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Taiwan Tales Volume 2: An Anthology

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Taiwan is a beautiful land—a sub-tropical paradise teeming with life and a bit of magic. People from all over the world are drawn to this breathtaking island, some for a few days, some for weeks, but many for years.

With this fifth short story collection by Taipei Writers’ Group, you will be treated to seven fictional tales by expat writers who have lived in Taiwan and ab
Kindle Edition, 139 pages
Published January 10th 2018
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Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Sample the culture of Taiwan as seen and felt through the eyes of those who have chosen to make it home, even for a short time. Some stories will be humorous, some a little spooky, the points of view may change, the attitudes towards traditions and beliefs may change, but through it all, these authors have a resounding theme, a closeness to the land and the people that make up the heart and soul of Taiwan.

These authors have put together well-written tales that are diverse, y
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an anthology of stories based in Taiwan. As such, there’s a lot of cool Taiwanese references. A good hit of nostalgia for anyone who may have visited.

Because it is a collection of short stories, there may a bit of a difference In quality depending on your reading preference. I particularly enjoyed the short story “Room 602” by Pat Woods, which follows a women whose hotel room is occupied by ghosts, but she’s not entirely sure.

Then there is a short story like “A certainly Normal Male Ex
Lillian White
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first thing I noticed, and it stayed with me from beginning to end, is just how well written this anthology is. The quality of writing made this collection of stories so much easier to read and a pleasure to do so. For someone such as myself, totally unfamiliar with this part of the world and way of life, the stories offer enough insight to create a picture in the mind's eye and to create an atmosphere and basic understanding, without leaving me feeling out of my depth and far removed (so to ...more
Arthur Meursault
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
It's always nice to see amateur and professional authors get together to create anthologies of short stories. Done correctly, anthologies of short stories can be the best method of learning and understanding about a particular theme or place. For that I applaud this writer's group for putting out such a unique collection.

This anthology takes Taiwan as its theme and setting. As is always the case with collections of disparate voices, the result is a mixed bag. The stand-out story for me was Mark
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was asked by a contributor of this particular edition to write an honest review about the anthology. When I had first read about the contents of this novel, I was impressed with the differences in writing styles, especially when it came to the varying topics which were immersed into the novel itself. Since I had never visited Taiwan, I thought this anthology would give a great insight into the country’s cultural significance. As I started the novel, I loved how each of the authors gave a thoro ...more
Travis Lee
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good collection.

Room 602 tells of a haunted hotel room, Notes from Underfoot is written from the perspective of a family fog, The Taipei Underground continues Ray Hecht’s exploration of the emptiness of the modern dating scene. Bob, the Unfriendly Ghost vs. the Mother Plant tells of an expat’s hallucinogenic experience via a South American vine. Underworld involves a man’s journey underneath Taiwan, into a world of Taiwanese mythology. If you’re interested in desperate expat creeps, Connor Bixby
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