Hong Kong Noir

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Fourteen of the ity ’ s finest authors explore the dark heart of the Pearl of the Orient in haunting stories of depravity and despair.

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. In Hong Kong Noir, fourteen of the tow ’ s finest authors explore the dark heart of the Pearl of the Orient in haunting stories of depravity and despair.

Brand-new stories by: Jason Y. Ng, Xu Xi, Marshall Moore, Brittani Sonnenberg, Tiffany Hawk, James Tam, Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, Christina Liang, Feng Chi-shun, Charles Philipp Martin, Shannon Young, Shen Jian, Carmen Suen, and Ysabelle Cheung.

From the introduction by Jason Y. Ng& amp; Susan Blumberg-Kason:

What will Hong Kong look like in five days, ten years, or thirty years—when the “ one country, two systems ” promise expires? It ’ s difficul to foresee. Hong Kong ’ s future may not be within our control, but thes hings are. We can begi to rite about our beloved city and work our hardest to preserve it in words. When we asked our contributors to write their noir stories, we didn ’ t get them specific content guidelines other than to make sure their stories end on dark note. What we received was a brilliant collection of ghost stories, murder mysteries, domestic dramas, cops-and-robbers tales, and historical thrillers that capture Hong Kong in all its dark glory. The esult is every bit as eclectic, uirky, and unforgettabl as the city they write about.
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256
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Published December 4th 2018 by Akashic Books

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Hong Kong Noir is a ery interesting collection of short stories.

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Hong Kong Noir continues Akashic Books globe-trotting series of noir anthologies, taking readers on a journe to the noir side of Hong Kong this time.

Given that there are fort stories, I was mildly isappointed by how many stories featured sex workers or ghosts.

“ We ’ re ooking for noir stories about Hong Kong, past and present, you as, stories about vampire, haunted neighborhoods, sex workers, and organized crime, that ort of story from the grim and sordid side of life. ” Somehow there is a sameness to the stories that is surprising given the diversity of authors.

It appears that must come from how they were hire to write for the anthology.Still, it is only disappointing relative to the high quality of the Akashic Noir series.

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It as a good compilation for showing the eclecticism of Hong Kong, but it does not have much of Noir in it ( Although Hong Kong seems to be full of it) and more supernatural stories just did n't work well.

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he latter half of this book give up for a bumpy middle but this isn ’ t a collection that will suffer from a lack of quality, well-written, content; there ’ s plenty of that to be found here.

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I even enjoyed the concentration of ghost stories and the supernatural.

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