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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A man learns that all the animals in the Zoo are robots. A secret terminal in Changi Airport caters to the gods. A prince falls in love with a crocodile. A concubine is lost in time. The island of Singapore disappears.

These are the exquisitely strange tales of Lion City, the first collection of short fiction by award-winning poet and playwright Ng Yi-Sheng. Infused
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Paperback, 230 pages
Published October 2018 by Epigram Books
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Garrett
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
this one didn't bonk quite as hard as ministry of moral panic but i did like the choose-your-own-adventure one and the alligator one, some of the sci-fi ones were too much tho tbh and the thought of contemporary sci-fi-tinged short stories usually really gets me going
Sharad Pandian
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A short-story collection by Singaporean writer Ng Yi-Sheng. Like any good collection, although most of the stories are set in or conspicuously absent from the Singapore region, he plays with form, identities, style, time periods.

For me, the most gifted stories are the historic fantasies ("Harbour", "Little Emperor", "The Boy, the Swordfish, the Bleeding Island", "The Crocodile Prince"). The genre is well-suited to short stories since whimsy can sustain you and maintain its delightful
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Ernest
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Singlit books so far. I've known Ng Yi-Sheng mostly for his poetry, but this collection of short stories is replete with imaginative plays on format, conceptions of a future Singapore distinctly futuristic in practice and form but recognizably Singaporean (although Ng does sardonically emphasize practices of bureaucracy and historical white-washing). Semi-autobiographical stories- my favourite involving the blurring of one's personal identity with the dish laksa) are also pres ...more
mm
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've always been a fan of Yi-Sheng's writing, ever since I read 'last boy'. Even then, this – his first collection of short stories – surpassed all my expectations.
The stories are fantastical, and yet grounded. Sang Nila Utama meets Harry Lee – I'm being facetious, but you get the idea. Yi-Sheng has taken the fables of the region, of our island, and made them his own, elevating them with his brand of story-telling.
One story, 'The Boy, the Swordfish, the Bleeding Island' is written co
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Theo Chen
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A stunning collection of stories, brimming with wit, historical genius and brilliant imagination. There are definitely some clunkers, that just didn’t click so well for me. But the other stories definitely make up for those that I don’t like as much. These envision a thrilling and fascinating Singapore - a culturally rich and beautiful place. The book makes me so excited, it’s so damn wonderful to read fiction about my home that doesn’t make me cringe - work that can draw me in, and make me prou ...more
Andrea Lam
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very bizarre, but weirdly funny and poignant. There’s a magical quality about the book, not just in its genre, but also in its content, embedded in the prose. Food Paradise is really hilarious and The Crocodile Prince and No Other City (among many others) are very moving.
Lavi
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
A solid, superb collection of short stories about Singapore. Totally recommend it!
Nicholas
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting, inventive and fun but ultimately a light read
Letitia
Favourite stories: A Day at Terminal Aleph, Food Paradise, Little Emperor, No Other City.
Lauren
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: singlit
Some interesting stories, others were too out there but nonetheless they were thought provoking and quite original.
Ryu
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, singlit
I didn't enjoy it at first but once I embraced the unsettling atmosphere I started to like it more. My favourite is definitely the one about the boy and the swordfish.
Jac
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: asianlit, singlit
A hodgepodge of shorts, mostly with scifi/spec fic themes, however the style of writing and stories failed to hold my attention.
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Ng Yi-Sheng is a poet, fictionist, playwright, journalist and activist. He was awarded the Singapore Literature Prize for his debut poetry collection, last boy (2006). His other publications include a spiritual sequel to that work, called A Book of Hims (2017); a compilation of his best spoken-word pieces, Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience (2016); the bestselling non-fiction book, SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21s ...more
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