What Library Staff are Reading Uncovered

Posted on December 21, 2012. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , |

Vicki

Heidi

  • A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale
  • Two Brothers by Ben Elton
  • The Seat in the Hall Stand by Pamela Horne – a ghost story for children by a local author
  • Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
  • Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin

Chelsea

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. This is one I had to relinquish months ago to a hold, and am finally picking up again.
  • Troubled Waters: the Changing Fortunes of Whales and Dolphins by Sarah Lazarus
  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Run by Peter Allison
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – I am a big fan of this author
  • Frankie and Yen magazines

Jenny M

  • The street sweeper by Elliott Perlman – I am thoroughly enjoying it and learning a lot along the way.

Anna D

  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Alison

  • The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton
  • The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
  • Watching the climbers on the mountain by Alex Miller
  • Duchess of Aquitaine: a novel of Eleanor by Margaret Ball

Linda

  • Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks – I found this more engrossing than A Year of Wonders, I think because she portrayed the inner conflicts of the main female character very effectively. Perhaps Geraldine Brooks had less of a story from history to be faithful to so she had more freedom and used her imagination more.

Rosemary

  • Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerrilla Knitters Institute by Maggie Groff – Set in Byron Bay, loving it so far.
  • Water like a stone by Deborah Crombie – I’ve read a few of these Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mysteries and really enjoy them.

Adam

  • Spook Country (Blue Ant, #2) by William Gibson
  • The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard – A very slow read, I have enjoyed a few of his other books and since this is a classic i thought i would give it a go. A bit too experimental for my tastes. It was an annotated edition and the annotations is what I found to be the most interesting part of the book.
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger – When I was growing up there were two kinds of people, those who liked Stallone films and those who liked Schwarzenegger films. I was the latter which made reading this book a neccessity. From his rise in the world of bodybuilding, to his film career and then into politics I found the whole book a great read. A shrewd business man who I never thought about as a young man. You can see why his career took off when those of other action heroes never did. Gave me a whole new perspective on him. It presents itself as a warts and all tale, something that could never have come out while he was a politician. And while it does have lots of warts I can’t help but think there may have been some left out.
  • Some Remarks by Neal Stephenson – A collection of essays from the past 20 years. The longest being a piece on undersea cabling which I surprisingly found fascinating. Just like in his fiction Stephenson has the ability to make the most ordinary and everyday technology very interesting.
  • The Mongoliad: Book Two (Foreworld, #2) by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear and friends – I gave the first book of this series a very bad review and after reading this second book I think I know why I didn’t enjoy it so much. It is the story of some crusaders that go on a mission to kill Genghis Khan’s son who is now the leader of the Mongolian empire. The first book I read a chapter a night before bed and it took me a few weeks, this one I read in a few days on the train and the fast-paced read definitely helped. I enjoyed it a lot more and look forward to the next volume.
  • Life After God by Douglas Coupland
  • You Said What?: Lies and Propaganda Throughout History by Bill Fawcett
  • Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution by Doug Fine
  • Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1) by William Gibson
  • Delete This at Your Peril: One Man’s Hilarious Exchanges with Internet Spammers by Bob Servant
  • Crystal Express by Bruce Sterling
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Crosses the Line by Sudhir Venkatesh
  • Snapshots in History’s Glare by Gore Vidal

Graphic Novels (still Adam)

  • The Boys Volume 12: The Bloody Doors Off (The Boys, #12) – Garth Ennis
  • The Boys, Vol. 11: Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men – Garth Ennis
  • The Boys, Vol. 10: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker (The Boys, #10) – Garth Ennis

The final three volumes of this series. There have been many films, TV and comics about what superheroes may be like in the real world recently and this is easily my favourite. The heroes are perfect in the public eye but behind the scenes they are depraved megalomaniacal nutcases. Can’t wait for the movie.  

  • The Sandman: Endless Nights – Neil Gaiman
  • City of Glass – Paul Karasik
  • I Kill Giants – Joe Kelly
  • Explorer: The Mystery Boxes – Kazu Kibuishi
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War – Randy Stradley

Naomi

  • Seven Bones: Two Wives, Two Violent Murders, a Fight for Justiceby Peter Seymore and Jason Foster – I wanted to read this before the author talks at Blaxland Library this month. This is the true story of a fight for justice, written by the detective who had been on this Western Sydney murder case and local author Jason Foster.

Naomi’s Graphic Novels:

  • Dame Darcy’s Meat Cake by Dame Darcy – a compilation of noir, twisted, funny, stream-of-consciousness comics. I love the gothic graphics, inspired by decorative Victorian imagery.
  • Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield – a semi-autobiographical exploration of overcoming an eating disorder, executed with insight and skill. A brave work.
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel – after enjoying Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama, which was done so beautifully, I was very excited to read this graphic novel. And it didn’t disappoint; this cleverly layered autobiographic novel looks deeply and honestly at the author’s troubled relationship with her father, all with a sense of humour.     
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