Tast­ing words

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BOOKS - Com­piled by ROUWEN LIN Bit­ter In The Mouth Ape House Even Si­lence Has An End Heart­stone House Rules Thirst No.3: The Eter­nal Dawn

Author: Monique Truong Pub­lisher: Chatto and Win­dus, 282 pages

LINDA Ham­m­er­ick has the unique yet bur­den­some con­di­tion called synes­the­sia: she ex­pe­ri­ences words as tastes. Her boyfriends’ names re­mind her of orange sher­bet and parsnips; her own name is mint-flavoured; and her best friend’s name tastes like canned peaches.

She even­tu­ally leaves her lit­tle town for New York City, but a death in the fam­ily brings her back and un­ex­pect­edly opens up a re­la­tion­ship she had given up on. Author: Sara Gruen Pub­lisher: Hod­der and Stoughton, 306 pages IS­ABEL Dun­can, sci­en­tist at the Great Ape Lan­guage Lab, has al­ways felt more at home with an­i­mals than with hu­mans. But all that changes when she meets John Thig­pen, a re­porter who braves the an­i­mal rights pro­test­ers out­side the lab to in­ves­ti­gate what’s re­ally go­ing on in­side.

This is the story of how six Bonobo apes change the lives of three hu­mans when an ex­plo­sion tears the lab apart and they man­age to es­cape. Author: In­grid Be­tan­court Pub­lisher: The Pen­guin Press, 528 pages WHILE cam­paign­ing as a can­di­date in the Colom­bian pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, In­grid Be­tan­court was ab­ducted by the FARC (Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Armed Forces of Colom­bia). She spent the next six-and-a-half years in the depths of the jun­gle as their pris­oner.

Chained day and night for much of her cap­tiv­ity, she man­aged to es­cape sev­eral times but was al­ways re­cap­tured.

Freed in 2008 by the Colom­bian army, she is de­ter­mined to draw at­ten­tion to the plight of hostages and vic­tims of ter­ror­ism through­out the world. Author: C.J. San­som Pub­lisher: Man­tle, 631 pages IT is the sum­mer of 1545 and Eng­land is at war. A mas­sive French fleet is pre­par­ing to sail across the Chan­nel. Against this tense back­ground, Matthew Shard­lake is asked to look into a mys­te­ri­ous death.

His in­ves­ti­ga­tion takes him to Portsmouth, the coastal city that could pos­si­bly bear the brunt of the ex­pected French at­tack, where he soon re­alises that his case will re­unite him with both an old friend and an old en­emy close to the throne. Author: Jodi Pi­coult Pub­lisher: Hod­der, 603 pages

JA­COB is bril­liant at Maths, has a wicked LEAD­ING psy­chol­o­gist and coach Dr Rob Ye­ung has worked with hun­dreds of high achievers, from sports­men to celebri­ties.

In this guide to tap­ping into your full po­ten­tial, he dis­cusses what it is that sets high achievers apart from the rest and how you too can be one.

He claims that by ap­ply­ing the strate­gies used by these peo­ple, any­one can make real and last­ing changes in his or her life. Author: Christo­pher Pike Pub­lisher: Simon Pulse, 478 pages ALISA has spent the past 5,000 years as a vam­pire fight­ing for sur­vival. Lonely and mis­er­able, she brings Teri, a de­scen­dant of her hu­man fam­ily, into her life de­spite know­ing that it puts her life at risk. Alisa’s guilt grows when she be­comes en­tan­gled in a dan­ger­ous con­spir­acy and dis­cov­ers a force more pow­er­ful and more lethal than any­thing she has ever seen, even in her long life.

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