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  1. Stephen King Goes to the Movies

    Posted Mar 22nd 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Stephen King Goes to the Movies by Stephen King Hodder, HK$104 The cash-in is as old as the publishing industry itself: 25 years since your novel won the Booker Prize? Why not re-release it with the photograph of a slightly older author on the back? The stories in Stephen King Goes to the Movies must have appeared in a thousand different forms- magazines, short-story ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674131/stephen-king-goes-movies
  2. Tears of the Desert

    Posted Mar 15th 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Tears of the Desert by Halima Bashir and Damien Lewis Hodder & Stoughton, HK$91 Mia Farrow has done her bit to expose the genocide in Darfur. Halima Bashir makes people pay attention. By telling her story to Damien Lewis, a former war reporter who helped write her memoir Tears of the Desert, she will make most readers feel uncomfortable. But that is a good ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673414/tears-desert
  3. All the Colours of Darkness

    Posted Mar 01st 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd All the Colours of Darkness by Peter Robinson Hodder HK$91 One thing Britain does better and more prolifically than almost all other countries is the police procedural. It seems hardly a day goes by without Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Ian Harvey or Colin Dexter publishing a book, normally starring a hard-drinking detective who listens to rock music and refuses to obey ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/671584/all-colours-darkness
  4. BEHIND THE BESTSELLERS

    Posted Sep 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... lack of hair, appalling teeth and a name that became rhyming slang for haemorrhoids. Is it not a tad early for a Christmas push? A Hodder & Stoughton spokeswoman offers a firm rebuttal: 'Not at all, sales snowball. The raft of sports books is purely and simply due to the Christmas build up. Sporting biographies sell very, very well at Christmas.' As well as Stiles, Hodder ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/429308/behind-bestsellers
  5. Lifestyle - Books - FICTION

    E-books/audiobooks review: fiction

    Posted Jul 07th 2013, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Paris by Edward Rutherfurd read by Jane Wymark, Jonathan Keeble Hodder Headline (audiobook) Edward Rutherfurd writes epic, readable, character-driven historical fiction with a vibrant sense of place. His 2009 breakthrough novel, New York, was preceded by two books set in Ireland and three in England- including another capital city tale, London. Paris displays many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1275956/e-booksaudiobooks-review-fiction
  6. Who's That Girl?

    Posted Feb 01st 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Who's That Girl? by Alexandra Potter Hodder, HK$94 Is it me or are novel titles becoming increasingly unoriginal? Exhausted after using cliches such as Be Careful What You Wish For and Do You Come Here Often? Alexandra Potter is thieving from songs and movies- and not very good ones at that. This does not bode well for the content and unsurprisingly Potter ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/668512/whos-girl
  7. Change of Heart

    Posted Jan 18th 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult Hodder & Stoughton, HK$108 Jodi Picoult specialises in 'what if' stories. What if a schoolboy shoots his fellow students (Nineteen Minutes)? What if a teenaged girl was conceived purely to provide bone marrow for her sister (My Sister's Keeper)? Picoult's real skill is placing the reader at the heart ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/667331/change-heart
  8. The Reapers

    Posted Jan 11th 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Reapers by John Connolly Hodder & Stoughton, HK$57 John Connolly's crime novels starring Maine private detective Charlie Parker are quite possibly the best crime novels in the world. Scary, moving and addictive, they are distinguished by the atmospheric prose and the depth of the characterisations. Increasingly, this has extended to bit-part players ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/666539/reapers
  9. Hot Blood

    Posted Sep 30th 2007, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Hot Blood by Stephen Leather Hodder, HK$115 The opening of Hot Blood is familiar. A western journalist taken hostage in Iraq bides his time, knowing his captors' demands will not be met and he will be killed when their deadline arrives. It matters little that the man, Johnny Lake, is sympathetic to their cause or that the leader of the group has promised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/609800/hot-blood
  10. Naked to the Hangman

    Posted Sep 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Naked to the Hangman by Andrew Taylor Hodder, HK$115 Crime novels these days are often served to readers in conveyor-belt style, with parts assembled on a tried and tested framework. However, Andrew Taylor's Naked to the Hangman, the eighth in the series, has a quality that lifts it above competitors in the genre. Part of the book's charm is the setting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/606379/naked-hangman

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