[Review] Rainforest World Music Festival – 20 Years of Song and Rhythm in Sarawak

I wrote this review last year for The Borneo Post but the article was published with all traces of its reviewer removed. I was so traumatised, I filed it under “selective amnesia”. Here is my unedited copy, which I found this week sorting my folder. ‘Rainforest World Music Festival – 20 Years of Song and Rhythm in Sarawak’ contains all you need to know about Sarawak’s internationally acclaimed music festival

[Review] Taboo: Poems – Melizarani T Selva

Stars: 4/5 tl;dr: A glimpse into Malaysia via the goggles of one of its most recognisable spoken word poets. After reading so much garbage poetry books that seem to be the one making all the money, Melizarani is refreshing to the fellow spoken poet’s soul. This book peels back the layers around the world of a Malaysian Indian woman with both keen word-fu and an unapologetic candidness. Her pieces about

[Review] The Body Reader – Anne Frasier

This digital copy of The Body Reader by Anna Frasier was courtesy of NetGalley. Stars: 4/5 tl;dr: Fast paced, compelling psychological thriller. This was pretty damn hard to put down. Detective Jude Fontaine escaped a 3-year captivity after overpowering her captor and making a run for it. But she was not the same person anymore. Everything about her and her life before she was kidnapped has changed – she was

[Review] The Escape of Princess Madeline – Kristin Pulioff

  This reading copy was courtesy of NetGalley. Stars: 2/5 tl;dr: It’s fine if you’re in the Middle Grade (8-12) age range. Anyone better read will overthink it. I think the thing I’m most confused about is the target audience versus the actual protagonist age and theme in this book. Isn’t Middle Grade supposed to be the pre-teen era where pimples, cracking voices and training bras are suppose to be

[Review] I.D. – Emma Rios

This digital copy of I.D. by Emma Rios was courtesy of NetGalley. Stars: 3/5 tl:dr: Interesting concept but could have been better executed. The description of this graphic novel is interesting, particularly when gender dysphoria is gaining recognition, technology is close to perfecting full body transplants, and society is grappling with the ethics of it. Here’s the official blurb: A dystopian tale that analyzes the conflict between perception and identity