The Shrine of the Siren Stone

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Publication Date: (October 8, 2015)

ASIN: B016COE5TY (Amazon Kindle)

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Synopsis

Ishiro is an otaku, an anime-obsessed geek without a decent job or loving parents. His only friends are Mr. Endo, owner of a maid cafe in Akihabara, and Yuko, a waitress in a French mail uniform. Ishiro fall in love with Yuko, but she turns out to be an android using him to learn about human love. Does she have real feelings for him or is she just programmed to act like a girlfriend? When Mr Endo splits the couple apart, Ishiro joins the Japanese Navy and goes to war, and Yuko’s behavior becomes increasingly human and rebellious. Their paths cross again at the mysterious Shrine of the Siren Stone, where a telepathic meteorite holds the secret of the human spirit.

From Derwin Mak, multiple Prix Aurora Award winner (Canada’s National Science Fiction Award) for Transubstantiation and The Dragon and the Stars.

About The Author

Derwin Mak lives in Toronto, Canada. His short story Transubstantiation won the 2006 Aurora Award for Best Short Form-Work in English. He and Eric Choi edited The Dragon and the Stars, an anthology of science fiction and fantasy by ethnic Chinese outside China, which won the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. His novel The Moon Under Her Feet was a finalist for the 2008 Aurora Award for Best Long-Form Work in English. Derwin also wrote articles about East Asian pop culture and anime for Parsec and Ricepaper magazines.

Derwin is a chartered professional accountant with Master’s degrees in accounting (University of Waterloo) and military studies (American Military University). He is a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute and an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. His website is www.derwinmaksf.com.