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Langsir Biji Remia oleh Noor Suraya

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Langsir Biji Remia Oleh Noor Suraya 263 halaman Terbitan JS Adiwarna Sdn. Bhd. (2011) Noor Suraya sudah lama berkarya, namun inilah hasil tulisan beliau yang pertama sekali aku pernah baca. Ternyata reputasi beliau yang disebut-sebut selama ini benar belaka: tulisannya menggunakan bahasa yang indah lagi memikat hati. Penggunaan bahasanya ringkas; apa yang paling penting bagi aku ialah karya yang mudah dibaca. Mesej tersirat yang cuba disampaikan oleh penulis jelas semuanya. Penulis banyak membawa persoalan tentang kecintaan terhadap bahasa Melayu, peranan sastera dalam kebudayaan dan kemajuan sesebuah tamadun. Paling aku suka adalah cara penulis menggambarkan tentang makanan di dalam novel ini – pembaca seolah-olah dapat merasai kesedapan hidangan yang diceritakan itu seperti kita benar-benar sedang menikmatinya! Begitu juga adegan ketika di Tanah Suci Makkah dan Madinah, gaya penceritaannya buat aku terbuai dan berupaya menggamit semula memori sendiri ketika menjejakkan kaki ke sana b

The Princess And The Hare and Other Princess Stories

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The Princess And The Hare and Other Princess Stories Compiled by Tig Thomas 40 pages Published by Miles Kelly Publications Ltd (2013) This book contains four lesser-known fairy tales that, nevertheless, still feature princesses who finally live happily ever after. They are The Princess and the Hare (a traditional German tale), Earl Mar’s Daughter (Joseph Jacobs), The Three Dogs , and The Sea-Hare (both by the Brothers Grimm). The Princess and the Hare follows the story of Princess Letiko, who was taken away from her mother by the Sun because of a bargain the queen made with the Sun before Letiko was conceived. Letiko was always sad after the separation. Sympathetic, the Sun eventually decided to send Letiko back to the queen in the company of two hares. Earl Mar’s Daughter tells the story of the said girl (who remained unnamed throughout the story), who secretly married the enchanted Prince Florentine. The Prince’s mother put a spell on him that he turned into a dove during the day

Ombak Rindu oleh Fauziah Ashari

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Ombak Rindu Oleh Fauziah Ashari 563 halaman Diterbitkan oleh Alaf 21 Sdn. Bhd. (2003) Barangkali novel ini dinamakan “ Ombak Rindu ” kerana perasaan dua watak utama novel ini iaitu Izzah dan Hariz yang bagaikan ombak yang membadai pantai. Kadangkala terasa rindu sangat, kadangkala hati menjauh. Ibarat ombak yang ada pasang dan surutnya. Izzah seorang gadis yatim piatu telah dibela oleh Pakcik Taha dan Makcik Hajar sepeninggalan ibu bapanya ketika dia berusia 13 tahun. Izzah tidak pernah dilayan dengan baik oleh Pakcik Taha dan Makcik Hajar, sebaliknya selalu menjadi mangsa penderaan fizikal dan mental mereka. Selepas tamat peperiksaan SPM, Izzah telah bekerja di sebuah kilang bagi mengumpul wang untuk melanjutkan pengajiannya. Bagaimanapun, Pakcik Taha ada rancangan lain buat dirinya. Selama ini Pakcik Taha dan Makcik Hajar hidup susah kerana Pakcik Taha terlalu banyak hutang judi di keliling pinggang. Mereka menganggap kehadiran Izzah cuma menyusahkan mereka sahaja, oleh itu bercadang

Marriage On The Edge by Sandra Marton

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Marriage on the Edge By Sandra Marton 184 pages Published by Harlequin Enterprises Limited (1999) This novel illustrates – very clearly – what could happen to a decade-old marriage if one does not talk heart-to-heart with one’s spouse about things that are important and matters most in one’s marriage. Gage Baron was married to Natalie for ten years, but for the past several years their marriage seemed about to fall apart. Their relationship appeared to have taken a downward turn when Gage became too busy with his hotel business and Natalie felt sidelined. Natalie felt she was not needed in Gage’s life; all these while she could feel she was just purely ornamental and Gage only came to her for sex and nothing more. When Natalie eventually requested for a divorce, Gage was shocked although the decision was not unexpected. He had also noticed something wrong about their marriage before, but he had not thought about getting divorced. In fact, Gage loved Natalie so dearly that he found it d

The Olympic Conspiracy by Katherine Roberts

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The Olympic Conspiracy By Katherine Roberts 293 pages Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books (2004) In conjunction with the Olympic Games currently taking place in Tokyo, it’s just befitting that I read this novel revolving around the Games – which was set in ancient Greece during the time of reign of Alexander the Great. This book is not one fun-filled magical adventure though, as I had initially thought it to be. Little did I suspect that this story about teenaged boys chasing their dreams of an Olympic victory could take a turn so disturbing and dark, and that there were to be tragedies and deaths, and a lot of evil, evil sorcery. This book – which I personally considered a fantasy-thriller – is also full of information about ancient Greek beliefs as well as Olympics rituals that were conducted at the time. Fifteen-year-old Theron of Macedonia was determined to become an athlete and compete in the Olympics. Unfortunately, his foot was hurt by a stray javelin one day and his pr

Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder by Jo Nesbø

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Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder By Jo Nesbø 265 pages Published by Simon & Schuster (2010) If you are looking for a logical or realistic story – this book is certainly not for you. Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder features extremely powerful farts that could launch people into the sky, a boy who is small enough to be flushed down the toilet, a teenaged girl who is indifferent about her 10-year-old brother being held in prison, and much more wacky stuff! However, beneath all those madness the story is not void of substance as it also highlights issues such as school bullies and discrimination, among others. Nilly was a diminutive 10-year-old boy who had just moved to Oslo, Norway. Despite his size, and the fact that he had been bullied and called ‘Silly Nilly’ all his life, he was actually far from silly. He was quick-witted, had the nerves of steel and very eloquent in his conversations. On his first day, he had already made the acquaintance of his neighbours Lisa, who turned out to be hi

Tales of the Frog Princess #6: The Dragon Princess

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Tales of the Frog Princess #6 The Dragon Princess By E.D. Baker 218 pages Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books (2015) Millie is a beautiful 15-year old princess, but she will turn into a fire-breathing dragon whenever she was upset or angry. Millie’s mother Princess Emma is a witch who had the power to turn herself into a dragon whenever she wanted. And when she became pregnant with Millie, Emma just loved to transform into a dragon so much that it had had a side effect on the baby she was carrying: Millie was born a human with dragon magic. People were frightened when Millie turned into a dragon, although she had not been violent enough to hurt anyone so far. Even castle staffs who had been working with her family for years ran away when Millie transformed into the dragon. As Millie grew older she found her condition exasperating as it had frightened away several princes who came to court her. She wondered how she could ever find a life partner if she kept driving those potential