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  • Title: Spirits Abroad
  • Author: Zen Cho
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  • Page: 400
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • If you live near the jungle, you will realize that what is real and what is not real is not always clear In the forest there is not a big gap between the two A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an a If you live near the jungle, you will realize that what is real and what is not real is not always clear In the forest there is not a big gap between the two A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an annoying landlord, and Chang E spins off into outer space, the ultimate metaphor for the Chinese diaspora.The ebook edition of Zen Cho s short story collection SPIRITS ABROAD features 15 speculative short stories, author commentary, and an ebook only cover by artist Likhain likhain The stories in Spirits Abroad succeed in both interrogating the premise of speculative fiction and Malaysiana by combining the two in unique, charming, and often deeply moving ways The Star
    Spirits Abroad If you live near the jungle you will realize that what is real and what is not real is not always clear In the forest there is not a big gap between the two A Datin recalls her romance with an orang

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    1. I have to admit it was with some trepidation that I received the news that I had won this book in a Giveaway I ve not had great experiences with works set in South East Asia e.g The Book of Salt, The Harmony Silk Factory I am happy to say, however, that this work was head and shoulders above them, both as an authentic South East Asian voice and as an engaging read As a Singaporean, I can tell you that her depiction of Malaysia and Malaysians is the real deal, folks For example, she does not make [...]

    2. This was absolutely fantastic Funny, sad, deeply anger inducing, warm and fuzzy by turns Steeped in Malaysian mythology, which sounds purely amazing, as well as Chinese and some English, and written in switching voices with loads of Malay English and no concessions to non speakers so you just have to immerse yourself This is not a hardship There is undoubtedly a huge amount I didn t get because I don t know the legends, but I got enough to put this squarely into my fave specfic reads of the year [...]

    3. Zen Cho utterly charmed me on a Loncon panel about South and Southeast Asian SFF, so of course I bought her book of short stories, which do indeed reflect her boisterous, whimsical personality As a Chinese Malaysian living in London, she draws from several cultures in her storytelling, and the book is divided into three sections Here stories set in Malaysia , There stories set in England , and Elsewhere stories set, well, elsewhere For the non Malaysian reader, it s a great way to be introduced [...]

    4. I could not have loved these stories I always want to be reading books that make me feel like this one did, and I will definitely be reading it again I loved Sorcerer to the Crown with all my heart, but these stories are even original and definitely poignant FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND STARS In summary, I will be preordering every future book Zen Cho writes, setting up a google alert now.

    5. This Malaysian and Malaysian diaspora fantasy shorts collection brings extremely intimate and personal concepts into the sphere of fantasy fiction like unexpected difficulty in schoolwork or performing arts after being at the top of your class, or blooming into your suppressed bisexuality Far from being the fantasy of broad, sweeping, epic stories about clashes between dynasties or magical orders, this is the fantasy about household magic, about supernatural creatures that have the same feelings [...]

    6. GOT STORIES ABOUT ORANG BUNIAN LAH, GOT TEENAGE PONTIANAK LAH, GOT ORANG MINYAK ALSO The orang minyak a bit gross lah, Facebook stalk pretty girls and take pictures Also leh, the language is memang like that one A lot of slang, so lehquite fun to read But not as contrived as the Rose Chan one This one s a little believable I didn t know ghosts also got such a sense of humour Keong Si also can make jokes leh.

    7. Short stories with local supernatural bent voiced artlessly by Zen Cho Her characters are quirky but not annoyingly cute, the landscape lush with Malaysian mystical lore and the dialogue is just so real Something to devour in a single sitting.

    8. Spirits Abroad is a delightful collection of short stories by Zen Cho I d previously enjoyed her novel The Sorcerer and the Crown and a couple of her short stories specifically Prudence and the Dragon and The Perseverance of Angela s Past Life Zen Cho is a Malaysian fantasy author who often combines English fantasy tropes with Malaysian life and folklore While many of her stories deal with serious topics such as Angela disconnecting herself from her heritage and repressing her bisexuality in The [...]

    9. I m in two minds when it comes to this book.I honestly thought the book was phenomenal It is everything I love about speculative fiction funny and folkloric, dry yet dripping with wonder However, that wasn t what made the book so special The book was especially special because Zen Cho made it Malaysian She took speculative fiction on its head and applied it to the Malaysian context, using local imagery and drawing from the rich lore of Malay and Chinese paranormal superstitions Here the characte [...]

    10. Empec el libro con muchas ganas y el primer cuento no me gust para nada Ya tem a que hab a elegido un mal libro para mi, pero decid darle un chance y seguir leyendo Menos mal Todos los dem s cuentos me encantaron No s qu pas con el primero, si es que me esperaba otra cosa y luego cambi mis expectativas con los dem s cuentos o si simplemente no es de mi gusto Son todos muy distintos entre s con diversos temas, como la bisexualidad, los acosadores, la inmigraci n, etc Algunos muy graciosos, unos m [...]

    11. Oooooh, this was good.Cho excels at two things in this collection attention to character and attention to texture in the story s details Which are great things to excel at when drawing on folkloric ideas of fantasy, in my opinion there s just enough of a rough surface to the glamorous or intriguing fantastical ideas on display to get a grip on it, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing through the eyes of every character here.She has a good mix of tone going on There s the thoroughly macabre, the downr [...]

    12. IF YOU ARE MALAYSIAN YOU NEED TO READ THIS, LIKE, YESTERDAY Besides being a complete delight to read with very strong craft, Zen s writing is a great example of how Malaysians can write SFF without relying on Western perspectives of Malaysia I personally do not care much for her protagonists, who are mostly rather bland made interesting through the situations they are in I suppose they are meant to be EveryWoman, but something about many of them, like Prudence and Vivian, rub me wrong, despite t [...]

    13. I ll admit that I only picked this up because it was on a list of books by authors from Southeast Asia which I needed for the Read Harder challenge , was fantasy related, and was cheap as an ebook, but it was really good I really want to read her other stuff now All of the stories touched on something Malay, even if it was just in the way people spoke, and she wrote little commentaries for each story I liked that she also put in possible trigger warnings and a link to skip to the next story if w [...]

    14. Interesting concept Some stories were executed well while others were not Zen Cho is a gem I m looking forward for her other books.

    15. I wanted to like these stories than I did The author s tendencies towards sparse description and explaining all her metaphors made it difficult for me to really immerse myself Volume highlights The House of Aunts, The Mystery of the Suet Swain, and Balik Kampung

    16. This is a collection of Urban Fantasy stories Urban Fantasy in the traditional think Charles de Lint etc sense of magic spilling into everyday life rather than the recent think Charlaine Harris of sexy vampires and werewolves It also is a collection of stories by a Malaysian author, and the tales are deeply steeped not only in Malaysian folklore but also in the languages of Malaysia a very distinctive way of using English which is generously peppered with presumably Malaysian terms, not to men [...]

    17. I m almost afraid to write this review.I discovered Spirits Abroard from a friend, who said she HAD to support Zen Cho because there aren t many Malaysian SFF writers Now I m pretty sure there ARE Malaysian SFF writers because I personally know one who ONLY writes SFF, just that they re not published.It s good that this book came out, because look at all the good reviews She s taken Malaysian culture, full of superstitions and mythical creatures, and given it a realistic spin, given context and [...]

    18. I love this story collection soooo much Coming into the collection, I already read quite a few of Zen Cho s works so I knew I was gonna love it in either case, but like, I just didn t realize how much I would end up liking having all her works bundled up in one book Like, I can read House of Aunts The besttttt and The Earth Spirit s Favorite Anecdote all in the same collection And that cover OMG, I want to craddle it in my arms And all the author s notes at the end of the story Too cute Ok but e [...]

    19. This is a delightful collection of colorful little stories They seem to span a few years in the author s career, and many most were previously published elsewhere While the locations range between England and Malaysia, the stories all involve ghosts, spirits, or supernatural beings in some way A few are serious, some are humorous Most involve young people as well, often university or high school aged students While the narrative prose is clear and facile, the dialogue is often different an appar [...]

    20. Does anyone remember the Amazing Race This book is kind of like that If you re not Malaysian, you get dropped in the middle of the culture and then have to figure your way around based on textual clues I thought this was pretty cool I m sure there were plenty of things I missed, but that was no obstacle to enjoyment.It succeeds the way it does because the folklore isn t just the backdrop, but a living fabric that shapes and informs relationships between characters And relationships, mainly those [...]

    21. I read this on the recommendation of basically everyone whose opinion about books I respect But especially Isanah and stardust rain and THANKS GUYS IT IS AMAZING It is actually quite hard to get hold of a physical copy of Spirits Abroad, since it was only physically published in Malaysia I think but I managed in the end through the magic of interlibrary loans The lending institution only let me keep it for two weeks but that was okay because I basically only needed two days, it is that good Spir [...]

    22. I was madly in love with Cho s The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo This is not that book I love it in a different way This is the best kind of assorted chocolate kind of short story collection, where each one is a distinct flavor, and I never felt like I was getting repeats.I ve always been the kid who loved reading fairy tales, and this book is filled with all sorts of stories I hadn t met before except the hopping ghost vampire The best part was that it wasn t abstract retellings of stories, but rea [...]

    23. What a delightful range of stories in Spirits Abroad This is one of the best short story collections I ve ever read I often seem to describe Zen Cho s writing as delightful , but really, it is Reading Spirits Abroad was so great I couldn t wait to get to read each story Cho gives us vivid characters, usually Malaysian, with wonderfully natural speech patterns complete with Malaysian English discourse markers , and inventive settings and concepts that spin each story forwards True to its name, Sp [...]

    24. Spirits Abroad is easily one of the best short story collections I have ever read A blend of urban fantasy and speculative fiction, every story has the power not only to amaze, but to move readers The struggles of a teenage vampire had me tearing up One of the stories was so funny that I sat giggling on the train, much to the exasperation of my fellow passengers This collection demonstrates everything great about the short story, and does so with real style.Zen Cho s writing is delightful Her wa [...]

    25. Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho is a collection of short fiction by the author of Sorcerer to the Crown and several other works of fiction that I ve enjoyed I bought the book some time ago, when I read Cho s other work, but only just got around to reading it, mostly thanks to challenging myself to read short stories I m a bit disappointed in myself for putting it off for so long.Overall, I loved this book Of course, I didn t love every single story, but I thought most of them were great and there wer [...]

    26. 4.5 stars Witty, delicious and enormously fun, this was my favorite short story collection in years Zen Cho s voice is entirely her own, but the closest comparison I can come up with is Connie Willis for the wonderful combination of humor and intelligent fantasy.Usually when I read a single author short story collection, I need to take breaks between reading each story This time, though, I just devoured the whole book and had a wonderful time doing it There are stories that are incredibly funny [...]

    27. This would be my first Zen Cho book and my first local read in quite a while.Spirits Abroad is a collection of short stories about spirits of every kind orang bunian, toyols, dragons, fairies, etc.As a Malaysian or if you re familiar with the Malaysian myths and legends , these stories will leave you in stitches As someone who isn t Malaysian familiar with the myths and legends, they might leave you slightly confused.What I loved about most of the stories is the homage to Malaysia s various ethn [...]

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