- File Size: 533 KB
- Print Length: 97 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Abaddon Books (October 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014RK5E0E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef (Gods and Monsters: Rupert Wong Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Our introduction to Wong finds him tasked with locating the murderer of the Dragon King's daughter. Heady stuff, to be sure, and one that finds Wong calling upon various Chinese deities as he unravels the mystery. As is tradition with the noir tropes that have inspired, and been somewhat upended by Khaw, it doesn't take long for Wong to find himself in way over his head and under assault by various forces, living, dead, and otherwise. And holy crap, does Wong ever get assaulted... [insert maniacal laugh]
Wong is a fun character to spend a few hours with, and this novella is the perfect bite-sized serving of urban fantasy horror mayhem. Khaw does a terrific job creating some uncomfortable scenes, but is even better at bringing to life the mythological denizens inhabiting Kuala Lumpur (the God of Missing People in particular is very neatly crafted). It's this mythology that makes Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef completely aces in my eyes. The cultural and religious practices in which the Chinese honor their dead are vividly realized here, and lay a solid foundation on which to build a superb urban fantasy. I also felt that I got to know a little bit about Kuala Lumpur as a setting, and I could easily picture myself wandering the alleys and Chinatown alongside Wong and some unwelcome companions. All in all, this was a terrifically immersive read!
My only complaint is a slight one, involving my own misreading of the title. I had thought going in that Wong was a cannibal andchef, rather than a chef for cannibals. That said, I still got to read a little bit about the preparation of fat, white tourists for some ghoulish company, even if I had expected way more dishes with long pig as the central ingredient.
... It's also entirely possible I'm just a weird-o.
Rupert Wong starts the story as a simple chef who turns humans into delicious tartare and other delicacies. But as the plot quickly develops it becomes clear a religious war is erupting in the mean streets of Kuala Lumpur and our protagonist becomes inextricably tied at the center of it all.
As the story progresses, Rupert is pulled every which way by players in the divine world. Though he's a puppet, ultimately his decisions are driven by his self interest and desires.
Rupert feels remorse and regret for certain things he’d done and about to do, but he’s not driven by moral obligations. He takes on a form of community service not out of the goodness of his heart, but to avoid toiling in hell. Similarly, Rupert dives headlong into an investigation not to bring justice and the truth to light, but for money and promises.
In these ways Rupert is relatable as an entirely fallible person caught up in things so much bigger than himself.
The pacing of the novella is frenetic with twists at every turn and never stopping for a moment. It’s a great fast read filled with exotic backdrops and deities characterized in ways you’d never expect for their godly statuses. Cassandra paints a vivid picture of Kuala Lumpur brimming with smells and tastes – though, be warned: the author expends equal amounts of rich detail to describe delectable morsels of food as she does a rotting corpse.
Good mix of humor, horror, and mythology. Looking forward to the next book.
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