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The Honey Thief by Najaf Mazari & Robert Hillman

From the authors of the bestseller The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif comes their latest book, The Honey Thief. A superb collection of spellbinding tales from Afghanistan that portray a vivid landscape of hardship and brotherhood, catastrophes and miracles. These tales of peasants, poisoners and kings leap into life to reveal the rich storytelling traditions of Afghanistan

The beekeeper said to the boy: “Abbas, I have a question for you. The question is this: can a bee catch a cold?”
Abbas smiled. “Can a bee catch a cold? No. It is impossible, Sir.”
“It is not impossible. A bee can catch a cold.”
“How do you know?”
“I have seen a bee sneezing.”
“No!” said Abbas. Then before he could stop himself, he said, “God will punish you for telling lies!”
Ahmad Hussein laughed. He was teasing Abbas, but when a boy was as full of sorrow as this one, perhaps teasing could help.

The mystery and wonder of Afghanistan comes to life in these tales of men who converse with bees and bears; of horseshoe bats in flights that blot out the sun, and of blackbirds that bring golden apples to earth from heaven. The sorrow of this extraordinary land is here too in the story of Abdul Kaliq, the king-killer, who ends his life on a scaffold in Kabul, and of Majid the Madman who turns to music for solace when his children die of plague. Other tales tell of an aged wolf who proves to a shepherd boy that he is the most intelligent creature on earth; of Proud Nadia, courted with a copy of Huckleberry Finn; and of the master poisoner Nightfall, who creates a cookbook of enchantments. Whether the tale is of wolves or wizards, The Honey Thief conveys in writing of surprising tenderness what it is like to grow up in a land of bloodshed and brotherhood, of miracles and catastrophes. 

October 27, 2011 Posted by | Fables, Short Stories | | Leave a comment

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2) by Pittacus Lore

Sequel to the thrilling bestseller I AM NUMBER FOUR

I’ve seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he’s a mystery. But to me . . . he’s one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We’re hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we’ll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I’ve been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I’m ready to fight.

Watch the trailer:

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October 21, 2011 Posted by | Science Fiction | , | Leave a comment

Shift by Em Bailey

IMITATION IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF FLATTERY. UNTIL IT ISN’T.

Olive is not crazy – although there was that incident last year and that spell in the psych ward, but now she’s taking her meds and staying away from the toxic ‘in’ crowd. But when new girl Miranda turns up, Olive knows that there is something very dangerous about her, even if everyone else doesn’t. But who will believe her, when everyone probably thinks she’s crazy anyway? That is, everyone except her best friend, Ami, whom her mother disapproves of for some strange reason. But all is not what it seems in this page-turning thriller and there are twists and turns that you just cannot predict.

Pitched as a cross between Liar and Single White Female, Shift is a wonderfully absorbing and impressive first outing into YA writing for the children’s author also known as Meredith Badger. She takes you along for a rollercoaster of a ride and tosses you off at the end, still a little unsure of what just happened. Best of all: even though there is a hint of the supernatural in the tale, there’s nary a vampire or werewolf in sight.

Review by Angela Crocombe, Readings St Kilda

October 20, 2011 Posted by | Mystery, Paranormal | | Leave a comment

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Hades is the sequel to the bestselling Halo

Heaven Help Her.

Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.

The story that Alexandra Adornetto built in her New York Times-bestselling debut, Halo, comes alive in action-packed and unexpected ways, as angels battle demons, and the power of love is put to the test.  Good Reads

October 12, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Paranormal | | Leave a comment