Tuesday, August 28, 2012

BookXcess Largest English Bookfair @ Penang Times Square

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Done with the recently organized Penang International Chinese Book Fair last week? There's more this week, as BookXcess, a PJ-based book seller moved north to the isle of Penang to hold one of the largest English book fair in the isle. Over 100,000 volumes of all variety are up for grabs, with discounts between 50 - 90% to be expected according to their Facebook created event. Head over to Penang Times Square starting tomorrow, and don't miss the opportunity as they will only be there until the coming Sunday!


Date:           29th Aug (Wed) - 2nd Sep (Sun) 2012
Admission:  10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily
Entry fee:    Free

Location:     Penang Times Square, 1st floor concourse
Website:      Facebook event page





Thursday, August 23, 2012

At The End

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by John Hennessy

Note: This is a book review based on a free copy from the author. Many thanks go to the author for this generosity.

Let's just face it, for whatever warped reasons which infest our minds, we are drawn to stories of apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic scenes, envisioning a future where the end had come and gone, with the survivors living in a world where necessities of life had to be reevaluated and priorities reset in order to get through the days. Hennessy's At The End fits into that genre perfectly, and is comparable with apocalyptic blockbusters like The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, although it lacks the grandeur.

One-liner intro: An intense, adrenaline-rushing apocalyptic page-turner following the footsteps of Gordon Freeman of Half-Life 2.

Best part: Danger lurks every corner, there is no lack of adrenaline pumping events; good portrayal of characters made them recognizable; smooth switch of style between different character's narrative made it recognizable; no ridiculously drawn-out love scenes; futuristic yet believable technologies with well thought-out details.

Not-so-best part: An ending that is a little too bizarre; the usually unbelievable case where a few untrained teenagers outdo trained soldiers.

Monday, August 20, 2012

7th Bookfest 2012 @ Malaysia (第七届海外华文书市)

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If you are not aware of it, then it is still not too late now!! The 7th Bookfest @ Malaysia coorganised by POPULAR and Sin Chew Jit Poh is now running its course from 18 Aug (Sat) - 26 Aug 2012 (Sun) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

The annual book exposition is deemed the largest in the region, with similar Bookfest expositions held in Singapore and Hong Kong. English and Chinese books from local authors as well as foreign authors are featured in the exposition for all to feast themselves on. Leading publishers from the East (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan) and the West (UK, USA, Canada) as well as local regions (Malaysia, Singapore) all showcase their latest titles for all to choose from.

Unfortunately though, there is a RM2.50 entry fee but this is not required for students under 18 or senior citizens over 60. More information could be obtained through Bookfest's official website below. With such a big area to get lost in, the official website provided a floor plan for easier navigation, which I have pasted below as well. One shall not miss the opportunity to grab their favorite titles or genres on their way out!

Too bad I couldn't get myself to there, so do indulge yourselves to your best on my behalf! ^_^"



Date:           18 (Sat) - 26 (Sun) Aug 2012
Admission:  10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily
Entry fee:    RM2.50 per entry; free for students up to and under 18, and senior citizens up to and above 60; season ticket is available at RM10.00 for interested parties who wish to enter everyday

Location:     KLCC Hall 1 to 5 (Ground floor) and Grand Ballroom (Level 3)
Website:      http://bookfestmalaysia.com

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