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  1. Hot to Trot

    Posted Dec 31st 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Hot to Trot by Lou Wakefield Hodder, HK$112 In 1856, George Eliot described the chick lit of her day as 'silly novels by lady novelists'. The put-down is apt ... as Andy the Cowboy. Wakefield, a writer, director and actor, has produced a novel so flimsy readers will tire of it long before the end. Indeed, her editors at Hodder seem to have given up early ...

  2. Unexplained mysteries by the sea

    Posted Dec 26th 2006, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... that could answer all his questions. The Ice Boy is a moving and gripping fantasy novel with its roots firmly fixed in human emotion. The Ice Boy By Patricia Elliott Published by Hodder ...

  3. Family secrets uncovered

    Posted Dec 26th 2006, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Innocent is a gritty thriller. It shows how a lie can affect a family struggling to keep themselves together. It is a cold and thought-provoking read. Innocent By Anne Cassidy Published by Hodder ...

  4. Strange friend puts boy's life in deadly danger

    Posted Jun 29th 2006, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... written another disturbing winner. Clay By David Almond Published by Hodder Children's Books ISBN 0 340 77384 7 ...

  5. Cell

    Posted Dec 17th 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Cell by Stephen King Hodder, HK$112 Trust Stephen King to come out of retirement with a gore-spattered tale so horrifically over the top it recalls the kind of comic book carnage one can't look at without flinching. Take his description of a victim in Cell whose head is mostly gristle when she's found: 'Her right eye had drifted into the upper orbit ...

  6. Lucky Girl

    Posted Dec 10th 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Lucky Girl by Fiona Gibson Hodder, HK$105 Sometimes the hardest questions are those that children ask. Stella Moon discovers this when a single mother and her two boisterous daughters move in next door, immediately penetrating the cocoon of calm. 'Why do you live all by yourself?' begins one interrogation. 'Don't you get lonely?' Although Stella ...

  7. Fish joins family on dangerous journey

    Posted Nov 28th 2006, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... John Millen Fish By L. S. Matthews Published by Hodder Children's Books ISBN 0 340 87403 1 THIS SIMPLE debut novel by L.S. Matthews is a gem. Tiger's parents have come to an African village to work for an aid organisation. Suddenly, the family is ordered out of the village to a safe haven over the border because war is escalating in the area. Fish is the story ...

  8. Rites of Spring

    Posted Nov 12th 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Rites of Spring by Jessica Duchen Hodder & Stoughton, HK$105 Jessica Duchen doesn't shy away from her musical background in her debut novel (named after Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, a work inspired by a dream about a virgin sacrificed to propitiate a sun god). But although this and other musical factoids lift the story, they're not enough to carry ...

  9. Water for Elephants

    Posted Nov 12th 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen Hodder & Stoughton, HK$120 The inspiration for this novel was a photograph taken by Edward J. Kelty, who followed circuses around the US in the 1920s and 30s. Just as his work enticed Sara Gruen into an eerily charming world, so her novel lures readers under the big top for a romance involving a vet, an elephant called ...

  10. Hadrian's Empire- When Rome Ruled the World

    Posted Nov 05th 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb Hadrian's Empire- When Rome Ruled the World by Danny Danziger and Nicholas Purcell Hodder & Stoughton, HK$135 Rome was at its apogee when Hadrian built his famous walls. The one in England stretches for 80 Roman miles- a Roman mile we learn at the outset being about 1,620 yards in a later imperial measure, or 1,480 metres. Hadrian had already built another wall- ...




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