Bestseller for kids – Artemis Fowl

I have just put together a page for Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – with this synopsis, a trailer and a package of links to more than 20 fiction activities for the book. You can visit it here =>

Twelve-year-old villain, Artemis Fowl, is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom. But he’s taking on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit). For a start, leprechaun technology is more advanced than our own. Add to that the fact that Holly is a true heroine and that her senior officer Commander Root will stop at nothing to get her back and you’ve got the mother of all sieges brewing!

Brian Dettmer’s Deconstructed Vintage Books

Brian Dettmer is a studio artist who frequently deconstructs books, LPs, and other media-related materials in his work. His current exhibition features a number of surgically altered vintage books and encyclopedias — a process that was accomplished through countless tiny swipes from steady x-acto blades.

See more here =>

From the pre-loved department … Under Orders by dick Francis

Under Orders
~ by Dick Francis
It’s the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well – but in his day, jockeys didn’t usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest….=>

Dracula published on this day in 1897

On this day in 1897 Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker was published

“There he lay looking as if youth had been half-renewed, for the white hair and moustache were changed to dark iron-grey, the cheeks were fuller, and the white skin seemed ruby-red underneath; the mouth was redder than ever, for on the lips were gouts of fresh blood, which trickled from the corners of the mouth and ran over the chin and neck. Even the deep, burning eyes seemed set amongst the swollen flesh, for the lids and pouches underneath were bloated. It seemed as if the whole awful creature were simply gorged with blood; he lay like a filthy leech, exhausted with his repletion.”

Edgar-winner Coben’s 10th Myron Bolitar novel (after Long Lost) is a perfect 10

Live Wire

by Harlan Coben

Edgar-winner Coben’s 10th Myron Bolitar novel (after Long Lost) is a perfect 10: providing readers with new information about the past of the former athlete turned agent and owner of MB Reps; a satisfyingly complex mystery; and the always entertaining, sometimes shocking exploits of Bolitar’s partner and friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III (aka Win).


Game Of Thrones writer makes Time’s Top 100

George RR Martin named one of the most influential people of 2011

The success of A Game Of Thrones, the runaway TV adaption of respected fantasy author George RR Martin’s novel of the same name from his A Song Of Ice And Fire series, has propelled Martin into Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in 2011. =>

Winton’s debt to unlikely ‘saviour’

HE’S reclusive, he’s enigmatic and he’s Australia’s most celebrated living author.

But it seems Tim Winton is also amazingly forgetful.

With the film adapation of his classic novel Cloudstreet due to hit the screens on Foxtel this month, the four-times Miles Franklin winner has revealed he left the half-finished handwritten manuscript – and the carbon copy – on a bus in Rome on his way to Athens in 1988. =>

Read it 2011

Welcome to the 2011 Read It Reading Challenge.

This a monthly reading group that encourages Australian library users to read and tweet about what they are reading.

Check the monthly themes at the blog to decide what you will read each month and how to tweet your reading experiences.

Run by the NSW Readers Advisory Working Group

20 Classic Novels You Can Read in One Sitting

You know that in order to become a better writer, you need to become a better reader — and so polishing off some classic novels is in your future. But who has the time?
You do. Nobody’s admonishing you to get your book report in within two weeks. But if you still feel pinched between the hour hand and the minute hand, ease into great English literature with these short novels (most have fewer than 200 pages): =>