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  1. Hardball

    Posted Nov 07th 2010, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Hardball by Sara Paretsky Hodder & Stoughton, HK$104 Thirteen novels into her life of crime-fighting, VI Warshawski continues to set the standard other modern detectives must follow. Her adventures are always thrilling and ingenious, but set against a world filled with contemporary problems. Sometimes, the setting and issues detract from a Paretsky plot ...

  2. Bolt Action

    Posted Sep 19th 2010, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Bolt Action by Charlie Charters Hodder and Stoughton, HK$91 Bolt Action is a thriller that cliches seemed to be made for: high-octane, high concept, explosive action. It has a hero, Tristie Merritt, whom it goes without saying 'had spent a lifetime defying the odds'. But for once, this is worth saying for the simple reason that Merritt is a woman. An army ...

  3. Under the Dome

    Posted Aug 22nd 2010, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Under the Dome by Stephen King Hodder, HK$104 The first thing you notice about Under the Dome is its size: 877 pages, excluding a note from the author. This is only a page, but still: enough already, Mr King. The plot is not unlike his splendid old-school shocker, The Cell. There, a strange message transmitted on mobile phones transforms people into zombies. Here, ...

  4. Picture Perfect

    Posted Jul 18th 2010, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult Hodder, HK$104 Here's how to bake a successful literary re-issue. Take a best-selling author with a large back catalogue (Harlan Coben, Maeve Binchy, Jodi Picoult), and pour their formative work all over an unsuspecting reading public. Voila- an easy-to-make profit. What makes the cake stink is how poorly signposted ...

  5. Wild Life

    Posted Jun 06th 2010, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Wild Life by Simon King Hodder, HK$117 Australians all have an opinion about the Lindy Chamberlain case and whether her nine-week-old daughter, Azaria, could have been taken by a dingo. All wildlife photographer and writer Simon King will say, having had a dingo playfully try to pull him out of his sleeping bag, is that they are 'physically capable of carrying ...

  6. The Welcome Visitor

    Posted May 16th 2010, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan The Welcome Visitor by John Humphrys and Dr Sarah Jarvis Hodder, HK$104 BBC journalist John Humphrys chose the title of his book in the hope of relieving the guilt some people feel for regarding death as a welcome visitor. His argument, and that of his general practitioner and co-writer, Dr Sarah Jarvis, is that we should have some control over our fate. ...

  7. Blue Skies & Black Olives

    Posted Apr 11th 2010, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Blue Skies & Black Olives by John Humphrys and Christopher Humphrys Hodder, HK$104 If buying property in the New Territories gives you the shudders, this book confirms it can be worse elsewhere. Like Greece, which still doesn't have a comprehensive land registry, according to John Humphrys and son Christopher, who co-wrote Blue Skies & Black Olives ...

  8. One Day

    Posted Mar 14th 2010, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd One Day by David Nicholls Hodder and Stoughton, HK$108 Every so often a book comes along that reminds you why reading is better than going to the movies, listening to music or playing computer games. One Day, the third novel by sometime screenwriter David Nicholls, is just such a book. On the surface, it is a romantic comedy mixed with a little rite of passage. Emma ...

  9. A Member of the Family

    Posted Mar 14th 2010, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan A Member of the Family by Cesar Millan Hodder, HK$94 Every dog needs exercise, discipline and affection, in that order. So says Los Angeles-based Cesar Millan, whose television series, The Dog Whisperer, has turned the once illegal Mexican immigrant into a star, thanks to high-profile clients such as Oprah Winfrey, for his no-nonsense approach to training ...

  10. The Price of Love

    Posted Jan 17th 2010, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Price of Love by Peter Robinson Hodder, HK$108 If Harlan Coben is one of crime fiction's most famous names, Peter Robinson is perhaps its most underrated. Over the past two decades, his finely crafted adventures featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks have built up a huge following without thrusting their author into the limelight. The Price of Love should ...




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