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Ted Mahsun writes technical manuals for a software company by day and writes fiction by night. His book reviews have been published in The Star, Malaysia's daily newspaper, and his fiction has been included in Australia's Griffith Review as well as in several anthologies published by Malaysian publisher, Fixi. He lives in Kuala Lumpur with his wife and daughters, and occasionally blogs at tedmahsun.com.
Kia Kaha Press
on Jan. 21, 2015 :
Rip-roaringly hilarious and inventive, this story reads like Roald Dahl on steroids! I marvelled at the author's ability to take the seemingly prosaic and spin it into surreal comedy.
The hero, Sayyid, is a migrant farmer who grows organic Volkswagens for a living. That's right. Organic Volkswagens! As in, the German automobile! Only these cars are feisty and have minds of their own. And when they bust out of Sayyid's compound and take a bigoted neighbour hostage, all kinds of awesome hijinks follow.
Is this comedy? Fantasy? Sci-fi? Who cares. Just read this story already. The title alone tells you all you need to know. It's a laugh riot!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 19, 2015 :
Like Ted's previous stories, "The Dangers of Growing Air-Cooled Volkswagens in Your Backyard" is a light, fun read. Good to put a smile on your face, especially with its tongue-in-cheek social commentaries.
I have to say, though, that despite there being several unruly Volkswagens stomping about, the title is misleading, and the story is more suburban fantasy than science fiction.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)