Friday, December 22, 2017
Track Fault and Other Glitches by Nicholas Yong
"10 interesting short stories let down by an insipid cover" is my verdict for this book.
The very first story caught my attention from the get go. The zombie civil service had to hold a meeting about a virus spreading across Singapore. It would turn zombies back into humans and the Higher Zombie Committee was terrified.
I also liked the story "A Dream Within a Dream" and "Three Nights in Camp". The former chronicles the last moments of a patient's life in the real world and in his unconscious, and the latter is an army ghost story.
The stories of the Shiba Inu were heart-warming and it might perhaps be due to my fondness of this dog breed. Magical realism came into play when Haru the dog summoned the Dog God in the middle of the first story.
Readers are then left hanging at the story's conclusion but were later rewarded in the subsequent pages where the author ties things up.
I felt that all 10 stories were true page-turners and I promptly finished it all in one night.
Apart from the 2 typos found in the book, it was a pretty good read.
My major gripe is this: Even though the cover designer had tried to incorporate elements of various stories into it, it is rather uninspired. But it's no fault of the author's.
This book would make a great gift for any book lover. Grab your copy today from the Marshall Cavendish online store, Kinokuniya, or Popular today!
Disclaimer: The publisher sent me this book in exchange for an honest review.