The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia

The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia

Synopsis: In The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, author Chris Tharp recounts his misadventures in countries across the region he’s called home for the last ten years. He takes us to the back-alley restaurants of Vietnam on a quest to eat cobra; to the neon streets of Japan, where he goes on tour with a jazz band, gets lost in the depraved depths of a comic book shop, and nearly causes a riot at a punk rock bar; to far Western China, where he narrowly misses a terrorist attack and endures a harrowing drive on the world’s highest highway. Whether he’s losing his lunch on the boat ride to the disputed Dokdo islets, surviving a bus wreck on a Korean highway, eating chicken embryos in the Philippines, or riding a dilapidated motorbike through the dirt tracks of Laos, Tharp delivers his tales with a mixture of honesty, wit, and humor that will inspire readers to strap on a backpack and hit the road. Metadata: Publication date: December 2, 2014 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 384 ISBN: 978-988-12196-3-3 Price (paper): US$18.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 94,000 eISBN: 978-988-12196-7-1 Price (e-book): US$8.99   Buy E-books: Amazon Apple Smashwords Paperback:  Amazon Book Depository Blurbage: In The Worst Motorcycle in Laos, Tharp takes us on a wild ride from the neon streets of Tokyo to the dirt tracks of Indochina. The essays are insightful, humorous, and unflinching. A great read for the active and armchair traveler alike. – Michael Breen, author of The Koreans Tharp’s done it again. He’s got a knack for finding himself in, shall we say, interesting places and situations: from fake flowers and monks to persistent touts, these are the stories few can experience for themselves. Make no mistake, Tharp makes life happen on his own terms. – Chris Backe, travel blogger at oneweirdglobe.com The Worst Motorcycle in Laos is a thoughtful rampage through the backwaters of Asia. Tharp writes about his travels with a refreshing, humble honesty, unafraid of exploring the gritty and the grimy, the seedy and the sublime. Witty, poignant and at times even disturbing, this is a great read for both the seasoned journeyer and those content to enjoy from the comfort of home. – Brandon W. Jones, author of All Woman and Springtime Author bio: Originally hailing from Washington state, Chris Tharp has called Busan, South Korea home for over a decade. He is the author of the travel memoir Dispatches from the Peninsula: Six Years in South Korea, and his award-winning writing has appeared both online and in print. He lives with his wife, a dog, and an indeterminate number of...

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The Prism of Life

The Prism of Life

Note: This book is available in English and Chinese. Synopsis 本書簡介 What is the purpose of my life? If you have begun asking this question, you are ready to embark on your spiritual journey; you are ready for your spiritual awakening. The Prism of Life contains passages channeled directly through the Akashic Records, to help you find your purpose in life. 我人生目的是什麼? 若你開始思考這問題,你已準備好展開你生命的靈性之旅;你已準備好迎接靈性上覺醒。<生命的稜鏡>,乃透過直接聯繫上阿卡西記錄接收得來,冀能幫助你找到人生目的。 Metadata Imprint: Signal 8 Press Publication date: October 04, 2014 Print edition: 5 x 8 perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 136 ISBN: 978-988-12197-4-9 (English) / 978-988-12197-8-7 (Chinese) Price (paper): US$12.95 / HK$120 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle Word count: 8,200 (English) / 11,600 (Chinese) Price (e-book): US$2.99   Buy 买 English: Amazon: USA, UK, India Barnes & Noble Flipkart Smashwords iBooks Store Book Depository 中文: Smashwords iBooks Store   Blurbs “Ansh Das’s The Prism of Life is a stairway to the clouds of enlightenment by counselling the reader to embrace life wholesomely.”  – Khaled Talib, author of The Little Book of Muses. “Ansh Das’s The Prism of Life is a joy to read. The beauty of his words, the wisdom, and the insight that speak to the soul are guaranteed to delight, inspire, and give cause for pause. Das has an amazing ability to hone in on the struggles and rewards that come with living a life. He brings meaning and hope to a world that is moving too fast, inviting time to ponder, and find peace and gratitude in our very existence. I highly recommend this book. You will read and reread it.” – Gale West, Akashic Records Teacher and Healer Nandhini’s Book Reviews Ansh Das 所著《生命的稜鏡》,如通往啟竅雲端的階梯,輔導讀者真誠擁抱生命。 – 《The Little Book of Muses》作者Khaled Talib Ansh Das 的《生命的稜鏡》令人愛不釋手。其言語的美麗,蘊藏的智慧及洞察力正呼喚著每一個靈魂,這書保證激勵及安撫心靈,兼能使人有所反思。他對人與生俱來的奮鬥和收獲獨具見解。他為這走得太快的世界注入意義和希望,引導我們反思生命、尋找平安及感恩。我強烈推薦這本書。你必會一讀再讀。 – Gale West,阿卡西紀錄導師及治療師   Join The Prism of Life community Website: www.theprismoflife.com   Author Bio Ansh Das (better known as AD) is an IT nerd in the morning, an author by noon, an activist in the evening, and a healer by night. That sequence may change a few times in any direction during the course of the day. He is from India and lives in Hong Kong.  ...

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Starr College Guide: An Asian’s Guide to the Ivy League and America’s Top Universities

Starr College Guide: An Asian’s Guide to the Ivy League and America’s Top Universities

Synopsis Based on exclusive interviews with 115 students, alumni, and admissions chairs from America’s top colleges, Starr College Guide is a college guide and admissions manual to the Ivy League and other elite American schools. The interviewees, most of whom are from Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region, personalize the college experience for Asian students and their families around the world, and they share their own strategies and secrets for getting admitted. The admissions section of this book contains very clear-cut advice straight from regional admissions personnel from Yale, Penn and Brown. This part of the book details the scores needed for acceptance and tells how to build resumes and stories tailor-made for each university. In addition, this book highlights the career paths graduates are likely to embark on after graduation. Featuring practical admissions strategies and real-life success stories, Starr College Guide is a must for any student from Asia who wants to gain an advantage in the Ivy League admissions process. Metadata Publication date: September 12, 2014 Print edition: TBC Page count: TBC ISBN: 978-988-12196-2-6 Price (paper): US$24.95, HK$200 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 107,000 eISBN: 978-988-12196-6-4 Price (e-book): US$9.99 Blurbs Starr College Guide provides useful information and insights to students who plan to apply for competitive universities in the U.S. Starr’s advice is candid and sometimes surprising. Ever since I have known Starr, I have been very impressed by his passion for education, and he truly embodies what an Ivy League education is all about. By interviewing 115 students and alumni of top U.S. universities, he has done extensive and meticulous research in writing this book. I am sure readers will be enlightened and inspired.     — Jeff Sze, Political Assistant to Secretary for Education (HKSAR Government) and Stanford Club of Hong Kong Officer Informative, highly readable, and comprehensive — what more can one ask for in a guide to leading US universities? Starr Lam’s book is shot through with thought-provoking facts and opinions that provide a very clear flavor for each school and the types of students who would thrive in them. As both a writer and parent of an aspiring high schooler, I highly recommend this book.     — Phillip Y Kim, author of Nothing Gained A comprehensive, well-researched guide that is a must-read for any aspiring student. Starr Lam’s insights and observations are thoughtfully shared and articulated, backed up with solid research. Read this book before even thinking of applying — anywhere. — Maseena Ziegler, author of Ladies who Launch in Hong Kong and Harvard Kennedy School alumna Superb Starr, superstar!  What a wonderful guidebook for students who want to get a place in the Ivy League! The information provided in this...

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Summer of the Long Knives

Summer of the Long Knives

Synopsis After an attack by a band of roving Nazi Brownshirts, Lisel Ganz, an artist’s model in Berlin, suffers brain damage that gives her psychic powers. Taking refuge in the home of artist Albert Entrater, Lisel meets Konrad, a Catholic priest secretly involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Lisel preempts the plan when she is escorted by her SS officer fiancé to the Chancellery garden where she shoots Hitler at point blank range. Albert Entrater escapes to NYC where he learns about the altered political reality in Germany, and in a feverish City odyssey, sees both Konrad and Lisel again. Safe in his brother’s NY home, Albert is an unconscious survivor — as are all who read the story. A coda reveals that 3 decades later, in 1964, Albert Entrater and Dr. Anne Frank Koestler, another more famous survivor, are mutual admirers of each other’s creative work. Metadata Publication date: Sept. 22, 2014 Print edition: 5 x 8 perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 192 ISBN: 978-988-12196-9-5 Price (paper): US$16.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 42,000 eISBN: 978-988-12196-5-7 Price (e-book): US$6.99 Blurbs The Summer of the Long Knives packs so much into a short space. The background of 1930s Berlin creates depth, the characters’ colour, the plot style, and excitement. L.B. handles all of her elements very nicely indeed. –Iain Pears,English art historian, journalist, author ofAn Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio, The Portrait, and Stone’s Fall I was so caught up in The Summer of the Long Knives that I read it like a thriller, while being imaginatively influenced by it like a dream. I was delighted by the sureness of tone and familiarity with the facts, by the subtlety of the characterization – and especially by Lisel’s character development – and by the pattern of poetic images that accumulated just in the tail of one’s eye, so to speak. Also, the marvellous historical imagination. It was more serious, in the best sense, than almost every other contemporary novel I’ve read. I’ve almost given up reading contemporary novels for that reason – they have no moral depth, no interest beside the confirmation of whatever nasty little compromises one had made in one’s own life. But The Summer of the Long Knives, without any preaching, and in the lightest, more ironical way, really hits the great and terrible issues of our time. The novel is also an extraordinary experiment in what George Steiner has called alternity: for Bassen, time has a complex geometry in which alternative branches of it can morally influence each other. So the novel also has a philosophical depth that makes it unusual. – Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and...

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The Memory of a Face

The Memory of a Face

A novel about loving and letting go Note: This book is available in English and Chinese. Synopsis 本書簡介 What is love? Is it the craving to be with him or is it the realization that you should let him go? Is it about telling him how he makes you feel or is it about suffering in silence? Is love a compromise? Can it be faked? Can love change over time? Can it last? Can it be forgotten? Diano lives in the past, hanging on to the memories of his lost love. Oliver is struggling to keep his turbulent relationship going. Andy has never loved anybody except his longtime boyfriend. Summer is waiting for her Prince Charming. Cute is looking for a boyfriend to support his education. Sky is not brave enough to stand up for his love. Thus begins their story. Set in Hong Kong and China, where the ultra-modern live in a traditional society and struggle to find love, the story shall resonate with anyone who has loved, lost somebody or had to let go. 愛情是什麼?是和他在一起的渴望,還是該讓他走的醒覺?是向他透露內心感受的坦誠,抑或是沉默地受苦?愛情是一種妥協?可以裝出來?愛情能隨時間而改變?可以永恒?可以被遺忘? Diano活在過去,沉溺在舊戀情的回憶中。Oliver努力保住一段波濤洶湧的關係。Andy 誰也沒愛過,除了他的多年男友。Summer正在等她的白馬王子。Q仔忙找男友供書教學。阿天沒勇氣捍衛自己的愛情。他們的故事,就這樣開始了。 以中港兩地為背景,超現尚一代活在傳統社會桎梏裡,努力尋覓愛情,本書會與曾相愛,失去或不得不放手的每一位產生共鳴。 Metadata Imprint: Signal 8 Press Publication date: February 08, 2011 (English) / September 20, 2014 (Chinese) Print edition: N/A Page count: N/A ISBN: 978-988-12197-4-9 (English) / 978-988-12197-8-7 (Chinese) Price (paper): N/A E-book formats: ePub, Kindle Word count: 93,120 (English) / 113,900 (Chinese) Price (e-book): US$2.99 Buy 买 English: Kindle: Amazon.com (US) , Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.de (Ger) Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & iBooks) version: iTunes (US) Nook version: Barnes & Noble Kobo ePUB: Smashwords 中文: Smashwords Blurbs “The characters are well drawn out. Das has told the story in a way that is unique, especially with the Hong Kong culture and language, and draws his characters with a fine hand. They become real very quickly and I found myself rooting for them from the beginning.” – Kate Cornwell (author of A Face Within) It has a very interesting plot, and some really intriguing characters.” – Hilary Chow “This book was a fabulous read. I loved how it moved me at the end and I love how the title fits this book perfectly.” – Jonas Saul, international bestselling author MrGayHongKong.com (Tongzhi Tsai Project) tcjm.org (Tongzhi Tsai Project) The Grist Mill Pink Season “…if you have left your heart even a tiny bit ajar for love to enter, you will enjoy this tale of finding love and through it something true about the identity of one’s self and of the object of one’s love.” – Nigel Collet (author of The Butcher of Amritsar and Firelight of a Different Colour) on Fridae OurTV.hk (14:30~17:40) Donations Proceeds from the sale of this book have gone towards Tongzhi Tsai, the campaign against homophobic bullying...

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