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Eyes

(Half-Alive #1)

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Spirited Away meets Coraline in the Suburbs of Hanoi, Vietnam with a twist to the genre. A heart-pounding journey of betrayal and bond, strength and perseverance, with the looming threat of ghosts, demons, and black magic... told from the perspective of a comedic protagonist!

An eerie children's nursery rhyme lures Thanh - an intelligent college girl with an unnatural level
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Kindle Edition, First, 276 pages
Published February 11th 2021
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Olivia Helewa
I just want to start off by saying that this book had not only reached all my expectations but also went beyond that. Eyes, by Nghich, has very quickly become my new favorite novel. You really can't go wrong with demons, black magic, spirits, adventure/danger, and of course the mythical aspect of a children's nursery rhyme. I personally really like how deep and thoughtful the world-building was, compared to many other reads I've gone through. I wasn't able to merely 'skim' or 'glance' over a par ...more
PhantomEevee
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Half-Alive Series is an ongoing book series written by Nghịch Tu and translated as well edited by Viet H. Nguyen. The following review is for Book 1 named 'Eyes', which has been shared on Facebook as well as on Amazon. It is best sorted into the Fantasy Thriller and Supernatural Adventure genre.


Each of the Chapters, 13 in total plus a prologue and epilogue, reads itself relatively well and fastly, but it's still not a leisure read or a read you can just skim over! Especially if being unfamil
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Đức Anh
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As a fellow Vietnamese, I am pleasantly surprised to have found a book that promotes our culture. I started this book half-expecting to find cliché situations and types of characters that usually appear in books/movies of the same genre, but the book takes a Deadpool-like twist on the genre. The characters are witty and cunning, dialogues are humorous and as the book reaches its climax, the plots thickens with intertwisting schemes, so you should probably not skim this one. Note that this book i ...more
Johnny B
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don’t often write a book review because others have pretty much summed up my perspective. This one is different, because it’s a new book and I wanted to be the first few reviewers. In anticipation of TET (lunar new year), I wanted to relive my childhood when I used to listen to my grandpa tell ghost stories. I left the Orient in my early childhood and followed my family on a journey to the west (no, not in the same monkey king entourage, I promise). I love Oriental stories where the main hero ...more
Gerry Theodosis
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling adventure to a land where nothing is as it seems . Two young people with their fates entwined , Vu Thanh , a college student and Dien Muc , the socialy awkward ghost catcher arrive to Vu Thanh's home village , Maize , only to find out that they have to endure horrors they never knew that existed . From ancient rituals to ghosts and magic . Instead of celebrating the Lunar new year , the two youngsters and their unexpected allies , are now fighting for their survival

Despite being lor
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C.E. Cannery
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
As someone who has probably never picked up a paranormal fantasy novel, when I think of paranormal or ghost fantasy, I think of quiet, dark, and terrifying, but this book was not that. Things (instead) that come to mind are those of a warmer nature. Action. Adventure. Gore-based horror. Humor. A touch of mystery.

This, I was not expecting. And there are a lot of things about this book that are unexpected, especially if one is not familiar with Vietnamese lore (which I am not), and thus feels, to
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Việt H. Nguyễn
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As I'm the translator/consultant/editor of this book, this is not so much a review, but a note on how this book has come to be.

It all started back when September was ending and October was beginning in 2020, when I came to visit my best friend in Frankfurt, Germany. We were (and are still) co-running a Facebook page focusing on Literature and Vietnamese culture. As of that point in time, the page had only had Vietnamese contents, even though we both had international friends who wanted us to ta
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Nam Nguyen
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what I was expecting, but this was certainly not what I expected from indie Vietnamese author(s). Was skeptical at first, but once you got through the beginning, the story just draw you in. ...more
Joshua Grant
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nghich Tu and Viet Nguyen show us that not all change is good in their fantasy horror thriller Eyes! Young Vu Thanh is returning home to her village to celebrate Lunar New Year only to discover that things aren’t quite right in her village. Now she has no choice but to trust a strange young man if she has any hope of surviving the darkness that has descended on her home. Eyes is a great mystery soaked in black magic, spirits, and Vietnamese culture. I loved getting to learn more about Vietnamese ...more
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“Someone once said man’s biggest fears could all be summed up with two words: “What if?” Sometimes, a vague possibility of the future was the most dreadful terror, far more threatening than any tangible threat.
Because that was when one’s imagination would turn against them.”
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“So, at that moment, even the naked eyes could see the spirit who’d been helping him, and he had no idea how to explain it to Vũ Thanh.

Thoughts shifted like electricity inside his head. From the bottom of his heart, he knew only one way of resolving this situation. Điền Mục whirled around, and jumped back in Vũ Thanh’s direction, while pointing at the looming figure covered in powder, speaking in a terrified but determined voice:

“Hey! Who are you? Why are you following me?”
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