The list author says: "Over the last few years I have read many books about Asia. These books have enlightened me, entertained me and wowed me. These are some of the books that I have particularly enjoyed and would like to share with others."
"Tokyo Sucker Punch is the first in a series of four books about the journalist Billy Chaka. This first book centers around the death of Chakaís director friend, a geisha named Orange Blossom and two Yakuza with funny hairdos that he canít seem to shake."
"Hokkaido Popsicle is the second in the Billy Chaka series. The death of a rock star with a drug problem, a despondent band mate who has turned to kick boxing, an exclusive cryogenics company and a cat hotel make this one of the more interesting and bonkers mysteries Chaka has to solve."
"Dreaming Pachinko, the third book in the Billy Chaka series, is made up of these components: a girl having a seizure in a Pachinko parlor, a form of gambling that disguises itself as a harmless game, a dead beat ex-pop star, and a mystery all the way back from World War II."
"KinKi Lullaby, the fourth Chaka book, centers around a mystery that gets kicked off by a foreigner being murdered in a hotel room right next to Billy and sets him off into the world of Bunraku, puppet theater."
"69 is a book about Ken Yazaki, a wise guy with a heart of gold who only wants to put on a festival of his own, win the heart of girl he has a crush on and survive until he reaches college. Funny, heartwarming and hard to put down."
"Battle Royale is one of those books that has to be read to understood. It focuses on a game created by the Japanese Government which pits a class of students against each other, weapons and all, until one is left standing. Interesting characters and compelling dialogue make this book read much faster than more than 600 pages suggests."
"Bangkok 8 is set in Thailand and is a great fictional window into Thai society for the uninformed. This book centers around a mystery being worked on by Thai detective Sonchai and a FBI agent. The only problem is if this mystery is ever solved the entire Thai government make crumble in its wake. A tale of murder, revenge, jade, sex and gender, Bangkok 8 is not your average mystery."
"This story is set in China. Fugui and his family have lost everything because of Fuguiís gambling addiction. Their struggles are chronicled through Chinaís turbulent history of the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and beyond. This book is a testament to the human spirit and its strength to survive even the most tragic hardships."
"A Year in Japan is a cute book with wonderful art and writings by the author on different things about Japanese life. Each page has a piece of art and a small explaination about the concept or object in Japanese society. A cute and artistic way to be introduced to some of the more interesting parts of Japan."
"Takarazuka, the female version of Kabuki with more sparkles then Las Vegas and so much romance itís like Disney has come to life. This book gives the history of the Takarazuka Revue, its connections to Japanese history, how it is viewed in Japanese society and why Takarazuka is the cultural institution it is today in Japan."