Category: Raffles Reviews

Raffles Reads: The Night of Legends

By Clarice Tan (21A01C)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

A military organisation (Atros) bent on world domination, evil ghosts, powerful warriors (Kulcans), ferocious beasts (Odats), and mind-readers (Ifarls). And in the midst of it all, there’s Keix—our half-human, half-Kulcan protagonist.

The Night of Legends weaves a dystopian-like setting together with fantastical elements into an action-packed tale of Keix’s journey. After being imprisoned and tortured for two years by the very organisation she devoted her life to, Keix escapes—only to find the world that she knows has changed drastically. 

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Raffles Reads: The Authenticity Project

By Max Chwa (21A01B) and Samyak Jain (21S03A)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

What would happen if we were all honest about our true selves?

That’s the question The Authenticity Project seeks to answer. In this novel, Julian Jessop, a once prolific artist, leaves the eponymous notebook in his local cafe. He has penned his deepest secrets in the notebook, leaving instructions for the next person who finds it to write down their deepest secrets as well. The notebook changes hands multiple times, with each owner baring their souls through writing. 

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The Brilliance of 100 gecs’ Anarchist Pop

By Charles Toh (21A01D)

100 gecs just wants to have fun.

In what is possibly the most unexpected turn of events ever, the experimental pop project of St. Louis-born independent musicians Dylan Brady and Laura Les has risen to worldwide internet notoriety, gaining traction on social media sites like TikTok and Twitter. A year ago, 100 gecs had little more than a dedicated cult following among online communities obsessed with underground music.

So how did their polarising, abrasive pastiche of genres from music’s refuse pile capture the attention of both music critics and listeners worldwide, with virtually no radio play or promotion?

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Raffles Reads: The Good Day I Died

By Tan Yu You (21S03H)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: ★★★★★

The answer to life, the universe and everything may be 42 (a reference to Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)—but is there an answer to death?

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Raffles Reads: Providence

By Neo Xin Yuan (21A01D)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Providence is wiser than you, and you may be confident it has suited all things better to your eternal good than you could do had you been left to your own option.

So begins Max Barry’s latest sci-fi novel Providence. The above quote, taken from John Flavel’s The Mystery of Providence, is truly an apt epigraph, effectively encapsulating the overarching theme of the similarly named Providence.

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