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|Mornings in Jenin / Susan Abulhawa.
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was very good, easy to read, thought provoking and informative. It was a great insight in to the Israeli/Palestinian life."
|The household guide to dying / Debra Adelaide. (2008)
Reader's comment: "It was a great read, full of feeling, but not morbid. It was funny at times and also heartbreakingly sad, with strong family relationships and authentic situations. Highly recommended."
|If you could see me now / Cecelia Ahern. (2005)
Reader's comment: "5 stars. A fantasy so well written that you get so caught up in it that it becomes believable. Beyond Chicklit!" (Elli, Tawa)
|The book of Dahlia : a novel / Elisa Albert. (2008)
Reader's comment: "This is a very powerful book. Thoroughly harrowing and appalling. We watch Dahlia waste her life and head for an early death. Excellent. Keep buying this author. The first book was good too."
|For one more day / Mitch Albom. (c2006)|
Reader's comment: "Gave me another look at life. Really shook me out of my reality (lethargy) into a new awareness."
|Grievance / Marguerite Alexander. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "Quite intense. I felt very sad after reading the book. I felt very sorry for Mora and her brother Felix who had never had family interaction. Their father was a bully and their mother was just hopeless. No wonder Nora is so vulnerable with people in London, whom she can't have any sort of relationship with."
|Valaida / Candace Allen. (2004)
Reader's comment: "A meticulous treasure! Ambitious, fact based, particularly about the drab realities and humiliations of being black. Best read on a rainy summer day, on a veranda with Tequila and lime!! Did it give me the exuberant zing this versatile star communicates in old LPs? Sadly the answer is not quite..."
|Island beneath the sea / Isabel Allende.
Reader's comment: "She is a wonderful story teller and her history is spot on."
|Game of patience / Susanne Alleyn. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "An excellent historical whodunit."
|A mile of river / Judith Allnatt. (2008)
Reader's comment: "A good read, interesting although some of it is not completely credible if I think too hard about it."
|Which brings me to you : a novel in confessions / by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was an entertaining insight into modern relationships from the perspective of two well educated, neurotic and self analytical characters. It alludes to finding the hidden self in a world in which flesh is easy to come by, and how past and present relationships become part of who we are."
|Security / Stephen Amidon. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was the best excuse I have had for years to lie back and read all day, totally satisfying."
|A golden age / Tahmima Anam. (2007)
Reader's comment: "I thought this was a beautifully crafted book. This first-time novelist has a unique way of telling a story. It's the type of book I'd love to own as it's very re-readable."
|The headmaster ritual / Taylor Antrim. (2007)
Reader's comment: "It is a very original, interesting piece of fiction. I enjoyed the character development and the plot lines were clear and well laid out. I recommend it thoroughly."
|False impression / Jeffrey Archer. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "A great book. I could hardly put it down, fiction at its best."
|Book of clouds / Chloe Aridjis. (c2009)
Reader's comment: "A superbly crafted book that reads like a time capsule with the past and the present intricately linked, more a novella than a novel but immensely satisfying in its completeness. We learn that anyone who lives in a city must realise that their present will happen in the context of a past of which they had no part."
|One good turn : a jolly murder mystery / Kate Atkinson. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was fantastic - so did my partner. It is a really funny, gripping page turner. One of the best books I have read this year."
|The Judas Field : a novel of the Civil War / Howard Bahr. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was an absorbing and very readable novel, if a little repetitious towards the end. Possibly 20-30 pages too long in the last third of the book, but recommended nevertheless."
|Excession / Iain M. Banks. (1966)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was amazing, gripping from the first page and a fluid readability. There are hundreds of interesting happenings, and if it were a loaf of bread... it would be perfectly baked, with many delicious morsels spread throughout."
|Pollard / Laura Beatty. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was excellent and I will certainly recommend it to friends. I liked the description of nature, the trees, wood and birds. They were done in a simple way but provided a moving background to the story. The main character was very touching and her fate almost inevitable. A story that is not easy to forget."
|The chess machine : a novel / Robert Löhr ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell. (2007)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a ripping yarn, blending fact and fiction."
|City of thieves / David Benioff. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was marvellous. I would have said it was unput-downable, but parts of it were grim. I didn't want to continue for a while."
|Mr. Darcy takes a wife : pride and prejudice continues / Linda Berdoll. (2004)|
Reader's comment: "I loved it. A great read and very hard to put down if you are a Pride and Prejudice fan. I'm very keen to read the sequel. Five stars!"
|Belmondo style / Adam Berlin. (2004)
Reader's comment: "Was, simply, brilliant! And I urge you most strongly to stock Adam Berlin's other novel and any he write in the future. Thank you. It made me laugh, cry and enriched my life immeasurably. Again thank you."
|Dancing with the two-headed tigress / Tina Biswas. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a fun read. The mix of Indian and Western culture was refreshing and the complexities of trying to live within two cultures and to decide which path to turn on to is interesting. The characters were all well formed and one could have empathy for all the principle characters (except Sachi!)."
|The mortician's daughter / Elizabeth Bloom. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was brilliant. Original murder mystery with a twisty turning plot added with good humour and personality. I can not wait to read her next fiction."
|Those who save us / Jenna Blum. (2005).|
Reader's comment: "3 stars. The compelling story of two generations of German women, beginning in Weimar before the onset of WWII and intertwined with the USA in the 90s. A first novel, the early chapters are a little two dimensional, but it's worth persevering. An absorbing read, has stayed with me for days." (Michelle, Hataitai)
|Earth Inc. / Michael Bollen. (2008)
Reader's comment: "This was fantastic, a really good read. A light-hearted look at an alternative future where the world is owned by a corporation, and living is determined by having shares in "life itself", similar to Douglas Adam's work in regard to style. Humorous with a quick pace, easily absorbing and keeps the pages turning."
|A kind of wild justice / Hilary Bonner. (2001)
Reader's comment: "Great stuff. Couldn't put it down - read it all in one go Saturday. New author to me. Will be sampling her others."
|Tahoe silence / by Todd Borg. (2007)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a good mystery read. Well described setting, well rounded characters. I've now read and enjoyed four in this series and want to read more by the same author."
|A time to run : a novel / Barbara Boxer with Mary-Rose Hayes. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "This was wonderful. It was a very easy and exciting book. I look forward to her next one. I loved it."
|Excitable women, damaged men : short stories / Robert Boyers. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "A very good book of short stories. Most of the stories revolve around characters who are emotionally crippled in one way or another, in ways that that can be uncomfortable for the reader. Some stories are quite thought provoking."
|Bloodline / Gerry Boyle. (2005)
Reader's comment: "Terrific! Sensitive handling of social issues combined with excellent writing and good characters, would love it to be the beginning of a series."
|Hot target : a novel / Suzanne Brockmann. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was really great. The characters were so believable, which really makes up for the cliché plot. I couldn't help but feel for the characters (even though they were fictitious). The minor characters and their relationships were just as complex and as fun to read as the main characters. The struggle of a young male actor to convince he is not gay is heart wrenchingly sad to read. So while this book is a very good to one in its genre, it does explore other themes. I can't wait to read her other books."
|The Da Vinci code / Dan Brown. (2003)
Reader's comment: "5 stars. One of the best books I have ever read, found this book thoroughly enjoyable. This book is about a guy who has just died trying to recover a secret without it getting lost forever and after this man's death Robert Langdon a Harvard professor and a cryptographer named Sophie must uncover why this man was assassinated. This story ends up being a chase for the Holy Grail through the glorious art works of the great Leonardo Da Vinci but there is one twist. No matter what you have read, seen, heard this book will surprise even the best of grail hunter fiction. This book will never again let you see any of da Vinci's works of art in the same light. The only way you can find out more is to read this spell binding book yourself." (Chetan, Karori)
|The Da Vinci code / Dan Brown. (2003).
Reader's comment: "A non-stop action plot of painfully thin credibility. This is supplemented by characters of truly credible dullness, and prose which is suffering from an over-population of adjectives. I'd prefer any other bit of average pulp fiction to this any day. The hype doesn't improve the book. 1 star - Luke, Kelburn"
|Crystal rain / Tobias S. Buckell. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "Told an interesting science fiction type of tale, with good attention to detail and characters. I'll be interested in other works that this first time author may produce."
|The Drowning River / by Kim Byrne. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a very easy read; as described in the books summary; lots of twists and turns, but a very fast moving story. No great depth to the characters. Enjoyable page turning read though, I had to find out 'who did it'."
|Contact / Jonathan Buckley.
Reader's comment: "I thought this book explores a difficult situation sensitively and realistically. The characters are well drawn and believable. An easy and absorbing read."
|The hallowed hunt / Lois McMaster Bujold. (2005).|
Reader's comment: "Ingenious. Well written and constructed with a wry humour at times. The characterisation is sometimes trite but generally believable. A good science fantasy read."
|Knockout mouse : a Bill Damen Silicon valley mystery / James Calder. (2002)|
Reader's comment: "Really good, gripping, pacey - no flaws in the plot. Characters reasonably believable- sketchy, but then this reflect the culture being written about. Bio techno locum sounded good, who is to know if it is accurate. A very good read."
|If it bleeds / Duncan Campbell. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was hugely enjoyable. Flawed 'hero' who gets his just deserts while remaining likeable and someone I could identify with in part. The plot was convoluted and fun in a slightly scary way, but I never felt I lost track of it. A great read on a wet day."
|Love in the asylum / Lisa Carey (2005)|
Reader's comment: "5 stars. A really great read! Set in a mental health institution this story weaves together the history of the place, and its connection to the indigenous people and healers with a contemporary plotline. The main characters, Alba and Oscar are both damaged people trying to stay safe and sane..." (Cathy, Berhampore)
|My Ántonia / Willa Cather ; with a preface by A.S. Byatt.(2001).
Reader's comment: "Absolutely enchanting! Cather's writing style is simple yet elegant and would certainly appeal to a NZ reader.It is not difficult for the reader to compare life in Nebraska with life in the Wairarapa as it must have been for the early settlers. 5 stars - Natasha."
|The sleeping voice / Dulce Chacon. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "Brilliant. Harrowing. Stories that must be told if Spain is to come to terms with its past."
|The perks of being a wallflower / Stephen Chbosky (1999)|
Reader's comment: "4 stars. Flipping awesome! A view of life from the sidelines, the teenage life from one remarkable boy's point of view. Love, life, friends and family and getting through it. You learn that the people you pass in the hall everyday have a life and can feel and scream just as much as the rest of us." (Laura, Kingston)
|The case runner / Carlos Cisneros. (2008)
Reader's comment: "This was an excellent book from beginning to end."
|xxxHOLiC. Volume 7 / CLAMP ; translated and adapted by William Flanagan. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "Thought-provoking, mysterious, haunting, yet still manages to make a light of things. Love the cross-over with Tsubasa and a lot of other inside cross-overs to boot. Great work, CLAMP."
|A long stay in a distant land : a novel / Chieh Chieng. (c2005)
Reader's comment: "Coming from a Chinese-Kiwi background this book had instant appeal. The author is close to my age and dropped some all too familiar references! I appreciate how the author acknowledged the playful, zany side of western-Chinese culture rather than just the hardship and struggle. This is a funny, fresh and thoughtful read."
|Fire bringer / David Clement-Davies. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "5 stars. A magnificent first novel about Rannoch, a red stag who was born on the night his father was murdered, whose forehead holds a mark of an oaken leaf that holds a mysterious prophecy. Rannoch was driven away from his home as a fawn, but he must return to fulfil his destiny and return to revenge on the force that drove him away. A stunning novel of loyalty and betrayal, love and hate, life and death..." (Cindy, Churton Park)
|Martyr / Rory Clements. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was very enjoyable, a worthwhile addition to the thriller genre. Buy the next on in the series."
|The winner stands alone / by Paulo Coelho (2009)
Reader's comment: "An excellent "holiday" read that begins slowly but eventually becomes quite gripping. A nice style of writing."
|The devil and Miss Prym / Paulo Coelho ; translated by Amanda Hopkinson and Nick Caistor.(2001).
Reader's comment: "Rivetting and written in true Coelho style. Makes one stop & think about our everyday choices of good v/s evil absolutely recommended to those who are spiritually inclined. 5 stars - Natasha."
|The Lincoln lawyer / Michael Connelly. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "So different to his previous ones with Harry Boche but the plot was just as intriguing and exciting to the very end. Hard to put down."
|Nine dragons / Michael Connelly. (2009)
Reader's comment: "The author has some surprises in store even after the previous book in the series."
|Mademoiselle Benoir / Christine Conrad. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "This was the perfect type of story to be present in letter form. It's a charming, no dynamic plot look at love. Especially enjoyable if you have a passion for Paris. By the end of it I felt I wanted to write a letter to a friend."
|The zookeeper's war / Steven Conte. (2007)
Reader's comment: "An absolutely engrossing read, with very human, fallible, frail, compassionate, tolerant, accepting, forgiving characters. This is very highly commended."
|Summer blowout / Claire Cook. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was well written, sassy, with good clear depiction. "Chick-lit novel of course and great dialogue. Read it in one "go" until my eyes fell out. I am now looking to read her other writing."
|Pocketful of names / Joe Coomer. (c2005)|
Reader's comment: "This was very enjoyable. The denouement was a surprise. Well worth the read."
|After Berlin / Martin Corrick. (2005)
Reader's comment: "Will appeal to those who are interested in World War II and its aftermath. It is well written and the plot doesn't follow a conventional path. The time period of the book seems to have been researched diligently and all in all I found it enjoyable reading."
|Whitethorn / Bryce Courtenay. (2005)
Reader's comment: "4 stars. A thoroughly enjoyable romanticised African story written in typical Courtenay quality. The start of the book is written particularly effectively as a seven year old boy, that is conveyed very well, then proceeds to mature with the story. It is full of witticisms and sage figures of speech, particularly "out of the mouth of babes" expressions that are so striking. Highly recommended." (Adrian, Tawa)
|Trade winds / Christina Courtenay.
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was an excellent read. Well researched settings in 18th century Sweden and China."
|Passenger / Billy Cowie. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book had a very interesting and slightly unnerving concept, executed very well and hard to put down. Emotional ending that made coming back into the "real world" a bit of a shock. It was really worth reading and a lovely cover."
|The saffron kitchen / Yasmin Crowther. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book speaks to the heart. I loved it, read it twice - couldn't put it down - 2nd time for the subtleness. A book I'd like to own and enjoy again."
|The unicorn road / Martin Davies. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book a good read. The characters were interesting and believable. Fine historical setting and travel story."
|The fox's walk / Annabel Davis-Goff. (c2003)
Reader's comment: "Was absolutely delightful. Convincingly written from a child's perspective - great use of language. Quite compelling. Skilful weaving of historical occurrences with child's narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed it."
|An outline of the republic : a novel / Siddhartha Deb. (c2005)
Reader's comment: "Dreamlike - atmospheric and unassuming - it held me."
|Twins / by Marcy Dermansky. (c2005)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was brilliant. A great take on adolescence and the perils it brings. The characters are real and the writing is engrossing. I couldn't put it down."
|Point Omega : a novel / Don DeLillo. (2010)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was hauntingly beautiful, like a David lynch movie and is highly recommended."
|Bad things happen / Harry Dolan. (c2009)
Reader's comment: "A pretty decent first novel; very readable, though the plot gets a too clever in the latter part of the book. I t has plausible characters and settings. I'd look out for any more from the author."
|Shadow man / James D. Doss. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "It is just as good and enjoyable as his previous books. Please keep stocking his work."
|Joplin's ghost / Tananarive Due. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "It was an unexpected treat. It merged some interesting American and music history with modern day social issues without coming off as cliched. A pacy, fun read that led the reader through with intrigue."
|Truth and fiction in the Da Vinci code : a historian explores what we really know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine / by Bart D. Ehrman. (2004)
Reader's comment: "5 stars. For anyone who read the Da Vinci Code, or is interested in basic Christian theology, this book is a must. Ehrman gives us the historical theologian's view of some of the key claims of Dan Brown and in so doing gives a deeper and more interesting view of early christianity telling us what we know about the real Jesus and why our Bible contains what it does. I couldn't put this down and can't wait to read Ehrman's other books on this subject. Like the Da Vinci Code it has set me thinking about Christianity and what it means to us today. I feel more secure with Ehrman's claims which add to my curiosity and has in no way diminished my faith, rather placed it on a different pedestal." (Owhiro Bay)
|The Pilo family circus / Will Elliott. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "This was amazing. A new and focused look at the effects of drugs. Innovative, highly readable, new and exciting voice"
|A quiet vendetta / Roger Jon Ellory. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "A thinking man's thriller. Excellent."
|The first casualty / Ben Elton. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "This was very enjoyable with excellent development of character. Strong contrasts between the reality of trench warfare as well as early 1900's prisons and life of the well to do in London. A real insight in to how wars effect people and the futility of war."
|Mr Toppit / Charles Elton. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a compelling read, well written and an interesting premise. I will be interested to see more from this author."
|The Fahrenheit twins / Michel Faber. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "This is a beautifully written collection of disturbing, imaginative, original stories."
|Latter days: a novel / adapted by T. Fabris. (2004)
Reader's comment: "5 stars. This book is an absolute must for lovers of Gay Interest novels. It tells the story of an unlikely romance between 2 men of very different backgrounds and it shows when love is strong, then nothing will get in the way. The movie which is by C Jay Cox is absolutely fabulous although I had to import it to view it." (Cameron)
|Then we came to the end : a novel / Joshua Ferris. (2007)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was superb, a distinctive voice quirky and observant. It captures the despair and camaraderie of office life in painful detail, surprisingly empathetic turns for some of the characters. Not raucous or hilarious, but often funny."
|The big over easy / Jasper Fforde. (2005)
Reader's comment: "4 stars. A mix of mystery, humour, fantasy and a few other genres: Jack Spratt is the detective assigned to solving crimes involving Nursery Rhyme Characters. He is also trying to lift his career out of an all-time low, manage his family life, and train Mary Mary, his new staff member, who has an agenda of her own. The big challenge comes when Humpty Dumpty is found at the foot of his favourite wall, very dead."
|Voyage to the end of the room / Tibor Fischer. (2003)
Reader's comment: "Excellent, funny, well paced. Will track down his earlier books. Insightful thoughts about modern life. It delivers what it promises to make the reader laugh and think."
|Memorial Day / Vince Flynn. (2004)
Reader's comment: "Excellent."
|Mankind : have a nice day! : a tale of blood and sweatsocks / Mick Foley. (c1999)
Reader's comment: "4 stars. A touching autobiogrophy by a man who has seen more hardships then any other wrestler (including wrestling in a ring laced with C4), who overcomes it all to claim the ultimate prize... the WWE championship. A well written tale of blood, sweat, tears and of course who could forget Mr.Socko!"
|The lay of the land / Richard Ford. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "It's the third in a series and lovingly enjoyed the other two (The Sportswriter and Independence Day). I was looking forward to this one. I was not disappointed. It gives wonderful mature insights into contemporary life from the perspective of a man in his mid-fifties. I thought it was a fine novel - well written."
|The Afghan / Frederick Forsyth (2006)|
Reader's comment: "This was marvellous. Well researched as usual with Frederick Forsythe. I learned a lot from reading it, fact as well as fiction. I am an avid reader of Frederick Forsythe books. It was a pleasure to read this book first. No numbers ringed in or stains on pages."
|Place last seen / Charlotte McGuinn Freeman. (2000)
Reader's comment: "Very insightful and interesting, portraying many facets of character, realistically. Well written too. Highly recommended for dealing with grief, guilt, and blame issues also disability and ability topics."
|Ghostlines / Nick Gadd. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I loved this book. It is spooky, full of the unexpected and for me the artist, a fascinating glimpse of the shadowy murderous world of high art."
|Anansi boys / Neil Gaiman. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "This was marvellous. Very funny and fast moving, sympathetic characters, and the mix of myth and reality worked well. It's the first book of Neil Gaiman's I have read and I will definitely be reading his previous work after enjoying this book so much."
|Romancing Miss Bronte : a novel / Juliet Gael.
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a fabulous read, made me cry, and made me happy. Well written with a nice ending. Great."
|Lulu meets god and doubts him / Danielle Ganek. (2007)
Reader's comment: "A fascinating read. Great background of artists and galleries. Rather an abrupt ending."
|The memory collector / Meg Gardiner.
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a truly superb thriller. The plot was complex and kept you guessing until near the end of the book. The idea for method of murder was very modern and left you wondering "What if"? I have enormous respect for Meg Gardiner's books and this book reinforces my opinion of her far above average writing skills."
|Brand new friend / Mike Gayle. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "It was funny, chatty and enjoyable to read. The storyline wasn't predictable and kept me guessing. The author's writing style is great and I just kept reading and reading it. I couldn't put it down. Well recommended for a funny read."
|People of the weeping eye / W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was excellent and a great addition to the series, with excellent characterisation and great plot themes. It kept me on my toes and looking forward to the next one."
|Sea of poppies / Amitav Ghosh. (2008)
Reader's comment: "An excellent read, fast furious and entertaining."
|Nina Todd has gone / Lesley Glaister. (2007)|
Reader's comment: "I enjoyed this book. A good build up of tension. Although I thought the ending was a little disappointing - it was all over too quickly. I would recommend this book."
|The wake / Margo Glantz ; translated from the Spanish by Andrew Hurley. (c2005)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was an interesting stream of consciousness read. Intriguing prose."
|Wickett's remedy : a novel / Myla Goldberg. (c2004)|
Reader's comment: "Ingeniously wove together several different narratives and voices. Goldberg will always remain first and foremost a poet and I'm truly grateful she is able to transport her intricate knowledge of the English language to a longer format."
|The two pearls of wisdom / Alison Goodman. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was absolutely brilliant. I couldn't put it down once I had started reading. I can't wait for the next in the series."
|Fat / Rob Grant. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "5 stars. A really good and insightful read. Although a fictional story, Grant quotes from some genuine sources. It certainly opened my eyes to some of the diet myths perpetuated by the press and others. It was funny in places and sad in others, but I felt a great deal of empathy towards the characters, particularly the anorexic teenager.
It created quite a few frustrated feelings too as it highlighted simplier and cheaper methods that Governments could employ towards solving societies health issues.
Well worth borrowing." (Karen, Island Bay)
|The unnatural inquirer / Simon R. Green. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this novel was easy to pick up, hard to put down. Read in one sitting. A great continuation of theme from the 'Nightside' novels."
|The heart of the matter / Graham Greene. (2004)
Reader's comment: "In the Introduction, James Wood seems to imply (backed up by a George Orwell review) that the novel is not worth reading as the main protagonist's personality is impossible and unbelievable. Please don't take any notice. The novel is fantastic. 5 stars" (Gloryroad, Newtown)
|Flying too high : a Phryne Fisher mystery / Kerry Greenwood. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "The series is delightful and it's nice to see some of the early ones appearing."
|The confessions of Max Tivoli / Andrew Sean Greer. (2004)
Reader's comment: "Was wonderful! Initially the idea of reverse aging turned me off but then I started reading. The language and metaphors are brilliant. It is a very enjoyable read. In the end the reverse aging was a ploy that added interest and drama to the love story. Greer made it work."
|The crossing places / Elly Griffiths. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book nicely written and I thought Ruth's character a believable person. A sound read that seems well researched."
|The concert ticket / Olga Grushin.
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was sublime."
|Wolfsbane and mistletoe / edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I loved this book; the short stories are easy reading and good for a Sunday lazy afternoon reading. You can put it down at anytime after reading one or two short stories. I have always loved Charlaine Harris books although in this one she only had one short story."
|The descendants : a novel / Kaui Hart Hemmings. (2007)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was awesome. Well written, wonderful characters. It had me in tears, loved it."
|Garbo laughs / Elizabeth Hay. (c2003)
Reader's comment: "Was intelligent, perceptive and very well written. I was captivated by it. The characters were well developed and I was curious to know what would happen to them. An excellent read."
|Harsh cry of the heron / Lian Hearn. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a brilliant read for all ages, or at least teenagers. It had a good insight into the feudal times of Japan and Lian Hearn weaved a gripping plot. I was surprised there was a 4th book in the series, but it was a good read and didn't disappoint."
|Shadow of the wolf tree / Joseph Heywood.
Reader's comment: "A page turner that is hard to put down. A large cast of well-defined characters fitted into a superb plot. I haven't met this author before, now need to read backwards to learn more about an intriguing character."
|Witch cradle : a mystery / by Kathleen Hills. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "Started out slowly. Built characters and had a sense of history, time and place. The mystery also built and was quite exciting at the end. I learnt about a whole group of people and their history which was completely unknown to me."
|Fool's fate / Robin Hobb. (2004)
Reader's comment: "5 stars. I find her books compelling. The woes of the hero make ones own seem insignificant!" (Kit, Karori)
|The court of the air / Stephen Hunt. (2007)|
Reader's comment: "This is a fascinating alternate universe and Swiftian satire on our own world and politics."
|People of the whale : a novel / Linda Hogan. (2008)
Reader's comment: "Brilliant. Haunting, spellbinding and unable to put done."
|Johannes Cabal the necromancer / Jonathan L. Howard.
Reader's comment: "This book was more complex than I expected, it was funny, eerie, and lonely. Recommended for those who like fantasy, humour or paranormal."
|Bloodring / Faith Hunter. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "I loved it. I hope she's writing more and soon."
|Memories of a pure spring / Duong Thu Huong ; translated from the Vietnamese by Nina McPherson and Phan Huy Duong. (2000)
Reader's comment: "Important because it gives such insight into a country and its inhabitants that are near to us and increasingly involved with us. Well written. Interesting. Informative."
|Chasing windmills / Catherine Ryan Hyde. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was awesome. I loved getting to know the characters. The book is a real page turner and the ending is not predictable."
|Wolf of the plains / Conn Iggulden. (2007)|
Reader's comment: "This was written by a master story teller. The history and depth is brilliant. It comes alive with every page you turn. Not put-down able and leaves you looking forward to the next book."
|24 hours / Greg Iles. (2000).|
Reader's comment: "5 stars. It was a great book, I really enjoyed reading it." (Matt, Karori)
|The silver castle : a novel / Clive James. (1996)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was absolutely fascinating! It was a realistic and humanistic view of a young boy's life growing up in Mumbai, India, a rich and un-biased portrayal of the rich and famous, the poor and underprivileged. Well worth borrowing."
|The road / Catherine Jinks. 2004.|
Reader's comment: "4 stars. This is a very worthwhile read. Found it very hard to put down. It offers a questionable insight on how people react in very abnormal situations. There is a thriller genre and the story is situated in the outback of Australia on a deserted road and, considering how deserted the road is, a lot of events take place. I found the end a bit of a letdown as it seemed to come to a halt but it defiantly is a worthwhile read. Not for the faint hearted as it is a bit gory." (Bridget, Crofton Downs)
|The floor of the sky / Pamela Carter Joern. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was outstanding, evocative of a place, relationships in difficulty. Ultimately life affirming."
|Quicksand / Iris Johansen. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was hard to put down. I can't wait for the next one."
|Firestorm / Iris Johansen. (c2004)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was excellent, thoroughly enjoyed it. Kept an excellent pace throughout that just made you keep on reading, wanting to know what happened next. I recommend it highly."
|Dark angel / Brian John. (2007)
Reader's comment: "This book was thoroughly enjoyable. I would recommend this book to any reader interested in history and rising above adversities. Thanks to the library for purchasing this book."
|Seeing stars / Christina Jones. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "This was a fun, witty and most enjoyable light reading. Her characters are very real & become true personalities. Dialogue is compact, quirky, witty and well suited to each character she creates. An enjoyable read as are her earlier books."
|Mudbound : a novel / by Hillary Jordan. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was captivating. I couldn't put it down and filled with the way life is. It made me love and cry. The best book I've read in ages."
|Blood lies / Daniel Kalla. (2007)|
Reader's comment: "A very good read, difficult to put down. Very convoluted plot required a lot of concentration. I would read this book again."
|Stardust : a novel / Joseph Kanon. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was well written and obviously well researched. Anybody who likes a mystery set in 1940's Hollywood, with flashbacks to WWII and the concentration camps, and the McCarthy era anti-communist agitation, will find this a great read."
|Ultra marathon man : confessions of an all-night runner / Dean Karnazes. (2005)
Reader's comment: "5 stars. This autobiography is an amazing account of determination and the relishing of a challenge, and inspirational to any runner. He is someone who went out and challenged everything currently perceived about physical ability. Through his successes and failures it can be seen that the higher you climb the taller the mountain becomes." (Faye, Mt. Cook)
|Love me / Garrison Keillor. (2003)
Reader's comment: "Was enjoyable. I'm a Garrison Keillor fan anyway so I was pleased to see a new novel by him."
|A push and a shove / Christopher Kelly. (2007)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was chilling. An essential read about bullying in schools."
|Leaving the world / Douglas Kennedy. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I read this book after hearing it reviewed on the radio. I have not read one of his books before, and also found it an exciting and riveting read. The serious themes were portrayed with feeling by a male writer. I would recommend to anyone who wants to have a book that must be finished and lingers long in the mind after reading."
|Life, happiness - & cancer: survive with action and attitude! / Phil Kerslake. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "5 stars. We got this book when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. We were really quite desparate and fearful and in need of some inspiration. This book was the best resource we found by a country mile. It provided us with measures to help us gain a sense of control and calmness, which we feel ultimately helped Helen achieve her remission. We'd enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone with cancer or supporting someone with cancer. " (Bill, Newtown)
"5 stars. This was one of the most informative and inspiring books I've read on coping with the challenges of cancer, and I've read most in the genre. It was especially pertinent as the author lives and was treated here in Wellington. I highly recommend it." (Sally, Khandallah)
|The running man / Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman. (1983)
Reader's comment: "5 stars. Thrilling, Fantastic futuristic story- on the edge of set throughout the whole story." (Taylor)
|Fuzzy navel : a Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels mystery / J.A. Konrath. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was absolutely fantastic. This is a great series, each book unique and fabulous, already waiting for the next one."
|Relentless / Dean Koontz. (2009)
Reader's comment: "As usual great use of words and realistic descriptions. The reader is drawn into a nightmare situation and the book is hard to put down."
|Velocity / Dean Koontz. (2005)
Reader's comment: "Enjoyed it very much. A fast paced thriller. Especially liked the short chapters. Have been put off reading Koontz's books over the years as the chapters were very long and block-set."
|Mercy Falls / William Kent Krueger. (2005)
Reader's comment: "This was another great read by this author."
Another reader's comment: "Fast paced, exciting story with likable characters. The action doesn't stop. I found it a must keep reading until finished. Will look for more books from this author."
|Heaven's keep : a novel / William Kent Krueger. (2009)
Reader's comment: "A great plot and it held my attention until the last page."
|Bloodletting & miraculous cures / Vincent Lam. (c2007)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a wonderful insight into the mind of a brilliant humane doctor. It gave me hope."
|Never look back / Dan Latus. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I found this book easy reading with enough twists and terns to keep it interesting until the last page."
|The boat / Nam Le. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was excellent. Amazing the way he inhabits people from different cultural heritages."
|Devotion / Nell Leyshon. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was beautifully written, very sad and true to life but (thankfully) with a happy ending. A very modern and believable plot."
|Family sold separately : a novel / Kate Long. (c2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was very good. It was well written and the twists in the story were quite unpredictable. An unhappy story told in such a way that is made you laugh at time."
|Fiddlers : a novel of the 87th Precinct / Ed McBain. (2005)
Reader's comment: "Was another great 87th Precinct yarn. Excellent characters regular readers have come to know over the years. A great story with a narrative that keeps you reading. If you like Ed McBain you'll like this one. I can't wait for the next instalment."
|Bad boys online / Erin McCarthy. (2003)
Reader's comment: "Was fabulous. We need more of this type of book. Congratulations for adding some spice to your collection."
|The fever of the bone / by Val McDermid. (2009)
Reader's comment: "A stand alone and yet a continuation of previous characters with the added scary pitfalls in wait for adventurous youngsters on their computers."
|Gallows Lane / Brian McGilloway. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was well written, with a good plot that keeps the reader's interest throughout. Good characters and reasonably fast moving: an excellent read. I look forward to more from this author."
|How to seduce a ghost / Hope McIntyre. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "This was excellent. The characters were interesting and you grew to like them all. They all had flaws and things you could relate to. Also I didn't guess the arsonist until right near the end."
|Extreme danger / Shannon McKenna. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I loved this book, lots of suspense and constant danger in the story. I have read all of McKenna's books that the Library has and hope that the Library will keep buying her new books."
|Vinyl cafe unplugged / Stuart McLean. (c2006)|
Reader's comment: "...was a good read. It took a few chapters to warm up but became very enjoyable. The last chapter was beautiful. This was by far the best and one of the most emotionally relatable pieces of work I've ever read. Cheers."
|The messengers of death / Pierre Magnan. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "...was thoroughly enjoyable. Characters so well described, they easily come to life. Suspense - you hurry to the next page. Descriptive scenes and places - you hear and feel the wind through the 'cluses'. Well translated as the tale retains its sense of intrigue."
|The trouble with Islam : a wake-up call for honesty and change / Irshad Manji. (2004)
Reader's comment: "It's not surprising how this book is always unavailable at the Central branch given its popularity. At one point or another, all four holdable copies are either on loan or reserved to be picked up.
The Trouble With Islam Today is a book that carries an important message to the world - Muslims or Non-Muslims alike. The issues and conflicts that occur in Islamic lands can to a certain extent be attributed to the stagnation of the culture of independent and investigative thinking in the Islamic world and in communities where Muslims are found globally. The author calls Muslims to honestly examine what might have gone wrong and provides many aspects from her own life to illuminate many points across to her audience.
Read with compassion and with a genuine spirit of understanding, this book speaks to many of us about the multifaceted reality of contemporary Islam.
It's worth a read for those who wants to know a unique perspective that is grounded in honesty and truthfulness. It would be a great reference source to any interfaith dialogues especially between the Abrahamic faiths - Islam, Christianity, and Judaism." (Oliver, Johnsonville)
|The eye of the leopard / Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Steven T. Murray. (2008)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was most enjoyable. Mankell uses words so well, like a painting of the settings for the story. There is a refreshingly uncomplicated plot. I have long been a fan of his."
|Life of Pi : a novel / Yann Martel. (2002).
Reader's comment: "This is a wonderful, eye-opening book about an Indian boy, stranded on a small lifeboat with several other zoo animals, the only survivors of a now sunken ship. The animals are picked off one by one until it's just Pi and the bengal tiger. How will he survive, let alone coexisting with a 450-pound tiger? 5 stars - Laurel, Karori."
|The internationals / Sarah May. (2002)
Reader's comment: "Was an excellent satiric novel. It provides insight into the range of different 'international' who descend on part of the world in crisis and also shows how impotent they can be."
|Children of the revolution / Dinaw Mengestu. (2007)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book brought out the loneliness and stoicism of a refugee. Having fled the 'Red Terror' himself, Mengestu has taken "write what you know" to his heart and produced a superb love story set among the displaced African community in Washington."
|American adulterer / Jed Mercurio. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was interesting, different and very well written. I enjoyed it very much."
|Burn factor / Kyle Mills. (c2001)
Reader's comment: "A good read, a pretty pacey story. A bit heavy on the violence, but not out of context. I wonder what the next book will be like?"
|Daisychain / by G.J. Moffat. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was well written and nicely paced, a little predictable but ultimately satisfying."
|As seen on TV / Sarah Mlynowski. (2004, c2003)
Reader's comment: "Funny/witty. Great characters."
|Prisoner in a red-rose chain / Jeffrey Moore. (1999)
Reader's comment: "Was fantastic. Moore is a wonderful writer and the library should order everything else he writes."
|February / Lisa Moore. (2010)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was an excellent portrayal of grief over the passage of years. The son's story was interesting but the childhood influences were not convincing."
|Whose life is it anyway? / Sinéad Moriarty. (2008)
Reader's comment: "This was a fun read. It is warm and funny. The lead character Niamh is believable. There are overtones of racism and the Irish/English mistrust. However, it is feel-good book and an easy read."
|Across the mystic shore / Suroopa Mukherjee (2006)|
Reader's comment: "A thoughtful rendering of family secrets brought to light in passionate prose. Interesting cultural observations with universal themes of parenting and the different kinds of love amongst family and friends."
|The pillars of Hercules / John Mullen. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "A a great read and opened a view on a relatively unknown piece of history.
|Miles from nowhere / by Nami Mun. (2009)
Reader's comment: "This was a very moving and real story about life on the streets."
|Will you be there? / Guillaume Musso ; translated by George Holoch. (2008)|
Reader's comment: "The thought this book was excellent. Engrossing and clever, it dealt with the concept of time travel and the resulting issues and possibilities. The characters are likeable and you care about what happens to them. I can see this being made into a film."
|Pemberley Manor : Darcy and Elizabeth, for better or worse / Kathryn L. Nelson. (2006)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book answered well every question I had about what happened after the weddings. The biggest surprise of all was what happened to Caroline Bingley."
|Transgression : a novel of love and war / James W. Nichol. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this boos was a fascinating insight into French-German romantic liaisons in occupied France. Very readable."
|Middle age : a romance / Joyce Carol Oates. (2001)
Reader's comment: "Full of intriguing twists and turns - so many in fact that one wonders if the author had a long list of ideas she was determined to incorporate, to add bulk to the book. Not quite up to Joyce Carol Oates' brilliant best."
|The vanishing act of Esme Lennox / Maggie O'Farrell. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "A great, pacy, thoughtful and original. Highly recommended thought provoking, wonderful read."
|Murder never forgets / Diana O'Hehir. (c2005)|
Reader's comment: "Well written and interesting. I shall look out for others by the author."
|The pets / Bragi Olafsson ; translated from the Icelandic by Janice Balfour. (2008)
Reader's comment: "An excellent translation of a well-written but very weird story. Good portrayal of characters, although a very bizarre story that made compelling reading."
|Last night at the Lobster / Stewart O'Nan. (2007)
Reader's comment: "A great read. I loved the characters, the interplay and the surprise behaviours that came up. Mannie, the main character, was a warm person that carried the story."
|The flowers of Ballygrace / Geraldine O'Neill. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "...was great. You put it down and then just need to pick it up again and carry on reading, a lovely story of life in mid-20th century Ireland."
|Shark tank / Tom O'Neill. (2005)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was very good. Well written, with a fast moving plot that appeals, if not believable."
|Fixer Chao / Han Ong. (2001)
Reader's comment: "Just terrific. Hope they keep coming. It was funny, serious, incisive and tragic. A real look at our strange times and very true. For thinking people. Will stay a long time and will recommend."
|The Irish muse & other stories = Leannán sidhe / Brian O'Sullivan.|
Reader's comment: "Tales that make you think..."
Reviewed by Rob Olsen (The Wellingtonian - April 2007)
Wellington author Brian O'Sullivan offers 13 yarns in his first book 'The Irish Muse and Other Stories'. Overall he achieves that feeling. Most of his stories left me wondering about the characters, their lives and experiences. A couple were ordinary.
It's fiction tinged with a bit of real life experience, set in Wellington, Ireland and France amongst other places. The stories range form chance romantic encounters in a small Irish town and haunting tales of tragic personal loss to bizarre encounters between a consultant and a career woman in Wellington and one man's attempt to get to the bottom of his internet service woes. The finale was a thought-provoking tale that upended my perception of indigenous people's land grievances oddly entitled "Morris Dancing". My favorite is Sleepwalking in English, a story about a man's attempts to come to grips with the death of his partner in a car crash, the ending was eerie.
It's a simply written, easy to read book that you can devour in a night if the mood takes you.
It's said that you can't judge a book by its cover. Au contraire, I liked the look of O'Sullivan's book and the content proved to be good.
5 stars - Brian, Wilton.
|Horse's arse / Charlie Owen. (2007)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was hilarious. I haven't laughed so much in years."
|Swallowing the sun / David Park. (2004)
Reader's comment: "Very moving and gripping. Good insight into how ordinary people feel and think. Sad, but also joyous in the probable renaissance of a shattered family to a hopeful future."
|The renegades / T. Jefferson Parker. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book one of the best I have read. I hung off every paragraph and there are not many authors I can do that with. The characters are intensely believable. It stands alongside James Lee Burke, John Sandford and Elmore Leonard."
|Stone's fall / Iain Pears. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was an interesting exciting journey. Well written to the last page. I highly recommend this book. Good insights into how finance and business work."
|Glad news of the natural world / T.R. Pearson. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "A thoroughly enjoyable read. The book is full of entertaining observations, some that we will all recognise and others of the author's invented world."
|The night gardener / George Pelecanos. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "...was well up to Pelecanos's standards. It makes me want to re-read his 'Nick Stefanos' trilogy and I think the library should stock more of his books."
|The four of us / Margaret Pemberton. (2004)|
Reader's comment: "I liked it, proved a good choice for train reading. I would look for more M. Pemberton books from now on."
|The heartbreaker / Carly Phillips. (C2003)
Reader's comment: "I love this book as it's a Chic Lit read. Easy and fun reading. I hope you'll purchase more of her books."
|A ruinous wind : a Thomas the falconer mystery / John Pilkington. (2003)|
Reader's comment: "I have greatly enjoyed each book in the Thomas the Falconer series to date and I look forward to our library providing more stories about the Falconer."
|Gatsby's girl / Caroline Preston. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "...had interesting historical insights and very convincing attention to detail. It wasn't profound or 'mind-blowing', but a good easy read."
|Mourners : a Nameless Detective novel / Bill Pronzini. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a well crafted novel, enjoyed by my husband and me. Look forward to reading more by this author. Satisfying ending and characters were very believable."
|Tell me your secret / Deirdre Purcell. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "Was a great read. It was suspenseful; the characters were well-drawn and believable. It kept my attention all the way through and I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter."
|Back where he started / Jay Quinn. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "This is a marvellous book, the best of his three to date. I was very moved by it."
|The good neighbour / Jay Quinn. (2006)
Reader's comment: "It was great and would like to read his other books. This book was a good warm human drama with positive treatment of the gay and straight characters and their fallibilities and strengths."
|Berlin poplars / Anne B. Ragde ; translated from the Norwegian by James Anderson. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I really enjoyed this book. It had an interesting balance of stillness (the Norwegian setting) and activity associated with the characters. A great twist at the end."
|Rebel Yell : a novel / Alice Randall. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was just wonderful."
|Stone / Adam Roberts. (2002)
Reader's comment: "Was as exciting as watching paint drying. The plot was almost non-existent and it was an effort just to turn over the next page to read some more tedious dialogue. I suggest this novel be 'fast tracked' to the Library's next sale of surplus material."
|An imperfect lens : a novel / Anne Roiphe. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "A very interesting and enjoyable novel. I would definitely recommend it as a Reader's Choice."
|On the line / S.J. Rozan.
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was brilliant, fast-paced, action-packed, great characterisations and wonderful dialogue."
|Blue yonder / Alan Savage. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "Indeed this is a very good book. Much better than the French Resistance series, no unnecessary description, details in flying flight tactics, which I enjoyed very much. Also it involved love between two people from rival nations. Very moving and very touching."
|The autobiography of Foudini M. Cat / Susan Fromberg Schaeffer.
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was well written, had good descriptive language, and was my best read yet. As a cat-lover, it wound me in as an old cat explained his youth, aging and present. This is a book I would re-read and re-read."
|A time of angels / Patricia Schonstein. (2003)
Reader's comment: "Amazing! I would highly recommend."
|The illumination of Merton Browne / J.M. Shaw. (2007)|
Reader's comment: "This book was very good. I liked the characterisation. The plot moved along at a swift rate. I thought the book was true to the blurb on the dust cover, re what education can do. I found the social commentary powerful."
|Storm bay / Patricia Shaw. (2005)
Reader's comment: "A great read! Patricia Shaw tells a great Australian saga, full of action and history."
|Rescue / Anita Shreve.
Reader's comment: "This was different to Anita Shreve's previous novels. I enjoyed reading about Webster and the efforts he went to, to protect his wife and daughter."
|Triptych / Karin Slaughter. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "Karen Slaughter gets better and better, a great read - couldn't put it down."
|The gathering storm / Peter Smalley. (2009)
Reader's comment: "An excellent read. Latest in Hayter series following the great seas book tradition of Alexander Kent, Patrick O'Brian etc."
|Private life : a novel / Jane Smiley.
Reader's comment: "I was put off by the slow start but I'm glad I stuck it through. Not only is it a strong story, but I think also a political allegory on the United States electorate and a recent president."
|Dream Angus : the Celtic god of dreams / Alexander McCall Smith. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "This was elegantly written, full of space and timelessness, of dreams old and new, separate and united. McCall Smith is a most imaginative and witty writer."
|Twilight hour / Carol Smith. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was well up to her standard, constant suspense, interesting characters. I highly recommend it."
|The penultimate peril : book the twelfth / by Lemony Snicket ; illustrated by Brett Helquist (2005).|
Reader's comment: "The penultimate peril is a book of unfortune. It tells the tale of the three Baudelaire orphans who struggles to find some peace in the cruel world. As the 12th and the second to last book in the series this book takes us into a secret organization called VFD, a reflecting hotel,a death of a loved one and a notorious villain named count olaf. Violet, Klaus and sunny Baudelaire has to disguise themselves as hotel concierges to retrieve a very secret item and keep it safe. The Baudelaires has to figure uot who the enemies are and and keep the item away from them.
A very touching and interesting book that never get you bored to death. Filled with misfortune, despair but also with love of siblinghood. 5 stars." (In the children's collection but fun for grownups too)
|WWE legends / Brian Solomon ; foreword by Sgt. Slaughter. (2006)
Reader's comment: "5 stars. An excellent history of proffesional wrestling from its early begginings to the age of Vince McMahon's World Wide Westling Federation. The book also talks about the most famous proffesional wrestlers like Bruno Sammartino to Cheif Jay Strongbow and Sgt Slaughter. A must read for all serious wrestling fans." (Conor, Melrose)
|A walk to remember / Nicholas Sparks. (1999)
Reader's comment: "4 stars. Ending is predictable for Sparks readers but as always the plot takes unexpected twists and turns on the way. A very pleasant read and I will look forwards to more books by Sparks." (Philip)
Reader's comment: "5 stars. It is a very romantic movie and the book is even better!!!" (Chantelle, Tawa)
|The system of the world / Neal Stephenson. (2004)|
Reader's comment: "Best 3000 page historical novel about Sir Isaac Newton ever."
|The night climbers / Ivo Stourton. (2007)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was quite remarkable for a first novel, fast paced, intriguing: held my interest right throughout. Well worth reading."
|Halting state / Charles Stross. (2007)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was entertaining and thought provoking. A great read."
|The modern world / Steph Swainston. (2007)|
Reader's comment: "It was really good, although obviously a fairly new author, but really imaginative and hard to put down. I would look for her other books now also."
|Mosquito / Roma Tearne. (2007)|
Reader's comment: "With her lyrical style and spare prose, I loved this book. The descriptive passages, the understated slow building of tension, there were times I was barely breathing. The author's ability to show her meaning and intent without overwriting is truly wonderful. And ultimately it is a fabulous love story, about hope and our ability to survive when all hope appears to have vanished. This is a beautifully crafted book, one which I will recommend to all who will listen, thank-you."
|Brixton Beach / Roma Tearne.
Reader's comment: "I thought this book insightful into the culture of Sri Lanka: moving accounts of immigrants to a new country wonderfully descriptive prose."
|A slice of heaven : a family on the move / Martin Thomas. (2004)
Reader's comment: "A book that everyone in Wellington will be interested in reading, I loved it and the insight into someone rich and famous from Wellington is so interesting. Where did Martin get his money from to live such an extravagent lifestye? I loved it and have recomended it to lots of people, good on you Martin." (Barbara, Seatoun)
(Autobiography by New Zealander)
|Our tragic universe / Scarlett Thomas.
Reader's comment: "This book is an excellent study of psychology and human nature. It's a well written elegant book. It's an intelligent book too; Thomas writes about women's lives, conversations and emotions in a compelling, meaningful way without degenerating into trashy chick-lit. So good to read something aimed at the female reader who has a brain."
|A battle won / Sean Thomas Russell.
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was excellent, a true successor to Patrick O'Brian in naval writing."
|Sweetie / Jenny Tomlin. (2008)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was an intense story of innocence and fear that reveals the true thought of everyday parents."
|The hopeless life of Charlie Summers / by Paul Torday. (2010)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was quite enjoyable. With dry humour, it is a wry account of recent boom times in the London financial world and the consequences on a human scale when it all came crashing down."
|Dark birthright : a novel / Jeanne Treat. (2006)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a very fast paced enjoyable journey back to the 1600's. It was very exciting and a great insight to the times. I am looking forward to the next instalment."
|Ruled Britannia / Harry Turtledove (c2002)
Reader's comment: "4 stars. Gooooooood if you like that sort of thing." (Jacob, Miramar)
|Digging to America / Anne Tyler. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "It was a bit slow at the beginning but once I got into it, I was drawn into the story and it kept me interested until the end. I felt very involved with both families."
|Husbands and other lovers / Jane Elizabeth Varley. (2005)
Reader's comment: "Easy to read, modern in its approach - a good holiday or light reading for an overseas journey. Fast paced and honest."
|The informers / Juan Gabriel Vasquez ; translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book outstanding. It is great to get fiction from the non-English speaking world."
|Four play / Fiona Walker. (2006)|
Reader's comment: "This was great. She is still on form and progresses nicely from the previous ones, but you can read it as a stand alone novel. Funny, witty and a great read."
|Eighteen acres : a novel / Nicolle Wallace.
Reader's comment: "I thought this book very topical - if you follow current U.S.A. politics it is easy to see who she has drawn from to form the characters. A Washington insiders view - an intriguing read, and a good insight into the White House."
|The financial lives of the poets: a novel / Jess Walter. (c2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was an enjoyable romp through the aftermath of financial disaster, a gentle satire that unfolds like a sitcom."
|She may not leave / Fay Weldon. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "This was just as good as all her other fabulous books. What would we do without Fay Weldon?"
|Divine secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: a novel / Rebecca Wells. (1999)|
Reader's comment: "5 stars. Such a great book. I would recomend it to anybody with a sence of fun and joy" (Ashley, Newtown)
|Night of the avenging blowfish : a novel of covert operations, love, and luncheon meat / John Welter. (1994)
Reader's comment: "Was excellent. Very well written, with engaging, likeable characters. Quite well paced. I really enjoyed it."
|Before I wake / Robert J. Wiersema. (2007)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was beautifully written, sensitively portrayed with a touch of mystery and the good old theme of dark versus light. 5 stars."
|Something is going to fall like rain / by Ros Wynne-Jones.
Reader's comment: "Heart breaking. Essential."
|Bilal's bread / Sulayman X. (2005)
Reader's comment: "Very touching and revealing. The horrendous damage that religious bigotry does to its victims."
|Prisoners of war : a novel / Steve Yarbrough
Reader's comment: "A well-written, absorbing story. One of the best novels I've read for some time and well worthy of a "Reader's Choice" award."
|A happy marriage : a novel / Rafael Yglesias. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was a moving, no hold barred tale of the realities of life. Touches the soul."
|The leisure seeker / Michael Zadoorian. (2009)
Reader's comment: "I thought this book was easy to read, enjoyable, sad and very sweet. It was a nice love story."
|The search for Sana / Richard Zimler. (2005)|
Reader's comment: "A very good book. Made me think a lot about the damage the wars in the Middle East are doing to people. I want to read the other books written by this author."
|The diplomatic corpse / Anne Marshall Zwack. (2007)|
Reader's comment: "Very well written and constructed. Good development of both the story and characters. I couldn't put it down as the story unfolded at a cracking pace. This author knows how to write - buy more of her stuff please, good typesetting and layout too."
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