It’s Asian American Heritage Month in the US and so it’s time again for #AsianLitBingo! It’s a challenge created by Shenwei, celebrating Asian literatures and cultures and it’s going on through all of May. Read all the details over at Lit CelebrAsian.
Books that count towards the bingo:
- Fiction books should have an Asian main character (can be one of several main characters) and be by an Asian author to qualify. It does not have to be #ownvoices, but reading #ownvoices books is strongly encouraged!
- Nonfiction books should be by an Asian author with a focus on Asian people, whether it’s a[n] [auto]biography, history book, essay collection, etc. A nonfiction book can count for prompts other than the nonfiction square provided that it that focuses on a person/group that corresponds to that prompt (e.g. an autobiography of a Asian trans woman could count for either the nonfiction category or the LGBTQIAP+ Asian MC category).
- The free space is for any book with an Asian main character by an Asian author.
I picked the vertical row on the left, trying to change it up every year, as I know 5 books are usually all I can manage. But I’m happy this challenge is happening again, maybe I’ll mamage an extra read. My tbr isn’t carved in stone yet, but these 5 sounded pretty good to me:
East Asian MC
A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo
LGBTQIAP+ Asian MC
Waiting On A Bright Moon by J.Y. Yang
SFF with Asian MC
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Graphic Novel with Asian MC
Sun Dragon’s Song by Joyce Chng, Kim Miranda
South East Asian MC
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
What are your reading plans for May? Let me know in the comments!
The peaceful nights are kept under the clandestine and watchful eye of young, gifted vigilantes the world over. But a sudden rash of vigilante deaths heralds the arrival of a new and unfamiliar enemy – one whose motive is as unclear as their identity. Someone or something seems determined to disturb the peace, and they’re going straight for the watchmen to do it. In a city where those who are gifted make up their own rules, who will step forward when the threat of a swift end is real and there stands so little to gain? (via amazon)
Michelle Kan’s debut novel, No More Heroes, is a fast-paced and exciting superhero tale with a diverse cast of characters. As readers, we follow a young trio of new vigilantes – Clare, Mallory and Linus – who patrol the streets at night on the lookout for criminals and trouble-makers. Interestingly, we learn that what drives them out at night is not simply wanting to do good but that their Abilities come with an extra shot of energy that wants to be used. I’d love to get some of that energy, as well as their gifts such as using reflective surfaces as portals. I mean the possibilities …!
Anyway, one of their earliest outings puts them right into the middle of a mystery (you know I love mysteries) about who is killing off Vigilantes. This also means they run into more experienced Vigilantes and it was great to see how differently the characters were as Vigilantes and also as teams and as loners. Which brings me to one of my favorite aspects, Kan really focuses on friendships and teamwork and I’m always on the look-out for stories that are not all about romance. Fellow aro-spec folx, you’ll enjoy this one.
I also enjoyed the diversity of the characters with Samoan representation and a genderfluid Vigilante. My favorite character was probably Fang, who we learn a bit more about than many others but I do wish that the characters had been more fleshed out and had more backstory on the whole. But other than that, No More Heroes is wonderfully fast-paced and the dialogue is excellent as well. Reading this book really feels like watching a superhero show and I think it would translate well to a visual format.
Going by the way the book ends, it sounds like a sequel might be in the works or at least possible. I really hope so! The vigilante verse has a lot more stories to offer and I’d love to learn more about the characters in a future adventure.
Sinead got me onto this wonderful book, so make sure to check out her review at Huntress of Diverse Books and also her character interview with Faye.