Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Terry Pratchett New Book - The Unseen Academicals

The Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!

Monday, 8 June 2009

Recommended reading

Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures - Fantasy & SF

Find out everything you could ever want to know about almost every magical
creature ever imagined in this, the third instalment in the hugely popular series
of Element Encyclopedias

Fantastic selection of books including one by Pratchett.

The Dream - Books Direct

Set in the 1930s, Live the Dream tells the story of three very different people
caught in a tangle of love and hatred that threatens to tear them apart. If
you’ve never read one of Josephine Cox’s touching and dramatic tales
before, don’t miss this irresistible piece of storytelling.


Stormcaller - Fantasy & SF

The Stormcaller is ideal for sword and sorcery fans, combining inspired world-building,
epoch-shattering battles and high emotion in a plot that will leave the reader
gasping for more.


Abroad - Fantasy & SF

Using spells, incantations and a little elbow grease, we’ve conjured
up the twelfth enchanting addition to our bewitching Unseen Library –
special exclusive editions of Terry Pratchett’s most spellbinding stories.


Glance - Books Direct

Club favourite and Queen of the ‘What would you do?’ page-turner,
Jodi Picoult, poses the questions in this fascinating and enchanting tale of
love, death and what real life is all about.


Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft - Fantasy & SF

From ancient Egypt to modern Wicca and Neo-Paganism, from fairy tales to familiars
and from hags to healers here is a definitive celebration and exploration of
the many facets and traditions of thousands of years of witchcraft.


Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells - Fantasy & SF

The legend of the Master Spell Book has been part of our collective imagination
for as long as Witches, Wiccans and other devotees have practised the magical
arts. Now the myth has been made manifest - in this definitive book of spells
that includes a brief history of the basic precepts of magic as well as valuable
insight into the tools of witchcraft.


Families Set - Books for children

Allan Ahlberg's Happy Families series has been entertaining new readers for
years, and is as popular as ever. The books are genuinely child-friendly and
encourage a level of confidence and security in the fledgling reader which makes
learning new words and reading longer sentences a doddle.


Privilege - Books Direct

Wonderfully controlled, and featuring a murder that’s as bizarre as it
is complex, Skin Privilege is a superbly dark and sinister thriller –
and the latest instalment in Karin Slaughter’s bestselling Grant County


Of The Rings 3-Volume Set - Fantasy & SF

Featuring Tolkien’s own inimitable cover art, as well as his illustrative
maps, chronologies, family trees and calendars, the books tell the story of
Sauron, the Dark Lord, who plots dominion over the kingdom of Middle-earth.
To achieve his goal he must have in his possession all the Rings of Power –
and one still eludes him.



Tuesday, 12 May 2009

The Godmother

This book is one that'll get you crying.
The Godmother : Books - Free Delivery£5.99 Free Delivery at play

Although the look and feel of chic lit it'll really get your emotions rushing about - this is chic noir! It's got some very dark moments in a compelling story of a woman who lives a rather manic existance being godmother to her friend's children. The least maternal person in the world possibly has to deal with a wide range of children and how their lives and their parents inpact on her own life.

This was horrific to read in parts - and I did have to go and get a glass of water before coming back to it. The story is compelling and one of true friendships stretched to the limit, and showing that you can't always be there for your friends, or even see what's really going on.

A gripping read but one that will also make you feel uncomfortable.

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