Hey you! Fancy reading a superb debut novella by a brilliant author? Why are we even asking – of course you bloody well do. Which is convenient, as Rupert Wong: Cannibal Chef, by the most excellent Cassandra Khaw, is out today.
But what’s it all about, eh? Let us hit you with a synopsis:
It’s not unusual to work two jobs in this day and age, but sorcerer and former triad soldier Rupert Wong’s life is more complicated than most. By day, he makes human hors d’oeuvres for a dynasty of ghouls; by night, he pushes pencils for the Ten Chinese Hells. Of course, it never seems to be enough to buy him a new car—or his restless, flesh-eating-ghost girlfriend passage from the reincarnation cycle—until opportunity comes smashing through his window.
In Kuala Lumpur, where deities from a handful of major faiths tip-toe around each other and damned souls number in the millions, it’s important to tread carefully. Now the Dragon King of the South wants to throw Rupert right in it. The ocean god’s daughter and her once-mortal husband have been murdered, leaving a single clue: bloodied feathers from the Greek furies. It’s a clue that could start a war between pantheons, and Rupert’s stuck in the middle. Success promises wealth, power and freedom, and failure… doesn’t.
Cassandra has been all over the internet talking about interesting things – you really should check out the following blogs:
- Five Things I Learned Writing Rupert Wong: Cannibal Chef over at Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds blog
- Solarpunk and finding the light in the SF dark over at SciFiNow.
- Handling rejection at Sci-Fi Bulletin
- This Is The End: dying a good death in SF at We Geek Girls
It’s all really rather wonderful isn’t it? So you’d better go and buy the book now, hadn’t you?
Go, go, go!