Hello from our team at QBD Head Office!
In today’s spotlight we share with you some of our most recent reads:
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes:
I was lucky enough to go away on 2 weeks annual leave recently, so found myself with more than enough time on my hands to read a 900 page novel – I didn’t need it, I read it in 2 days flat. It had me gripped from the very beginning and I just couldn’t put it down. For a book of such length it really does move at quite a pace and certainly left me wanting more. It’s very cleverly written and Terry Hayes does an incredible job in letting the readers imagination take a hold. I guarantee that anyone who likes a great thriller in the mould of Bourne / Bond will love this book from beginning to end. – Andrew, Regional Manager
Magician by Raymond E Feist:
A medieval fantasy saga of epic proportions. The Kingdom has been invaded by strange warriors from unknown lands. Follow the journey of two boys, Pug and his close Friend Thomas as they develop into some of the most powerful beings in the universe and race to save the destiny of two worlds. ‘This was the book that began my passion for Science Fiction and Fantasy writing and I recommend it to everyone who has a similar love in this genre.’
Welcome to the Riftwar!! – Shaun, Regional Manager
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton:
I read this book as a teenager before the movie came out, and have re-visited it at least twenty times, to the extent that the pages are now falling out of my circa early 90’s hardcover edition. It was the kind of book I could read the last page and immediately turn the book over and start again. It was THAT good.
In Jurassic Park, Crichton has expertly blended engrossing, believable scientific research, exciting and terrifying action scenes, and a cautionary tale of corporate greed and espionage. He rivals Isaac Asimov in technique and credibility, matches Matthew Reilly in structure and pace, and generates fear and suspense that puts him in the same league as Stephen King. He has the unique ability to leave the reader feeling both educated and exhausted.
You know the premise of the book due to the success of the genre-defining movie franchise, which is one of the highest grossing of all time and revolutionised the way we look at cinematic special effects. Let me assure you though, just as Jurassic Park is the pinnacle of techno-thriller genre, it is also the perfect exemplar of the phrase “the book is better than the film”. Jurassic Park the novel goes one step further, it bites the movie’s head clean off. – Jeremy, Regional Manager
The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas:
Nicole put me onto this series and I naively assumed it was a trilogy and all the books had been released (I was so wrong about that and I’m waiting impatiently for the next book like everyone else). I’m a pretty big fantasy reader but it has been a while since I read fantasy and loved it as much as I did this series. I fell in love with the characters straight away and had so much fun with Celaena Sardothien, she’s sassy and headstrong and totally badass. – Kate, QBD Buyer
The Queen of The Tearling by Erika Johansen:
The Queen of the Tearling is the story of a young woman who has been raised in hiding, who must now reclaim her dead mother’s throne.
In a world ravaged by war and built on secrets and lies, Kelsea must claim her throne to save her people and realm from the clutches of war. But first she must stay alive.
If you love fantasy with a strong female lead, you’ll love this! A great read for fans of Kristin Cashore, Maria V. Snyder or Sarah J. Maas. – Nicole, QBD Buyer
The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner:
I really enjoyed reading the maze runner series. Thomas took you on an action adventure where you never really knew who was going to live or die.
A group of teenagers with their memories removed have to learn to create order and find their way through a maze with deadly mechanical creatures, then cross a scorched landscape full of variables and people trying to kill them, never knowing who to trust. People are dying or going mad with disease and time is running out for a cure to be found. This series keeps you enthralled until the very end. – Ros, Administration
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts:
It is almost impossible to write a review for Shantaram that would give it the credit it deserves. This book is definitely a must read, an epic journey of self-discovery to be savoured. Do not be put off by its size. Once you start, it will not be long before the beauty of this book will be revealed. With colourful and diverse characters, a myriad of wonderfully written and thought provoking quotes and passages throughout, this book will stay with you long after you’re done. – Donna, Administration
Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews:
Greg Gaines and his friend Earl make films, and not always good ones, but it is what they do. To be more precise, it is what they did. Once Rachel was force-fed into their lives, everything turned upside down.
After reading The Fault in Our Stars, I was not ready for another tear-jerker, but this line got me hooked and I had to read this book: “This book contains precisely zero Important Life Lessons, or Little Known Facts About Love, or sappy tear-jerking Moments When We Knew We Had Left Our Childhood Behind for Good, or whatever.”
The first person narrative of this book is completely enveloping. You get drawn in by Greg’s sarcastic humour, Earl’s rough, other-side-of the-tracks attitude, and Rachel’s sweetness and you just never want to leave. And even though you know at the outset that Rachel is going to die, you still kind-of hope she won’t, just so you can linger a little longer. – Shannon, Marketing