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  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • SON COMPLEX
  • Kris Williamson
  • English
  • 11 August 2019

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  1. Fadzlishah Johanabas Fadzlishah Johanabas says:

    Book review Son Complex, by Kris WilliamsonI always look forward to reading locally published English fiction Granted, a lot of them out there are bad, but there are also gems, brilliant in their own right When Buku Fixi announced the launch of its English imprint, Fixi Novo, I was excited, ecstatic even.Fixi publishes pulp fiction, whose origin started in America in the late 1890s Back then, short stories and serialized novels were published in magazines using paper made of pulp, making the Book review Son Complex, by Kris WilliamsonI always look forward to reading locally published English fiction Granted, a lot of them out there are bad, but there are also gems, brilliant in their own right When Buku Fixi announced the launch of its English imprint, Fixi Novo, I was excited, ecstatic even.Fixi publishes pulp fiction, whose origin started in America in the late 1890s Back then, short stories and serialized novels were published in magazines using paper made of pulp, making the magazines cheaperaccessible The quality of writing was secondary Fixi its English imprint Novo aim to continue the legacy of pulp fiction not by using cheap paper, but by honoring the spirit of accessible fiction Language purists scorn every single Fixi novel, but the younger generations devour these books with a passion.Back to the book in question I don t often write book reviews because there s not much to say, usually Either I love it, I don t, or I find it blah Kris Williamson s Son Complex has moved me to share words on it.Not in a good way, however.In essence, this novel is about a young man from Florida whose Caucasian mother passed away for reasons not stated After her death, his aunt gave him a set of letters, correspondences during the year his mother spent in Sabak Bernam, Malaysia He never knew his father, and his late mother never spoke of the topic the one thing that is clear is that he has mixed parentage He discovered that his mother had a love affair with a Malay man who, after almost 25 years out of the picture, turns out to be a prominent politician with a wife and son With nothing to lose, the young man, Aaron, travels to Malaysia to learn about his mother s past possibly about his father as well He appears at the politician s doorstep, assuming he s the father, and latches on to the family.Since part of Novo s manifesto is manufacturing pulp fiction, I can forgive the paper cut characters, the stilted dialogs, the racial and class stereotyping, as well as the almost non existent storyline The book is 1 3 personalized tour of Kuala Lumpur, 1 3 dissertation on Malaysian social and political issues, and 1 3 story I can almost forgive the author for trying to cram every imaginable social and political dysfunction that makes Malaysiawell, Malaysia What I cannot forgive, and the reason for the 2 5 review on Goodreads, is how the author breached his contract.Spoiler alert.There are many rules to writing fictionthan half of them broken in this novel but one of the rules that cannot be broken is honoring the author reader contract In exchange for the reader s time and suspension of belief, the author promises to lead the reader to a satisfying conclusion It doesn t have to be a happy ending, but the story has to end in a manner that the reader doesn t feel cheated.I was cheated.Throughout the novel, the author doesn t describe much about the protagonist, Aaron We only get to know that he has a wiry frame, and that he has brown eyes his mother had green eyes Maybe it s a plot device for the climatic revelation However, no one in his right mind cannot identify a person with a mixed heritage of Caucasian Chinese, Caucasian Malay or Caucasian Indian There are distinct features to differentiate these parentages The author, in a typuical Mat Salleh manner, has the audacity to assume that all Caucasian Asian mixes are the same in order to pounce a trick ending on his readers.Ending spoiler alert don t read further if you intend to read the book view spoiler Throughout the novel, Aaron, Nasri the alleged father and the reader assume that Nasri s the father There s even a scene where Aaron compares his build to that of Iskandar s, his alleged half brother There is no foreshadowing to indicate otherwise At the alleged climax, the author reveals that Nasri may not be the father after all, but an Indian man from Sabak Bernam who raped Aaron s mother, Nora also no foreshadowing on the rape other than that Nora left Malaysia abruptly and cut all contacts with Malaysian folks Not only that, but get this the frigid Datin, Nasri s wife, also reveals that she was a rape victim by her own father, an Imam hide spoiler Talk about deus ex machina An author absolutely cannot introduce a new element in the climatic scene That s cheating Major cheating Total breach of contract I bought the book, all excited and ready to fall in love, got turned off by the agendas this novel tries to cram in one sitting, but I finished the book at half past one in the morning pissed off Son Complex should be shelved under creative non fiction or social studies I stand by my view that it sa dissertation on the social and political scenes of Malaysia than a novel It doesn t have a stake Aaron has nothing to lose, and as a character, he is not changed at the end of the journey view spoiler Sure, Iskandar is involved in a road traffic accident after he is told that Aaron is allegedly his half brother, but their relationship the horror of losing Iskandar should have been developedThe characters are inconsistent For someone who thinks himself as superior to third worlder Malaysians, Aaron at times acts like a villager thrust into a big city He tries to exit the house by scaling the gates Like, what For a prominent, silver tongued politician, Nasri accepts Aaron s allegation that he s the father, and invites Aaron to stay at his house Come on A politician will do whatever it takes to protect his reputation He should have demanded a paternity test right away But no Then he spews this crap about only acknowledging Aaron as his son if Aaron becomes a Muslim Because everyone knows that Muslim is Malay an Malay is Muslim The hell For a pious Imam s daughter, Datin doesn t don a hijab because Datins don t wear hijabs, I suppose , and is quick to judge others I guess the only significance of being an Imam s daughter is the revelation of incestuous rape Because seemingly pious Malay men rape their daughters hide spoiler Iskandar, who leads a double life, is the only one that seems real Oh, and also Mina, the silent maid.This novel is all about the agendas If you have issues against certain political parties and the class and racial dissension of Malaysia, this book will surely tickle you at the right places If you don t really care for story and characterization, sure, this book is an accessible, cheap read.At RM18.90, this book is certainly a steal, considering that the average price of an English novel is RM30 However, the story itself should not be cheap After all, among pulp writers were the venerated and highly celebrated Ray Bradbury, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Issac Asimov and Agatha Christie.Would I buy another Kris Williamson s novel If he promises to respect his readers and learn how to write fiction, sure I don t have anything against the author I just have everything against this book Son Complex is a major disappointment I sincerely hope the author will do better next time


  2. airuZ airuZ says:

    There is something entertaining about this book than just the main story line itself It was Malaysia from Aaron s perspective His thoughts towards lifestyles and foods are some kind of interesting to read about.


  3. Syaihan Syafiq Syaihan Syafiq says:

    ulasan ini diambil dari blog sendiri Ada kenalanku beritahu yang aku harus segera habiskan baca mana mana novel Fixi yang terbaru kerana dia hanya akan beli dan hadam novel tersebut berdasarkan ulasan dan usulanku Son Complex karya Kris Williamson merupakan novel berbahasa Inggeris pertama terbitan FIXI di bawah imprint FIXI NOVO, diterbitkan bulan lepas dan merupakan novel yang paling pantas aku habiskan aku selesai baca kurang dari tempoh 48 jam setakat ini untuk tahun 2013.Membaca sinopsi ulasan ini diambil dari blog sendiri Ada kenalanku beritahu yang aku harus segera habiskan baca mana mana novel Fixi yang terbaru kerana dia hanya akan beli dan hadam novel tersebut berdasarkan ulasan dan usulanku Son Complex karya Kris Williamson merupakan novel berbahasa Inggeris pertama terbitan FIXI di bawah imprint FIXI NOVO, diterbitkan bulan lepas dan merupakan novel yang paling pantas aku habiskan aku selesai baca kurang dari tempoh 48 jam setakat ini untuk tahun 2013.Membaca sinopsis yang ada di laman Facebook nya benar benar membuat aku tergiur untuk segera habiskan, tetapi usai aku khatam novel setebal 248 halaman itu, apa yang aku boleh simpulkan adalah ia merupakan satu karya yang biasa biasa saja tentang pencarian, tentang identiti, tentang konflik diri yang watak utama itu cari sendiri, tetapi gagal untuk mencari sebarang solusi yang berketepatan dan memuaskan hati dirinya dan juga pembaca.Aaron, seorang lelaki berbangsa Inggeris berusia 23 tahun dari Amerika, merantau beribu ribu kilometer jauhnya dan datang ke Malaysia dalam usaha untuk menjejaki ayahnya setelah dia kematian ibunya, hanya berbekalkan beberapa pucuk surat obskur yang ditinggalkan oleh mendiang ibunya Ia ditulis dalam perspektif Aaron, makanya pembaca dibawa bersama untuk sama sama keliru di tengah tengah kota yang amat asing buat Aaron, dalam usaha Aaron mencari sekelumit maklumat daripada keluarga dan individu yang dia fikir boleh membantunya menjejaki siapakah ayahnya yang sebenar.Aku nyaris tertipu sebenarnya tatkala melihat kulit depan novel ini Ada siluet seseorang yang memakai topi dan memegang helmet, dan serta merta mindaku melompat dan separa berharap ada babak menaiki jet pejuang terus terbayang Tom Cruise dalam filem Top Gun namun harapanku meleset kerana siluet lelaki itu adalah si Aaron dalam cubaannya untuk menyelami hidup seorang mat rempit walaupun dia tidaklah memandu, sekadar membonceng Apa apapun, Son Complex berjaya membenarkan pembaca khususnya yang memangnya berasal dari sini seolah olah merasai apa yang dirasai oleh seseorang yang berada di luar ruang lingkup selesanya Jurang bahasa adalah antara permainan utama yang diketengahkan Bahasa Malaysia Aaron nyata amatlah minumum, makanya timbul pelbagai senario lucu yang kita sendiri ambil mudah seperti memesan makanan di warung dan memberikan lokasi kepada pemandu teksi, tetapi mungkin sekali boleh membikin seorang bangsa asing berpeluh dahi dan ketiak apabila dirinya disalahertikan Jujurnya tiada apa yang menarik sangat akan novel Son Complex ini yang mana judulnya aku kira diadaptasi daripada sebuah kelab yang dimasuki oleh Aaron, yang pada hemat aku novel ini lebih cocok dijudulkan sebagai The Journey ataupun Being Foreign berbanding judulnya yang aku fikir bukanlah suatu representasi spesifik kepada perkisahan yang dipaparkan Aaron mencari kebenaran tentang identiti ayah kandungnya di negara yang serba asing buatnya, dan dalam proses itu dia melalui pelbagai pengalaman yang mungkin menarik buatnya, tetapi tidaklah sedahsyat atau menarik mana bagi kebanyakan rakyat tempatan Ada salah guna dadah, mat rempit, cebis cebis informasi tentang kepentingan kuasa dan susun atur politik tempatan, dan juga tempat tempat makan sekitar Kuala Lumpur.Aku kira perkaitan antara surat surat peninggalan Nora mendiang ibunya si Aaron itu nyata tidak begitu kuat dan meyakinkan untuk dia datang dan terpanggil mencari ayah kandungnya Ini adalah kerana walaupun aku sudah ulangbaca beberapa kali segmen surat surat yang diutuskan itu, aku sepertinya tidak tergerak untuk kurius mahu tahu lebih lanjut Semacam hampir tiada misteri yang wujud di situ Aku agak kecewa di situ Alangkah bagusnya kalau penulis merungkaikan misteri identiti sebenar atau separa merungkaikannya lewat surat surat yang dibaca, didedahkan kepada para pembaca sepucuk demi sepucuk agar pembaca terus berteka teki akan siapakah ayah kandung Aaron yang sebenarnya


  4. Ahmad Faiz Ahmad Faiz says:

    To some extent, I am pretty much convince that the author somehow knows how to speak Malay language You can find many Malay phrases, written not in formal style but the way how Malaysian speak Enough to make a Malay reader grin Aren t you impress of that Knowing that some of the Malaysian Chinese can t even form a proper Malay sentence verbally My assumption and just look at England, the migrants could speak proper English with an accent Doesn t that bother you Oh don t get me started wi To some extent, I am pretty much convince that the author somehow knows how to speak Malay language You can find many Malay phrases, written not in formal style but the way how Malaysian speak Enough to make a Malay reader grin Aren t you impress of that Knowing that some of the Malaysian Chinese can t even form a proper Malay sentence verbally My assumption and just look at England, the migrants could speak proper English with an accent Doesn t that bother you Oh don t get me started with the portrayal of typical KL Malay family culture Splendid He clearly did his homework on immersing himself in Malay cultural values.Following Aaron s journey to Malaysia, getting the chance to have a glimpse of Mat Salleh s point of view of our society has always been my cup of coffee The recent death of Aaron s mom led him to our hot tropical country in trying to sort out the mystery that surrounds his family To be precise, he wants to know who the illegitimate father is Hello Dad As a bastard son Pardon the language I admire the courage and absurd decision he made to travel half the world for his own sake Guess this runs in the Mat Salleh s bloodline where making rash decision and backpacking with minimal expenses to be their main expertise Gotta learn this trait This all seem possible with the exchange rate favouring their side .We can fairly agree that this book is as good as a one time read only Everything seems to fall into place on how the author piece the puzzle together but some parts deserved to be shelved It nearly put me to sleep especially the time when Aaron and Iskandar met Iskandar s rempit friends for the first time Starting from that point, story starts to get a lil bit down hill Maybe its just me being bias to my own culture that rempiting doesn t sound appealing on contrary to Mat Salleh s point of view.I personally enjoyed letters written by Nora who sounded rather young and outgoing even though there was like 3 4 letters No doubt its a great method in reliving the past and made the current eventrelatable On the other hand, it depicted Sabak Bernam as a dead zombie town Yet to be discovered but could be an emerging tourist spot one day All thanks to the writer, now Sabak Bernam is on my travelling radar and to be included in my off beaten tourist destination.There is something beautiful about the ending where you ll discover that there is a hidden connection Family ties serve to be an unbreakable bonding but going through similar past experiences is as good as one Actually, I m starting to think this is a great book after all Okay, so I have come to a conclusion Read the book as if you were a Mat Salleh, then its a 5 star but tread the book as if you were a Malaysian, its a mehhhh rating


  5. Ainur Ainur says:

    it s not that i don t like this book, it s just too plain for me few times i fall asleep reading this and i kinda tooktimes than i predicted to finish it.there s no climax or maybe there is, but like i said, it s too plain i don t know what to expect when i read this all i know is, it s not that enjoyable.


  6. Luc Abdullah Luc Abdullah says:

    Satu satunya buku yang aku mampu habiskan ketika kesihatan dirampas seketika Well, this is the answer for this space What did you think


  7. Remi Remi says:

    Son Complex by Kris Williamson is a fascinating read that got me thinking about a lot of things talked about in the book It covers so many social issues relevant to Malaysia and does it seamlessly The writing is very easy to understand and the story moves forward at a good speed I like personal journey stories and found this to be a unique one that hasn t been done hundreds of times in movies and other novels Kudos for originality By the middle of the novel, it became obvious that this is a Son Complex by Kris Williamson is a fascinating read that got me thinking about a lot of things talked about in the book It covers so many social issues relevant to Malaysia and does it seamlessly The writing is very easy to understand and the story moves forward at a good speed I like personal journey stories and found this to be a unique one that hasn t been done hundreds of times in movies and other novels Kudos for originality By the middle of the novel, it became obvious that this is a story where the characters take center stage and the plot is just used to carry them from the first page to the last page Novels like this can only work if the characters are strong and interesting Overall I think Kris Williamson does a good job in his character writing Aaron, the main character, is a 23 year old American who comes across as very na ve from the first page But he is humble and a likeable person I wanted for him to succeed on his journey I cheered for him and cried for him through his ups and downs It is precisely his fresh observations that makes this story something interesting Kris Williamson must have spent a lot of time living in Malaysia to be able to tell this type of story The plot starts straight away Aaron lands in Kuala Lumpur and goes to the house of Nasri, who he thinks is his long lost father based on correspondence that his dead mother wrote several decades earlier Nasri s character could have been developedfor me but underneath the wealthy businessman with skeletons in the closet fa ade, I could see that he really cared for Nora Aaron s mother He is shocked at first, but slowly warms up to the idea of Aaron as his son as the novel progresses This side journey for Nasri, again, I thought could have been expanded I wanted to readMaybestories from his youth with Nora too But Nasri has a wife Datin and a son Iskandar For me these two characters were an interesting contrast Datin plays the role of village girl who married well and makes sure everyone knows it and plays it well She is the type of character that you roll your eyes at in novels, on TV, or in real life But I always like reading about these types especially when something bad happens to them But I was surprised that at the end of the novel, of course something bad happens, and Datin is involved, but my reaction surprised me I don t want to tell too muchhere to ruin it for anyone who has not read it yetbut it was a real shock As it turns out, Datin and Aaron have a lot in common that doesn t become clear until the very end Iskandar was a cool character For a young man, he is very mature I found a lot of quotes from him that I liked He is a rebel against his parents as a teen, who isn t but he is smart about it He has a secret life which made some interesting points on class differences in Malaysia For all the stereotypical and sometimes funny high class hullabaloo that Datin represents for most of the novel, Iskandar breaks that mold completely I would love to see a novel with him as the main character Even though this novel places importance on its characters above a winding plot, there are not many characters in total Aside from Aaron, Nasri, Datin, and Iskandar, there are only a few secondary characters Some, like the taxi driver in Ch.1 and Sundari s family, are so funny that I was laughing out loud Others, like Iskandar s biker friends, added some spice into the story That reminds me Sundari She was a very likeable character at first Very hippity hoppity and scatterbrained But she has a dark side as well As her role in Aaron s life changed, I got sucked into the story evenShe has a few good quotes as well I did wantpage time for when she and Aaron go back to her family s house I thought that was too quick What I liked the most about this novel is even though some characters look like stereotypes, they are actually quite deep I found myself thinking about Nasri s summer love with Nora in the 1980s and what it would have meant for him to be faced with his love child almost 25 years later I also wondered if I would have the courage to do what Aaron did Fly off to some irrelevant third world country to look for his father with only a handful of clues to get him started That s drive But for me, the main part of Aaron s journey really did not begin until the last few pages of the novel, where he is reflecting on his life and what he learned about his mother s life Interesting It was as if he developed in a complete circle after finishing his adventure I loved the fact the ending isn t happy or sad It is what it is And I could really get into the characters Think about their actions and words What I would do if it were me in their shoes Aaron s personal development from start to finish was different from what I had expected to read I appreciated that I could read the stories of the characters without needing to be told what their stories were and everything imaginable about their lives There is just enough information offered to create good character profiles For me, this novel is a win Kudos to Kris Williamson Recommended to readers who like deep characters but also enjoy a good laugh Readers interested in the social makeup of Malaysia should like this as well Not recommended to readers who like for every imaginable detail to be explained or those who need a plot that is action packed on every page I am keeping my copy and will definitely have another read through it at some point


  8. Siti Nur syawana Siti Nur syawana says:

    Totally im not that satisfied reading this But back to its title, Son Complex then i realized it was really2 complex Pity to Aaron cus someone already accept him as his biological son To the author, you should write something that give us satisfaction reading your book or at least let Aaron meet his father and claim him as his biological father and make a new happy family i guess The last scene really makes me touch That Datin called Aaron and told him abt her biggest secret It means a lot Totally im not that satisfied reading this But back to its title, Son Complex then i realized it was really2 complex Pity to Aaron cus someone already accept him as his biological son To the author, you should write something that give us satisfaction reading your book or at least let Aaron meet his father and claim him as his biological father and make a new happy family i guess The last scene really makes me touch That Datin called Aaron and told him abt her biggest secret It means a lot to me cus finally he make a good relationship w Datin Well not everything in life has a happy ending Yet it s a great job


  9. Barukisu (Balqis) Barukisu (Balqis) says:

    Kudos to the writer who is not Malaysian but has the effort writing up a story based in Malaysian from an American perspective Its a mixed up but the shocking revealation towarda the end is something I m not expecting Everyone jas their past and not everyone s past is beautiful I have seen the author when I bought the book at PBAKL Weirdly I always imagined Aaron as him Ha Anyway, nice read.


  10. Rumaizah Bakar Rumaizah Bakar says:

    I like the KL travel story bits and the tourist in town s point of view However, I think the character Nora is overly romanticized and unreal to the end I also feel like I still didn t know Aaron, even after reading the whole book Some of the other characters seem kind of stereotypical Malaysians too, Indian activist, Datuk politician, mat rempit,etc I was let down by the 2 new elements suddenly squeezed in to lead to the ending.


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SON COMPLEX✩ SON COMPLEX pdf ❤ Author Kris Williamson – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Aaron, a year old American, comes to Malaysia for the first time His mission to meet Nasri Aziz, the politician he believes is his biological father A man who has no idea Aaron even existsEncouraged Aaron, ayear old American, comes to Malaysia for the first time His mission to meet Nasri Aziz, the politician he believes is his biological father A man who has no idea Aaron even existsEncouraged by the letters of his late mother Nora, Aaron seeks to find out about her life in Malaysia in the s Aaron s arrival comes as a complete surprise not only to Nasri but his wife who wants to be known only as Datin and son Iskandar, a teenager who leads a darker double lifeWhile working to gain their trust, Aaron discovers a complex background of secrets and lies And it is up to Sundari, the controversial NGO activist who was Nora s confidante in Malaysia, to reveal the shocking truth.


About the Author: Kris Williamson

Kris Williamson is a publishing consultant and writer Born and raised in Florida s Tampa Bay Area, he fled America when the neo cons took over, choosing to continue his studies in Australia Eventually he found his way to Malaysia and has been tolerated there despite the lack of itinerant mat salleh in the Malaysia agenda He has written professionally for a decade but only turned to writing for fun over the last few years He founded the Southeast Asian themed e zine Anak Sastra in and still edits its quarterly issues When not writing about himself in the third person, he talks about other people in the third person.