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  1. Ignorance was always the biggest enemy as scientists raced to unravel the mystery virus

    Posted Feb 27th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... made it so deadly. On March 26, 2003, the University of Hong Kong's team of virologists determined that Sars was caused by a 'tricky' new coronavirus. Until Sars surfaced, there were only 11 known animal coronaviruses, so named for their halo- or crown-like (corona) appearance under a microscope. Coronaviruses had been known to cause colds in humans and were associated ...

  2. Rollicking adventure as mystery man takes on kidnappers

    Posted Sep 14th 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Inventive, funny and quirkily romantic, Goldman's cult novel is suitable for any older reader looking for the thrills of a traditional adventure story with lots of unexpected bonuses and laughs ... The Princess Bride is pure enjoyment. Goldman's sharp wit, cracking dialogue and fantastic characters make this tongue-in-cheek adventure novel something special. Whether you're a young ...

  3. Dear me-moir

    Posted Apr 20th 2008, 12:00am by Alister McMillan

    ... novels, he's retiring to focus on non-fiction. Castro says he is exasperated by young writers with one aggressively marketed book who outshine his eight award-winning novels and two non-fiction titles. His luck dipped in 1999 and 2000 when he 'fell through the cracks' of the major publishers with his autobiographical novel Shanghai Dancing. 'A reader for a major ...

  4. A magical journey seen through a magnifying glass

    Posted Mar 17th 2008, 12:00am by Miranda Yeung

    ... Miranda Yeung The Solitaire Mystery Jostein Gaarder For lovers of literature finding a good book is like discovering a pearl on a beach full of pebbles. Jostein Gaarder's The Solitaire Mystery is a real pearl. Compared to Sophie's World, the best-selling novel that won him international fame, The Solitaire Mystery received less attention, but the book is a hidden ...

  5. Tale of teenage upheaval too trouble-free to be true

    Posted Mar 16th 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... John Millen The latest novel from Australian writer Kirsty Murray is aimed squarely at teenage female readers. The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong focuses on a 13-year-old who goes through typical teen problems and a few which are less common. Once Murray introduces her eponymous heroine, the book holds few surprises. It's a slice of a young girl's life with its highs ...

  6. Novel idea

    Posted Apr 06th 2008, 12:00am by Bron Sibree

    ... Mention, for instance, the laudatory reviews bestowed on her Costa Book Awards shortlisted debut novel of love and war, Mosquito, and she mimics the voices of those British reviewers who brought up ... life has moved swiftly for Oxford-based Tearne since she picked up her pen a mere five years ago. With her second novel, Bone China, now out, Tearne describes her inclusion on the shortlist ...

  7. Outbreak of fear

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... effects. A nervous populace was also rattled by rumours that Hong Kong would be treated like a 'plague city' and its borders closed. When the new coronavirus identified as the cause ...

  8. Youth Novels Lykke Li (CD)

    Posted Dec 26th 2008, 12:00am by Sunny Tse

    ... and John) in New York, he was impressed with her determination and musical flair. Her resulting debut album Youth Novels is a mixture of pop, electro, folk and old-school blues. Over looped ...

  9. Novel experience

    Posted Aug 24th 2008, 12:00am by Karen Ma

    ... Mainlanders are turning to Japanese books for a better understanding of their enigmatic neighbour, writes Karen Ma In the past few months, a seemingly obscure Japanese historical novel has ... and its esoteric subject matter has little to do with China. When Nanhai Publishing House put out the first two volumes late last year, however, the novel quickly climbed to the top 10 of various ...

  10. Women on the block a novel way to raise funds for children

    Posted Aug 15th 2008, 12:00am by Andrew Sun, Vivian Chen

    ... not be an unheard of concept. But bidding for a date with a respectable girl is somewhat novel. For Li, finding willing female volunteers required some effort. 'I think people are scared ...




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