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KL NOIR by Amir  Muhammad
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I was left pleasantly surprised by this collection of short stories. Favourites include Mud by Brian Gomez, A Gift of Flowers by Shih-Li Kow and Cannibal vs Ah Long by Megat Ishak.

The "meh"s include The Dualist by Shivani Sivagurunathan, which left me extremely confused (someone please explain it to me!), and Vanished by Khairulnizam Bakeri. To be fair, Vanished was translated from Malay and it could be the slightly awkward translation that I found a turn-off.

The vigilante theme also surfaces periodically in the book but I didn't find all the stories equally awesome. Rukun Tetangga, by Preeta Samarasan, is the story of a strange uncle that starts draggy and ends sort of hanging in the air. In constrast, Chasing Butterflies in the Night by Kris Williamson hits the ground running and stays exciting all the way to the end.

KL Noir is a mix of highs and not-so-highs, beginning and ending with bangs but suffering from a case of the draggy doldrums somewhere in the middle. Well worth a read.
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July 19, 2013 – Shelved

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