Monday, December 28, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Ok, I have not read 'The Outcast', so don't hate me if I tell you I did not like 'Small Wars'. I was dragging my eyes to read passage after passage of dry, boring, emotionless sentences. I just couldn't wait to finish it. *Yawwn*
But if you've read and enjoyed it, pls feel free to share your opinion/review with me :)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Great speech don't you think? I like the part which went 'Love what you do, do what you love.'
Hmm...This video somehow reminds me of Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Have yet to get my hands on that book...
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This is about a story of a hopeless romantic's unrequited love. The pace is slow, melancholy and at times, pretty draggy. But it manages to capture the essence of love very vividly through the characters' thoughts, emotions and actions. I mean, if to feel strongly for someone, irregardless of what she thinks (whom by the way, said "It is as if he were not a person, but only a shadow", rejected him and married a wealthy man instead) or does (like rejecting him when he came up to her after 3 years of being away from each other), for 51 years, 9 months and 4 days, is not love, then I don't know what is. He did though, try to forget Fermina Daza, by sleeping with 622 women (yep he did!), only to realise, he thought of her even more. Fermina Daza the female protagonist, was everything to him.
Florentino's placid exterior that hints mystery is the opposite of Fermina's haughtiness which hides her insecurity. Well, I guess, opposites do attract. See, the thing is, I think deep inside Fermina does love Florentino, and what she feels for her husband, Dr. Urbino, is out of urm...shall I say, 'habit'? "Over the years, they both reached the same wise conclusion by different paths: it was not possible to live together any other way, or love in any other way, and nothing in this world was more difficult than love."
However, whether or not she loves Florentino, really didn't matter to him. All that mattered was, she was with him and that they're together. She is well aware of it, as she said it very plainly, "He is ugly and sad, but he is all love..."
This is my first time tasting Marquez's masterpiece....I can't say I don't like it. It was okay for me. But I was told to try 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'.
Well. Okay! :)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, the joyous newlyweds from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, have not even left for their honeymoon when they find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving one of their wedding guests.
The lovely Caroline Bingley is engaged to marry a rich and charismatic American. Unfortunately this windswept courtship is marred by strange events – nocturnal wanderings, spooked horses, carriage accidents, and even an apparent suicide attempt. Soon the whole Bingley seems to be the target of a sinister plot, with only the Darcys recognizing the danger.
Sinister forces are afoot, and the Darcys must get to the bottom of this mystery before the blushing bride descends into madness – or worse.
In Pride and Prescience, the Darcys take center stage as the Regency era’s answer to The Thin Man’s Nick and Nora in search of the truth, universally acknowledged and otherwise.
She writes well with Jane Austen’s character. The way they talk and move gels well with the character’s already known to us from Pride and Prejudice. I don’t particularly like the mystery part of the story. Carrie Bebris is a better Austen fiction writer than a mystery writer. However, still a charming and enjoyable story. Her style of writing is a more modern and easier to read than Jane Austen’s. Perfect for a light afternoon reading for a fan of Mrs Darcy.
Monday, November 30, 2009
1) Do you often get fans who say to you ‘Can you draw for me…’ at your autograph sessions? If yes, do you ever get tired of it?
I love to draw at autograph sessions. When readers come to meet me in bookstores they usually expect that I will draw cartoons. For me, drawing cartoons at autograph sessions is a joy and I find it far more interesting than just sitting at a desk signing my name.
2) What’s the most difficult question you get asked about ‘happiness’?
Sometimes people have just lost a loved one and they ask me, “how can I be happy I just lost my husband?” It is very tough when we lose someone we care about. Sometimes only time can heal.
At the same time, life goes on. My new book Happiness in Hard Times includes stories of people who have bounced back from just this kind of experience.
3) I know you get asked this a lot – Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Firstly, there is nothing more important than being happy. No matter how much money you have or how many degrees you have or how famous you are, it matters little if you don’t wake up every day saying, “I’m glad I’m me and I’m happy to be alive”.
4) What makes you happy?
Spending time with my wife Julie – and travelling with her, drawing cartoons, writing books, painting pictures, sailing, meeting new people in different countries.
5) Follow your heart. Easier said than done, don’t you think? There are so many things the heart desires to achieve, but due to commitments and other limitations, these desires become impossible. How then, can happiness be achieved?
My book 'Follow Your Heart' was really about taking time in your life to do things you care about. Some people will say, “I hate my job, how can I be happy?” If you hate your job, then in the short term you can still take time to do things that give you joy. Listening to music, making music, spending time with your family, spending time on your hobbies. Life is short – if certain activities make you happy, then you must make time for them – even if you have to get up one hour earlier to do it.
And if you dislike your job, then in the long term you need to consider improving your skills or look at other options for earning a living.
6) Money gives you happiness, because you'd get to do what your heart desires. True or not true?
It’s funny… Ask poor people if money would make them happier and they’ll tell you, “Of course – most of our arguments are about money”. Ask wealthy people when the happiest times of their life were, and they will mostly say, “Before I got the money…”
Money is important. We buy food, pay rent, pay the phone bill. You want to fly to Hong Kong to visit your mother. Your daughter needs an operation. Is money important?
Here’s the problem – money becomes your God. You judge people by how much money they have. You judge yourself by how much money you have.
Note: You can read all about wealth in Chapter 7 of his recent book, 'Happiness in Hard Times' ;)
Friday, November 27, 2009
Go there only if you're thinking of getting a great variety of children's books and probably, magazines too. Their fiction selection was disappointing! Anyways, this time's categorising of books was better than the previous one's. If you hate queuing, go around 3-ish, but be prepared to find a fewer selection of books. If you go in the morning, be prepared to queue.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
There are many characters in this story which play a vital role. Normally, one would get lost in all the names and their various backgrounds. But Zafon is such a good storyteller that he lures you into his story right from the start. There are many characters in this story that I've grown to love. Two of which are Bea and Fermin. I admire Bea's intelligence and maturity, and I so so love Fermin's sense of humour! He'd make you laugh, for sure!
One of my many favourite quotes from this book is:
'Every book, every volume you see here has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens...' (Note: You might want to hold a highlighter or have a pen with you, because this book contains many meaningful quotes)
Picture taken from: http://media.photobucket.com/image/the%20shadow%20of%20the%20wind%20book%20quotes/sanyuja/BookCovers/ShadowOfTheWind.jpg
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Hello there booklovers
The Big Bad Book Sale is back! Due to popular demand, this time the book sale will be twice as big as before, with over 200,000 books and magazines coming in for the Big Bad Book Sale. Best of all, the prices are 70% to 90% off the recommended retail prices for all books!
So mark this in your diary:
The Big Bad Book Sale
Dae: 26 November – 2 December 2009
Venue: Level 3, Amcorp Mall (former cinema lot, opposite McDonald’s)
Time: 10am to 9pm
Get a free collectible bookmark with any purchase while stocks last!
Limited to one bookmark per customer.
Get ready to stock up your library as the Big Bad Wolf takes another big bite off the prices of books! Oooowwwwwoooooooo…
Howling his regards,
The Big Bad Wolf.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
And this is just the other half of it :P So imagine...
You know what...I feel like going there again!!! :(
Deeeeear....Let's go! hehe (Sorry if the pix are blur...taken from my hubby's Blackberry hehe :P)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Almost all of the characters were given equal attention, so much so that it was so hard for me to fall in love with even one of them. Hence, I couldn't feel their loss, loneliness, sadness (there was hardly any happiness or joy in this book :P) and fear, as compared to Tan Twan Eng's characters in The Gift of Rain. Tan was so good that you could love every of its character. There were some parts I could hear myself saying 'Tan, you better not kill this character...pleeease....'
In Map of the Invisible World, I felt none. The story was hardly engaging, lack of drama and suspense. I'm so sorry Tash, but that's my truth. I mean, imagine lah, I didn't even feel afraid for Adam (one of the brothers in this story) when he was 'forced' to be a participant in an assassination plot.
To put it plainly, imagine this: After reading more than half the book, you can afford to skip some pages, and you still wouldn't miss anything important....
Next book please...
(Image of book taken from http://www.singaporewritersfestival.com/admin/data/Map-of-the-Invisible-world.jpg)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
His artworks have been sold for millions (USD, mind you)! Now, the word 'his' here is vague, because according to this book, half of Dali's famous paintings, aren't even Dali's! Shocking? It seems that he had 3 other painters who painted on his behalf :) So if you had previously purchased a signed, dated, and numbered Dali piece,...and paid a hefty sum for it,...you may have been taken for a ride :P ladida
This paragraph from the book jacket pretty much sums it all: Dali & I offers a behind-the-scenes view of the commerce and conspiracy that go hand in hand in the international art world, written by a man who has been to the top only to discover that it's not so different from the bottom...
My verdict? A MUST READ!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This story revolves around a sacred text written on a scroll of silk, that was torn in two, by an emperor. A Chinese student living in France attended a meeting where she was asked to translate a professor's plea for re-establishing the truth about the movie, 'The Last Emperor'. After the meeting, she followed the prof who told her about this mysterious scroll. This intrigued the translator, who was determined to find out more. She then fell in love with a greengrocer, who happened to be the son of the translator of the language used in the scroll.
What I didn't like about the whole book is the way the story is brought forward. Too many narrators were in the picture. It got kinda annoying. And I got lost in all the inverted commas. Some are not even where it should be.
Siggh...it's been awhile since I enjoyed a good book!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It's about our world coming to an end. An Antichrist, came to earth in a disguise of a young boy, named Adam Young (Yes, Adam) and a hellhound, named 'Dog' was sent to help him (How it all started was hilarious! haha). The apocalypse prepared themselves for a final journey on earth, while the angel, Aziraphale, and the demon, Crowley, two earthbound supernatural beings, (who have been on earth for a long, long while, and don't wish to see it come to an end) witnessed the events unfold before them.
Be prepared for the many footnotes (just like the ones in The Bartimaeus Trilogy, which to me, are funnier) in the book. Some of which, are quite unnecessary, really. Nevertheless, overall, it's quite an entertaining read, with hilarious conversations between Aziraphale and Crowley, two of my favourite characters.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
And I didn't enjoy it one bit. She rambled alot. Her story went back and forth so inconsistently and frequently that I got lost. Maybe I'm just not used to her writing style.
To be honest, half the time, I couldn't pay attention to the story, coz half of me wanted to finish the story as soon as possible, while the other half wanted to understand it since it won the Man Booker Prize. Since the latter half failed, I decided to skim through the book instead :P
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
If luck is on my side, I'd most probably be heading to Singapore...
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
50 books are sponsored by MPH Bookstores every month and released at BookCross@1U. Regular book club meetings, author readings and BookCrossing sessions will also be organised at BookCross@1U by MPH.
10am – 10pm daily
Ground Floor Highstreet (near Zara and Parkson)
+603 7710 8118
1U – BookCross
THANK YOU MPH!!! :)
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The beginning is my favourite:
"If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly, and pray the Lord your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss, and call you back for just one more.
If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would tape each word and action, and play them back throughout my days.
If I knew it would be the last time, I would spare an extra minute or two,
To stop and say "I love you," instead of assuming you know I do.
So just in case tomorrow never comes, and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you, and I hope we never will forget.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight."
Thanks dear, for appreciating us everyday. I love you :) Mmmuax!
P/S It's a nice little gift for family and friends, as long as it's RM5 or below :P Anything more than that, a big no no. If you wanna read it, just borrow it.
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
'Little Face' is certainly not her best. I personally preferred her 'Hurting Distance' which was thrilling, disturbing and full of unexpected twists and turns. Unlike this one, you could easily tell who the devil in disguise is and foresee the plot. The storytelling rhythm was draggy to a point of exasperating. Don't bother guessing the ending, because it's exactly what you'd expect. (Well, close enough for me :P) By the way, the ending is disappointing!
My verdict? 2 out of 5 stars.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Coincidentally, he asked me to recommend him some books to read. Prior to the conversation, I suggested the Bartimaeus trilogy (but, of course!). But after our little chat, I recommended him Lance Armstrong's It's Not About the Bike. Here's why.
"I believed in belief, for its own shining sake. To believe in the face of utter hopelessness, every article of evidence to the contrary, to ignore apparent catastrophe - what other choice was there? We are so much stronger than we imagine, and belief is one of the most valiant and long-lived human characteristics. To believe, when all along we humans know that nothing can cure the briefness of this life, that there is no remedy for our basic mortality, that is a form of bravery. To continue believing in yourself...believing in whatever I chose to believe in, that was the most important thing."
We're given only one life. So, whatever comes our way, embrace it. Whatever the challenge, face it. Whatever the outcome, accept it. But not without first giving your best.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
After the quick introduction, Tash spoke for awhile before proceeding to the autograph session. I bought his book while I was there, just to get his autograph and to have an opportunity to 'chat' with him. He was quite friendly, a little aloof at times, and looked pretty tired (he had been travelling for 4 weeks). Asked me a few basic questions, like if I'm an MRC member, what does MRC usually do during the book clubs and what kind of books I read. Told him I just completed 'The Road', which by the way, he loved deeply and thought it was McCarthy's masterpiece. (I didn't have my chance give him my standpoint, as I felt that he kept looking at his watch and couldn't wait to end the 'chat'). But I managed to ask him 4 questions (initially I had only two, but I got carried away haha):
Me: How do you choose a good opening to your story?
TA: Well, that's a million dollar question. A tough one. To be honest, my initial opening was the one in chapter two. After much thought,it somehow didn't feel right, so I ended up writing another opening which is what you see now in chapter 1. When that happened, it just felt right.
Me: What about your title?
This one, 'Map of the Invisible World' was actually my working title. I had a few others, but kept falling back to this one, because it felt right.
Me: Do you find writing a chore?
No. Definitely not. I write because it's my job. (This part, I don't quite understand...I mean, if one writes because it's a job, isn't it like a 'chore' already? Something you HAVE to do and not something you WANT to do? I had many other questions to ask him. But because he kept looking at his watch, I stopped myself :P)
Me: May I have your email address?
Oh, to be honest, I rarely check my emails because when I write I like doing it in seclusion; away from every distraction possible - no tv, no internet, no emails, no telephones. So you might have to wait for quite awhile for my reply. (to which I answered: No problem! I'll wait patiently! And yes, he gave me his email add :P)
I felt utterly disappointed with the whole arrangement due to the 'rush' and the tardiness of some Malaysians. If everyone was punctual, we'd have more time with Tash. The next time we have such 'evenings'...I beg you participants and members, PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Love the font type though. What put me off really, was the non existent quotation marks, the pages that went on and on without chapters (almost sounded like the story teller was rambling to himself and caught in his own world), and some weird combination of words (2 words made into 1).
This is by far, the only book which I didn't enjoy reading. Sorry McCarthy. I just couldn't and didn't get it.
My ratings? 1 out of 5 stars
Image taken from: http://swingleydev.com/blog/wp-content/the_road_lg.jpg
Monday, June 1, 2009
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
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To those of you who dropped by, I'll leave you with Rob Paravanian's Pachelbel Rant! It's entertaining and funny hehe Till then, HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!
Monday, May 18, 2009
On Chesil Beach is mainly about love and loss. The story is set in 1962 and is about a newly married couple, Edward and Florence, who decided to tie the knot, because they were in love with each other and thought it was only right to do so. The problem was, they hardly knew or understood each other, hence they were unable to express themselves openly, about sex especially. See, Edward wanted sex, Florence clearly didn't.
McEwan's ability to capture the characters' emotions and thoughts, was flawless. There were parts I cried, for I felt Florence's sadness and bitterness when she supressed her own feelings just to prove to Edward (and herself) that she loves him. At times, I couldn't help hating Edward's selfishness, as all he thought of, was having sex with Florence. Edward: When he heard her moan, Edward knew that his happiness was almost complete.
He was also able to describe the newlyweds' first night together at a hotel in Chesil Beach, after their wedding, so gently yet so exact; so poetically, yet so real, so raw, so tender.... Look at how beautiful this was written: She was doing all she could prevent a muscle in her from tightening, but it was happening without her, of its own accord, as inevitable and powerful as a sneeze. It was not painful as it clenched and went into mild spasm, this treacherous band of muscle, but she felt it was letting her down, giving the first indication of the extent of her problem. (page 85)
Reading this novella made me question the meaning of love and marriage. Is it about your happiness or your partner's? Was Edward to be blamed for the outcome of their marriage? Or was it purely Florence's fault? Were they both being selfish? Did they love each other at all in the first place?
One thing that left me somewhat unsatisfied though. The last part of the story felt like it was rushed through, and lacked McEwan's powerful narration. Wonder why... It was quite an anti climax :(
Nevertheless, this is one of the many books which I'd read again. And I will.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
It was a jungle out there I tell you...Kids were running amok at the sight of books that were at rock bottom prices, parents not knowing where to start (fiction/non-fiction/children??) and husbands helping their wives with the boxes of books. I even overheard (unintentionally lah!) this lady telling her partner, "Ok, I'm gonna start here. You go over there. We'll meet at the exit." LOL!
Anw, I bought 10 books for only RM77!! :D The picture attached was my purchase.
Despite what had been said about "other" book sales that were very disappointing, I didn't regret going to the MPH Warehouse Sales held recently, because the books I bought there, weren't sold at BBW :P **phew** Personally, I thought MPH Warehouse Sales had a wider selection of books as compared to BBW. But I was equally happy I was at BBW too.... :) In fact, the BBW Sales wins all of the other sales I'd been to, hands down! Get this: An Hour to Live, An Hour to Love (in mint condition) was selling at only RM5!!!!! How could anyone beat that?!
Monday, May 11, 2009
A note from the founders:
There’s a new player in the book industry and the name is Big Bad Wolf Books!
Big Bad Wolf Books will bring you the latest in every genre in the book industry at the lowest prices possible.
From 14 (Thu) to 18 (Mon) May 2009, Big Bad Wolf Books will be holding its inaugural book sale, The Big Bad Book Sale and it's gonna be something you don’t want to miss! All books will be between RM5 and RM20 only! Check out http://www.bigbadwolfbooks.com to see a selection of books available at The Big Bad Book Sale and their unbelievably low prices!
Big Bad Wolf Books is brought to you by the people behind BookXcess as we truly believe in helping people read more for less. So come along to the sale and tell your friends about it too.
We have set up a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/
Here’s to making BBW Big Bad Wolf Books a truly big, 'bad' player in the books industry and enabling them to not only bite chunks off the prices of books but also to bring you the latest bestsellers!
Come along with your family and friends to The Big Bad Book Sale this weekend. A free, limited edition bookmark will be yours with any purchase at the sale, while stock lasts!
See you at The Big Bad Book Sale!
Andrew & Jacqueline Yap.
Monday, May 4, 2009
1) Totto Chan - Read and Loved It! 4/5 stars
2) Oscar and the Pink Lady - Read and Loved it! 3/5 stars
3) The Bartimaeus Trilogy - Reading (and loving it more each day)
4) The Art of Happiness - Read 2.5/5 stars (Probably coz it's non fiction :P)
5) Pride and Prejudice - Read and Enjoyed it Immensely! 3/5 stars
6) The Monk who Sold His Ferrari - Read 2.5/5 stars
7) My Sister's Keeper - Read and Loved the dramatic storyline 4/5 stars
And recently, a friend of mine recommended these to me, all by Pearl S. Buck:
1) Pavilion of Women
2) The Time is Noon
Anyone read them before?
Shall look out for them soon! Thx Mah ;)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Location (Tel 603 7958 1688)- Google Map
Ground Floor Warehouse
NO 5 Jalan Bersatu 13/4
[Opposite Dataran Hamodal]
The books weren't thaaaat cheap la...But at least they're cheaper than usual. Go check it out! ;) Was there, bought 8 books for RM129 (which included a pocket dictionary for only RM3! haha)
Monday, April 27, 2009
This story is about Oscar, who's only 10 years old and about to die. He meets Granny Rose whom he loves talking to. He thinks Granny Rose is the only adult who understands him most. Oscar doesn't believe in God until one day when Granny Rose successfully convinced him to write letters to God and tell Him about his thoughts, worries and fears.
What I liked most about this book is its honesty and witty charm. The ending is really touching and it shows how God works in mysterious ways. Don't get me wrong here. It's not a book about religion, but it's more about how we view life and death.
"People are frightened of dying because they're afraid of the unknown. But that's just it, what's the unknown? I don't think you should be frightened, Oscar, you should have faith in it. Look at God's face on the cross: he's suffering the physical pain, but he's not feeling any moral pain because he has faith. And as a result the nails actually hurt less." (Ponder on this for awhile.. :))
And this is one of my fav quotes from Oscar, when he was debating with Granny Rose about not having a solution to "Life", and Granny Rose says that there are several solutions to life and therefore no solution. But Oscar says this, "Well, this is what I think, Granny Rose, there's no solution to life except to live it." Isn't that brilliant? ;)
I'm sure you'd enjoy the book, reading the conversations Oscar has with Granny Rose and the letters he writes to God.
So go grab a copy now if you can! :)
Book image from: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n30/n153517.jpg
What I loved most about the story is its characters that are so flawed and real, its witty conversations, the relationship between Elizabeth and Jane, and the struggles of Elizabeth's thoughts and emotions upon discovering the real Mr. Darcy.
Yes, the language is pretty “heavy” and it does require more concentration compared to other books, but it’s definitely worth the while, because after a few chapters, you’ll get the hang of it.
Whether or not you’ve seen the movie doesn’t matter, because reading the book is a whole different experience altogether. Austen’s ability in capturing the essence of each moment of each scene is something I find, the movie couldn’t deliver well enough.
Book image from: http://www.kelston.org.uk/assets/images/pride_and_prejudice.jpg
Thanks Dad and Adryan for sharing this with me.
To those who'd like to learn more about Nick, go to:
Dear God, I'm here to execute your plans for me. Just lead the way. And thank you for all your blessings!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This story is set in London, in the 1970's. It is about a man in his 40's named Chris, who's unhappily married to his wife whom he calls, a Great White Loaf. One night, as he was roaming in London, a scantily clad lady standing in the streets, catches his eyes. He asks her very subtly if she's a prostitute. This is totally something new to him as he is "not the sort of man who goes to prostitutes." When she finds out his intentions, she tells him she isn't a prostitute, but would appreciate it if he could give her a ride home. To thank him, the lady, Roza who's in her 20s, invites him to come to her place for coffee whenever he's free. He takes up her offer.
Over the next few months, Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. Gradually, Chris begins to long to see her more and drops by her house more frequently. He starts questioning himself if he is indeed falling for her or merely wanting her company, hoping that she'd sleep with him one day (as he's still saving up that 500 pounds, an amount which she'd sell herself). The loquacious Roza on the other hand, isn't sure if she's attracted to Chris because he made her feel important by just listening to her and her stories, or because she really loved Chris.
The story alternates between Chris and Roza as narrators, which allows you emphatise with their character and thoughts.
Great for a weekend read. Can't figure out any food or drinks to go with it tho' haaha
My verdict? 3 out of 5 stars.
Image taken from: http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/images/jackets/l/00/0099520281.jpg
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Buck also depicted the Chinese culture and how they lived during those days (around the 19th century) quite accurately. Reading it almost felt like I was watching a Chinese drama series shot during that era (late 19 century or so) when infanticide, foot-binding and concubinage were common practices.
The Good Earth started with Wang Lung, a hard working farmer who married a slave called O-lan. She bore him 5 children, of which 3 are sons, 2 are daughters. Together, both of them pulled the family out of poverty and earned enough money to buy more lands. And soon, they became rich enough to buy over the House of Hwang, a family of wealthy landowners.
Also, this novel explored the complexities of human emotions and behaviours in all its characters. For example, at the time when Wang Lung was rich and successful, he came to know one of the women, known as Lotus, who worked at a teahouse. Eventhough he felt guilty pursuing her, he still went ahead with it and consoled himself by saying he deserved it as he is now a man of success and wealth, he shouldn't feel so contrite about it. Wang Lung is actually a man with a good heart, but he is also a man marred by his own weaknesses.
Best read when you have no other distractions because you'd get very annoyed when you have to put it down. Trust me. I speak from experience :P
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
But now that I had enough of those two, and that age is catching up (:P), I decided to take my relationship with Books to a different level. I want us to be closer. I want us to spend as much time as we could together, without having to get rid of Work (and Hubby too of course haha). (Work helps me pay the bill and get to Books, Hubby gives 2-way-street love :P)
So these days, I bring Books wherever I go - the restaurant, my travels, shopping centres, toilet (oops. eek? :P), office, car, etc . It wasn't easy at first, because I was afraid to be associated with the Geeks and Nerds. But the fear wore off when I got used to it. Slowly it became almost like a habit. Now, I don't feel complete when I don't have Books with me. I'm happy to say that our relationship is growing stronger by the day.
Today, nobody can come between us :) (Ok fine, except my husband :P)
My attention now is 40% Hubby 40% Books 20% Work
Kidding dear! haha
Image taken from: http://images.paraorkut.com/img/pics/glitters/h/hug-8720.gif
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
To your question, "Can i know what r da interesting things of Haruki Murakami n Roald Dahl dat make u like their books? bcoz it was my 1st time heard their names hehe who knows i can be their fan too =) tq"
Answer: Haruki Murakami is because of his wild, beautiful imaginations....His stories are very surreal, almost hypnotic (to me at least! haha) and can transport out of this world. If you want to get a feel of his stories, try reading Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman :)
Best to read his stories at night ;)
Whereas for Roald Dahl, I like his dark humour. They'll make you smile (I enjoy his short stories) and the best part is...his endings are always with a twist! Give him a try ;)
Best to read his short stories when you're bored watching the repetitive TV commercials haha
Book image is taken from: http://www.boghallen.dk/Uploaded/9780099488668/blind-willow_20000_550.jpg
To those of you who'd like to read the story but didn't manage to get a copy of Kosmo!, here's the online version: http://www.kosmo.com.my/kosmo/content.asp?y=2009&dt=0408&pub=Kosmo&sec=Infiniti&pg=in_02.htm
To my hubby and all my friends, you have been an inspiration to me, thank you so much! If not coz of you guys, my blog would be dead by now too haha Hey Kavita, I really hope you're reading this, coz you're a big part of my blog! If not coz of you, this idea wouldn't have occured to me!
Btw, if you're wondering why I'm not updating my blog as regularly as before, it's coz just recently, I've been contracted to work part time, so my hands are kinda tied (to the steering wheel, that is. The traffic jam is killing me! By the time I get home, it's usually 8pm already! *sob*)
But I'd do my best to keep my blog updated as possible, especially on the 'Books' part :) I'm reading 'The Good Earth' by Pearl S. Buck and A Series of Unfortunate Events (Book 5) by Lemony Snicket at the moment. Once I'm done with either of them, I'll write the review ;)
Meanwhile, keep your recommendations and suggestions coming! :) Till then, take care and God bless!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
These designer bags can be seen all over Capsquare, Kuala Lumpur, hung on 100 actual trees around its food and entertainment centre. And two of my friend's designs are out there too! Joe, if you're reading this, congrats! Good job!
KLDW, great effort! Keep it up!