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Well Sir Terry has reached his 37th Discworld novel with Unseen Academicals and all the wonderful weirdness and humour is still there, this time revolving around a team of wizards who have to win a game of football without using any magic. Terry Pratchett is still very much on form.
Even 30 years on this is still a fresh and funny series of stories, whether you read them or listen to the original BBC radio shows. The anarchic, or ‘random’ to use modern parlance, plot, place settings and characters makes them more appealing than a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster!DON’T PANIC. Useful advice for Arthur Dent who is about to discover that along with his house, the Earth, is going to be destroyed by the Vogons and he is about to become embroiled in the search for the ultimate question to life the universe and everything (as we know the answer is 42). The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy series:1. The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe3. Life, the Universe and Everything4. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish5. Mostly Harmless 6. And Another Thing...
July 2009 Book of the Month. Having taken the teenage market by storm this clever girl turns from vampires to alien possession for her first remarkable adult novel. The alien ‘worms’ should completely take over the ‘host’, mind and body, but something has gone wrong, and now two consciousnesses share the same flesh. It is a truly creepy idea, very well realised. The aliens want to find the rebel encampment, the human host to protect it. This leads to a war of wills within the same mind. Also, both beings have fallen for the same man, adding to the tension and confusion of a quite superb novel. I really have never read anything quite like it; atmospheric, turbulent and extremely good. Comparison: Greg Bear (Blood Music), Elizabeth Kostova (The Historian), Laurell K Hamilton.
May 2008 Book of the Month. Stephenie Meyer has written a series for teens ,‘The Twilight Series’, which has been incredibly popular, set in a world where vampires and werewolves co-exist, fight with, and, even fall in love with humans. They are great fun and now she has turned her attention to entertaining a more adult audience with this new book. No vampires and werewolves in this one, but a species that is taking over the world by inhabiting the bodies of humans. Her writing is thoroughly absorbing, which is just as well considering this is over 600 pages long, but Meyer has a knack for always leaving you wanting more at the end of her tales. Romance and science fiction are mixed brilliantly for a great read.
His forte is the lavish descriptions of weird, surrealistic cities and the teeming, bizarre life that inhabits them, but his latest THE CITY AND THE CITY is almost a crime novel, as an investigator delves into a murder and a cross between Chandler and Kafka arises. Lovereading view... Mieville weaves together an intricate plot that fills the reader with curiosity and a slight bit of confusion, but that is an intentional ploy by the author and it keeps the reader hooked. Not only is this a great detective novel but an imaginative fantasy that intrigues and fascinates.
This will intrigue and fascinate you from the start. Set in a futuristic utopian society Anax is taking an exam which will decide if she can enter the elite ‘Academy’ and her subject is Adam Forde, her long dead hero. Although set in a futuristic world, eternal philosophical questions arise in the course of the exam making Anax question herself and possibly all she has believed to be the truth about her hero. This is a real page turner and if you don’t read it in one sitting we would be very surprised!
Winner of Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009. Winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009. Winner of the 2009 prestigious Newbery Medal. Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing his whole family, he is taken in by the graveyard ghosts. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, each of which depicts every other year of Bod’s life, a separate story of Bod’s life unfolds and always in the background there is the sinister, haunting presence of a killer. Bod’s curious tale is a masterpiece of original, absorbing and unstoppable story telling. This edition is illustrated in a breath-taking fashion by Dave Mckean. Gaiman was asleep in bed in Los Angeles this morning when he was phoned by the award's committee and told he had won. 'You are on a speakerphone with at least 14 teachers and librarians and suchlike great, wise and good people, I thought. Do not start swearing like you did when you got the Hugo. This was a wise thing to think because otherwise huge, mighty and four-letter swears were gathering. I mean, that's what they're for,' Gaiman wrote on his blog after the call.Gaiman's The Graveyard book is the story of Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, who lives in a graveyard and is raised by ghosts. The Newbery, which picks 'the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year', has been criticised in recent weeks for being out of touch with its readers; the choice of Gaiman - a perennial bestseller - as winner, puts paid to claims that the judges favoured books with a limited appeal.Named in honour of 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery, the award was founded in 1922, with previous winners including children's classics such as Hugh Lofting's The Voyages of Dr Dolittle, Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and Lloyd Alexander's The High King.'I might have imagined all of this, or they may have to do a sudden recount or something,' wrote Gaiman. 'But I think it probably happened. I mean, it's now 7:20am and I'm drinking tea and blinking happily at the world.'
September 2007 Debut of the Month. An intriguing fantasy novel, fast paced and action packed, you feel the heroine, Yelena, barely has time to catch her breath before she is running for her life again. Constantly watching her back for unknown assassins and facing danger each day, by being food taster to the Commander of Ixia, this young girl is determined, headstrong and thoroughly likeable. This is the first in a series that leaves plenty of scope for Yelena’s world to expand in the forthcoming books. Click the screen below to view a trailer for this book. You can also visit the MySpace page for Yelena Zaltana by clicking here. The Study Series:1. Poison Study2. Magic Study3. Fire Study
September 2007 Debut of the Month. An intriguing fantasy novel, fast paced and action packed, you feel the heroine, Yelena, barely has time to catch her breath before she is running for her life again. Constantly watching her back for unknown assassins and facing danger each day, by being food taster to the Commander of Ixia, this young girl is determined, headstrong and thoroughly likeable. This is the first in a series that leaves plenty of scope for Yelena’s world to expand in the forthcoming books. Click the screen below to view a trailer for this book. You can also visit the MySpace page for Yelena Zaltana by clicking here.
Set in Stockholm in the early 1980s Let the Right One In focuses on what happens to an ordinary suburb when a vampire moves into the area. Writing in a gritty, realistic style Let the Right One In completely re-writes the rule book for vampire fiction. By taking its subject matter seriously and dispensing with the usual clichés it a hugely moving and relevant novel. The idea of the dangerous “other” living within our suburbs has never been more relevant and Let the Right One In looks at this in a surprising and powerful way.
The seventh and final instalment of the Harry Potter series. Also available as a CD Audiobook. The previous books in the series are as follows:-1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Also available as a CD Audiobook.2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Also available as a CD Audiobook. 3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Also available as a CD Audiobook.4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Also available as a CD Audiobook.5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Also available as a CD Audiobook.6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Also available as a CD Audiobook.
July 2007 Debut of the Month This is a gem of a book if you like your fantasy novels. The book is not just about one “wanderer” but several unique and interesting characters drawn from all spectrums of the fantasy realm. Plenty of magic and sorcery and fantastical names to satisfy the most die-hard fans of the genre.
Fantasy adventure on a grand scale featuring the wizard hero Richard Cypher of the Sword of Truth series. This is the tenth book in the sequence.Similar this month: None but try Lian Hearn.Comparison: Raymond E Feist, Robert Jordan, David Eddings.
This is a tale of intrigue and drama with thoroughly likeable characters who you are rooting for all the way through their various adventures. If Philip Pullman is your kind of author then give Stephen Hunt a try, he wonâ€™t disappoint.
Boldly Going … with a Bump!
Mankind has always looked to the heavens and wondered what’s out there. We have always lapped up stories of strange visitors, of gods and monsters, of things going bump under the bed. Using the extremes of human imagination to conjure worlds at the far reaches of darkness and light, this is a collection of authors who have the power to transport us to the vastest plains or the smallest black holes.
Horror fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, James Herbert will find a bloody pool of psychological mind-meddlers here to keep them shaking with delight.
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