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Offline westendboy

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What books have you read/bought recently?
« on: August 11, 2011, 10:41 »
Literature is one of my 3 loves.  The other 2 being music and movies.  I have searched XP on this topic and located smth but it very soon became posts of audio-books stuff  ;D  I am never against audio-books but IMHO nothing beats holding a book in my hands... I will hopefully be reading all e way till I am old.  Thot I start a new thread (and will probably maintain this) to find Literature lovers like me and also get more book recommendations


Room by Emma Donoghue

Synopsis:
In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary. Despite its profoundly disturbing premise, Emma Donoghue's Room is rife with moments of hope and beauty, and the dogged determination to live, even in the most desolate circumstances. A stunning and original novel of survival in captivity, readers who enter Room will leave staggered, as though, like Jack, they are seeing the world for the very first time.

A lot of the book is written from e point of view of Jack and hence his vocabulary is kinda limited, childish but never losing its potency.  It's quite an ingenious move to narrate e story from his point of view because of the harrowing subject matter.  If it had been done otherwise, it would very quickly become a melodramatic mess.  Ultimately, I can feel e message of hope prevalent throughout. 

A little trying at first but once I hit e mom's escape plan, I couldn't tear my eyes of it  ;D  My missus is embarking on this soon
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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2011, 10:49 »
Some other books I bought in e recent week... Nowadays, I buy much faster than I read em... same as CDs and movies Haha.  It's a nice prob tho  ;D



The Devotion of Suspect X is actually e book that Suspect X was based on.  Terrific movie and I can't wait to dive into this.
Naoko is by e same author... I have an entire shelf of Japanese writers.  I love their stuff... if u have been to Japan then u be amazed at some of e weird and amazing stories they can come out with.  I will list out some of my fave later  ;)
Totto-chan, I have read and cherished but damnit... I lend it to someone and it's gone.  Gotta have this in my library
Stephen King and Jeffrey Archer are short stories... got em at Popular at 25% off if u get 2.  Nice deal  ;)
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What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011, 11:44 »
My favourite military history :

Hunters & Shooters - The Explosive true story of the US Navy SEALS in Vietnam..by Cmdr. Richard Marcinko.
Blood Trails - Combat Diary of a foot soldier in Vietnam by Christopher Ronnau
Blind Man's Bluff - The untold story of American Submarine Espionage - Sherry Sontag

Reading past military history is very interesting, get to learn how military leaders made their decision in battle field.

New books just bought :

When a Billion Chinese Jump by Jonathan Watts
This is another good China travel book written after Riding the Red Rooster.

The Opium War by Julia Lovell
Books on Opium War is not new, but this is written by young generation British writer.

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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011, 12:08 »
Just read Beyond the Blue Gate by Teo Soh Lung, passing it to my fren later
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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2011, 12:34 »
I bought the latest Nook Simple Touch eReader a few days ago. Does it count?
Comes with touch screen capability, 2 months continuous battery life on one charge, storage capability for thousands of books and simple instructions on how to buy e-books from B&N via the eReader.

It's such a delight to use and the electronic ink is so comfortable to the eyes that I have started reading novels/books again. Reading books on the iPad can be very tiring on the eyes and I cannot read for a long stretch.

First book I am reading on the Touch now is Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn... in preparation for the movie later this year.  ;D
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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2011, 12:38 »
I....dunno how to read..... ;D
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2011, 12:40 »
Braille
I....dunno how to read..... ;D
Braille can ?  :)
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2011, 13:17 »
My dad in law call me in , he pass me this



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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2011, 13:22 »
<ahem>... e chap in e pic is not ur father-in-law rite?
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2011, 13:34 »
My dad in law call me in , he pass me this



 :(
Is the part where he bragged that he told Deng Xiaoping that the Singaporean Chinese were descended from coolies and farmers from Fujian and Southern China and cannot be compared to those from HK and Taiwan who were descended from traders and businessmen, inside this book?  :-[

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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2011, 13:44 »
bought this but haven't read..



finding it hard to transition towards ipad reading even though i think its better for me in the long run.
still buying all these hard covers which takes up a lot of space!

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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2011, 14:24 »
<ahem>... e chap in e pic is not ur father-in-law rite?

Bro if he my dil i wun need to visit spore pools regulalry  ;D

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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2011, 15:10 »
Bro if he my dil i wun need to visit spore pools regulalry  ;D

If u're are not visiting s'pore pools. I don't know I should be happy or sad for u. Heard his daughter is a bodybuilder. Face and body put together can tahan or not?;D


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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2011, 15:40 »
...and this is not from books but Real incident ... I heard once she was in hospital for a med. check-up, in her room she like to do her usual dumb-bell, and with nothing on the upper body, a young doctor went into the room and was very traumatized by what he saw, an ultra-terrestrial being ! 
I also think quite scary, 7th moon ultra-beings are peanuts man ....  ;D

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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2011, 15:45 »
Literature is one of my 3 loves.  The other 2 being music and movies.

You have time to amend it as 4 loves or substitute one of them with your missus before she reads this.

On a more serious note, it has been eons since I read a book from cover to cover. With all the distractions from devices these days, my attention span is much shorter. I still have a couple of books unopened in the study. My favourites leaned towards those from the late Michael Crichton. Others include Ludlum/Clancy/J Archer/some Grisham/Mitch Albom.
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