Author Archives: Lady Xiansa

About Lady Xiansa

Lady Xiansa is a writer, linguist, artist, and dancer. She has been a core volunteer for the Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization from 2007 to 2018 and has provided content for Pitt JCS anime events since 2011. She has taught both ESL and Beginning Korean. Her gothic horror novel, The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak, won the Bronze Award for Young Adult Fiction E-book in the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and earned the 2018 Story Monsters Approved Seal in the Tween Category.

2020 Schedule and Publication News

I’m going a little slow on my reading schedule for this blog for the moment as I get the final volume of The Lucky Cat Series finished up. I should be done with that in a few weeks along with … Continue reading

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Slaughter at Yeoraesa Temple and the Search for Munno – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 2 – Part 1

We’re kicking off 2020 by returning to last year’s Korean selection, Eunkyeong Ryu’s Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), which is a novelized version of the Korean TV show by the same name. This story comes in a three volume set, and … Continue reading

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An Ominous Murder Attempt – Land, Vol.6, Part 6

I’m going to quickly finish up this volume of the second story arc of Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》) this time. The rest of part 5 has 10 more chapters to review, which is the end of the story arc. … Continue reading

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Plans to Leave Home, Plans to Return Home – Land, Vol.6, Part 5

Our final scheduled selection for 2019 is the last volume of the second story arc of Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》), and it begins in the last few chapters of part 4, “Yongjingcun and Seoul.” Yongjingcun was a city in … Continue reading

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Kumori and the Lucky Cat Named to Kirkus Review’s List of the 100 Best Indie Books of 2019!

I got great news last month that my novella Kumori and the Lucky Cat, volume 1 of my Lucky Cat Series, was put on Kirkus Review’s Best Indie Books of 2019. They only select 100 out of all of the … Continue reading

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The Sun Rose From the Sea Like Metal Tongs From a Fire – Ten Nights of Dreams, Natsume Soseki, Part 2

Today I’m going to finish going over the Japanese original of Natsume Soseki’s “Ten Nights of Dreams” (夏目漱石の”夢十夜”). We only have five more dreams to go. All of the dreams in this second half of the piece begin with more … Continue reading

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Petition to Get Moribito Series Translated Into English

I had a reader comment on an old post about a petition she started to get the rest of Moribito translated, so I thought it should be on the main page where everyone can see it. Here is the request … Continue reading

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Digging Your Grave With A Pearl Oyster Shell – Ten Nights of Dreams, Part 1

The next Japanese language selection I have chosen for this year is Natsume Soseki’s “Ten Nights of Dreams” (夏目漱石の”夢十夜”), which is a short story rather than a novel. All of the dreams are written from the first person perspective and … Continue reading

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Resolving the Hard Feelings Over the Concubine Xiang Incident – Princess Returning Pearl: Companion in the World of Mortals, Volume 61, Part 2

In the last half of this series selection, the Princess Returning Pearl novel, 瓊瑤全集的《還珠格格:紅塵作伴》, we pick up the story at chapter 56. Most of the chapters have between three and five scenes. Chapter 56 starts off with Xiao Gezi asking … Continue reading

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Kirkus Review and New Book Trailer for Kumori and the Lucky Cat

My novella Kumori and the Lucky Cat, which is volume 1 in the Lucky Cat Series, was recently reviewed by Kirkus Reviews. Their review can be read here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/wendelin-gray/kumori-and-the-lucky-cat/ Just a few words about the review’s commentary on my execution … Continue reading

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