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Zen Cho

Autor/a de Sorcerer to the Crown

32+ obres 3,942 Membres 234 Ressenyes 10 preferits

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Obres de Zen Cho

Sorcerer to the Crown (2015) 1,737 exemplars, 108 ressenyes
Black Water Sister (2021) 579 exemplars, 18 ressenyes
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water (2020) 514 exemplars, 28 ressenyes
The True Queen (2019) 384 exemplars, 20 ressenyes
Spirits Abroad {original edition} (2014) 167 exemplars, 9 ressenyes
The Terracotta Bride (2016) 153 exemplars, 13 ressenyes
The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo (2012) 144 exemplars, 13 ressenyes
Spirits Abroad {expanded edition} (2021) 99 exemplars, 11 ressenyes
If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again (2018) 50 exemplars, 9 ressenyes
Cyberpunk: Malaysia (2015) — Editor — 38 exemplars
The House of Aunts (2011) 10 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The First Witch of Damansara 7 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Head of a Snake, Tail of a Dragon (2019) 7 exemplars, 1 ressenya

Obres associades

The Book of Dragons: An Anthology (2020) — Col·laborador — 233 exemplars, 8 ressenyes
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women (2014) — Col·laborador — 111 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
The Best of World SF: Volume 1 (2021) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 4 (Apex World of Speculative Fiction) (2015) — Col·laborador — 81 exemplars, 25 ressenyes
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Thirteen (2019) — Col·laborador — 54 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed Romance (2022) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Bloody Fabulous (2012) — Col·laborador — 40 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Aliens: Recent Encounters (2013) — Col·laborador — 38 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
An Alphabet of Embers: An Anthology of Unclassifiables (2016) — Col·laborador — 29 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility (2021) — Col·laborador — 23 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Steam-Powered 2 (2011) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Two (2021) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
The End of the Road: An Anthology of Original Fiction (2013) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars, 1 ressenya
How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens (2015) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology (2013) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Uncanny Magazine Issue 19: November/December 2017 (2017) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Wicked Women (2014) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic (2013) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars


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London, England, UK
Cambridge University (BA)
Caitlin Blasdell
Biografia breu
Zen Cho was a member of the Cambridge University Lion Dance Troupe from 2006 to 2008. She was born in Malaysia and is currently based in London.



This is really more of a 4.5 for me, but I'm rounding up because I really did enjoy it. The .5 is because like a lot of books I've read recently, it feels like the author ran out of a bit of steam at the end and just wanted to wrap things up. But I think the fact that I really, really enjoyed this story makes up for it.

'Sorcerer to the Crown' is very reminiscent of [b:Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell|14201|Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell|Susanna Clarke||3921305], as if Zen Cho read that and said "Oh yeah, then how about THIS." It has a lot of the same elements, in time and place and officious British stuffiness. But perhaps Cho thought that the character of Stephen Black in that volume deserved a bit more study and introspection.

Zacharias' race is very much as the forefront of this novel, and when I described the premise to a friend he remarked "that sounds so much like Obama." And yes, there are a lot of similarities, in the amount of crap Zacharias must put up with from the other thaumaturges on account of his skin color, such as their "not a real British man" attacks and their constant attempts to undermine his actions and policies.

Prunella is one of those characters who could have been annoying but I did not find her so; her concerns about not having prospects because of her gender and station are entirely warranted and so her obsession with finding a husband is entirely reasonable. Of course the book is very predictable with how that particular plot line turned out, but it didn't feel forced and I suppose I'd like to see where it goes in the next book.
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lampbane | Hi ha 107 ressenyes més | May 16, 2024 |
This is a fantasy novel set in an alternative Regency England where there are magician's and sorcerer's using their magic and guided by their organisation The Unnatural Philosopher's. The Sorcerer Royal, Zacharias Wythe is their leader, but as a black man and former slave he faces great opposition to his appointment. There is a lack of magic and he is determined to find out why, while fighting his enemies inside The Unnatural Philosopher's. He meets a young woman and witch, Prudence Gentleman, at a school talk and she persuades him to help her, though he may get more than he bargained for.
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Nicky24 | Hi ha 107 ressenyes més | May 3, 2024 |
Regency. Not my cup of tea.
Decent world-building, though.
Dorothy2012 | Hi ha 107 ressenyes més | Apr 22, 2024 |
My first book by a Malaysian author. Wow. Simply wow. Short stories of various genres - literary fiction, fantasy, ghost story, romance; all steeped in Malaysian myths.
Cleverly grouped in Here (various folk groups in Malaysia), There (Malaysians emigrated to Great Britain) and Elsewhere (spirit world), a compendium of strong stories and a glimpse into strange foreign worlds.
Yuki-Onna | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | Mar 14, 2024 |



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