Fiction Newsletter for March

This month’s newsletter brings you the best of the best fiction recently received by Wellington City Libraries. This month’s ‘Other Genres’ fiction features translated novels, showcasing some brilliant novels by some very talented writers. We do hope you find much to enjoy from our selection.

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Contemporary fiction

Theses novels selected from this month’s new fiction includes the highly recommended suspense/thriller by Paula Hawkins titled The Girl on the Train which is now being adapted to film.

Syndetics book cover Holy cow / David Duchovny ; illustrations by Natalya Balnova.
“When a cow named Elsie Bovary inadvertently learns about something awful called an industrial meat farm, she instantly organizes an escape with a Torah-spouting pig named Shalom, newly converted to Judaism, and iPhone-proficient turkey Tom.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The girl on the train / Paula Hawkins.
“Rachel Watson is obsessed with her ex-husband, Tom. She’s having a hard time putting the past behind her, especially since she confronts it daily, during the hour long commute to London, when her train passes the Victorian house she once shared with Tom. She also frequently spies an attractive couple, four doors down from her former home, who she imagines to be enjoying the happily-ever-after that eluded her. Then, suddenly, the woman turns up on the front page of the tabloids as missing. The police want to question Rachel, after Anna, Tom’s new wife, tells them that Rachel was in the area drunkenly out of control around the time of Megan’s disappearance.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The crooked house / Christobel Kent.
“Alison is as close to anonymous as she can get: with no ties, no home, a backroom job, hers is a life lived under the radar. But once Alison was someone else: once she was Esme Grace, a teenager whose bedroom sat at the top of a remote and dilapidated house on the edge of a bleak estuary. A girl whose family was no unhappier than anyone else’s, or so she thought. Then one night a terrible thing happened in the crooked house, a nightmare of violence out of which Alison emerged the only witness and sole survivor and from which she has been running ever since. Only when she meets academic Paul Bartlett does Alison realise that if she’s to have any chance of happiness, she has to confront her past. As she seeks to uncover the truth of what happened that terrible night, Alison begins to question everything she thought she knew. Is there anyone she can trust?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Graphic novels

If you only read one Graphic Novel this year do read Robbie Morrison’s White Death, set during the First World War, great artwork and a gripping story.

Syndetics book cover Shoplifter / Michael Cho.
“Corrina Park used to have big plans. Studying English literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. But she’s been working at the same advertising agency for the past five years and the only thing she’s written is copy. Corrina knows there must be more to life, but and she faces the same question as does everyone in her generation: how to find it? This brilliant debut graphic novel is about a young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover White Death / Robbie Morrison, writer ; Charlie Adlard, artist.
“In 1916, Pietro Aquasanta, an Italian rifleman, returns to his childhood home of the Trentino mountain range to find that it’s no longer the realm of wonder and adventure he remembers, but has become a place of death and despair, where the elements are as great a threat as the enemy. No weapon of war was more feared than the White Death, thundering avalanches deliberately caused by cannon fire which consumed everything in their path.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Rogue Trooper : last man standing / writer, Brian Ruckley ; artist, Alberto Ponticelli.
“Nu-Earth, just another planet ravaged by a galaxy-wide war, its atmosphere poisoned by chemical weapons. Created to fight in such conditions were the G.I.s, genetically engineered infantrymen. But now only one remains, the man known as Rogue Trooper.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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A tempting taste from the new Mysteries received this month.

Syndetics book cover Die again : a novel / Tess Gerritsen.
“Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are summoned to the home of Leon Gott, a well-known big-game hunter and taxidermist. He has been eviscerated, and his nude body hung upside down, his ankles bound with nylon cord. Despite the gruesome scene and the overpowering stench, the two women immediately begin processing the clues, and what they find leads them to the wilds of Botswana. It was there six years earlier that Gott’s son, Elliot, and other members of his tourist group were slaughtered while on safari. Then Rizzoli and Isles discover that Elliot’s former fiancée was murdered the same day as Gott.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Killing for keeps / Mari Hannah.
“Two brothers from the same criminal family die within hours of each other, five miles apart, one on the edge of a Newcastle industrial estate, the other in a busy A & E department of a local hospital, unseen by the triage team. Both victims have suffered horrific injuries. Who wanted them dead? Will they kill again? Investigating these brutal and bloody killings leads DCI Kate Daniels to break some rules, putting her career as well as her life on the line.” (Adapted from
Syndetics book cover The missing and the dead / Stuart MacBride.
“One mistake can cost you everything. When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a ‘development opportunity’ out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing, catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal. Then a little girl’s body washes up just outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking off a massive manhunt.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Science fiction/fantasy

To decide on just three Science Fiction and Fantasy novels from this month’s new material for this newsletter is always difficult. Hopefully the choice made will be tempting.

Syndetics book cover Symbiont / Mira Grant.
“Sal Mitchell’s world changed at the end of the first book of the series, 2013′s Parasite. She believed that the parasite that she and millions of others like her had implanted was helping her, but now she realizes that she is the parasite. Sal is in grave danger from the hordes of humans whose implants have started attacking their hosts, and there are those who want the parasites to win.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Black dog / Caitlin Kittredge.
“Ava is a hellhound. She’s a long-serving servant of a reaper who tracks down people marked for death and helps them on their way. Sometimes, she’s obliged to take canine form to help speed up the process. When Ava foolishly gets involved in a scheme masterminded by someone who has it in for her boss, she winds up with a seemingly impossible task: find the last remaining soul on the reaper’s list, or face the end of her own life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Strands of sorrow / John Ringo.
“ The last book in the Black tide rising series.The Wolf Squadron, its leader Steve Smith and what’s left of the U.S. Navy band join together to retake the mainland from the infected, while Smith’s teenage daughters hold the key to the rebirth of civilization on a devastated planet.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Other genres

Translated novels are the feature of this month’s ‘Other Genre’ category that includes some brilliant writing, opening new worlds of fiction.

Syndetics book cover The vegetarian : a novel / Han Kang ; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith.
“Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more ‘plant-like’ existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision is a shocking act of subversion.” (Adapted from
Syndetics book cover Frog / Mo Yan ; translated from the original Chinese edition by Howard Goldblatt.
“A respected midwife, Gugu combines modern medical knowledge with a healer’s touch to save the lives of village women and their babies. After a disastrous love affair with a defector leaves Gugu reeling, she throws herself into enforcing China’s draconian new family planning policy by any means necessary. Her blind devotion to the party line spares no one, not her own family, not even herself.” (Adapted from
Syndetics book cover The tower : a novel / Uwe Tellkamp ; translated by Mike Mitchell.
“In derelict Dresden a cultivated, middle-class family does all it can to cope amid the Communist downfall. This striking tapestry of the East German experience is told through the tangled lives of a soldier, surgeon, nurse and publisher. With evocative detail, Uwe Tellkamp masterfully reveals the myriad perspectives of the time as people battled for individuality, retreated to nostalgia, chose to conform, or toed the perilous line between East and West.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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