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Hat threatens to turn them into living mathematical euations Three Filipino siblings enter a black hole to save humanity from an enemy that uses words as weaponsThe seventeen stories in this loosely connected collection push the li. Wonderfully entertaining read all the for someone who understands Filipino culture and behaviour

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The Infinite Library and Other Stories

A boy creates monsters from nanotech clay and programs them by reciting stories A young woman finds the secret to save their doomed generation ship inside a children’s primer Residents of Bukit Batok face a slow motion disaster t. Rubery Prize Shortlisted 2018Ocampo a Filipino living in Singapore is a clever skilled writer His short stories are subtle and demanding hovering in the space between literary fiction experimental fiction and cyberpunk Several of the tropes of SF are introduced and built upon The stories are linked in several respects An infinite library with several acknowledgements to Borges and his The Library of Babel recurs as a major or minor element in many of the stories There are also common settings themes events and characters though the stories are varied than that makes them sound The book s title refers to a character in the opening story Mene Tekel Upharsin a phrase from a biblical tale meaning the future is determined The hero dreams he is in an endless library that on closer inspection only contains two books both of which he wrote himself It seems to confirm the notion suggested in the story s title that the future is predetermined This idea is nicely ualified by the story itself however which offers the reader three alternative endings to choose from Ocampo is an exciting new voice

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Mits of form and trope from realism to genre and experimental fiction All speak of the unease of being between two worlds of not uite fitting in and also of the comfort of words and books which illuminate our way through the darkne. A series of inter connected short stories The Infinite Library grounds its epic journey through time and space in the mysterious library of its title but layers in themes of love loss and finding one s place With some much going on genre blending a variety of structures tangents in every direction it would be easy to lose an overall sense of cohesion The beauty of this collection is that it juggles all this so well each individual story feels distinct and interesting in its own right yet as a whole there is satisfaction in following the threads that bring it back to the beginning and the key themes A tricky thing to pull off It was a challenge to track down a copy of this book I eventually purchased it from an independent bookstore in Singapore who had thankfully low international shipping rates but absolutely worth it


10 thoughts on “The Infinite Library and Other Stories

  1. says:

    Love how the short stories are loosely connected yet powerful on their own There's a lot of Filipino culture set in futuristic settings not something you find often and really refreshing to read

  2. says:

    Rubery Prize Shortlisted 2018Ocampo a Filipino living in Singapore is a clever skilled writer His short stories a

  3. says:

    An excellent collection of linked stories that progress forward in time probably There are some truly amazing lines in this and I'm angry I didn't come up with them

  4. says:

    Beautiful I smiled when I read the location of one of the buildings horse3er f I think it was I've always loved that name of Philip K DickIf you love the works of Philip K Dick Borges Kafka just to name a few this collection will appeal I generally find short stories less engaging than larger works but there are themes which link these stories which provides a perfect balance between short thoughtful stories and a hint a

  5. says:

    My interview with Victor Fernando Ocampo here

  6. says:

    Wonderfully entertaining read all the for someone who understands Filipino culture and behaviour

  7. says:

    There are some gems here but uite a few of the stories were too futuristic for me I don't think the book is bad just that unfortunatel

  8. says:

    an ok read there are some good stories in here interesting concepts but not a fan of the writing

  9. says:

    A series of inter connected short stories ‘The Infinite Library’ grounds its epic journey through time and space in the mysterious library of its title but layers in themes of love loss and finding one’s place With some much going on genre blending a variety of structures tangents in every direction it woul

  10. says:

    “Words could never tell the entire story Words were so easily misunderstood” p224This book contains 17 loosely connected short stories I love reading this kind of anthology It makes me think that I read a complete novel But I feel the connection was too loose in this one Before the story sinked in the next stories take over with the new terms and characters from far future Maybe because it’s too short yet the timeline jump was too

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