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KL NOIR: RED PDF ☆ KL NOIR:  ePUB ´ KL NOIR Red is the first ofvolumes about the Malaysian capital city s dark side There areshort stories and one essay about the seedy, the sinister and sometimes the spooky You will find murder, drug dealing, kidnapping, sexual depravity, prostitution, celebrity secrets, suicides, academic rivalry, gangsters, police brutality, cannibalism, black magic, creepy rituals, political corruption and even busking It s all totally fictional Well, maybe the cannibalism isLine Up INTRO Amir MuhammadTHE RUNNER Adib ZainiRUKUN TETANGGA Preeta SamarasanMAMAK MURDER MYSTERY Marc de FaoiteASIAN ANGEL Shaz JoharA GIFT OF FLOWERS Shih Li KowKISS FROM A ROSE Fadzlishah JohanabasAFTER DARK, MY LOVE Dina ZamanTHE ORACLE OF TRUTH Eeleen LeeCHASING BUTTERFLIES IN THE NIGHT Kris WilliamsonTHE DUALIST Shivani SivagurunathanVANISHED Khairulnizam BakeriCANNIBAL VS AH LONG Megat IshakTHE MACHETE AND ME Dayang NoorTHE UNBELIEVER Amir HafiziMUD Brian GomezBIOS A compilation of short stories about the dark side of the KL city I think almost all the stories are great and will satisfy your adventerous needs Few stories are so good to be true that I want to make a movie about it Some of the stories are written in a very high level of English I think lah or maybe my english sucks There are many types of stories in this book, including drugs, prostitution, killing and even cannibalism and muchWill find the other 3 volumes I have a soft spot in my heart for short story anthologies There is so muchvariety in many short stories than in one single story of the same length And even though the topic of Kuala Lumpur s dark side is the theme for all 15 stories in KL Noir, there are still 15 distinct stories in this collection Kudos to the writers and editor for coming together in this way That said, some stories were better written than others, and a few stood out in my mind as very entertaining.After a tongue I have a soft spot in my heart for short story anthologies There is so muchvariety in many short stories than in one single story of the same length And even though the topic of Kuala Lumpur s dark side is the theme for all 15 stories in KL Noir, there are still 15 distinct stories in this collection Kudos to the writers and editor for coming together in this way That said, some stories were better written than others, and a few stood out in my mind as very entertaining.After a tongue in cheek introduction, the book starts with Adib Zaini s The Runner, a story about a young Malay girl who started to mingle with the wrong crowds, got screwed, and decided to make it her life s mission to get revenge The main character s motives seemed very immature Appropriate to her age, I guess But I completely missed any depth to her character.Preeta Samarasan s Rukun Tetangga is one of the examples of good writing and good story put together The elderly man looking for meaning in his life after retiring is something that we can all relate to, even if it is a long time before we get to that stage in life Really, I meanit can be scary So her character s new direction in life was inspiring, even if it made others look at him funny.The Mamak Murder Mystery by Marc de Faoite was a little slow for my taste It did have me worrying about the safety of the narrator as he tried to figure out who had killed his coworker Kudos to Marc de Faoite for giving the Mamak a stage of their own and not relegating them to the background Shaz Johar s Asian Angel was a weird one But not in a bad way It was like a television gossip show combined with an Indonesian drama and mixed with dark humor I was entertained by this story, but it could have been a bit longer.Shih Li Kow s A Gift of Flowers was another one that I found entertaining The premise that a bouquet of flowers or some part of a bouquet could move its way around a community and have different effects on those in possession was interesting I didn t understand the motive of the first last woman to go to that extreme That could have been expanded But Kudos overall Kiss from a Rose by Fadzlishah Johanabas was also weird, but not so in a good way this time Most of the characters motives just didn t connect with me And the back story of the main character does not fit his actions at all Maybe I missed something big though At least it pushed into uncomfortable territory for some.Dina Zaman s After Dark, My Love was OK It didn t really wow me, but nothing compels me to complain about it either The same was the case for Eeleen Lee s The Oracle of Truth But kudos to Eeleen for using the second person in her storytelling That s a rarity that is nice every now and then Chasing Butterflies in the Night by Kris Williamson was also entertaining I recently enjoyed reading his novel Son Complex but this was a very different story to that But still identifiable as a Kris Williamson story I liked the subtlety and the twist at the end.Shivani Sivagurunathan s The Dualist was not one that I fully understoodI thinkor maybe I did I m not sure The writing is strong, but not enjoyable Vanished is a story by Khairulnizam Bakeri that was translated from Malay I don t know who translated it, but they did a good job The story itself is solid.Megat Ishak s Cannibal vs Ah Long was predictable and offered no surprises But it was entertaining for a short read I did get a strong image of the cannibal in my mind and his peculiar smile Kudos for that The Machete and Me by Dayang Noor was a little freaky actually But I give credit to her that she took the story in a direction or two that I did not expect Amir Hafizi s The Unbeliever was too long and did not seem to have any urban connection at all The writing was fine and the story would be better suited for a longer work I think it could be expanded but not as a short story Mud by Brian Gomez was entertaining and had me laughing, but only at the expense of cheap race based jokes I had hoped forsubstance But other than the clipped ending, it is consistent throughout.Overall, I was pleased with the collection Most importantly, it was varied and gave 15 different viewpoints I read that a feweditions of KL Noir will be released and am looking forward to reading those as well Kudos to the writers KL Noir Red is the first of a planned series of anthology devoted to and I quote the seedy, the sinister and sometimes the spooky side of Kuala Lumpur, basically the only city that is worth something, at least in the local literary scene Don t believe me Try issuing a submission call for Batang Berjuntai Noir and see whether people would take you seriously.Anyway, as editor Amir Muhammad puts it in the introduction, this one attempts to okay, I confess I still have no idea what noir KL Noir Red is the first of a planned series of anthology devoted to and I quote the seedy, the sinister and sometimes the spooky side of Kuala Lumpur, basically the only city that is worth something, at least in the local literary scene Don t believe me Try issuing a submission call for Batang Berjuntai Noir and see whether people would take you seriously.Anyway, as editor Amir Muhammad puts it in the introduction, this one attempts to okay, I confess I still have no idea what noir has to do with some of the stories here as my personal idea of noir isat home in movies heavy in crime, cynicism, and morality that is in shades of grey Despite my labeling this anthology as a contemporary anthology in this review, there are horror stories here as well, ranging from gore to a local take of the Cthulhu mythos Still, what s important is that everyone has a great time, right Adib Zaini starts the show with The Runner, a solid take on the whole girl victim turned badass babe bent on vengeance trope typical of exploitation movies in the old days Our heroine starts out looking for a part time job after she gave the finger one too many time to the establishment and her imam father cut off her pocket money What started innocently enough as a job at a cybercafeaute soon devolves into a side gig of drug pushing Our heroine is soon way out of her depths Despite being a short story, this one is a good read as the protagonist has a coherent and memorable personality and, no matter how sordid things become, it s still appropriate that I cheer her on.Preeta Samarasan s Rukun Tetangga starts out very powerfully An eccentric man, never taken seriously by the people around him, gets a new wind of life when he acts as a sponsor for some orphans abroad Now having an interest in the welfare of hapless children in general, he becomes appalled at the alarming rate of violence inflicted on children these days in his neighborhood If the cops can t do anything, he d do something anyway As you can probably guess, the poor guy s intense staring at the children around him and his scowling at their parents would soon be misconstrued into somethingsinister, with unhappy results to follow This is a great read, a chilling portrayal of how easily we can see monsters in all the wrong places in an ordinary environment, but the author s effort at giving me a literary style ambiguous ending kills the story That moment screams trying too hard to get me to take the author seriously way too much The story is going very well, and it would have been absolutely perfect if the last paragraph had been removed If it had ended abruptly with the previous paragraph perfect But it hadn t, so this one is a bit of a botched effort.Marc de Faoite s Mamak Murder Mystery is a standard local neighborhood Siapa bunuh itu India punya orang lar story, but with the take home message of how we tend to view immigrant workers in Malaysia as sub human species not worthy of care or respect Oh, and politicians are corrupt pigs, so if you can get some leverage to force them to share their goodies with you, good for you This story is ordinary, and the take home message is okay I mean, the author could have made his messagehard hitting if he had Bangladeshi or Indonesian illegal immigrants spotlighted here, as Indian mamak workers generally have it pretty good compared to those two groups of people.Shaz Johar channels Alfred Hitchcock in Asian Angel, in which a paranoid starlet suspects that her husband is having an affair with a younger diva and acts with appropriate melodrama This is amusing story, but it s nothing extraordinary as I m a big fan of those movies and TV series and I ve seen twists and turns like those in this story many times before I actually guessed the twist correctly two pages into this story.Shih Li Kow s A Gift Of Flowers follows a bouquet of flowers as it moves from a seething mistress down along an assortment characters This is a standard device featured in stories done by people who think it d be so cool to natter about a day in the life of a coin or a dollar note or whatever, because, really, I ve come across such story many times before and onetypical story of this nature won t hurt, right Well, it won t hurt, but it won t make much of any impact on me either Maybe if it had been a hypodermic needle passed around, I d be intrigued.Next is another flower story, Fadzlishah Johanabas s Kiss From A Rose, which sees a charming guy seducing the female friends of the object of his affection so that he can isolate her completely from them Nothing a pair of pliers or a visit from the heroine of the first story can t fix, so I m hard pressed to give a care about this story.Dina Zaman coos After Dark, My Love, which sees the heroine telling me, the reader, about the sordid things that happen in KL, mostly to do with blowjobs from trannies and other fun stuff Honey, I ve been approached by pimps in hotel lobbies in KL, and I ve heard farsordid stories from my days counseling troubled teens I know, shut up If this story really had featured some truly sordid moments, then it would have worked As it is, this is a story that would titillate probably only the most sheltered folks from the most backward areas of Sarawak Abang KL ada pondan lar, ALAMAK , and I doubt they would easily find copies of this book, so the whole point of this story is quite bewildering.Eeleen Lee tells of a fortune teller who wants frowning faces at the mechanical oracle opposite his stall in The Oracle Of Truth, even as the man tries to awkwardly court a regular performer that catches his eye This one is actually shaping up to be a good story until the author falls into the horribly clich d Let s just have a big vehicle hit the sod in the end because this gimmick is going to raise my literary cred by 1,000 trap and comes out looking like a try hard wannabe The stupid movie City Of Angels used this same turd plot device that s how much literary credibility it has.Kris Williamson s Chasing Butterflies In The Night, on the other hand, is a brilliant story that fits the theme of the anthology perfectly What starts out as a standard serial killer kills whores tale soon evolves into something farcomplicated and entertaining I really like this one for catching me unawares, well played on the author s part.I m still not sure what Shivani Sivagurunathan s The Dualist is about I can t get past phrases like the hour of owls, cockroaches and mythical demons , frantic voice of a destructed man , a winged effulgent dot that sprayed health and amnesia , and worst of all, the shape of Bujang s nipples, geometrically precise discs that transported Billy back to the solar nebula I m afraid I m just too much of a philistine to appreciate such pointlessly self indulgent and meaningless throwing together of every pretty word the author can find in a thesaurus in hope that I would be impressed by the resulting verbal diarrhea When one resorts to calling nipples geometrically precise discs , it s safe to say that the plot has been lost, completely and utterly.Khairulnizam Bakeri s Vanished was originally in Bahasa Malaysia, and it was translated by Nabila Najwa for this anthology It s shockingly romantic A tale of a young lady encountering a charismatic musician at KL Sentral and discovering that he is muchthan what he seems to be at first, this story isn t noir as much as it is a feel good tale of love and healing Not that I am complaining, as I m all for happy endings I m taken by surprise, that s all, and while I like this story, I wonder whether its inclusion is a way for me to decompress and feel good about life again after encountering the assault of geometric nipples in the previous story.Now, we go into horror territory, starting with Megat Ishak s cheerfully gruesome Cannibal Vs Ah Long With a title like that, and the unapologetic gore in this story, I can only give it my two thumbs up I m not sure about the portrayal of Ah Longs, our enterprising private moneylenders, as comparable to other scums of society, though Ah Longs don t predate their victims go to them willingly, agree to the high interests, and spend that money, so I m not sure if we can so simply blame Ah Longs for the plight of these victims The real crooks, if you ask me, are the banks Oh, and can someone tell me how our hero can hide a foot long machete in the rear end of his pants Speaking of machetes, Dayang Noor presents The Machete And Me, which is like an average spooky Korean movie involving a possessed object and a disbelieving heroine, but without much of a back story or a context for the spooky happenings, this one feels like a half baked tale designed just to scare me without telling me why I should be scared.Amir Hafizi presents The Unbeliever, which is basically a tale of Cthulhu mythos transported to the seaside in an underdeveloped part of Selangor There s our hero, accompanied by a pregnant woman and her beau, traveling to a village full of weird people If you have read enough stories by HP Lovecraft and all those authors wanting to smear Dagon s aquatic goo all over their pages, then you will see the plot twists coming from a mile away This one is a decent read, and the protagonist feelshuman and sympathetic than the usual idiot English scholar coming here to scrutinize at fish statues and look for his missing buddy stereotypes that populate such stories It doesn t deviate much from the rest of the formula, however, so it s too predictable for its own good.Brian Gomez gets lots of my love for the upfront and hilarious political incorrectness that riddles Mud, a tale of a cheerfully racist and amoral businessman who won t let anything get in the way of his wants and desires, but this story is completely killed by the last line The last line openly shifts the blame of the character s behavior to the racist treatment he was subjected to when he was younger This story was working so well when it lets me make my own judgment as I read the story, and, while racism does play a role in shaping that fellow to be what he is, that last sentence oversimplifies matters, turning the protagonist into a woobie when he is anything but Take away the last three sentences of this story and it would have been the best of this anthology As it is, it s a fun but fatally flawed story.I m not sure most of the time where the noir in KL Noir Red is, but some of these stories push the envelope cheerfully and I can get behind that It s just that most of these stories seem content to be familiar and predictable tropes taken from grindhouse or exploitation films and stories, placed in a local setting, when I feel that the anthology could have been so muchBrian Gomez is on the right track, Adib Zaini ain t bad at all, but I m not sure about most of the rest Still, it s a pretty interesting locally flavored anthology Let s hope future anthologies can stand on their own merits after the novelty factor wears off Oh well, this is the first from the 4 volumes I have to say I can t wait for the next volumes Since there are 14 short stories inside this volume it s hard to rate it I love a little twist at the ending of few stories It s like watching a thriller movie There s murder, death and blood Not that creepy but heck this is not innocent at all.My favourites will be The Runner, After Dark My Love and The Machete and Me A must try if you love thriller You ll never ever see KL as it used to be.

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