I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Ed is what you might call a slacker, whose life thus far amounts to a self-described “[n]othing.” He rents a cheap shack he shares with an ancient dog named Doorman. His gentle (alcoholic) father is six months gone, his mother is angry and bitter, his siblings scattered and uninvolved. He spends most of his free time with Marv and their other friend Ritchie. He pines endlessly for damaged Audrey who has replaced love with too much casual sex, but never with Ed because she actually cares for him. Then Ed gets the first message: “It changes everything.”

Reflection * A twisted tale – Elizabeth Lim

What if Mulan had to travel to the Underworld? When Captain Shang is mortally wounded by Shan Yu in battle, Mulan must travel to the Underworld, Diyu, in order to save him from certain death. But King Yama, the ruler of Diyu, is not willing to give Shang up easily. With the help of Shang’sContinue reading “Reflection * A twisted tale – Elizabeth Lim”

Shooting Stars 02 Ice – V. C. Andrews Book Review

Ice hides from the world behind a shield of silence. And that is what her mother hates about her. All she wants is a normal daughter who wears makeup and sexy clothes to attract boys. But Ice gets her chance to shine when she reveals her beautiful singing voice. And her extraordinary gift may becomeContinue reading “Shooting Stars 02 Ice – V. C. Andrews Book Review”

“The Lottery” (1948) by Shirley Jackson

“The Lottery” is a short story written by Shirley Jackson first published in the June 26, 1948 issue of The New Yorker. The story describes a fictional small town which observes an annual ritual known as “the lottery”, which results in the killing of one individual in the town. “The Lottery” appeared three weeks afterContinue reading ““The Lottery” (1948) by Shirley Jackson”

At Night We Walk in Circles: A Novel by Daniel Alarcón

This is a bewildering story. I have picked it up and dropped it about 6 times. Sometimes in the same minute. I didn’t personally like it but it did receive some critical acclaim so I forced myself to read on. In short,  the story is about a young actor, Nelson, who becomes the third wheel inContinue reading “At Night We Walk in Circles: A Novel by Daniel Alarcón”

As the crow flies – by Jeffrey Archer – Book Review

I wanted to see if I can continue reading Jeffrey Archer after the fiasco with Jeffrey Archer – Mightier than the sword and I have mixed thoughts about the latest book I picked up. It was boring in parts but quite interesting in others. All in all, it was a solid 2.34/5. This is a fairly goodContinue reading “As the crow flies – by Jeffrey Archer – Book Review”

Rebekah (Women of Genesis) (Book 2) – Orson Scott Card

It is always great when someone dramatizes the life of someone in the Bible so we can get to know the people a little better.  Orson Scott Card started the tale with Sarah – Abraham’s wife – a tale of barrenness despair and the rise of a concubine which ended in happy tears as aContinue reading “Rebekah (Women of Genesis) (Book 2) – Orson Scott Card”

The Wise Man’s Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

The Wise Man’s Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2 I bought Wise Man’s Fear about a year ago and it has been sitting on my bookshelf taunting me by its sheer size. The Stand looked small by comparison. I leafed it. 980 odd pages. The Stand was bigger. I read The Stand, I would read thisContinue reading “The Wise Man’s Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2”