Gulliver's Travel  


A Book Review by Group 1 : Nur Fariha,Nasrin and Nur Syahnadz Zareith ( 3 Marikh )

There are tons of books that fill the shelves of the school library. They are organized by fiction and non-fiction and by their genre. Usually I prefer novels that I can relate to. Novels that have a realist plot usually garner my interests buts it is always nice to try something new. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift's brilliant, satirical adventure, is a must-read. It is an appealing novel containing both, whimsy and wit. Swift seamlessly blends fact with fiction in this tale of an English ship surgeon. It pokes fun at the travelogues of this time period.

Lemuels Gulliver goes on four remarkable voyages across the globe and gets himself in several different situations. Symbolism, humor, and intelligence fill all two-hundred and thirty-eight pages. The reader gets a good laugh all through the book at the expense of the main character. Gulliver has no sense of humor and adapts to every single environment that he is in. The book is well written masterpiece full of details. It is impossible to lose interest while reading each eventful chapter. The reader can never really predict what is next for the adventurous, gullible Gulliver.

Gulliver's travels is a novel that anyone who has an imagination would find entertaining and appealing. On the other hand, some members of the book club will find this book to ridiculous. This novel is not the typical satire, drama, comedy or adventure. Most books that we book worms read are serious or sometimes dark but this novel is neither. It is a fun read that doesn't take itself too seriously. Gulliver's Travel's gets thumbs up from me because of its depiction of human nature. It is one of those rare gems that can be enjoyed by kids and adults for various different reasons.

The irrationality of human beings is a common motif in Jonathan Swifts, Gulliver's Travels. The author never came out and said that but he hinted around that. The author portrays human being as people who have two much pride to be considered rational.

Human beings have way to much pride to ever be considered rational. People are so consumed with themselves and how people look at them. Sometime individuals use common sense common sense and rationally before doing something. The size of the people in the first two adventures is a major symbol of the pride of humans. At first, Gulliver is literally looking down on the six inch citizens of Lilliput. It shows how real individuals look down on people and make them feel small. Some humans put themselves on a peddle stool and make themselves fell better by looking down on other people. When Gulliver ventures of into Brobdingnag he is looked down upon and treated like a circus and by the people there, who are sixty feet tall.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner  


A book review contributed by Tan Yi Hui Carolyn (5 Marikh)

A companion novella to the popular Twilight series by the author, Stephanie Meyer, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is written from the perspective of Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire featured in the third book of the Twilight saga, Eclipse. This book brings the readers into the riveting story of Bree Tanner and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits, a world and life both different from the ‘vegetarian’ vampire family, the Cullens, which was portrayed throughout the series.

Bree was only fifteen, almost sixteen, when she turned into a vampire three months ago. She came from a broken family, and had run away from home. She lived in the streets, struggling to find food for survival when Riley asked her, “Want a burger, kid?” Hunger made her willing to exchange what Riley would want for the meal, and she was brought to “her” and turned into a vampire.

Living together with other ferocious and bloodthirsty newborns had taught Bree to be careful not to draw attention to herself, especially from Raoul, Kristie and their gangs. She never speaks to other newborns and hides behind “Freaky Fred”, a newborn who has the power to repel others, whom she develops a friendship afterwards.

Eventually, Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they know only as “her”. Diego is an eleven-month-old vampire, a close friend of Riley. They develop a close bond with each other, hunting together, sharing secrets and seeking refuge in a cave when all the newborns has been relocated after their hunting trip the night before.

Bree and Diego come to know that all the urban vampire stories and taboos that Riley told them are nothing but lies. They also realize that all newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined. Diego decides to talk to Riley after they eavesdrop on the conversation between Riley, “her” and some cloaked-figures one night, while Bree will go back to their home, acting clueless.

What will be the outcome of the friendship between Bree, Diego and Fred? What is the big game that is to happen to the vampire newborns? Who is that mysterious creator? Sink your teeth into Stephanie Meyer’s vampire novella for more answers and secrets, a truly thrilling story for adventurous readers, and of course, Twilight fans.

Perjumpaan Kelab Pembaca  


Perhatian kepada semua ahli Kelab Pembaca TIGS. Perjumpaan kelab akan diadakan pada esok. Butiran adalah seperti berikut:

Hari : Rabu
Tarikh : 22 September 2010
Masa : 2 ptg- 3 ptg
Tempat : Perpustakaan TIGS

Kehadiran adalah diwajibkan. Sesiapa yang gagal menghadirkan diri, tiada penambahan markah akan dibuat selepas waktu perjumpaan.

Sekian makluman dan tindakan, terima kasih.

Perjumpaan kELAB pEMBACA  


A Little Princess  


A classic children's tale popularized again by the Shirley Temple movie of the same title. The book is a riches to rags to riches tale that encapsulates the fine line dividing the haves and the have-nots in our society, sometimes separated by only a pane of glass.

Lim Susin (5 Bumi)

"A Little Princess" is one of Frances Hodgson Burnett's most loved stories. It is the story of young Sara Crewe who while growing up in a well to do household suddenly finds herself impoverished when her father, Captain Crewe, dies penniless in India. Sara is forced to abandon her life of privilege for a life of bare existence at Miss Minchin's boarding school. To survive those hard times she imagines herself to be a little princess as she awaits her rescue from a mysterious benefactor.
About the Author
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) wrote over forty books for children. Her books are still well-loved.

This book was wonderful. The characters and the plot were excellent. It's a very good book for 1st time readers as well as more seasoned readers. I recommend this book to anyone who just wants a fun book to read. It's wonderful.

The Time Traveller's Wife  

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Ever heard of a film named "The Time Traveller's Wife"? Well, for those of you who are not in the know, it was actually a film adapted from Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel of the same name. The novel was nominated for and garnered several awards. Now, let's find out what makes "The Time Traveller's Wife" a compelling read.

by Charmaine Tew Shu Yi

Using alternating first-person perspectives, the novel tells the stories of Henry DeTamble (born 1963), a librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and his wife, Clare Abshire (born 1971), an artist who makes paper sculptures. Henry has a rare genetic disorder, which comes to be known as Chrono-Displacement, that causes him to involuntarily travel through time. When 20-year-old Clare meets 28-year-old Henry at the Newberry Library in 1991 at the opening of the novel, he has never seen her before, although she has known him most of her life.

Henry begins time traveling at the age of five, jumping forward and backward relative to his own timeline. When he leaves, where he goes, or how long his trips will last are all beyond his control. His destinations are tied to his subconscious—he most often travels to places and times related to his own history. Certain stimuli such as stress can trigger Henry's time traveling; he often goes jogging to keep calm and remain in the present. He also searches out pharmaceuticals in the future that may be able to help control his time traveling. He also seeks the advice of a geneticist, Dr. Kendrick. Henry cannot take anything with him into the future or the past; he always arrives naked and then struggles to find clothing, shelter and food. He amasses a number of survival skills including lock-picking, self defense and pickpocketing. Much of this he learns from older versions of himself.

Once their timelines converge "naturally" at the library—their first meeting in his chronology—Henry starts to travel to Clare's childhood and adolescence in South Haven, Michigan, beginning in 1977 when she is six years old. On one of his early visits (from her perspective), Henry gives her a list of the dates he will appear and she writes them in a diary so she will remember to provide him with clothes and food when he arrives. During another visit, he inadvertently reveals that they will be married in the future. Over time they develop a close relationship. At one point, Henry helps Clare frighten and humiliate a boy who abused her.

Clare and Henry marry, but Clare has trouble bringing a pregnancy to term because of the genetic anomaly Henry may presumably be passing on to the fetus. She subsequently gives birth to a daughter, Alba. Alba is diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement as well but, unlike Henry, she has some control over her destinations when she time travels. Before she is born, Henry travels to the future and meets his ten-year-old daughter on a school field trip and learns that he died when she was five years old.

When he is 43, during what is to be his last year of life, Henry time travels to a Chicago parking garage on a frigid winter night where he is unable to find shelter. As a result of the hypothermia and frostbite he suffers, his feet are amputated when he returns to the present. Henry and Clare both know that without the ability to escape when he time travels, Henry will certainly die within his next few jumps. On New Year's Eve 2006 Henry time travels into the middle of the Michigan woods in 1984 and is accidentally shot by Clare's brother, a sceneforeshadowed earlier in the novel. Henry returns to the present and dies in Clare's arms.

Clare is devastated by Henry's passing. She later finds a letter from Henry asking her to "stop waiting" for him, but which describes a moment in her future when she will see him again. The last scene in the book takes place when Clare is 82 years old and Henry is 43. She is waiting for Henry, as she has done most of her life, and when he arrives they clasp each other for what may or may not be the last time.

Love knows no boundaries and borders, what do you think?

The Undomestic Goddess  


Looking for a romantic comedy novel?Let's take a look at Sophie Kinsella's writing. Sophie Kinsella is a former financial journalist and the author of the bestselling novels Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister and Can You Keep a Secret? She lives in England, where she is at work on her next book.

by Amira Khairin bt Roslan (5 Bumi)

Samantha Sweeting is a successful 29-years old lawyer who works at Carter Spink, one of the most prestigious law firms in London. She is a workaholic woman with no home life, spent most of her waking hours at work and never had time to do domestic chores. She loves nothing except for her job. But all of this seems worth it, though, when she finds out that her biggest goal which is to become a partner at Carter Spink has achieved. But when she realises that she has made a horrendous mistake that is about to cost her law firm £50 million, she panics and decided to run away.

Terrified, she takes a train heading to a place where she did not even know herself, without thinking twice. She then ends up at a house, which belongs to Trish and Eddie Geiger, who thought that Samantha is a housekeeper who comes to apply a job. Samantha then agrees to become their housekeeper as she needs a place to stay and sort out her mind for a day. But when she finds out that her entire career is over, she decided to become a permanent housekeeper.

Unfortunately, she does not know how to cook, she never learns how to sew on a button and she never does her own laundry or cleaning.
Although Trish and Eddie are easy to fool, as they never thought that Samantha is a fake housekeeper, their handsome gardener, Nathaniel, knows so. Samantha then admits to him that she is not a real housekeeper. She then realizes she must cook and clean for these people and decided to learn things from Nathaniel’s mother, Iris. Eventually, the relationship between Nathaniel and Samantha becomes stronger. Samantha also begins to notice that her life is far more enjoyable than the life she had as a lawyer before, which full with tense.
But things are not going as expected when she realises that she had been betrayed by Arnold Saville, one of her favourite senior partners at Carter Spink. And after an investigation, Samantha was wronged. She is not the one who made the mistake back at Carter Spink. Samantha is then offered full- equity partnership in the firm which is the highest pinnacle. It is the most prestigious job in law. Samantha realizes she must choose between her old life and the new one. Should she put her career over love?

This book is definitely a thumbs up novel. Although I had read this novel for a few times, I never stop liking this story as it is greatly entertaining novel with cute romances and a generous sprinkling of humour. This novel also inspires me to be bold and responsible.