Latest Releases: 30 September 2013
- Doctor Sleep – Stephen King
Any new release from King is a big event in the publishing world, but seeing as how Doctor Sleep follows on from The Shining, one of King’s most iconic stories, it’s not surprising that it generated more interest than usual. Dan Torrance is now entrenched in middle-age and is using his shining powers to help the residents at a nursing home meet death peacefully and comfortably, hence the name Doctor Sleep. His personal life is far from peaceful and comfortable, however, as he still battles with the emotional and psychological scars of the worst year of his life. He gets drawn into an epic battle between good and evil, when he meets a young girl with shining powers who is on the run from a tribe called the True Knot, which tracks down and tortures children with the shining so they can feed off their powers and live forever.
- Killing Jesus – Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
History needn’t be dry as dust, as O’Reilly and Dugard have already established with their previous books on Kennedy and Lincoln. They take a couple of steps further back in history with their latest work that looks at the life, times, and, of course, death of Jesus. Don’t expect the usual run-of-the-mill faith-based take on the story. Instead, the duo takes a comprehensive view that includes the turbulent political climate and social pressures of the time. You don’t have to be especially religious to enjoy this.
- Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson
Young adult science-fiction has a shining star in Brandon Sanderson, who proved his credibility with his Mistborn trilogy. Steelheart is the first in a new series that covers the battle between Epics, ordinary people who developed extraordinary powers after the Calamity, and Reckoners, ordinary people without ordinary powers who resist the Epics’ cruel and tyrannical rule. More specifically, it follows David who is bent on revenge against the most powerful Epic of them all, Steelheart, who killed David’s father, and who has a weakness that David intends to exploit.
- No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self – Matt Frazier
There are still many people who think that vegetarians are pale, anaemic, weaklings, barely able to lift their heads, let alone lift their legs to run a marathon or sprint 100m at the Olympics. Matt Frazier is doing all he can to set the record straight. No Meat Athlete is more than a cookbook; it’s also a training guide and source of inspiration filled with motivational stories from successful vegetarian athletes who prove time and again that you don’t need meat to build fitness, stamina, strength, speed, and endurance.
- Solo: A James Bond Novel – William Boyd
It takes courage to tackle a character as revered as James Bond, especially when he’s not yours to begin with. Boyd, it seems, is not short on courage. It’s 1969 and Bond has just turned 45 years old. His new mission takes him to West Africa where he becomes embroiled in civil war. There is the requisite betrayal and life and death drama, and, of course, Bond goes on an unsanctioned and personal mission to get his own back on the people who betrayed him and instigated said life and death drama.
- One Summer: America 1927 – Bill Bryson
Everyone’s favourite travel writer, English language expert, and historian is back with a look at one of the most pivotal periods in US history. Bryson touches on everything from the economic boom (just pre-Great Depression) and the plans for Mount Rushmore to Charles Lindbergh and Al Capone and Babe Ruth. Bryson proves that adage that truth is stranger than fiction, and he does so with all the wit, charm and style that we’ve come to know, love, and expect.
- Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures – Kate DiCamillo
Part novel, part comic strip (illustrations by K. Gordon Campbell) Flora & Ulysses tells the tale of too-young-cynic Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses the squirrel, who has a tragic accident with a vacuum cleaner and is reborn with superpowers. It’s touching, funny and entirely captivating. Adults will love the unique story and the unique story-telling technique as much as youngsters.
- Spiritual Awakening: (The Easy Way) – Tim van der Vliet
It’s difficult not to be drawn to a book with a quizzical bull dog on the cover; it’s twice as difficult when the bull dog seems to be pondering complex matters of the soul. From the cover to the very last page, Tim van der Vliet takes the weightiness out of spiritual exploration. He doesn’t beat about the bush, but lets you know in witty but no uncertain terms, exactly what is required if you want to uncover your spirit and awaken your soul so that you can live a happy, fulfilling and satisfying life.
Written by Sandy Cosser
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