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Our Spotlight has lit up all the great reads our Chatswood team have been enjoying!
From thrillers to fantasy there's something here that everyone will enjoy.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch:

If you enjoy heist movies like Ocean's Eleven and TV shows like Hustle or Leverage, you'll love Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora. Set in a gritty Venice-like city where the rich live in high alchemical glass towers and the poor live by the squalid canals, the book follows the adventures of the sometimes incompetent and vastly unlucky Locke and his gang of thieves as they prey on the rich and powerful. The story is grim at times, with some truly awful events visited upon the main characters, but it is told with a great wit and is ultimately intensely satisfying. There are three books so far in the series, each one following on seamlessly from the last, while at the same time being a self-contained story. With a fourth one due out at some point in the future, I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a darkly humorous fantasy series.
- Eleanor, Store Manager

The Martian by Andy Weir:

Both an action story and a sci-fi thriller, The Martian is a suspenseful book which you won't be able to stop reading. Each chapter leaves you hanging as Mark, stranded on Mars after a catastrophe, struggles to survive and make his way home. Written in first person, you really get to know the main character and appreciate his dark yet optimistic sense of humour. Not many people could make jokes about being stranded on Mars with only a very slim chance of rescue! The author, Andy Weir, has done an incredible amount of research to deliver a scientifically feasible story which appeals to people of all ages and reading habits.
- Shoshana, Assistant Manager

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons:

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons is a wonderful novel that takes you through the chaos of World War 2 communist Russia to give a realistic perspective of the country's experience. The historical setting is gripping with just the right mix of drama and romance. I would definitely recommend this as it is a great read and I was compelled to continue on and finish the series. This is also a great read for those interested in historical fiction and is a terrific introduction to the period of WW2 Russia.
- Bianca

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham:

This is how a psychological thriller should be written. Michael Robotham’s new novel is a dark, twisted and shocking page turner. Agatha and Meghan, both pregnant, are both due at the same time but, like most psychological thrillers, things aren't always as they seem. Agatha admires Meghan's perfect little family from afar until one day while she's at work in the grocery store, Meghan comes in and they meet. They become unlikely friends but Meghan has no idea that Agatha is possibly not the friend she thought she was. The Secrets She Keeps provides shocks, thrills and real ‘deep intake of breath’ moments.
- Tina

Perfume by Patrick Suskind:

Patrick Süskind's Perfume: The story of a murderer, opens in the slums of 18th century Paris, where Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born as an unloved orphan. Yet he has been endowed with an extraordinary sense of smell. Perfume follows the obsessive genius Grenouille, as he murders unsuspecting young women in the pursuit of the ultimate perfume. Perfume is a dark, brooding and very unique novel. It feels similar in tone to the gloom, mystery and horror of Graeme Macrae Burnet's His Bloody Project, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016. I have heard Perfume accurately described as 'a cross between The Silence of the Lambs and a period drama.' Perfume is a horror at its core but its exploration of the cites, towns and landscapes of France create a mysterious and unique setting for the murderous plots of Grenouille. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to explore a more modern kind of gothic classic, inspired by the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe.
- Sacha

House of Names by Colm Toibin:

If you're looking for a book that blends historical fiction with the backstabbing family drama and 'domestic noir' that is so popular right now (e.g. Gone Girl and Pretty Baby), then this is it. House of Names by Colm Toíbín retells the classic Greek myth of Clytemnestra, who plots to kill her husband Agamemnon after he sacrifices their daughter, Iphigenia, to the gods. It's a chilling re-imagining that reads like a thriller and mystery. Each chapter gives the perspective of different members of Clytemnestra's family, all of which have been irrevocably affected by Iphigenia's death and Agamemnon's murder. The story masterfully interweaves the tale of a broken wife and mother with that of a vengeful daughter and naïve son, centring around the house of lies that they tiptoe within.
- Jamaica

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton:

Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet is a sprawling saga of two families unexpectedly brought together by unfortunate events. Each distinct character endures their own personal struggle and travels through life, coping with loss, poverty, and a struggling sense of identity. The exploration of race, class, family, unity and discovery defines the novel as uniquely Australian. The twists and turns of life are perfectly captured by Winton’s skilled writing. The relatability of each character drives this phenomenal novel, allowing any reader to thoroughly enjoy the book. The story of personal struggle ultimately leading to enlightenment and self-actualisation, is an inspiring, heart-warming novel that perfectly represents Australian literature.
- Tara

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh:

I Let You Go is an excellent psychological thriller that has twists and turns in ways that you won't expect. After a tragic accident, Jenna decides to move to the Welsh coast in a desperate attempt to flee her past. While all seems to be going smoothly, you can't always escape those that you're running from. In a split second, it seems that Jenna's past has caught up with her. This has to be one of the best books I've read this year. I've really sunk my teeth into the thriller genre, but if you're looking for something a bit different, something a little more unusual, I would definitely recommend giving 'I Let You Go' a read - you won't regret it!
- Jackie

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Spotlight on QBD Chatswood 2016

Our Chatswood team have been charmed by these great reads!


9780575130746The Fireman
by Joe Hill:

If you're ready to take your love of teen dystopian fiction into adulthood then this is the book for you. Don't be fooled by the bleak storyline of people trying to survive a wildfire of the spontaneous combustion plague engulfing the world. This book delivers plenty of familiar pop culture references with likeable "glowing" characters. If this book ever becomes a movie it would be one the first apocalyptic movies to have a sing along including references from Mary Poppins to Taylor Swift.
The story had me hooked from the start to finish, reminiscent of other books like The Firestarter and The Stand by Stephen King and also Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This book portrays a similar storyline of how the true horror of what is going on is created by humans and not the monsters portrayed in the story. - Chris (Store Manager)

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin:

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin is the first of what looks to be one of the most incredible fantasy series I've ever read. Set in a world wracked frequently by near-extinction level cataclysms, the people of the Stillness live in a permanent state of readiness for the next time the sky turns dark with ash - or worse. Yet none could ever have been prepared for the cataclysm which splits the world right at the start of the book.
Jemisin tell her story from three different points of view, all three of them orogenes: people who can control the earth, deciding whether to stop the quakes or cause them. These intertwining narratives will have you on the edge of your seat, desperate to find out what will happen next, and how anyone could possibly save the world from the cataclysm which has befallen it.
I cannot recommend this highly enough to fantasy readers. Jemisin's cast is diverse, each of them with their own motivations and desires, and the world she has built - and destroyed - is incredible in its dark viciousness. - Eleanor (Assistant Manager)

9780571191475Lord of the Flies by William Golding:

Lord of the Flies by William Golding is set on a deserted island where a plane has just crashed leaving only school boys alive and stranded. Forced to fend for themselves, the boys’ lives turn into a spiral of insanity. It’s a story of survival and chaos.
Although the book is about young boys, don’t be fooled into thinking that this book is for children. Full of gore and violence, this is no book for the weak-hearted. Fitting into the adventure genre with obvious elements of horror, this book is suited to teenagers and adults because they can relate to the youthful qualities and characters of the book but also they would enjoy the brutality of it. Its dark and gruesome story confronts the audience with the savagery that, according to Golding, dwells in all human kind. - Tara

Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples:

I first read this when I was in the dreaded post-Star Wars VII slump, and it absolutely delivered all the 'galactic space opera' that I needed. In simple terms it's about a pair of soldiers, on opposite sides of a galactic war, falling in love and attempting to raise a family in the midst of chaos. In actuality it's a wild, funny, and subversive drama about complex and bizarre people (read: people with TV heads, talking polar bears, spider bounty hunters...) just trying to survive. The art is excellent, the dialogue is sharp and witty, and the plot is amazing. A warning, however, it's not a read for the faint-hearted and definitely not for children. - Jamaica

9780141037691The Secret History by Donna Tartt:

A group of elite Classics students at an exclusive Vermont College are forced to explore their own morality following the murder of a classmate. Described as 'a murder mystery in reverse,' this brooding and atmospheric novel begins with the narrator revealing that a murder will take place and goes on to explore how the characters' consciences are transformed. Donna Tartt combines complex characters, plot-twists and a love for literature in a well-spaced, compelling novel in which you will feel like a part of the secret history of its central characters. - Sacha

Only Time will Tell by Jeffrey Archer:

Bought as a whim during one of my many bookshop wanderings, I’m so happy this book found its way into my hands because Jeffrey Archer doesn’t disappoint with this first instalment of the Clifton Chronicles. Delivered with his brilliant story telling and riveting style of writing, you will be sucked into the story of a young Harry Clifton, walking alongside him as he tackles the ups and downs of a scholarship at an elite British public school with a few Archer twists chucked in just for fun.
Only Time Will Tell follows Harry through his first 18 years; from the rumours surrounding the circumstances of his father’s death and a slight confusion over who his father may actually be to the start of the Second World War and Harry wanting, like so many others, to serve both Queen and country.
Archer will have your hands glued to this page turner and your heart will tremble for this poor young man thrust into situations he can’t control, leaving you wishing that everything was as easily fascinating as Archer's writing.
With the last in the chronicle set to be published in November, you have just enough time to read through the ones that come before it (if you put your life on hold), and you’ll want to once you start reading the first chapter! - Chantelle

9780732283742Ancient Future Trilogy 01: The Dark Age by Traci Harding:

Set in in England during the Dark Ages, this is the first book of a magical series written by local author Traci Harding. The story follows the heroine, Tory Alexander, as she explores a world filled with magic and Celtic myth. It is a must -read for any sci-fi fan, as it - and the entire series - beautifully blends the modern world with the medieval. - Bianca

The Beast's Garden by Kate Forsyth:

A haunting retelling of Beauty and the Beast, set in Nazi Germany. I loved the characters, and the story had me hooked from the start. - Jackie

9780356506647Chasing Embers by James Bennett:

An exciting new urban fantasy: Ben Garston is trying to live a normal life, but this is not always easy when you are a dragon. So far he seems to have been coping but, in a desert in Africa, an ancient power is awakening: one which will cause the mythical and modern worlds, which run alongside one another, to collide. Ben is drawn into the battle to preserve his way of life. This is a great read, the plot is good and the characters are varied and well portrayed. Looking forward to the next episode. - Tina

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Spotlight on QBD Chatswood

The spotlight has lit up Chatswood QBD this week and they have some fabulous reading recommendations!

9781444761184Doctor Sleep by Stephen King: This is the long awaited sequel to “The Shining”(1977). This follows a now grown up Danny's bumpy ride through life trying to tame his Shining powers. The story includes a range of telekinetic kids, psychic cats and a convoy of geriatric life-sucking vampires in camper-vans. This follows the traditional bizarre storytelling only found in a good Stephen King novel, and it is good to see King get back into his original writing style. I expect to see a rise in popularity with Stephen King novels as it is rumoured that It,The Stand, Cell, and 11:22:63 are all currently being adapted for the screen. -Chris (Store Manager)

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey: Part fantasy and part romance, Kushiel's Dart tells the story of a woman raised as a courtesan and a spy in whose hands lies the fate of several nations. This story of treason, love, war and survival set in a fantasy-style France is just too good to pass up, with a strong-willed heroine and a rich cast of supporting characters. There are two more books in the series, both of which are just as action-packed as the first. - Elle

9780552996181Behind the scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson: A story that will make you laugh, cry and empathise all at the same time. The story of family life as viewed by Ruby Lennox from conception, back in time to her grandmother and onto her own life. I enjoyed the journey and love Kate's quirky, sometimes dark sense of humour. Looking forward to her new novel which is out in May this year – A God in Ruins. - Tina

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: 'The Old Man and the Sea' is a classic fiction novel that captures a wonderful ocean adventure. The book takes you on a journey with an old fisherman, Santiago, as he wrestles to catch a giant Marlin in the Cuban Gulf Stream. Hemingway's writing transcends the readers into a world full of beautiful scenery that makes you feel you are a part of it. -Bianca

9781741758955The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows:  This is a truly endearing novel. You will fall in love with the eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Written purely in the form of letters, this book is easy to lose yourself in, and difficult to put down. It is perfect for anyone of any age, making it an ideal gift, and I have yet to meet a person who hasn't loved it. - Sacha

Anita Blake 01: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton: This books blends a gritty crime procedural with all the best from paranormal romance. The main character, Anita Blake, is by no means a simpering damsel. She spends more time cleaning her guns than fawning over anybody, much to the frustration of the city's most powerful vampire (who's dark, tall, and french.) Nontheless, it's definitely a fast-paced, witty, and sexy read and is great for fans of Katie McAlister and Richelle Mead's Storm Born series.- Jamaica

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult: Jodi Picoult perfectly encapsulates her signature drama with a 9781743318690historical twist in her novel, “The Storyteller”. Sage, a reclusive baker whose past continues to haunt her, strikes up an unlikely friendship with Joseph, a well-respected senior citizen loved throughout the community. As their friendship develops, Joseph asks Sage one request: to help him die.

This novel brings to light the deepest and darkest secrets of one’s past which, despite all efforts, can continue to plague one well into their future. Join Sage as she makes the toughest decision of her life – if one committed horrible acts of injustice in their life, who decided who should live, and who should be condemned to die? - Jackie

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk: An exciting, satirical and psychologically suspenseful novel, Fight Club allows you step into the shoes of an unnamed protagonist as his life is changed forever by the charismatic and mysterious Tyler Durden. There are themes revolving around the downfall of an image obsessed materialistic modern day society, where what you own can end up owning you, as well as the idea of rebirth through self-destruction and freedom in anarchy. - Michael

9780552778091The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce: A beautifully written tale of recently retired Harold Fry in his amateur pilgrimage across England in an attempt to save an old friend from her terminal case of cancer. Harold encounters various characters along the way and reminisces about the events of his past as he tries to find peace and acceptance. Joyce explores Harold's emotional journey in this engaging, easy to read novel, and details a different perspective in the equally touching sequel 'The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy.' - Mahalia

The Secret River by Kate Grenville: A masterfully written novel by one of Australia's best writers (in my opinion!) It's about a convict waterman who, upon gaining his ticket-of-leave in Australia, sets up his family home on the Hawkesbury River. As they become more attached to the land, they discover they are not alone... I love the portrayal of the Australian landscape in this book! So complex. It's a place of beauty and of discord. - Elissa

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Left: Michael; Top Middle: Mary Ann O'Connor & Elle; Bottom Middle: Mahalia & Sacha; Top Left: Jamaica & Jackie; Middle Right: Chris & Tina;
Bottom Right: Chris, Dr Karl & Elle.

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