Reading is to the mind what exercise it to the body
-- Joseph Addison, Tatler

My Life As Emperor (A Novel)
by Su Tong
ISBN: 9781401307936
Price: SGD 15.95 (w/o GST)
Fiction - B Paperback
Hyperion East

From the acclaimed author of Rice and Raise the Red Lantern comes a chilling yet enormously entertaining story about a pampered and naive fourteen- year-old prince who, after the sudden death of his father, finds himself in the unlikely position of lord and ruler over an entire nation. A boy of few talents and limited interests, he grows drunk on his own power and delights in wielding an iron fist with his subjects. Narrated in retrospect by the ex-sovereign, My Life as Emperor is a mesmerizing tale of cruelty and decadence, of concubines and eunuchs, of lethal imperial rivalries and intrigue. It is not only a fascinating glimpse into the soul of China but a timeless story of power and corruption that will be read by generations to come.

Winner of the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize in Hong Kong.

Body 2 Body : A Malaysian Queer Anthology
by Jerome Kugan and Pang Khee Teik
ISBN: 9789834359690
Price: SGD 21.00 (w/o GST) Oct 2009
Fiction - B Paperback, 240 pp.
Matahari Books

This is the first of its kind: a compilation of original creative writing on the gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and transvestites of the country. Long denied a voice in the mainstream, the queers of Malaysia are boldly and fabulously represented in 23 stories, fiction and non-fiction. From coming out to coming home, breaking up to breaking down, changing sex to changing heart, the stories are different from anything you may have read in – or about – Malaysia.

The Fantasy Man
by Wee Soon Li
ISBN: 9789810823955
Price: SGD 15.00 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback, 50 pp
Li Schneider

The Fantasy Man is a short fiction of the romance of a lady Shu Li told through a series of love expressions. Shu Li meets a great love of her life but has her love unrequited. The second section of this book is left blank (with lines) for the reader to record his or her own thoughts and emotions, significant in the reader’s life.

Map Of The Invisible World
by Tash Aw
ISBN: 9788172238261
Price: SGD25.00 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback, 400 pp
HarperCollins India

During their years together in the orphanage Johan keeps a constant vigil over his little brother Adam - he's all he's got. But they are placed in different adoptive homes and lose all contact. Johan is taken to Kuala Lumpur by a wealthy Malaysian couple, to a life of smart restaurants and expensive cars, whilst Adam remains in Indonesia where he is adopted in by a Dutch painter, Karl, and finds himself growing up in a simple coastal town. Adam often thinks of his brother, but as the years pass, the memories become less painful, and he adapts to his new life.

Mammoth Book Of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures
edited by Mike Ashley
ISBN: 9781845299262
Price: SGD24.00 (w/o GST)
Fction - Paperback 512 pp
Constable & Robinson

Almost all the stories here are specially written; the cases presented in the order in which Holmes solved them. The result is a new life of Sherlock Holmes, with a continuous narrative alongside the stories that identifies the ‘gaps’ in the canon and places the new and hitherto unrecorded cases in sequence. Plus an invaluable complete Holmes chronology.
Murder in the Name of Honour is Rana Husseini’s hard-hitting and controversial examination of honour crimes. Common in many traditional societies around the world, as well as in migrant communities in Europe and the USA, they involve a ‘punishment’—often death or disfigurement—carried out by a relative to restore the family’s honour.

The Mammoth Book of the Best Short SF Novels
by Gardner Dozois
ISBN: 9781845299231
Price: SGD30.00 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback, 512 pp
Constable & Robinson

The ultimate anthology of science fiction novellas.

Few forms suit SF better than the short novel: long enough to flesh out the details of an alien world or bizarre future society, yet short enough to pack a punch – powerful, elegant and free of padding.

Now, drawing on his benchmark annual series Best New SF, multiple award-winning editor Gardner Dozois selects the 13 finest science fiction novels of the last 20 years.

The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance
by Trish Telep
ISBN: 9781845298593
Price: SGD24.00 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback, 528 pp
Constable & Robinson

30 short stories of hot blood, midnight pleasures and inhuman passions.
Paranormal romance is a supernatural force to be reckoned with. Although packed with a menagerie of werewolves, shapeshifters and assorted demons, its undisputed king is none other than our favourite centuries-old bloodsucker – the vampire.
We’re now living in a post-Buffy world of dark urban fantasy à la Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s irresistible Dark Hunters and the blood-lusting soul mates of Christine Feehan. But it doesn’t stop there. This Mammoth collection opens a vein to reveal the mind-boggling scope of the supercharged phenomenon created when vampires met romance.
Let the biggest and brightest names in the paranormal romance business take you hot on the haemoglobin trail of the sexiest creatures of the night. Witness the bewildering array of complex vampire codes of conduct, dark ritual and dating practices, as they chat up the locals and engage in the most erotic encounters you will sink your teeth into this side of un-Death. These ain’t your mother’s vampires!

The Little White Horse (Film edition)
Filmed as The Secret of Moonacre
by Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 9780745961187
Price: SGD16.00 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback

The Little White Horse is a long-standing childhood classic. It is now a major motion picture, The Secret of Moonacre, releasing in UK cinemas on 6th February 2009, featuring an all-star cast including Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass), Ioan Gruffudd (The Fantastic Four), Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Natascha McElhone (The Truman Show, Solaris) and Juliet Stevenson (Bend it Like Beckham), helmed by the award-winning Hungarian director Gabor Csupo (The Bridge to Terabitha). This edition of The Little White Horse celebrates the release of the motion picture with 8 pages of colour stills taken from the film. When Maria Merryweather arrives in Moonacre, she is fascinated by the mysterious story of the long-lost Moon Princess and the magical little white horse. Before long she finds herself involved with an ancient feud, which she is determined to solve. And she usually gets her own way...

Train Man
by Nakano Hitori
ISBN: 9781845293512
Price: SGD22.00 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback
Constable & Robinson

The events took place in Tokyo. One day a shy otaku computer geek mentioned on the message forum how he
had met a girl on a subway train. As things developed he continued to post updates to the message board. He gained the nickname 'Train Man'. Eventually he finds love with the girl, Hermes, and reveals to her the entire history of the thread.

This is a true story of love for the internet generation - the international bestseller that sold over a million copies. This wonderfully unique book from Japan derives from a series of postings over a three-month period to a particularly computer-geeky thread of 2 Channel, the world's largest anonymous Message Board. The events all took place in Tokyo. One day a shy otaku computer geek mentioned on the message forum how he had met a girl on a subway train. As things developed he continued to post updates to the message board. He gained the nickname 'Train Man'. With each update from bashful Train Man, his fellow correspondents throw in own colourful speculations, boyish encouragements, tongue-in-cheek warnings, and fabulously inventive ascii text drawings. Train Man tries to take on board their comments as events unfold. Eventually he finds love with the girl, Hermes, and reveals to her the entire history of the thread. The true identity of Train Man remains a closely guarded secret.

This Book Will Save Your Life
by A. M. Homes
ISBN: 9781862079762
Price: SGD21.00 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback
Granta Books

A sharp and wildly entertaining novel about new beginnings, transformation and the weirdness of LA, This Book Will Save Your Life reveals what can happen if you are willing to open up to the world around you.

The Number Devil
by Enzensberger Hans Magnus
ISBN: 9781847080530
Price: SGD30.00 (w/o GST)
Children's fiction - Paperback
Granta Books

A Mathematical Adventure
Twelve-year-old Robert hates maths. Then in a dream, Robert meets the Number Devil, who brings the subject magically to life, illustrating with wit and charm a world in which numbers can fascinate and amaze.

The Number Devil is essential reading for anyone - of any age - who has ever been mystified by maths.

A Leap Of Love
by Catherine Lim
ISBN: 9789810805944
Price: SGD16.00 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback
Horizon Books

There is a wonderful ancient Western tradition that allows a woman to propose to a man.
But, only on 29 February. Only once every four years. In a Leap Year.

On such a momentous day, late one morning in modern day Singapore, Li-ann, young, bright, beautiful, catches sight of Jeremy for the first time in a busy part of town. She realizes, with a start, that he is her dream man, and move allowed by the Leap year tradition. It is the most creative, imaginative and brilliant move any girl can think of. Jeremy is totally enthralled. Their first meeting is radiant with love's promise.

But alas! Fate, ever mischievous, intervenes with her tricks, determined that love's path should never be smooth. She takes the lovers on an alarmingly bumpy roller coaster rider over the years, as each Leap year comes and goes, leaving them by turns ecstatic and despondent, hopeful and despairing. But in the end, fate is no match for the enduring power and furious tenacity of love.

This novel brims with energy, sparkles with joy and is breathless with the sheer suspense of tracking the memorable twists and turns in the intertwined lives of two supremely gifted lovers.

* A major motion picture by MediaCorp Raintree Pictures

The Red Cheong-sam And Other Old Tales of Malaya and Singapore
by Ralph Modder
ISBN: 9789810503901
Price: SGD19.00 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback
Horizon Books

The thirty-one stories selected for this volume portray the scandalous, tragic, violent, romantic and lighter sides of life at various levels of the segregated English and Asian communities in Malaya (now Malaysia ) and Singapore under British colonial rule. It began with the founding of Singapore in 1819 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company. It ended during the dismantling process of the British Empire at the end of World War II in 1945.
The stories originated from various sources and were passed on by word-of-mouth or recalled from memory and jotted down over a period of several years. While many were ‘lost in time,' others may have found their way into Far Eastern stories by Somerset Maugham and Joseph Conrad.
The ‘good old (colonial) days' may still be remembered with nostalgia by a steadily dwindling number of survivors from that era or recalled with mixed feelings by others who might ask, ‘What were so good about those days, anyway?' – remembering the eternal clashes of cultures and those between peoples from two vastly different moulds. It had prompted Kipling to note, ‘Oh, East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.'
But, despite the ‘twain' not meeting or whether they did meet without anyone noticing, life moved on, or stumbled along, with all its inherited (Eastern and Western) dogmas, stigmas and human frailties; some of which are recounted in this volume.

Souls the Gods Had Forsaken
by Ralph Modder
ISBN: 9789810455682
Price: SGD16.50 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback
Horizon Books

This is a story about three women. It is set in China and Singapore during the mid-1920s, in Britain during the World War II (1939-1945) and in 1947 post-war Singapore. Ching-ling, the main character, vividly recounts the traumatic and bizarre circumstances that had besieged her life and her mother's.

Howling Silence: Tales Of Dead
by Catherine Lim
ISBN: 9789810417789
Price: SGD11.90 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback
Horizon Books

Tales of the Dead & Their Returnstales
In this collection of 14 short stories set in Singapore, popular, best-selling novelist and short story writer, Catherine Lim, tells tales of the living and the dead in her usual riveting style, filling the reader with unease, perplexity, fear, excitement, trepidation, compassion, terror and above all, a profound sense of awe for the mystery that continues to surround the inescapable fate that we call Death

Meet Me On The QE2!
by Catherine Lim
ISBN: 9789810412517
Price: SGD13.50 (w/o GST)
Fiction - Paperback
Horizon Books

It's about East-West cultural collisions with hilarious results.It's about Pan, the God of Pleasure tussling with Confucius, the Sage of Propriety.It's about middle-aged women in crisis.It's about Chinese Strategies of seduction.And it's about the Queen Elizabeth 2 which provides the ideal setting for all these to come together in one grand melee.In this picaresque novel, Catherine Lim, with her usual wit, vivacity and exuberance, writes about what happened when she went on a vacation on the famed luxury cruise ship.

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