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Reviewsday: Legend Of Drizzt – Homeland

Early last year I got into a weekly show on Twitch called Critical Role, where a group of my favourite voice actors play Dungeons and Dragons together. After binge watching the 50 something episodes around at the time I absolutely needed more of the magic, the action, the adventure! So into work I came and picked up the first couple of books in this series and it did not disappoint!

Each book is it's own adventure, following the main character, Drizzt, as he explores and discovers a vast, complex world full of intriguing and wondrous creatures and cultures. The character development is solid, but it is written in such a way that it's easy to come back to if you don't feel like spending the next chunk of your lifetime tackling the entire mass of novels.

I'd recommend this series to all fantasy fans, whether you have knowledge of the lore of the games or not. The only struggle I have faced as a complete novice myself is needing to google some creatures every now and then so I can figure out exactly what they look like... But otherwise I will be quite happily enjoying these books for the coming years of my life.

~ Megan, QBD Charlestown

Victorians! Get 2 FREE* Disney Books!

Get 2 FREE* Disney books over 2 big Sundays at QBD Books!

Head to Piston Peak with Dusty Crophopper from Disney’s Planes to train as a firefighter and join Anna, Elsa, Olaf and all their friends from Frozen on their epic journey to save Arendelle from an icy future.

The Sunday Herald Sun is giving you the chance to redeem 2 FREE* Disney activity books over 2 big weekends at participating QBD Books stores in Victoria.

To receive your FREE* book valued at up to $10, simply present the original token from the Sunday Herald Sun on May 21 or May 28 at any participating QBD Books store.

May 21 - Choose from 3 FREE* Planes: Fire & Rescue storybooks and activity packs.

May 28 - FREE Frozen Colouring Book with over 300 pages

*Paper and book max $3. Offer available at participating QBD Books stores in VIC on 21/5/17 - 11/6/17 (Planes) and 28/5/17 - 18/6/17 (Frozen), strictly while stocks last. One book per original token from hardcopy (not digital) newspaper only.

PARTICIPATING QBD STORES

Doncaster: Westfield Doncaster, 619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, VIC 3108 (03 9840 7955)

Plenty Valley: Cnr McDonalds Road and Civic Drive, Mill Park, VIC 3082 (03 9404 2822)

Epping: Pacific Epping, Cnr High & Cooper Sts, Epping, VIC, 3076 (03 8405 3711)

Fountain Gate: Westfield Fountain Gate, 352 Princes Highway, Narre Warren VIC 3805 (03 8726 0129)

Eastland: Eastland Shopping Centre, 171 - 175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood VIC 3134 (03 8813 0217)

Highpoint: Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120-200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong VIC 3032 (03 8330 2706)

Southland: Westfield Southland, 1239 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192 (03 8512 0257)

Northland: Northland Shopping Centre, Murray Road, Preston, VIC, 3072 (03 8414 2177)

Woodgrove: Woodgrove Shopping Centre, 533 High St, Melton West VIC 3337 (03 8798 0000)

Werribee: Pacific Werribee, Heaths Road, Werribee VIC 303003 (8780 9111)

Knox City: Westfield Knox , 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152 (03 8813 0324)

Geelong: Westfield Geelong, 95/97 Malop St, Geelong, VIC 3220 (03 5201 0313)

FAQs

Q. Can I get the books from newsagents, supermarkets or petrol stations?
A. No, the books are only available from QBD Book stores in Victoria.

Q. Can I get more than one book?
A. Yes, however you will need to purchase the corresponding number of papers. e.g. If you want two books you will need to buy two papers.

Q. In which states are the books available?
A. Books are available from participating QBD Books stores in Victoria only.

Q. Do I need to pay for the book?
A. The book is free with purchase of the Sunday Herald Sun (RRP $3) on 21/5/17 or 28/5/17 upon presentation of an original token (not digital) at Victorian QBD stores, strictly while stocks last.

*If you have any questions about this promotion please contact us

Team Elizabeth’s Epic Reads!

Our awesome Elizabeth team catch us up on what they have been reading today!
From musician's biographies to graphic novels, there's something for everyone.

Set The Boy Free by Johnny Marr:

Set The Boy Free is the story of musician Johnny Marr, the founder, producer, arranger, guitarist and songwriter of one of the greatest bands to come out of Manchester.... The Smiths.

I have been a fan of The Smiths since I was in high school. The Smiths music remains a huge influence on musicians still to this day. It's not a surprise that such a talented musician would also be a great writer. Johnny takes us through his early childhood love for music, his first guitar and his desire to write and play music from a young age. Of course the main part of this story is the story of The Smiths. This is the story I really wanted to know: How Johnny and his musical partner, Stephen Morrissey started the band and their work practices. Only together for a very short time, The Smiths disbanded under strange circumstances and to this day, have never reconciled. Johnny explains what happened at the time from his point of view, and delves into his relationship with The Smiths singer and lyricist. Morrissey may have a different story to tell, but this is Johnny's truth of The Smiths. Of course The Smiths was only the beginning of his music career and the book goes through all his work following, including his recent collaboration with award winning film music composer Hans Zimmerman. Johnny also touches on his addictions over time and the life changing consequences of becoming a father.

This is must read for any fan of The Smiths, and for anyone who loves great music in general. - Mark

The Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann:

In the latest narrative non-fiction masterpiece from David Grann - author of The Lost City of Z – we are taken back to 1920's Oklahoma, home to both the Osage Indian Nation and (in contemporary $$$) half a billion dollars worth of oil. Grann's work is a devastating glimpse into the violence and corruption of the past, beginning with the influence of colonialism and the displacement of Native Americans, culminating in the unfathomable influences of hatred and greed that encouraged murderers and conmen to their heart's content.

As the black gold transforms the OIN into the richest people per capita in the world at that time, they became the prime targets of murder and corruption. At the bloody hands of white businessmen, politicians and law enforcement hell bent on the theft of wealth and land rights, over sixty people were murdered, in cold blood. With a fledgling FBI struggling with the investigation, and the body count rising, J. Edgar Hoover finds an ally in Tom White: former Texas Ranger and pure, relentless detective - to work undercover amidst one of the most violent and devastating conspiracies in American History. A tale told from three perspectives, readers feel manifestations of power and fear, as shocking, true events unfold with the theatricality of films from the Wild West. In truth, the Oklahoma oil boom of the 20s generated enough revenue to eclipse the gold rush, four fold. Killers of the Flower Moon is the unravelling of a cover-up, a tragedy that has permeated generations since, and a critical examination of the awful things humans will do to each other for power, for money, and for oil...even today.

You will love this book if you enjoyed Upton Sinclair's There Will Be Blood, Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, or (especially) Phillip Meyer's The Son. - Amy

The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince by Mayte Garcia:

There are not many people on this planet who have been a part of the private life of the legendary musician, Prince. His shocking passing at the age of 57 brought with it many stories about Prince, from many people who never really knew him quite the way Mayte Garcia did. At the time, Mayte didn't speak to any media about her life with Prince. Mayte was married to Prince for 3 years, was a member of his dance team for longer and the mother of his only child, who passed not long after being born. They held a special bond that only Mayte can reveal in this beautifully written book.

Mayte opens the book with a prologue that hypnotises you into her story, not unlike the way a belly dancer moves to captivate her audience. This story is also her story, the story of a dancer and how she made dancing her life. A life that would eventually become a part of Prince's life... and any Prince fan just wants to know a little bit more. - Mark

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn:

"Concentration, focus, long-term thinking. Those are the qualities that separate a warrior from a mere flailing fighter."

Thrawn is the origin story of Grand Admiral Thrawn, and his relentless rise to power. This epic story uncovers the events that shaped one of the most iconic, cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire - first introduced in Timothy Zahn’s classic Star Wars books Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command.

Thrawn follows the Imperial military commander's rise to power, using logic and reasoning to plan out his next steps, even when they feel improbable to those surrounding him. Thrawn proves to have a singular tactical mind, one that Emperor Palpatine personally recognises and recruits into his military.

Thrawn is sent off to an Imperial academy, where he distinguishes himself as a brilliant tactical commander as he hunts down pirates and a group of insurgents. This version of Thrawn is indistinguishable from the original 1991 version. Thrawn appreciates art and recognises its value in understanding an enemy. He’s a strategic thinker, one who plans his moves carefully, rather than using aggression and strength to achieve his goals.

For the fans that have known and loved Thrawn from Timothy Zahn's previous works they'll be glad to know he has been preserved exactly how we would have expected. As a long time Star Wars fan and EU reader, Thrawn is a book I assumed would never happen following Disney's takeover of Lucasfilm. As someone whom has gradually accepted the new canon, the book is an awesome resurrection of one of the extended universe’s brightest points and coolest villains. - Todd

Michael In Pictures by Richard Simpkin:

Richard Simpkin's relationship with INXS started very earlier in their career: This book features hundreds of never-before-seen pictures of one of Australia's greatest ever rock stars, Michael Hutchence. Michael encouraged Richard to turn his hobby for taking pictures into a photography career. He has gone on to shoot many important people over the years including Nelson Mandela, Audrey Hepburn, Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt. Richard Simpkin was a fan from the very beginning and took one of the last ever pictures of Michael, before his death in 1997.
This book is a brilliant read amongst the hundreds and hundreds of photographs. Beautifully presented and a must for any INXS fan. Get this while they are in stock, they wont last long! - Mark

The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin & George Perez & Ron Lim:

An epic crossover to stand the test of time (and space!).

Collecting the original story from the early 90's, Infinity Gauntlet is an incredibly fun read full of absolutely ridiculous double page spreads of wonderfully illustrated cosmic battles. Marvel collects heroes from The Avengers and The X-Men to The New Warriors and the mysterious Adam Warlock (set to arrive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Guardians of the Galaxy 3!). We follow Thanos as he holds, what is quite honestly, a ludicrous amount of power in his attempts to impress Mistress Death.

While the illustrations aren't exactly the prettiest when compared to modern standards, the sheer scope and size of this event makes this story well worth a read (especially with the upcoming Marvel films venturing into this territory!). - Brayden

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Book-A-Like: Chasing The Scream & Ice Age

Confronting and illuminating, the war on drugs is highlighted in all it's ugly glory in today's QBD Book-A-Like.

True and shocking stories of people across the world whose lives have been affected by drugs feature in both of these absorbing books. 

Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari:

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three- year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs to uncover its secrets - and he found that there is a startling gap between what we have been told and what is really going on. As strange as it may seem at first, drugs are not what we have been told they are; addiction is not what we think it is; and the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens.

In Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his startling discoveries entirely through the true and shocking stories of people across the world whose lives have been transformed by this war. They range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for her mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out. It begins with Hari's discovery that at the birth of the drug war, Billie Holiday was stalked and killed by the man who launched this crusade - while it ends with the story of a brave doctor who has led his country to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results.

Chasing the Scream lays bare what we really have been chasing in our century of drug war - in our hunger for drugs, and in our attempt to destroy them. This book will challenge and change how you think about the most controversial - and consequential - question of our time.

Ice Age by Luke Williams:

A topical, insightful investigation into a drug that has taken a ferocious grip on societies around the world — told by a man intimately acquainted with it.

Luke Williams was a freelance journalist researching addiction to crystallised methamphetamine (commonly known as crystal meth or ice) when the worst possible thing happened — he became addicted himself. Over the next three months, he was seduced by the drug and descended into psychosis.

This confronting and illuminating story charts Luke's recovery from the drug, and his investigation into its usage and prevalence in Australia and the Western world. In examining what led to his addiction, Luke also explores the social problems that surround ice, scrutinising whether its abuse is in fact an epidemic, with what we're experiencing now merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg, or yet another moral panic about the underclass. Luke traces the history of methamphetamine from its legal usage in the early 20th century to its contemporary relevance as one of the most foreboding and talked-about illicit drugs in the world, and his search for answers sees him visiting meth labs, interviewing addicts and law-enforcement officials, and witnessing firsthand the effects of the drug on individuals, families, and the healthcare system.

Combining memoir with reportage, The Ice Age is a vital, compelling first-person account, and an investigation into a drug that is fast becoming the subject of national discussion throughout the Western world.