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Half of a Yellow Sun
This is the powerful true story of the tragic civil war in Nigeria between 1967 and 1970, and the creation and defeat of Biafra. Nigeria itself is a f ...more
Apr 30, 2010
Nov 16, 2008
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Collector's Edition)
Originally published as a short-story in Collier's magazine's "Tales of the Jazz Age" in 1922, Fitzgerald's quirky, fairy-tale-like story of a man bor ...more
Dec 16, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)
This is one of the best ones I've read all year. If you enjoy Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books I think you'd like this too. It has the same s ...more
Aug 29, 2008
Jan 31, 2008
Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)
The linder quarries on Mount Eskel make for hard labour, but the villagers who mine it wouldn't trade their life for anything. The linder stone takes ...more
Jan 2010
Dec 27, 2009
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
When the Great Recession of a few years ago hits the country, Clay Jannon loses his web design job in San Francisco, spending his new free time wander ...more
Nov 14, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
Magic's Pawn (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #1)
Vanyel, only fifteen, is the oldest son and therefore heir to a Holding. His mother is seemingly weak-willed and obsessed with her vapours, while his ...more
Apr 21, 2008
Mar 11, 2008
The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy has a large cast of characters and is surprisingly complex considering its simple premise, so let me introduce you to the main peop ...more
Oct 12, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
I had had no interest in reading Disgrace for many years but am now thoroughly glad I did, especially with the movie adaptation coming out (starring J ...more
Sep 10, 2007
Sep 27, 2007
The Road
Through a twisted landscape of blackened trees and ash a man and his young son make their way along the road, pushing a shopping trolley of their few ...more
Jan 20, 2008
Nov 02, 2007
The Rosie Project
Don Tillman is a thirty-nine-year-old genetics researcher and professor at the university in Melbourne. He's fit, a non-smoker, and super smart. But h ...more
Jun 22, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
The Corrections
I can't think of a single other book where I got to end and wanted to ask someone for my time back. Most books that I've strongly disliked or thought ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Dec 20, 2007
The Wave
This book, written under the pen name of Morton Rhue in the United States, is a novelisation of the telemovie of the same name, which was based on a s ...more
Nov 09, 2008
Nov 08, 2008
The Phantom of the Opera
This is another book that has been lingering around with a bookmark sticking out of it since October. It's not that it's a hard read - on the contrary ...more
Dec 29, 2008
Oct 02, 2008
The Shape-Changer's Wife
This is Shinn's first novel, and a beautifully crafted one at that. The story is simple and simply told, which makes it that much more forceful: a you ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
The watery city-state of Camorr is ruled by two men: Duke Nicovante, and Capa Barsavi. Between them is the Secret Peace that ensures Capa's thieves do ...more
May 29, 2009
Jan 12, 2008
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
One of the reasons why I join bookclubs is to encourage myself to read books I wouldn't normally read, to get me out of my comfort zone. And one of th ...more
Mar 31, 2007
Sep 27, 2007
Life of Pi
This is a perfect example of low - and negative - expectations bringing in the mother load. A year or so ago this book suddenly hit the big time. Ever ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Sep 27, 2007
In Falling Snow: A Novel
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In 1914 Iris Crane, a young nurse from Brisbane, arrives in Paris on a mission fro
Sep 06, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
Come, Thou Tortoise
This book became one of my favourites of 2010, and if there's one book I would recommend to you right now, it would be this one. Quirky, clever, hilar ...more
Dec 24, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
This wonderful tale of adventure, self-discovery and love is marketed to the 9-12 year-old age group (like Anne of Green Gables - always a surprise, s ...more
Dec 25, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
Seattle, 1879. Fifteen years ago a clever and talented inventor created a machine dubbed the Boneshaker, designed to mine for gold in the Yukon. Inste ...more
Oct 03, 2010
Dec 12, 2009
Bright of the Sky
Far into our future, the world and the known galaxy is run by a bare handful of powerful corporations, the brightest people born, and machine sapients ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Nov 18, 2007
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
Just look at this cover, isn't it GORGEOUS?! I absolutely love it. It's so rich, with such sumptuous detail, wonderful design and use of colour and al ...more
Sep 04, 2010
Sep 01, 2010
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4)
With Bill off to Peru, one night Sookie finds cocky, authoritative, smug Eric running almost naked down her road, his memory gone and his personality ...more
Sep 06, 2008
Sep 05, 2008
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
There is a kind of history that gets overlooked, that doesn't get taught in schools or universities aside from a fourth-year optional course that no o ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
I read this in one day, finishing it with a feeling of deep regret and profound relief. Or is that deep relief and profound regret? On the one hand, I ...more
Sep 15, 2007
Sep 27, 2007
When I Was Five I Killed Myself
Burton Rembrandt is an intelligent and sensitive eight-year-old boy who excels at spelling. But he has been sent to The Children's Trust Residence Cen ...more
Sep 20, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
The Panopticon
Anais Hendricks is fifteen years old. That's fifteen years of living in care: foster homes, mostly, and "units" with other teens. In fact, she's been ...more
Aug 08, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
I was so happy to finally get a copy of this book, after coming across it in little Cosmos bookshop in St. Kilda about 2 years ago, even though I coul ...more
Jan 2007
Sep 27, 2007
Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1)
In this alternate reality, a select few are born with the power to harness the weather (air and water), or fire, or Earth: wardens. They control the w ...more
Jun 03, 2008
Feb 05, 2008