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5 New Fantasy Books to Read After Game of Thrones

So, the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones has wrapped up. In my opinion, the previous two post-book seasons did a decent job at continuing the story that George R.R. Martin had laid out. Season 8, however, was lacking in character progression, decent dialogue, worthy endings to many story arcs, and any real …

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Review: Red Circle Minis (1-3)

The Red Circle Minis Collection – Three New Japanese Stories The ethos and approach to publishing of Red Circle Authors Limited is everything that we at Books and Bao cherish. As someone who howls from the mountaintops about the importance of Anglophones reading more translated literature from across the globe, it is thrilling to see …

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5 Indonesian Writers You Should be Reading

All eyes are trained on Indonesia right now. Its tourism is flourishing more than ever; foreigners from the West are flooding there to work and live cheaply and healthily (for better or worse), and its art scene is finally being celebrated the world over. Some of the biggest names in poetry, prose, and essays all …

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12 Excellent Books and Comics by Asian Women in Translation (2020)

Across Asia, women writers are changing the literary landscape by pointing a finger at the patriarchy, by writing clever and innovative genre fiction, by highlighting their unique histories and politics, and this creating exciting and thrilling literature. Here, we have been very excited to create a list of comics and graphic novels by, who we …

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5 Books to Read Before Backpacking Southeast Asia

Before you set out exploring or backpacking Southeast Asia, there are some incredible books for you to discover which can light your way and make your journey even more exciting, fascinating, and possibly life-changing. After all, if you’re backpacking Southeast Asia, you want all the enrichment you can get. And we guarantee you’ll find that …

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Books and Bao’s Recommended Translated Fiction

While 2018 has been a tumultuous year in many ways, it has been a glorious one for translated literature – with a mighty new novel by fan-favorite Haruki Murakami and Olga Tokarczuk winning the Man Booker International Prize, we have so much to celebrate. We’ve done our best to condense our biggest recommendations into a …

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Autumn List of Must-Read Translated Books

It’s that time again. Here is our latest list of upcoming East Asian books (both fiction and non-fiction) that we’re excited for this Autumn. There are some fantastic and truly moving reads this time around; enjoy! All you Can Ever Know  Nicole Chung If there’s one book on this list you decide to give a …

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5 Must-Read Asian/Asian American Fiction

It’s been an amazing year for fiction. Here are some of our favourite books this year written by Asian and Asian-American authors. The Court Dancer | Kyung Sook-Shin ‘Set during the dramatic final years of the Korean Empire, the new novel from Man Asian Literary Prize winner Kyung-Sook Shin features a mysterious dancer caught up in the …

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