Spirits Abroad

Spirits Abroad

"If you live near the jungle, you will realize that what is real and what is not real is not always clear. In the forest there is not a big gap between the two."

A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian. A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people. An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an annoying landlord, and Chang E spins off into outer space, the ultimate metaphor for the Chinese diaspora.

Straddling the worlds of the mundane and the magical, Spirits Abroad collects ten science fiction and fantasy stories with a distinctively Malaysian sensibility.

Title:Spirits Abroad
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9789670374987
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    Spirits Abroad Reviews

  • Whitaker

    I have to admit it was with some trepidation that I received the news that I had won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I've not had great experiences with works set in South-East Asia (e.g., The Book...

  • Kalin

    Spectacular. Funny and touching and original (now I know Malay mythology almost as much as I know Bulgarian one ... haha, right ;) and ... see for yourselves below.I've just found a new favorite autho...

  • K.J. Charles

    This was absolutely fantastic. Funny, sad, deeply anger-inducing, warm and fuzzy by turns. Steeped in Malaysian mythology, which sounds purely amazing, as well as Chinese and some English, and written...

  • Silvana

    I am glad my third attempt in reading Zen Cho's work paid off. Maybe because the setting is so familiar to me, but I am just in awe of her ability to weave these local myths and legends into a compell...

  • Beige

    Woohoo, I finished a short story collection! Something I haven't done in years. Although, Cho made it easy with her dry humour and focus on 5 key F's: friendship, family, food, fun and folklore. A win...

  • Sunil

    Zen Cho utterly charmed me on a Loncon panel about South and Southeast Asian SFF, so of course I bought her book of short stories, which do indeed reflect her boisterous, whimsical personality. As a C...

  • Allison Hurd

    Delightful. Not all of the stories were equally wonderful, but this was a colorful, funny, heartfelt and imaginative foray into Malaysian mythology and family life. I really enjoyed all of them, espec...

  • Freya Marske

    I'm not a regular reader of short stories, but sometimes I come across collections that make me want to do nothing but read them for the rest of my life. Or possibly just beg Zen Cho to write short st...

  • Jaanaki

    I love reading mythology,folktales and fables that are unique to regions across the world .Every community and group has loads of stories that have been handed down across generations. These are the s...

  • Shira Glassman

    This Malaysian and Malaysian-diaspora fantasy shorts collection brings extremely intimate and personal concepts into the sphere of fantasy fiction--like unexpected difficulty in schoolwork or performi...