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Black Water Sister
Black Water Sister | Zen Cho
17 posts | 10 read | 24 to read
A reluctant medium discovers the ties that bind can unleash a dangerous power in this compelling Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy. When Jessamyn Teoh starts hearing a voice in her head, she chalks it up to stress. Closeted, broke and jobless, shes moving back to Malaysia with her parents a country she last saw when she was a toddler. She soon learns the new voice isnt even hers, its the ghost of her estranged grandmother. In life, Ah Ma was a spirit medium, avatar of a mysterious deity called the Black Water Sister. Now shes determined to settle a score against a business magnate who has offended the godand she's decided Jess is going to help her do it, whether Jess wants to or not. Drawn into a world of gods, ghosts, and family secrets, Jess finds that making deals with capricious spirits is a dangerous business, but dealing with her grandmother is just as complicated. Especially when Ah Ma tries to spy on her personal life, threatens to spill her secrets to her family and uses her body to commit felonies. As Jess fights for retribution for Ah Ma, shell also need to regain control of her body and destiny or the Black Water Sister may finish her off for good.
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PuddleJumper
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Absolutely brilliant book about family, gods, and ghosts. It was a little darker than I expected and it was a slow build but definitely worth the wait

It's my day off so I'm powering through my books and ignoring the large pile of laundry

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PuddleJumper
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Ovid is not impressed that I'm staying up late reading when I should be in bed cuddling him. Oops

JoyBlue Hello, #TeamGameSleighers mate—let's do this!!!! 😎 😍

@StayCurious
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SpeculativeFemale
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Black Water Sister kept me reading late into the night and pretty much every other chance I got.

Rooted in questions of identity (culture, religion, and sexual orientation all play a part) and grounded in present day Malaysia, this book brings ghosts and gods to life in a surprising and compelling way.

I absolutely recommend this one!

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SpeculativeFemale
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Sphinx isn't too sure about my latest book pick, but I'm enjoying it so far.

I think he just gets jealous when I get so wrapped up in a book that I forget to pay him what he considers enough attention.

Leftcoastzen So cute! 3mo
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CampbellTaraL
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A complex range of intersecting conflicts (generational, regional, racial, familial, etc.) but the author pulls it all together with expert ease. I liked the complicated characters that were both likable and loathsome, it really forced you to look at the situation to empathize with their perspective.

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Jen2
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Really good!

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Larkken
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July book 7:
Really great! It melded the hustle of Asian aunties & conjunction of new+old money/influence/customs as present in Crazy Rich Asians while still allowing for the authenticity of ancient beliefs. Also, tbh, I got tired of the wealth porn in CRA, & found the ppl in BWS to be more human & interesting, esp the MC who navigates her queer+Asianness after newly immigrating to Malaysia from the US with her family #queer #readdiversebooks

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shanaqui

I've enjoyed Zen Cho's writing before, so I got this more or less without knowing anything about it. I'm intrigued so far, though wondering how differently it hits if you know the Malaysian culture it's embedded in!

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Branwen
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I was lucky enough to get some quality reading time at the park before the storm rolled in! 😃💕📚👍

britt_brooke Nice! 7mo
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Branwen
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Today consists of: fresh snacks from the farmer's market (yum! 🥐), kitty snuggles, and reading! Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far! 💕📚 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

Leftcoastzen 😻 7mo
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Maike
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This was a fun contemporary fantasy, the Malaysian setting really felt like a breath of fresh air.

You can read a full review here: https://scepticalreading.com/2021/06/black-water-sister/

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julesG
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Another #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"The first thing the ghost said to Jess was: Does your mother know you're a pengkid?"

squirrelbrain How many books have you started today?! 🤪 8mo
julesG @squirrelbrain Just the two. Which is one less than I finished last night. 8mo
squirrelbrain You‘re on a roll....! 8mo
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esurient
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Okay, this one seems more my taste.

#releasedayyay

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Moray_Reads
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This is a story that wears a lot of faces. Coming of age, immigrant story, ghost story, thriller. It's full of Cho's funny, pacy, pugnacious style and Ah Ma is a real hoot. But it also goes to some dark places on homophobia, misogyny and violence against women. I loved it #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 9mo
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Moray_Reads
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julesG Has this been published already? I keep finding different pub day information. 9mo
Moray_Reads @julesG mine is an arc. I think it's out next month? I'm sure it was mentioned in my Goodreads "authors you've read before" emails. I'm only half way through but am happy to recommend it already, I really enjoy Cho's style 9mo
julesG I read that the US edition is out May 11th, the UK edition June 10th. 9mo
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Zoes_Human
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A contemporary urban fantasy that starts out light but evolves into something more unsettling and complex. As I read, I experienced laughter, frustration, hope, fear, excitement, commiseration, horror, relief, and joy, and I leave it feeling as though Jess were my life-long friend.

See content advisory in comments under spoiler screen.

Zoes_Human CONTENT ADVISORY: scenes depicting intimate partner abuse, attempted rape, homophobia, and colorism 12mo
slategreyskies Thanks for the content advisory. I was planning on reading this one, but now I know to skip it. 8mo
Zoes_Human @slategreyskies I'm glad that helped you. I don't always remember to do them, but I do try. 8mo
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Zoes_Human
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“Their approach to religion was to leave the gods alone, in the hope the gods would return the favour.”

Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 12mo
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