Hi everyone, Deborah and I are the fiction selectors for Wellington City Libraries and we spend a lot of time reading about, and choosing, lovely new fiction for the library.
Every few weeks we pick just a couple of books that we’ve ordered during the week that have really caught our eye and profile them here. They won’t be ’shelf ready’ as one says, but they will be due to published in the next six months and you can find them on the catalogue, available to reserve.
So, onto this week’s picks!
Angelmaker is the second book by Londoner, and son of John Le Carré, Nick Harkaway. It’s been described as a crazy, comedic, sci-fi, noir (urban fantasy?) i.e. genre defying. About an antique clock repairman Joe Spork and the kindly old lady (or is she?!) he helps, who might just hold the key to a mysterious clock Spork has been trying to fix. Is it a 1950s doomsday clock? Why is he being watched by spies? Will they save the world? The book is already generating a lot of interest and it just sounds so good! (Check out the review from The Guardian).
This is the first novel by Robert Lyndon, who is also a falconer, and it’s set in 1072 after the Normans have captured England. A warrior called Vallon must save a Norman knight who’s been kidnapped by the Turks by capturing four rare hawks. This quest sets him on a journey around the world and on the adventure of a lifetime. Labelled a ‘historical adventure epic’ and described as well written, evocative and filled with wonderful period detail and characters, it sounds too good to miss. In fact several reviewers have said it was the best book they had read in a long time – so reserve it now!