Monday, 30 March 2015

Enders game - Orson Scott Card



The human race faces annihilation.

An alien threat is on the horizon, ready to strike. And if humanity is to be defended, the government must create the greatest military commander in history.

The brilliant young Ender Wiggin is their last hope. But first he must survive the rigours of a brutal military training program - to prove that he can be the leader of all leaders.

A saviour for mankind must be produced, through whatever means possible. But are they creating a hero or a monster?

This is the multiple award-winning classic ENDER'S GAME - a groundbreaking tale of war, strategy and survival.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Battle for skull pass - Nathan Long

 

High in the mountains, the dwarfs fight an eternal battle against their greenskin enemies, the orcs and the goblins. When the ambitious Dagskar Earscrapper sets his sights on taking Skull Pass, the conflict between goblin and dwarf is re-ignited. Can the stoic dwarfs, led by Godri Thunderbrand, fend off the greenskin invaders and save the fledgling settlement of Karak Grom? Or will the banner of the Crooked Moon boys fly high above Skull Pass?
 
Dwarf hammerers, night and forest goblins, moral dilemmas, honour or kin? This novella has it all, including Skarsnik.
 
May 2009 • softback, 128pp • ISBN 9781844167685

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Confessions of am ugly stepsister - Gregory maguire



Is this new land a place where magics really happen?

From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale.

In the lives of children, pumpkins can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... When we grow up, we learn that it's far more common for human beings to turn into rats....

We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty . . . and what curses accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks?

Extreme beauty is an affliction

Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister.

Clara was the prettiest child, but was her life the prettiest tale?

While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, burning all memories of her past, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household--and the treacherous truth of her former life.

God and Satan snarling at each other like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmotbers trying to undo each other's work. How we try to pin the world between opposite extremes!

Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the most unexpected of places.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Help - Oliver Burkeman



FUN,  FUN,  FUN...

Oliver Burkeman has written a book that many, many, have failed to write, a self-help book that is informative, exceedingly funny, practical to the point it might actually work and highlighting the humorous down right fallacies of some of the greatest self help guru's out there!

A must, must, must read.

Practical wisdom - Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe

I approached this book perhaps too enthusiastically, hoping to gorge myself on people smarter than me laying down a step by step guide on 'the right way to do the right thing'. I ended up rather disappointed.
 
Perhaps it was because I have devoured excellent works by Seneca and Cicero, et al, that this book disappointed. Or maybe it was the repetitiveness of telling long winded filler stories to get a point across, which made me skim read and skip straight to the end of chapter conclusions.
 
Whatever it was, it wasn't for me. I can see these authors put the work in and at least seem to have an idea what they are talking about, but after reading the original sources, this just didn't work for me and that may well be a failing on my part.


Friday, 13 March 2015

Kinslayer - David Guymer



Read it because…
This is the start of the final chapter in the story of Warhammer’s original heroes. If you’ve followed the story so far, you won’t want to miss this, and if you haven’t, then all you need to know is that some of Warhammer’s greatest heroes must battle against an entire army of trolls!

The Story

Once companions on the greatest of adventures, Gotrek and Felix have long since gone their separate ways. Felix, married and settled, secretly craves the excitment of his youth. And when the opportunity arises, Felix embarks upon what might be his final journey. As the chaos of the End Times engulfs Kislev, Gotrek and Felix are reunited, battling the hordes of the Troll King alongside Ulrika, Snorri and Max. But when long-hidden secrets are revealed, these old friends will be torn apart, and not all of them will leave Kislev alive...

August 2014 • eBook, digital download - available in 'epub' and 'mobi' formats • ISBN 9781782516224

Thursday, 12 March 2015

You only live twice - Ian Fleming



The Castle of Death shelters a poisoned garden, curated by a criminal mastermind and set atop a rocky Japanese island.

Bond is shattered by the murder of his wife at the hands of Ernst Stavro Blofeld but M. gives him one last chance. To save his job, James Bond needs to infiltrate and destroy the Castle of Death in exchange for top-secret Japanese intelligence

007 must learn the skills of ninja warriors and face his ultimate enemy in a battle to the death.

Following the murder of his wife at the hands of Blofeld, Bond falls in to a depressive and nihilistic state of affairs. M has just the mission to pull Bond out of the slump and when Bond meets two characters from his not too distant past...

Another masterpiece from Fleming.