Wednesday, April 12, 2017

We all looked up

By: Tommy Wallach
24685506Location: FIC WAL
Genre: Asteroids and Love

“The best books, they don't talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you'd always thought about, but that you didn't think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you're a little bit less alone in the world. You're part of this cosmic community of people who've thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be.” 

This book reminds me of Tomorrow when the War Began cross Ice Age 5Others say it is The Breakfast Club meets Armageddon and here is why....

Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.

But then we all looked up and everything changed.

They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we'd been, something that would last even after the end.

Two months to really liv

"Before the asteroid, four teenagers lived their lives defined by four neat labels: athlete (Peter), the outcast (Eliza), the slacker (Andy), the overachiever (Anita), but now that the world's changed, they have the opportunity to think about themselves, others and the world around them a little bit more. I love how We All Looked Up is told, in alternating chapters narrated by our protagonists, going back and forth between the present and the immediate past.  
As with any young adult contemporary novel, we still get our love stories, family arguments, difficult choices and complicated friendships. Peter's dealing with breaking up with his girlfriend and dreaming about his brief romantic encounter with Eliza – who went from shy to 'slut' as a result – and is in competition with Andy, who is amongst the wrong crowd, while Anita is struggling to live up to her parents' crushing expectations. She takes the opportunity, as it is likely the end of the world after all, to pursue her desire to be a singer. We All Looked Up gets complicated and messy – adolescence often is – as the characters become closer, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in their journey.We All Looked Up is a wonderful, poignant look at what it means to grow up. It makes you wonder whether you have the determination to change the course your life is on, whether you'll ever have the opportunity to look up. "- Stacey

Hound of the Sea

29773618By: Garrett McNamara
Location: NF 920 MAN
Genre: Crazy surfer dude

Some people do insane stuff- Garrett is one of them!

In this thrilling and candid memoir, world record-holding and controversial Big Wave surfer Garrett McNamara chronicles his emotional quest to ride the most formidable waves on earth.
Garrett McNamara—affectionately known as GMac—set the world record for the sport, surfing a seventy-eight-foot wave in Nazaré, Portugal in 2011, a record he smashed two years later at the same break. Propelled by the challenge and promise of bigger, more difficult waves, this adrenaline-fueled loner and polarizing figure travels the globe to ride the most dangerous swells the oceans have to offer, from calving glaciers to hurricane swells.

But what motivates McNamara to go to such extremes—to risk everything for one thrilling ride? Is riding giant waves the ultimate exercise in control or surrender?

Personal and emotional, readers will know GMac as never before, seeing for the first time the personal alongside the professional in an exciting, intimate look at what drives this inventive, iconoclastic man. Surfing awesome giants isn’t just thrill seeking, he explains—it’s about vanquishing fears and defeating obstacles past and present. Surfers and non-surfers alike will embrace McNamara’s story—as they have William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days—an its intimate look at the enigmatic pursuit of riding waves, big and small.

Hound of the Sea is a record of perseverance, passion, and healing. Thoughtful, suspenseful, and spiritually profound, McNamara reveals the beautiful soul of surfing through the eyes of one of its most daring and devoted disciples.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Annihilation- The movie

17934530By: Jeff Vandermeer
Movie: 2017- Paramount Pictures
Starring: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh |

 This book was the  winner of the 2015 Nebula Award, will the movie get a few awards as well?
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply.
This book is going to be a movie, we have had the book in the library for a while.  Mr Mannins alerted me to the fact Hollywood has it!!!! Yippeeee. It is coming out in September!


By: Steve Toutonghi
Location: FIC TOU
30962180Genre: Sci Fi

“Unmet promises are rarely empty; rather, they’re filled with the unspoken things people don’t want to do or can’t do.” 

"It's an immensely readable near-future hop that gets progressively dystopia- Brad"

What does it mean to be human, and what happens when humanity takes the next step in its evolution?

When Join arrived, it was hailed as a miracle: a technology that allowed humans to join consciousnesses. To experience perfect, constant companionship through multiple bodies. To never die.
But Chance and Leap--two joins of five and four respectively--discover a terrifying malfunction in the technology.
Chance and Leap must journey into the climate change-ruined heart of North America and the communities of never-joined -ferals- in search of the only ones who can dismantle the technology: the ones who created it.

"Steve Toutonghi's debut novel, Join, is one of those science fiction books that stick with you much like the work of Philip K. Dick or, more recently, Jeff VanderMeer. It's the kind of book that comes up while you're at work or socializing or brushing your teeth. Its themes both challenge and provoke, all with an engaging plot. I was hooked. In fact, it's rare that I have to force myself to slow down with a book.

Set in a near future where Earth is ravaged by extreme weather events, we find ourselves confronted with the technology of Join: the merging of individual consciousnesses into a single person. Join is the crux of the story, the partial cause for tragic events on a personal and, ultimately, global scale.

Throughout the novel, Toutonghi takes us on a journey into the ramifications of Join. Masterfully weaving beautiful prose and dark humor, he examines the ideas of individualism, mortality, gender, and consciousness while staying grounded in humanity. Toutonghi never goes too far, poking and prodding these ideas just enough to ask questions and challenge us, the reader, to provide the an
swer to an even bigger question: what does it mean to be human?"- KM-

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Loners

By: Lex Thomas
16030631Location:FIC THO
Series: Quarantine #1

"I thought it was smart, compelling and brave. It dares to go into territory that many YA books will not tread. It is brutal, violent, gruesome, frightening and at times overwhelming. Another thing that separates this book from a lot of others in the genre is that you are never quite sure how this is all going to end...." Katie

Looking for a light, fluffy read? NOT HERE! This is dark, gritty, violent and terrifying on several levels. One of the most disturbing books I have ever read.-Jamie

It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.

A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you’re as good as dead. And David has no gang. It’s just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hold Back the Stars

By: Katie Khan
30839926Location: FIC KHA
Genre: Sci/Fi with some romance

Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left.
Ninety minutes to stay alive.
Ninety minutes to figure out how to rescue the themselves.
Ninety minutes to reflect on the decisions that brought them to this point.
Ninety minutes to decide if love is indeed all you need. 

Unless they can come up with a good idea, they're going to die in about an hour and a half.

But it doesn't need to end like this.

Adrift in space, Carys and Max can't help but look down at the world they left behind; a well-oiled, efficient machine that they can no longer call home. Perhaps they might have done things differently if they'd known what was going to happen.

This book is set in a future version of our world where the USA and the Middle East have been decimated and Europe has become a utopian society called Europia. Citizens of Europia don't come from anywhere anymore. Borders and cultural identities have been eroded and people move constantly. Living in one particular place for an extended period of time no longer occurs instead people move to a new location each 'rotation'. Citizens no longer follow religions but either choose to have faith or no faith. And most importantly for twenty-somethings Carys and Max, there is a Couples Rule which has been put in place to prevent young people from coupling up in their twenties. Long term relationships are only allowable later in their thirties. So what do you do when you meet "the one" before science and law says you are supposed to meet?
Katie Khan's debut novel is an epic lovestory that will leave you breathless. Set in a future world that bans relationships before a certain age, Hold Back the Stars begs the question: How hard would you fight for the chance at love?

Wow what a beautiful book! Beautiful, haunting and really unusual.  -Joanna

Frozen Charlotte

23357071By: Alex Bell
Location: FIC BELL
Genre: Horror- Paranormal

I do not like horror, never have, never will. It is the genre I am least likely to buy for our library. But I know some of you do, so when something like this is discovered, against all my better judgement and goosebumps I buy it for you to read!

We're waiting for you to come and play

. Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind...Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lilias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there's her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn't be there. The girl that died.

"Deliciously creepy! That's the first thing that came to mind when I sat down at my computer to write this review. Deliciously creepy. " says Rachel

"If there's anything I find completely creepy, it's dolls. So mix that with a good spooky horror story and you'd have me hooked."- Trish

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Shadow Magic

32485769By: Joshua Khan
Location: FIC  KHA
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Shadow Magic#1

This author writes a bit about goth princesses, outlaws and giant bats. And zombies.! He lives in London but would rather live in a castle!

"I defy you not to love this story" Rick Riordan 

Thorn, an outlaw's son, wasn't supposed to be a slave. He's been sold to Tyburn, an executioner, and they're headed to Castle Gloom in Gehenna, the land of undead, where Thorn will probably be fed to a vampire.

Lilith Shadow wasn't supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. But following the murder of her family, young Lily became the last surviving member of House Shadow, a long line of dark sorcerers. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way she can save it is by embracing her heritage and practicing the magic of the undead. But how can she when, as a girl, magic is forbidden to her?

Just when it looks like Lily will have to leave her home forever, Thorn arrives at Castle Gloom. A sudden death brings them together, inspires them to break the rules, and leads them to soar to new heights in this fantasy with all the sparkle and luster of a starry night sky.

Traitor to the Throne

31574408By: Alwyn Hamilton
Location: FIC HAM
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Rebel of the Sands#2

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Second in the series.... it is always a worry, will it be as good, will it have momentum, well this book does! As Dana says on
"Traitor to the Throne has it all: a fantastic cast of characters, prison breaks, shoot outs, romance, humour, and a whole lot of feels. I loved it. It was everything I could have hoped for in a sequel."

'As funny as it is romantoc, as smart and as spirited asit is magical"- Buzzfeed

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince's message has spread across the desert - and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl's instinct for survival. For the Sultan's palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper's nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive... But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani's past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cold Barrel Zero

30141986By: Matthew Quirk
Location: FIC QUI
Genre: Thriller
Series: John Hayes #1

Matthew Quirk knows his stuff- he studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he spent five years at The Atlantic reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs.

John Hayes is a Special Operations legend who went rogue on a deep-cover mission and betrayed his own soldiers. Disgraced and on the run, he returns to the United States to get back to his wife and daughter and take revenge on his accusers with a series of devastating attacks.

Only one man can stop him: Thomas Byrne. He once fought alongside Hayes as a combat medic, but he gave up the gun. Now a surgeon, he moves from town to town, trying to forget his past, until he is called upon by a high-ranking government official to help capture the man he once called a friend.

Hayes and Byrne were once as close as brothers, but with the fate of the nation hanging in the balance and nothing as it seems, both men must decide whom to trust--and whom to betray. In a final, explosive battle for justice, they face off along a rifle's cold barrel.

Cold Barrel Zero brings together the blistering pace of Lee Child, the nonstop action of Brad Thor, and the richly drawn characters and moral stakes of Daniel Silva. An experienced reporter armed with deep behind-the-scenes research into America's Special Operations Forces, Quirk takes the military thriller to a new level of suspense.

Lab Girl

31930881By: Hope Jahren
Location: NF 920 JAH
Genre: Trees, science, love and a good true yarn

My great great grandfather was a tree man. He came to New Zealand from England , he explored and he researched. He grew over 260 apple trees from cuttings and grafts, that he bought back from the UK. He introduced the Pinus Radiata into our country,  he is the father of the forestry industry. People playing with trees and plants matter, and Hope Jahrens book highlights it still matters now!

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime collaboration, in work and in life; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see and think about the natural world
Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book might have been a revelatory treatise on plant life. Lab Girl is that, but it is also so much more. Because in it, Jahren also shares with us her inspiring life story, in prose that takes your breath away.
Lab Girl is a book about work, about love, and about the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren's remarkable stories: about the things she's discovered in her lab, as well as how she got there; about her childhood--hours of unfettered play in her father's laboratory; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work "with both the heart and the hands"; about a brilliant and wounded man named Bill, who became her loyal colleague and best friend; about their adventurous, sometimes rogue research trips, which take them from the Midwest all across the United States and over the Atlantic, from the ever-light skies of the North Pole to tropical Hawaii; and about her constant striving to do and be the best she could, never allowing personal or professional obstacles to cloud her dedication to her work.

Jahren's probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her insights on nature enliven every page of this book. Lab Girl allows us to see with clear eyes the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal, and also the power within ourselves to face--with bravery and conviction--life's ultimate challenge: discovering who you are.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Almost Autumn

30254926By: Marianne Kaurin
Location:Fic Kau
Genre: Historical Fiction -Holocaust

I love the fact that this holocaust book has a bright cherry cover!!!! But then your eyes go down the page and there it is,,,,
I am thinking about book content a lot lately and some of it perturbs me, I am in this quandary - do I speak up, remain silent, act, do nothing- what is my  active response to what I feel to be something that is wrong... I guess also for now we look at our world and I wonder what kind of courage would I have, or not....

It’s October 1942, in Oslo, Norway. Fifteen-year-old Ilse Stern is waiting to meet boy-next-door Hermann Rod for their first date. She was beginning to think he’d never ask her; she’s had a crush on him for as long as she can remember.

But Hermann won’t be able to make it tonight. What Ilse doesn’t know is that Hermann is secretly working in the Resistance, helping Norwegian Jews flee the country to escape the Nazis. The work is exhausting and unpredictable, full of late nights and code words and lies to Hermann’s parents, to his boss…to Ilse.

"..And as life under German occupation becomes even more difficult, particularly for Jewish families like the Sterns, the choices made become more important by the hour: To speak up or to look away? To stay or to flee? To act now or wait one more day?

I think that is why this book has so much impact--because it mirrors so perfectly the quietness with which the Holocaust crept into people's lives and the maddening silence that characterized those who let it happen." Rachel

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

6375934By: Brad stone
Location: NF338.04 STO 
Genre: Bio, business and technology

I tried UBER at Melbourne Airport- was a total fail, we could not locate each other and I was right where he told me to be, even checked with the locals. Got $10.00 taken out of my account for the fail. Ended up catching a bus for half the price, direct and uber helpful, dropped me closer and gave e great information. I will always catch the bus in Melbourne now! But AirBnB- I am a big user, it is a brilliant service that works, even in the changes and alterations that holidays bring. Then there is online books..... dangerous!!!!

The world is changing right before our eyes. Technology has escaped the confines of our computers and mobile devices and has oozed into the real world. We now press a button and summon a cab. We can rent the spare rooms and spare time of others, any time of day. We don’t just buy books and movies on-line but groceries, prepared dinners, laundry and babysitting services.
This great wave, sparked by the ubiquity of smartphones and high speed internet and cellular networks, has really just started. But the effects and efficiencies of software and the Internet have already upended the industries that once dominated the provision of real-world goods and services. It has minted not just a new set of winners and losers but turned San Francisco into an epicenter of the business world and spawned a new wave of conflict over the inevitable spoils.
There is a specific kind of entrepreneurial personality that thrives during unsettled times like this: brash, clever, and almost preternaturally relentless in their focus. They are eternally optimistic about the long-term benefits of technology and yet clinically paranoid about the short-term obstacles and rivals that stand in their way. They break the rules, betray friends, but can be endearingly loyal to the allies
who help them achieve their goals. And they are awfully fun to write and read about.  

“If you want to build a truly great company you have got to ride a really big wave. And you’ve got to be able to look at market waves and technology waves in a different way than other folks and see it happening sooner, know how to position yourself out there, prepare yourself, pick the right surfboard—in other words, bring the right management team in, build the right platform underneath you. Only then can you ride a truly great wave.”

Monday, April 3, 2017

We Come Apart

By: Sarah Crossan
Location:FUC CRO
34753166Genre: Love friendship and beating the odds!

I am a huge fan of Sarah Crossan. Apple and Rain was my favorite book  in 2015. I don't really even know why- I think it was because she writes like you are there, she described by Gran and I could see it, taste it and engage in the story. I loved the 100 word sub plots. One- was also a stunner but needed to many tissues. So here she goes again-!! More tissues needed!!
This book is definitely coming out at the right time (with what's happening around the world right now) and its message is immensely powerful.
It follows two unlikely friends as they meet and get to know each other as a part of a juvenile reform course due to both Nicu and Jess being caught shoplifting. Nicu has recently emigrated to the UK from Romania and Jess lives in an unsafe and abusive home. A
good thing about this book was the way the racism was portrayed. People were so cruel to Nicu because of his skin colour and because he was Romanian. It wasn't just students who were malicious but teachers and adults too. I don't know how people can be so awful to others just because of their skin colour, their religion or their place of origin etc but that prejudice is everywhere these days. So many people are for Brexit, the Muslim ban, the wall etc because they don't want foreigners in their country. It's absolutely ridiculous and this book portrays just a bit of that hate towards Nicu & his family.-Sarah

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess's home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they've turned the last page

‘But I want to stay here.’ I praying to them.
Here, what is here?’ Tata say. ‘People hate us here.’
‘Nicu, people
only see our skin, not the thing
within,’ Mamica say

The Bear and the Nightingale

By: Katherine Arden
Location: FIC ARD
30341482Genre: Historic Fantasy

Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for readers of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman.

A beautiful, pastoral fairy tale set in a fantasy version of medieval Russia.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church.

But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods.

“All my life,” she said, “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come.’ I am told how I will live, and I am told how I must die. I must be a man’s servant and a mare for his pleasure, or I must hide myself behind walls and surrender my flesh to a cold, silent god. I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.”


Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

25733216By: Horatio Clare
Location: FIC CLA
Genre: Animals and an incite to depression that is different

"Full of insight, sensitivity and humour, with a touch of magic." Agnes

"Here is writing and storytelling at its best. Here is a wondrous tale," Michael Morpurg

Aubrey’s father, Jim, has fallen under an horrendous spell, which Aubrey is determined to break. Everyone says his task is impossible, but Aubrey will never give up and never surrender – even if he must fight the unkillable Spirit of Despair itself: the TERRIBLE YOOT! 
 Aubrey notices his dad becoming sadder and sadder, before a charismatic and energetic English teacher, he now seems to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders and doesn't play, talk or even get out of bed anymore. Aubrey determines to help his dad, especially when he discovers that it's the 'terrible Yoot' that is making him so sad and despairing. He even finds that he may have some help, when animals begin to talk to him and offer their assistance.
  This book tackles the difficult subject of depression with verve and vigour, in a book that is both a touching family story and a thrilling adventure.