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  1. Water for Elephants

    Posted May 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... James Kidd Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen Hodder and Stoughton, HK$104 Water for Elephants is the latest movie vehicle for Robert 'Could I be any more wooden if I was an armchair?' Pattinson. Originally it was a novel by Sara Gruen. She was inspired by National Novel Writing Month, which challenges you to produce 50,000 words in one month. Our hero is Jacob ...

  2. 13 Hours

    Posted Apr 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... James Kidd 13 Hours by Deon Meyer Hodder and Stoughton, HK$91 We have had the golden age of British crime writing, America's hardboiled classics and, lately, Nordic noir. Now get ready for Springbok suspense. Deon Meyer is a South African crime writer who looks set to go global with this clever mystery. Our hero is somewhat familiar. Benny Griessel is a detective ...

  3. Geek Nation

    Posted Apr 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Charmaine Chan Geek Nation by Angela Saini Hodder & Stoughton, HK$182 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent pledge to double the country's investment in scientific research and development to two per cent of the country's national income is a landmark move, says Angela Saini, because this level of commitment is 'what generally separates ...

  4. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    Posted Mar 27th 2011, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell Hodder and Stoughton, HK$104 Genre-busting, narrative-splicing and time-travelling British author David Mitchell's fifth novel is arguably his most conventional and some might say his most mature work yet. Set in the Japanese port of Dejima as the 18th century pivots into the 19th, there are a million ...

  5. Bad Boy

    Posted Feb 27th 2011, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Bad Boy by Peter Robinson Hodder and Stoughton, HK$91 Peter Robinson is probably sick of being called Britain's most underrated crime writer, but if the cap fits. Despite selling strongly for most of the past two decades, his tautly plotted Alan Banks thrillers have not lodged in the public imagination like those by contemporaries Ian Rankin or even Mark ...

  6. Oink!

    Posted Feb 13th 2011, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Oink! by Matt Whyman Hodder & Stoughton HK$182 You'll wonder 'why' when you read Oink! Why anyone would write a whole book on a couple of minipigs and why anyone would publish something like that, even if the cute little porkers have become must-have accessories of some celebrities. Everything you imagine would go into a book like this is there. ...

  7. The Whisperers

    Posted Jan 09th 2011, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Whisperers by John Connolly Hodder and Stoughton, HK$104 After nine novels, John Connolly's Charlie Parker mysteries get better and better. Mixing clever thrillers with splashes of other-worldly horror, the plots are grounded in reality but always have somewhere dark and weird to go. In The Whisperers, the story begins in Baghdad with the looting ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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, ...




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