Monday, 28 November 2011

New fiction titles for December

Treasury Maeve Binchy
Backstreet child Harry Bowling
Farrans of Fellmonger Street Harry Bowling
Death benefit Robin Cook
Crescent dawn: a Dirk Pitt novel Clive Cussler
Fall of giants Ken Follett
Scottish prisoner Diana Gabaldon
Blood counter Robert Goddard
V is for vengeance Sue Grafton
Down the darkest road Tami Hoag
Shadow story Jennifer Johnston
Blood games Faye Kellerman
77 Shadow Street Dean Koontz
Forever Rumpole John Mortimer
Spider goddess Tara Moss
Sunday books Mervyn Peake
Christmas with Miss Read Miss Read

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Monday, 21 November 2011

Carte blanche by Jeffery Deaver

A thoroughly enjoyable read. I have been a fan of James Bond for many years and love the sheer entertainment of the movies.

This latest novel from the much renowned Jeffery Deaver is fast moving with lots of turns and weaving. What I also liked was the high standard of writing without the need for the reader to be subjected to swearing and bad language. This proves an author can write a good story with excellent dialogue.

It was a bold move to invite Jeffrey Deaver to write another James Bond novel after he declared his childhood love of Fleming. It was at the 2004 Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award that Deaver won that Ian Fleming Publications approached him to see if he would be interested in writing the next Bond book.

The plot returns James Bond in a contemporary thriller. 'The face of war is changing. The other side doesn't play by the rules much anymore. There's thinking, in some circles, that we need to play by a different set of rules too...' Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected. And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission.

I found myself intrigued right from the start and if you like fast moving plots with good writing then you will certainly enjoy this.


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Clipper Audiobooks now available to download

Downloadable Clipper eAudiobooks are now available free online via the library catalogue “search & renew & eAudio books” web page. There are over 600 bestselling current and classic titles in the Clipper DL Collection, including many selections for children. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, borrowers can download unabridged audio books in the comfort of their own home. All that is required is a PC with internet access. A significant number of titles available in the Clipper DL catalogue are iPod compatible, so users can transfer their favourite book to their personal media player and listen wherever they are. Just download and go!

Here are some key points about Clipper DL:

• You only need to register for access once, then
• Simply Sign In via the Clipper button to start your search
• 5 new titles are added to the collection each month
• Each title offers unlimited availability and simultaneous access for all borrowers, so every library user can download all the latest bestsellers at the same time, making waiting lists a thing of the past.
• You can have up to 10 active titles at any given time
• Borrowing is for a maximum of 21 days – the file then becomes inactive after this period due to Digital Rights Management, but the title can be downloaded again
• Some titles are only Windows Media Player compatible but this is clearly indicated on the audiobook record

Ask our friendly staff for assistance or access directly online by clicking on the Clipper DL link on this blog. We have also posted a first time user registration guide as well as a general Clipper DL user guide online to help you get started.

Happy listening!


Friday, 11 November 2011

Language of flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

This was recommended by a friend as a ‘cannot put it down’ read. I have thoroughly enjoyed the book right from the start. The storyline is gritty and the clever narrative uses a Victorian era dictionary of flower language to link and convey the emotions and communications of the key character, Victoria Jones.

Victoria Jones was an abandoned child evicted from many group homes but through one of these experiences and a relationship with Rosemary her foster mother at the time she learns this floral language, and upon her emancipation at age 18, eventually finds a job with a caring florist. A chance meeting at a flower market forces her to confront her past and learn to love and trust again. Diffenbaugh's extraordinary debut brings forth in elegant prose the emotions of anger and mistrust, love and loss, and the possibilities for a second chance at happiness.”

Mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written this will stay with me as one of my favourite books.


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

New fiction titles for November

Zero day David Baldacci
Angels of vengeance John Birmingham
Drop Michael Connelly
Red mist Patricia Cornwell
Micro Michael Crichton
Prague cemetery Umberto Eco
Song of the Quarkbeast Jasper Fforde
Kill shot Vince Flynn
Litigators John Grisham
Silence Rodney Hall
Winding road Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Dovekeepers Alice Hoffman
Beloved of Isis Christian Jacq
Trader’s wife Anna Jacobs
Guardian Sherrilyn Kenyon
Prague fatale Philip Kerr
11/22/63 Stephen King
Daniel Henning Mankell
Foal’s bread Gillian Mears
Cold light Frank Moorhouse
Opal desert Di Morrissey
Tiger men Judy Nunn
Snuff Terry Pratchett
Next always Nora Roberts

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Monday, 7 November 2011

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is a tale of two young magicians, Celia and Marco, bound by their very different instructors to participate in a battle of skill and creativity using their own unique methods. A richly beautiful night circus called Le Cirque des RĂªves (The Circus of Dreams) is created as the venue for their challenge, where only one can be the victor. Consequences may be inevitable as their competition doesn't only impact them, but their fellow circus performers and associates as well. The delicate tight-knit web depends on Celia and Marco more and more but as time passes by are they able to handle the heavy burden that grows as long as the game goes on?

I loved this book. It captivated me from the first page and continued to keep me under its spell until the very last page. It is beautifully written and the descriptions are so wonderfully vivid that I could easily imagine myself wandering around the circus. Erin Morgenstern has an amazing imagination and, as this her debut novel, I look forward to reading more of her books in the future. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to be swept away into a colourful and fascinating world.