Life!, The Straits Times, Singapore

Life!, The Straits Times

Nice big write-up about THE BLACK ISLE and others. *CLICK* to expand photo. (September 16, 2013)

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Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week)

"Tan’s ambitious debut is a gripping historical novel... A gothic tale with scenes of grisly supernatural horror, its atmosphere full of dark omens and a sense of the macabre... Tan’s imagination seems boundless... Maintains its mesmerizing power throughout." (May 21, 2012)

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“Tan reveals a rich imagination and a lush style in this first novel….riveting….will sweep readers into the action.” (July 1, 2012)

Bite My Books blog

Bite My Books (5 stars)

"I was floored with THE BLACK ISLE from the second I started reading it.  Written in a voice that's so incredibly engaging that you can't take your eyes from the page, it sucks you into an old world..." (July 5, 2012)

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times profile

I am profiled in the Sunday Books & Arts section of the Los Angeles Times, and photographed rather spookily. They call the book "ambitious." "With its paranormal-meets-goth sensibility and angsty, flawed-but-fierce heroine, "The Black Isle" is a natural fit for the "Twilight" crowd." (August 5, 2012)

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Vogue Interview

"Destined to be among summer’s sleeper hits is filmmaker Sandi Tan’s gulpable first novel, THE BLACK ISLE," says Vogue, which also calls it "a juicy psychosexual odyssey." Read my interview with Vogue's Megan O'Grady. (August 6, 2012)

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Philadelaphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Inquirer review

Very nice review from the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: "An engaging and engrossing novel that will absolutely captivate you and should not be missed. It will take you on a journey you will not soon forget." (August 4, 2012)

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LA Weekly

LA Weekly feature

"The book surely will please readers of historical fiction. There are even indications that it will appeal to the post-Twilight crowd...The Black Isle is an elegant, disturbing and satisfying read, both epic and intimate. Tan owes this, she believes, to the cats. They are thanked by name in the back of the book -- all 11 of them..." (August 31, 2012)

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POSKOD.SG feature

Writer Ben Slater goes in search of the "real" Black Isle on a certain haunted island:

"The Black Isle is (in Sandi’s words) a “haunted, imaginary past”, an amalgamation of South East Asian entrepots, tropical colonies that fought wars and slunk towards independence, hot zones of cultural and political flux, palm trees, opium, unrest and ghosts... I read most of The Black Isle in Thailand, and coming back to Singapore, having savoured the final pages on the plane, I felt genuinely invigorated. As the taxi crawled through Bedok, every street corner teemed with possibilities. And, quite probably, ghosts." (September 10, 2012)

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Travel 3 Sixty

Travel 360 magazine

Q and A in the October 2012 issue of Travel 360, an Asian travel magazine:

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Jetstar Asia

Jetstar Asia magazine

Q and A in Jetstar Asis, in-flight magazine, October 2012:

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The Straits Times (Singapore)

The Straits Times review

Review of the Black Isle, that appeared in the Sunday edition of Singapore's Straits Times (August 8, 2012):

"Bold, earthy yarn"

The Straits Times-review

Los Angeles Magazine

Los Angeles Magazine interview

An interview with Los Angeles Magazine. (October 23, 2012): "Local author Sandi Tan has either written the year's spookiest historical novel or penned one hell of a thoroughly researched ghost story..."

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The Star (Malaysia)

The Star review

A nice review in last Friday's edition of The Star, Malaysia's largest English-language newspaper: "Can you blame me? After a spell on Sandi Tan’s shadowy Black Isle, you’d probably start seeing things, too." (November 2, 2012)

Writer's Digest

Writer's Digest

An interview with me about how I got published, etc. (Mar 23, 2013)

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