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  1. Three novels red

    Posted Sep 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on and doesn't let go. It's nice, if unusual. Like Hong herself. Hong, 42, has been attracting attention for a decade and a half with her novels that deal with some of China's biggest post-1949 ... engineering project and brutal communist campaigns in the early 50s against prostitution and religion, among other things. If a novel about the Three Gorges project sounds indigestible, it's not. ...

  2. Novel approach puts chateau in the spotlight

    Posted Jul 25th 2004, 12:00am by Kelly Carter

    ... Kelly Carter Olivia Hsu Decker says she had no idea her French chateau would feature prominently in Dan Brown's wildly popular novel The Da Vinci Code. Nor can she recall providing ... but that is his style. 'Authenticity is Dan's top priority with all his novels-?@that is, using real locations, architecture and history in?@order to make his books as intriguing ...

  3. The Notebook

    Posted Jun 06th 2004, 12:00am by Diana McPartlin

    ... Compiled by Diana McPartlin The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks Warner $71 A tender love story about loyalty, kindness and passion. Or a shallow, sickly sweet tearjerker that will make sceptics cringe. It's hard to be indifferent to this best-seller. Set ...

  4. The Harmony Silk Factory

    Posted Jul 10th 2005, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw Harper Perennial, $96 Truth has many guises, just as people have different dimensions. This much is clear in Tash Aw's debut novel ... the story without having to rely on setting and without any of the orientalism that afflicts so much writing about Asia. He succeeds on both counts, while driving an absorbing narrative. This novel ...

  5. The Understudy

    Posted May 29th 2005, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... For those who don't have time to read the novel, there's always the movie, starring Tom Hanks, who apparently will be adapting to film not only this novel but also Nicholls' first: ...

  6. The Finishing School

    Posted Nov 07th 2004, 12:00am by Desmond O'Grady

    ... of the school is to maintain Rowland while he completes what he hopes will be his first published novel. Chris threatens to arrive first. A skilled self-promoter, he's had nibbles from three publishers and a filmmaker about his novel reinterpreting the story of Mary Queen of Scots. Rowland's 'envious jealousy' and 'jealous envy' of Chris ('he thought ...

  7. Staging a precedent

    Posted Dec 24th 2003, 12:00am by Zhang Longxi

    ... at the Kwai Tsing Theatre last month. I wondered whether Eileen Chang's famous novel could be adapted effectively for the stage. Among modern Chinese writers, Eileen Chang (1920-1995) is known for her exquisite depiction of subtle changes of mood and the undulation of emotions. In her novels, it is not plot or movement that matters, but language- language that one can savour slowly ...

  8. The Dogs of Babel

    Posted Jun 13th 2004, 12:00am by Diana McPartlin

    ... Compiled by Diana McPartlin The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst Sceptre $101 An oddball novel about a man who tries to teach a dog to talk. Paul Iverson's wife, Lexy, is found dead in the backyard after- apparently- falling from an apple tree. The police believe it was an accident, but Paul suspects otherwise. The only witness is Lexy's dog, Lorelei. Paul tries to teach ...

  9. The Queen of Crime

    Posted Jan 21st 2004, 12:00am by Agatha Ngai

    ... Agatha Ngai You say you are a die-hard fan of crime novels. If you are, show some proof. Who is the Queen of Crime, or to some, the Queen of Murders? She was Agatha Christie (1890-1976) ... published her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in 1920. For decades she delighted the literary world with her stories of the eccentric Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. Hardly more ...

  10. 3

    Posted Apr 11th 2004, 12:00am by Diana McPartlin

    ... Compiled by Diana McPartlin 3 by Julie Hilden Black Swan $112 New Yorkers Maya and her husband Ilan have an open marriage. Ilan refuses to give up other women, and Maya tolerates his infidelity as long as she can participate in his sex sessions, too. And so they embark on a series of menages a trois, the perfect subject for an erotic novel. The story is predictable, but, given ...




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