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  1. Close watch needed on Sars-related virus, expert warns

    Posted Feb 28th 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... an expert says. Yuen Kwok-yung, chair of the department of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, said the human coronavirus HKU had already caused people to fall seriously ill in Hong Kong, ... The man survived. In 2003, Professor Yuen's team was among the first to find that severe acute respiratory syndrome was caused by a mutation of the coronavirus, which, until then, was thought ...

  2. It's in their blood

    Posted Dec 17th 2009, 12:00am by Sunny Tse

    ... Sunny Tse Time to stop howling at the night sky- the wait for The Twilight Saga: New Moon is finally over. From today, movie audiences get their chance to sink their teeth into the next instalment of the fantasy teen romance between vampire boy and mortal ...

  3. Revelation

    Posted Aug 09th 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Revelation by C.J. Sansom Macmillan HK$114 C.J. Sansom is the new big name in the surprisingly overcrowded world of historical thrillers. Doors were opened by his stand-alone best-seller, Winter in Madrid, but it is his mysteries set during the ...

  4. Fantasy bites

    Posted Oct 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Anais Ross Edward Cullen's chiselled face is leading the latest revival of the vampire genre, but what makes this star of the Twilight franchise so appealing? Tall, blonde, glittery in sunlight and played by British actor Robert Pattinson, Cullen is ...

  5. Odd Hours

    Posted Mar 15th 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd Odd Hours by Dean Koontz Harper, HK$91 Odd Hours is the fourth Dean Koontz novel to describe the life and adventures of Odd Thomas, a short-order cook whose powers of intuition enable him to see dead people. The only problem is that the people in question aren't dead yet. In previous instalments, these intimations of mortality included the love of Odd's life, ...

  6. A dark and frightening world of vampires and zombies

    Posted Feb 08th 2009, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... John Millen The Kiss of Death By Marcus Sedgwick Published by Orion ISBN 978 1 84255 185 1 With the runaway success of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, both as a best-selling novel ... These life-suckers are very much in the mould cast by Bram Stoker in the classic vampire novel, Dracula (1897), the sort you certainly wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley. The Kiss of Death ...

  7. Lose yourself in the utter fantasy of the Gatekeepers

    Posted Feb 22nd 2009, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... John Millen Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz Published by Walker Books ISBN 978 1 84428 622 5 The fourth novel in The Power of Five series Necropolis continues the story of five teenagers with the power to save humanity from The Old Ones, an ancient evil that is threatening to destroy civilisation as we know it and turn the world into chaos. These five youngsters are The Gatekeepers, ...

  8. Fittingly exciting finale to a brilliant fantasy trilogy

    Posted Feb 01st 2009, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... But how can a father destroy his own daughter no matter how evil she is? Publisher Barry Cunningham called Hill's first Icemark novel 'the best movie I have ever read', and Hill has ... is skilful enough to know that brilliantly realised battles do not a novel make. There have to be interesting characters at the centre of the mayhem. Last Battle of the Icemark is a strong ...

  9. The Girl Who Played with Fire

    Posted May 17th 2009, 12:00am by Greg Lowe

    ... unpublished novels and outlines for another seven in the series. The Girl Who Played with Fire is an engaging, keenly written, intellectual thriller. The author balances narrative style, strong ... to sex throughout the novel. People are experimental, occasionally fetishistic, but never perverse, apart from the bad guys. Larsson is content with leading up to erotic encounters without ...

  10. Mainlander Su Tong wins the Man Asian fiction prize with novel of 'immense charm'

    Posted Nov 17th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen McCarty

    ... Stephen McCarty, Books Editor Mainland author Su Tong last night won the US$10,000 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel The Boat to Redemption. Su, 46, from Suzhou but now based ... and develops into a tale of infatuation when an orphaned girl takes up residence on the boat. In a statement, the judges said: 'The Boat to Redemption is a picaresque novel of immense charm. ...




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