Winner of the 2020 Epigram Books Fiction Prize
When a renegade prophet vanishes in a cloud of pigeons in Kuala Lumpur, chorister and first witness Gabriel finds himself press-ganged into a wild road trip down the Malaysian coast. Meanwhile, in a sleepy town by the sea, Lydia traces the links between her late grandaunt's eccentric lover and her involvement in the Communist Emergency. As Lydia and Gabriel enter a shadowy mythology of serpents, Sufi saints and plainclothes gods, they must grapple with the theologies and histories they once trusted, in a country more perilously punk than they'd ever conceived of.
"A dizzying tale of saints, heists, maybe-queens."
—The Straits Times
"Quite the debut, accomplished, deft, unabashed and exuberant."
—Asian Review of Books
"Author Joshua Kam's debut book brings Asian mythology to the forefront."
—The Sun Daily
Malaysian author blurs myths and truths as you escape on a wild road trip ... This whimsical, rollercoaster ride of a book also carries a tale of old and new Malaysia colliding, with various figures from local history, politics and folklore coming together in an epic quest for the soul of the nation.
"In essence, (the novel) acts as a love letter to Malaysian folklore and history, showcasing an impressive degree of representation and imagination that never feels shoehorned into the narrative."
"What a trip! This 21st-century adventure quest with an Islamic saint also brings us on a madcap tour through a multitude of Malaysian mythologies— Malay epics, Taoist pantheons, WW2/Emergency/Merdeka heroics, and more. Even more vitally, it gives us hope amidst the dire news of our era— political corruption, environmental devastation and bigotry—reassuring us that the human/divine spirit still flourishes in the late-capitalist tropics, and is ultimately destined to triumph over evil. An absolute delight, and truly, deliciously Malaysian."
—Ng Yi-Sheng, award-winning author of Lion City
"Borgesian, even Manichean in spirit, with almost reverent borrowings from Nusantara mythologies to Abrahamic religiosity, this novel is a wild ride from start to finish, riffing on Malayan history, politics and folklore in a surprisingly redemptive arc, while remaining deeply interrogative about what it means to keep true to goodness in the ever-changing face of evil."
—Cyril Wong, two-time Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of This Side of Heaven
Guilt, the venom running through humanity's veins,
The cancer eating mankind's soul.
Death, both courted and earned, well-fed upon denial.
Balanced on the delicate edge between madness and damnation, clarity comes to us all.
There is one thing more terrifying than the darkness at the edge of your vision staring back.
The seed of that darkness peering from within your heart.
What is real? What is imagined?
Right, or wrong, the price of your answer is your soul.
A fling with a prince forces a headstrong guard out of her comfort zone—and kingdom—in this fantasy romance by the author of The Pages of The Mind. Jepp has been the heart of the queen’s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince’s bed. But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader—and Jepp’s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral’s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives—and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and the prince . . .Perfect for Game of Thrones fans looking for more romance.Praise for The Edge of the Blade“A wonderful fantasy with tons of action, adventure, and heart. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time flipping through the pages to find out what was going to happen next!... This was a great novel that I absolutely recommend.” —Night Owl Reviews“The sparring between Jepp, formerly of the High Queen’s guard and Prince Kral of Dasnaria, brings to mind Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas in Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile.” —Heroes and Heartbreakers
Paris, 1930. Monsieur D'Haricot is a secret agent with a twitchy moustache.
Out of sight and mind, a community of refugees has been forced beneath the catacombs by centuries of persecution. They have built their own city, a replica of Paris, and developed advanced technologies and transport systems. With post-WWI Europe in turmoil, now is the time for them to resurface.
Monsieur D'Haricot has no problem with this, but a planned invasion is a different story altogether. He is, after all, duty-bound to protect France.
Faced with mistaken identities, split personalities, trickery, lies, downright lies, and repugnant bicycles, he will need to engage his complete repertoire of guile and espionage training to prevail. If that fails, well, at least he can rely on a little help from his friends: a sweet-toothed crab and an angel puppeteer.
The time is right for revolution, but the clock is not.
Welcome to the end of human intelligence, the functioning brain completely eradicated by the Himalayan virus known as "Lasactka". The ignorance of civilization deceived them all with the deadly promise of limitless knowledge and undeniable intellect. Instead, Lasactka was designed to successfully achieve the exact opposite, draining the mental capability of humanity and reducing them to mental oblivion. We all want to be a vessel of wisdom. However, how many of us will actually put in the work to achieve that, and how fatal will we go to reach that prominence if it means never having to lift a finger?
An Excellent Collection brings together Orwell's Fiction, Non-Fiction, Essays and Poems.
Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose, Orwell's Books created a unique literary manner from the process of thinking aloud and continuing to challenge, move and entertain. This Book created and collected in George Orwell's most important Works illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of the 20th century - a man who elevated political writing to an art.
This Collection includes
· Burmese Days
· A Clergyman's Daughter
· Keep the Aspidistra Flying
· Animal Farm
· Nineteen Eighty-Four
· Down and Out in Paris and London
· The Road to Wigan Pier
· Homage to Catalonia
Essays and Poems.
A vicious virus plagues the world, systematically attacking those who obsess over social media and taking the perfect selfie. As it spreads, leaving a devastating trail of destruction, it forces factions of survivors to form. But their competing motives lead to further disaster and a losing battle that shakes survivors to their core and upends the lives of society's most vain.
When a member of one of the factions falls victim to the virus, it sparks a series of horrific events that threaten not only those who have remained in the shadows but eviscerates the bond between brother and sister.
With a deadly virus intent on leaving no one unscathed, panicked survivors, a growing list of victims, and everyone's flaws and insecurities on full display, life spirals out of control. One by one, all will meet a brutal fate. The question is, when?
Will the social media obsession and the brutal efforts to reverse lead influencers and selfie-addicts to their fatalities?
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