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EricQiao

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Joined January 2017

Pronounced ciao. Please check out my scribbles. Amazon link http://a.co/b7q3ve6
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I‘m not a non fiction dude but I figure this books is a necessary read for all Americans, kinda like how the Constitution is a necessary read for the president. Couple of chapters in I‘m ready move Silence of the Lambs down to my second favorite book about the FBI, and Andrew McCabe is now my favorite G-Man.

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Cape Fear | John D MacDonald
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Cape Fear was originally released as The Executioners. It starts out like John Wick. Poor dog. 😢

Karkar He loved that dog. ❤️❤️ 12mo
HeinrichLyle I am reading his "The Deep Blue Good-by" right now and I am pleasantly surprised by just how literary the writing is. Well above and beyond the expectations of the genre. 10mo
Librarygirl88 Cute pup ! 8mo
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Dolores Claiborne | Stephen King
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To label Stephen King as the “King of Horror” is inaccurate. The man writes great American literature, period.

It starts with this great American woman, Dolores Claiborne. She‘s a maid, a suffragette, and a tough mothertrucker. She works her hands to the bones, making an honest living, only to have her man fool her again and again. But Dolores‘ mother didn‘t raise no fool. She raised a hero. If being a bitch is what it takes, so be it. I ❤️ her.

Prairiegirl_reading I totally agree about pigeonholing him into the horror category. It may be true but he‘s more than that! 12mo
EricQiao @Prairiegirl_reading Absolutely! The fact that they design the book cover to reflect some kind of spooky tale doesn‘t help the matter, either. 12mo
Prairiegirl_reading @EricQiao true, probably designed to appeal to the faithful horror fans even though it‘s not horror at all. 12mo
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Senator John McCain passed away peacefully today. I remember the 2008 presidential campaign, when his supporter called Obama an Arab and untrustworthy, McCain took her microphone and corrected, “he is a family man who I just happen to have disagreement with on fundamental issues.” He ran that campaign with grace and honor. I respect him immensely. RIP senator.

Nebklvr May he rest easy. He earned it 12mo
Blueberry ❤♡💙 12mo
britt_brooke 😔 RIP 12mo
Hooked_on_books He lived his life with grace in a way many do not. May more politicians follow his lead than not. 12mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves I quite often did not agree with him, but I always respected him. Our country desperately needs more leaders like Senator McCain. 12mo
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Dolores Claiborne | Stephen King
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I‘m afraid some of our male politicians have taken this woman‘s advice. 🤔

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Not since the Joy Luck Club we‘ve seen an all Asian cast in Hollywood. This is awesome. 😎

julesG Congratulations! 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I can‘t wait to see it! 12mo
Alfoster It was SOOO good!😍😍 12mo
Zelma I think I have to go to the movies by myself next week to see this! (Mr. Z is traveling) 12mo
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Dolores Claiborne | Stephen King
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Starting this book tonight. First page, Aretha is with me. 🙏

Cinfhen Definitely a good sign ✨✨✨✨ 12mo
Mamashep ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Linsy 👏👏👏 12mo
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The Stand | Stephen King
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Whenever I feel like reading The Stand again I watch the miniseries. It‘s an okay adaptation, bit dated. Not sure about Mother Abigail‘s portrayal. She‘s kinda creepy. If I dreamed about her and Flagg I might‘ve joined up with the latter. There‘s a touching scene where the survivors of the plague sing the National Anthem. That always gets me. Uncle Stevie makes a couple of cameos. The man cannot act. And yes, that‘s a candle stand.

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Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Joe Hill believes that an extra from Jaws is the Jane Doe known as the Lady in the Dunes. Color me tantalized!

“When faced with grotesque, inexplicable tragedies,” he said in the WaPo article, “one of the ways that human beings master their own anxiety and concern is by trying to reduce it to a crossword puzzle, and if you have the right inspiration, you can bring order back to chaos.”

#whydidithavetobeme

vivastory I hadn't heard about this. Fascinating! 13mo
Meredith3 Very interesting! 13mo
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Small haul! I‘m a quality over quantity type of guy. 😉

Nute Right on! 12mo
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Emma | Austen Jane
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What‘s your favorite classics publisher? While Franklin looks the most respectable, I prefer Everyman‘s Library to their font and binding, plus the price is more reasonable. 😁 #AustenInAugust

Crinoline_Laphroaig Beautiful! 13mo
CrowCAH Ooh your copy of P&P looks soo pretty! 13mo
Nute I have hardback editions, leather-bound editions, special collectible editions of Classic Literature, but I actually prefer to read my inexpensive paperback Barnes and Nobles Classics Series editions. I like the paper they print on, the font type and size, the introductions and the footnotes/endnotes system. So I have duplicates and triplicates of books for reading purposes and collecting purposes. 12mo
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Cops and Robbers | Donald E Westlake
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The mystery section of my local bookstore. Picked up a Donald E. Westlake, who also wrote under the name Samuel Holt, apparently. Nice of the bookstore to group them together on the shelf, I wouldn‘t have known otherwise! 👏 👏 👏

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Nihilistic tale, minimalistic prose, Heinrich Lyle would make Kurt Vonnegut proud. Follow a Dick‘s journey into the twilight zone as the moral of the story unfolds, which I guess is what not to do if you were well endowed? Amidst his wisdom what I'm constantly struck by is Lyle‘s prose. It's tighter and hotter than yoga pants. Sexy is the definitive word. Read this book and be aroused. Now I want more. FYI that‘s a massage tool in the pic. Jeez.

Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣 1y
ErinSueMreads Just all of this is cracking me up. Tighter and hotter than yoga pants 😂😂😂😂 1y
britt_brooke Love this review! 1y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Well now I HAVE to read this 1y
MariettaSG 😂 1y
julesG Great review! 1y
HeinrichLyle You are too kind, Eric. Much appreciated. As you know, it often feels like we write in a vacuum, contenting ourselves with the simple act of writing, consigning ourselves to the reality that nobody gives a shit. Having somebody appreciate your efforts, particularly a fellow writer, means so much. 1y
Louise Great review, Eric! I agree with you about the book. I laughed out loud throughout! Of course, this is the unbiased. . . ahem. . . perspective of the author's sister! Looking forward to reading your work too! 1y
Alfoster 😂😂😂😂😂! 13mo
Nute Fantastic review! 12mo
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American Pastoral | Philip Roth
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I figure the best way to honor an author‘s passing is to read the author‘s work. Philip Roth‘s funeral was yesterday. He was 85.

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Shanghai Bandit | Eric Qiao
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A writer once wrote, hording your own books is unbecoming. Fine, I just wrote that. 😝 I‘m giving away my books, for FREE, while supplies last. Shipping is on me wherever you‘re at. Love it or hate it, write a review for me, that‘s all I ask. Interested? Leave a comment, or shoot me an email at cheswick_lang@yahoo.com Hurry!

Echo Awesome! May I? 1y
CocoReads I‘m interested if you still need takers. 1y
cobwebmoth I'm interested! I'll send an email in a moment.☺ 1y
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TheLibrarian That‘s so nice of you. I sent you an email. 1y
EricQiao @Echo @cocoreads Let me know where to send it to and if you prefer one book over the other. 1y
Karkar This is so nice of you - sent you a email. 1y
drbethandherkindle Wow! I‘m in if there are any left 😃 1y
EricQiao @drbethandherkindle You‘re in! Let me know where to send it to. 1y
tpixie Very kind! I‘ll share! 1y
LazyDays I would love to review your book! If any are left thank you!💓 1y
riversong153 Email sent! 1y
knittedgnome Awesome thanks!! Sending you an email! 1y
wanderinglynn 👍🏻 Awesome! I sent you an email. 1y
BookaholicNatty Just sent ya an email too!! ❤️😍📚 1y
Alfoster Ok, you people you will LOVE these books!😍😍👏👏👏 1y
thereadingowlvina Wow! Thanks! Sending you an email now 🖒😊 1y
Skyrimir I‘d love to read and review your book! Are any left? 1y
jdiehr Just sent you an email : ) 1y
Emiller Yes please!! Sending an email! 1y
Austen_Nerd I would love to read and review!! I will email you!! Thank you😊📖😊 1y
AmberWB I would love the chance to read and review!!!! 1y
radhikeey Yes please! Sending you an email. :) 1y
umbrellagirl Yes please! 1y
CoffeeNBooks I'd love to read and review your book! 📚 1y
EricaReads Sending you an email! I‘d love to read and review either, but especially 1y
sudi Sending you an email, i would love to win 1y
Jazruiz.2014 I‘d love to read your books and give an honest review!! Super excited!! 1y
TheRiehlDeal Sounds like an awesome read! I'd like to have a chance to read it if you have any copies left. 1y
Bronte_Chintz If here are copies left I‘d love to receive one! 1y
innah96 Are there any copies left? I would love to read your book and write a review on my blog: www.diaryofdifference.com 1y
EricQiao @innah96 They‘re all gone but I‘m trying to get more. Email me your address and I‘ll send you a copy soon. 😉 1y
innah96 @EricQiao Thank you! I just did! 1y
Louise Any more books on offer? I'd love to read your work! 1y
Nute Well, it looks like I missed this party. Please let me know if anymore of your books become available through this offer. I would enjoy reading and reviewing. 12mo
EricQiao @Nute Send me an email with your address. 😉 12mo
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“Tom Wolfe, a great artist, got dressed in a suit and tie to write at his typewriter everyday. He wrote as he dressed, with style and precision in equal measure. He was, to use his own phrase, radical chic. Tom Wolfe was 88 years old.” —Brian Williams

RaimeyGallant Nice quote. :) 1y
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The Touch Of Fire | Linda Howard
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My mom knows I read so she bought me a bunch of books from a garage sale. Either she doesn‘t know what genre I like or she‘s trying to tell me something. 🤔 #bookhaul?? #GettingInTouchWithMyFeminineSide

Julsmarshall 😂 1y
CouronneDhiver 🤣🤣🤣 *hint hint* 1y
AmyG Are you sure they‘re for you? ;) 1y
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Moray_Reads It's hard buying books for readers, my parents will only work from a pre-prepared list! 1y
Weaponxgirl The robin mckinnerly one isn't bad, that's just a retelling of beauty and the beast. that's quite a pile there 😂 1y
LibrarianRyan Joanna Lindsey can make a nice epic. Depending on the title. 1y
EricQiao @Weaponxgirl Yes! I plan to read that one. 1y
EricQiao @LibrarianRyan Ah, thanks for tip! I‘ll have to check her out. Looks like there are some gems here after all. Edit: the one I got is called When Love Awaits. 😉 (edited) 1y
Weaponxgirl She very much a comfort read for me, I discovered her in my teens and normally quite a nice read. 1y
LibrarianRyan @EricQiao not one I gave high marks to but then again I read them so long ago who can remember. 1y
Reggie Lol 1y
diovival 😂 1y
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Nute 😂🤣 12mo
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I even quoted this line in my book, Shanghai Bandit. Happy Mother‘s Day boys and girls!

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An article today in WAPO is titled “In China and India, there are 70 million more men than women. Here are the consequences.” The consequences, which I‘ve long observed, was fictionalized in my book, The Only Girl in China. While fiction is also meant to be entertaining, one cannot ignore the severity of the underlying issue. The article concluded with women in India taking a stand. Well, China, your turn.

Weaponxgirl That looks really interesting, I read an article a few years ago about how one of the consequences of there being less women in China was that women of a certain class actually ended up with more power as they got to pick from a lot of men who were desperate to get married. They were staying in their own careers longer and experiencing freedom to a level not possible before. 1y
EricQiao @Weaponxgirl That certainly is the case in major cities that offer more opportunities. But China, like America, is huge. The gender ratio gap is more prominent in the rural where late term abortion and female infanticide are practiced and unregulated. In these regions the word “career” isn‘t part of folks‘ vocabulary. Moreover, China distinguishes between rural and city citizenship. Imagine if you‘re from Idaho and can‘t live in NYC. How F‘d up? 1y
Weaponxgirl My iPad just died when I tried to reply 😡 I thought it must be a city thing I just found the article really interesting. That's crazy about the rural and city citizenship! I had no idea. Whenever I learn anything about China I know I'm only just scratching the surface as its a huge country with such a long and complicated history. 1y
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EricQiao @Weaponxgirl Well, my book offers some insight. 🤓 I can send you a copy if you‘re interested. 1y
Weaponxgirl I was just seeing if my library stocked them 😊 i am since I have reading time again. Is sending to the uk ok? I know postage there is horribly exspensive 1y
EricQiao @Weaponxgirl Sure. Only problem is I‘m traveling. I‘ll be home in two weeks and I‘ll send it. Hope you still have reading time then. 1y
Weaponxgirl It should be a permanent state of affairs now with the reading. Thank you so much and I hope it's fun travel 😀 1y
EricQiao @Weaponxgirl I‘m finally back home! You can leave me your address here or you can email it to me at cheswick_lang@yahoo.com I‘ll send the book first thing after I‘m out of this jet leg. 😉 1y
Weaponxgirl Thank you very much again! Hope u had a good trip and the jet lag doesn't knock u back too much (edited) 1y
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Ricochet | Sandra Brown
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I used to get hot and bothered when reading a Sandra Brown sex scene, but this one merely made me chuckle. Either she ricocheted off the mark here (see what I did?) or I‘ve finally outgrew puberty. I doubt it‘s the latter. My recommendation is read her earlier works with a box of tissues handy, I mean, um, because you might cry, I dunno. 🤷‍♂️

Shemac77 Bahahahahaha!!! Love it! 1y
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Ricochet | Sandra Brown
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2AM flight. Yawn. Reading this Sandra Brown thriller. I don‘t read Sandra Brown for thrills. Does anyone? Just get to the sex scene already. Yawn.

LibrarianRyan The newer her books the fewer if any sex scenes. 1y
Mdargusch Haha! Safe travels! 1y
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Ended my membership with the NRA. Books, not bullets. I support the students of Stoneman Douglas, and everyone marching today. #enough #MarchForOurLives #VoteThemOut #neveragain

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KathyWheeler When I was a teenager, the NRA supported background checks, licensing, and a lot of other sensible gun restrictions. Back then, if I owned a gun, I would‘ve joined. They‘ve been taken over by nuts though, and I couldn‘t support them now. (edited) 1y
EricQiao @Redwritinghood @Jas16 @CoffeeK8 @QuietlyLaura 🙇 🙇 🙇 @KathyWheeler I agree. They want more guns on the street, more fear, more people to arm themselves for self defense, then more would support the 2nd amendment, more need for the NRA to protect their right and ultimately, more money in their pocket. It‘s a vicious cycle and I‘m sick of it. 1y
rohit-sawant 🙌🏻👏🏼👏🏼 1y
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Did you know today is National Puppy Day?

Karkar What a cute puppy! 1y
ReadingRover Every day should be National Puppy Day!!! 1y
Sungirl79 Awwww what a cutie!! 1y
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Jinjer Cute!!!! Is he an elderly puppy? 1y
EricQiao @Jinjer He‘s 11 years old! Still as energetic as the day he joined our family 11 years ago. 🐶 1y
Jinjer That's great! He's adorable! 1y
CBee Oh, how I love little old pups ❤️❤️ 1y
Nute Cute puppy!🐶💜 12mo
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Treasure Island | Robert Louis Stevenson
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Finally binge watched the 4th season. I‘ve been saving it. Oh boy is it amazing! A show that serves as a prequel to Treasure Island, I wish television did this sort of thing more often. Modify just enough of the source material to make it a new thing. Pirates, argh!

Vbrrgirl Excellent show - we enjoyed it very much. 1y
Readergrrl I really enjoyed this series and I was SO disappointed that it ended so quickly. What a diverse and complex set of characters. I was constantly switching my allegiances. After the series I decided to read (listen to, actually) Treasure Island while I was on vacation in Florida. Perfect locale and so cool to have a new perspective on the names. I first read Treasure Island almost 40 years ago so o had forgotten much of the action! 1y
EricQiao @Readergrrl I was on team Flint all the way! And Teach... 😱 For me, as an immigrant, I‘m constantly in awe of the utter fearlessness of the men and women at the foundation of western civilization. Many years ago I #DNF Treasure Island. Now I‘m ready to pick it up again. 1y
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Readergrrl Maybe, if we petition hard enough, Starz will bring back Black Sails!?! I enjoyed doing some research on the real life men and women who inspired the characters of BSails. I want to find some well written pirate tales to keep the spirit alive. Any suggestions? 1y
EricQiao @Readergrrl Apparently there‘s a prequel trilogy by John Drake. Never heard of him, but one reviewer said “if Black Sails left a bad taste in your mouth, this is the prequel for you.” Sounds promising! 1y
Readergrrl A bad taste in your mouth... 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣 1y
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Mr. Paradise: A Novel | Elmore Leonard
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Fewer life lessons here compared to Out of Sight, Rum Punch (aka Jackie Brown), but just as many dumbass criminals and smartass remarks. The highlight in this, as with lots of other Elmore Leonard stories, is the strong, sexy and intelligent female. The type who could get you shot without pulling a gun. Be on her good side or be sorry, fellas. I recommend this book, and Elmore Leonard in general. I must‘ve read 20 of his and never once hit a dud.

Alfoster Damn! You are so right! Love his stuff—always keep me laughing. Haven‘t read this one though so will now!😍 1y
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A Brief History of Time | Stephen W. Hawking
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RIP Professor Hawking. 😢

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Mr. Paradise: A Novel | Elmore Leonard
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Mr. Leonard making sure I reach my word count before supper.

Alfoster Hi! Long time no see Eric! 1y
EricQiao @Alfoster Hi Anne! Yeah, been busy with this and that. Glad to be back! 🤗 1y
Alfoster Hopefully you‘re at work on another bestseller!! 1y
EricQiao @Alfoster Well that would imply I had a bestseller to begin with. Nah, but I‘m working on something you‘d enjoy, this much I‘m sure. 😉 1y
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The Waste Lands | Stephen King
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“Ejaculate” as a dialogue tag, yay or nay? 🤔

Pruzy I‘m 100% nay 1y
Loreen Well, I could be interesting. Yay! 1y
ReadingEnvy Funny since Stephen Kings own book about writing says just use said!!! 1y
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OrangeMooseReads I‘m alway thrown and then giggle like a 12 year old when I read it. Lol but I don‘t mind it 1y
DiruVamp I‘m gonna go with Nay 1y
EricQiao How about this: “Jack?” “I‘m coming!” Jack ejaculated. 1y
Cortg Nay! It just doesn‘t seem to work in the sentence 😂 1y
Captivatedbybooks @EricQiao 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 1y
EricQiao @OrangeMooseReads You knew the meaning of “ejaculate” when you were 12? 👍 1y
OrangeMooseReads @EricQiao I went to public school 😆 1y
Redwritinghood Definitely, no. 1y
kylienoele Someone needs a new editor 😂 1y
CouronneDhiver Nope. Definitely not. 1y
DimeryRene Hard pass. 😐 1y
Reviewsbylola It gets my attention, that‘s for sure. 😂 1y
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I do not judge a book by its movie. He who judges as such has forgotten the face of his father.

I judge by its pacing.

I do not read with my eyes. He who reads with his eyes has forgotten the face of his father.

I read with my glasses.

I do not #DNF because I give up. He who gives up has...hell, you know the drill.

I gotta DNF this one for some page turners, guys. I‘ll come back to it later...next year. I promise.

TrishB 😂 this is my fav in the series! 2y
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 2y
KathyWheeler Love this post! 😄 Honestly, this is my least favorite in the series, although I did appreciate it and its place in the series better after I listened to the audiobook in preparation for the movie. 2y
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EricQiao @TrishB I‘ll definitely give it another try some other time! 2y
EricQiao @KathyWheeler I‘ve never listened to an audio book before. Maybe I‘ll start with this one just so I could get it over with. 😆 2y
TrishB @KathyWheeler how funny! My fav and your least fav 😀 we all read different things! 2y
KathyWheeler @TrishB I know! I think it‘s my least fave because I was expecting something different than what Wizard in Glass actually is. 2y
TieDyeDude The most problematic chapter of the saga for me. I would suggest reading first series of the graphic novels for the flashback story, but, if I remember, there are scenes of the katet peppered throughout the novel that are pretty important. 1y
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My debut is available on #Netgalley till the 15th! Currently 95% on Litsy and ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2 on Amazon. Add it to your stack, it‘s free!

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It | Stephen King
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What's scarier than killer clowns? Delayed flight! 9 hours at the airport is gonna make Eric a constipated boy! 😤

LeahBergen 😂😂 2y
Smrloomis Oh no! 😆 drink lots of water 😂 2y
Texreader Yes flight delays are awful! Best wishes you reach your destination sooner than later. 2y
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SaraFair The truth! That's the worst- 2y
Cortg Ouch! That's a lot of reading, people watching and audiobook walks around the airport. Good luck! 2y
jpmcwisemorgan Blech! But that does mean more time for reading... 2y
Michellesibs I need to read this before the new film comes out 🙈 2y
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Not a whodunnit, but a how to get away with murder type. A solid mystery nonetheless. One hell of a love story too. The deductive reasonings here remind me of my LSAT exam... Suspects A&B can't be seen with X who is an acquitance of C who happens to be investigating A with an interest in X. Why? 😝

Overall I'm glad I picked this one up in the sea of Chinese books. Bookstores here look like warehouses. Man, I really miss Barnes & Noble!

Cinfhen That actually looks awesome 😍😍😍 2y
rohit-sawant This has been on my TBR for awhile! 2y
EricQiao @rohit-sawant Definitely read my book first! 😝 2y
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Reading The Devotion of Suspect ✖️in Chinese. Translation from Japanese to Chinese tends to be more accurate than to English. 😝

Dolly Have no idea what it says but the characters are beautiful. I love looking at them.😀 2y
Abailliekaras Loved this! (Even in English 😉) 2y
TheWordJar I love his books! Hope you enjoy it! 2y
EricQiao @Abailliekaras @TheWordJar At the halfway mark and I'm loving it! Very curious to see how all the characters play out. 2y
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Devotion of Suspect X | Keigo Higashino
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#nationalmuttday

Charlie is chihuahua and dachshund. He enjoys long walks in the park and dried chicken breast bits. 😋

RestlessFickleBookHoarder 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 I'M IN LOVE. He's very stylish, too! 2y
EricQiao @RestlessFickleBookSlut Scroll down my page you'll see Charlie sporting another stylish vest. 😆 2y
LeahBergen I love him!!! 💞 2y
StephBengtson I love his style! 😍 2y
Jinjer Cutely dressed! 2y
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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | Stephen King
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I was young and impressionable when I read The Shinning. Now older and desensitized to violence & gore, I was still being kept awake at nights by Doctor Sleep, in this seedy motel room, no less. The themes of death and mortality were definitely highlights. But the real "shining" thing for me was King's writing. One hell of a page turner, this one. Bought the copy overseas for 1.5X the retail, not an ounce of regret. That's saying a lot!

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Hearts In Atlantis | Stephen King
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"Hearts are tough, Most times they don't break. Most times they only bend."

Well my little heart is pretty bent out of shape over this collection. No body writes the innocence of childhood like Uncle Stevie. The language in here is beautiful. The stories are magical. The characters, dare I say, are full of hearts. I didn't want this book to end. Good thing there's a movie to tie me over. I have a feeling I'm gonna re-read this at some point. ?

KathyWheeler Have you read the Dark Tower series? 2y
EricQiao @KathyWheeler Read The Waste Land right before this one. Will I find out more about "The Breakers" in the 4th book? 2y
KathyWheeler @EricQiao in the 4th book, no -- not even in the 5th (although you will start to get some hints there), but you will find out more about them in the last two books. 2y
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EricQiao @KathyWheeler Good to know! I'm so glad all the books in the series are published. No waiting for the compulsive. I shall read on! 2y
KathyWheeler @EricQiao I remember when King was hit by that van and very seriously injured; when I first heard the news, my first awful thought was, "Oh no! The Dark Tower isn't finished!" Listened to the entire series recently-- it was nice to not to have to wait for the next book. 2y
KathyWheeler @EricQiao I know! Neil Gaiman saying "George R R Martin is not your bitch" is all well and good, but what if something happens to him before he finishes the story?! 2y
EricQiao @KathyWheeler Ha-ha! In an interview with Stephen King, Martin said the creepiest thing a reader sent him was a paperback of Misery. I reckon that reader was responding to Gaiman. Like saying, "Yeah, tell that to Annie Wilkes." ? (edited) 2y
ptkpepe98 @EricQiao - I tried to reply to your email, but it kicked back. I posted a review, but it probably shows up as Amazon customer because I keep forgetting to change it to my name. Keep writing! I'll keep reading!😀 2y
EricQiao @ptkpepe98 I saw the review and it's fantastic, thank you so much! It really means a lot to me. I will definitely keep writing. Can you please post the review on Litsy too so folks can add it to stack. Thanks again! 2y
ptkpepe98 I think I posted on Litsy already. I'll check when I get a chance. I'm at a conference, posting when I can. Bad professor 2y
EricQiao @ptkpepe98 I see a blurb of chapter 1 but don't see a full review. It's okay whenever you're free. 👌🙏🙏 2y
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Finished this brick at last! I honestly wanted to bail during the first half. It was so rambly, I had to get through by skimming blocky paragraphs. But I'm glad I stayed on board because the second half was one wild ride! The gang moved to a new setting, met new characters and had some actions. Even the Riddler from Batman made an appearance. 😝 It ended on a cliffhanger. My advice: make sure the next volume is within reach. You'll need it!

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This is something like Being John Malchovich meets Lord of the Rings. There's a fellowship, a tower to get to, and doorways into people's minds. It's so outlandish and yet, utterly entertaining. Detta, the vilest of characters, has got to be one of my favorite King's creations. I imagine Uncle Stevie had one hell of a time writing her dialogue. I know I would. Now, on to the next installment! #DarkTowerReadAlong

Hooked_on_books 🐶💙 2y
Tanzy13 🐶 2y
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When your book gets a movie, you get to reference that movie in your other books. 🤣

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Short book, but felt long because it reads like an over-stuffed prologue. I reckon the story could've wrapped up in 100 pages or less. The premise is interesting but the writing is uninspired, dialogues made no sense most of the time. Best thing about it is the author's afterword, which encourages me to read the next installment. Will start tonight and I know it'll be good, after all, it can't be worse than this. 😁

Reviewsbylola Hahaha, I love your optimism. I hope you're right! 2y
DrexEdit I think the drawing of the three is much more traditional Stephen King writing. I found the two books to be almost totally different. In his intro to D3 he blames a lot of what dark tower is on his age at the time he wrote it. D3 was a wild ride! 2y
Alfoster Then glad I never read these as I love all the other King books! 2y
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EricQiao @DrexEdit Heard a lot of good things about D3. I'm believing the hype! 2y
EricQiao @Alfoster The movie's coming out this summer! I gotta read these before the movie! 😅 2y
Alfoster Oh dang! I'll just see the movie instead! Too many other good books to read😍! 2y
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I'm a fan of Uncle Stevie's but somehow The Dark Tower series was #DNF for me in its first entry. Now that the movie's coming out I figure it's about time I give it another try. #ReadtheBookBeforetheMovie

NerdyRev I say it often, I dig Stephen King, but he needs an editor to trim his books. He is so creative, but I don't want to read 700 pages all the time 😀 2y
monkeygirlsmama I also couldn't get into this one. That was over 20 years ago though, and I've since been told on multiple occasions how I have to give it another go. Apparently it's quite incredible, or so the rumors go. 😋I haven't yet gotten around to giving it a second chance, but I intend to at some point. 2y
Kpiper I agree 100%, but I don't think I can give it another go. 2y
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Kangaj1 Is that series scary? I can't do scary now, though I used to read him in high school. Just read 11/24/63 and LOVED it. Would love to read more like that. 2y
EricQiao @NerdyRev @Kpiper Oh man, 10 pages in and I'm already discouraged. @monkeygirlsmama I'll finish at least the first one and let you know if it's worth another go. @Kangaj1 I think it's more fantasy than horror. 2y
Gayan This is the only King I haven't been able to finish but @Josie says it gets much better after the first one so I'm going to give it another go. 2y
EricQiao @Gayan @Josie I wonder if one could skip the first 😅... would I miss out much? 2y
Josie @EricQiao you can definitely skip the first one. What I would do is just go online and read a summary of it. That will give you all the background you'll need for Drawing of the Three (which is my favorite!!!!) and the story pretty much retells itself in the second book. You'll be fine to skip it. 2y
Bookdragon69 I thought the same as you so I read the book. I didn't really like it and it didn't make me want to read the series. Maybe I'm just not the fantasy genre type. I am still going to watch the movie. I'm a M.M. fan. 😍 2y
JoRead I really need to get to it before the movie comes out! 2y
Bcox129 I agree with Josie, don't spend too much time on the first book. The Drawing of the Three is excellent. I am not much of a fan of fantasy, but ended up loving the Dark Tower series. I hope the movie does it justice. 2y
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Last Stand of the Wreckers | James Roberts, Nick Roche
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I've been a Transformers fanatic since I was 5. I remember my first toy, my second and third. The cartoon was one of the very few American shows that made it to China at the time, and boy was it awesome! Many fanboys have gone on to become toy designers or comic book writers, while others like myself simply oblige with our wallet. On quiet weekends I quietly bust out my toys and comics and have a quiet blast. How's that's for #introverting. 🤣

Suet624 That's awesome. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I'm trying to do my parental duty and teach my son that Optimus Prime is best possible role model. Just got to keep him away from Michael Bay and I think we'll be alright. 2y
EricQiao @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I agree! Bay retained none of the values the original cartoon taught me as a kid. You might want to avoid showing your son the 1986 movie as well. Prime's death scene can be quite traumatic. 😔 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Truth. That scene and the one where Ultra Magnus can't get then Matrix of Leadership to open messed me up as a kid. 2y
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Shanghai Bandit | Eric Qiao
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This just happened. Buyer made the purchase and asked me if I'm Chinese, I said yeah, then she cancelled immediately. I asked her why? This was her response.

saresmoore Um...wtf?!?! 2y
KVanRead What? Ugh. That's horrible!! 2y
brilliantglow Omg! What the heck. The book is so good. I can't believe this happened to you. I'm sorry. 😦 2y
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Alfoster Whaaaaat? Seriously...? Well, her loss and how sad she sees life like this. She probably loves The Wall idea too😳. Know that we love you Eric! 2y
Kangaj1 Wow. So sorry this happened to you. 2y
drokka I don't understand that approach to life. We're all humans. This sort of thing makes me cry. I'm sorry you had to experience this. (edited) 2y
DGRachel That's insane. I'm so sorry. 😔 2y
tjwill I'm so sorry that happened to you. 😡 I also just went on my Kindle and bought one of your books to make up for the lost sale. I look forward to reading The Only Girl in China. It sounds amazing! (edited) 2y
DiruVamp That is ridiculous! I'm so sorry you had to put up with that kind of behavior! 2y
Megabooks 😡😡😡😡 I'm sorry! That's ridiculous! 2y
riversong153 I'm confused and disheartened by this buyers reaction. 😒It's ok, you'll survive without that sale . 2y
Alfoster Eric--would you be wiling to speak at my high school sometime next year (even tho I'm retired)? It's in Santee and they have a Readers & Writers Club with guest authors. There's no $ involved but kids love it (and may buy books). You can respond to me in email if you like. Just a thought about how we can build bridges as there are a lot of refugees in that area. No pressure obviously😀. 2y
EricQiao @saresmoore @KVanRead @brilliantglow @Alfoster @Kangaj1 @drokka @DGRachel @DiruVamp Thanks for the support Littens! It's okay don't be sorry for me, I'm much stronger than this. @tjwill You are awesome!!! 2y
MicheleinPhilly WTF??? This world...😡 2y
CherylDeFranceschi 😡😯😩 2y
Scurvygirl Um... no words. 2y
DuckOfDoom Why are people this stupid? This makes me want to read your book, although I actually have no idea what its about 😅 2y
brilliantglow You're right, you're much stronger and that ex buyer is the one truly missing out 2y
Jas16 WTF!!!!! I am so sorry and so angry. Buyer is going to miss out on a great read. 2y
brilliantglow @DuckOfDoom you should read both books! The Only Girl in China is fantastic Too! 2y
kylienoele This person obviously does not deserve to read it! Sorry you had to deal with someone like that :( 2y
NovelGirl82 @tjwill You won't be disappointed!! 2y
NovelGirl82 Honestly, I wish that I could say that I'm shocked, but I'm not. I'm obviously outraged, and incredibly sad that this is the world that we live in & that my nieces and nephews have to grow up in, but sadly I'm not shocked. There is just too much of this mindset. She should be ashamed of herself. 2y
EricQiao @NovelGirl82 Aw we can't be pessimistic now. Littens like you and everyone here make the world a better place. Hugs all around. 🤗🤗🤗 2y
NovelGirl82 @EricQiao I'm hopeful that it's not quite as bad in the rest of the country as it is in the Deep South, where I'm from. Does that help?! 😂😂😂 2y
Robothugs Oh. My. God. I'm speechless. It's probably someone you do not want to sell to, either. 😂🙈 2y
JoeStalksBeck 😳geez 2y
EricQiao @NovelGirl82 True. I wanted to drive across the country, but then I'd look at the map and see how many states a fellow like me oughta avoid, I dismiss the idea. 😂 2y
mcipher What is wrong with people?!?! 2y
Redwritinghood WTF? I make it a habit to ignore stupid people. I think this may be one of those people to ignore. 2y
DrexEdit I don't understand it. Tiny people with tiny minds. Their loss. I'll also purchase a book to make up for the lost sale. I was going to eventually buy one of your books anyway, but now it can be a RIGHTEOUS PURCHASE! 😁😁 2y
cariashley 😱 horrified. 2y
Gayan There are a lot of shitty people in the world. Sorry this happened to you. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Proving once again that bigots and proper punctuation don't mix. 2y
Blueberry I wonder if this should be reported? Ebay might ban her/him. Sorry this happened to you. 2y
batsy I'm sorry you had to endure that. On the plus side, your book will not be read and judged by a small-minded twit. 2y
Hooked_on_books Wow, I'm speechless. What an asinine, ignorant, narrow-minded person. 2y
moarbookspleaze Wow. I'm sorry you have to deal with this shiftiness. 2y
ScientistSam So sorry that happened to you. It's just so wrong. 😢 2y
hgrimes What a foul person. 2y
Laura317 This just makes me mad. We've seen that bigotry too. "Why did you adopt kids from China? There's American kids that need home!" So sorry! 2y
Jinjer WTF?????😡😡😡 2y
LeahBergen This makes me sick. 2y
rohit-sawant I guess we know who she voted for. That‘s sickening. So sorry this happened. 2y
mkritchey This makes me so sad. This sort of thinking forces people to miss out on wonderful people and ideas. There's too much anger and hate in the world. 2y
cobwebmoth 😯That's so horrible. 2y
minkyb So freaking sad. 2y
TNbookworm 😢 2y
Sungirl79 😢 2y
Herschelian WTF? So much hatred and fear heaped on China - and being stoked up by POTUS amongst others. 1y
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Get Shorty | Elmore Leonard
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For all aspiring writers.

I've pretty much memorized these lines by now. Whenever I feel like I can't write, I recite the words, chuckle, and keep going.

Alfoster 😂😂😂! I love the movie too! 2y
EricQiao @Alfoster "I once asked this literary agent, what kind of writing paid the best? He said, ransom notes." 2y
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Alfoster Ha! I hope you signed on with him!😳 2y
SheReadsAndWrites I love this so much 😊♥️ 2y
EricQiao @SheWritesRomance I knew a fellow writer would appreciate this! 😁 2y
AceOnRoam I didn't know there was a book. Thanks 2y
SheReadsAndWrites Absolutely 😉 2y
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@maich

1. Born in China, living in San Diego.
2. Impossible to pick a favorite book. Favorite authors are George Martin, Elmore Leonard, Lee Child, Uncle Stevie.
3. Series: Jack Reacher, Asoiaf, Harry Potter
4. Movies: Jackie Brown, Fargo, Silence of the Lambs.
5. TV: The Mentalist, Game of Thrones.
6. Bands: Megadeth, Slayer, Iron Maiden to name a few.
7. Colors: Red white and blue. 🇺🇸
8. Genre: Crime fiction
9. Pet: A dog name Charlie.

daena 🤘🏼excellent music choices 🤘🏼 2y
Megabooks Charlie is so adorable! 2y
EricQiao @daena I like some headbanging and air guitar to go with my tunes. Whiplash optional. 🤓 2y
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daena Headbanging is always a must. 2y
maich Charlie is cute and sweet❤😍 2y
AmyG I love early Megadeath. 2y
Sydsavvy Hello sweet Charlie! And your book is in my next reads line up! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
EricQiao @Booksandcooks @maich I told Charlie your comments and he demanded a treat immediately. 2y
peaknit Love your music choices🤘🏻 2y
Megabooks @EricQiao sounds like mine! 😂😂 2y
EricQiao @AmyG Me too! Up to Rust in Peace, right? I listen to the early years the most. I gave my first to Megadeth in high school...first concert experience, that is. 2y
EricQiao @Sydsavvy Awesome!! I hope you like it. 🤗 2y
AmyG @EricQiao Exactly! 2y
maich @EricQiao 😂😂 2y
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Have a nice looking bookshelf so when you go on CNN via Skype you can stand in front of it. 🙄#ImportanceOfBookshelf

NovelGirl82 😂😂😂😂 That's not what you use yours for? 2y
EricQiao @NovelGirl82 Oh mine's for precisely such occasions. Still waiting for Anderson Cooper to Skype me. 🤔 (edited) 2y
MyBookLife Haha! Also, love the name @middleEastGuy 😂😂 2y
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drokka 🤣🤣 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk They always seem to use them as backdrops in documentaries too. I always end up trying to read the titles. 2y
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Housesitting for my parents so this is their library. #aprilbookshowers #shelfie @RealLifeReading

LeahBergen Beautiful!! 2y
Cinfhen Beautiful 💓 2y
brilliantglow Wow I'm jealous😍😍 2y
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TrishB Wow 😀 looks like real grown-ups library!! 2y
TrishB Wow 😀 looks like real grown-ups library!! 2y
drokka Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't turn down those shelves, but that desk! 😍 2y
CrowCAH Omg amazing! 😍 love the built in shelves and the desk! 2y
JacqMac Lovely! 2y
Eyelit Amazing! 2y
Zelma That right there is Mr. Z's dream office/library. 2y
minkyb Love the enclosed bookcases! 2y
CouronneDhiver Dreamy! 2y
Reviewsbylola Pretty impressive. 😍😍 2y
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Cue Motley Crue's Home Sweet Home.

tapgurl Nice feeling to be home! Where did you go? 2y
LeahBergen Oh, geez. Thanks for THAT ear worm. Now I can't stop singing it! 😂 2y
drokka @LeahBergen I read your comment and realized I was humming it in the bus shelter. 🤣 2y
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EricQiao @tapgurl I did a tour in 'Nam. It was an item off my bucket list! 2y
EricQiao @LeahBergen @drokka Tonight TONIGHT~ I'm on my way~ just set me free~ home sweet home~ I made it! 😝 2y
LeahBergen Aaand, there I go singing it again. 😂 2y
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Browsing a bookstore in Saigon. Hopefully one day, my works will be translated to Vietnamese. Gonna be stateside in less than 48 hours...I don't wanna leave! 😭

Cinfhen Safe travels 😊 2y
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Lonely Planet Vietnam | Iain Stewart
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Vung Tau was a popular R&R destination for American soldiers during the war. Peacetime it's R&R for this unproductive writer. (Vung Tau in the back, I'm working a tan.) 🤓

ChasingOm Vietnam has been in my top 5 places I want to go for at least a decade. (edited) 2y
Cinfhen It looks very peaceful now, enjoy 😊 2y
Sue What a beautiful spot! 2y
hlgreenfield I visited Vietnam in December and it was one of the most beautiful places I've been! Loved it! 2y
Cortg Beautiful! My sister lives in China and loves to visit Vietnam! One of her faves :) 2y
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