What's your favorite book?

What’s your favorite book? Be it fantasy, fiction, horror, etc. I’ll need to google around a bit to compile mine - can’t seem to remember the actual titles of my favorites because it was loaned from friends or got lost in somewhere in my place. Haven’t bought a book this year yet, but I used to buy at least 1 a month to enjoy what I tend to call “a silent hobby”. :smiley:

Hi nightwing!!
what’s yr rating for Anne Rice’s “Christ the Lord, out of Egypt” and Steve Berry 's "The Templar Legacy.??
I i’ll add them in my NEXT to read books…

Asterix…for me this 2 books 10/10. Love it. But different people may have different opinions abt it.

hi jack! many thanks for creating this tread!

hi jack! Many thanks for creating this tread!

You absolutely right I too dont keep tract on what/which book I had read, coz lots of these books are from Library and swap with friends. Cant afford buying all the time and I dont have any space to store the books anymore. My (including my husband collections) books collection is already occupied 3 bookcases (235cmx80cm, 8 shelves) and one a 25cmx208cm with 5 shelves. My kids making noise oredy lor…

Another book I read in January is The Return of the Dancing Master by a Swedish writer Henning Mankell Id rate this 6/10 the story line seem to repeating and I can predict whats going on next. To compare with The Shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz zafon Id give him 10/10. One of the best novels Ive read. Lots of suspense

My fren is bringing back ‘Reluctant Politician’ for CNY. Can;t wait to get my hands on it.

At the moment reading ‘Crime Prevention’ The Sun Tze approach. Written by Datuk Christopher Wan (CID chief of KL) and Khoo Kheng Hor (Honarary Police of Singapore).

So far so good.

eragon n eldest is nice…just finished the ragwitch by garth nix…thats cool too…and i love HP novels XD

Shanghai Baby is my fav

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton (childhood days)

all wood one?

i have fetish for wood.

Books on Interior Designs, nw rarely hv time 2 read… :frowning:

Loved Enid Blyton books back then. Now I don’t have time to read books. I usually grab whatever information I can find off the Internet to feed my brain.

In my primary school days, I read ‘The Secret Seven’ by Enid Blyton. In high school, anything about socialism interested me (even now). Now in my spare time, I collect informations about Malayic cultures and traditionals. I am also trying to gather more information on Sambas town and hope to visit it sometime this year. One of my ancestor had fought against Dutch rule and he and 2 other Iban comrades were shot. Their lone graves still exist.

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Beyond first impressions

Review by NIGHTWING

Never judge a book by its cover thats the lesson to be learnt from this tale.

MAMASAN
By Khoo Kheng-Hor
Publisher: Pelanduk, 516 pages
(ISBN No: 978-967-978-941-6)

The title conjures an image of an immoral woman who lives off ladies who work in nightclubs and bars, but, in actual fact, this isn’t what the story is about.

Hence, my first reason for enjoying this book: It reminded me not to judge a book by its cover.

And as I got into the book, this point was driven home many more times because each girl who worked in a nightclub had her story to tell. Tales of dreams, hopes, fears, and, of course, the men they meet there. I couldnt help laughing at the authors description of one such patron Octopus Ong whose arms would cling to the girls and feel them all over.

The authors words in the beginning of the book are, Whether they care to admit it or not, people wear masks. The average person carries two masks, one to show to friends and family members, while the other is for strangers and acquaintances.

The shrewder ones wear at least three masks, the first for the world at large, the second for friends and the third is reserved only for close family members. The true face is known only to the self. Yes, people indeed wear masks. All the characters in this book wear masks. Some of them to the point where they do not even know which is their true face anymore. An example is a young girl by the name of Rosetta Bunny whose faade is one of sweet innocence but she hides a vain character veered towards narcissism. She eventually becomes so wicked that she resorts to blackmailing and destroys her own life.

The author is able to bring the characters to life and somehow his realistic observations led me to relate to them: You want to laugh at their joy, cry over their struggles and marvel at some of their actions. The protagonist, May Lee, impressed me with how she was able to turn her own life from negative to positive.

This book touches on loyalty, filial piety, honour, respect, trust, betrayal, and demonstrates the common things which people tend to take for granted or simply dont bother with.

This is well written book by a fellow Malaysian and I hope that someone will turn the book into a movie or TV drama series. Happy reading!

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Agreed with nightwing… Nice book… me still have way reading it… and enjoying it very much…

Forumates… go for it dude…

MAMASAN…By Khoo Kheng-Hor

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Thanks for putting up the pic.

Another one by the same author… I haven’t read it yet… but surely will get the chance to read it when I finish Mamasan…

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Any comment on this? :smiley:

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History made easy

Review by HIZAMNUDDIN AWANG

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TAIKOR
By Khoo Kheng-Hor
Publisher: Pelanduk, 538 pages
(ISBN No: 967-978-878-4)

I HAVE always searched for English fiction books written by Asian and local authors. One day, I cant recall the exact date maybe it was two years ago I found Taikor by Khoo Kheng-Hor at one of the bookstores. Despite my busy schedule, I looked forward to reading the book, which I finished within a week.

A historical saga, Taikor brings back the past for those who can still remember and for the young (like me) who wish to know how things used to be in the years between 1932 and 1982. It certainly took me down memory lane to forgotten places. It also briefly explains the events leading to our countrys independence.

Thus, it is very suitable for those who arent fond of reading long-winded history books but are looking for something where historical facts are built into the story as part of the saga.

This is one of the very rare, well-written English works of fiction by a local author. No wonder it was nominated for the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Briefly, the story begins in pre-war British-ruled Malaya and is about the life of a boy as he grows to manhood. Ya Loongs family migrates from South Thailand to Penang after his father passes away.

After his mother remarries, the young Ya Loong is sent away by his stepfather to live with a relative in Shanghai. His life is somewhat changed by events in that war-torn city. Upon his return, he faces a difficult situation as he has to find a way to earn a living and survive the bloody days of Japanese occupation.

After the war, he discovers his destiny by becoming a taikor a term meaning big brother as accorded to a secret societys chieftain in Penangs chaotic underworld. But after Malaya becomes an independent sovereign country, for the sake of his family, the taikor breaks away from his past involvement in triad activities and begins a new life.

The tale has very interesting plots and sub-plots that make it almost impossible or frustrating (as in my case) to put aside the book after you have started to read it. And, the author doesnt try to impress anyone with bombastic English but writes in simple language.

I found it a breeze to read the book and enjoyed every moment of it and cant wait for the next book by the author.

sherlock holmes

Mamasan’s a good read, but my current favourites are from Mitch Albom’s. Cricton’s collections are superb and still going hot!

Mine’s “Conversations With Millionaires” By Mike Litman & Jason Oman

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SaM