A Naga of the Nusantara

Of English Magic, Fairies, and Pineapples: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

There is nothing else in magic but the wild thought of the bird as it casts itself into the void. There is no creature upon the earth with such potential for magic. Even the least of them may fly straight out of this world and come by chance to the Other Lands. Where does theContinue reading “Of English Magic, Fairies, and Pineapples: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell”

Once Upon a Time in a Malaysian Coffeehouse: A Review of Zen Cho’s The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

“… Let the lady be. Heaven will punish her if she is wrong.” “That’s right,” said the waitress, but the customer did not agree. “Lady!” he snorted. “This girl is a useless slut.” “Actually I’m a nun,” said the waitress, pointing at her bald head. “So, literally the opposite of a slut!” Zen Cho’s novella,Continue reading “Once Upon a Time in a Malaysian Coffeehouse: A Review of Zen Cho’s The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water”

Disney Brought Dishonour To Us All: A Film Review of Disney’s Live Action Mulan

Oh boy. Oh brother. Where do I even begin with this… this nonsense? There will be spoilers, and I say that as if I give a shit. Okay, usually I would do a bit of research, reading, and maybe even talk to some friends before I review something but fuck it, I am only goingContinue reading “Disney Brought Dishonour To Us All: A Film Review of Disney’s Live Action Mulan”

Reviews of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

I remember when Bloomsbury launched Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell in 2004, it was accompanied by one of the biggest marketing campaign in publishing history. Neil Gaiman called it “unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic in the last 70 years”. There were planned newspaper serialisations and deliveries by horse and carriage, and themedContinue reading “Reviews of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell”

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A Naga is a divine dragon from Eastern Hindu-Buddhist tradition. The Nusantara is made up of nusa (island) and antara (between) and describes the Southeast Asian archipelago that includes Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. This particular Naga is Malaysian, born and bred. He loves reading and hoarding books, and enjoys bothering humans with what he thinks of them.

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