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Title: The Million Shades of Gray
Author: Cynthia Kadohata
Publisher: Simon And Schuster
ISBN: 9781847388230



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At twelve years old, Tin is the youngest elephant handler in his village. He loves nothing more than spending his days looking after his elephant, Lady, and dreaming of being an elephant trainer when he grows up.

But as Tin dreams of his future, the world around him is being changed dramatically by the events of the Vietnam War, and when Viet Cong attack his village, Tin’s life is turned upside down. Suddenly held hostage by soldiers who don’t care if he lives or dies, Tin has to harness all his courage to escape from his captors and save not only his own life, but his precious elephant’s too.

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1. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
2. The Catcher In The Rye
J. D. Salinger
(From Popular Bookstore World Book Day promotion (buy 2nd@50%) – Ikano)


3. A Million Shades of Gray – Cynthia Kadohata
4. Letters From Burma – Aung San Suu Kyi
(From MPH bookstore OneUtama)


5. The Fly10 BookIrene Ang
(From Borders bookstore The Curve)


6. Becoming EnlightenedDalai Lama, translated by Jeffrey Hopkins
7. Animal’s PeopleIndra Sinha
(From BookXcess bookstore)


8. Jason And The Golden Fleece
9. The Voyages of Sindbad
(From BookXcess, RM3 only)

1. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
2. The Catcher In The Rye
J. D. Salinger
(From Popular Bookstore World Book Day promotion (buy 2nd@50%) – Ikano)


3. A Million Shades of Gray – Cynthia Kadohata
4. Letters From Burma – Aung San Suu Kyi
(From MPH bookstore OneUtama)


5. The Fly10 BookIrene Ang
(From Borders bookstore The Curve)


6. Becoming EnlightenedDalai Lama, translated by Jeffrey Hopkins
7. Animal’s PeopleIndra Sinha
(From BookXcess bookstore)


8. Jason And The Golden Fleece
9. The Voyages of Sindbad
(From BookXcess, RM3 only)

The Buddha always travels around to spread the dharma. Once, he stopped for several weeks in a village near Sravasti. There are large number of blind people lived in this village. One morning, the blinds folks in the village gathered to talk among themselves. One of them said, “Since we’re working in the jungle, did you’ll constantly get bitten by mosquitoes?”  The other men continued, “Yes, we really suffer. I suggest that we should use our knives and arrow to kill off those mosquitoes. We can listen to the mosquitoes buzz and then we swing our knives and shoot our arrow in that direction.” They all agreed to that brilliant suggestion and the get ready to the jungle to kills all the mosquitoes. After the trip, they’ll came back badly injured, and many even died along the road back to the village.

These blind men were stumbling back to village as the Buddha and his fellow monks were alms around the village for foods.

Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung’s second child was born last night. The baby weighs 7 pounds and 7 ounces, which heavier than his older brother, Lucas. At approximately 10:25 pm, Patrick Tse and Deborah Lai, (Nicholas’s parent) brought Lucas down to meet with the media.  Both Patrick and Deborah fought to announce the good news to the media.

(Nicholas and Lucas)

The grandparents reveals that Nicholas personally cut the umbilical cord, but denied that the elders chose the date to give birth. Deborah said: “The Baby chose himself.” About Cecilia’s current condition, Patrick said: “She’s doing well, nothing wrong.” Last night Nicholas has not revealed the baby’s picture, asked if they will share a photo? Deborah expressed that happy events, later definitely will share it. Asked about the baby’s name? They said: “Not yet. Nicholas has to see which name he has a feelings for, look at who he resembles. But for the English name, there are some ideas. ” Patrick also reveals that Lucas said that he likes his younger brother.

(Patrick Tse and Deborah Lai)

Jennifer Tse was asked what gift she’s planning to give to her brother and sister-in-law? She said: “Last time for Lucas, I got him a pair of little shoes, it was quite expensive. This time I might just give them diapers!”
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Title: The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Puffin Book
ISBN: 9780141384955


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Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them, Set, has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

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This is the new chronicle series from Rick Riordan, the author for Percy Jackson’s series. The book was released in 4th May 2010. I got myself a copy yesterday. In spite of its size and around 41 chapters long, I think anyone who enjoyed Percy Jackson’s will find themselves loving this book as well. Same style of writing where in this series, instead of having one narrator (in Percy’s series) but now,  he allows Sadie and Carter to alternate in every few chapters. Their voices are very different and how they see things is very interesting and different. It also keeps up a lot of the humor.

Rick’s again pulling ancient mythology into the modern world. Previously was Greek’s but now is Eygpt. He really makes his story believable. Where that’s why I likes Rick’s works.

And for your info, Disney has agreed on the second series of Camp-Half-Blood adventure called The Heroes of Olympus. The first book, The Lost Hero will publish in 12th Oct 2010. Read more from the author’s blog
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Read the first chapter here
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Do You Remember Them?

The top 10 cartoons that we will never forget them…..

1. Sarada Ju Yushi Tomatoman

2. Thundercats

Title: Beatrice and Virgil
Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Random Hose Publishing
ISBN: 9781400069262

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Fate takes many forms. . . .

When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey named Beatrice and Virgil and the epic journey they undertake together.

With all the spirit and originality that made Life of Pi so beloved, this brilliant new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.

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As someone who loved the Life of Pi, I was looking forward to this book. This is a new novel by Yann Martel, a Booker prize winning author in 2002. 

There are many critics about the book. Some said the book has no plots, and some even said that this is a mess. But to me, after reading the book, can’t denied that the first half of the book was bit confusing, bored and keep left me wondering because I was not able to understand and keep relating the book with Life of Pi. But toward the part at the end of the book, it become thoughtful and after reading it more carefully, I can really felt that how Yann Martel’s touch one’s soul through this book.


Be aware towards the end of the book as it incorporates a violent story told to Henry. Then this lead to another very violent action by another character. The ending is surprising but not in a good way I may said. It’s sufficient to read the book in bookstore. Better don’t get it. Still Life of Pi are lot more better than this book.
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One day, when the Buddha was teaching at the monastery, the King came before the Buddha to listen to the Dharma.

Once the Buddha Siddhartha finished teaching, the king asked, “Lord Buddha, can you the honored one kindly tell me which is the sharpest sword, which is the most deadliest poison, what forms unbreakable armor, and what is the best weapon?”

Then Buddha answered, “My dear King, you should know that harsh and unkind words form the sharpest sword; greed is the most deadliest poison; patience forms unbreakable armor and wisdom is the best weapon.

The King asked Buddha again, “In this world, who receives the most benefit, who suffers the greatest loss; which is the most furious fire, and which is the darkest of all nights?”

The Buddha answered, “Those who give receive the most benefit; those who are greedy, only look for gain and never intend to reciprocate, suffer the great loss; worldly worries forms the most furious fire and ignorance is the darkest night.”

The King asked, “In this world, who is the most cunning thief, what made the most precious treasure, what treasure can we rely the most and what is the greatest cause for attachment?”

The Buddha answered, “Unwholesome thoughts are the most cunning thieves; morality is the most precious treasure, being liberated from the cycle of birth and death is the treasure upon which we can rely the most and our mind is the greatest cause of attachment.”

The King continued, “What quality is the most attractive and disgusting, what is the most horrible pain, and what is the greatest enjoyment?”

The Buddha answered, “Goodness is most attractive and evil is most disgusting; regret is the most horrible pain and liberation from worldly materials and worries is the greatest enjoyment.”

The King asked, “What is the reason for death in this world, what can spoil a friendship, what is the most serious sickness, and who makes the best doctor?”

The Buddha answered, “Ignorance is the root of death; jealousy and selfishness spoil friendship; hatred is the most serious sickness; and the Buddha is the unsurpassed doctor.”

As the King was very happy the Buddha can answered all his questions and thought for a while and asked again, “The honored one, I have one more question to ask. “What cannot be destroyed by fire, floods, wind and weapons but still remains the source of all existence?”

The Buddha replied wit a smile, “The merit created from doing good deeds is the answered to all. It cannot be destroyed by anything even the deadliest fire, sharpest weapon, most cunning or wise men, yet the merit still remains the source of all that exists in the universe.”

After listen to the Buddha’s words of wisdom, the King was full of joy. Not only he become enlighten but he can now be a better King to take care of his country’s welfare. He paid homage  to the Buddha and departed.