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5.0 out of 5 stars Opium Dreams - An Absolute Must-Read..., 7 Oct 2013
This review is from: OPIUM DREAMS, Pacific Stories Volume III (Kindle Edition)
... not only for the fans of Kiana Davenport.

Not for nothing Kiana Davenport's short stories gather prices everywhere and all around the globe.
But those who have read Shark Dialogues et.al. - as I did - the Hawai'ian stories, the way she wrote them and the sometimes shocking descriptions come along not so totally surprising...
These stories - set in Western Samoa, Hawai'i, Aotearoa aka New Zealand, Hawai'i and Georgia - transport the readers full speed into the exotic settings. But as I said, this is an absolute specialty of this so gifted authoress.

In "The Night of the Worm" a Samoan woman almost gives up on the philandering of her husband with white women. But she learns by an enamored Englishman what she can do to show her true worth to her totally surprised man...
The "Opium Dreams" take a beautiful Chinese-Hawai'ian into her wonderland because of the cold heart of her father. Her sister who seems to remain a spinster, tries everything to help her. But it's her who finally finds love and respect from a guilt-ridden paniolo - an island cowboy and his half-inuit son...
"Maoritanga" is the proudness of the Maori of their ancestors, but one Maori woman grieving for her brother killed in the Gulf War sinks into a life of homelessness, prostitution, even murder. But Maoritanga will help her to give new heart into the way of living with her tribe...
There are "Bullets flying over Hollywood" when a hot-blooded Hawai'ian half-blood revenges the betrayal of her husband in a most spectacular way. But Hubby and her twins don't give up so easily - and finally our hothead is ready to share a real tragedy with them...
The last story "The Speed of Light" is touching in a very special way. An Hawai'ian interior decorator changes the lives of a small, racist, Southern town, and introduces people to real beauty. Dying a slow and painful death, he has to teach a lot to one bigotted redneck, before taking his own life...

Those who read these stories and want more, there are two other collections by Kiana Davenport HOUSE OF SKIN PRIZE-WINNING STORIES I and CANNIBAL NIGHTS Pacific Stories, Volume II.
All three collections are also together in a gift box: PRIZE-WINNING PACIFIC STORIES (SPECIAL EDITION BOXED SET VOL. I-III) HOUSE OF SKIN, CANNIBAL NIGHTS, OPIUM DREAMS.
I have just started the second e-book and it's great like this third one and the first one!
I will always wait for the next book from Kiana Davenport to come out because she is a most important voice in the choir of the Pacific based authoresses who try to emancipate their sisters in this real cradle of humanity...

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing collection, 19 Feb 2013
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This review is from: OPIUM DREAMS, Pacific Stories Volume III (Kindle Edition)
The third and final instalment of Kiana Davenport's Pacific Stories continues the journey across the Pacific, taking us to Western Samoa, New Zealand but also to Georgia, USA, - the setting of the latter is, of course, a community of Hawaian immigrants. Once again, we encounter fascinating, if flawed, female characters, and we follow their lives for the course of these short stories which however have the depth of individual novels. "Night of the Worm" (Western Samoa) is brilliant in its depiction of an island reconciling its traditions with the need for tourism, and "Maoritanga", a woman's descent into alcoholism after the loss of a loved one, has possibly the most moving, magical endings of all the Pacific Stories.

All three volumes of Davenport's Pacific Stories are all available in box set format as well: I would strongly recommend buying it, because after reading one volume, you will not be able to stop until you have gone through the others.
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