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Fadzlishah Johanabas
Kuala Lumpur
Doctor. Author. Photographer. Gamer. Total procrastinator.
Interests: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fiction Writing, Landscape Photography, Figure Drawing, Reading
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Author Stephanie Perkins made her name with the first book of this series, Anna and the French Kiss. And it's a goooood book. When I went to Paris, I wanted to experience the Paris Anna and Etienne St. Clair did in their grand teenage romance. When I bought the third... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Murky Clarity
Synopsis: A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. I didn't know about this movie when it came out. I don't even know if it was released here in Malaysia. I was just browsing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Murky Clarity
It was love at first sight (Not true. You hated me when we first met) Well, it was love at first sight, for me at least. It was more than just the way you looked, though I couldn’t take my eyes off you. It was more than how you were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Murky Clarity
If one’s life can fit in boxes 1 trip, 2 trips, 3 trips down the corridor and packed in a car to be shipped (or flown, though it’ll be expensive) to a place used to be called home to a place where loved ones await to a place far away... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Murky Clarity
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I bought this book almost at random. I was looking for interesting YA books at Kinokuniya, and the cover intrigued me. Because of the headphones. And the redhead. So maybe I have a thing for redheads. It wasn't until after I bought the book that I found out how well-received... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Murky Clarity
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I fell in love with Benjamin Alire Saenz's writing when I was reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Not after. During. What I did after was look for more books from Mr Saenz. Unfortunately, Kinokuniya only carried another title, Last Night I Sang to the Monster.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Murky Clarity
"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. This is your captain speaking." The plane cruises over the South China Sea. The endless expanses of sky and sea are of the exact same shade of brilliant blue, and the clouds, patches of sun-kissed cotton candy, greet the rising sun as if they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Murky Clarity
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If there is one word to describe this book, unapologetic would be it. Nazi Goreng by Marco Ferrarese is about a young Malay man, Asrul, who goes through a traumatic experience in the hands of a group of Indian thugs, and is then taken under the wings of one charismatic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Murky Clarity
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This post is long overdue, I know. I can say that I wanted enough space between the trip and writing this to have a precise, objective view. I can also say that the experience was so magical, so personal, that putting it down in writing would smear the memory. Truth... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Murky Clarity
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Like I do with all storybooks, I approached Tropical Madness with open arms, ready to love it. Besides, I've read Mr de Faoite's stories in other anthologies, and while I notice a certain lack of sense of place, which I will elaborate in a bit, I like his writing. There's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Murky Clarity
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It is the beginning of summer in 1987 and Aristotle Mendoza--Ari, as he calls himself--is a jaded, disillusioned 15-year-old who lives in the shadow of a much older brother who's not even there, who's not even spoken of by his parents. Ari only knows his brother is in prison for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Murky Clarity
A friend of mine called me out after reading my review of Love in Penang. She said I was being suspiciously vague. Apparently I'm known for being bold & direct (her words), and my review stank of my chickening out. My first instinct, of course, was to get defensive. After... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Murky Clarity
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Disclaimers: I mentioned on Twitter that I'd rather not review locally-published English books anymore because of small-minded reaction by small-time author(s). However. This book has that much strength, leave that deep an impression, that I shall write a review anyway. You may notice my name as one of the contributors,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at Murky Clarity
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My kid brother is leaving the family. I know he sometimes wishes he can actually leave the family, but this is not happening in the forseeable future. Not if I can help it. Come to think of it, Kasha will kill him first before she allows this to happen. No.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at Murky Clarity
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September 29, 2013 Cattles, I tell you. "Where are you going?" he says. "Mainz," I say. (Main-z) He quirks an eyebrow. "What are you doing in MAI-NZ?" Oops. "Conference." "How long?" "Flying back on the 6th." He flicks my passport back toward me. Not even a smile. Sheesh. Anyway, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at Murky Clarity
September 29, 2013 It is 09:52 in the morning in Kuala Lumpur, but it is only 03:52 in Germany. We are 10 hours into the flight, with slightly over 2 more hours to go. I am currently over Ukraine, and outside the window, the world is still dark. A steady... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Murky Clarity
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I have a suspicion that by now, I may have built a reputation of tearing apart Malaysian-English works. Oh, well. Moving on. "The Female Cell" is a collection of short works by Kedah-born Rumaizah Abu Bakar, published by Silverfish Books in 2011. Do note that I use 'works' instead of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Murky Clarity
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Disclaimer: Breanna is not only a close friend of mine, but also my reviewer/editor/beta reader (and I am her reviewer/editor/beta reader). I helped review and edit several (but not all) of the stories in this anthology. Is my review biased? I try not to review books of people I know,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at Murky Clarity
I originally intended to write a rant about immature authors reacting to in-depth book reviews, but that'll only make me sound defensive & equally immature, and I know I'm better than that. For the record, however, I am not a bitter author whose work has been rejected & in turn... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at Murky Clarity
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EDIT: I don't believe that there are spoilers without warning here, but to be fair to the author, I've highlighted the possible spoilers in white. Highlight those places using your mouse to see them. “Wedding Speech” by Khaliza Khalid is the fourth title and the third novel published by FIXI... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at Murky Clarity
It has been months since I wrote a story or worked on my unfinished novella & novel. It has been months since I wrote a proper blog post (the movie review doesn't count). I have been silent for so long that my precious beta reader, Breanna, is officially worried. There... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2013 at Murky Clarity
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Yeah. None of you thought I do Malay movies, much less write about one. I surprise even myself, sometimes. I wish I can tell you that I approached this movie with an open mind, but we all know that would be a lie. The thing about Malay movies is that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Murky Clarity
I wrote to The Star sometime ago, but since they haven't responded, I'll go ahead and post what I wrote here. Oh, well. --@-- Pride. One beautiful word that has two polar opposite connotations; both have deep significance in the medical world. Eight years haven’t been that long since I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2013 at Murky Clarity
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The internet is a beautiful thing, and, like all things, it is neither good nor bad. We make the internet good. We make the internet bad. We, the people. There is a post circulating in Facebook about a nurse in Hospital Kota Bharu who allegedly abused a newborn child. A... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2013 at Murky Clarity
Darkness. We have always been afraid of it. It holds too many secrets, too many monsters. Our ancestors learned to harness fire and huddled close to it, partly for warmth, but above all, for its light that kept darkness at bay. In time, we learned to banish the dark. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2013 at Murky Clarity