) a conversation between Trevor and Alexander Waugh that gave rise to the U.K.-based Travelman Publishing, where commuters can buy, via vending machines, a short story that ‘folds like a map’ on their way to or from work. Of course, now we have Kindle singles.

Then again, it’s so ofte
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Robert Carraher
Aug 12, 2011 Robert Carraher rated it it was amazing
Brutally beautiful. As noirishly dark as the deep depths of the Pacific Ocean that spawned them. These stories of the people, places, exploits and exploitations of the islands of the Pacific will haunt you long after you close the book. Important literature for the 21st century. They are stories of tragedy and triumph, genius and depravity. Tales of love and betrayal told in a voice at times as soft and reassuring as the whisper of the sea yet as powerful as a tsunami. There is perhaps no better ...more
Realini
Apr 28, 2014 Realini rated it liked it
Bones of the Inner Ear by Kiana Davenport

And Now for Something Completely Different – this is the title of an excellent Monty Python comedy and the idea of this story-a different outlook, background.
Kiana Davenport, unfamiliar to me until this morning, is a Hawaiian writer, a group of writers that I may grow familiar with and which now numbers one: Ms. Davenport.
The premises couldn’t be more extravagant and exciting: the Hawaiian Islands. At the same time, I was flabbergasted, outraged by the vi
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Molly
Oct 16, 2012 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-fire
A nice collection of stories, with plenty of strong moments.

I appreciated Davenport's creation of female characters who did surprising things, who were strong leaders.

I also learned a great deal, including this tidbit:

"In the nineteenth century the first paved road in Vava'u had been constructed using convicts as labor. From the center of town to the top of a steep hill where the Paradise now stood, convicted adulteresses had been forced to excavate huge rocks by hand. For almost two years, whi
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Shawn Davis
Oct 31, 2012 Shawn Davis rated it really liked it
A person gets in a mood for short stories sometimes. You want to start and finish something in one sitting - maybe you don't feel like extended concentration or your mind isn't retaining much for very long these days.

Cannibal Nights is several short stories which take place among the islands of Oceana. We are with the women of Rapa Nui as their civilization tries to outsmart the slavers. We are with the Aborigines of Australia as the most promising among them learn what happens to the nail that
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Jan Strnad
Nov 13, 2011 Jan Strnad rated it it was amazing
I checked into Cannibal Nights because of the Penguin controversy. Penguin Books had Kiana Davenport under contract for a print novel scheduled for release in 2012. In 2011, Davenport self-published this collection of stories, which Penguin had previously rejected, and Penguin had a fit, accusing her of "sleeping with the enemy," their competitor(?) Amazon. They cancelled her novel contract and demanded their advance back.

This expression of woefully misguided publisher pique attracted my attenti
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Linda Rae
Aug 22, 2011 Linda Rae rated it it was amazing
OMG...Just finished the first story and when I get finished crying my eyes out, I'll move on to the next one!

Great job, Kiana!

This is a great little book! One story after another of the peoples of the Pacific isles and how they have dealt with the pressures put upon them by the expectations of the rest of the world. Religion, prejudice, rape, kidnapping/slavery, and disease. All presented in an series individuals' story of how they handled or succumbed to those pressures. Some of the material is
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Abigail Hilton
Dec 17, 2011 Abigail Hilton rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing collection of stories, including some of the saddest I've ever read. The stories center around Polynesia women and their relationships with the west and with modern culture. However, male characters are certainly not short-changed in the complexity department. I'm glad the collection ended on a hopeful note, because there are some dark-as-hell stories in here. This collection is not for the weak of heart or the weak of stomach, but it is rewarding for those who brave its pages ...more
glitrbug
Nov 27, 2011 glitrbug rated it it was amazing
I can't tell you how much I loved this book. Couldn't do it justice. Ms. Davenport is one of those gifted writers that entertains you, teaches you and makes you think. The book is kind of like one of those old travelogs people went to before cable TV and the internet. You get to travel to a different time and place and learn about other people's lives.
Kathie
Nov 24, 2013 Kathie rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of books of short stories but this one was entertaining. I learned more about the legends and history of some of the Pacific Islands. Entertaining for the most part, some finished just as I was wondering how many more pages were left. I was saddened and disturbed by one of the later stories about Australians from the Outback.
D.S. Walker
Sep 06, 2012 D.S. Walker is currently reading it
Kiana's draws you into her short stories and makes you fall in love with her characters. I admit I have only finished the first short story so far, but I'm in love with Kiana's writing style. I can relate to the characters and I can clearly visualize the scenes in "Assassin Orders Peking Duck." Living in Hawaii, I also love that much of the story also takes place here.
Al Canary
Oct 21, 2012 Al Canary rated it it was ok
DL'd to Kindle 9-22.... Finished on 9/29. Not as great of some of Davenport's other work, but a nice little collection of short stories.
Suzanne
Jan 03, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Very interesting collection of stories -- not all as engrossing as her novels which I loved. All are about people damaged in someway -- by alcoholism, absentee parents, etc. Fascinating read!
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KIANA DAVENPORT is descended from a full-blooded Native Hawaiian mother, and a Caucasian father from Talladega, Alabama. Her father, Braxton Bragg Davenport, was a sailor in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Pearl Harbor, when he fell in love with her mother, Emma Kealoha Awaawa Kanoho Houghtailing. On her mother's side, Kiana traces her ancestry back to the first Polynesian settlers to the Hawaiian Isl ...more
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