The Best of the Best: must reads from the latest fiction selections

The following titles have been chosen from our monthly new fiction selections. This time we have a bumper selection of books, chosen from arrivals in recent weeks. They are all highly recommended for great reading.

Syndetics book coverGeneral theory of oblivion / José Eduardo Agualusa, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn.
A novel set in post-colonial Angola, by an award winning Portuguese writer, that will be remembered long after the last page is read.

Syndetics book coverThe march of the foxgloves / Karyn Hay.
A fascinating historical novel, with a plot that is highly entertaining and very amusing.

Syndetics book coverMansfield and me : a graphic memoir / Sarah Laing.
A very clever, very New Zealand story that is quite brilliant.

Syndetics book coverNormal / Warren Ellis.
A gripping intelligent techno-thriller set in the near future.

Syndetics book coverBlack water lilies / Michel Bussi ; translated from the French by Shaun Whiteside.
This French best seller is guaranteed to keep readers hooked until the final pages with their astounding revelations.

Syndetics book coverCarthago / [Christophe Bec, writer ; Eric Henninot, Milan Jovanovic, artists].
Fabulous illustrations, and a gripping multi-layered story.

Syndetics book coverDear Mr. M : a novel / Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett.
A literary thriller, that will keep the reader in suspense until the last page.

Syndetics book coverFear / Dirk Kurbjuweit ; translated from the German by Imogen Taylor.
This is a murder story, a psychological thriller, and something more, a gripping and thought-provoking read.

Syndetics book coverCity of strangers : a novel / Louise Millar.
With well-drawn characters and increased suspense to a roaring conclusion that ties the two plot threads together, this is a very satisfying thriller.

Syndetics book coverEmpire games / Charles Stross.
This is a continuation of Stross’s popular Merchant Princes series and is more a high-tech thriller than a fantasy about walking between worlds in a multiverse, this first of three alternate histories. All the brilliance of imagination readers have come to expect with this writer.

The best of the best: must reads from the latest fiction selections

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

Syndetics book coverCooking for Picasso : a novel / Camille Aubray.
Art, food, music love and mystery all on the French Riviera, delightful page turning escapism.

Syndetics book coverDark matter : a novel / by Blake Crouch.
A skillfully plotted science fiction technothriller about multiple realities, great edge of the seat reading.

Syndetics book coverHeroes of the frontier : a novel / Dave Eggers.
A fast–paced topical,truly entertaining funny novel, from a highly acclaimed writer.

Syndetics book cover5,000 km per second / Manuele Fior ; translated from Italian by Jamie Richards.
This Italian award winning graphic novel, with stunningly beautiful artwork, is full of emotion, sad, yet hopeful.

Syndetics book coverA rising man / Abir Mukherjee.
A gripping, atmospheric historical crime novel.

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 coverThe passenger : a novel / Lisa Lutz.The Passenger
A thrilling page turner, gripping suspense throughout.

Syndetics book coverBlood sisters / Graham Masterton.
The latest from a master in the mystery genre. Not to be missed.

Syndetics book coverThe builders / Daniel Polansky.
An anthropomorphic fantasy, of survival, and revenge.

Syndetics book coverWhen the professor got stuck in the snow / Dan Rhodes.
A wonderful satire, featuring professor Richard Dawkins, a light and whimsical read.

Syndetics book coverMunnu : a boy from Kashmir / Malik Sajad.
A beautifully drawn, an amazing semi-autobiographical insight into everyday life in Kashmir.

The best of the best: must reads from this October’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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Undermajordomo Minor / Patrick deWitt.
This highly recommended novel is just wonderful. Plenty of dark humor, suspense, real escapism. Patrick De Witt will be here next year as a guest at Writers and Readers Week.

Depth / Lev AC Rosen.
A brilliantly imagined novel that combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where the rising ocean levels have left New York twenty-one stories under water and cut off from the rest of the United States.

The thrilling adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, with interesting & curious anecdotes of celebrated and distinguished characters fully illustrating a variety of instructive and amusing scenes ; as performed within and without the remarkable difference engine, embellished with portraits and scientifick diagrams / Sydney Padua.
Not just chosen for probably one of the longest titles in the Graphic Novel collection, but this is truly a work of art, with diagrams, extensive footnotes, and an unusual compelling story.

All that followed : a novel / Gabriel Urza.
A mystery that is really compelling, with a psychologically twisting plot set in a small Spanish town. This is an amazing debut novel.

Trifecta / Ian Wedde.
This is the eighth novel from the veteran, award winning New Zealander and one not to be missed. You will not be disappointed.

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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When the moon is low / Nadia Hashimi.
An amazing book that tells of the harrowing and dangerous journeys refugees face in their search for safety. This is a brilliantly written novel about one brave Afghan woman’s odyssey.

The night sister : a novel / Jennifer McMahon.
Set in Vermont, this is atmospheric, gripping, and suspenseful tale that probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets. A true page turner.

Straits of hell / Taylor Anderson.
The latest in the alternate history Destroyermen series. It continues as a game-changing conspiracy throws the hope of honor, trust, and survival into chaos. Pure escapism.

Your father sends his love / Stuart Evers.
A book of powerful emotion: of vulnerability, duty, betrayal, loss, anger, fear and joy, of parental love and parental mistakes.

March of the crabs. Volume 1, The crabby condition / written and illustrated by Arthur de Pins ; translation by Edward Gauvin.
The diversity of graphic novel themes never ceases to amaze. This one is just fabulous, with more volumes to look forward to.

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.