Incensed

Incensed In Taiwan the Mid Autumn Festival is a time for prioritizing family When year old Jing nan s gangster uncle Big Eye asks a favor Jing nan can t exactly say no especially because two goons are

  • Title: Incensed
  • Author: Ed Lin
  • ISBN: 9781616957346
  • Page: 422
  • Format: ebook
  • In Taiwan, the Mid Autumn Festival is a time for prioritizing family When 25 year old Jing nan s gangster uncle, Big Eye, asks a favor, Jing nan can t exactly say no, especially because two goons are going to follow him around to make sure he gets it done right The favor is this Big Eye s 16 yearold daughter, Mei ling, has a biker boyfriend from the wrong side of the trIn Taiwan, the Mid Autumn Festival is a time for prioritizing family When 25 year old Jing nan s gangster uncle, Big Eye, asks a favor, Jing nan can t exactly say no, especially because two goons are going to follow him around to make sure he gets it done right The favor is this Big Eye s 16 yearold daughter, Mei ling, has a biker boyfriend from the wrong side of the tracks in Big Eye s gangster opinion and Big Eye wants Jing nan to bring her to Taipei, away from the bad influences, and straighten her out It doesn t take Jing nan long to discover Mei ling is even trouble than the average bratty, rebellious teenage girl She s been spoiled rotten and doesn t know how to take no for an answer She has her father s thugs wrapped around her finger and quickly becomes the miniature dictator of Jingnan s life But Mei ling is also hiding a secret one that puts her in harm s way If he wants to save his cousin from her own demons, he has to figure out the truth, even if it tears his family apart again.

    One thought on “Incensed”

    1. I giving this book 2 stars as a neutral rating, it was OK.First of all, I note that this is supposed to be a humorous book and humor is notoriously hard to get right. A lot of authors try it but you either get it right or you look like you're trying too hard to be funny. And most authors don't get it right. Unfortunately, the humor in this book didn't make me burst out in laughter or even smile, it just made me note that it's supposed to be humorous.What I liked about the book was the inside loo [...]

    2. Ed Lin, author of “Incensed,” is writer who does a lot with a little. His story of a headstrong daughter of a gangster and the efforts to keep her under control go far beyond that tale and enters politics, the clatter of Taipei, gay rights, loyalty, Chinese and Taiwanese history, and many other topics that seem to have little to do with what he’s trying to say.It’s interesting stuff but he carries it a little too far. Remember the old chestnut about the guy, when asked for the time, woul [...]

    3. It's a tribute to how good a writer Ed Lin is that the plot doesn't really start going until 2/3 of the way through the book and I barely noticed! This book is stylistically reminiscent of This Is a Bust, which is Lin's best-written book in my opinion. Recommended.

    4. I love reading mysteries set in different places around the world, and the atmosphere here is the draw. But I found the plot uneven, the characters shallow, and the ending abrupt and unsatisfying. If it had been a meal in Jing Nan's food stall, I wouldn't have given him a good rating on the Internet.

    5. This book came to me as an advance review copy inside a box of goodies from Soho Crime!I won a box of goodies associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival held in Taiwan and other Asian countries. It's also known as the Moon Festival because of the celebration's association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worship and moon gazing ( was my source for this information.) Since I work at a public library where I'm always trying to think of ways to get people into the li [...]

    6. For someone who's grown up in Asia but never been to Taiwan, Incensed, in addition to being a family dramedy-thriller, is a fantastic tour of Taiwan's nighttime food scene. And, as a foodie, that part of Ed Lin's novel is an added bonus. Incensed, in fact, is a tour - physical and psychological - of Taiwan and its people. The ending will stun you but it's worth it and the protagonist, Jing-nan, his cousin, Mei-ling, and her gangster father, Big Eye are characters you'll find in your own families [...]

    7. Much like Ghost Month, the purpose of the book seemed to be more geared towards introducing Taiwan, the politics and nuances that most people wouldn't know. Being Taiwanese-American, I loved that aspect and the descriptions of food and places kept me engaged. It really captured Taiwan and the Taiwanese mentality. So "tai". However, as a mystery novel, it was lacking. There's no mystery until the third act. I've read every book written by the author and I will continue to read his work because I [...]

    8. It’s the Mid-Autumn Festival and the focus is on family. So when Uncle Big Eye asks Jing-nan to watch his daughter, he is more than willing to help out. Unfortunately she doesn’t see why she needs a minder. She may be only a teenager who dropped out of school but in her mind she’s a grownup ready to go out on her own. What follows is quite an adventure, with rival gangsters, wanna be gangsters, Chinese tourists and more. This is a fun book that shows a Taiwan that most tourists never get t [...]

    9. The strength of this book is definitely the setting. Just like the first book, it’s so Taiwan and so specific in its references – Shilin, Taipei 101, Soy Milk King, A-Mei, etc plus all the history/background asides. It was almost overdone, but I loved it for the obvious reasons. The book also reads well, though the characters and plot were not particularly remarkable.

    10. I enjoyed the humor and vigor of this novel set in modern-day Taiwan and it led me to read more about Taiwan's history and cultures. Sharp and well-written.

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