Friday, 7 August 2020

Body And Soul by Khoa Ngo


Body And Soul by Khoa Ngo
Published on the 2nd February 2017.

A Book With A Vegetarian Character

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Smashwords

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


When two reapers decide to play necromancer to bury a mistake, everything spins out of control, for them and for the one they call back from beyond the grave - a soul of a wrongly reaped young woman trapped inside the body of a freshly dead girl. As the struggle for dominance between the vessel and the soul intensifies, the reapers have their own battle to resolve between ethics and sentiments.

I found this quirky short story on Smashwords when I was searching for indie Vietnamese authors to make up the fifth for my WorldReads from Vietnam. Body And Soul actually fits well with my Balthazar's Bane review yesterday because both stories prominently feature necromancers. I'm not usually much of a fantasy reader, but I did really enjoy the ideas in Body And Soul especially the philosophical questions of whether our identity is primarily determined by our body's experiences or our soul's understanding. This might only be a short story - it's just under 40 pages - but its themes resonate long after there are no more pages to turn!

On a negative note, unfortunately the book could do with serious proofreading because there are frequent typo errors to navigate as well as Khoa's idiosyncratic English. I liked her writing style overall though and she has a good eye for atmospheric details that add depth to her scenes. The point of view changes are interesting too because they allow us to view the necromancers' 'experiment' from multiple perspectives. Overall an entertaining dark story that's well worth its minimal price tag!

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