Monday, 29 April 2013

New fiction titles for May

The following titles are now available for your reading pleasure. Use our online catalogue to place your hold or drop into one of our branches and ask staff for assistance or recommendations.
Remember, all holds are free of charge.

Deadly virtues Jo Bannister
Elves: beyond the mists of Katura James Barclay
Perfect ghost Linda Barnes
Tapestry of fortunes Elizabeth Berg
Dying hours Mark Billingham
Children of kings Marion Zimmer Bradley
Breaking point C.J. Box
Gate thief Orson Scott Card
Protector CJ Cherryh
Sweet tea revenge Laura Childs
Pirate alley Stephen Coonts
Evil in all its disguises Hilary Davidson
Kill room Jeffery Deaver
Last of days Paul Doherty
Heist Janet Evanovich
Wicked ambition Victoria Fox
Bricks and mortality Ann Granger
Family pictures Jane Green
Lost abbot Susanna Gregory
Theodore Boone: the activist John Grisham
Dead ever after Charlaine Harris
Bad monkey Carl Hiaasen
9th girl Tami Hoag
And the mountains echoed Khaled Hosseini
Something wicked Lisa Jackson
Pray for the dying Quintin Jardine
River of stars Guy Gavriel Kay
Ophelia cut John Lescroat
One heart to win Johanna Lindsey
Little white lies Leslie Lokko
Sleight of hand Philip Margolin
Gameboard of the gods Richelle Mead
Gotcha! Fern Michaels
Last threshold R.A Salvatore
Don’t go Lisa Scottoline
Tales of Majipoor Robert Silverberg
Shadow of freedom David Weber
Unintended consequences Stuart Woods

Happy reading!


Monday, 22 April 2013

The Superheroes have arrived!

Greater Dandenong Libraries
has a new collection of Young Adult Comics. There are regular subscriptions to some great Marvel, DC and Dark Horse titles that include Batman: The Dark Knight, Teen Titans, Avenging Spider-man, Catwoman, Fantastic Four, All new X-men, and Wonder Woman.
There is also a big array of other comic book titles for you to sample. Take home a Superhero on your next visit to the library.


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

New e-book titles available via Overdrive

You can now download the following titles to your computer or mobile device:

Belomor by Nicholas Rothwell
Cat & Fiddle by Leslie Jorgensen
Darkness descending by Christobel Kent
Evidence of life by Barbara Taylor Sissel
Floundering by Romy Ash
Holiday murders by Robert Gott
Lawless by Matt Bondurant
Legacy of lies by Joann Ross
The Limit by Riikka Pulkkinen & Lola Rogers
No way back by Matthew Klein
The Paperboy by Pete Dexter
A place of hope by Anna Jacobs
Railwayman’s wife by Ashley Hay
The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion
Saving Grace by Fiona McCallum
Steeplechase by Krissy Kneen
The Vision by Heather Graham

Future proofing Australia by Brett Mason & Daniel Wood
Gallipoli by Ashley Ekins
Things I didn’t expect (when I was expecting) by Monica Dux

High sobriety by Jill Stark
Joyful strains by Kent MacCarter
Waging peace by Anne Deveson

Teen fiction:
The Collector by Victoria Scott
Head over high heels by Kate Forster

Once the item has been downloaded to your computer you can enjoy it immediately or you can transfer the eBook to a variety of devices. Remember titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees.


Monday, 15 April 2013

Vanished by Liza Marklund

Being a keen reader of Scandanavian crime I had no hesitation in picking up Marklund’s latest. This is another installment of the featuring 'Evening Post' reporter Annika Bengtzon following on from Exposed. This can be read without having read the previous book.

Marklund brings her experiences of working in the newspaper trade to good use in this very compelling sequel. Annika is actually just working in the capacity of copy-editor, her past having had a bearing on her current role at the newspaper. As the novel commences, two bodies have been found out at a Stockholm port and a woman is on the run from a gunman. At the newspaper, Annika takes a call from a mysterious woman wanting the newspaper to run a story about her organisation, the 'Paradise Foundation', which, she claims, exists to help people disappear, to escape from troubled pasts. Annika starts to look into the woman and the organisation, and realises that things aren't all as they first seemed.

The plot is many faceted bringing in aspects of eastern Europe mafia and graft, the Swedish democratic background and to me the development and maturing character of Annika.

Read in record time given the novel is quite big this is fast-paced crime at its best. I really enjoyed reading it, I like this author's style of writing, and felt like the plot carried me along.


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Monday, 8 April 2013

Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mum.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette is written from the perspective of several different characters through email exchanges, letters, as well as in the first person narration of Bee. It is wonderfully pierced together, leaving you slightly in the dark of where the story is taking you, right up until the end when the story comes together beautifully. Maria Semple was one of the writers for the TV show Arrested Development, which I loved, and I could see glimpses of the Bluth family in some of her characters. I really enjoyed the originality of the story and thought it was cleverly written and very, very funny. If you’re after something to read that’s a bit quirky, then I can recommend this book to you!


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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Miles of Reading Challenge 2013

The long list for the 2013 Miles Franklin award was announced on the 26th of March.

From an original list of 73 novels, half of which were written by female authors, the Judges have selected 10 novels for the 2013 longlist.

It includes eight female authors, five first time novelists, four previously shortlisted authors and one former double Miles Franklin Literary Award winner.

The 2013 longlist is:

Romy Ash – Floundering
Lily Brett – Lola Bensky
Brian Castro – Street to Street
Michelle de Kretser – Questions of Travel
Annah Faulkner – The Beloved
Tom Keneally – The Daughters of Mars
Drusilla Modjeska – The Mountain
M.L.Stedman – The Light Between Oceans
Carrie Tiffany – Mateship with Birds
Jacqueline Wright – Red Dirt Talking

This year the Foundation has also launched the Miles of Reading Challenge and are asking readers across the country to support Australian literature by reading at least one novel from the longlist. Once you have read a novel, post a review in the discussion forum to be in with a chance of winning a set of some of Miles Franklin's most famous books. They'll be giving away one set of books per week until the 30th April. So get involved and get reading!

The short list of this year’s award will be announced on the 30th of April and the winners on the 19th of June so stay tuned.


Fault line by Robert Goddard

It’s not often you come across a thriller that is actually thrilling. Goddard is a master of intrigue and suspense always having just one more twist in the tale. A very enjoyable read with excellent prose, clear language with strong characters and a good storyline.

A summary will get you started:

Not all scars are visible. Jonathan Kellaway needs no reminding of that on the verge of his retirement from china clay conglomerate Intercontinental Kaolins. The company has left its mark in pits and spoil heaps around the world. But it has also left a no less enduring mark on some of those who have worked for it, Kellaway included. Its past, as well as its future, is a treacherous place.

So Kellaway is surprised when IK's founder and former chairman, Greville Lashley, sets him a final task before he quits. The academic hired by the board to write the company's history has discovered a gap covering several years in the records of the small Cornish china clay outfit Lashley started with and where Kellaway also began his career. He is despatched to Cornwall to learn what has become of the missing documents.

But the search is a voyage into dangerous waters. A dead friend, a lost lover and a clutch of mysteries from Kellaway's youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late 1960s come back to haunt him -- and to tempt him with the hope that he may at last learn the truth about the tragedies and misfortunes that blighted those years. It is a truth that has claimed several victims before. If he pursues it hard and long enough, he may only add himself to the list.

But pursue it he must. Because the truth, he belatedly realizes, is the secret that has consumed his life. This time -- this last time -- he will not stop. Until he has found it.

Certainly one of Goddard’s best titles.


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