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Books, New, Simon

Brand New Books

21.10.08 | 1 Comment

More new books – we seem to get quite a few, which means, sadly, some of the older ones have to go (you may see them in one of our booksales). It is the Circle of Life.

The 10pm Question, by Kate de Goldi (251 pages) – I loved this book, and I recommend you read it too!

You Just Can’t Get Enough : Gossip Girl/The Carlyles, (created) by Cecily von Ziegesar (208 pages) – The real writer of this book is Annabelle Vestry, who also wrote the first Gossip Girl/Carlyles book, and who has her own series about ‘teen stepsisters living the high-life’ coming out later this year.

My Bonny Light Horseman : Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War, by L. A. Meyer (436 pages) – This is the sixth book of Mary “Jacky” Faber’s adventures in the frankly exciting world of the late 18th/early 19th century. In My Bonny Horseman Jacky finds herself spying in France, and then following Napoleon Bonaparte’s army into Germany.

Set in Stone : The Chronicles of Stone Book 2, by Vincent Ford (275 pages) – Set during the Ice Age, this book (and the first one in the series, Scorched Bone) tell the story of twins Trei and Souk and their journeys through prehistoric America.

Murderer’s Thumb, by Beth Montgomery (299 pages) – Adam and his mother move to a rural farming community somewhere in Australia. After finding a body and then a diary, Adam must piece together what happened – but not without some trouble from the menacing locals.

Captain Cook’s Apprentice, by Anthony Hill (263 pages) – This is a travelogue of Captain Cook’s three-year voyage to explore the southern continent, as seen through the eyes of cabin boy Isaac Manley (who would one day become a Rear Admiral). A grand adventure for any young lad, and it really happened!


One thought on “Brand New Books

  1. Michael says:

    Hi. I’ve just completed a fantasy/adventure novel, Ben Brown’s Adventure Beyond the Universe – The Return of the Nephilim. It has 58 pen and ink illustrations.

    It will be released in New Zealand in January 2009.

    You can go into the draw to win an advance copy by correctly answering ten reasonably tough general knowledge questions associated with the book at: http://benbrownsadventure.bravehost.com

    Here is a small section from the book:

    Smiles and applause broke out all around. And
    from the bells on the steeple of the Immaculate
    Conception Catholic church on south Elm street, just
    a few miles from the Brown’s farm, it rang out all
    across Louisburg and echoed on everyone’s lips with
    great pride that Ben Brown, their local son and hero,
    had put Louisburg on the map and maybe on the road
    to greater prosperity. Mrs. Brown received phone
    calls from all over town: the Mayor, Ben’s principal,
    the Louisburg Chamber of Commerce, the Mom’s
    Club, the Busy Bees of Liberty, and many others with
    invitations to join groups and charities that she had
    never heard of. She even received a call from her old
    insurance company, offering free insurance for a year,
    which she gratefully declined.

    Yet beneath all the furore and the church steeple
    and bells and its arched wooden girders and white
    washed walls, sat a solitary figure in a centre aisle
    pew, weighed down in thought, staring beyond the
    altar at the arched stain glass window of Jesus the
    good shepherd holding a lamb.

    A shutter slid back in the dark confessional box,
    revealing the outline of a priest.
    “Father, I’m not part of this church,” Ben said in a
    weak voice. “But I was…”
    “—God welcomes one and all.”
    “Even if you’re not sure he exists?”
    “Welcomes one and all. What’s on your mind,
    son?”
    “I was wondering about god’s will. And… his hand,
    how far it might extend if he wanted to do something.”
    “No one can presume the infinite power and
    wisdom of god.”
    “He could use someone of little faith?”
    “No one can presume the infinite power and
    wisdom of god. He can move in mysterious ways.”
    “Which means what?”
    “Which means with faith, anything’s possible.”
    “If you have no faith?”
    “Who doesn’t have faith? In the rising sun, the
    changing tides, changing seasons? To what extent, it’s
    just a question of knowledge and understanding.”
    Ben contemplated his words and the priest looked
    around at him.
    “If you don’t mind, I should be preparing evening
    mass.”
    “Of course. Thank you.”
    The shutter slid shut.

    Kind regards,
    Michael Thorp
    (N.Z.) author


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