Book Review | “The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak

In her latest book The Island of Missing Trees, British-Turkish author Elif Shafak makes a courageous foray into the pain and trauma of ethnic violence that ripped an island apart, a division that still exists today. She introduces the island in this way: “Once upon a memory, at the far end of the Mediterranean Sea, … Continue reading Book Review | “The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak

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Book Review | “Cleopatra’s Vendetta” by Avanti Centrae

I’m a big fan of global thrillers that delve in ancient mysteries that have the potential of impacting present-day society. Cleopatra's Vendetta fits the bill with a connection that goes as far back to the legendary Cleopatra.Special Ops M2 leader Timothy Stryker and his team are tasked with preventing world leaders from being assassinated. Some … Continue reading Book Review | “Cleopatra’s Vendetta” by Avanti Centrae

Book Review | “Have You Eaten Rice Today?” by Apple Gidley

Have You Eaten Rice Today? is a novel I’m totally at home with. Why, you might ask. Because it tells a poignant love story against the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous periods of the history of Malaysia, my home country. Known as the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), it's a period of Communist terrorist insurgency … Continue reading Book Review | “Have You Eaten Rice Today?” by Apple Gidley

Book Review | ‘With a Mind to Kill’ by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz has done it again - enthralling his die-hard fans - with yet another gut-punching twisty James Bond thriller, With a Mind to Kill, his third and final after Trigger Mortis (2015) and Forever and a Day (2018), which I reviewed here. I’d thoroughly devoured the earlier two; this one is certainly no exception. … Continue reading Book Review | ‘With a Mind to Kill’ by Anthony Horowitz

Book Review | ‘The Magician’ by Colm Tóibín

I knew absolutely nothing about Thomas Mann nor his works until I chanced upon a book about him in a bookshop in Istanbul Airport during a 3-hour layover on our return flight from Geneva to Kuala Lumpur. This particular book, The Magician by Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, caught my attention because it’s a novel about … Continue reading Book Review | ‘The Magician’ by Colm Tóibín