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Long John Silver Vol. 1: Lady Vivian HastingsLong John Silver Vol. 1: Lady Vivian Hastings by Dorison, Xavier; Mathieu Lauffray (Illus.)

Twenty years after the events of Treasure Island, Lady Vivian Hastings knocks on Dr Livesey's door. Her hated husband has sent word from the Amazon: He has found the fabled city of Guiana-Capac, and his brother is to sell the entire domain to pay for an expedition, dispossessing Vivian in the process. So the lady has come to seek the one man who can help her: Long John Silver…

Cinebook Recounts Vol. 2: The Falklands WarCinebook Recounts Vol. 2: The Falklands War by Rideau, J; B. Asso; D. Chauvin; M. Uderzo

In 1982, conflict erupts between Great Britain and Argentina, putting important forces into play. Argentina decides to seize the Falkland Islands, which had been occupied by the United Kingdom since the beginning of the 19th century. On April 2, an island landing of Argentine forces succeeds, taking the government of Margaret Thatcher by surprise. Argentina asserts its sovereignty over the Islands. While hoping for a diplomatic solution, No. 10 Downing Street prepares a large-scale operation to regain control of the Falkland Islands. Along with the use of traditional combat techniques, these operations also provide an extraordinary test of modern electronic weaponry.

Yakari Vol. 8: Yakari And The White FleeceYakari Vol. 8: Yakari And The White Fleece by Derib (Illus.)

A strange eagle has wounded a brave from Yakari's tribe and stolen his talisman. To recover it and allow the man to wake from his unnatural slumber, young Yakari will have to climb a mountain to find the eagle's nest. Forced to go alone when Little Thunder can't follow anymore, he will have to make new friends-with sure feet and warm coats-and brave the majestic bird's proud anger.

Donovan Twins: Olympic Mind GamesDonovan Twins: Olympic Mind Games by Ronsson, Robert

2012 - Britain is gripped by Olympic Games fever, the world has a climate crisis, and his twin sister is an Olympic swimming sensation, but 13-year-old Jack Donovan has something much more worrying on his mind. A sinister face from Jack's nightmare has appeared as a game icon on his computer and he is convinced a superior intelligence is responsible. The supposedly simple computer game becomes hypnotic and draws him in, totally. Someone or something is playing mind games. Hiding out in the safest place in the UK - London's Olympic Village - Jack is fighting a force committed to global destruction. When the survival of the planet is at stake and there's only one person in the world you can trust, would you be able to stay in the game?

CrisisCrisis by K.M. Ariff

This is a novel with the Asian East Asian financial crisis, which plunges the Malaysian currency and stock market into turmoil, as background. Economists have previously published serious attempts to understand the East Asian crisis. Here, the author invites you into a tale of greed, mistakes, sorrow and redemption, bringing home the lessons learned.

Xxii Or Twenty-TwoXxii Or Twenty-Two by Yang, Joshua

Exploring the theme of time, memories and relations between persons and their surroundings, Joshua Yang composes a script made up of excerpts from found writings by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Giorgio Agamben, Slavoj Zizek, Georg Lukacs, Ricardo Piglia and Jorge Luis Borges amongst others and invites the reader to recreate in her mind, the experience of entering an exhibition of paintings from a particular scene in space and time, gradually uncovering the mystery behind the numerous paintings of those two figures in an indistinct landscape.

In PiecesIn Pieces by Fayolle, Marion

A man comes home to his lover, his hands are tainted by the dress of another woman. A few pages later, a couple fight for the custody of their daughter to the point where she's literally cut in two. In Pieces is a beautiful book of visual poetry, in which all common metaphors are explained through images. In Pieces pushes the medium of graphic storytelling into new territory.

Map Of DaysMap Of Days by Hunter, Robert

Richard can t stop thinking about the clock. He lies in bed each night listening to its tick-tocking, to the pendulum s heavy swing. Why does his granddad open its old doors in secret and walk into the darkness beyond? One night, too inquisitive to sleep, Richard tiptoes from his bed, opens the cherry wood doors, and steps inside . . .

Worse Things Happen At SeaWorse Things Happen At Sea by Strom, Kellie

Inspired by tales mythical sea creatures and the tall stories of doomed voyages passed down from sailor to son Kellie Strom has created a rich tapestry of wonderment. Historical ships are attacked, enveloped and engorged by monstrous creatures surfacing from the deepest depths of the darkest oceans. This monster of a concertina book contains over 20 panels with each image unfolding like a foreboding fable from the cracked lips of an old sea captain. A intricate and elaborate masterpiece of fantastical creatures and the most beautiful vessels to grace the seven seas.

Payday Loans: Poems By Jee Leong Koh by Koh Jee Leong

Warning: in 2006 the Singapore government banned the reading of Koh's poem "Come on, straight boy, and make gay love with me." That poem is now available, with 29 other sonnets, in a beautiful new edition by Math Paper Press, which includes an interview with Jee Leong Koh, and a new preface by Joshua Ip. Don't read this book if you do not wish to have sex with your sex. Don't read this book if you do.

Echolocation by Mani Rao

"For several years, Mani Rao has been cutting her own fiercely singular path through the thickets of our language; with each new book her compositional values become both more light and more precise, and her gestures - for this is a poetry of intense ellipsis - more sure, more instantaneous, more stunning." ~ Vivek Narayanan

I Didn't Know Mani Was A Conceptualist by Kon, Desmond; Zhicheng-Minde

"Here is a book few of us think a Singaporean could write! For proof, pick it up and read almost any section/para.... and believe me, you will be astounded! Kon is a consummate artist here, weaving strands of knowledge, wisdom, humor so porously that as readers we are left baffled but wiser, perhaps even sadder. I don't know how best to describe this book - perhaps the word *fable* might well do the trick! Like the wizards of old, he weaves magic into words seamlessly making us marvel and wonder. This is a book all educated men and women will find thoroughly rewarding and refreshing. A damn good read!" ~ Kirpal Singh, author of Thinking Hats & Colored Turbans

Good, The Bad And The Ugly, The: Three Banned Plays by Elangovan

This book contains 3 of Elangovan's plays - Talaq (1999), Smegma (2006) and Stoma (2013).

Art Studio by Yeng Pway Ngon; Goh Beng Choo Et Al (Trans.)

Singapore, 1980s. Amid the tumult of political promise and upheaval, Yan Pei and his students struggle to pursue art in a rented studio. Yan Pei, a penniless artist, sacrifices more than his marriage to perfect his craft. His student Si Xian makes an irrevocable decision after Ning Fang, the subject of his unrequited love, leaves him for India. Jian Xiong gives up art - and his humanity - when communist politics force him to flee into the Malayan jungle. A story of disparate paths crossing continents over the span of forty years after Singapore's independence, Art Studio is a stirring meditation on art, politics and memory.

Wayang At Eight Milestone, The: Stories & EssaysWayang At Eight Milestone, The: Stories & Essays by Nalpon, Gregory

Gregory Nalpon was born in 1938 in Singapore. He embarked on a variety of peripatetic careers: disc jockey, journalist, trade unionist, and "gentleman of leisure". During the 1960s and 1970s, he wrote numerous stories, essays, plays and novels. His short story, "The Rose and the Silver Key" was studied by thousands of Singaporean secondary school students. With his sudden death in 1978 at the age of forty, the majority of his writings remained unpublished for over thirty years. This long overdue collection gathers together sixteen of Gregory Nalpon's short stories, eleven of his essays and a selection of his sketches of life in coffee shops, hawker stalls and samshu shops. Through his writing, Nalpon poignantly records a lost, rich world: the colourful, exciting and sometimes perilous Singapore of half a century ago.

Mechanic Leigh: Growing Up In The 1960SMechanic Leigh: Growing Up In The 1960S by Alagan, Eric

Mechanic Leigh, recounts the tales of a precocious boy growing up in the 1960s. He is writing his memoirs - memories, as he calls them - with my help, the Ghost Writer. With a glib tongue and a sharp mind, Leigh embellishes his tales and creates a more acceptable world with himself as the star. As Leigh, living in his past, relates the stories, he engages me in the present. We banter, argue and laugh, crossing the time zones with seamless and boisterous ease. The dialogue is in script format and each episode is a standalone with a fine thread connecting and propelling the stories.

Anxiety MythsAnxiety Myths by Afrizal Malna

In a writing career that has now spanned more than thirty years, Afrizal has published several major collections of poetry. His poems have been translated into Dutch, German, and English, of which this is the first full length collection. Afrizal's poems, through drawing on practices of montage, precise diction and curious grammar, maintain a fine balance between consistency of style and variation in theme and subject which asserts his distinctive poetic voice. These are poems that trace the quickly changing urban trajectory of present day Indonesia.

Morphology Of DesireMorphology Of Desire by Dorothea Rosa Herliany

Morphology of Desire gives a generous introduction to the full range of writing by the internationally acclaimed Indonesian poet, Dorothea Rosa Herliany, from the 1980s to the present day. Through a distinctive mix of striking imagery and boldness of voice, the poet sets out to destroy many of the common assumptions about everyday life and human relationships. As a woman and a poet, she is doubly an outsider. Her blatant departure, in form as well as content, from the accepted conventions of society is remarkable, not only in its personal and political ramifications, but in its emotional and imaginative tenor, as well.

Twilight In JakartaTwilight In Jakarta by Mochtar Lubis

Half a century ago when Mochtar Lubis' Twilight in Jakarta was secreted out of Indonesia and published in London, it was the first Indonesian novel ever to be published in English translation. The novel, a depiction of social and political events in the capital during the run up to a national election, contains a grim cast of characters: corrupt politicians, impotent intellectuals, unprincipled journalists, manipulative Leftists, and impetuous Muslims to name but a few. Although the novel represents a condemnation of political practices prevalent in Indonesia in the 1950s, readers today will find much in this novel that resonates still.

Fireflies In Manhattan, TheFireflies In Manhattan, The by Umar Kayam

Born in Ngawi, East Java, in 1932, Umar Kayam obtained his masters degree from New York University and his doctoral degree from Cornell University. It was there, in New York, where he began to hone his literary skills. The publication of his first collection of short stories, A Thousand Fireflies in Manhattan, in 1972, gained him national fame as a short story writer.