Our Morayfield team have sent us a “Special Delivery” this weekend –
Reviews of titles they’ve ordered in and loved!
This is Black’s latest venture into the realm of faerie. I always enjoy Black’s spiky heroines, and Hazel here is no exception: small town social angst aside, she is living in the shadow of a childhood promise made to the faerie folk, to give them seven years of her life. She is not the only one in Fairfold with a debt to pay: her brother Ben has a musical gift that he refuses to use, and their friend Jack is a changeling withheld from his magical kin. Then there is the faerie prince sleeping in a casket in the woods. When the prince is woken, other dark creatures stir, and Hazel finds that her dream come true is nothing at all like she imagined…
I love how Black mixes modern America with folklore and fantasy, as well as her fast-paced and tangled plots. And how can you go past that gorgeous cover? Be sure to check out The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, too. – Amy (Store Manager)
Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick:
In Paris, in the year 1899, Marcel Despres is arrested for the murder of his wife and transferred to the famous Salpetriere asylum. There, the doctor assigned to his care realises he is no ordinary patient: Marcel Despres is Mister Memory, the man who cannot forget, the man cursed to remember his whole life in intimate detail. And the detective investigating Ondine Despres’ murder realises that this was no ordinary crime: why else would Marcel have been hurried off to hospital, and why are his superiors so keen for the whole affair to be closed? This murder involves something bigger and far stranger than a lover’s fight – something with links to the highest and lowest establishments in France. The doctor and the detective together must unravel the mystery, but the answers lie in Marcel’s head – and how can he tell what is significant when he remembers every moment of his entire life? Mister Memory is full of conspiracy, corruption and debauchery while being thought-provoking and surprisingly philosophical. An unforgettable read perfect for lovers of historical fiction and murder mysteries. – Zoe
Our intrepid narrator returns!
Ten years after the events of Fight Club the protagonist has settled down into the horrors of suburban life. He has a house, furniture, medication, things that tie him down. The nightmares of his past are long gone… Until Tyler Durden, the maniacal messiah of mayhem, comes knocking. Project Mayhem hasn’t given up, and a new wave has risen to threaten the world. Tyler Lives!
By popular demand and amidst a resurgence in interest in the author, Chuck Palahniuk revisits his most beloved characters, this time in a gorgeously illustrated hardcover graphic novel, replete with dark humour and Palahniuk’s brand of nihilistic cynicism. What are you waiting for? This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time. – Aaron
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye:
To anyone who enjoys novels set in wonderful historic settings and loves the mystery of magic The Crown’s Game just might be the next book you need in your life. This one takes place in the beautifully opulent world of Imperial Russia, so I knew it would be a book I needed to add to my collection. The lives that Vika Andreyeva and Nikolai Karimov envisaged for themselves change forever when the Tsar calls for a Crown’s Game. For them, this ancient duel will come down to one thing: who will survive? In Russia there is only room for one Imperial Enchanter, and both Vika and Nikolai want to fulfill their own ambitions and win. But they will have to wade through long-hidden secrets, the feelings that threaten their very existence, and the expectation that only one of them will stand next to the Tsar. I can’t wait to sit down and really get into this novel. It combines the history, magic and suspense that are just must-haves for a great read! – Ashleigh
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein:
In one of Heinlein’s most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind’s most alarming enemy.
This book lead to the production of the 1997 Starship Troopers film. It follows Juan ‘Jonnie’ Rico on a raid against the ‘Skinnies’, an alien race who have allied themselves with the main collective antagonist known as the Arachnids, or ‘Bugs’. The Bugs have spread from Human Colony to Human Colony, wiping out civilisation. To become a citizen in this universe you have to do one thing: join the good fight against the Bugs. This book will have you on the edge of your seat through to the very end. I’ll leave you with this, from Jonnie… ‘I always get the shakes before a drop. I’ve had the injections, of course, and hypnotic preparation, and it stands to reason that I can’t really be afraid. The Ship’s psychiatrist has checked my brain waves and asked me silly questions while I was asleep and he tells me that it isn’t fear, it isn’t anything important – it’s just like the trembling of an eager race horse in the starting gate. I couldn’t say about that; I’ve never been a race horse.’
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Lynda La Plante is an amazing crime fiction author. Reading The Red Dahlia made me want to read more of the series. The main character, Anna Travis, is working on a murder case that quickly escalates from one victim to another. With the sudden deaths of two young girls, it becomes evident that the killer is copying the infamous 1940s Los Angeles murders, the work of The Black Dahlia. Then the body of another young woman, Louise Pennal, is found dumped on a London riverbank. Forensics is shocked to find all of Louise’s blood drained, and her face covered with cuts. Louise’s killer then torments the team by sending in letters with newspaper cut outs for each word. Anna faces a race against time to put an end to the killings.
People with a love of mystery and crime, this book is perfect for you. – Danielle