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League Of AngelsLeague Of Angels by Tan, Thomas

They said that God didn't exist. They said that the time for religion was over. If mankind was to progress, the human race had to be purged of superstitions. Like everyone else, Chelsea Shields believed the Lumen Corporation, even when they hunted the faithful to extinction. But the grisly death of her brother was about to change all that. Freed from bondage and forced on the run, her only hope for salvation lies with three mysterious priests known as the Archangels. League Of Angels is an adrenaline-pumping ride into the supernatural, combining heart-stopping action with mystical folklore and facts, truth and fiction to create a compelling tale of loyalty, faith, courage, and sacrifice.

First Five, The: A New Collection Of Southeast Asian WritingFirst Five, The: A New Collection Of Southeast Asian Writing by Chan Wai Han (Ed.)

This anthology of poetry and short stories marks another milestone in the literary tradition of Southeast Asia and co-operation among its publishing community. The publishers - Ethos Books, Singapore; Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines; Buku Fixi, Malaysia; Silkworm Books, Thailand and Yayasan Pustaka Obor, Indonesia - believe that the literature of Southeast Asia is a rich mine of creativity and that the peoples of this region should be invited to share their stories and poems with one another. These two genres are more readily accessible to readers who wish to take a quick dip into the literatures of their neighbors. And the English language, being the de facto lingua franca for all of us, has been chosen for the same reason.

What Happened: Poems 1997-2017What Happened: Poems 1997-2017 by Pang, Alvin

This volume of selected poems surveys Alvin Pang's oeuvre over the past two decades, and includes significant new, previously unpublished material. Singapore's 2005 Young Artist of the Year for Literature, Alvin Pang is active internationally as a poet, writer, editor, and translator. He has authored over a dozen books, including several anthologies of Singaporean literature. His poetry has been published worldwide in more than 20 language.

Poems For The Sound Of The Sky Before ThunderPoems For The Sound Of The Sky Before Thunder by Topaz Winter

poems for the sound of the sky before thunder is a collection that tiptoes the infinitely blurred lines between hurting, hoping, & healing. It speaks of sleepless nights & softened tongues, telling a story dreaming & bone-bright & out of focus in the rain. These poems are only as much for losing as they are for finding, only as much for despair as they are for the light scattered within it, only as much for leaving as they are for finally coming home.

Infinite Library And Other Stories, TheInfinite Library And Other Stories, The by Ocampo, Victor Fernando R.

A boy creates monsters from nanotech clay and programs them by reciting stories. A young woman finds the secret to save their doomed generation ship inside a children's primer. Residents of Bukit Batok face a slow-motion disaster that threatens to turn them into living mathematical equations. Three Filipino siblings enter a black hole to save humanity from an enemy that uses words as weapons. The seventeen stories in this loosely-connected collection push the limits of form and trope, from realism to genre and experimental fiction. All speak of the unease of being between two worlds, of not quite fitting in, and also of the comfort of words and books, which illuminate our way through the darkness.

Regrettable Things That Happened YesterdayRegrettable Things That Happened Yesterday by Durai, Jennani

A teenager discovers his grandfather's secret identity only after his death. A young immigrant to 1940s Singapore is convinced the end-times are nigh. A man is tasked with bringing the corpse of his estranged brother home from Phuket. A reporter is torn between doing her a job and respecting her friend's privacy. From obituaries and job ads to crime reports and horoscopes, Regrettable Things That Happened Yesterday is a collection of ten short stories connected by the motif of newspapers, and the unexpected ways they end up affecting our lives.

Living In Babel: Singapore Literature In TranslationLiving In Babel: Singapore Literature In Translation by Tan Dan Feng (Ed.)

Botak. Yau siew. Akka. Baris sedia. Singaporeans are bombarded every day by a babel of voices speaking different languages. The multilingual marrow of the island both binds and divides her people. The literatures of the four main language communities in Singapore reflect not just their individual realities but also the shared experience of living on an island of many tongues. This collection features some of the best Singapore writers in Chinese, Malay, and Tamil, ranging from national treasures such as Mohamed Latiff Mohamed and Yeng Pway Ngon to emerging talents such as Tang Jui Piow and Elancharan Gunasekaran. Translated into English for the first time, these works provide a rare and valuable glimpse into the island’s rich non-Anglophone worlds. A Hakka girl goes on a prata adventure in her housing estate. An old fisherman ponders his future life in an HDB flat. A villager covets the organs of a black panther so he can father an heir. A housewife tosses a pistol into Rochor Canal in the middle of the night. Poignant, humorous, occasionally heart-breaking, these literary gems present Singapore in all her multicultural colour.

Non-Existent Lover And Other Stories, TheNon-Existent Lover And Other Stories, The by Yeng Pway Ngon; Goh Beng Choo (Trans.)

Featuring a selection of short stories written between the 1960s and 2000, this collection charts Yeng Pway Ngon's evolution in subject matter and style over time. The earlier stories, written at a time when Yeng was known for his modernist poetry, exude solitude and melancholy, and deal with themes such as the wanton rebelliousness of youth, or the poet's shuttling between death and dream. From the 1970s onwards, he turned his attention to societal concerns- depicting a lonely writer who falls in love with one of his own characters, an unhappy man yearning for life abroad who ends up in a mental hospital, an unemployed man who finds joy in his friendship with a white bird, and another, who worries that he might turn into a flower.

Yi Shou Shi De Shi Jian: Di Er Ji (In The Space Of A Poem Volume 2)Yi Shou Shi De Shi Jian: Di Er Ji (In The Space Of A Poem Volume 2) by Tan Boon Hui Et Al (Eds.)

"Poetry exists in the nook and cranny of everyday life." This was the theme of a month-long open call, and this book is the crystallisation of poetic responses to 30 daily prompts. Out of the community of participants who have gathered online to celebrate the writing and reading of poetry, the editors have selected 104 poems that represent an infinitude of diversity: in these poems, one encounters concepts such as freedom and perspective; places such as coffeeshops and toilets; translations and re-creations out of existing poems; familiar as well as experimental forms.

Lines Spark CodeLines Spark Code by Chia, Christine; Aaron Lee (Eds.)

A collection occasioned by the Ministry of Education's desire to include the study of Singapore poetry for the A-levels. By Singapore poems, we refer not only to the ensemble of established and emerging Singapore poets. Lines Spark Code gathers their poems into a movement to ground the study of English poetry on Singapore soil. This is a project that will bring teachers and students into face-to-face dialogue with the very poets whose lines will spark code-making in brilliant Singaporean essays yet to be written. The book features a specially designed jacket that can be disposed, leaving behind a book cover to be personalised by the reader. The right to teach and interpret poetry will transfer through these lines into our hands.

Square Root Of TimeSquare Root Of Time by Lee, Madeleine

This volume of poetry fuses financial mathematical concepts with poetic responses to life experiences to form a long multi-part poem based ostensibly on risk terminology. Using mathematical principles and concepts, the volume explores relationships of the non-mathematical sort.

Mr Kiasu: Everything Also Like RealMr Kiasu: Everything Also Like Real by Lau, Johnny

After lying low for a while, Singapore icon Mr Kiasu is back… because Kiasu-ism never dies! Right now, not only must he deal with Time (short of), Space (lack of) and Money (not enough), he also has to confront the scariest enemy of all - Aging! Being over 35 in 21st century Singapore is no joke, with retrenchment, tech disruption and millennials round every corner. Mr Kiasu may not be cool with the digital natives, but in uncertain times, Kiasu 2.0 might be the only answer!

Flowers For No. 29Flowers For No. 29 by Jo Gee Ho

2 women. 2 worlds. 2 broken lives. Looking for love, comfort and sanity in the most unlikely of places. For Toni, it was a journey home to reconnect with family and friends after ten years in Shanghai. Much had changed. Her mother now a widow and she, single again. Her best friend, a once-abandoned dog. Alcohol, her drug and painkiller. The other, a young lady from China. Leaving her country and dreams of playing in a world-class orchestra to work in a place where men wooed the women of their fancy, with flowers worth tens of thousands. Their paths crossed and the two strangers became friends. Forming a bond thicker than blood. Falling in love and into a world ruled by shady characters. Getting caught in a web of lies, cover-ups and a series of events which eventually led to the disappearance of the top performing girl. In a country, renowned for its strict rules and squeaky clean image, would the law be able to protect them from the consequences of their choices in life?

Love At The GalleryLove At The Gallery by Ow Yeong Wai Kit & Genevieve Wong

Art becomes a muse for most of the 26 love poems in this collection. Those poems are ekphrastic - that is, they engage in the imaginative act of describing, narrating, or re?ecting on situations limned in paintings or sculptures, expanding and amplifying on the meaning that they evoke. The artworks that inspire these poems belong to the National Gallery Singapore. The 26 love poems are arranged according to common threads based on the four different kinds of love as ?rst outlined by the ancient Greeks: éros, storge, philía, and agápe. We hope that readers will be continually led back to the poems and their respective artworks.

Tiger And The Leopardess, TheTiger And The Leopardess, The by Ho Khong Ming

An old tiger is on a hunt but is frustrated by his lack of success. Then he finds himself stalked by a leopard, a lesser, smaller and weaker animal, but his forbearance and benign character allows him to tolerate the leopard and the two animals develop a co-operative relationship. The Tiger and the Leopardess is about a time in Malaysia when life was more laid back and people were more preoccupied with the immediate world around them than with politics. So when a tiger attacks a boy out on a picnic, suddenly everybody feels the need to be involved in resolving the situation.

Jungle Without Water And Other StoriesJungle Without Water And Other Stories by Sreedhevi Iyer

Jungle Without Water and Other Stories is a collection that crosses borders and boundaries. People in these stories inhabit different stages of movement - those who have emigrated, those who want to, and those who regret it. The stories also depict our human prejudices around how we move from place to place and culture to culture. In "The Lovely Village" citizens of an unnamed settlement build a strong wall to keep newcomers out. In "Circular Feed", refugees at a detention centre protest by standing on the roof of their living quarters. Alienation works across cultures, across boundaries of inequality. In "Green Grass" an inter-racial couple have a fight during their honeymoon in the husband's homeland, while in the title story, two migrant boys look for the right place to pray on foreign soil. Altogether, the collection touches on how we view and understand race, colour, love, and what happens to us when we shift our selves in different environments.

Harris Bin Potter And The Stoned PhilosopherHarris Bin Potter And The Stoned Philosopher by Suffian Hakim

11-year-old orphan Harris bin Potter thinks he is an average Singaporean boy - until he enrols at the magical, MOE-approved, Hog-Tak-Halal-What School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Unfree Verse: Singapore Poetry In FormUnfree Verse: Singapore Poetry In Form by Tse Hao Guang, Joshua Ip & Theophilus Kwek (Eds.)

Rhyme is Shakespeare. Rhythm is rap. Sing Lit is free verse. If you've ever had such thoughts, let this book demolish them. With poems drawn from 80 years of print and online material, UnFree Verse illuminates an important but overlooked aspect of Singapore's literary history: formal poetry in English. It features poets beloved and forgotten, immigrant and emigrant, Malayan and cosmopolitan, challenging readers to explore the dynamic landscape of poetry from, about, and around Singapore. In this collection, the formal poem becomes a focal point for the duelling forces of repetition and improvisation, standards and Englishes, freedom and boundaries. Might these constraints be fertile soil for creativity in a city like Singapore? If you think so, UnFree Verse belongs on your shelf.

Leap Of Love, ALeap Of Love, A by Lim, Catherine

From prolific writer and political commentator Catherine Lim comes this story of fate and love that will leave you breathless with the sheer suspense and memorable twists and turns in the intertwined lives of two star-crossed lovers.

Deadline For Love And Other StoriesDeadline For Love And Other Stories by Lim, Catherine

The 12 stories in this collection electrify by their dazzling diversity of subject, their relentless observation and comment and their adroit use of language. Through the dark labyrinths of the secret lives of men and women in Singapore, Catherine Lim once again uses her sharp powers of observation to comment masterfully on our complex relationships against the immense and brilliant backdrop of our society's achievements. Laying bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart, these stories celebrate the surprising power of love and its effects on every one of us.