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Three Kisses Of The Cobra: A NovelThree Kisses Of The Cobra: A Novel by Balian, Z. T.

Set sail on an epic adventure packed with travel to exotic locations, pirates, unfailing love, ships, the trade of spice and precious stones, attempted murder, and tragic death. When the warden of the Armenian church in Singapore sends an e-mail to Nayri, a Lebanese-Armenian banker, offering fascinating details from her family's roots and to connect her with a relative she's never met, she jumps at the opportunity to learn more about her history. Set in the early nineteenth century, Three Kisses of the Cobra is the fictional account of the life of one of the first settlers in Singapore.

Shifting SandsShifting Sands by Deepa Vanjani

Shifting Sands is Dr Deepa Vanjani's debut poetry collection. She speaks of urbanisation and the loss of natural surroundings, the trap of illusions we humans are caught in, the lack of depth in relationships. But she also speaks of love, nature and the spiritual traces that lead us to the centre. For the author herself, many of the poems are life lessons and a humble offering to the Big Buddha of Lantau.

Of Leaves & Ashes (With Cd)Of Leaves & Ashes (With Cd) by Ho, Patty

This collection of poems include some relate to philosophy and some to old Chinese poems to which Patty Ho has added new thoughts. Others are more musical and are additionally presented on the accompanying CD as songs. Patty Ho's essay 'A solitary song for nothing', which concludes the book, discusses poetry and philosophy.

Irreverent Poems For Pretentious PeopleIrreverent Poems For Pretentious People by Hoeg, Henrik

This is an eclectic collection of poems that range from sardonically humorous to genuinely moving. The collection plays fast and loose with both language and form as it explores, among other things, linguistics, history, relationships and the absurd. Henrik Hoeg's first published collection, it was awarded a publication prize in the competition for the International Proverse Prize 2015.

Me MigrantMe Migrant by Md Mukul Hossine; Cyril Wong

Me Migrant features the poems of Md Mukul Hossine - poems originally written in Bengali by Mukul, transcreated by Singapore poet Cyril Wong based on English translations by Fariha Imran and Farouk Ahammed. It represents the voice of hope and inclusiveness, of longing and dreaming, of service and heart. This collection was born of the friendship between volunteers of community clinic HealthServe and foreign construction workers.

Heat: A Southeast Asian Urban AnthologyHeat: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology by Khairani Barokka & Ng Yi-Sheng

This collection of stories is gathered from six different Southeast Asian nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Singapore. As part of the selection process, the editors tried to select the more unexpected, thoughtful and risk-taking from the available pool of writing, forging from them a compendium of twisted, tender visions of the region.

Flesh: A Southeast Asian Urban AnthologyFlesh: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology by Khaw, Cassandra; Angeline Woon

This anthology comprises works of writers from all over Southeast Asia, exploring what it is like to be flesh in this urban environment, a situation akin to that of the tightly-fitted cellular bodies that make up organs. And from organs, bodies, people, echoes, cities ... on to galaxies.

Trash: A Southeast Asian Urban AnthologyTrash: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology by Alfar, Dean Francis; Marc De Faoite (Eds.)

TRASH is part of a threesome of Southeast Asian urban anthologies. The other two are called HEAT and FLESH. It features stories about Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia. The writers have sorted through the 'trash' and found things that can be valued as still useful, things that deserve to be salvaged, and recycled, or reused, but they also point unflinchingly at structures, strictures, and modes of thought that have clearly served their time and must be discarded.

Sea Is Ours, The: Tales Of Steampunk Southeast AsiaSea Is Ours, The: Tales Of Steampunk Southeast Asia by Goh, Jaymee; Joyce Chng (Eds.)

In this book, technological wonder merges with the everyday: children upgrade their fighting spiders with armour and toymakers create punchcard-driven marionettes. The fantastic has always been part of our landscape: large fish lumber across the skies, aswang represent diwata to faraway diplomats, boat people find a new home on the edge of a different dimension. Technology and tradition meld as the people adapt to the changing forces of their world. Steampunk takes on Southeast Asia in this anthology, infused with the spirits of its diverse peoples, legends, and geography. Delving into local alternate histories, we will introduce you to a dynamic steampunk world quite different from the one you may be familiar with.

Giving GroundGiving Ground by Kwek, Theophilus

Giving Ground refers to an act of yielding, or compromise - an active passivity, not unlike the act of writing itself. In his third collection, Theophilus Kwek enters and examines the unfamiliar, giving himself over to the power of place to transform thought and language. At the same time, he gains new ground, finding other homes and histories that change the way he sees his own city.

Flesh & SteelFlesh & Steel by Kang, Shaun

Loosely inspired by the legend of the Golem of Prague, this graphic novel transports readers to a fantasy land torn apart by knights and cavaliers armed with rifles and shotguns on top of the usual swords and shields. The story arc follows the internal and external battles of Golem, a humanoid living weapon forged from steel, as he struggles to find acceptance amongst men amidst a storm of war and strife.

Jalan Jalan: A Novel Of IndonesiaJalan Jalan: A Novel Of Indonesia by Stoner, Mike

Newbie is on the run. From England. From the past. From memories of his dead girlfriend, Laura. Indonesia is as good a place as any to reinvent himself-cheap beer, exotic landscapes, a beautiful Indonesian girlfriend, and a bunch of misfit mate all masquerading as English teachers. It will take a breakdown and an exorcism at the hands of an Indonesian shaman to make Newbie realize that the events of the past might not always be what they seem…

BreathingBreathing by Sun Ganlu

This Chinese novel is set in Shanghai in the late 1980s. Luo Ke, the protagonist, works as a part-time shop window painter. He once served in the army for several years and fought in the Vietnam War at the close of the 60s, when he was still young. The plot unfolds in his relationships with five women-Yin Mang, a college student; Yin Chu, her sister; Ou Xiaolin, an actress; Liu Yazhi, an art teacher; and Xiang An, a worker.

Eaglewood Pavilion, TheEaglewood Pavilion, The by Ruan Haibiao

The two stories in this collection of Chinese stories are related to the life of people living in the old urban area in Shanghai.

Nest Of Nine Boxes, ANest Of Nine Boxes, A by Jin Yucheng

In this collection of Chinese short stories by prize-winning author, Jin Yucheng, the past experiences of the leading characters act as heavy shadows in their present-day lives. The development of the story-plots and complex ideas of these characters are interwoven with one another like riddles. The leading characters tirelessly explore the significance of life in the changing era and in their own life experiences.

Written Country: The History Of Singapore Through Literature by Gwee Li Sui (Ed.)

Written Country intriguingly reconstructs the history of modern Singapore through fifty defining moments from the Fall of Singapore to the passing of Lee Kuan Yew. This is an anthology of works from some of Singapore's best novelists, poets and playwrights.

Long Long Time Ago (Part 1) There Was A Time When Tomorrow Was UncertainLong Long Time Ago (Part 1) There Was A Time When Tomorrow Was Uncertain by Neo, Jack; James Teo (Illus.)

Long Long Time Ago is a heart-warming story of a family living in a kampong in pre-independence Singapore, when gangsters were rife and racial tensions were high, It revolves around the life of Zhao Di who is chased out of her husband's home by his first wife when he passes away. Heavily pregnant and with three young daughters in tow, Zhao Di is forced to return to her father's house where she has to bear with her father's prejudice against her and her daughters, and find ways to make ends meet.

PhedraPhedra by Tan, Euginia

Phedra is a poetry collection of re-interpreted mythology - with an emphasis on female identity - which delves into the juxtaposition of idolatry and banality.

SpomenikSpomenik by Nair, Marc

Spomenik is a collection of poems and photographs from the Balkans. These impressions of people and places bookmark a glimpse of life across a multitude of cities, crossing terrains of history, war, culture and faith.

Let's Give It Up For Gimme Lao: A NovelLet's Give It Up For Gimme Lao: A Novel by Sim, Sebastian

Born on the night of the nation's independence, Gimme Lao is cheated of the honour of being Singapore's firstborn son by a vindictive nurse. Tracing social, economic and political issues over the past 50 years, this humorous novel uses Gimme as a hapless centre to expose all of Singapore's ambitions, dirty linen and secret moments of tender humanity.