Monday, 30 April 2012

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones is the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. The first volume of glorious high fantasy tells the tragic story of treachery, greed and war that threatens the unity of the Seven Kingdoms south of the Wall. Martin unfolds with astonishing skill a tale of truly epic dimensions, thronged with memorable characters, a story of treachery and ambition, love and magic. Set in a fabulous world scarred by battle and catastrophe over 8000 years of recorded history, it tells of the deeds of men and women locked in the deadliest of conflicts and the terrible legacy they will leave their children. In the game of thrones, you win or you die.

A Game of Thrones has now been made into a TV series with George Martin serving as a producer, creative consultant and scriptwriter on the series. The television series closely follows the multiple storylines of the A Song of Ice and Fire series and Martin has stated that the show's pilot script was very faithful to his work. Highly anticipated since its early stages of development, Game of Thrones has been very well received by viewers and critics. It was nominated for several awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series and a Golden Globe for Best Television Series- Drama. The second season is currently being filmed.

The library has copies of all the books in the series as well as the first season on DVD. Check our library catalogue to reserve your copy and discover what the hype is all about.


Monday, 23 April 2012

New fiction titles for May

Into the darkness Virginia Andrews
Innocent David Baldacci
Bridge of dreams Anne Bishop
Big cat nap Rita Mae Brown
Gypped Carol Higgins Clark
Lost years Mary Higgins Clark
Power trip Jackie Collins
Threats and promises Barbara Delinksy
Midnight man Paul Doherty
No time like the present Nadine Gordimer
Deadlocked Charlaine Harris
In one person John Irving
Afraid to die Lisa Jackson
Trader’s sister Anna Jacobs
What doesn’t kill you Iris Johansen
Born of silence Sherrilyn Kenyon
Nightmare Lars Kepler
Wind through the keyhole Stephen King
Bring up the bodies Hilary Mantel
Capitol murder Phillip Margolin
Red Hotel Graham Masterton
Mountain Drusil Modjeska
Home Toni Morrison
Forerunner factor Andre Norton
Sunless sea Anne Perry
Crystal gardens Amanda Quick
Last boyfriend Nora Roberts
Come home Lisa Scottoline
Sidney Sheldon’s angel of the dark Sidney Sheldon & Tilly Bagshawe
After the rain Nicola Thorne
That’s how I roll Andrew Vachss
Rising thunder David Weber
Rage of the dragon Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Death of an artist Kate Wilhelm

Place FREE holds through the Catalogue or ask Library Staff about these books

Monday, 16 April 2012

Poet’s Cottage by Josephine Pennicott

When Sadie inherits Poet's Cottage in the Tasmanian fishing town of Pencubitt, she sets out to discover all she can about her notorious grandmother, Pearl Tatlow. Pearl was a children's writer who scandalised 1930s Tasmania with her behaviour. She was also violently murdered in the cellar of Poet's Cottage and her murderer never found. Sadie grew up with a loving version of Pearl through her mother, but her aunt Thomasina tells a different story, one of a self-obsessed, abusive and licentious woman. And Pearl's biographer, Birdie Pinkerton, has more than enough reason to discredit her. As Sadie and her teenage daughter Betty work to uncover the truth, strange events begin to occur in the cottage. And as the terrible secret in the cellar threads its way into the present day, it reveals a truth more shocking than the decades-long rumours.

Poet’s Cottage is a ghostly mystery which spans three generations and covers themes of mental illness, infidelity, childhood abuse and the dramas of a small town in the 1930’s. The chapters alternate between the lead up to Pearl’s death in 1936, using excerpts from Birdie’s memoir Webweaver, and the present day with Sadie and Betty. I loved Poet’s Cottage and found it to be an absorbing novel entwined with plenty of mystery, secrets and intrigue. The book is beautifully written and has a similar feel to Kate Norton’s books, who is another author that I love. I can thoroughly recommend this novel.


Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Maine by Courtney Sullivan

The Kelleher clan's beachfront holiday house creaks under a weight of secrets. Won in a bar-room bet after the War, it is a place where cocktails follow morning mass, children eavesdrop, and ancient grudges fester. One summer, three generations of Kelleher women descend on the shore. Kathleen, finally sober, hoped never to set foot there again. Maggie, pregnant, has left her hopeless boyfriend. Ann-Marie, bound to the family by marriage, fantasizes about an extra-marital affair. In the middle of all this is matriarch Alice, who drinks to forget her failings as a parent and the events of a single night, decades before. As changeable as the sea in front of their house, the Kelleher family is by turns fierce and loving, cruel and unforgiving. Maine is a novel of sibling rivalry and painful secrets, alcoholism and denial; it lays bare the paradoxical nature of family and the love that we are bound to, no matter how savage the storm.

Maine is a beautifully written book which was quite easy to read. This book was more like a character study than a plot driven novel, with each chapter alternating between the four women. The women had been through a lot in their lives... but they never seemed able to move past any of it. I was hoping for some resolution by the end of the book but the book just ends, leaving the reader to come to their own conclusion. I think Maine would appeal to book clubs as it does invite a lot of discussion about the characters, but for a reader like me who likes nice neat endings, it was a little disappointing.


Monday, 2 April 2012

Secrets of a lazy French cook by Marie-Morgane Le Moel

When Marie, an adventurous French journalist, decides to try life as a foreign correspondent in Australia, it′s a steep learning curve. How to get invited to the best election events, how to get a word in edgewise at press conferences when pushy Australian writers keep interrupting, and how to make new friends - especially when Immigration has firmly suggested your French-Canadian fiancĂ© must go home. Luckily having a suitcase full of Maman′s recipes helps when homesickness hits, and it turns out the pushy Australian writer loves her galette des rois ...
But will Marie ever feel that she belongs in her adopted country? You can take the girl out of France, but can you ever take France out of the girl?

Marie has written a charming part memoir, part French recipe book. It tells the story of her experiences in Australia, incorporating her mother’s amazing French recipes, cooking tips and the stories behind particular dishes. At the close of each chapter is a recipe that somehow, magically, and wonderfully, fits into the story. Like for the time when Marie, as a teenager, would only eat vegetables - fittingly, the recipe at the close of that chapter is ratatouille. Other recipes you can enjoy are Le Croque-Monsieur, Cherry Clafoutis, and Poulet Basquaise. Secrets of a Lazy French Cook is a must-read if you fancy a spot of reading, and a little bit of lazy French cooking.