Category: Book Reviews

Raffles Reads: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

By Claire Tan (20S07A) and Valerie Tan (20A01E)

Wondering what to get for your loved ones for Christmas? To us, books certainly make great gifts. And you’re in the right place—Raffles Reads is a new column which aims to promote reading culture among Singaporean students. The books, reviewed by Raffles Press writers, have been provided courtesy of Times Reads.

Your life, or your beloved’s?

This is the dilemma that the characters of Wicked Fox grapple with—similar to hundreds of other Young Adult books, perhaps, but with a Korean mythological twist.

Written in alternating points of view from its two main characters, together with stories of the first gumiho (a nine-tailed fox from Korean mythology) interspersed between its chapters, Wicked Fox is the first in the Gumiho series by Kat Cho. Against the backdrop of modern-day Seoul, it follows Miyoung, a half-gumiho, half-human who has to devour the energy of people—and thus kill them—to stay alive. One night, she stumbles upon Jihoon, a boy her age, being attacked by a goblin. She risks revealing her true identity just to save him, but ends up losing her fox bead—her gumiho soul—in the process. This sends Miyoung and Jihoon spiralling into an adventure they can’t control, and soon they find themselves surrounded by enemies and a looming ultimatum: Miyoung’s immortality, or Jihoon’s life.

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Raffles Reads: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World

By Ng Ziqin (20S03H)

Wondering what to get for your loved ones for Christmas? To us, books certainly make great gifts. And you’re in the right place—Raffles Reads is a new column which aims to promote reading culture among Singaporean students. The books, reviewed by Raffles Press writers, have been provided courtesy of Times Reads.

10 minutes, 38 seconds.

That’s how long Turkish sex worker Tequila Leila remains conscious for after death. She may have stopped breathing, but her mind remains active, her eyes still seeing. We’ve always thought of death as an instantaneous process, but what if the line between ‘Dead’ and ‘Not Dead’ is actually more of a spectrum?

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Thoughts on Jeremy Tiang’s “State of Emergency”

By Abigail Ang (18S06B)

When can history be truly left in the past? For some, never.

State of Emergency explores the effects of the leftists movements and government detentions in Malaya on the lives of various characters from the 1950s to the present day, who are often forced to reckon with difficult choices and moral dilemmas.

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