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The HKU Library Book Talk turned out to be a great event. Every seat was taken, and the audience stayed after the talk to ask many excellent questions. All copies sold out, with orders to be delivered later. Are books back in fashion?
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Read Synopsis of Man's Last Song:
by HK Writers Circle
RTHK Morning Brew Link:
Here's the link to the RTHK Archive. I ended up talking a lot about "garbage" than the story. But who's to say they are unrelated?
RTHK Morning Brew Link:
Just discovered that Samsung phone users can download the Kindle App for free, and it comes with a free e-book of their choice.
And on Samsung's Recommended Book list is Man's Last Song!
Quite a pleasant surprise that a mobile phone company has such excellent literary taste :-)
If you need a new phone, my recommendation is BUY Samsung!
25 March 2015
Event at the HK University Reading Club
(There'll be another on in the fall of 2015)
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by Laura Besley
"It's Hong Kong -- but not as we know it. The year is 2090 and Song Sung, 42, is the youngest person alive. James Tam's debut novel, Man's Last Song, is a complex-yet-compelling exploration into the balance of mankind -- for individuals, as well as for humanity as a whole. This superbly written dystopian novel is appealing on many levels: for its dramatic use of Hong Kong, for the intriguing characters, for the questions raised and, more importantly, for those which are left unanswered. A highly recommended read."
Indeed! Cli-Fi can be visionary as well as thrilling, imagining and exploring a future with direct relevance to the present. I was dismayed when some called Man's Last Song Sci-Fi. I love a good Sci-Fi but it's a wrong pigeonhole for the story. If genre is a must, then Cli-Fi would be more appropriate. I'm happy that Cli-Fi Books also thinks so!
Visit Cli-Fi Books: http://clifibooks.com/mans-last-song-james-tam/
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|June 28, 2013: From a little Dymocks Oasis at the Lyndhurst Terrace of Cultural Desert, a friend sent me this picture. Hey, I'm only four places and 50M USD from -- WHAT? -- Oh, Dan Brown? Hmm. . .|
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Book Party on 18 April 2013
I didn't know it's possible to have so much fun over the birth of a little book! I think Soho had never witnessed so many bookworms overflowing into the streets before. A very BIG thank you to all who made it a memorable evening, and late night.
AFTER decades of sterility, humanity is approaching extinction. In the year 2090, only a few thousand people are left in Hong Kong, in tiny isolated clusters. Song Sung, the youngest man alive, is already 42.
Drastic? As a protagonist puts it: “Our existence is an extremely unlikely event, but it happened. Once we exist, eventual extinction is inevitable. If not because of this, it’d be because of that. In this case . . .”
However, a barren human world remains ironically over-populated for many years after the last baby has been born. In this End-time scenario, people go to work in the morning rather than watch dragon-fights from the balcony. Retirement is postponed indefinitely. They depend on a social order to make a living; and society depends on them being stuck in the rut to function.
Eventually, the ageing remnants of the human race return to a Stone Age lifestyle. They farm and gather, occasionally challenging the commercial expiry dates on an old can of food for a treat. Losing one’s dental filling or spectacles can be a comical disaster. Rotten neighbours, more slippery than stiff, require proper disposal before the dogs get to them first. Chickens must also be protected from the dogs, which are vying for a good position in a brave new food chain, one that their ex-best friends, the humans, no longer enjoy eating at the top by default.
But unlike their Stone Age ancestors, post-modern savages have knowledge and secure shelters to make life easier. There are even plenty of leftover fine spirits. What do humans do when they have time, and drinks are free? They bullshit. They re-examine life, and love in its true and ruthless form between woman and man, friends, father and son. They wonder about God, Dao, and why people in their past worked so hard to accelerate their own extinction. Through the fictional hindsight of two diametrically different characters, our present world looks ridiculous. Homo sapiens, the thinking monkeys, had thoughtlessly become a self-endangered species.
When all seems hopeless, the feminine instinct emerges to take charge of the future of the human race.
Book Launch: THE PROVERSE SPRING RECEPTION, 11 APRIL 2013, 7-9PM, THE HELENA MAY, 35 GARDEN ROAD.
|Hey! The wrong buttons are intentional!|
APRIL 18th, early evening, Man's Last Song Book Party:
At a venue where books, wine, fantasies, noise, and illiteracy could mix. Guaranteed no book-reading. Watch this space for details.
E V E N T F U L L Y B O O K E D already!