Category Archives: Fantasy and Science Fiction

July 18

The Book of Lies

The Book of Lies by James Moloney. Post by Brooke Hawthorn. When I first picked up “The Book of Lies”, I was captivated from the first chapter. The adventure on which our main characters embark is exciting and with so many secrets and half-truths, the story is compelling to the very last page. When a […]

July 08

The Invisibles by Grant Morrision

Literature is meant to allow you access to the life experience of others. That’s a big claim, but if the only think you can say about a book is that it was amusing, then it wasn’t really about anything, and you could have read a better book, which both amused and attempted something deeper. The Invisibles […]

June 13

Supergod by Warren Ellis

Supergod is about the end of the world. A scientist responsible for the destruction of humanity sits, drunk and high, speaking into a communication device which appears to be a tape recorder. He recounts the arms race that led to the apocalypse. Several nations built “gods”, and these gods went to war. Each one breaks […]

April 29

Saga: the book which will convince you to read graphic novels

So, for the last few years I’ve advocated strongly that all the staff in my library, and all of our Book coasters readers, should at least try the graphic novel format. I’ve talked about four-color heroes and  biographies of concentration camp survivors, surreal dark fantasy and nostalgic Americana,  Biblical interpretations and Tori Amos lyrics, books […]

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

by Claire North Wow. When someone at my book club recommended this I was less than excited, it was described as a science fiction time travel meets end of the world novel. Not really my genres. However from page one I was hooked. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August  is so clever, it is […]

March 17

Not So Long Ago, in a Library Catalogue Only a Few Keyboard Types Away……

Other interesting Star Wars items you’ll find in our libraries Elstree 1976 – Basically this is an interview with mostly the extras and actors who had a few lines (although some of them iconic, such as “These are not the droids we’re looking for”), who turned up for a movie they thought might get shown […]

March 14

Astro City : Lovers Quarrel

Astro City, unlike the larger graphic novel franchises, allows its character to age and permanently die. This allows the author, Kurt Busiek, to tell stories that are not possible in Marvel or DC. In Marvel, the characters have started to explicitly notice that it is hard for them to stay dead. Hawkeye, for example, died, […]

February 26

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl : Seriously…you want this comic

There are few teen series I enjoy as avidly as Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and I recommend it to a broad audience, tween and above. Doreen Green has been a Marvel character since 1991, but this series doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of her character history. Doreen’s doesn’t quite know she’s in a comic, like Deadpool […]

February 24

Red Rising

Red Rising  by Pierce Brown. Post by Jenni. So much wisdom in a racing YA novel full of adventure and excitement! The thing that impresses me most about this apparently debut novel is the attention to characterisation, plot, moral universe and writing. I love that Pierce refuses to have Captain America as the leader we follow: […]

February 22

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Post by Jenni. It seems to me that Ender’s Game is about the fragility of Childhood. Ender is an extraordinarily gifted child who must be challenged to the verge of destruction of his identity – his ego is manipulated and tortured during the trials, by isolating him from his […]