Featured author at 365Tomorrows

I am October’s featured author at 365Tomorrows!

Pride – What do androids get addicted to?

The Sharing Economy – Your data or your life.

Rare Earth – Risk vs reward. Prompt from a friend: Tarot major arcana ‘The Fool’.

Spring, If There Were Still Seasons – The children are our future.

 

Thanks 365Tomorrows 🙂

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Anthology Review: ‘Singapore Noir’ edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Singapore NoirSingapore Noir by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review from ARC. Expected publication June 3, 2014.

Given that this book is being published in America by a US-based company, I’m going to go ahead and assume that it is primarily geared towards people who aren’t intimately familiar with Singapore. The fact that it’s in English particularly doesn’t mean much; English is prevalent over there. Or should I say Singlish? I had a Singaporean roommate first year of university and the cadence of speech is quite different-lah. Continue reading

Book Review: ‘The Lottery and Other Stories’ by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery and Other StoriesThe Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shirley Jackson holds up a mirror to American society, and that mirror was taken from a funhouse: the America we see is a twisted world where people are casually displaced from their homes, seemingly normal interactions come with layers and layers of subtext, and…’The Lottery.’ Continue reading

Book Review: ‘The Illustrated Man’ by Ray Bradbury

The Illustrated ManThe Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, so I just spent half an hour learning about the shibe meme and here is my summary of this short story collection, with all due apologies:

I know, I know. Special place in Hell. Got it. 😛

such science

many imagine

wow

space is exist

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Book Review: ‘The Ladies of Grace Adieu’ by Susanna Clarke

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other StoriesThe Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While these stories include enough background information to function as a stand-alone, I think this is best read after Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. (One of the stories is actually set in Wall, the town featured in Stardust. It’s been a long time since I read that and didn’t matter at all, although a couple of familiar names were dropped.)

Anyway, there are a couple of reasons you should read Clarke’s other work first. The chief one is that all but one of these take place in the same universe, an alternate Napoleonic-era England where magic is coming back into use, and the other one is that Clarke’s style takes some getting used to if you generally read modern fiction. Continue reading