Friday, October 4, 2013

Review: KLCC Antologi Cerpen by Buku Fixi

Book info:

  • Title: KLCC Antologi Cerpen
  • Author: 19 Different Authors
  • Editor: Nur Atiqah Jalaludin
  • Publisher: Buku Fixi
  • Country published: Malaysia
  • Release Date: April 2013
  • Price (Ringgit Malaysia): RM15
  • Pages: 192
  • Format: Paperback
  • Genre: Fiction, A series of short stories

Stories and their respective authors:
- Jangan Terjun by Nadia Khan
- Ground Zero by Khairul Nizam Khairani
- Mata by Shaz Johar
- Nyawa by Raja Faisal
- Ripuk by Hasrul Rizwan
- Warisan by Julie Anne
- Dalam Tangan Papa by Adib Zaini
- Takdir by Hani Amira Suraya
- Gadis Dan Dua Menara by Faratira Aimiza
- Empat by Mim Jamil
- Kalau Lapar Cari Chomet by Syaihan Syafiq
- 2 Tiang, 1 Menara by Shafaza Zara Syed Yusof
- Penjaga by Dayang Noor
- Izzaq by Faizal Sulaiman
- Serikandi Malaysia by Arif Zulkifli
- Koc Lampau Capai Cakerawala by Azura Mustafa
- Nek Som, KLCC dan Kucing Bernama Zorg by Azrin Fauzi
- Jemput Makan by Zulaikha Sizarifalina Ali
- Gerbang Neraka by Ridhwan Saidi

Language and literacy:
The main language used for this book is, of course, Bahasa Melayu but there is a mix of English in there as well to show how the diversity of Malaysia. We tend to use both our national language mix with another language (English, Chinese, Tamil). It's called Manglish/Singlish and what the locals call "Rojak". It slightly annoys me at first, but then I got used to it.

Mature content:
Honestly did not expected this much profanity and suggestive themes from fellow Malaysian writers. Some of the stories such as Empat (by Mim Jamil) and Kalau Lapar Cari Chomet (by Syaihan Syafiq) contain sexual content while others such as Izzaq (by Faizal Sulaiman) and Ripuk (by Hasrul Rizwan) contain violence. Let's just say the book is NSFW and should not be given to kids. Yep.

My Story and Overall rating:
Well, I managed to get my hands on this book for my birthday from my friend, Hasbullah. This book is a limited edition one, with only 1500 copies printed and can only be bought online through Buku Fixi's website or during bookfests and events. How lucky I am to get this. Srsly. I even hesitated tearing off the plastic cover at first. Alright, so about the stories. The book consists of 19 different stories by 19 different writers who have published their own novels under Buku Fixi before. It's a collaboration project in conjunction of KLCC's 15th anniversary. The stories are of different styles and each of them are interesting and mind blowing in their own ways. Sci-fi, normal daily happenings, forbidden love, horror, even a story about unleashing Hell (Gerbang Neraka by Ridhwan Saidi) is in there. As I read into the book, I feel like I want and don't want to finish it at the same time. I am, of course, a little shocked at the amount of sexual content in it as I've never came across a Malaysian book that has those kinds of things in it. This is my first book from Buku Fixi, and I'm glad to say that I will be buying more from them. As you guys know, I don't really like Malay novels because most of them are sappy, cliche love stories. Buku Fixi however, provides a different flavour for those who are adventurous enough. I'm still hunting down whoever has their two other limited edition books, Bola and Kopi. I heard one of them was brought at RM500 during a bidding. Ah, the things people do for books. But as the editor said, and I quote in English: "When this book is finished, we hope it goes into the black market".

Overall: 4.5/5 

Atika, signing off.

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