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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd.; Paperback with Flaps edition (May 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804833028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804833028
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amy Lo , born in the Canton, China, divides her time between Hong Kong, Tokyo, and the United States. Mahjong, which she has been playing for more than 30 years, is one of her favorite pastimes.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Chan on July 31 2001
Format: Paperback
A unique book which covers traditional Cantonese, Shanghainese, 12-tile (13th-wild), and Taiwanese variations of mah jong. Scoring of hands are described in the translated English as well as the equivalent Chinese dialect (through Chinese characters and pin yin). Most other books address play and scoring using Western or Japanese standards, where as this book best describes the game that is played by my family.
Diagrams are useful in explaining the hands, but unfortunately in some cases the diagrams are misplaced in the layout and not labelled properly for best clarity.
The book is in paperback now. I hope that it sells well enough to garner a second edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Sweet on Feb. 27 2004
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...if you intend to play the game the way the majority of the people on the planet play it. Oddly this is the only book readily available in English that does so. She could do a better job explaining the seemingly arcane scoring system, but for the most part this was a much appreciated addition to my library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 14 2002
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This book has excellent graphics. Good introduction to the 3 variations of the game without all the complications added by Western players using the American/Jewish or Officers Wives clubs.
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By Mike Fehr on March 10 2014
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We've recently started a women's Mah Jong night and this was a great gift to help understand the game and reasons.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Good but can use some tweaking July 31 2001
By Elvin Chan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A unique book which covers traditional Cantonese, Shanghainese, 12-tile (13th-wild), and Taiwanese variations of mah jong. Scoring of hands are described in the translated English as well as the equivalent Chinese dialect (through Chinese characters and pin yin). Most other books address play and scoring using Western or Japanese standards, where as this book best describes the game that is played by my family.
Diagrams are useful in explaining the hands, but unfortunately in some cases the diagrams are misplaced in the layout and not labelled properly for best clarity.
The book is in paperback now. I hope that it sells well enough to garner a second edition.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have... Feb. 27 2004
By W. Sweet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
...if you intend to play the game the way the majority of the people on the planet play it. Oddly this is the only book readily available in English that does so. She could do a better job explaining the seemingly arcane scoring system, but for the most part this was a much appreciated addition to my library.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good addition to the Mahjongg library Feb. 14 2002
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This book has excellent graphics. Good introduction to the 3 variations of the game without all the complications added by Western players using the American/Jewish or Officers Wives clubs.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good guide Dec 2 2004
By S. Fentz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book describes most of the basic combinations for Asian style Mahjong and I have used it with several classes. There are a few problems that should have been edited but are easily corrected. I like the book because it explains the rules and scoring of Mahjong and provides pictoral references of dealing, set up of walls, and scoring hands.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good Book on Mah Jong April 17 2007
By Colin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the better books on mah jong, but I'm still left with a few questions that need to be cleared up where she wasn't specific enough. Other than that, great pictures, very clear diagrams and good explanations of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, and 12-tile Mah Jong. And it's written by a native Mah Jong player, not just a westerner who's been there once or twice; someone who has been playing it for her whole life in China.


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