Funny quote of the day

“We are not without accomplishment. We have managed to distribute poverty equally.”

– Nguyen Co Thatch, Vietnamese foreign minister

The fuss over “Interlok”


Some bloggers have been commenting about it, so permit me to join the bandwagon as well. Truth be told, I really think that the issue has been played out of proportion. The book was written by SN Abdullah Hussain in the 1970s and some four decades later, it is causing such a ruckus? Gosh, I think some people are really (mis)using this issue for political capital. Considering that those making such a fuss about it are members of a political party which was nearly wiped out in Election 2008, I think this assessment isn’t too far off the mark after all.

However, since I am such a bookworm, I will try to get hold of a copy of this book. I think it is time that I pay a visit to Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka and purchase this book from their bookstore….I haven’t been to DBP for a very long time (the last time I was there was in 2001 with my father, to inquire about the royalty / prize money for my poem’s win in HSSBR 2000). I sure hope they have the original version of the book. I am not interested in the Edisi Pelajar copy.

Revived at last!

So I decided to dredge this blog from the depths of development hell, give it a fresh look with a nice new WordPress theme, and turn it into a personal project of mine. You can actually read about the story of this revival effort here. Oh yes, I have renamed the blog to “The Bibliaholic Blog”, of which the genesis behind the name you can see here.

To cut a very long story short, I will post reviews about books, books and nothing else but books. Of course, since I do pride myself as a Muslim internet activist, most of the books that will be reviewed here will focus on Comparative Religion works. I will even review anti-Islam books and deal with them briefly, but do not expect this to be a full-fledged rebuttal as this is only a books review blog (and I intend to keep it that way). Some fiction books will be reviewed as well….I do read a couple of them every few months or so, although not as much as I used to due to my focus on comparative religion and online Islamic activism.

So, without further ado….let the reviews roll in!

The Spellbox

The Spellbox

The Spellbox swept me away! Can we say Sean Connery? Oh, I fell in love with Evan Lyells! His brogue alone would win the heart of any maiden. Not to mention a married woman who lost her innocence long back. Yummy! I laughed. I was charmed by the innocence. Plus, I wrinkled my nose up at just how apt Christina Hamlett was with her descriptions of their living conditions. ~ Buzzy’s Reviews, eBookAd and Midwest Book Reviews The use of the spellbox for time travel was a unique mechanism … Ms. Hamlett created an interesting cast of characters, and the reader knows why these people act as they do. THE SPELLBOX is a different take on time travels, and for those who love them is well worth the time. 4 Stars! ~ Scribes World Revi (more…)

Jul 2009
POSTED IN Children Fiction