Showing posts from July, 2010

The Case of The Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall

Title/Author: The Case of The Missing Servant/Tarquin Hall
Arrow Books
No. of pages: 312
ISBN 13: 978-0-099-52523-3

In a nutshell
The Case of The Missing Servant is set in the modern day India, smack right in Delhi and Rajasthan. It is a very complex detective story, with many suspects and in-between cases, mishaps and shenanigans, because “It is certainly not straightforward locating one missing female in a population of one billion plus personages,” said Vish Puri, the portly, persistent Punjabi detective and proud founder of Most Private Investigators Ltd., the owner of 14 Sandown caps, and a fan of fiery chillies.

He gets an assignment which stirred his humdrum case of matrimonial investigations. A lawyer gets accused of killing his maidservant who goes only by the name of Mary. He denies killing her. Puri believes him, even his servant, Jaya says “He is a good man.” to which his son attested, “He never broke one law in his entire life.”

However, justice and evidence weren'…

Blockade Billy by Stephen King

Title/Author: Blockade Billy/Stephen King
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
No. of pages: 132
ISBN 13: 978-1-444-71619-1

In a nutshell
William ‘Blockade Billy’ Blakely, a player from Davenport Cornhuskers, a minor league team in Iowa, was asked to replace a catcher for New Jersey Titans until a suitable replacement could be found. Billy "wasn’t exactly right in the top story”, as Granny described. He had a tendency to refer to himself in third person and echo back what others said. The players thought him a little bit odd too, but like Granny, they all took a liking to him, even the arrogant, competitive pitcher Danny ‘Doo’ Dusen, who later referred to Billy as his lucky charm.

Billy became an overnight sensation with his uncanny ability to ‘block the plate’, that is to tag runners trying to score. However, beneath all that charm and talent, Billy hides a secret in his past, ‘a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today’. Granny noticed somethin…

Is it time to slow our reading down?

Do you tend to scan a text or really read it? (I know someone who reads every word when reading a book! :) You know who you are *wink*) When was the last time you allowed the words from a book/text and your thought sink in? 'Cuz you see...seems like technology has kinda made us 'lazy' readers (not liking to read lengthy articles and generally just skimming/scanning it) and...well...'stupider' (kinda)

This is what I found...
"According to The Shallows, a new book by technology sage Nicholas Carr, our hyperactive online habits are damaging the mental faculties we need to process and understand lengthy textual information. Round-the-clock news feeds leave us hyperlinking from one article to the next – without necessarily engaging fully with any of the content; our reading is frequently interrupted by the ping of the latest email; and we are now absorbing short bursts of words on Twitter and Facebook more regularly than longer texts."


"If you want the…


Yes! Another one by Pay Less! Who's goingggg???? ;)


Venue: Hotel Hall, 3K Inn, Jalan SS13/1, Subang Jaya.

(GPS Coordinates: N 03.06819°, E 101.59369°)

Date: 23 - 25 July 2010 (Friday - Sunday)

Time: 10.00 am - 7.00 pm

Rojak by Amir Muhammad

Title/Author: Rojak/Amir Muhammad
Publisher: ZI Publications
No. of pages: 314
ISBN 13: 978-967-5266-10-2

In a nutshell
Rojak is a collection of very short fictional stories (63 altogether, plus the extended versions), all of which tell of Malaysia and its culture. The author quoted our beloved late Yasmin Ahmad, saying "What is a nation without the stories it tells itself?" I couldn't agree more! (We miss you, Yasmin...)

What I liked...
Definitely the cover design and colour, the illustrations (I thought Liza and Chin Yew did a great job!) that make the stories come alive, and definitely, the humour! There were many that I liked. My top favourites are 'Lipstick Babi' (first read it in City of Shared Stories Kuala Lumpur), 'Correspondence' (Both versions talk about the common junk mails we receive that offer a large some of money by some unknown sender. I don't remember laughing so hard reading a story!), 'Dorm Horror Story' (reminded me of the other…

Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai

Title/Author: Funny Boy/Shyam Selvadurai
Publisher: Vintage
No. of pages: 314
ISBN 13: 978-009-9459-21-7

In a nutshell
The story is set in the seventies, during the tumultuous times of Sri Lanka, when the Buddhist Sinhalese majority and its Hindu Tamil minority were at war (Sri Lankan Civil War). It's basically a novel in 6 short stories, told in chronological order (Pigs Can't Fly; Radha Aunty; See No Evil, Hear No Evil; Small Choices; The Best School of All and Riot Journal: An Epilogue), that revolves around a young Tamil boy's life growing up in Sri Lanka while confronting his own sexuality. The novel also explores other themes such as love, acceptance, relationships, racism and politics (I particularly liked this in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (p138) when Arjie's mother found out her lover had been killed:

'"We must do something," she said, breaking the silence. "We can't just sit by and act as if nothing has happened." She looked at me. "…

Logomania: Where Common Phrases Come From And How To Use Them by Ellen Whyte

Title/Author: Logomania: Where Common Phrases Come From And How To Use Them/Ellen Whyte
Publisher: MPH Publishing
No. of pages: 314
ISBN 13: 978-967-5222-47-4
Price: RM32.90

In a nutshell
Like its title, in Logomania, you'll find out 'where common (and uncommon ones too, I find) phrases come from and how to use them'. The book is divided into chapters linked by common imagery. For example, in , 'Happy New Year', you'd find expressions celebrating things new, and in 'Bear hugs and bear markets', you'd find expressions related to the bear. (By the way, did you know 'the bear' is a nickname for Russia? *wink*)

What I liked
It's very reader-friendly. Not only it's divided into interesting chapters, you can easily find the words and expressions in the 'Index'! :) For each expression, is an example of how you can use them.

This is one of my favourites: bee in my bonnet, which I'd use it this way:
"I have a bee in my bonnet about rea…