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Ninja Meets Navajo Code Talker

The YA collisions of Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani

Shojo and Leza, international authors of mystery
Shojo and Leza, international authors of mystery

I think maybe Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani have the coolest marriage ever. The pair not only travels back and forth between homes in Tokyo and Santa Fe, but they’re both writers and translators with a host of titles under their respective belts. I recently had the chance to chat with Leza via email about a new young adult novel she and her husband worked on together, Jet Black and the Ninja Wind (Tuttle, $17.99). The first in a planned trilogy, it’s both a balls-out adventure tale and an intriguing portrait of multiple cultures. It’s also the recent winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, putting it in company with folks like Ruth Ozeki, whose A Tale for the Time Being won for Adult Fiction.

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V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014
“Mad Scientist and Minion”
illustrations by Darla Hallmark

Arts Feature

Pros at a Con

Bubonicon 46 gets bigger, better and brainier

Filk your heart out at Bubonicon 46, Burque’s own sci-fi convention stuffed to the gills with authors, panels, costumes and more.
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Book Review

Amazeballs or Abso Awk?

Totes Ridictionary

From cray-cray to twerk, the English language changes every day. But is the Totes Ridictionary the right book to guide us through?

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V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014

Book Review

First World Problems

Hard to Be a God

Don Rumata seems like any other obnoxious noble with money to spend and ladies to court, but he’s actually a Communist operative from Earth.

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V.23 No.29 | 7/17/2014

Book Review

Bourbon Snow Cones and Falling Veils

Made to Break

Tragic and transformative, Made to Break by debut novelist D. Foy focuses on a group of self-absorbed, drug-addled friends on an ill-advised trip to the country.

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V.23 No.28 | 7/10/2014

Book Review

O Canada

Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story

Crazy Town is a good read for reasons that transcend the engrossing Rob Ford scandal.

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V.23 No.27 | 7/3/2014

Get Lit

When Pop Culture Meets War

Two new novels make New Mexico the testing ground

After warfare

Out There

Via either boy-meets-drone or boy-meets-Gabriel García Márquez, these two novels grapple with difficulties from PTSD to moral choice.

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Book Review

Friendship, Death and Sports

Papers in the Wind

This humorous novel of soccer, love and loss follows a group of buddies who try to remain tight in the wake of their close friend’s death.

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V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014

Book Review

The Mighty Booch

Kombucha Revolution: 75 Recipes for Homemade Brews, Fixers, Elixirs and Mixers

Welcome to the strange, delicious and healthful world of fermented “mushroom tea.”

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V.23 No.25 | 6/19/2014

Book Review

Man and His Morals

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

One kidnapper. Seven victims. A questioning new novel in dialogue from indie darling Dave Eggers.

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V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014

Get Lit

Sunday Best

Artemis Awakening

Whether you’ve a hankering for summery sci-fi or the history of food, two New Mexico authors deliver.

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Book Review

Reel People, Real Lives

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (Sixth Edition)

Movie nerds, the sixth edition of David Thomson’s seminal biographical dictionary will give you plenty to chew on and argue over.

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