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A Step from Heaven by An Na

A Step from Heaven by An Na

I bought A Step from Heaven by An Na for only RM8 at Popular Bookstore in Miri recently. I have just finished reading it and having enjoyed the book, I think at RM8, the book is a real steal. A Step From Heaven is the story of a Korean family, narrated in the graceful and resonant voice of the female ...

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The Language of Dying

The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough

I have just finished reading The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough. Even though it is a novella that is only 144 pages long, it took quite a while for me to finish it. I need to put the book aside from time to time to ponder on the harshness of life and human frailty. Here’s how the book opens: ...

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Wish Lanterns

Wish Lanterns by Alec Ash

Wish lanterns are released as a symbol of hope. These lanterns light up the night skies, symbolising that light can always be found during dark time. Wish Lanterns is also the title of the first book by Alex Ash, an Oxford graduate who first taught in a Tibetan village before moving to Beijing in 2008. Wish Lanterns is an apt ...

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The Bridegroom By Ha Jin

The Bridegroom By Ha Jin

About a fortnight ago, I was at Popular Bookstore when I came across four books that piqued my interest and I ended up buying them. Two of the books, “The Bridegroom” and “The Crazed”, are written by Ha Jin, the National Book Award-winning Chinese-American author for the novel “Waiting.” The third book is “Chinese Cinderella” by Adeline Yen Mah, a ...

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Girl Tired, Anyone?

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy

It seems as if slapping the word “girl” on a book title can guarantee the book to become a bestseller. Girl-driven thrillers are flying off the shelves and many have been adapted into movies. The book publishing industry has gone girl crazy. Topping the list is Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy comprising of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl ...

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The Girl With All The Gifts By M.R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

I normally do not read books about vampires or zombies or post-apocalyptic thrillers as this genre of books are not my cup of tea.  When I bought The Girl With All The Gifts, I did not know that it was a post-apocalyptic thriller. It was hailed as “the most original thriller that you will read this year.” The Girl with ...

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The Boy That Never Was By Kate Perry

The Boy That Never Was By Karen Perry

The Boy That Never Was by Kate Perry is a tale of love, grief, loss and deceits . Karen Perry is the pseudonym for Paul Perry and Karen Gillece. This is not an easy read because the emotion of losing a child is so believably written. This is not a thriller so if you are into thrillers only, this book ...

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Welcome To The World Of Alibaba

Alibaba's World by Porter Erisman

I finished reading Porter Erisman’s “Alibaba’s World” in a day which is sort of a personal record as I have never finished a business yarn in so short a time. Most business books can get boring after a while but for me, Alibaba’s World is an absolute delight and it has me so engrossed that the 236 pages quickly came ...

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The Widow By Fiona Barton

The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Widow is lauded as the epitome of a tense read. Accolades such as “the big thriller of the year”, “the most buzzed about book of 2016”, “this year’s The Girl On The Train”, and “a book you’ll drop everything to whip through” have been heaped on this debut novel by Fiona Barton. Does the book deserve the accolades? It ...

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Woman Of The Dead By Bernhard Aichner

Woman Of The Dead By Bernhard Aichner

“One of the most arresting thrillers I’ve read in years. A hypnotic thriller! Aichner plumbs the darkest depths of the human psyche in this compelling tale of a female undertaker. As a mother, Blum is touching and relatable, but as a vengeful wife determined to hunt down her husband’s killers… be afraid. Be very, very afraid.” (Lisa Gardner, #1 New ...

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