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WonderLust: Stories

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Fourteen fantastic stories that include a zombie invading the front lawn of a woman undergoing the end of her marriage, a modern-day spy tasked with ensuring the safety of a god, and what has been described as “Tokugawa shogunate mecha.” The pieces in this collection are set not only in author Nikki Alfar’s native Philippines, but in locations as diverse as ancient Japan, ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Anvil Publishing, Inc.
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Neil (or bleed)
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't like the writing style. RTC. ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Some stories I liked, some stories I didn't like as much. ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I don’t really like fantasy stories, so to start with a collection of short stories like this went well for me. I couldn’t say I loved all of it, but there were stories that are remarkable.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Nikki Alfar’s WonderLust: Stories can kinda pass off as a Neil Gaiman short story collection. Not one of his best, but quite good nonetheless. I don’t really have anything bad to say about it. WonderLust is a pretty enjoyable dip into Philippine speculative fiction. Some of Alfar’s ideas piqued my interest, definitely, truly. In particular, I liked the stories about a literally doe-eyed princess, a god under the protection of his skeptical yet dependable bodyguard, and an Edo-era mecha. If you’r ...more
Jason Lundberg
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of those singular types of collections that you hope to come across but rarely do. Nikki Alfar's evocations of locales both familiar and far flung are immediate and revelatory, populated by characters that nimbly step off of the page and into the mind. Filled with sensuality, humor, and sharp insight, WonderLust sings songs of the impossible, and makes them utterly real.
Alma Anonas-Carpio
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such wonderful use of language. Such beautiful stories. This sits on my headboard between Marne Kilates and Gemino Abad, cradled over the books of Ophelia Dimalanta.
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Nikki Alfar has fought fire 7,000 feet in midair and killed a snake with a flip-flop. Confoundingly, she’s found it much harder to earn a few Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, a couple of Bewildering Stories Mariner Awards, a Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, and selection as one of twelve ‘Filipina writers of note’ by the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings. Nevertheless ...more

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