Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.

Title: The Immortalists Author: Chloe Benjamin Format: eBook Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary Setting: New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas No. of Pages: 352 Publication: Tinder Press Publication Date: January 4th, 2018           If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It’s 1969 in New York…

Book Review: The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy.

Title: The Book Runner Author: Devin Murphy Edition: Kindle Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: Delfzijl, the Netherlands No. of Pages: 380 Publication, Date: Harper Perennial, September 2017           In the tradition of All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during…

Book Review: As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner.

Edition: Kindle No. of Pages: 395 pages Author: Susan Meissner Publisher, Date: Berkley, February 2018 Setting: Philadelphia, United States of America Synopsis: From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn…

Book Review: The Last Innocent Hour by Margot Abbott.

No. of Pages: 599 pages (although in iBooks, it was shown as 1,251 pages) Publisher, Date: Sand Hill Review Press, June 2017 Author: Margot Abbott Setting: Berlin, Germany Synopsis: It is 1946 and Berlin is a ruined city, the Nazis vanquished, but memories of the city in 1934 haunt Sally as she returns to investigate war…

When Wrongful Termination Turns Into A Messy Divorce.

It’s been awhile since I last published a post. Heck, it’s been awhile since I last turned on my personal laptop at home to do my blogging. Yes, it’s been awhile. There is a back story to this. There is a reason why I haven’t been blogging consistently. Four months ago, on January 14, 2018,…

False Accusations and Suicides are Causes for Concern.

A few days ago, I read the news online of a 14-year old student in Penang who committed suicide after being accused of stealing her teacher’s iPhone. According to the report, the student firmly denied doing the dirty deed but her denials fell on deaf ears. She was also struck for failing to own up…

Mrs Danvers in ‘Goosebumps on Manderley’.

Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again… If there was a book to be written by R. L Stine in his famous Goosebumps series, it should include Mrs Danvers as one of its key characters. Heck, maybe she should be the key character and main ghost host in the story. Because she was,…

Book Review: Torch by Cheryl Strayed.

No. of pages: 348 pages Published: 20 June 2014 Publisher: Atlantic Books Settings: Minnesota, America Website: http://www.cherylstrayed.com I’ve read books where grief and sadness were concerned and I had to take short breaks for the sake of my emotions. I remember reading Red Lotus by Pai Kit Fai. The events were so painful they tore my…

Book Review: Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson.

Blurb on Goodreads: Nova will do anything for her closest friend, Mal, whom she has known since childhood. So when Mal and his wife, Stephanie, ask Nova to be a surrogate mother, she agrees—despite her reservations about what it might mean for their friendship. Then Nova’s fears are realized. Halfway through the pregnancy, Stephanie finds…

Book Review: The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson.

Synopsis by Goodreads: As teenagers Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed ‘The Ice Cream Girls’ by the press and were dealt with by the courts. Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set…

Book Review: Odysseus: The Return by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.

No. of pages: 400 pages Publisher: Macmillan, September 11, 2014 (first published in September 10, 2013) Setting: Ancient Greece (the vast open sea and all the surrounding islands) Original Title: Il mio nome è Nessuno: Il ritorno And so Odysseus: The Return by Valerio Massimo Manfredi was my 25th book of the year 2016 and marked the…

Book Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

No. of pages: 500 pages Publisher: Fourth Estate, December 4, 2014 (first published in November 16, 2010) Setting: America, the Pacific Ocean, and Japan Original Title: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand was not the first historical non-fiction book I’ve read (The Secret Ministry of Ag. &…

Book Review: The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish by Noreen Riols.

My Life in Churchill’s School for Spies Type: Paperback, 320 pages Publisher: Pan, May 8, 2014 (first published in August 29, 2013) The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish was the first ever non-fiction memoir that I have ever read. Throughout my entire lifetime of reading, the books I’ve always read were fiction; science fiction, romance…

Book Review: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier.

Type: Paperback, 335 pages Publisher: Virago, May 1, 2013 (first published in 1951) Original Title: My Cousin Rachel Characters: Philip Ashley, Ambrose Ashley, Rachel Ashley, Signor Rainaldi, Nicholas Kendall, Louise Kendall, Father Pasco, Mrs Pascoe, Mary Pascoe, Seecombe, Tamlyn, and Wellington. So, here I am, back again with yet another book review. This time, it’s of a…

Have You Caught ‘Em All Yet?

I’m pretty sure by now you have all heard about the current mobile phone phenomenon, Pokemon Go. It was recently released in Malaysia and when it went live on the first day, everyone went nuts for it. Once upon a time when our parents fought hard to keep mobile phones away from the dinner table,…

The Last Kitten Rescue Update

Remember the little one that we plucked right off the middle of a busy residential road? The little kitten we rescued on Father’s Day? Yes, the very same. Just to be clear on what’s been going on, the little one has passed away. She has gone to join her Maker in cat heaven (and maybe…

My Heart Goes Out to the Orlando Victims.

A short post today, after reading all the reports and post-mortem articles on the Orlando shooting: My condolences to the victims of the shooting, and their families. I pray that they will find some calm and peace amidst the rocky waves of terror and fear. No human being should ever have to go through this….

75 Years of Virginia Woolf.

As a reader, I’ve never been much for Virginia Woolf nor have I read her books. As a writer, however, I must commend on her genius ways on writing, especially her famous nonlinear prose style notably in her novels, Mrs Dalloway and To The Lighthouse. March 2016 began as the National Nutrition Month and now,…

British Superstars Dead at 69.

When I finally heard the news… I thought, what are the odds? Two of the greatest superstars dead at 69 years old, both from cancer. David Bowie succumbed to liver cancer at 69 years old. Alan Rickman succumbed to cancer, also at 69 years old. David Bowie, as Ziggy Stardust: The Man and the Musician….

Sympathies for San Bernardino.

Overheard on the radio this morning while driving to work: Another mass shooting has occurred in San Bernardino, California, where three armed suspects had stormed a centre for people with developmental disabilities, where 14 people were killed and 17 others were wounded. Two suspects were shot dead, while another third was on the run. I…

Solidarity in Football

In 1914, a truce was unofficially called out by both the German and British soldiers on Christmas Day. Thus, the Armistice Day football match took place at Dale Barracks between German soldiers and Royal Welsh fusiliers. Click here for more information on this historical day. There was a show of solidarity in sports, especially football…

Gotham vs. Krypton.

Warning: Lost blog post ahead. There have been a lot of movie remakes lately, especially the ones with Peter Parker in it and the fairy-tales of Walt Disney. I vividly recall Kristen Stewart in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. Oh my God, please, no. Her acting was stiff and wooden in the Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight…