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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. The Optimists

    Posted Feb 19th 2006, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... sentence of Andrew Miller's novel about a photojournalist damaged by his work. Immediate, desperate but full of hope, The Optimists centres on Glass' grasp of good and evil after having ... in Brussels. Glass may have run away from the horror before, but now he's compelled to confront his fears. The Daily Mail praised the novel for its 'quiet grace', which, it said, ...

  8. 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. ...

  9. Canarino

    Posted Sep 25th 2005, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... is having an affair, Elizabeth plots a revenge so cunning and exacting that readers will have to wait until the end to fully appreciate her capabilities. Katherine Bucknell's first novel may ... the novel is named- Elizabeth's favourite because it lacks calories and taste- readers will want seconds. ...

  10. Mantrapped

    Posted Sep 11th 2005, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... life- a boon for those who enjoyed her autobiography Auto Da Fay- as well as a fully fledged story about a pair of soul swappers. Calling it 'the new reality novel', Weldon sets up ... a feminist. An added complication is Doralee, Peter's partner who must decide if she wants her man back. Odd as the 'novel' may seem, Weldon pulls off the experiment. Much has to do ...




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