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Wow, “My Mother’s Shadow” Receives a 5-Star from an Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

Like Forest Gump said, life is a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get next.

I don’t know why but I decided to check on my book My Mother’s Shadow after lunch and, boy, was I surprised! The first review has just been posted under the book and it was form A Navy Vet…VT town, an Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer, giving it a solid 5 stars and calling it “Powerful!”

The review reads, “A powerful short story that speaks large volumes in a few words. It speaks of racism, discrimination and segregation without being ‘preachy’.

“In synopsis (without a spoiler) there are people that cast no shadows. These are the ones that are discriminated against by the powers to be.

“Most highly recommended.”

Take a look at the review here:

Thank you, A Navy Vet…VT town!


I Give The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey a Grudging 4-Star

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m giving this one a grudging 4-star.

Technically, it’s got everything right and properly edited. But it feels “manufactured” and does not offer a whole lot of originality, other than the general premise of alien invasion waves.

You can also see that the publisher’s marketing objectives have reverse-engineered into the book’s content. They want to gouge into the fat and juicy market segment of young adults, and therefore the author is referring to sex as “do it,” just to cite an example.

My major disappointment is that the writing does not do justice to the premise — we are talking about the demise of several billion people on earth but there is just not enough raw feelings of despair and pains coming through the passages.

In addition, the author has chosen to narrate the major progressions of the story in present tense. That forces the narrative to be linear and sequential in those major development and does not accord the author the freedom of reflections and after-thought. When you tell a story in past tense, you can filter it through memory; and memory itself can be a product of experience, feelings and even medical conditions, thus making the regaling much more colorful.

In conclusion: would I spend $700K of my grandmother’s money to market this book like its publisher is doing?

Most likely not.

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FREE BOOK on Amazon: “My Life is as a Cicada”


“My Life as a Cicada” by M. Eigh, free on Amazon June 21, 2013

There has been way too much hype. There has been way too much contagious emtomophobia spreading in the American populace. What is the big deal about the swarm of cicadas? Why is it that everyone feels so justified on Twitter, Facebook or other social media when they express their disgust toward the cicadas?

Confucius told us to rejoice when a visitation from afar is upon us. There is a great deal of wisdom in his advice: there is always a reason for something to be here with us, to be our company, or simply to be in our way. There is a great deal of logic in the way nature dictates how everything work together, how we humans and other animals fit into the food chain. If God created us, he/she also created cicadas. Much as we humans have a reason to be here, cicadas do too.

With “My Life as a Cicada,” I want to show the vulnerability of this bug; the vulnerability of all life forms. This book elegantly illustrates the fascinating life cycle of cicadas along the plot of a dramatized story: the long journey of a cicada nymph trapped underground for seventeen years; the friendly and hostile subterranean creatures he encounters; and last but not least, his triumphant debut in the above-ground world of the sun, the moon and open air to fly in.

This book portrays the natural drama that transpires in a periodical cicada’s mysterious life cycle. People say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, this book has about 20 pictures, and that’s worth 20,000 words!

You will love it. Your kids will love it!


“If You’re in the Mood for a Bit of Literary Fiction to Read with a Glass of Nice Wine”

“Little Tales that Sizzle in the Mind.” — Grady Harp, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer

“A truly beautiful piece of short fiction…This collect is well worth picking up if you’re in the mood for a bit of literary fiction to read with a glass of nice wine.” — Alain Gomez, Book Brouhaha

“My fave of this bunch was Bitter Tea and Braided Hair. Short and very much to-the-point. A vignette of a terrible reality. Most affecting.” — Graeme Dunlop, PseudoPod

Are you a globe-trotter?
Are you inquisitive and sensitive to foreign cultures?
Are you an Aisn American?
Are you an ABC (American born Chinese)?
Do you like mainstream literary fiction with some fantastical twist?
Or, simply, do you like short stories?

If you can answer yes to any of the above, chances are that you will find something in my short fiction “Bitter Tea and Braided Hair” that can truly delight you.

Grady Harp, an Amazon Top 50 Reviewer and Hall of Fame Reviewer calls the book “Little Tales that Sizzle in the Mind”, Alain Gomez from Book Brouhaha says, “This collect is well worth picking up if you’re in the mood for a bit of literary fiction to read with a glass of nice wine.” She’s particularly fond of “My Mother’s Shadow” and calls it “a truly beautiful piece of short fiction.”

After reading the above short introduction, if you feel like reading the book, I’m sure we have something in common. And I want the voice of people like us to be heard.

How? You may ask. My answer? — by posting your optinions about this book on Amazon. Currently, the book is on a 99¢ special. But it is OK if you do not want to spend the 99¢ or cannot afford to spend the 99¢, just send me your PayPal email to my email at “” (without the quote) at gmail dot com. Or you can find a way to direct message me your PayPal email via Facebook or Twitter.

You’ll enjoy it, you have my word.

M. Eigh

Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer, Gives “Bitter Tea and Braided Hair” a 5-Star

“Little Tales that Sizzle in the Min.” — Grady Harp, Amazon 38th Ranking Top Reviewer, on Bitter Tea and Braided Hair

On June 9, 2013, Grady Harp, an Amazon top ranking reviewer who wears many badges of honor including TOP 50 REVIEWER, VINE™ VOICE, HALL OF FAME REVIEWER and REAL NAME™, posted a review on Amazon for my short fiction collection, “Bitter Tea and Braided Hair.” The review can be found here:

Here’s what Grady said about the book, quoted verbatim as follows:

BITTER TEAR AND BRAIDED HAIR is a collection of short stories that serves to introduce many of us to a writer a=of significant gifts. He is able in a very brief time to gain our empathy for his characters, such as the half Chinese half Tibetan young man of the title story who falls in love with a Tibetan girl and just as quickly loses everything. In MY MOTHER’S SHADOW our main character is a first grade child who notices he has no shadow, discovers that this is a curse from God, and walks with his mother who has a shadow to the prison where his also shadowless father is held: his mother and the boy bear the spite of the town when it seems to everyone that each time they visit the prison and bring home an `uncle’ (a doomed shadowless man) causing the rumor that his mother is a prostitute.

Or take the case of OSCAR’S EXTRAORDINARY LIFE, PLANNED we meet an in utero fetus that can hear and think about everything that is happening outside his mother womb – even the sexual liaisons she has which put a question as to the fetus’ origin! In DEAR TERESA a young lad in the year 1979 attends school but also listens to his shortwave radio for English 900 and learns of a radio personality Sister Teresa, becomes a fan, communicates with her Letter to Teresa project, and makes portraits of her – only to find that his gift for pictures creates dissension among his friends. THE MANCHURIAN EXPRESS is a comical story that has at its core the dissolution of the Mao-style communism of China, but the style of A EULOGY FOR EDWIN BOGARDUS tops even that as we learn about the life of a man who died from an overdoes effect of Viagra!

In all, this is a fine group of imaginative fiction that spreads across the world from China to the US. The only thing we discover about the author M. Eigh who attended China’s prestigious Tsinghua University, is a highly published Chinese poet, and is a man with considerable talent. His next move should be a novella and then a novel to see if his imagination can sustain through a book long story. It would also be interesting to read translations of his poetry. But a helpful hint to this writer: secure the guidance of a good editor to extract the spelling and grammar errors next time round, because you are just too fine to let skips get into your work! Grady Harp, June 13.

Book Brouhaha Gives “My Mother’s Shadow” a 4-Star Rating!

Alain Gomez, at Book Brouhaha, is not known for disbursing charitable book reviews. To her credit, she gives out 4-star ratings grudgingly. To obtain a 5-star rating, the story has to be “absolutely life changing.” In the crass and philistine world we live in where a huge conspiracy “professional book review” industry is thriving on the sweat and blood, measly book royalty indie writers are eking out, or hoping to eke out, Alain does not charge a penny to review a submitted book. But I have to warn you: the waiting list is long and in my particular case, my book sat in her pipeline for about 12 months.

IMHO, Book Brouhaha could charge some fee for an expedited review for authors who’re in a hurry to get a professional review on their books, without compromising its editorial integrity. A paid author can still get a 1-star rating on his/her book, if it really sucks. An unpaid author can still get a 5-star, if his or her book gives the reviewers at Book Brouhaha a “life changing” experience.

Book Brouhaha‘s free book review policies are listed here:

Here’s what Alain said about my short fiction collection “Bitter Tea and Braided Hair:”

(My Mother’s Shadow is) a truly beautiful piece of short fiction. What it lacks in action it makes up for in literary depth. There are a lot of layers to this story, each interesting enough to mull over for some time.

I was impressed with how easily M. Eigh introduces his racist world. In just a few short paragraphs that contain no blatant description you understand the conflict and empathize with the characters. I appreciated the symbolic use of shadows. It was a clever literary reference to other literary references.

I only wish there was a little more emotion attached to the mother. This story is told from the point of view of a young child. But I felt these innocent emotions could have been more balanced. I was sympathetic with the mother’s cause more than the mother herself.

All in all, though, an excellent piece. This collect is well worth picking up if you’re in the mood for a bit of literary fiction to read with a glass of nice wine. — stars-4-0 Alain Gomez, Book Brouhaha

You can find Book Brouhaha’s review on “My Mother’s Shadow” by clicking on Alain’s picture:


An Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER Reviews The Cicada Survival Guide


I woke up to some blessing this morning. Robin Lee, who wears Amazon’s coveted “TOP 500 REVIEWER” badge, has read “The Cicada Survival Guide” and given it a professional review. You can see the book’s review page here:

Robin said the following about the book:


“Biological Weapons”

This author wrote an excellent novella in a unique way..It is a mixed recipe, of an escaped man made virus, government conspiracy, cover-ups, and the emergence of Brood II….Which Scientists predict this year, the Cicadas will be in colossal numbers….It’s not just a survival guide, but a possible real depiction of an ecological disaster…This story is dark humor, intriguing, gross, thought provoking and real horrifying….The characters could have been fleshed out more but for this part of the story they are not the main point……Each new chapter is told from the characters view point…..

Through the yrs a biological infectious agent has seeped into the fungus of the trees…The Cicadas have been feeding off this for 17 dormant years….It has been named “Troma” and the bugs are brand new mutations, that Americans are unaware of…This new species smells the scent of blood and seeks it out…If you have a open cut, you better hide, because this is a blood born pathogen of death….The symptoms are: severe itchiness, complete disintegration of your body, eventually takes command of your brain and drives you insane….It takes 72 hrs for the full effect….
This is not a zombie novel because the infected don’t reanimate, they just become deadly killers in every way….

Warning: If you see a large Cicada with bright red blood colored metallic wings, instead of their green ones, you better run fast…..

This novel was just excellent.I hope this author thinks about continuing this as a series for the summer it has really great potential..I personally would like to see a Part 2 and 3……

Free Book on Amazon: The Cicada Survival Guide


Any day now, billions of winged insects will rise up and swarm over the entire East Coast? Are we ready?

Troma is ready for us. She’s been underground for 17 years, while inside of her a deadly virus is slowly turning this queen cicada into a cannibalistic mastermind with one goal: To infect the human race.

It’s them against us in this fun sci-fi novella, which also includes the adventures of a CIA agent, Russian counterspy and unlucky FBI officer as they battle the swarm. Recipes are included for those inclined to culinary adventure.

Thank you for your consideration. Info about the book is here

About the author:

M. Eigh was born in China and, before getting an MBA, he received a BSc from China’s prestigious Tsinghua University, where most modern day Chinese ruling elites obtain their academic pedigree. But the alma mater is about the only thing he has in common with the techno-dictators of today’s China.

In his younger days, M. Eigh was a published poet in Chinese; at the age of fifteen, he won the first-place award in a prefecture-wide youth literature competition. He can be found at

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Readers say:

“This author wrote an excellent novella in a unique way.”

“creepy fun with spy overtones.”

“I survived, and I want to read more!”

“Gripping plot!”

“Such an interesting story.”

“Waiting For Part 2 & 3, If Available…”

A Free eBook on Amazon: “Bitter Tea and Braided Hair”

My short fiction collection “Bitter Tea and Braided Hair” was released in paperback and ebook format recently. It’s on sale now on Amazon:

Bitter Tea and Braided Hair

This collection packs eight exquisite short fiction from M. Eigh, including Bitter Tea and Braided Hair, My Mother’s Shadow, Oscar’s Extraordinary Life, Planned, Dear Teresa, The Manchurian Express, A Eulogy for Edwin Bogardus, Not A Bad Day and Double Sauté.

All of the stories have been previously published by very selective professional or semi-professional literary magazines and some of them have been re-printed since their first publication.

Starting tomorrow, April 11, 2013 through April 12, 2013, this book’s ebook version will be FREE to download from Amazon.

Please post your reviews of the book on Amazon to share your thoughts and comments.