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Assassins, voices in your head, imperfection… – Sci-fi selections for late-summer reading

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly:

The Lives of Tao
By Wesley Chu
Angry Robot, 2013

When Roen Tan finds himself being mugged after a late night at work, he goes into a panic, not knowing what to do.

But then, a voice inside his head instructs him how to handle the mugger. Worried he might be going crazy, but not having any other ideas on how to fight his attacker, he listens to the voice. And comes out alive.

About a week later, the voice returns and Roen learns he has not gone crazy. He is now sharing his body with Tao, a member of an ancient alien race called Prophus. Not only that, Roen quickly learns that the peace-loving but under-represented Prophus have been at a centuries-long civil war with the Genjix, the better-represented and savage members of the same alien race that split off from the group that landed on Earth during the time of dinosaurs. Both groups want to find a way to get off Earth and back to their home — they just have different ideas of how to achieve this goal.

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