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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Book Review - Heir of Novron - Michael J. Sullivan

Heir of Novron (The Riyria Revelations, #5-6)Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am half way through and am marking this as a five star book!! I have loved this series from the very first book!! You have everything, thieves, murder, conspiricy, love, blood, magic... It all comes together with a seamless plot that keeps you on your toes. I read the first two then went on marternity leave. It wasn't until 7 months later that I could start reading book three - The book picked up right where I left off and I didn't need to re read the previous books.

One of my favourites is Royce, he has such character to him. You don't know if he will laugh or kill you. Or proberly do both if you piss him off. All the players in these books are well thought out and the develop over the time of the series.

All in all a fantastic series that I highyly recommend! It is a bit like a cross between Jim Butchers Codex Alera series and Fiona McIntosh's Quickening series.

Definatly check it out you fantasty lovers!!
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

It's Christmas Time Again!!






                    MERRY CHRISTMAS 2012
 

It is that time of year again. How did Christmas time come around so soon? The decorations are out, the trees are going up and are you getting excited?? I know we are :D This year there are some fantastic books out for Christmas. 

We have the last Bryce Courtenay book - Jack of Diamonds
The new Janet Evanovich - Notorious Nineteen
The new Fiona McIntosh - Scriviner's Tale
The new Tara Moss - Skeleton Key
And many more awesome titles..

Come in and have a look around, talk to our friendly staff about your favourite books and remember to help support your local bookshop :D
                      Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Books Signing


Yes my friends, tomorrow is the day. The day that Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will be instore signing copies of his book '50 Shades of Grey Matter' here at Collins Booksellers, Castle Plaza Shopping Centre.


It should be a great day. SO come down to Collins Booksellers Edwardstown tomorrow at 1pm to get your books signed!!! 

Seeya there :D

Thursday, November 8, 2012

10 Questions





We asked Vicki, a 10 - soon to be 11 year old, ten questions about books and reading. It was very interesting to read her responses.

  • What draws you to read?
 Picturing the story in my mind.
  • Do the covers help you decide on a book?
Not really. I like to read the blurb on the back.
  • What are your friends reading at the moment?
One friend is reading 'The Hunger Games' Anabel (another friend) is reading a book by Roald Dahl. 
  • Who is your favourite book character and why?
Capricorn from Inkheart. Evil makes the story interesting.
  • When did you discover books?
Reception. I could read a little by the time I got to school.
  • What is your favourite book?
Inkheart
  • Are there any books you would like to see turned into movies?
More in the Series of Unfortunate Events and more by Roald Dahl
  • What three books would you take away with you?
'The Twits' 'Frog Princess' ' The Faraway Fairies'.
  • Does your family like to read?
Both Mum and Dad love to read!
  • Do you think reading will influence your choice of career when you're older?
No. I want to be a ballerina then an architect when I'm older.  

If you would like to be apart of our 10 Questions then just come into the store or send us an email on castlebooks@live.com.au. A big round of applause for Vicki!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bookshop of Events





This month is a jam packed action time for us! Not only is Christmas fast approching, but we have a few author events in tow. 




Tony Park, author of DARK HEART is at the Marion Cultural Centre on Thursday 8th November from 7.30 -8.30.



Chris Masters, author of JONESTOWN and UNCOMMON SOLDIER BRAVE COMPASSIONATE AND TOUGH: THE MAKING OF AUSTRALIAS MODERN DIGGERS on 22 November at the Marion Cultural Centre 7.30pm -8.30pm. 






Then Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will be signing copies of his new book 50 SHADES OF GREY MATTER here at Collins Booksellers Edwardstown, Castle Plaza Shopping Centre at 1.00pm Friday 30th November.







These are fantastic events and we hope to see you there for them!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Winner of Blog Giveaway!!!

CONGRATULATIONS: Nys!!!

You have won a copy of Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando!! Please email us your address and we will pop your prize into the post on Monday.

Thank you for entering!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Blog Giveaway - Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando

Today we have a giveaway of Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando published by Random House Australia. All you have to do is tell us what your favourite biscuit/cookie is. Winner will be drawn on 26th Oct at 10am Only open to Australian residents.


cook•ie: a small flat, baked cake which is either crisp or soft but firm (often with chocolate chips, candies, or nuts mixed in); insanely delicious.

If you miss the days when snacks were simple and handmade, you’ll love this homespun encyclopedia of cookies. Full of hand-drawn illustrations and gorgeous photographs,
The Cookiepedia features 50 classic recipes for everything from Amaretti and Animal Cookies to Gingersnaps, Rugelach, Snickerdoodles, and dozens of other favorites—plus hundreds of ideas for adapting recipes and making them your own.

To whet your appertite here is a sample recipe from the book:
MINT THINS
Nobody you know will not come by when you say you’re baking homemade mint thins. (If they don’t so much as ask, consider defriending them immediately.) The question  is: Do you want to share? The baking and dunking takes no time (especially if you’re tasting as you go), but these bite-size treats do hold up best (and taste yummiest) once the mint chocolate has had ample time to set. If you’re protective of your stash, store them in the freezer. They’re best with a chill anyway.

Preheat oven to 350°F
Makes: 3 1/2 dozen cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 ounces semisweet chocolate
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter
teaspoon peppermint flavor

1. Cream the butter until it’s light and fluffy.
add the powdered sugar and continue mixing, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture by halves, beating to incorporate after each addition.
2. Turn out the dough onto a clean surface and form it into a disk with your hands. Split the disk in half and place them in the fridge to firm up for 1 hour. Tip: If you’re short on time, do 25 minutes in the freezer instead. 
3. Working on a floured surface (you’ll need a decent amount, since the dough is sticky), roll out the dough to O/8-inch thick. Shape the cookies using a 1.-inch round cutter and place them on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, then let cool completely.
4. Break up the chocolate into a bowl and set it over a small pot of simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Add the butter and the peppermint flavor and stir the mixture steadily until it’s fully melted and looks glossy and smooth. Remove the bowl and let the chocolate cool slightly.
5. One by one, drop the cookies in the chocolate, then scoop them out with a fork to let the excess drip off. (Tap the cookies against the side of the bowl to help drain the extra chocolate.) Move them carefully to a wire rack or parchment-paperlined baking sheet. When they’re all coated, move the sheet to the refrigerator or freezer to set.

Mint-Thin-Stuffed Cookies

Prepare a batch of the mint thins and store them in the freezer. Then prepare a batch of the chocolate chip dough on page 43. When both are chilled, sandwich the mint cookie between 1 tablespoon each of the chocolate chip dough, then press the dough around the mint thin to cover it completely. Bake according to the chocolate chip directions. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Releases


The closer it gets to Christmas, the better the books that are coming out. All the major authors have a book coming out this year. What are you looking forward to reading?
We will see the final Bryce Courtenay - Jack of Diamonds due in Novemeber. Hot off the press is Monica McInerney's - House of Memories ( which I really want to read! ) Joesph Anton's - Salman Rushdie, Ken Follett's - Winter of the World, Ian McEwan -Sweet Tooth, Terry Pratchett's - The Dodger. These are just some of the titles that we have instore.


Not only are there fantastic fiction titles but we also have some great biographies on the shelf too. Do you want to read about Black Caviar? Donald Bradman's War? The Man Who Invented Vegemite (such a godlike substance yum)

The kiddies aren't excluded, keep them entertained with the new Captain Underpants book - Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, Artemis Fowl #8 The Last Guardian, The Silver Brumby is making a comeback and lastly Robert Muchamore's Guardian Angel.

All these great titles make for brilliant reading!

Now what do you want to read?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Janeen Brian Author Event


We will be hosting Janeen Brian for a signing on Friday 28th September at 11 am. Janeen is the author of over 80 children's books. Her latest one is 'Eddie Pipper' 

Eddie Pipper loves his penguin. He is not a real penguin. He is not allowed one of those.

Eddie has to make do with his special paper-maiche penguin. But what do the other kids

think of his penguin when he brings him to school for show and tell?


Come and meet Janeen and have a chat with her about your childs favourite books!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Three fantasy books that I love - Tarran Jones


Here are a few of my favourite books:

Fionavar Tapestry #1 The Summer Tree – Guy Gavriel Kay
This book deepened my love for world myths. Not only does it have the Arthurian Traditions in it, the author combines Nordic and Gaelic myths as well. A well written series, that makes me remember scenes from it even though it has been years since I’ve read it.

 The Summer Tree is the first novel of Guy Gavriel Kay’s critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. Five university students embark on a journey of self-discovery when they enter a realm of wizards and warriors, gods and mythical creatures--and good and evil…
It all began with a lecture that introduced five university students to a man who would change their lives, a wizard who would take them from Earth to the heart of the first of all worlds--Fionavar. And take them Loren Silvercloak did, for his need--the need of Fionavar and all the worlds--was great indeed.
And in a marvelous land of men and dwarves, of wizards and gods, five young people discovered who they were truly meant to be. For they are a long-awaited part of the pattern known as the Fionavar Tapestry, and only if they accepted their destiny would the armies of the Light stand any chance of surviving the wrath the Unraveller and his minions of darkness intend to unleash upon the world…


Tide Lords #1 The Immortal Prince – Jennifer Fallon
I really enjoyed Jennifer Fallon’s writing style in this one. The story flowed and I loved the characters. The premise of the Tide Star is a fantastic one and works well. This is a series you should read if you love High Fantasy.
When a routine hanging goes wrong and a murderer somehow survives the noose, the man announces he is an immortal. And not just any immortal, but Cayal, the Immortal Prince, hero of legend, thought to be only a fictional character. To most he is a figure out of the Tide Lord Tarot, the only record left on Amyrantha of the mythical beings whom fable tells created the race of half-human, half-animal Crasii, a race of slaves.
Arkady Desean is an expert on the legends of the Tide Lords so at the request of the King's Spymaster, she is sent to interrogate this would-be immortal, hoping to prove he is a spy, or at the very least, a madman. Though she is set the task of proving Cayal a liar, Arkady finds herself believing him, against her own good sense. And as she begins to truly believe in the Tide Lords, her own web of lies begins to unravel...
Lioness Quartet #1 Alanna: The First Adventure – Tamora Pierce
I believe that I have re read this series around 20 times. I read it at least once a year I love it so much. A fantastic world the author has drawn for us to explore. Very believable characters and plots. This book has stayed with me for years and my copy of it is pretty worn. Highly recommended!
"From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight."
And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.
But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.
Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins -- one that will leard to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Author Event!


DR KARL KRUSZELNICKI

Friday November 30th at 1pm - Collins Booksellers Edwardstown, Castle Plaza Shopping Centre

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Australia’s favourite scientist, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is set to appear in-store at Collins Booksellers Edwardstown, Castle Plaza Shopping Centre on Friday November 30th at 1pm. Dr Karl will be signing copies of his new book ’50 Shades of Grey Matter’ as well as answering questions such as: Why does walking into a room make you forget? Why does giving up smoking make you fatter and how can milk build muscle?

A brilliant Christmas gift idea, who wouldn't love a signed copy of '50 Shades of Grey Matter'

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Duncan Lay Book Signing - Bridge of Swords

We are having Duncan Lay, author of the Dragon Sword Histories instore on Friday at 10:30am for a signing. His new book 'Bridge of Swords' has just been released and it looks like it's going to be a fantastic read. 


Sendatsu is a hunted man. His people, even his own father, want him dead. Cast out of his home, he finds himself in a strange new land, desperate to find a way to return to his children.

Alone in the land of Vales, Sendatsu is forced to rely on his talents as a fighter to survive. His skills are welcomes by two fugitives - Huw and Rhiannon - who are hurrying to alert the peaceful people of Vales to an impending invasion. When no one will believe them, Sendatsu becomes the wildcard in a fight for freedom.

Three centuries of lies and deceit are about to burst into bloody life around Sendatsu - when the last thing he wants is to be a hero.

Come in and say g'day and pick up a copy! If you are unable to come in that day, just let us know and we can save a copy for you and get it signed.

Giveaway - Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

We have one copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas to giveaway. All you need to do to enter is to comment on the blog about why you like to read fantasy. The winner will be drawn on Wednesday 5th of September at 5pm AEST. Only open to Australian residents sorry. 


Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Book Review - Throne of Glass #1 Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really great read. The storyline flowed well and made you want to continue reading. The characters were interesting and endearing. I liked how the author fed you tibits along the way without giving too much away. I still don't know if my suspsion is correct reguarding the main characters ancestory. I only started this book a day agao and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next book in the series. Well done Sarah J Maas!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Book Review - Sons of the Zodiac #3 Warrior Betrayed - Addison Fox

Warrior Betrayed (Sons of the Zodiac, #3)Warrior Betrayed by Addison Fox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first fiction book I have mangaed to read in 5 months of maternity leave. It is book 3 in a series but I was desperate to read something so I picked it out of the shlef. I haven't read the first two books yet but after reading this one i know I am going to hunt them down.There are hardly any spoilers and I don't know what happened to the other characters. The writing style was clear and fast paced. The storyline was clever and I liked how the author didn't used all the major well known players of the Greek Panthenon of Gods/Goddesses. The use of the Zodiac was well done and I really enjoed this book. Definatly worth a read!

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Duncan Lay - Bridge of Swords - Background, Heroes and Villians Part 2

Here is the second part of Duncan's tale :D


Lastly - The Villians!

KING WARD
He knows the other lands have slid backwards into the mud since Dokuzen locked itself away from the world 300 years ago. His dream is to see a new golden age – and he will make it happen with fire and sword. Only united can the countries pool their knowledge and rise once more.
Brutal conquest and slavery are but the by-products of his glorious vision for the world.
His armies are the biggest, the best-trained and the best-armed and have never known defeat. Every country he has invaded have fallen to them.
His capital, Cridianton, is now a place of learning and culture, grace and art – albeit supported on the back of slavery. To show his people the glorious future that awaits them and to take their minds off the high taxes that will cost, he has the finest performers from across the country amuse and amaze in his court.
But while his armies rampage through the south, to his north are two growing problems.
He wants the Velsh mines and farms but not the expense of invasion, so plans to send bands of warriors north to plunder and terrorise the Velsh until they beg to come under his protection.
And he also has his eyes on Dokuzen and the treasures that await behind a magical barrier, for his health is slowly failing after 20 years on the throne and not even bedding the most beautiful young women from across the country can restore his youth

LORD JAKEN
Ruler of the Tadayoshi clan, he is determined to see his clan rise to control not just Dokuzen but the whole world. His son Sendatsu unwittingly provided him with proof that the barrier around Dokuzen was not put up to keep the barbarians out – but to protect them from the clans. With this knowledge allied to the power of Dokuzen, he knows he can fashion an empire.
Jaken tried to control Sendatsu but has now been forced to send warriors out into Vales to try and bring his errant son back, so he can control how and when revolution comes to Dokuzen. He also has a spy within the Magic-weaver ranks and plots to use them to overthrow Dokuzen’s ruler, Daichi, then take control himself.


SUMIKO
Centuries ago, for reasons lost in the mists of time, the Magic-weavers rebelled against the rulers of Dokuzen but were broken and thrown outside society.
As guardians of the magical barrier that protects Dokuzen, they are vital to society but they exist on the outskirts, despised by the nobles and feared by the commoners, denied the respect and honour they deserve.
Sumiko’s life is devoted to restoring the Magic-weavers to power and ruling Dokuzen. To her, it does not matter which clan a person is from, only that they have magical powers. She knows the barrier around Dokuzen is fading, as the magic fades within Dokuzen and soon the clans will have to rejoin the world. Her plan is for it to happen under her control – and then for her control to spread across the other lands.

On August 24 at 10:30 am we will be having Duncan instore signing copies of his new book. If you have been tantalised (like I have) by these segments, then pop into the store and grab a copy for Duncan to sign for you. IF you can't make it, just let us know on 
(08) 8277-8857 and we can organise something for you!





Duncan Lay - Bridge of Swords -Background, Heroes and Villians! Part 1



Duncan Lay, author of the Dragon Sword Histories has released a new book!! It is called Empire of Bones #1 Bridge of Swords and it looks to be a great read. We asked Duncan for some background info on the new series and this is what he has to say.



THE LANDS 

Empire of Bones is set in the same world as The Dragon Sword Histories, although 300 years later and on the other side of the world. 
There are no common characters and there is no need to have read the first series to begin this one. 
There is one, small connection in that an event at the end of The Radiant Child had an unexpected effect on the other side of the world and began the chain of events that leads to Bridge Of Swords. 
But you don’t have to have any prior knowledge of the world, nor its history and all will be made clear as Empire Of Bones moves to its conclusion. 
The three lands Empire Of Bones is principally set in are very different. 
First we have Dokuzen. This is a land with magic, healing, advanced building techniques and a high standard of living. Their lifestyle has hints of the Roman era, with similar technology, as well as a strong flavour of Shogun-era Japan, with concepts of honour and an emphasis on your clan and family determining your status in society. They worship this world’s God, Aroaril, but religion is not an integral part of their lives. The people’s names, as well as the place names, reflect the Japanese influence. 
Next we meet Vales. This is much more a rougher, cruder community, much less formally structured, without a central ruler or anything more than a loose connection between its towns and villages. Rather than building in stone, they use wood and thatch. Principally a land of farmers, they are also miners and traders but have few, if any warriors, despite their personal bravery. Perhaps closest to Britain following the Roman withdrawal, before the Saxon invasion changed the language and the face, when the old British tribes ruled, although without their unique Celtic culture. The people’s names, as well as some of the place names, reflect the Celtic influence. 
Finally there is Forland. More advanced than Vales but without the higher knowledge and technology of Dokuzen, they are able to build with stone. Ruled by a King, they have a standing army and a warrior tradition. Conquerors and aggressors, they have taken many of the southern countries by force and thirst for more. Perhaps comparable to Saxon Britain, where it was torn between a warrior code and something higher.  Their names, as well as some of the place names, reflect the Saxon era. 
One note about the place names in Vales and Forland (and indeed in all the other countries in the surrounding lands). There is a mystery, central to the story, around these names and why some carry certain meanings and others seem normal. As the main characters and readers will discover …
The Heroes:
Sendatsu

Sendatsu is a warrior on the run, being hunted by his own people, trying frantically to get back to his children and unravel a 300-year-old mystery about magic and why his people sealed themselves off from the rest of the world.
The son of a Clan Leader, his name means Guide or Pioneer in the old tongue of his people, the language nobody speaks any more. He has lived a life of privilege and luxury, always surrounded by servants and those eager to do his bidding.
Yet it has not been easy. His father, Lord Jaken, is determined to take control of the Council, to rule not one clan but the whole of Dokuzen. Sendatsu had to be the best at everything, prove the superiority of Clan Tadayoshi – or else. And he has known heartache. As the son of a Clan Leader, he was not allowed to marry his childhood love, Asami. Instead he was forced to marry the daughter of another Clan Leader, to unite two clans and improve their political standing. Meanwhile Asami also had to marry – Sendatsu’s best friend, Gaibun.
His wife, Kayiko, died in childbirth and he stepped aside from the life of political manoeuvring and backstabbing his father saw for him to instead raise his children. This act of rebellion was the first and only way he had defied his father.
But when a chance discovery reveals clues to a 300-year-old mystery and threatens to turn Dokuzen on its head, Sendatsu is the one at the heart of it.
Forced to go on the run, hunted by his own people, he finds himself in Vales, a rough, backward land that nevertheless may hold all the answers in the ruins dotted across his hills and valleys and in the hearts of its people. If he can find the answers, he can go home.
But Vales is not without its own problems, while to the south, the cruel King Ward of Forland looks to add it to the long list of his conquests.
Sendatsu stumbles across a curious pair, a young Velsh bard called Huw and a young Forlish dancer called Rhiannon, both on the run from Ward.
He sees them as the source of answers and the way home. They see him as the hero they need. But are both wrong?

HUW
In a land where all must work hard to live, Huw dares to dream. While his people love to pass the long winter nights with tales, songs and riddles, Huw is the first of them to want to make that his life. While his village sneers and laughs at him, he travels south to Forland, to earn enough gold to prove them wrong.
In this arrogant country, made rich from its conquests and packed with slaves from conquered lands, he wins both gold and fame, winning the coveted right to perform at the King’s court.
To get there he has had to deny his Velsh heritage, pretend he is also Forlish, forget all his father taught him about honour and principles – but he sees that as a small price to pay.
But then two things rock his complacent little world. First he meets Rhiannon, a beautiful Forlish dancer also performing for the King and falls head over heels for her. Then he learns King Ward plans to terrorise and terrify the Velsh until they beg to become part of Forland.
Torn between staying and somehow winning the heart of the untouchable Rhiannon and warning his people, the decision is taken out of his hands when he overhears King Ward and Rhiannon’s father discussing how to make her the King’s mistress.
Huw tricks Rhiannon and flees north to Vales, hoping to save his people and win the girl, all in one.
But saving a peaceful land of farmers and miners from a brutal army of conquest is not an easy task.
Then Huw and Rhiannon meet Sendatsu, from fabled Dokuzen. Not realising he is a hunted fugitive, they see him as the saviour of Vales. Although Rhiannon, who has been raised on tales of beautiful Dokuzen and longs to dance there, sees Sendatsu as something more …
Huw faces many choices, none of them easy, and must learn there is always a price to be paid for your actions  …

RHIANNON

Her mother died giving birth to her and she has been raised by her father Hector, once a noted singer in the court of King Ward, until illness robbed him of his voice and his fame. He has trained her from birth to astound the court and astonish the King with her singing and dancing.
Her life has been devoted to the one goal, without friends or family, until she meets a young bard she thinks is called Hugh of Browns Brook. But her new friend turns her life upside down when he tells her he is really Huw from Vales and she has to run away with him or join her father as a victim of King Ward.
Torn between grief at the loss of her beloved father and a determination to avenge his death and protect the Velsh, she only sees Huw as a friend. But she sees Sendatsu as a vision, something out of the songs she has spent her life singing.
Meanwhile, she is learning to stretch her wings, to make decisions for herself and step outside the gilded cage her father crafted for her.
What she doesn’t know is that her father Hector is very much alive and hunting for her and Huw, determined to drag them both to King Ward and face his vengeance at being cheated of his prize.
What none of them know is that the answers to the 300-year-old mystery lie within Rhiannon. She has a hidden power that will turn every single land upside down and utterly destroy everything the people think they know about their history.
She is the future … if she can unlock what is within her.

ASAMI AND GAIBUN
While Sendatsu searches for answers and a way back to his children, his two childhood friends struggle to find a way to return him.
Asami is the most talented Magic-weaver Dokuzen has seen in a generation. Once, all the people could use magic but the power has been dwindling within them. There are few capable of more than a trick or two.
Devastated by Sendatsu’s refusal to defy his father and run away with her, forced to see him marry for politics and not love, she has thrown herself into her magic.
She agreed to marry Gaibun but it was not a union of love and while they share a large home, they do not share a bed. She consoles herself with dreams of a different Dokuzen, where who your clan and parents were do not matter as much as your talents. The head of the Magic-weavers, Sumiko, tells her that if she were to rule Dokuzen, things would be very different – and this is music to Asami’s ears, although also treason, punishable by death.
Gaibun’s father Retsu should have been Clan Leader, until tricked and outwitted by Lord Jaken – Sendatsu’s father.  And yet the two boys became friends. Gaibun is desperately in love with Asami but has had to live with the knowledge she sees him as but a friend and loves Sendatsu.
When their marriage turned his dream into a nightmare he consoled himself with mistresses and devoted himself to the Border Patrol, dedicated to keeping everyone else out of Dokuzen. Now working for Lord Jaken, he has been promised much, not least the leadership of their clan when and if Lord Jaken can take control of Dokuzen.
Sendatsu’s unwitting discovery of a revelation that could destroy the very foundations of Dokuzen sets both Sumiko and Jaken’s plans to rule into motion. Asami and Gaibun must somehow help return their friend and avoid being drawn deeper and deeper into plots and conspiracies in the struggle to rule Dokuzen.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Amended National Bookshop Day Roster

Due to another brilliant author - DM Cornish attending, here is the updated roster for National Bookshop Day at our store!


Book Review - Savvy Ingredients for Success - Racheal Bermingham

Savvy: Ingredients for SuccessSavvy: Ingredients for Success by Rachael Bermingham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I've managed to just about finish in the four months of maternity leave and it is brilliant. Anyone who is interested in marketing or general tips on how to manage their time better should read this. Rachael has a pleasent way of writing that is easy to read. She explains things without being dry or over complicated. I have learned a lot and think it is an awesome non fiction tool for businesses.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

National Bookshop Day - 11 August 2012

If you haven't heard that National Bookshop Day is coming up then here is your chance to support your local bookstore! At Collins Booksellers Edwardstown we are celebrating with a few local authors. Here is the programme we have set up!!



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Isobelle Carmody - Greylands Site


 The fabulous micro-site for the launch of Isobelle Carmody's Greylands as an e-edition--self-destructing in a month's time, the site features info about the book, competitions, and 'The Great E-Book Debate' which features a different guest columnist every day. Yesterday's was Alex Adsett with a great overview piece. Her second guest in the eVolution forum is author Sophie Masson, recently appointed author rep to the newly formed Book Industry Collaboration Council, set up to meet the challenges posed to the book industry by the Evolution.
Each day over the month there will be a different post. Guests range from successful and highly awarded authors, publishers from large and small presses, editors, actors, poets, students, teachers, librarians, agents.
Read the posts and comment for the chance to win a kindle as well as audio and print books.

 Details at http://greylands.theslipstream.com.au/

Monday, March 5, 2012

Book Review - Lavender Keeper - Fiona McIntosh

The Lavender KeeperThe Lavender Keeper by Fiona McIntosh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When this book comes out I highly suggest you read it. It is well written, brilliant characters and gives a great sense of history without being boring.

I got an ARC of Lavender Keeper and I throughly enjoyed reading it. A ripping yarn that takes you back into war years and espionage. Lisette and Luc are very interesting characters that grow throughout the story (as one would hope they would) The human spirit is bright throughout the book and shows just how much you can change and adapt to circumstance. Not just a wartime book, it is basically a story of redemption and love.

A very good read! 

Due 22/03/2012

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Review - Amelia Peabody # 12 He Shall Thunder in the Sky - Elizabeth Peters

He Shall Thunder in the Sky (An Amelia Peabody Mystery, #12)He Shall Thunder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Elizabeth Peters just keeps getting better and better. In this book we have the Emersons at the start of WW1 and it is in this book that you find out some home truths about the family as well as trying to stop the Germans from invading Egypt.

Fantastic story and we get to finally witness a romantic engagement that has been hinted at throughout the series. 

It is hard to give more information without putting spoilers into the review this late into the series, but I hope this entices you to keep reading or if you haven't started the series - then START now!

Brilliant and highly recommended!!

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review - Out of Sight, Out of Time - Ally Carter

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls, #5)Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

We received an ARC of Out of Sight, Out of Time and I devoured this book!! I finished it the night I got it.This series is a fantastic one! Each book I can't put down till I had finished it.

The story picks up a few months after the last book and Cammie has lost her memories. We don't know what she has done or where she has been for the summer. We follow Cammie as she trys to come to terms with the fact she has lost her memory and has alienated her friends by leaving. Ally Carter has done a great job in tying up some loose ends while still leaving us hanging for what comes next.

A very enjoyable read, but now the only problem is waiting for the next book!!!

A great series for 14+ teens

Out of Sight, Out of Time is due for release in Australia on the 27th March 2012

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Book Review - Triad of Being #3 Light - Field - Traci Harding



The Light-field by Traci Harding

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Once again I am blown away by one of Traci's books. I throughly enjoyed Light-Field. The story picks up basically straight after the 2nd book - Universe Parallel. There is more information revealed with the characters and more story lines completed AND started!

Yes, my friends - this is not the last book in the series!
It feels like Traci is going for the Feist type of series where the story interlocks with the previous books/series. To understand what I mean, I believe that you should read them in this order to get a real grip on the series:

Ancient Future
Celestial Triad
Mystique
Then - Triad of Being

I get excited everytime a new book of Traci's come out and I really want to see how Traci brings together the end of this series. I think it is going to be fantastic!!! If you haven't read Traci Harding - then go out today and pick up a copy of Ancient Future!! You won't regret it.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Author Interview - Tim Flannery


Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading thinkers and writers. An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, he has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers. His books include the landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers. He was kind enough to let us interview him and ask him some questions about his books and work. 




What drew you to study and love ecological history and evolution? 

I grew up on the outskirts of Melbourne, and when I was young wildlife was abundant. I hated the way it disappeared as the suburb grew. And I was very fortunate to live near a fossil deposit. It was on the edge of Port Phillip Bay, and by diving you could find the remains of whales, sharks and penguins that had swum in an ancestral bay 7 million years ago. That really turned me on to evolution.
 
How do you think we can change as a species to reduce our carbon footprint? 

I am confident that we can reduce our carbon footprint, and do so quickly. Australia's clean energy legislation gives the nation the means to honour its pledge of reducing its emissions by 5% by 2020. This doesn't sound like a lot, but it will be the first time in history that emissions have been intentionally reduced. Greater reductions will follow. 

What is the world’s most functioning ecosystem? 

That is a tricky question. I'd guess the Antarctic, but even there fishing is damaging its seas. And they are extremely fragile. 

In the ‘Weather Makers’ you talk about climate change, can you give a brief rundown of what makes climate change happen? 

Basically, human pollution in the form of greenhouse gases is trapping heat close to the surface of the Earth. 

What do you enjoy the most when you immerse yourself in a so called ‘primitive’ culture? 

I love seeing the world through somebody else's eyes, so when someone in a village makes an observation about the world that makes me think, I consider it a great gift. 

In ‘Among the Islands’ you went in search of new mammals to document. How many species do you think is still out there we haven’t managed to find yet? Also there are a lot of people who think that we have basically found all there is to find – what do you say to that? 

We've barely begun to explore the remote regions of our world. We've been to the Moon more often than to the depths of the sea. In elanesia alone, I think that dozens of mammals remain to be discovered. I know where at least half a dozen are - just awaiting an adventurous biologist. 

If you could have a cuppa with anyone from history, who would it be and why? 

The first person to see a Diprotodon. I'd love to ask them about what Australia looked like when people first arrived. 

In the ‘Future Eaters’ we find out how the Aborigines, Maoris and other native peoples changed the world, then how the Europeans changed it again. How do you think we will change it for future generations? 

That is THE great question. And we answer it with our actions every day. Do we conserve and enrich, or destroy? 

Do you think there are new unknown Dinosaur bones to be found in Australia? 

There are many. 

How unique is Australia’s flora and fauna to the rest of the world? How did we get such strange and deadly creatures to evolve only here? 

Take our snakes, for example. Why are they so venomous? Our spoils are poor, so prey is thin on the ground. When you encounter some, you can't risk it getting away. 

What is next for Tim Flannery? What new adventures will you embark on? 

I'm not sure. There's a lot of work to be done, so adventures might have to wait a while yet.

If you would like to find out more on any of Tim Flannery's books then head over to his website here.

As a field biologist Tim has discovered and named more than thirty new species of mammals (including two tree-kangaroos) and at 34 he was awarded the Edgeworth David Medal for outstanding research in zoology.  His pioneering work in New Guinea prompted David Attenborough to put him in the league of the world’s great explorers, and Redmond O’Hanlon to remark, “He’s discovered more new species than Charles Darwin.” 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Review - I've Got Your Number - Sophie Kinsella

I've Got Your NumberI've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sophie Kinsella has done it again!

Her novel ‘I’ve Got Your Number’ is well written, fun, zainy, and completely enthralling. I finished this book in a few hours as I couldn’t put it down. Poppy Wyatt is a girl who is about to get married in a few days to a man she loves. The only downside is that she has just lost her heirloom engagement ring...

Poppy gets herself into a world of trouble trying to hide this fact as her in-laws to be are arriving home and her mobile phone has just been stolen. When she finds a phone in the bin she takes it – not knowing that by doing this, her life will change when she meets Sam Roxton who doesn’t like having his personal details read by a stranger.

The author has written these two people really well. Poppy needs some of the qualities Sam has and vice versa. We meet Magnus (Poppy’s FiancĂ©) and his family, also a cast of characters who are mad, friendly, odd and genius’s.

I really enjoyed reading about Poppy’s struggle to plan a wedding, hijack a man’s life, hide the fact she lost her ring and still find time to go to the Savoy and drink cocktails. Another great novel by Sophie and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

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Author Interview - Robin Hobb

The awesome Robin Hobb AKA Megan Lindholm kindly agreed to answer a few questions for us.  


Why do you think people love the Farseer and Tawny Man series so much?

                 I continue to be astonished by it.  If I could quantify it exactly and tell you why people have been so receptive of that story, I’m sure I’d be a very wise person.  As a writer, it has been an amazing and humbling experience to have readers enjoy the characters that I myself love so much. 

         Is it hard to switch from Robin Hobb to Megan Lindholm?

                  Not at all, strange to say.  When I get a story idea, I immediately know which voice can best tell it.  It’s not that all Hobb stories must be epic fantasy or medieval; I think it has to do with pacing and voice.  There are some stories that demand a more contemporary sound and a vernacular vocabulary.  Others want to be told in a leisurely and detailed way. 

         Can you explain a little the premise of the Rain Wild Chronicles, the third book in that series City of Dragons is due to be released in Australia in March. 

                  That’s hard to do while avoiding spoilers, but I’ll try.  In the writings of the Elderlings there were mentions of a city called Kelsingra.  The dragons that hatched in Dragon Keeper have partial memories of such a city.  But if it ever existed as a place where dragons and Elderlings dwelt side by side, does it still stand or is it, like the other Elderling cities, buried deep in the soggy soil of the Rain Wilds. The Chronicles tell the tale of the dragons that hatched and the outcast Rain Wild youngsters who became their keepers as they make a journey which may not even have a real destination.  Along the way, both hatchlings and their keepers will find that their destinies are much different from what they imagined.  

How different is your writing style when you write as Megan or Robin?
 
I believe the two styles are substantially different, definitely enough to justify having two different names! I think that Robin writes in a way that is more detailed and more emotional than Megan’s style.  It’s a leisurely telling of a tale that has lots of incident and perhaps subplots.  Megan tends to write shorter, in a more head-long style.  That’s why there are a lot more Megan Lindholm short stories than Robin Hobb has.  Give Robin a 10,000 word limit and she takes 40,000.

         If you could have a cup of tea/coffee with someone from history who would it be and why?

                  That’s an easy one.  Julius Caesar.  Can I say I’d like to meet him at the time of the Gallic campaigns?  When he was an ambitious soldier clawing his way up and keeping such a fascinating journal of his observations.  I first encountered his writing when I was given passages to translate back in high school.  That’s when my fascination with him began.  In some ways, he is writing a military report, and other times it sounds like an anthropologist or sociologist. It’s interesting to wonder what direction the Roman Empire would have gone if he had not been assassinated. 

        Have you got a name for your computer?

                  Not one that is printable.   Seriously, no.  I have silly passwords for various places I go online, but I’m not sharing those here!  I guess I don’t really name things.  Cats, dogs, yes.  All my kids and grandkids have odd nicknames.  But I just don’t give objects names.

         Is it harder to start out writing fantasy overseas being a woman? Is that why you choose the moniker Robin Hobb to write the Farseer books?  

      There were a lot of reasons to take a new name for the Farseer Trilogy and the books that followed. The main one was that I was writing in a very different voice, and in a different slice of the fantasy genre.  That said, I did deliberately choose a name that could be either male or female.  Assassin’s Apprentice was written in first person young male, so having a possibly male name as author lowered the threshold of disbelief for some readers.  But I think that most fantasy readers don’t really care that much about the author’s name or age or gender or age; they just want a good story.  Fantasy readers seem to be rather adventurous in what they’ll pick up and read. 
     
       What do you love most about writing?

                  Well, when you write a story, you can make the world in your story make sense!    In this world, so often, things just don’t make any sort of sense.  Fantasy especially gives me a very wide playing field for thinking of how things ‘ought to be’ or considering all those ‘what if’ questions that we all have. 
                  By my nature, I love solitude, and writing allows me to seek a quiet place, to be alone with my characters and to tell my story.  I really like to work alone through that first draft.  I venture out there, exploring unknown territory, not knowing who I’ll meet or where they will carry the story.  There is a lot of ‘writing’ that isn’t done at a keyboard, and I like to be able to work on the story while I’m working on the yard or hanging out laundry.  I get to have all these lives at once.  It’s a bit like making a movie, except I have an unlimited budget for special effects.  I get to journey to the faraway places, imagine the soundtrack, select the wardrobe, and then I get to play every role.  I am so blessed to be able to do what I love and to make a living at it.

         What is your favourite book by Megan and your favourite book by Robin?

                  My favorite Megan Lindholm book has to be Wizard of the Pigeons, a contemporary fantasy set in Seattle.  I had so much fun doing the research for that, and ended up with my own flock of pigeons as a result of it.
                For Robin Hobb, I’ll say Assassin’s Apprentice.  It’s where the tale of the Realm of the Elderlings begins, and it was also the start of my friendship with Fitz.  I’ve known him quite a few years now.  We’ve had some good times together. 

        If you were to give one piece of advice to wanna-be writers, what would it be?

                  Don’t try to be a writer.  The people who say to me, “I want to be a writer!” generally don’t achieve that ambition.  It’s the ones who say, “I want to write!” who get there.  And they get there one keystroke at a time, by beginning right here and right now.  Don’t wait until you are more experienced or older or educated, don’t even wait until you have more time.  You will never have more time than you have right now.  (In fact, the longer you wait, the fewer days you have to write!  How’s that for a scary idea?)  So start now and write what you know, which is who you are and where you are, with a bit of magic tossed in.  Just get busy and hit those keys.  Writing is what makes you a writer.

   City of Dragons is the third book in the Rain Wild Chronicles and is due for release in March 2012. If you want any more information about Robin and her books, then go to her website here.
If you love fantasy and haven't read Robin yet, then do so!! 



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