It was quite a pleasant surprise to receive an e-mail from John Ling [previously blogged abt here] attached with a manuscript of Fourteen Bullets, a collection of his fourteen short stories. It's also available for a short period at Www.JohnLing.Net.
Dear Book Review Blog,
Hello there! My name is John Ling and I am the young Malaysian writer that you posted news on April 22nd. Thank you for highlighting me since I am pretty much unknown among Malaysians.
Anyways, I was doing a search on my name in Google when I came across your site. I must say I'm really impressed. It's very rare indeed to find a group of Malaysians reviewing books. Kudos and I hope you will keep up your effort!
As a token of my appreciation, I have attached the manuscript for my collection of short fiction called 'Fourteen Bullets' for your reviewing pleasure. It features fourteen of my best stories that has appeared in various American and British magazines and anthologies.
For the moment, all the stories in this manuscript are available freely on my website http://www.johnling.net. So, when you do write a review, do post a link to my homepage so that your site visitors may enjoy my stories as well. Think of it as my gift back to this small but dedicated community of Malaysians.
'Fourteen Bullets' is currently under consideration by several American publishers. As soon as I get contracted, I will have to remove my stories from my website. So, this is definitely a time limited opportunity!
Take care and all the best!
The website is pretty informative and also doubles as a blog of sorts. No I'm not getting paid for this =P The color co-ordination could be slightly improved though. I'll make a review when er. I am done reading it as am swamped with stuff to do ;D so. Yeah. Or, you could head over there to read it for yourself, then review it here later ;) graceshu # 9:15 PM