A Naga of the Nusantara

Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind: a Review of Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary

Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary is about a man who wakes up to find himself on life support while being cared for by a not-very-bright AI. He has retrograde amnesia—he does not know where he is or how he got there. He does not even remember his name. What he does remember is a lotContinue reading “Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind: a Review of Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary”

A Great Cosmic Sociological Thought Experiment: a Review of Liu Cixin’s Death’s End

I read this 600-page book twice in one year because I didn’t know what to make of it the first time I did. It was both impressively thought-provoking and infuriating at the same time. On my first ride around the block, I definitely didn’t like it as much as I did the two previous booksContinue reading “A Great Cosmic Sociological Thought Experiment: a Review of Liu Cixin’s Death’s End”

Spirited Away in 19th Century Malacca: a Review of Choo Yangsze’s The Ghost Bride

I was born on the 14th of July and growing up, my grandmother told me that if I was born on the 14th day of the 7th month (七月十四) according to the Chinese calendar, my birthday would coincide with the Ghost Festival when the gates of hell are open and ghosts would be free toContinue reading “Spirited Away in 19th Century Malacca: a Review of Choo Yangsze’s The Ghost Bride”

A Malaysian-Chinese Immigrant Speculative Fiction Story: a Review of Elizabeth Wong’s We Could Not See the Stars

When publishers or authors reach out to me to ask if I am interested in reviewing an advanced reader copy of any book, I rarely assent—not because I have anything against that but because I already have a mountain of backlogged books I have been studiously neglecting. I make exceptions sometimes though, and this isContinue reading “A Malaysian-Chinese Immigrant Speculative Fiction Story: a Review of Elizabeth Wong’s We Could Not See the Stars”

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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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