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  1. Clear: A Transparent Novel

    Posted Sep 18th 2005, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Compiled by Charmaine Chan Clear: A Transparent Novel by Nicola Barker Harper Perennial, $112 Described as 'the hippest literary novel of the year' by The Independent's Boyd ... Then there's MacKenny's landlord Solomon, a cool urban philosopher equally comfortable rapping with Sean Combs as he is debating with Palestinian intellectual Edward Said. The novel's point, ...

  2. Big Boned

    Posted Dec 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Big Boned by Meg Cabot Avon, HK$ 112 Meg Cabot's books may be lively reads but they are also very unsatisfying. Her third offering in the Heather Wells mystery series is no different. Never mind that Big Boned takes less than three hou ...

  3. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

    Posted Dec 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Charmaine Chan What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami Vintage Books (e-book) Haruki Murakami readers will be familiar with the loneliness that gnaws at characters in his novels. In his 'kind of memoir', What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Murakami explains that he has constantly kept his body in motion to expel the isolation he feels ...

  4. On Beauty

    Posted May 28th 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan On Beauty by Zadie Smith Penguin, $95 Her treatise on human imperfection, On Beauty, was 'a novel inspired by a love of E.M. Forster', says Zadie Smith. Themes ... in Rembrandt, as well as an aversion to each other. The friendship between their wives serves only to deepen other kinks in the ties between the two families. Praise for Smith's third novel came ...

  5. A Likeness

    Posted Aug 07th 2005, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... she finds favour with powerful men, which allows author Sonia Overall to weave into her novel such real-life characters as Sir Walter Raleigh and George Gover, Elizabeth I's Sergeant Painter. Power, love games and tragedy are also worked into the weft. A Likeness, Overall's debut novel, is one for historical-novel buffs. But it should also appeal to readers who lust after ...

  6. Dark Voyage

    Posted May 15th 2005, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... of hostilities and you have a genre novel with a set readership. Spice it with love affairs, weave in second world war factoids, wrap it up with adventure and you have a book made for the movies. Dark Voyage, Alan Furst's eighth novel, takes us to sea with a Dutch tramp steamer called the Noordendam, whose well-read, upstanding captain E.M. DeHaan is recruited to transport commandos, bombs ...

  7. Trapped

    Posted Dec 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Trapped by David McKeowen Hodder, HK$115 British author Michael Wills has been asked how he finds the time to write novels when he has a full-time job as MP for Swindon ... That they can sell newspapers and novels should be in no doubt with books such as Trapped providing stimulating, pacy entertainment. ...

  8. Careless

    Posted Sep 09th 2007, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... more than boring tales about families and relationships. Careless centres on the two broad topics, but proves that the term need not have a pejorative or tedious tinge. That said, the novel ... to readers without resorting to emotionalism. Three stories make up the novel: that of eight-year-old Pearl, who loses her small brother in a playground bloodbath; an egocentric young sculptor called ...

  9. This Book Will Save Your Life

    Posted Jun 10th 2007, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes Penguin, HK$112 One has to wonder what Stephen King saw in this novel that persuaded him to declare it the best book he'd ... experiences. In calling her novel This Book Will Save Your Life, A.M. Homes was probably trying to be ironic. A literal interpretation would be too depressing to consider. ...

  10. The Masque of the Black Tulip

    Posted Dec 24th 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Reviewed by Charmaine Chan The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig NAL, HK$109 Lauren Willig's novels have been called chick lit but probably only because few have been able adequately to categorise her Secret History of the Pink Carnation and follow-up The Masque of the Black Tulip. Fusing 19th-century English history, espionage and romance, her delightful novels occupy ...




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