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"Excellently crafted and woven together, Jessica has compiled a series of short stories that exhibit the perfect setting and story for noir. Wonderful!"
"This Southeast sampler is unique, possessing an overall gritty tone. Each slice of supernatural splendor pulls the reader in with their nontraditional heroes...Ultimately, readers get a strong taste of the real Manila and all her dark secrets, wanting more of while being slightly afraid of what she might do next. Manila is the perfect place for noir scenes to occur, and it is easy to get sucked into its deadly nightshade of doom."
--Criminal Class Press
"[Manila Noir] is among the most moving, effective and altogether noir entry in the entire series."
"In...Manila Noir, the latest addition to Akashic Book's series of original noir anthologies, poet, novelist, and artist Jessica Hagedorn writes of how ghosts of past occupations, buried secrets, corrupt political dealings, crime, and inequality have shaped the fabric of the Philippine capital city."
"It is Manila itself--its heat and throb, its particular melange of Asia and America, its poverty and wealth, its diverse neighborhoods, the iconic pan de sal--that is the main protagonist in the collection as a whole...every reader--even those with weak stomachs or no particular affinity for noir--is likely to find some that are intriguing, enjoyable or eye-opening."
--Asian Review of Books
About the Author
- File Size : 12403 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 214 pages
- Publisher : Akashic Books (June 11, 2013)
- Publication Date : June 11, 2013
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00CRKR5V8
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #831,227 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I thought I'd try this genre but it's not just for me. Too dark, too cynical, too noir for my taste.
Some of the stories I liked: Aviary; The Professor's Wife; Norma From Norman; Comforter of the Afflicted - to this one I gave 5 perfect stars.
These are the ones I totally went "bleh!!!" - After Midnight; Cariño Brutal; Trese; Darling, You Can Count On Me; and the story I least liked: The Unintended. The author has got a flair for words, lots of it actually, but it did not translate to a good story. I got totally lost. For a while, I wanted it to end already, and when it did, it was so abrupt it was like I came out of a trance without having a recollection of what happened.
One thing for sure, I'm not picking up noir again.
Hagedorn divides the book into three sections. Part One is called "Us Against Them;" Part Two is entitled "Black Pearl of the Orient" and Part Three is "They Live By Night." The best writing is in Part Three. The stories in the third section read like the best noir readers have come to expect from this series. Placing these pieces toward the end of the book, however, shows that Hagedorn saved the best for last, but also gambled that the reader would make it that far in the book.
Comparing "Manila Noir" to other books in the Akashic series, it comes in the middle of the pack. It is average, decent, has a few stand-out stories and a lot of very forgettable ones. It does offer something different in the form of a graphic short story, illustrated in black & white, in the middle of the book. This will turn off readers who don't appreciate graphic stories, but may attract a new audience of readers. Overall, any reader hooked on noir will probably want to check out "Manila Noir." For those who have no experience with the series, this is not recommended as a starting point. "San Francisco Noir" edited by Peter Maravelis might be better for a series beginning.
Top reviews from other countries
Fortunately, there's a way around this problem. Try not to read this from one story to the next. Mix it up. Start with the last story or the middle story. The theme changes enough for it to be an exiting read. Also, try not to read the book all in one seating. Spread it out. Digest the story before proceeding to the next one. Appreciate the subtleties contained within each of them. Try to have a dictionary handy (Gina Apostol's story is riddled with obscure words). Enjoy!