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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

The Sound of Gravity by Joe Simpson

As her hand slips form his grip, Patrick’s life is shattered, forever changed……..

Joe Simpson is mostly known for his non-fiction work Touching the Void. This classic piece of mountaineering writing recounts the tale of the former mountaineer and his struggle to survive after falling into a crevasse on a mountain in the Peruvian Andes.

Simpson’s most recent novel, The Sound of Gravity is a work of fiction and again is set in a mountainous environment. This novel tells the tale of Patrick and his wife, a mountaineering trip gone wrong and of love, loss, regret and survival. One chilling event on a stormbound mountain completely alters Patrick’s world and 25 years later, we join him, manning the warden hut at the foot of the very same mountain that changed his life forever. After a lifetime of grief and guilt, Patrick is eventually freed from his self-imposed vigil, when an all too familiar event forces him to release his heart-rending secret. Review by Emma Dalby,  BookGeeks

The Sound of Gravity is a harrowing, dramatic and powerful tale of how a haunting spilt-second memory can change the course of a lifetime – a novel of love, loss and redemption.

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February 27, 2012 Posted by | Adventure | | Leave a comment

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

For those fans of Looking for Alaska, award winning author John Green is back with another brilliant but heatbreaking story!

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind

February 24, 2012 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Romance | , | Leave a comment

Crescent Dawn by Clive and Dirk Cussler

Packed with breathtaking suspense and fired by an extraordinary imagination, Crescent Dawn is a barnstorming read for all fans of action, suspense and intrigue –  Dirk Pitt returns for another  adventure!

In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out, as Roman artifacts discovered in Turkey and Israel unnervingly connect to the rise of a fundamentalist movement determined to restore the glory of the Ottoman Empire, and to the existence of a mysterious “manifest,” lost long ago, which if discovered again…just may change the history of the world as we know it.  Review by Good Reads

Want to know about Clive Cussler and his books then visit his website:

http://www.clivecussler.com.au/books.htm

February 23, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Mystery, Suspense | Leave a comment

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

For fans of the Shiver triology here is another unforgettable reading experience that blends fantasy, magic and romance for a high adventure race to the finish! A must read for fans of Stiefvater and anyone that’s looking to experience a magical adventure.

Stiefvater has a way of bringing it to life for the reader, whether it’s the cold icy woods of Mercy Falls, or the cliff-side ocean breeze of Skarmouth. She creates such vivid back-drop that you can actually imagine along with the characters having ocean mist spray your face and the sea water confuse your senses. Arlene Good Reads

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

February 20, 2012 Posted by | Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance | | 1 Comment

2012 Is the National Year of Reading

Welcome to 2012,  the National Year of Reading!

The National Year of Reading 2012 is about children learning to read and keen

readers finding new sources of inspiration. It is about supporting reading initiatives

while respecting the oral tradition of storytelling. It’s about helping people to

discover and rediscover the magic of books. And most of all, it is about Australians

becoming a nation of readers.

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Book Talk | Leave a comment