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Hey guys,
So I know that this book in my giveaway is not exactly fantasy, but if you like YA and/or Dystopian fiction I'd love for you to check out my very first giveaway over at my blog - It's open internationally and will be going for the next two weeks!
Thanks muchly *grins*

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Jennifer Byrne presents Fantasy
« on: July 12, 2011, 02:05:24 PM »
Hey guys,
I've just been watching a program here in Australia that's talking about Fantasy fiction! It's finished now but you can watch the episode on the ABC website -
I'm sorry but I'm not sure if it can be viewed outside Aus!! Please let me know :)
Got some great authors on there - Lev Grossman, Matthew Reilly, Jennifer Rowe (aka Emily Rodda) and Fiona McIntosh!

Hey guys, I wasn't sure whether to put this in the Book Specific or the Sci-Fi section so I chucked it here (on the basis that it's more Teen than Sci-Fi).

I just finished this book and I wanted to see who else had read it. I found it really tough to get through, although it started off quite promisingly. Here's my review from Goodreads:

Despite the fact that some of my collegues had thought I Am number Four was 'just okay' and the fact that as soon as the book was on the shelves it had a 'soon to be a major motion picture!' sticker on the front, I was still interested in reading it. And it was filled with promise - Teen sci-fi, action, angst, romance - sounded pretty good to me. And then things started to fall apart. I'd not read/heard anything about the book until I'd read it, so naturally I think Pittacus Lore is a really cool name for an author - only to discover that not only is it an elder mentioned at the beginning, but the novel is also penned by not one but TWO authors (one of which being James Frey, please) which dimmed the glamour of the story considerably.
Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this - the idea is a really fascinating and intriguing one - but the writing was stilted and choppy, the MC was self-centred and annoying and at the last 50-ish pages I found myself skimming whole paragraphs because the writing was (I felt) cringe-worthy.
I probably will see the film (though I usually dislike movies made from books) as I think this will be one of those 'The film was better than the book' deals. And as for book 2?.... I may read it, if only to find out what is in that damned letter! *laughs* It is a shame, really...

does anyone else agree? Disagree? Debate? *grins*

General Discussion / Music - Help or Hindrance?
« on: January 08, 2011, 07:57:23 PM »
I was curious whether anyone listens to music while they read. If you chose music based on the type of book you're reading at the time, or instrumental or just a random playlist.
Or is it all just a distraction?

I, personally, always listen to music when I read. I normally listen to Japanese and Korean music, but when I read I tend to listen to either English or instrumental music. I find they are better for 'background' music.

How about you?

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Young Adult Fiction Favourites
« on: January 06, 2011, 09:50:00 PM »
Since I work in the Children's Dept of my bookstore I am always interested in knowing what others are thinking or reading concerning YA fiction!! I'd love to know what people enjoy, as I know YA is not just for kids *grins*

Some of my favourites are -
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Stolen - Lucy Christopher
Anything by Kevin Brooks and Tabitha Suzuma

Recommendations/favourites anyone?? ^.^

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / The Windup Girl / Paolo Bacigalupi
« on: December 28, 2010, 01:37:12 PM »
I was wondering if anyone had read the Windup Girl by Paolo? (or any of his other books, in fact) I've just come across it at work and am rather intrigued! I know that Paolo has a YA book called 'Ship Breaker' but I've not had any feedback from that either. Has anyone heard much about him recently?

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