Wednesday, 30 July 2014

New titles added to OneClickdigital

For July we have added 5 titles to the OneClickdigital collection:

Orange is the New Black Piper Kerman
The Killing: Book 3 David Hewson
The Time Traveller's Almanac: Experiments
The Unquiet House Alison Littlewood
The Vintage Girl Hester Browne

The Killing: Book 3 by David Hewson:
Detective Inspector for homicide, Sarah Lund, is contacted by old flame Mathias Borch from National Intelligence. Borch fears that what first appeared to be a random killing at the docks is the beginning of an attempt on Prime Minister Troels Hartmann’s life…

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman:
Now an original comedy-drama series from Netflix, Piper Kerman's bestselling memoir of the time she served in a US jail is fascinating, heartbreaking and hilarious.

You can download these e-Audiobooks for FREE on OneClickdigital. Simply log on to OneClickDigital to find out more.


Monday, 28 July 2014

The storyteller and his three daughters by Lian Hearn

The book is set in Tokyo beginning in the year 1884 against the background of Japan's first incursions into Korea. The Storyteller and His Three Daughters, is a story within a story with several layers of interest.

Sei is a reputed and professional storyteller, a master of the art - captivating audiences with his tales. The stress of his daughters’ marital problems and their return to live with him and his wife, Tae, along with increasing financial need leave him uninspired. He’s starting to feel that times are changing and his old ways of telling stories are no longer enough. He suffers prolonged writer’s block. Can he reinvent himself in a rapidly Westernising Japan?

Despite not being able to write, Sei cannot stop observing and speculating on the lives of the people around him and before long, finds himself creating a tale of love, jealousy, impending war, civilian unrest, political struggle and corruption. Often I am left with a smile as Sei muses over the everyday mundane and not so mundane such as ambition, power, greed and destruction.

Lian Hearn is a brilliant storyteller drawing upon Japanese storytelling techniques. The Storyteller and His Three Daughters combines history with entertainment, and comments on the nature of storytelling, creativity, life and the meaning of art. There are many humorous moments in this beautifully crafted prose which is witty, romantic, suspenseful and thought provoking. This is Lian Hearn (Gillian Rubinstein) at her very best.


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Friday, 25 July 2014

Man Booker 2014 Longlist announced!

This year the Man Booker trustees decided to consider authors from anywhere in the world, as long as their work is written in English and published in the UK. Previously only British and Commonwealth authors were considered for the prize. Six judges chose the following 13 books written by four Americans, six Britons, two Irish writers and one Australian:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour Joshua Ferris
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
The Blazing World Siri Hustvedt
J Howard Jacobson
The Wake Paul Kingsnorth
The Bone Clocks David Mitchell
The Lives of Others Neel Mukherjee
Us David Nicholls
The Dog Joseph O'Neill
Orfeo Richard Powers
How to be Both Ali Smith
History of the Rain Niall Williams

The longlist will be reduced to a shortlist of six titles which will be announced on Tuesday 9th September. The winning novel will be revealed on the 14th of October.

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. For more information on the Man Booker Prize, click here.

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Monday, 21 July 2014

The sky so heavy by Claire Zorn - Inky longlist finalist

It's Inky review time again!

For Fin it’s just like any other day—racing for the school bus, bluffing his way through class, and trying to remain cool in front of the most sophisticated girl in his universe. Only it’s not like any other day because, on the other side of the world, nuclear missiles are being detonated. When Fin wakes up the next morning, it’s dark, bitterly cold, and snow is falling. There’s no internet, no phone, no TV, no power, and no parents. Nothing Fin’s learned in school could have prepared him for this. With his parents missing and dwindling food and water supplies, Fin and his younger brother Max must find a way to survive all on their own. When things are at their most desperate, where can you go for help?

This book hooked me in with its thrilling and realistic look at a nuclear winter from an Australian viewpoint. Well written debut novel from Australian author Claire Zorn.
The plot turned when I thought it would twist. The tone was perfect. I worried for Fin and Max; they weren’t just characters in a book they jumped from the pages and took me with them on their journey. I found myself making contingency plans if nuclear war was to break out and survivors were left to their own devices facing a vicious nuclear winter.

A fabulous read which cries out for a sequel to be written. Highly recommend.

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Red Lights - DVD review

If you can persevere through the mediocre plotline and cheesy dramatics, there is possible merit to watching this movie. Trumpeted as the spiritual successor to The Sixth Sense on a cover review, Red Lights sets the viewer up for a twist in the tale. And indeed there is one, but it’s done in clumsy fashion, with a whole heap of self-explanation that should have been left to the viewer to ponder.

Psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy), her assistant are bent on debunking paranormal activity in all its forms. They come against an immovable obstacle in the form of Simon Silver, played by Robert De Niro. After 30 years out of the spotlight, Silver announces his comeback to psychic superstardom. Buckley develops an obsession with exposing Silver as a fraud, but escalating events lead both to a startling conclusion.

While some might have seen the twist coming, it is not exceedingly obvious. Perhaps it’s execution and overly self-reflective backtracking lead to an anti-climactic revelation that detracts from the intriguing premise. Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy play tolerably well-acted roles, though De Niro lacks his usual class. Overarching the film is the question of belief and a critique of the whole paranormal industry.


Monday, 14 July 2014

Zinio magazine of the month: Australian Handyman

Every issue of this magazine is packed full of step-by-step projects that turn the ordinary into extraordinary. Australian Handyman gives you great tips on how to improve both your outdoor and indoor area, as well as showcasing trends and projects that will beautify your home, save you money and at the same time give your home that unique feel of being ‘Your Home’.

This month’s issue looks at how you can overhaul your kitchen in just three days, and make instant improvements to your home by installing new gutters, hanging doors and putting down new paving, bark and gravel paths. There’s also a feature on plants, including a guide to planting roses, and how to get a tropical-style garden whatever the climate. Finally, the latest issue lists the best workbenches to build up your DIY space.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Enduring love by Ian McEwan

What were we running towards? I don’t think any of us would ever know fully. But superficially the answer was, a balloon.
Thus begins McEwans magnetic novel. His tone is careful and his prose observant, in this electric tale of love; obsessive, fleeting, enduring or otherwise.

McEwan doesn’t waste a moment beginning his story, throwing readers straight into the middle of the book’s action from the very first page. We think that what we’re witnessing is a ballooning accident, we know however, that it’s so much more.

Present at the scene of the accident, science writer Joe Rose narrates us through the ripple like consequences that ensue post That Day. What begins as a relatively reliable narration, as McEwan’s novel progresses, shows signs of unravelling at the seams. And so themes of memory and its accuracy, permanence and time start to weave themselves through McEwan’s narrative also.

Here or there an odd chapter or two is narrated by Rose’s wife Clarissa and fellow witness to the accident Jed, providing readers with a more rounded perspective of Rose’s character and the events of the novel. The greatest strength of the book, however, lies in McEwan’s masterful ability to create suspense; a suspense so convincing that it holds readers firmly in its grasp for the duration of the novel.

What happens after the ballooning accident that comes between Joe and his beloved Clarissa? Why is Jed such a significant aspect of the narrative? To whose love does the brave title of McEwan’s book refer?

Enduring Love is one of those books that demands its readers’ attention – and rightly so. It is, after all, about that little thing called love, and how we ‘do’ it.


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Monday, 7 July 2014

New fiction titles for July

Winter is here, which means rainy days, long cold nights and lots of reading time! We have the following titles, from some of your favorite authors, to help you hibernate with a good book and read away the winter months. You can place a hold via our online catalogue or come into one of our branches and ask for a recommendation from our friendly staff.

Last to know Elizabeth Adler
Zone of interest Martin Amis
New frontiers Ben Bova
Shots fired C.J Box
Shifting shadows Patricia Briggs
Mean streak Sandra Brown
Winter crown Elizabeth Chadwick
Personal Lee Child
Thin air Ann Cleeves
Adultery Paulo Coelho
Power play Catherine Coulter
Christmas in cowboy country Janet Dailey
Perfidia James Ellroy
Dark blood Christine Feehan
Edge of eternity Ken Follett
Secret place Tana French
Fast track Julie Garwood
Monogram murders Sophie Hannah
Fool’s assassin Robin Hobb
Reykjavik nights Arnaldur Indridason
Close to home Lisa Jackson
Sight unseen Iris Johansen
Murder 101 Faye Kellerman
Sandman Lars Kepler
Fall of Macharius William King
Courting trouble Kathy Lette
Behind closed doors Susan Lewis
Dishonour Gabrielle Lord
Love letters Debbie Macomber
Event in Autumn Henning Mankell
Skeleton Road Val McDermid
Kingdom of darkness Andy McDermott
Children act Ian McEwan
Bone clocks David Mitchell
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and years of pilgrimage Haruki Murakami
Lovely, dark, deep Joyce Carol Oates
Can you keep a secret? Caroline Overington
Private India James Patterson
Burn James Patterson
Long way home Louise Penny
Heroes are my weakness Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Paw and order Spencer Quinn
Bones never lie Kathy Reichs
Girl next door Ruth Rendell
Her last whisper Karen Robards
Festive in death J.D Robb
Unforgiven Sean Slater
Fatty O’Leary’s dinner party Alexander McCall Smith
Undiplomatic murder Margaret Truman
Paying guests Sarah Waters
Broken eye Brent Weeks
Sleeping late on judgement day Tad Williams
Cut and thrust Stuart Woods

Happy winter reading!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Miles Franklin winner for 2014 is…..

All the Birds, singing by Evie Wyld

Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. But something is coming for the sheep – every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags. It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake’s unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.

Set between Australia and a remote English island, All the Birds, Singing is the story of one how one woman’s present comes from a terrible past. It is the second novel from the award-winning author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice.

Evie will take home $60,000 in prize money. She is currently working on her next book.

For more information on the Miles Franklin awards visit their website.