Sunday, 25 September 2016

More than folktales to write about in Sabah and Sarawak

2016-09-25 IF YOU’RE not from there (or maybe especially if you’re from there), just hearing the names “Sabah” and “Sarawak” will probably evoke a thousand images — of lush jungles and oil platforms; hornbills, orangutans and giant cat statues; the elaborate...

Patchett’s Commonwealth tops US fiction best-sellers list

2016-09-25 A ROMANTIC drama novel from author Ann Patchett, Commonwealth, debuted at the top of the US fiction best-sellers list on Thursday. Data released by independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Aiyoh, atas, char kway teow: Singlish words enter Oxford Dictionary

2016-09-18   MORE Singapore English words used colloquially here have been added to the lexicon of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary (OED), following its latest quarterly update this month. Top on the list of new words: aiyah and aiyoh, which are...

Oprah’s new book club pick tops US bestseller list

2016-09-18 JD ROBB’S latest crime thriller, “Apprentice in Death”, debuted at the top of the US fiction best sellers list on Thursday, while Oprah Winfrey’s latest book club pick “Love Warrior” dominated the non-fiction list. “Love Warrior” is published in...

An interesting reboot to well-loved Archie comics

2016-09-18 IT HARDLY matters at all if you used to collect the Archie comics ardently or not, I’m certain you know of it or have flicked through a copy you’ve seen lying around somewhere. Growing up, I’ve sporadically read Archie comics at random places — at...

Sunday, 11 September 2016

80 years on, F Scott Fitzgerald’s final stories to be published

2016-09-11 THE final unpublished short stories of F Scott Fitzgerald, whose book “The Great Gatsby” provided an iconic depiction of the excesses of America’s Jazz Age, will see the light in April, 80 years after they were written. Scribner, a Simon &...

Amy Schumer memoir holds top spot on US bestsellers list

2016-09-11 COMEDIAN Amy Schumer’s memoir “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo”, spent a third consecutive week atop the weekly US non-fiction bestseller chart on Thursday, while Louise Penny’s “A Great Reckoning” debuted at the top of the fiction list.  ...

An idea on why ‘We Should All Be Feminists’

2016-09-11 IN TODAY’S world, many individuals are quick to make up their minds and give opinions on important topics before getting a deeper understanding or bothering to find out more about it first. This lack of understanding could be one of the main...

Sunday, 4 September 2016

David Freed’s Hot Start has sense of authenticity

2016-09-04 FOR a fictional action hero, Cordell Logan, a former military assassin now scraping out a living as a flying instructor in Southern California, is a real softie. He never stopped pinning for Savannah, the love of his life, and has been...

Alex Marwood delivers gripping cautionary tale

2016-09-04 THE disappearance of a child whose body is never found eventually implodes a family as well as a circle of friends. Yet perhaps even more chilling is how this horrid crime appears to have such little effect on the self-centered patriarch in Alex...

Lancashire council to close more than 20 libraries

2016-09-04 Lancashire author Andrew Michael Hurley , the Costa award-winning novelist, has warned that “once libraries are closed down that’s it, they don’t come back”, after Lancashire county council confirmed it was set to go ahead with plans to close more...

Sunday, 28 August 2016

The One Man is heartfelt and compelling

2016-08-28 ANDREW Gross, known for his contemporary thrillers, takes the reader back to World War II and the brutality that Jews faced in the concentration camps in his novel, “The One Man.” The dilemma Nathan Blum faces is determining how much one life is...

Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo top US bestsellers lists

2016-08-28 COMEDIAN Amy Schumer’s memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo debuted at the top of the weekly US non-fiction bestseller chart on Thursday, while Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, a novel about a slave’s bid for freedom, topped the...

Friendship and fun galore in The Raven Boys

2016-08-28 IN THE Young Adult Fiction Fantasy novel known as The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater wrote, “She recognised the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it...

Sunday, 21 August 2016

England’s library use down over past decade

2016-08-21 THE proportion of adults visiting public libraries in England has fallen by almost a third over the last decade, according to a new government report, although usage in the country’s most deprived areas has remained stable. The Department of...

Malaysia’s Original People: The Orang Asli

2016-08-21 MALAYSIA’S Original People: Past, Present And Future Of The Orang Asli (pic) is a dense, far-reaching compendium of essays edited by Kirk Endicott, a professor with the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College in the United States. The...

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Latest Harry Potter book fascinates Bruneians

2016-08-14 BY NOW, almost every living human being who loved literature should be aware — if they’ve been clueless prior to the release of the book — that there’s a new addition to the well-loved Harry Potter series that ended way back in 2007. The series...

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Clinton, Kaine to release book two months before election

2016-08-07 HILLARY Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, are releasing a book two months before the election. Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the 256-page book that will be released Sept 6 will be called Stronger Together...

Oprah Winfrey picks Whitehead novel for book club

2016-08-07 OPRAH Winfrey has a new book club pick, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, a historical novel that imagines the network of safe houses and passages that helped slaves escape to free territory is an actual train. Winfrey told The...

US Constitution among Amazon’s best sellers

2016-08-07 SINCE Khizr Khan held up a copy of the US Constitution last week at the Democratic National Convention and offered to lend it to Republican nominee Donald Trump, sales for the government’s founding document have soared, with two editions in the top...