A serial rapist on the loose; a 16 year old boy desperate for a seductive prostitute; an unruly little boy who ends up a monster; a woman who abuses her maid…..These are just some of the stories that fuel Dark City. The book comprises 12 twisted tales set in Malaysia. The stories are written by a female freelance writer who goes by the name Xeus. Xeus’ stories are the result of her appetite for the dark side of life.
Each tale opens a disturbing can of worms. They concentrate on the ills that plague our society, with some twists thrown in for good measure. Some of the stories here like Psychotic, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Resistance are sensational and thought-provoking, while others are less intriguing. And even though some of the characters are not so believable, Dark City is a fun read with plenty of thrills to keep you engaged.
I'm still so amazed by the different tastes of different people. So far, everyone (either via media or personally to me) have told me about their favorite stories from Dark City. And it varies widely!
Argus Lou - when asked which stories I should serialize for The Star, she suggested Monster and Coup of the Century.
Malay Mail ed - Trashcan Child
NST - The Scarlet Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Coup of the Century
Jerry (my agent) - The Scarlet Woman
Many people (esp Singaporeans) - One if by Land
A few people, including Shashi (from the Sun) and Vaneeta (sp?) - The Resistance
Yvonne Lee - The Scarlet Woman
Zabir (Singaporean editor) - Session One
Ted - Incident at Monkey Gorge
My brother - Trashcan Child
My Uncle Albert - "It's all utter nonsense!" (Hee hee, I liked that one. Uncle Albert is a Rushdie and Tagore fan.)
My Uncle Victor - "Congrats, congrats. I guess we're forced to buy your book."
Lydia has yet to buzz me on her likes and dislikes :) And Bib has yet to read the book, I think!
Anyway, I was at the airport, and was gratified to see Dark City being sold out in all bookshops there. BUT the distributors are a little wary of restocking them because of ...reasons I can't mention here (Yvonne knows).
Sunday, September 03, 2006