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Hateship, friendship, courtship, loveship, marriage by Alice Munro


I must thank my lecturer Darryl for introducing to me the Canadian author, winner of the Nobel prize in literature 2013. I am not exactly a fan of short stories, preferring the company of long fiction to simmer into the … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee


This book is a recommended reading for my drama writing class and it epitomizes drama in all 257 pages. The dramas are all self-inflicted – like some typical Saturday night prime time Taiwanese drama, minus the booze (or perhaps there … Continue reading

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Death of A Perm Sec by Wong Souk Yee


I didn’t know what this book was about, except that it was an Epigram Fiction Prize finalist until I borrowed it from the library. After reading the first few chapters, I realised it was inspired by the story of the … Continue reading

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Singapore Love Stories – Edited by Verena Tay


As a fan of the romantic genre, I grew up reading Mills and Boons and I rarely chance across Singapore love stories. OK, I found a chit lit written by a Filipina author which didn’t click. So I think it’s … Continue reading

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 


I love this book,  which I had bought for my sons to read when the book was first published in 2003, but had never read it, thinking it was parked under the young adult coming of age genre. Better late … Continue reading

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Road Dahl Ten Short Story


If I want to write short stories, I should read more of them, and who better to teach me than the master himself, Roald Dahl. I have a Roald Dahl Omnibus of short stories but reading that requires more arm … Continue reading

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Taking Pictures by Anne Enright


This is a collection of nineteen short stories, some of which I really like, but there are a couple of which I just didn’t get it, like the story Taking Pictures which graced the title of the book. I like … Continue reading

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