New Korean eBooks

Korean eBooks have recently been added to our Overdrive eBook collection. You can enjoy fiction, recipes and comics written in Korean and also learn Korean with eAudiobooks! You can find more eBooks in this language by selecting “advanced search”, and then select “Korean” in the language dropdown box.

Here’s a selection of the new titles available:

Fiction eBooks

Overdrive cover 나의 불량조선, 박태인 (eBook)
“조선 시대에 나타난 뱀파이어! 이시호. 시호는 조선의 역관으로 자신의 정체를 숨긴 채 살아간다. 그러던 어느 날, 조선의 여인 허초희를 만나게 된다. 그녀는 자유로운 영혼이었다. 현모양처라는 조선의 여인상을 거부하고, 시와 문학, 학문을 공부하길 원했다. 공자님 말씀을 달달 외워 다니는 그녀는 집안의 골칫거리다. 허초희는 해박한 지식을 가진 채, 자유롭게 여러 나라를 오가며 살아가는 시호를 부러워한다. 시호의 집에 무작정 찾아가 학문을 가르쳐 달라고 말하는 허초희, 과연 그 둘의 운명은 어떻게 흘러갈지……?” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 해갈, 김지은 (eBook)
“누구에게나 가정이란 곳은 휴식처로 다가올 수 있을까? 과연 그 누구에게나 가족은, 집이란 곳은 안전하고 따뜻하기만 한 걸까? 소설에서는 익숙했던 가정의 모습을 낯선 방식으로 파헤치기 시작한다. 불완전하고 아파하는 가족들의 모습, 가족이지만 서로를 이해하지 못한 채 철저하게 타인으로 살아가고자 하는 이들. 이상함을 넘어서 끔찍함으로까지 다가오는 처절한 아픔의 기록들. 소설은 그래도 희망을 붙잡으려고 노력했던 한 여자의 삶을 통해 가족애와 인간성에 대하여 날카롭게 해부하고 있다.” (Overdrive description)

Cooking eBooks

Overdrive cover Korean Recipes, 해리엇 모리스 (eBook)
“『Korean Recipes』는 1945년 외국인 해리엇 교수가 집필한 ‘조선 요리법’ 영문판 요리책으로 국내에서 시초라고 볼 수 있는 책이다. 모두 잡곡밥 김치 국 반찬 고기 및 생선조리법 디저트 등의 다섯 가지로 구분을 하였으며 계절별 아침 점심 저녁음식 추천 메뉴를 소개하고 있다. 이른바 초창기 조선요리책으로 우리 음식의 과거를 음미해 볼 수 있는 귀중한 자료라고 할 수 있다. 서평 해리엇 모리스는 미국에 있으면서 한국음식에 남다른 관심을 두고 직접 한국인들을 집에 초대하여 음식에 관한 구체적 조리법을 익혔다. 이 책에 앞서 먼저 나온 1933년 George I. Kwon이 발간한 ‘Oriental Culinary Art’에서도 한국음식과 중국 일본 음식을 소개하고 있다. 저자는 한국에 있으면서 한국문화 전반에 관한 조예 깊은 관심과 음식연구에 여러 주변인으로부터 영향을 받았으며 특히 한국 대표 요리연구가인 방신영에게서 한국요리에 관해 도움을 받았다. 과거에서 근대에 이르기까지 많은 서양인들 책에 조선의 음식이 소개되어 왔으나 특히 이 책은 음식조리법의 상세한 레시피를 언급한 것은 이 책이 아마 처음이라고 할 수 있다. 그가 직접 체험한 경험을 바탕으로 조선인의 식생활 모습을 기술한 책이며 또 다른 흥미로운 자료로 값어치 있는 역사의 기록이라고 할 수 있다.” (Overdrive description)

Comic eBooks

Overdrive cover 임금님집에 예쁜 옷을 입혀요, 돌무 (eBook)
“투덜이 임금님마저도 바꿔버린 단청의 무한 매력. 우리나라 전통문화 ‘단청’의 아름다움을 쉽고 재미있게 풀어 쓴 의미 있는 창작 그림동화. 나만의 단청을 꾸밀 수 있는 코너를 덧붙여 창의력까지 쑥쑥! 가까운 절이나 고궁을 찾아 우리나라 전통문화 단청을 직접 확인하는 체험학습으로 연결시켜보세요!” (Overdrive description)

Business eBooks

Overdrive cover 손자병법, 손무 (eBook)
“리더를 꿈꾸는 직장인의 성공전략 필독서” (Overdrive description)

Learn Korean

Overdrive cover Korean, HarperCollins Publishers (Audiobook)
“Pick up the essentials of the Korean language with this easy-to-use audio introduction. Covering everything from finding your way to talking about yourself, this Collins 40-minute audio can help you learn short and simple phrases quickly by just listening and repeating. This audio lesson is also designed to compliment the Collins Gem Korean Phrasebook for an indispensable language guide.” (Overdrive description)

Librarians’ best books of 2015: Part 2

We’ve gathered a few more of our many librarians’ favourite books of 2015. Let us know your own picks in the comments!

Sue:
Syndetics book coverMy favourite books this year have been biographies. My life in houses by Margaret Forster gives an interesting account of the author’s life based around the houses she has lived in – quite as much a potted social history of England as well as an autobiography. I also enjoyed Kitchen privileges by Mary Higgins Clark – a captivating and humorous story of the very likeable American thriller-writer. My favourite novel was Something to hide by Deborah Moggach – fast-paced, well written, ingenious plot and interesting settings – London, Shanghai, Texas and West Africa.

Linda:
Syndetics book coverSatin Island by Tom McCarthy
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick dewitt
Vanessa and her sister by Priya Parmar
Sophie and the Sybil : a Victorian romance by Patricia Duncker

Tonia:
Syndetics book coverAll the light we cannot see : a novel / Anthony Doerr.
This novel intertwines the lives of a two young people, a blind French girl and a young German boy, caught up in the horrors of WW2. Told with great sensitivity and imagination, from both sides of the conflict.

Frith:
Syndetics book coverGone girl / Gillian Flynn.
I finally remembered to try this book, late to the literary party as usual. It kept me up, it kept me guessing, it kept me frantically turning pages. My workmates (who’d all read it!) gathered round in the break room watching with big grins,saying things like ‘You try and guess the ending, and we’ll laugh at you’. But I could never have guessed it, and I didn’t. You have to read it.

Ingrid:
Syndetics book coverRoom by Emma Donoghue was by far the best book I read in 2015 and unlike anything else I’ve read before. Raw and honest, the story captivated me from the very beginning and was very hard to put down! I’ve recommended it to at least 10 library users since.

Jay:
Syndetics book coverSlade House : a novel / by David Mitchell.
For Christmas I got myself the latest from David Mitchell, Slade House. I like his style of writing, as well as the new worlds of imagination that he opens up, and this one did not disappoint.

Frankie:
Syndetics book coverHaving now read Radioactive by Lauren Redniss, I can definitely say it is one of my favourites in a long time. It is a very interesting biography of the Curies, but mainly Marie, where science and love have an equal part, told in a sophisticated picture book format. The book is cleverly divided into chapters that refer to and illustrate the different stages of nuclear reaction. Marie Curie’s life is punctuated by stories of events and facts surrounding the effects of nuclear power & radioactivity to this day. Beautifully illustrated with cyanotype collages, this is an engrossing read and a visual feast that I would highly recommend to anyone. To top it all off, the book cover glows in the dark. How magical is that!
You can watch Lauren Redniss’ TedX talk eloquently explain the concept and design of this unique book.

Troy:
Syndetics book coverLook who’s back / Timur Vermes ; translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch.
A satirical German novel about Adolf Hitler waking up in a very transformed Berlin (run by a woman no less!) where everyone takes him for a very convincing actor, shooting him to internet then television stardom. Very comedic with Hitler’s obvious confusion as to his circumstances, as well as touching on modern German politics where some of Hitler’s populist attitudes are taking off, particularly where immigrants are concerned.

William:
Syndetics book coverMy favourite book of 2015 was Voices from Chernobyl: the oral history of a nuclear disaster by Svetlana Alexievich (translated by Keith Gessen) – Alexievich has collected personal accounts of the disaster, arranging them into monologues. The result is a fascinating, if often horrific, view of one of the major disasters of the 20th century.

Syndetics book coverThe other book I thought ruled was Zone by Mathias Enard (translated by Charlotte Mandell) – one big 500 page sentence about 2000 years of (really) bad stuff in the Mediterranean. Don’t be scared by people saying it is strictly for English Professors, it is a wonderful and insightful read.

Fiona:
Syndetics book coverM Train by Patti Smith is the favourite book I recall from last year. I knew going into it that I’d probably enjoy it, having loved her Just Kids memoir. But I loved this book even more for its stream of consciousness style, riffing on her travels (including the search for good coffee), her love of detective shows, and her discovery of the joys of Rockaway Beach and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

Monty:
Syndetics book coverBeing mortal : illness, medicine and what matters in the end / Atul Gawande.
Gawande fairly and thoroughly assesses and critiques the geriatrics industry and US attitudes to an increasingly older population. At the very centre of this well written book are touching and humane case studies of older patients and direct family adding substantial pathos and depth to revealing statistics and medical stories.
Never moves far from direct human experience, and at its best, often prompts honest self-reflection from the reader.

Nicola:
Syndetics book coverOur endless numbered days : a novel / by Claire Fuller.
Beautifully written novel dealing with a brutal coming-of-age, as a girl who lives with her father in the deep forest discovers that the world is not as she has been told.

Xinxin:
Syndetics book coverThe first foods book : 130 yummy recipes from weaning to the big table.
It’s not just a receipe book, it also has colourful photos of children eating. If you show this book to your toddler during meal time, you will find feeding time much easier!

Librarians’ best books of 2015: Part 1

We read some good, great, even excellent books this year. Here are a few WCL librarian favourites that we read this year, maybe they’ll make it on to your 2016 reading list! Happy new year from Wellington City Libraries!

Miranda:
Syndetics book coverPen & ink : tattoos and the stories behind them / Isaac Fitzgerald, Wendy MacNaughton
A question like “what does your tattoo mean?” can be difficult to answer, especially if there is a deeply personal or painful reason behind it, and the people featured in this book tell stories that range from funny to heartbreaking. Reading this book feels like listening to ‘Desert Island Discs’ – oddly voyeuristic, and utterly engrossing and fascinating.

Dianne:
Syndetics book coverFinnikin of the rock / Melina Marchetta. (first in the Lumatere Chronicles)
Sometimes with teen fiction you can see where a story is heading, but I couldn’t with this one. The characters were layered and complex. I felt like the author revealed details about their pasts only after I had drawn my own (often incorrect) conclusions about them, so I was constantly rethinking my feelings about each character. A strong focus in the novel was the fate of refugees who cannot return home and this was thought provoking as well since I was reading it at the height of media coverage of the refugee crisis in Europe.

Syndetics book coverMr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore / Robin Sloan.
This is a mystery with a touch of fantasy and magic. It is narrated by Clay Jannon, the main character, and describes his discovery of a 2nd hand book store, his eventual employment there and his deepening suspicions of a mystery involving the store and its owner. The ultimate revelations and outcomes were totally unexpected but satisfying. Also, if you borrow the book, check out the cover in the dark – gave me quite a surprise one night after I had put it down and turned out the light

Neil:
Syndetics book coverA god in ruins : a novel / Kate Atkinson.
A sort of follow up to Life After Life but much more convincing. Follows the life of Teddy from age 11 to 98 and the effect his wartime experiences had on his philosophy and personality.

Syndetics book coverFuture days : Krautrock and the building of modern Germany / David Stubbs.
A brilliant history of not only the music but the cultural evolution of post-War Germany and its effect on music and Western civilisation.

I also enjoyed Yeah yeah yeah: the story of modern pop by Bob Stanley and Clothes, clothes, clothes, music, music, music, boys, boys, boys by Viv Albertine.

Axel:
Syndetics book coverWonderstruck : a novel in words and pictures / Brian Selznick.
One of the best graphic novels/chapter books I’ve read this year! Selznick smartly weaves 2 parallel stories –one in letters, the other one in drawings- which are neatly synchronized, so that both characters somehow live the same, though in different time periods. Impressive!

Syndetics book coverThe Z was zapped : a play in twenty-six acts / Chris Van Allsburg.
Amazing illustrations by one of the best: Chris Van Allsburg. This book – shelved under the “Sophisticated Picture Books” – will keep you guessing what is happening to each letter of the alphabet. We already know the Z was Zapped but it’s not as easy as you might think! Kids will surely learn some cool words in the process 😉

Jessica:
Syndetics book coverThis one summer / Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki.
A coming of age graphic novel. Has the dreamy-ist tones with a touch of mystery and concern for growing up.

Syndetics book coverThe edible woman / Margaret Atwood.
My first Atwood novel and it definitely lived up to expectation. The main character is almost too relatable in her confusing regarding her place in society. Though the things that were going on throughout the book could have been dramatic there was a calmness that made it a pleasure to read. I also enjoyed the little references to other books and authors scattered throughout.

Syndetics book coverThe wrong place & The making of / Brecht Evens.
Such incredible artwork! Not your typical graphic novel in terms of layout, with some images spanning both pages and a sense of Where’s Wally about them which finds you staring for hours (or minutes, but let’s over exaggerate!). Not to mention that the stories are fantastic. Of the two I favoured The Making Of for its night time forest scenes. It’s really something that has to be seen rather than described.

John:
Syndetics book coverStranger than we can imagine : making sense of the twentieth century / John Higgs.
Every once in a while a book comes along that can cause one to become a bit annoying to friends as it seems perfectly obvious that everyone should read it and it should be made required reading in schools worldwide immediately. John Higgs book struck me this way and all I can say is, if you want to know why we live in such befuddled, mixed up times then you may find out by reading this book.

Rachel:
Syndetics book coverSaga / Brian K. Vaughan, writer ; Fiona Staples, artist.
In 2015 I finally discovered Saga, one of the most incredible (and beautifully drawn) comic stories I’ve ever read. It follows a couple whose differing races are in an intergalactic war with one another, and the couple’s struggle to survive and keep their family together while on the run from the ruthless robot prince. We’ve got volumes 1-5 in our collection so you can gorge on it too, for a bit.

Syndetics book coverMore happy than not / Adam Silvera.
This is a young adult contemporary novel, but with a sci-fi twist. In this story, everything is as we know it, except that the technology to allow memory alterations exists. It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel – it’s extremely well written and gripping! I can’t wait to see what Adam Silvera writes next.

Alison:
Syndetics book coverThe conductor / Sarah Quigley.
New Zealand author Sarah Quigley gives a great insight into the gruelling reality of daily life during the brutal Siege of Leningrad, in 1941-2. The novel centres on conductor Karl Eliasberg, his love/hate relationship with composer Dmitri Shostakovich and the musical elite of Leningrad, and the way extraordinary circumstances change people for better or worse. One of the book’s themes is Shostakovich’s struggle to complete his Seventh (Leningrad) Symphony during the Siege and a CD is included so you can listen to this powerful symphony as you read.

Xavier:
Syndetics book coverHow to thrive in the next economy : designing tomorrow’s world today / John Thackara.
A fascinating and easy read examining the ‘ecocidal’ practices of western/global systems and the contemporary initiatives that are actively reshaping them.
One of the few design perspectives out there that considers the health of our soils, forests, rivers and oceans as the backbone of quality of life, which urgently helps lead the way into a new economic age built around existing ecosystems.

Lambda Literary Award finalists in our eBook collection

Recent additions to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual (LGBT) titles in our Overdrive collection in eLibrary saw a number of this year’s Lambda Literary Award finalists. These include the incredible memoir from the actor Alan Cumming, who was in New Zealand for Auckland Writers & Readers festival.  Whether it’s thought-provoking memoirs or other non-fiction – or just a light romance or mystery novel for the beach – that you want, you’ll see it below, or in the rest of the collection online via Overdrive.

Overdrive cover A Family by Any Other Name, by Bruce Gillespie (eBook)
(Finalist, LGBT anthology) “At no other time in history have lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) relationships and families been more visible or numerous. A Family by Any Other Name recognizes and celebrates this advance by exploring what “family” means to people today. The anthology includes a wide range of perspectives on queer relationships and families—there are stories on coming out, same-sex marriage, adopting, having biological kids, polyamorous relationships, families without kids, divorce, and dealing with the death of a spouse, as well as essays by straight writers about having a gay parent or child. These personal essays are by turns funny, provocative, and intelligent, but all are moving and honest. Including writers from across North America, this collection offers honest and moving real-life stories about relationships and creating families in the twenty-first century.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Double Exposure, by Bridget Birdsall (eBook)
(Finalist, LGBT Children/Young Adult) “Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas was raised as a boy, yet she knows something others don’t. She’s a girl. And after her dad dies, it becomes painfully obvious that she must prove it now—to herself and to the world. Born with ambiguous genitalia, Alyx has always felt a little different. But it’s after she sustains a terrible beating behind a 7-Eleven that she and her mother pack up their belongings and move from California to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to start a new life—and Alyx begins over again, this time as a girl… A stunning debut young adult novel from Bridget Birdsall, Double Exposure brings to light complex gender issues, teenage insecurities, and overcoming all obstacles. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover She of the Mountains, by Vivek Shraya (eBook)
(“Finalist, bisexual fiction) “In the beginning, there is no he. There is no she. Two cells make up one cell. This is the mathematics behind creation. One plus one makes one. Life begets life. We are the period to a sentence, the effect to a cause, always belonging to someone. We are never our own. This is why we are so lonely.
She of the Mountains is a beautifully rendered illustrated novel by Vivek Shraya, the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist God Loves Hair. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Not My Father’s Son, by Alan Cumming (eBook)
(Finalist, bisexual non-fiction) “A beloved star of stage and screen, Alan Cumming’s life and career have been shaped by a complex and dark family past – full of troubled memories, kept buried away. But then an unexpected phone call from his long-estranged father brought the pain of the past hurtling back into the present, and unravelled everything he thought he knew about himself. Not My Father’s Son is the story of his journey of discovery, both a memoir of his childhood in Scotland, and an investigation into his family history which would change him forever.  ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Thief Taker, by William Holden (eBook)
(Finalist, gay erotica) “Fleeing London, Thomas Newton reaches Paris full of hopes for a new life with Pierre Baptiste. The hopes are quickly shattered. There are unsettling rumors about Pierre’s past and very real threats in the present. Arrested on false charges, thrown into a dank prison, Thomas must decide whether he can trust Pierre’s help to winning back his freedom. But freedom will bring other risks, especially if it requires a return to London and all that he fled. The men from his past whom he betrayed—and who might well want revenge. His avowed enemies, the bigots that chased him across the channel. And, worst of all, everything he doesn’t know about his family. To survive, he will have to play both sides of the life—as a thief taker. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Body Counts, by Sean Strub (eBook)
(Finalist, gay memoir/biography) “The founder of POZ magazine shares “a captivating…eyewitness account from inside the AIDS epidemic” (Next) and “a moving, multi-decade memoir of one gay man’s life” (San Francisco Chronicle)… From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol’s Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements, Strub’s story crackles with history. He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St. Patrick’s Cathedral as well as at the home of US Sen­ator Jesse Helms. With an astonishing cast of characters, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Keith Haring, Bill Clinton, and Yoko Ono, is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era: “A page-turner…[with] the suspense and horror of Paul Monette’s memoir Borrowed Time and the drama of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart….What a lot of action—and life—there is in this gripping book” (The Washington Post). ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Fair Game, by Josh Lanyon (eBook)
(Finalist, gay mystery) “A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him–but it seems his old life isn’t finished with him.  A young man has gone missing from campus–and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case. Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer’s obsessive game…” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, by Francine Prose (eBook)
(Finalist, lesbian fiction) “A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself… Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose’s finest novel yet.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Cease, by Lynette Loeppky (eBook)
(Finalist, lesbian memoir/biography) “Cecile and Lynette were living on an “Old MacDonald”-style hobby farm, commuting into the city for work. Each evening Lyn would come home to a farm full of animals and the unpredictable Cec. She could be brilliant, insightful, engaging. She could also turn on Lyn, suddenly and cruelly. After eight-and-a-half years, just as Lyn had decided to leave and was beginning to plan her exit, Cec became seriously ill. Almost overnight Lyn found herself in the role of caregiver at Cec’s hospital bedside… Cease is a blunt and honest account of experiences that are usually kept hidden. Told with a frank and intimate voice, Cease offers an unsentimental look at the inner workings of a uniquely difficult relationship that is revealed for what it is – more human than strange.” (Overdrive description) [LAMBDA lesbian memoir nominee]

Overdrive cover Slash and Burn, by Valerie Bronwen (eBook)
(Finalist, lesbian mystery) “The Angels and Demons Literary Weekend brings former New Orleans resident Winter Lovelace back to town from her gig as writer-in-residence at a prestigious women’s college in upstate New York. Winter desperately needs a break from the book she is struggling to finish, and hopes that this weekend will inspire her and trigger her creativity. But while waiting for a friend in a hotel courtyard, a body lands at her feet, and Winter is dragged into a baffling mystery quite against her will. The victim is a notorious “m/m romance” author who is also a homophobe, and the list of people who wanted her dead is quite extensive. Winter herself is considered a suspect!” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Jolt, by Kris Bryant (eBook)
(Finalist, lesbian romance) “Mystery writer Bethany Lange wasn’t prepared for the twisting emotions that left her breathless the moment she laid eyes on folk singer sensation Ali Hart. Of course she was flat on her back and looking up and backward at the gorgeous singer, but that didn’t stop her body and heart from bursting into a kaleidoscope of want, need, and lust. Scared at the intensity of her feelings, Bethany does everything she can to avoid Ali at Camp Jacomo, the camp designed specifically for children of lesbian and gay families where Bethany volunteers every summer…. On her last day at camp, Ali approaches Bethany with an offer of friendship, but they both know it’s the prelude to something bolder. Should Bethany take the risk? Does she really believe she can balance her quiet private life with Ali’s outspoken one?” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Pregnant Butch, by A.K. Summers (eBook)
(Finalist, LGBT graphic novels) “First pregnancy can be a fraught, uncomfortable experience for any woman, but for resolutely butch lesbian Teek Thomasson, it is exceptionally challenging: Teek identifies as a masculine woman in a world bent on associating pregnancy with a cult of uber-femininity. …Written and illustrated by A.K. Summers, and based on her own pregnancy, Pregnant Butch strives to depict this increasingly common, but still underrepresented experience of queer pregnancy with humor and complexity—from the question of whether suspenders count as legitimate maternity wear to the strains created by different views of pregnancy within a couple and finally to a culturally critical and compassionate interrogation of gender in pregnancy.” (Overdrive description)

 

The best of the best: must reads from this month’s fiction selections

The following titles have been chosen from our monthly new fiction selections. They are all highly recommended for great reading.

Syndetics book coverClockwork lives / Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart ; illustrations by Nick Robles.
Another exhilarating steampunk novel that returns to the world the authors introduced in Clockwork Angels. Included are great illustrations by Nick Robles.

Syndetics book coverLegends of the tour / Jan Cleijne.
One of this year’s best graphic novels, not only for the art work, but also the fascinating story line, a history of the Tour de France, with all its corruption, agony and glory. A must read.

Syndetics book coverLast bus to wisdom / Ivan Doig. Last Bus to Wisdom
This novel was such a pleasure to read, wise and funny, but sadly it is the author’s final work.

Syndetics book coverThe evening chorus : a novel / Helen Humphreys.
A truly delightful novel, brilliantly constructed, fabulous writing, definitely leaving the reader wanting more.

Syndetics book coverDark corners / Ruth Rendell.
Psychological suspense at its best, that never disappoints when written by one of the best authors in this genre that sadly may be irreplaceable.

Tech talk – computing, coding & designing

Are you wondering where on earth to start with setting up an email account or would you like to develop a new app? From beginners to experts, the library has books on computing and technology to suit all levels. Also check out our new database Lynda.com which is chock-full of online tutorials in IT, web design, development, animation and software too numerous to name.

Syndetics book coverThe computing universe : a journey through a revolution / Tony Hey, Gyuri Pápay.
“Computers now impact almost every aspect of our lives, from our social interactions to the safety and performance of our cars. How did this happen in such a short time? This book leads us on a journey from the early days of computers in the 1930s to the cutting-edge research of the present day that will shape computing in the coming decades. This exciting and accessible introduction will open up the universe of computing to anyone who has ever wondered where his or her smartphone came from.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow computers work : the evolution of technology / Ron White ; illustrated by Timothy Edward Downs.
“This full-color, fully illustrated guide to the world of technology assumes nothing and explains everything. For two decades, How Computers Work has helped newbies understand new technology, while hackers and IT pros have treasured it for the depth of knowledge it contains. This is the perfect book about computing to capture your imagination, delight your eyes, and expand your mind, no matter what your technical level! Beautifully detailed illustrations and jargon-free explanations walk you through the technology that is shaping our lives. See the hidden workings inside computers, smartphones, tablets, Google Glass, and the latest tech inventions.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover“Is this thing on?” : a friendly guide to everything digital for newbies, technophobes, and the kicking & screaming / Abby Stokes ; illustrations by Michael Sloan and Susan Hunt Yale.
“How to choose, buy, and start using the computer or tablet that’s just right for you, plus how to set everything up for maximum comfort and safety. How to connect to the Internet, sign up for email, understand and use search engines, and get started with word processing and text messaging. How to choose, buy, and start using a smartphone. How to take and share digital photographs and videos. How to discover online communities and participate in social media. How to explore the world of apps, online music, streaming movies, and ebooks.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWindows 10 for Seniors for the Beginning Computer User : Get Started With Windows 10
“Perfect for older adults who want to get started using computers, this book walks users through the basics of the Windows 10 operating system in an easy, step-by-step manner. The guide has been tested by seniors and is focused on acquiring practical skills including how to use the mouse, write letters and memos, send and receive email, and explore the internet. It offers additional exercises for practicing a variety of different tasks, a convenient reference section, and an extensive index, and there are instructional videos available online on the book’s support website.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHelp your kids with computer coding : a unique step-by-step visual guide, from binary code to building games / Carol Vorderman, Jon Woodcock, Sean McManus, Craig Steele, Claire Quigley, Daniel McCafferty.
“Introduce your kids to the world of computer programming early, with a fun and approachable method. This book begins by introducing the essential concepts of programming with simple instructions, and without specialized computer lingo. Fun projects throughout let kids start putting their computer skills into practice and build their own code using Scratch programming and Python, the two most popular languages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCoding for beginners in easy steps / Mike McGrath.
“The book instructs you how to write code to create your own computer programs. It contains separate chapters demonstrating how to store information in data structures, how to control program flow using control structures, and how to create re-usable blocks of code in program functions. There are complete step-by-step example programs that demonstrate each aspect of coding, together with screenshots that illustrate the actual output when each program has been executed. The examples throughout this book feature the popular Python programming language but additionally the final chapter demonstrates a comparison example in the C, C++, and Java programming languages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverManaging Apple devices / Arek Dreyer, Kevin M. White.
“This all-in-one resource teaches a wide variety of Apple management technologies; explains the theory behind the tools; and provides practical, hand-on exercises to get you up and running with the tools. You will be introduced to Apple management technologies including Mobile Device Management, the Volume Purchase Program, and the Device Enrollment Program. The exercises contained within this guide are designed to let you explore and learn the tools provided by Apple for deploying and managing iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite systems.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverProfessional Android wearables / David Cuartielles Ruiz and Andreas Goransson.
“Professional Android Wearables covers how to use the Android Wear platform and other techniques to build real-world apps for a variety of wearables including smartbands, smartwatches, and smart glasses. In no time, you’ll grasp how wearables can connect us to the Internet in more pervasive ways than with PCs, tablets, or mobile devices; how to build code using Google’s Wear SDK for Android-enabled hardware devices; how Android Wear and other Android development techniques are capable of building several presented example projects; and much more.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCore Java for the impatient / Cay S. Horstmann.
“Core Java® for the Impatient is a complete but concise guide to Java SE 8. If you’re an experienced programmer, Horstmann’s practical insights and sample code will help you quickly take advantage of lambda expressions (closures), streams, and other Java language and platform improvements. Whether you are just getting started with modern Java or are an experienced developer, this guide will be invaluable for anyone who wants to write tomorrow’s most robust, efficient, and secure Java code.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBuilding open source hardware : DIY manufacturing for hackers and makers / Alicia Gibb with [fourteen others].
“This is the first hands-on guide to the entire process of designing and manufacturing open source hardware. Drawing on extensive personal experience with DIY, maker, and hardware hacking projects, industry-leading contributors share proven approaches to design, remixing, fabrication, manufacturing, troubleshooting, licensing, documentation, and running an open source hardware business.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Books for International Coming Out Day 2015

Our latest selection of #LGBT additions to our Overdrive eBooks include Clare Logan’s prize-winning short stories, a Stonewall memoir, a trans FtM collection of stories alongside genre gay and lesbian fiction. In this group, we’re particularly excited to see Lillian Faderman’s latest work of lesbian and gay history available so soon in eBook form.

Overdrive cover The Gay Revolution, Lillian Faderman (eBook)
“The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights—from the 1950s to the present—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day. The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when law classified gays and lesbians as criminals, the psychiatric profession saw them as mentally ill, the churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with irrational hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond. Faderman discusses the protests in the 1960s; the counter reaction of the 1970s and early eighties; the decimated but united community during the AIDS epidemic; and the current hurdles for the right to marriage equality.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, Kirsty Logan (eBook)
Winner of the Polari First Book Prize 2015 and the Scott Prize for Short Stories “Twenty tales of lust and loss. These stories feature clockwork hearts, lascivious queens, paper men, island circuses, and a flooded world. On the island of Skye, an antlered girl and a tiger-tailed boy resolve never to be friends – but can they resist their unique connection? In an alternative 19th-century Paris, a love triangle emerges between a man, a woman, and a coin-operated boy. A teenager deals with his sister’s death by escaping from their tiny Scottish island – but will she let him leave? In 1920s New Orleans, a young girl comes of age in her mother’s brothel. Some of these stories are radical retellings of classic tales, some are modern-day fables, but all explore substitutions for love. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Indivisible Heart, (eBook)
“The discovery of a grotesquely mutilated body of a young man in Seville, Spain, sets off an investigation into an apparently psycho-sexual murder that has disturbing personal implications for chief detective Manuel Arroyo and Olivier Joaquin Ortega, the forensic pathologist handling the case. Interwoven with the official search to understand this mysterious death is the murder victim’s haunting narration of the final days in his life, stalked by a psychopath through the squares, bars, and cafes of the city. What drives his pursuer to murder? ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Chameleon’s Tale, Andrea Bramhall (eBook)
Latest from the Lambda Winner “Childhood friends Imogen and Amahle couldn’t come from more different backgrounds. One privileged and the other little more than a slave, yet they thought nothing could tear their friendship apart. But a changing political landscape and an uncertain future cast Imogen into a lonely world away from everything and everyone she knows, and by the time she returns to Africa, everything has changed. Betrayal, deceit, and anger are the currency of the day, and it is a far cry from the life Imogen wants to lead.When Amahle’s family is caught up in the middle of a bitter legal battle, she fights for what she believes is right. But what happens when those you believe in let you down? ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Finding Masculinity, (eBook)
“Finding Masculinity is a collection of stories from a small cross section of the transgender male community that shares insight into the diversity of life experiences of transgender men, beyond the traditional narrative. This anthology examines the many facets of life that transition impacts; transitioning on the job, emotional and spiritual growth, family, navigating the medical community, as well as romantic relationships. The stories within come from scientists, teachers, fathers, veterans, and artists who share how being visible as the masculine humans they identify as has developed, changed, and evolved their sense of masculinity. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover And Then I Danced, Mark Segal (eBook)
“”[A] swiftly written debut memoir…[Segal] vividly describes his firsthand experience as a teenager inside the Stonewall bar during the historic riots, his participation with the Gay Liberation Front, and amusing encounters with Elton John and Patti LaBelle….A jovial yet passionately delivered self-portrait inspiring awareness about LGBT history from one of the movement’s true pioneers.”—Kirkus Reviews” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Talk, Linda Rosenkrantz and Stephen Koch (eBook)
“Talk is a hilariously irreverent and racy testament to dialogue: the gossip, questioning, analysis, arguments, and revelations that make up our closest friendships. It’s the summer of 1965 and Emily, Vincent, and Marsha are at the beach. All three are ambitious and artistic; all are hovering around thirty; and all are deeply and mercilessly invested in analyzing themselves and everyone around them. Controversial upon its first publication in 1968, Talk remains fresh, lascivious, and laugh-out-loud funny nearly fifty years later.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Daughter of Mystery, Heather Rose Jones (eBook)
“Margerit Sovitre did not expect to inherit Baron Saveze’s fortunes—even less his bodyguard, a ruthlessly efficient swordswoman known only as Barbara. Wealth suddenly makes Margerit a highly eligible heiress and buys her the enmity of the new Baron. He had expected to inherit all, and now eyes her fortune with open envy. Barbara proudly served as the old Baron’s duelist but she had expected his death to make her a free woman. Bitterness turns to determination when she finds herself the only force that stands between Margerit and the new Baron’s greed.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Let Me Explain You, Annie Liontas (eBook)
“A powerful debut novel about a Greek American family and its enigmatic patriarch from a riveting new voice in contemporary literature.
Stavros Stavros Mavrakis, Greek immigrant and proud owner of the Gala Diner, believes he has just ten days to live. As he prepares for his final hours, he sends a scathing email to his ex-wife and three grown daughters, outlining his wishes for how they each might better live their lives. With varying degrees of laughter and scorn, his family and friends dismiss his behavior as nothing more than a plea for attention, but when Stavros disappears, those closest to him are forced to confront the possibility of his death.” (Overdrive description)
Interview with the author
Also of note:
London Calling, Clare Lydon
The Found Child: A Tale of Unauthorised Parenthood, Lucy Jane Bledsloe
New York Nights, Sawyer Caine

 

 

 

Doodles and Zentangles

It happens that I’ve always dreamed of being able to draw. Unfortunately I don’t really have the talent. Not that I’m that bad, but I would never consider myself an illustrator.

To fulfill this dream of mine I decided to try doodles and zentangles. They are pattern like drawings that are told to help free your mind and is good to relax and even helps with pain management.

So I bought some cool fineliner pens and put it into work:

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We have some books that you can be inspired by:

Syndetics book coverThe art of zentangle : 50 inspiring drawings, designs & ideas for the meditative artist / [senior editor, Stephanie Meissner].
The Art of Zentangle teaches artists of all skill levels the meditative process of combining shapes and lines to make complex and interesting final pieces of artwork.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverZentangle : the inspiring and mindful drawing method / Jane Marbaix.
“Aimed at beginners, this book shows how beautiful images can be created from repeating patterns. Accredited Zentangle teacher Jane Marbaix demonstrates a range of patterns one step at a time and offers a sourcebook of her own designs to inspire tanglers to try something different. Proven to reduce stress and enhance creativity in people of all ages, Zentangle does not require a background in practical art or expensive materials to produce pleasing result, as Anyone Can Zentangle proves. A wonderfully mindful artform helping attain zen like peaceful states in our day to day lives.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe beauty of zentangle : inspirational examples from 137 tangle artists worldwide / Suzanne McNeill, CZT and Cindy Shepard, CZT.
“Zentangle is fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon, attracting individuals from all walks of life. The Beauty of Zentangle celebrates this simple but elegant new craft with hundreds of sensational one-of-a-kind designs from around the world. This invitation-only collection of the very best Zentangle-inspired art includes stunning masterpieces from breakthrough artists and CZTs like Suzanne McNeill, Cindy Shepard, Marie Browning, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and many more. Their inventive tangles are at the forefront of a new wave of creative expression and personal freedom.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverZentangle untangled : inspiration and prompts for meditative drawing / Kass Hall.
“Unwind, Tangle and Relax! In Zentangle Untangled, Kass Hall introduces you to the fun and relaxing “doodling” process of Zentangle©–an engaging art form that uses repetitive patterns to create striking works of art that anyone can achieve regardless of age or artistic ability. Following an explanation of the Zentangle© process, inside you will find 12 step-by-step demonstrations showing you how to create enticing tangle patterns, followed by several examples of how to add eye-popping color to your pieces, as well as fun ways to use tangles in your art journals. Captivating pieces from Kass and a slew of other artists will further satisfy your craving for inspiration!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover500 tangled artworks : a showcase of inspired illustrated designs / Beckah Krahula.
“Become inspired by this vast collection of meditative drawing tiles known as tangles!” (Syndetics summary)

The Best of the Best: must reads from this month’s fiction selections

The following titles have been chosen from our monthly new fiction selections. They are all highly recommended for great reading.

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I’d walk with my friends if I could find them / Jesse Goolsby.
This is a very powerful debut novel about three American soldiers haunted by their actions in Afghanistan, and their problems of readjustment to normal life.

Open grave : a mystery / Kjell Eriksson ; translated from the Swedish by Paul Norlen.
A great read, this typically chilling Swedish crime novel ,is about revenge and renunciation.

The reader on the 6.27 / Jean-Paul Didierlaurent ; translated by Ros Schwartz.
If you only read one translated novel this year, make it this one. Absolutely delightful.

Aurora / Kim Stanley Robinson.
One of the best from one of the best Science Fiction writers, just brilliant.

The fade out : act one / Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips.
Masterful story line, and fabulous illustrations, a not to be missed graphic novel.

New LGBT eBooks for early Autumn

A Green Carnation winner, an exploration of gender, a few romances from popular authors plus a fantastic anthology from well-known Scottish writers – here’s a selection of new LGBT eBooks to keep you entertained in March.

Overdrive cover Against Doctor’s Orders / Radclyffe
From fan-favourite writer/publisher Radclyffe, a new romance, : “There’d been a Rivers at the helm of Argyle Community Hospital for six generations, and Harper Rivers was set to take her father’s place whenever he decided to hang up his shingle. Unfortunately, the board of directors had other ideas—they accepted a buyout offer from a health care conglomerate with plans to close the hospital’s doors to the community that depended on it. And Presley Worth, a high-powered corporate financier, came to town to oversee the closure. Funny thing was, no one asked Harper, and she had no intentions of following anyone’s orders but her own—no matter how beautiful, smart, or commanding the new boss might be. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Out There / edited by Zoe Strachan
“In the year that Scotland votes on independence from the rest of the UK, Freight Books brings a new and definitive anthology of poetry and prose writing from Scotland’s leading and emerging LGBT writers, including the likes of Ali Smith, Louise Welsh, Kerry Hudson, Jackie Kay, Ronald Frame, Toni Davidson, Val McDermid, Damian Barr and many others. The writing will be as provocative, thoughtful, moving and as fully-charged with energy as one would expect from the country’s celebrated community of LGBT artists. Edited by award-winning novelist Zoe Strachan. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Excluded, / Julie Serano
“As a trans woman, bisexual, and femme activist, Julia Serano has spent much of the last ten years challenging various forms of exclusion within feminist and queer/LGBTQ movements. In Excluded, she chronicles many of these instances of exclusion and argues that marginalizing others often stems from a handful of assumptions that are routinely made about gender and sexuality. These false assumptions infect theories, activism, organizations, and communities—and worse, they enable people to vigorously protest certain forms of sexism while simultaneously ignoring and even perpetuating others. Serano advocates for a new approach to fighting sexism that avoids these pitfalls and offers new ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, and sexism that foster inclusivity rather than exclusivity.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Any Other Mouth / Annaliese Mackintosh
(2014 Green Carnation Winner) “A viciously funny and heart-breaking collection of semi-autobiographical short stories from of one the UK’s most exciting new voices. ‘Any Other Mouth’ is a gut-wrenching and shockingly frank account of sexual misadventure, familial disintegration, bereavement and self-discovery, in the vein of David Vann’s ‘Legend of a Suicide’, Susanna Kaysen’s ‘Girl, Interrupted’, and Miranda July’s ‘Nobody Belongs Here More Than You’. In this highly personal work, Anneliese Mackintosh has taken the most intense episodes of her life so far, and reimagined them in these profound, playful and poignant tales. ” (Overdrive description)

 

Overdrive cover Murder in the Arts District, / Greg Herren (eBook)
Popular gay romance writer Herren is back with his latest book: “When neither the cops nor their insurance company believes a wealthy gay couple’s valuable art collection was stolen, they hire Chanse MacLeod to track down the thieves and the missing art. Chanse isn’t entirely sure he believes the couple, either—especially when it turns out some of the art may have been forgeries. The trail of the art leads him to a new gallery on Julia Street in the Arts District opened by a couple new to town that seem to have no past. When one of them turns up dead and the other vanishes, it’s now up to Chanse to find not only the missing art, but a ruthless murderer who will kill anyone who gets in the way. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Gender Failure, (eBook)
“Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon are accomplished, award-winning writers, musicians, and performers; they are also both admitted “gender failures.” In their first collaborative book, Ivan and Rae explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and how ultimately our expectations and assumptions around traditional gender roles fail us all. Based on their acclaimed 2012 live show that toured across the United States and in Europe, Gender Failure is a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, lyrics, and images documenting Ivan and Rae’s personal journeys from gender failure to gender enlightenment. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, it’s a book that will touch LGBTQ readers and others, revealing, with candor and insight, that gender comes in more than two sizes.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Myth and Magic, Queer Folktales / edited by Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman (eBook)
“Myth, magic, and monsters—the stuff of childhood dreams (or nightmares) and adult fantasies. Delve into these classic fairy tales retold with a queer twist and surrender to the world of seductive spells and dark temptations.” (Overdrive description)

Two books from Smashwords Press for reading online via Overdrive Read:
Overdrive cover Ice / Lyn Gardner
A romance with a difference, with two British police detectives fighting against the odds: “Ice begins when a boy is kidnapped from a London park and Detective Inspectors Alex Blake and Maggie Campbell are brought together to work on the case. While their goal is the same, their work ethics are not. Intelligent, perceptive and at times disobedient, Alex Blake does what she believes it takes to do her job. Maggie Campbell has a slightly different approach. She believes that rule books were written for a reason.Unexpectedly, their dynamics mesh, but when her feelings for Alex become stronger than she wants to admit, Maggie provokes the worst in Alex to ensure that they will never be partners again.Three years later, fate brings them together again. ..” (adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Where the HeArt is / Pat Rosier,
This is Pat Rosier’s last book, published before her death in June 2014. Hard to obtain in print, we are thrilled to make it available as an eBook.
“It was her mother’s idea that forty-year-old Ann should go traveling. Ann’s partner has walked out and she’s been made redundant from a university job she enjoys, teaching the Romantic poets…Travel will give her a break from well-meaning advice and a chance to think about future directions for her fractured life. …A decidedly non-familial encounter with a dynamic librarian in London and an impetuous mistake in Paris mean that Ann returns to New Zealand and her future both shaken and stirred.” (adapted from the Overdrive description)