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May 24, 2016 - Book News    2 Comments

Darth Vader’s Guide to Space Books

Okay so Darth actually has nothing to do with this, but I finally watched The Force Awakens last week, and now I’m really keen on books involving space awesomeness. So here are 10 books in no particular order involving the final frontier.

Time Salvager by Wes Chu

Oh boy did I love this book.
Snarky main character, accessible science, fantastic world building, brilliant story telling – this one had me up until the wee hours because I just couldn’t put it down.

Find it on goodreads.

The Martian by Andy Weir

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I haven’t actually read this one yet (I have issues with movie tie-in covers), but like most people, I have seen the movie and between that and the quotes I’ve seen posted from the book itself, I really really need to do something about that. It has a fantastic plot/concept, and it’s funny. I need more funny in my life.

Find it on goodreads.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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Speaking of funny! It’s not a list involving space without the best book in the galaxy! I confess I enjoy the radio transcripts just a bit more than the novels, some of the directions had me laughing so much I thought I was going to injure myself. But whatever format you choose, it’s hard to deny that these are fantastic books.

Find it on goodreads.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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This series has only shown up on my radar relatively recently, but it is definitely contributing to the monstrous size of my TBR pile.  Space love! Conspiracy theory? Stunning cover! We need to read this.

Find it on goodreads.

Way Down Dark by James Smythe

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Apparently I never got around to reviewing this one, which is quite disappointing. It is such a fantastic book! Chan is amazingly bad ass, and I am so very glad I’m not going to run into her in a dark alley. Throw in a fascinating social structure, gripping mystery and a spaceship named Australia and you have the beginning of an amazingly, brutally delightful series.

Find on goodreads.

The 100 by Kass Morgan

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This one has been sitting on my kindle for a while (oops) but I have seen the tv show, and it’s amazing. The characters are beautifully flawed and the plot is fascinating. While most of the story takes place back on Earth, it starts in space and that’s close enough for me!

Find it on goodreads.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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This one is also sitting in my TBR pile. I did try the audiobook earlier this year, and was put off by the narrator. One day I’ll get back to it, as I hear nothing by good things about the whole series!

Find it on goodreads.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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This is actually my number one, favourite book in the galaxay. No question about it. It is such a beautiful story, and I learn something new each time I read it. If you haven’t read it yet, skip the rest of this post and pick it up. And then come back and gush about it with me.

Find it on goodreads.

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

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I have wanted to read this ever since reading his Collected Fiction. He has such a brilliant and accessible writing style, without dumbing any of the science down and I’m sure this series will be just as brilliant as his short stories.

Find it on goodreads.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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I loved this book a very large amount. Not just because the story was brilliant, but because of the format. Told through a collection of documents, chat and video transcripts and reports, it is such a unique way of telling a story, and it is a testament to both authors skills that the story was just as complete and enthralling as if it had been told in the more usual prose format. If you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should (and I recommend getting the hardback for ease of reading, this book is huge).

Find it on goodreads.

 There we have it. 10 books on my spacedar – which ones are on yours?

 

 

Mar 25, 2016 - Book News    No Comments

Aurealis Award Winners Announced

tsanasreads:

For those who weren’t there or weren’t following on Twitter like I was, here are the winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards (for works published in 2015). Results reproduced from the official Aurealis Awards website.

Congratulations to all the winners!

BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION
A Single Stone, Meg McKinlay (Walker Books Australia) 

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL / ILLUSTRATED WORK
The Singing Bones, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin)

BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY
“The Miseducation of Mara Lys”, Deborah Kalin (Cherry Crow Children, Twelfth Planet Press) 

BEST HORROR SHORT STORY
“Bullets”, Joanne Anderton (In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep, AHWA)

BEST HORROR NOVELLA
“The Miseducation of Mara Lys”, Deborah Kalin (Cherry Crow Children, Twelfth Planet Press) 

BEST FANTASY SHORT STORY
“The Giant’s Lady”, Rowena Cory Daniells (Legends 2, Newcon Press) 

BEST FANTASY NOVELLA
“Defy the Grey Kings”, Jason Fischer (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Firkin Press) 

BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY
“All the Wrong Places”, Sean Williams (Meeting Infinity, Solaris)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVELLA
“By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers”, Garth Nix (Old Venus, Random House)

BEST COLLECTION
To Hold the Bridge, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin) 

BEST ANTHOLOGY
Bloodlines, Amanda Pillar (ed.) (Ticonderoga Publications) 

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
In The Skin of a Monster, Kathryn Barker (Allen & Unwin) 

BEST HORROR NOVEL
Day Boy,Trent Jamieson (Text Publishing)

BEST FANTASY NOVEL
Day Boy,Trent Jamieson (Text Publishing) 

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin) 

SARA DOUGLASS BOOK SERIES AWARD
The Watergivers [The Last Stormlord (2009), Stormlord Rising(2010), Stormlord’s Exile (2011)], Glenda Larke (HarperVoyager)

THE CONVENORS’ AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Letters to Tiptree, Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
The Ditmar Awards are being announced Sunday evening, Brisbane time, so stand by for more news.

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Mar 25, 2016 - Book News    No Comments

Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas

Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas

Mar 18, 2016 - Book News    No Comments

Presenting the 2016 Inky Awards longlist

inside-a-dog:

Gold Inky Awards Longlist (for books by an Australian author)

Clancy of the Undertow –
Christopher Currie

The Flywheel – Erin Gough

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman &
Jay Kristoff

Sister Heart – Sally Morgan

Carousel – Brendan Ritchie

Inbetween Days – Vikki Wakefield

Zeroes – Scott Westerfeld, Margo
Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti

Green Valentine – Lili Wilkinson

The Guy, The Girl, the Artist and
his Ex – Gabrielle Williams

Cloudwish – Fiona Wood

Silver Inky Awards Longlist (for books by an international author)

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy

I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly – Stephanie Oakes

Magnus Chase – Rick Riordan

The Marvels – Brian Selznick

Made You Up – Francesca Zappia

These fantastic books have been selected by teens, for teens as the best new reads to feast your eyes upon!

Congratulations to all the longlisted authors, thank you to the many teens who shared their thoughts to create it, and special thanks to Jordan, Melanie, Chris, Rehan, Diem, Vinhara, Catie, Oliver, Sarah, Kellie, Emily, Lauren, Genevieve, Phoebe, and Cleopatra for being the announcement superstars!

Feb 28, 2016 - Book News    1 Comment

Book Review: A CRUCIBLE OF SOULS by Mitchell Hogan

I am a sucker for big, adventure-y, journey stories. I love it when characters go on a physical and emotional trip through life, learning and growing and experiencing everything their world has to offer.

So, when everything goes to hell and Caldan is dragged out of his neat little world into the big, nasty world, I was very happy.

I love that it isn’t a complicated, convoluted mess of a story. I see that a lot in fantasy these days, and as much as I enjoy that kind of story too, sometimes I want something a lot more straightforward. Don’t get me wrong – there is a considerable amount of depth to both the characters and the plot, but I didn’t feel the need to take notes every time something happened (something that has been necessary in other series).

Mitchell Hogan’s writing reminds me a lot of Matthew Reilly’s – think The Tournament more than Contest – both have a very plot-driven style that strips out almost everything that’s deemed unnecessary to furthering the story. Compared to some of the great big meandering expositions found in a lot of fantasy, I think that makes a really nice change.

The magic system is really interesting, and helps set it apart from every other sword-and-sorcery type story. I would have liked to have a bit more detail about how it worked, but more than enough is provided to get the point across for the story. I also really enjoyed the characters, and many of the sub-plots are just as interesting as the main one. There are a few characters I’m hoping to see a lot more of, especially Felice.

All of this to say that it’s a fantastic example of Australian fantasy, with a great story and great characters and great magic. AND it’s now one of my go-to recommendations. Do yourself a favour, and go read this book!

Purchase: Booktopia | Amazon

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Feb 28, 2016 - Book News    No Comments

Upcoming Release: BLACK by Fleur Ferris

penguinteenaus:

 

Fleur Ferris rocked last year with her debut Risk, which basically scared you from making friends with anyone on the Internet. Now she’s back to scare you into not really trusting people you know either, with Black.

I do believe I’m quite looking forward to this!

Feb 17, 2016 - Book News, BookCat    No Comments

Perfect afternoon

Thanks to @panterapress and @lynettenoni

Oct 7, 2015 - Book News    No Comments

Spotlight: NEWT’S EMERALD by Garth Nix

Lady Truthful will inherit her family’s most valued heirloom on her eighteenth birthday. Until the Newington Emerald is stolen.

Lady Truthful, nicknamed “Newt” by her boy cousins, discovers that to her horror, the people closest to her have been framed for the theft. But Newt won’t let their reputations be damaged by rumors from a false accusation. Her plan is simple: go to London to recover the missing jewel. Despite her best intentions, a young lady travelling alone is frankly unacceptable behavior. So Newt and her aunt devise another plan…one that entails men’s clothing and a mustache.

While in disguise, Truthful encounters the handsome but shrewd major Harnett, who to her amazement volunteers to help find the missing emerald under the assumption that she is a man, Henri de Vienne. But once she and her unsuspecting ally are caught up in a dangerous adventure, Truthful realizes something else is afoot: the beating of her heart.

Truthful has far more than romantic complications to worry about. The stolen emerald is no ordinary heirloom-it is the source of the family’s luck and has the power to yield vast magic. It would be completely disastrous if it fell into the wrong hands. The fate of England depends on Truthful securing the emerald.

 

Purchase: Booktopia | Book Depository | Amazon

Oct 6, 2015 - Book News, Giveaways    No Comments

thereareinkspotsonmypage:

The ever-lovely Simon and Schuster AU and #AusYABloggers are teaming up to celebrate the release of Jenn Bennett’s Night Owls, and YOU can win PRIZES! How cool is that?!

First up, the Street Art: take a photo of street art, or create your own art and tweet your entry using the hashtag #NightOwls and #NightOwlsArt between now and Sunday 11th October and you’ll go in the running to win one of two book packs consisting of 8 (!!) books each.

Please note: if you don’t use twitter and you want to enter, please get in touch.

I’m quite useless at creating art, so my entry is a delightful (but sadly uncredited) piece of local art:

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

In addition, the #AusYABloggers crowd are giving Aussies and Kiwis the chance to win one of EIGHT copies of Night Owls! Now, I haven’t read it myself, but Kristy at Book Nerd Reviews assures me that it’s “lovely” (and you can read her review here) and I trust her judgement.

To enter, click the link below to go to the rafflecopter widget and submit your entries before Sunday 11th October!

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What are you waiting for! Get clicking! Get creating! I can’t wait to see all of your entries!

Reposting for the other-side-of-the-clock crowd

Oct 5, 2015 - Book News, Giveaways    No Comments

The ever-lovely Simon and Schuster AU and #AusYABloggers are teaming up to celebrate the release of Jenn Bennett’s Night Owls, and YOU can win PRIZES! How cool is that?!

First up, the Street Art: take a photo of street art, or create your own art and tweet your entry using the hashtag #NightOwls and #NightOwlsArt between now and Sunday 11th October and you’ll go in the running to win one of two book packs consisting of 8 (!!) books each.

Please note: if you don’t use twitter and you want to enter, please get in touch.

I’m quite useless at creating art, so my entry is a delightful (but sadly uncredited) piece of local art:

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

In addition, the #AusYABloggers crowd are giving Aussies and Kiwis the chance to win one of EIGHT copies of Night Owls! Now, I haven’t read it myself, but Kristy at Book Nerd Reviews assures me that it’s “lovely” (and you can read her review here) and I trust her judgement.

To enter, click the link below to go to the rafflecopter widget and submit your entries before Sunday 11th October!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What are you waiting for! Get clicking! Get creating! I can’t wait to see all of your entries!

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