Category Archives: The Reader

Will the Ban be Lifted?

Playboy announced last week that it will no longer feature pictures of naked women. Does this mean it will no longer be banned in Singapore? I remember those schoolboy days of passing the bloody contraband under the table! Some people … Continue reading

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More Power to You, Arnold!

Fearing the inkbrush as much as the sword, the first emperor of unified China, Qin Shi Huang (259 BC – 210 BC) burned books. He also ordered the arrest of over 400 scholars and buried them. To celebrate the end … Continue reading

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Gone Girl

The Financial Times says “Read it and stay single” and the author herself, in her Acknowledgements, thanked a couple for reading the manuscript in the months leading up to their wedding, saying “It doesn’t seem to have harmed you guys … Continue reading

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The Devotion of Suspect X

This is one book I couldn’t put down. The Devotion of Suspect X is a 2005 novel by Keigo Higashino that has sold over two million copies in Japan and is said to be a national obsession. In fact, Higashino has been … Continue reading

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The Accidental Apprentice

India’s Consul General to Osaka and Kobe, Dr Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire has written a book in the tradition of Eliyahu Goldratt’s The Goal. Because of his position, Swarup’s book carries this disclaimer: “Though the author, Vikas Swarup … Continue reading

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Be Afraid, Very Afraid. Ava Lee Will Whip Your Ass!

Ava Lee is a sexy lesbian with big tits. She’s in her 30’s. She’s a forensic accountant – whatever that means – but actually she’s a debt collector skilled in a deadly form of Chinese martial arts. Owe money? Pay … Continue reading

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OB Markers by Cheong Yip Seng

How do you like it if your job is one where the most powerful man in the country – the prime minister – can summon you to the Istana any time he wants and reams you good and proper? Long … Continue reading

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A Turtle Recalls

Beefcakes’ brains are contained in their biceps. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s no exception. When Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California, a reporter asked about a Cohiba the meathead was smoking. “That’s a Cuban cigar,” the reporter said. “You’re the governor. … Continue reading

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Sixty Shades of Shite

So once again people in power have taken it upon themselves to think that they are the ones who know better, who can decide what I should or should not read. Fifty Shades of Grey has been banned in our … Continue reading

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Glenn Knight, The Prosecutor

The first time I laid eyes on Glenn Knight I immediately concluded that he was a snob. It was at a country club here but there was nothing chummy or clubby about that guy. He looked like a bulldog. His … Continue reading

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