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Offline westendboy

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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2011, 16:35 »
You have time to amend it as 4 loves or substitute one of them with your missus before she reads this.

But that would so fake... Anyway she knows she is not e love of my life.  She is my life!!!  I would be nothing without her... She completes me... She had me at hello... She loves me for e man I want to be and she loves me for e man that I almost is... I will never let her get rid of me. 

Haha... My love for Jerry Macguire shows eh. And how's this for a quote on reading from Dorothy in e movie:

Dorothy: I've had three lovers in the past four years, and they all ran a distant second to a good book and a warm bath.

She said it - a good book!!!
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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2011, 16:56 »

All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe

This popular Japanese writer's work, translated admirably well, offers finely detailed narrative, Tokyo backdrops, and an approachable police detective. Shunsuke Honma, the 42-year-old investigator, looks for a young woman while recuperating from a gunshot wound. Honma soon discovers that a relative's missing fiancee had more to hide than a bankruptcy in her past: she assumed another woman's identity and may have killed to do so. Honma struggles with this unofficial job, with his young son, and with self-doubt?all of which add subtle complication and psychological depth to a masterful plot. Super work from an award-winning author.

If u like police procedural and investigative stuff, this is a tour-de-force. I don't use this adjective often and this one takes e bull by e horns. When I finished e last sentence, I was breathless!!! Kinda like how I felt when I saw e ending to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back... WTF Luke just learned a terrible truth and Han is gone!!! IIRC I finished e book on e way to Genting, turned to my girlfriend (who has since became my wife) and raved abt it. She in turn took it from me and started ploughing thru it. Story goes that both of us hated e casino and we basically spent the next few days at a cafe, reading. It was amazing. I don't think my missus would mind I say this but she is not an English novel reader but this book transformed her. She finished that last cbapter while we were on e bus journey back. Seeing her trying to finish e book as e sun sets is just beautiful. In all my years of reading fiction, this book has e most incredible last chapter ever!!! This book is 5/5 in my book!!!

(I hope I didn't over-sell the book haha but it's really one of my faves)

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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2011, 23:13 »
Ok, maybe not qualify as literature book, but just got my copy of Moose Peterson's Captured! and has read through to almost half of the book...

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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2011, 23:15 »
Finished these not too long ago





Interesting read those two. It's about a suggestion on how to win the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.



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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2011, 21:51 »
Got this over the weekend


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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2011, 16:23 »
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.

You always read these HARDCORE stuff. :)
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What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2011, 23:10 »
You always read these HARDCORE stuff. :)

just interested in B & DNA mah ... Bullets, Drugs n alcohol ...  ;D

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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2011, 01:01 »
Anyone bought books from http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/ before?

Free delivery worldwide.

For example, ROOM by Emma Donoghue as recommended by bro web is US$11.86.
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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2011, 08:54 »
Anyone bought books from http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/ before?

Free delivery worldwide.

For example, ROOM by Emma Donoghue as recommended by bro web is US$11.86.

I never ship books in. Did once from Amazon, it came to me not sealed and creased pages.

I very anal about books. Even books that I have read look brand new with no crease in e spine even!!!  My wifey knows this very well - when I was dating I lend her some of my fave books and I showed her how e book needs to be supported at e spine and pages must never be open too wide... she told me I look damn serious haha

I do occasionally ship books in but only for stuff I can never find here. For instance, Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses... please don't drop e Fatwa on my head!!!

BTW Room is available at $17 excluding 25% off at Popular. If u can take in e unusually childish language I would also recommend Precious: Based on e Novel "Push" by Sapphire, 10 times better than e movie which was nominated for Best Picture. There are some linguistic elements in it that could never be translated to e big screen. I got it for like $10 at HMV but I know when e movie came out they up e price and it has never come down
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« Reply #24 on: September 18, 2011, 21:14 »
Just came out from e Borders 50% sale at Parkway


Dennis Lehane - Moonlight Mile (sequel to Gone Baby Gone)
Harlan Corben - Live Wire
John Updike - My Father's Tears and other stories
Scott Turrow - Innocent (sequel to Presumed Innocent)

I was hoping to pick up The Game of Thrones but all sold out  :'(
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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #25 on: September 18, 2011, 21:35 »
Anyone bought books from http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/ before?

Free delivery worldwide.

For example, ROOM by Emma Donoghue as recommended by bro web is US$11.86.

They are very good. I use it all the time, whilst trying not to think about the flight miles :)

Not all their prices are good so do shop around. No VAT relief IIRC.

Bizarrely enough do check out www.bookdepository.com when ordering, sometimes the book is cheaper! Even after you put both websites in the same currency.

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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #26 on: December 01, 2011, 20:43 »
Just got these from Page One - essentially 4 novels for $2.10  :o becoz of standard chartered vouchers I redeemed. Not bad at all  8)



Right now, I am reading this. First 80 pages is a tough read but after that e book is reading itself. Pretty good actually





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Re: What books have you read/bought recently?
« Reply #27 on: December 01, 2011, 21:01 »
Don't know about the novel but the Lincoln Lawyer movie on BR is quite good.  MM certainly acts and look like a lawyer.  3.5 rating for me.... :)

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« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2011, 21:12 »
I saw e movie too and quite enjoyed it. Just e final denoucement was not really a surprise for me - I knew e mom is not what she seems.  With e plot twists, I thot it be nice to read abt it. Hopefully it's even better than e movie
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« Reply #29 on: January 22, 2012, 14:48 »
Since Child 44 I have read a couple of novels which are not worth mentioning. Presently reading this...



It has been some time since I read smth this good. The Imperfectionists interweaves e stories of eleven unusual and endearing characters who depend on e newspaper. Funny and moving, e novel is also abt endings - e end of life, e end of sexual desire, e end of e era of newspaper - and abt what might rise afterward.

It's an absolute joy savoring e short stories... at times hilarious and at other times simply heart-wrenching. The narrative structure is great too - although there are 11 short stories, they are also link in subtle ways, forming an interesting tapestry.  A remarkable debut by Tom Rachman. I am now on e 3rd story which is abt a business reporter and her elusive search for love
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