I’ve always been interested in what local publisher Buku Fixi have been releasing, but most of their books weren’t the sort that I normally read, until Zen Cho’s Spirits Abroad.
Spirits Abroad is really a collection of (mostly) previously published SFF short fiction. I loved that a lot of the stories were exactly the sort of thing I liked, perfectly blending the real world with folklore. And as a MAJOR plus point, this time the folklore were the ones I’ve grown up with, because Zen Cho is also Malaysian. I really ought to write about the book in a different post, because I want to flail about all the stories. Earlier this year Buku Fixi released another anthology full of the sort of things I like in my SF, Cyberpunk: Malaysia, edited by Zen. This, too, I will write more about in a future post.
This month Zen released a novel, Sorcerer to the Crown, which I had included in my “2015 books I’m anticipating” lists here and on GR. I’m expecting it to be as awesome as – if very different from – Spirits Abroad. My copy just arrived yesterday, and I can’t wait to start reading!
Anyway, here are Zen’s top fives (and top 1 for one of the questions):
Top 5 favourite childhood books
- First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
- White Boots by Noel Streatfeild
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
- Villette by Charlotte Bronte
Top 5 fictional characters you’d love to meet
- Death from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
- Temeraire from Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series
- Stephen Maturin from Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series
- Yankumi from the manga Gokusen by Morimoto Kozueko
- Anne Shirley from L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series
Top 5 fandoms you’re currently into
- Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (the Susanna Clarke novel and the BBC series)
Zen’s note: I can’t truthfully say I’m currently into any other fandoms! I’m a serial monogamist when it comes to fandoms.
Top 5 SFF books you read recently
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
- A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar
- Cyberpunk: Malaysia by various authors
- A Killing in the Sun by Dilman Dila
Top 5 creatures/spirits from myth/folklore
- The Monkey King, Sun Wukong (though a bit disrespectful to call him a creature)
Thank you very much, Zen, for answering these!