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REVIEWS & EVENTS 书评与活动
2020.10.12 - 10.18
commercial press, hongkong
Book launch of 笙歌:
akin jeje, cha
Hong Kong Noir reviewed:
"For classic hardboiled noir, James Tam’s “Phoenix Moon” and Charles Philipp Martin’s “Ticket Home” top the list...
Sometimes, a writer captures an era radiantly, as in “Phoenix Moon”...” read full review
ken smith, asian review of books
Hong Kong Noir reviewed:
"Arguably the biggest spirit looming over the collection is that of Suzie Wong, whose professional sorority here ranges from the hooker-in-training of Feng Chi-shun’s “Expensive Tissue Paper” to the (literally) emasculating whore of James Tam’s “Phoenix Moon”. " read full review
carmen suen, vogue, hong kong
Hong Kong Noir featured in the inaugural issue of Vogue Hong Kong by Carmen Suen!
Carmen Suen 在 Hong Kong Vogue 的创刊号介绍 “香港黑故事”（Hong Kong Noir. read more
writer's bone, us
Hong Kong Noir was mentioned in Writer’s Bone as one of the best books to read this month [January 2019]!
don mak, hong kong
Artist Don Mak illustrated Portland St, the red light district of HK - for the cover story of the book Hong Kong Noir [Phoenix Moon]. The ORIGINAL painting is displayed at @bleakhousebookshk . Art print will be released soon!
Hong Kong Noir 繪畫的砵蘭街插畫，原畫正在 @bleakhousebookshk 展覽中。印畫即將發售！
albert wan, ritz carlton magazine, hk
The Ritz-Carlton Magazine has listed HK Noir as a must-read, thanks to Albert Wan of Bleak House Books, Hong Kong.
joyce lau, book, scmp, hong kong
"Some of the stories in Hong Kong Noir are downright gory. Phoenix Moon by James Tam would not be out of place in a tabloid or horror film. The romantic-sounding title refers to the working name of a hooker who seeks revenge on a corrupt police officer – with an extra-sharp pair of shearing scissors."
jane ciabattari, bbc culture
The BBC has listed HK Noir as one of the top ten books to read in December."The history of Hong Kong, once a fishing village, encompasses piracy, the opium trade, prostitution, corruption, espionage and revolutionary plots; grist for the 14 dark tales in Hong Kong Noir." read full list
crimereads.com , usa
" From ghost stories, to historical thrills, to underworld brutality, Hong Kong Noir, like the city it captures, is as endlessly fascinating as it is impossible to define." read full review
kirkus review, usa
"Ng and Blumberg-Kason defy the fates by presenting a collection of 14 stories—by Chinese tradition, an ominous number—illustrating their city’s dark side...Readers can feel lucky to have such a collection." read full review
william wadsworth, scmp, hong kong
"James Tam’s Dreams of Utopia would have made a better opening story. Tightly written and with snappy dialogue, his colourful story portrays Cupid, a bored lawyer in a sexless marriage who befriends protesters to impress his dream lover..." read full review
laura besley, timeout hong kong
"It's Hong Kong - but not as we know it. The year is 2090...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..." read full review
simon overton, hong kong writers circle
"James Tam introduces his philosophical "post-apocalyptic" novel, Man's Last Song. He discusses with Simon the themes of the novel,as well as the issues of writing in a second language and the dangers of genre labels, and how it was nearly a very different type of book altogether."
phil whelan, rthk, radio hong kong
"James Tam talks about his latest novel Man's Last Song, which speculates about a Hong Kong in the year 2090." 19 Feb 2016 download podcast
martin alexander, phillip kim, hong kong
"James Tam tells a harrowing tale of sexual slavery in World War II, [Comfort Woman Eleanor], the larger truths of which are denied by many even today." read more
interview by daniel bloom, taiwan
"Cli-Fi Books explores climate change themes found in novels, prose, short stories, and other fiction. Cli-fi is a genre of literature, film, and other media that involves climate change fiction, which may be merely speculative, literary, or full-out futuristic science fiction. "