Reamde by Neal Stephenson + a vid of Neal talking about Reamde

An epic thriller from the unique imagination of one of today’s most inventive writers: a wealthy tech entrepreneur is caught in the crossfire of his own online fantasy war game, as Chinese hackers unleash a contagious virus – Reamde.

Across the globe, millions of computer screens flicker with the artfully coded world of T’Rain – an addictive internet role-playing game of fantasy and adventure. But backstreet hackers in China have just unleashed a contagious virus called Reamde, and as it rampages through the gaming world spreading from player to player – holding hard drives hostage in the process – the computer of one powerful and dangerous man is infected, causing the carefully mediated violence of the online world to spill over into reality.

A fast-talking, internet-addicted mafia accountant is brutally silenced by his Russian employers, and Zula – a talented young T’Rain computer programmer – is abducted and bundled on to a private jet. As she is flown across the skies in the company of the terrified boyfriend she broke up with hours before, and a brilliant Hungarian hacker who may be her only hope, she finds herself sucked into a whirl of Chinese Secret Service agents and gun-toting American Survivalists; the Russian criminal underground and al Al-Qaeda cell led by a charismatic Welshman; each a strand of a connected world that devastatingly converges in T’Rain.

An inimitable and compelling thriller that careers from British Columbia to South-West China via Russia and the fantasy world of T’Rain, Reamde is an irresistible epic from the unique imagination of one of today’s most individual writers.

Neal Stephenson is the author of eight novels, including the cult successes Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon. He has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award six times, winning with Quicksilver. Four of his last five novels have been number one New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Seattle.

How to Leave Twitter: My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop by Grace Dent

Grace Dent is onto a winner.

As we all know there are millions of twitter users worldwide. Each of these twitter users has a family, some have wives and husbands, and some even still have friends. These friends, partners and family members will soon feel, or are already feeling, neglected. They have probably come to resent the tweeter’s fascination with twitter and their obvious preference for the company of their ‘tweeps’ over them.

In the orbit of  every tweeter there must be on average two disgruntled non-tweeters. Some must have more.

In steps Grace Dent. She knows that those on twitter are far too busy tweeting to buy a book about tweeting and she knows that the neglected wouldn’t read a book on twitter if their life depended on it. What to do, what to do?

You write a book non-tweeters will buy for the tweeter in their life. Brilliant!

Be warned tweeters the world over, you will soon own a copy of  How to Leave Twitter: My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop by Grace Dent. Most of you will end up with multiple copies.

Will the tweeter like it? Yup. Will they admit to liking it? Nup. Will they read it in secret on the loo? Yup. Will you find out? Nup. Are Grace Dent’s observations, hints and warnings interesting, or funny, or informative? Yup. Yup. Yup. Will the reader admit this? Nup.

I get the feeling Grace Dent is prepared for such muted successes.

Buy your tweeter a copy of How to Leave Twitter from Booktopia, Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop here

Here’s what the publisher says about the book…

How to Leave Twitter: My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop by Grace Dent

A hilarious look at what’s really going on in Twitterworld from journalist, TV commentator and author Grace Dent.

Three years ago columnist and author Grace Dent joined new social network site Twitter, mainly as a place to dump her surplus jokes, rant about garbage TV and post exclusive j-pegs of her hot new toenail-varnish. But as every ‘re-tweet’ and ‘Follow Friday’ saw her audience figures soar by tens of thousands, Dent found herself centre-stage in an all-consuming highly addictive social network revolution. One where the gags, gossip, scandal and backstabbing literally never stop.

Here Dent takes a hilarious, acerbic look at what’s really going on in Twitterworld; who’s actually tweeting, who’s really reading your tweets and what’s behind the 140 character lies they tell. She looks at the highs and grotty lows of twitter addiction, the shameless social climbers, the friends you’ll make and the ones you can’t get bloody rid of, the barefaced bragging, the shameful celebstalking, and the truth about ‘twanking’, twitter cliques, angry ‘twitchfork mobs’ and dealing with trolls.

About The Author : Grace Dent is undeniably one of the hottest names in teen fiction right now. Put simply: no other author nails how young people REALLY speak and behave like Grace Dent. Grace is a comedy writer and broadcaster specialising in all aspects of ‘Pop Culture’. She lives in East London with her husband, who works in the music industry. When she’s not writing comedy Grace is to be found ‘faffing about on the internet’ or ‘faffing about in the garden or kitchen’ or ‘just ‘faffing about generally. I’m an excellent faffer.’

Susan Duncan, author of The Briny Café, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Susan Duncan

author of The Briny Café

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Albury, on the NSW and Victorian border and raised until the age of ten, at nearby Bonegilla Migrant Camp. Later, I attended Clyde School, a girls’ boarding school at Woodend,  that has now been amalgamated with Geelong Grammar.

2.  What did you want to be when you were Continue reading

Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd follows on from the much loved Campaign Ruby

Jessica Rudd is back with a sequel to her popular and revealing novel, Campaign Ruby… which has been described as Bridget Jones goes to CanberraRuby Blues will be released 31st October 2011 but you may pre-order your copy here…

Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd

In Campaign Ruby, Ruby managed to get:

1. drunk
2. the leader of the Opposition elected

3. Luke

Now that the balloons from the election night party have sagged, as well as the electorate’s enthusiasm for the new PM, Ruby is battling political and personal spot fires. She has a whole new To Do list scrunched up at the bottom of her Prada handbag.

1. Screw things up with Luke
2. Turn 30
3. Deal with hormonal pregnant lesbian aunt
4. And an imploding government
5. Avoid killing peppy intern
6. Attend party after waxing accident
7. Cosy up to Pretty Boy
7a. Complicate things with Luke
8. Save the government from itself
9. Figure out who the hell she is
10. And who she wants.

Pre-order your copy of Ruby Blues

Campaign Ruby

written by Jessica Rudd, published by The Text Publishing Company

When she gets the email announcing her redundancy, Ruby Stanhope hopes to maintain the composure expected of your average London investment banker.

Instead, the next day’s hangover brings two unfortunate discoveries. First, her impromptu reply to the bosses has gone viral, published everywhere from Facebook to the Financial Times. Second, she has a non-refundable, same-day ticket to Melbourne thanks to a dangerous cocktail of Victorian pinot noir, broadband internet and a dash of melancholy.

Landing in Australia, Ruby plans a quiet stay with her aunt in the Yarra Valley—but a party at the local winery results in an unexpected job offer: financial policy adviser to the Federal Leader of the Opposition.

Intrigued, Ruby heads to Melbourne for morning coffee with the Chief of Staff—and finds herself in the middle of the Treasurer’s overthrow of the Prime Minister and the announcement of an early election.

Rookie Ruby, dubbed ‘Roo’ by her Aussie colleagues, is thrown into the campaign and spends four weeks circumnavigating Australia while trying to stay afloat in the deep end of politics. Through trial and plenty of error (including wardrobe malfunctions, media mishaps and a palate for unsavoury men) she finds passion, not just a flair, for her new career.

With its light touch and deft comic instincts, Campaign Ruby is a delightful combination of fashion, faux pas and the unexpected fun of federal politics.

Order your copy here

Caitlin Moran, author of How To be a Woman and, coming soon, Moranthology, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Caitlin Moran

author of How To be a Woman and, coming soon, Moranthology

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

Hello! I was born in the hippy paradise of Brighton, but when I was two my parents moved to the depressed industrial town of Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands – to be near my nan – and had their next seven children there. Still sticking to their hippy ideals from Brighton, we were raised as proper Children of Woodstock – muesli, miso, experimental jazz, home-schooling and crocheted ponchos – in a town into fighting and Duran Duran. As you might imagine we made exact none (zero) friends. But we DID learn all the lyrics to “Almost Cut My Hair” by Crosby Stills & Nash, so that was a comfort. Singing them as we were socially ostracised for a Continue reading

Take a closer look at the longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize

This year’s Man Booker Prize longlist is an interesting and surprising selection of established and emerging writers.

I have to admit that at first the 2011 Man Booker Prize longlist left me a little cold. I recognised a few of the names on the list but many of them were completely unfamiliar. Then I cast my mind back over the year and realised that very few Man Booker Prize regulars had published books in the last year. The longlist didn’t feel like a longlist without names like Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, Peter Carey, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, John Banville, Michael Ondaatje etc…

But over the last few hours I have had a chance to take a closer look at the contenders and there is much to get excited about.

Take a closer look…

The Man Booker Prize 2011 Longlist Continue reading

Order James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion and a case of mixed wine from Coldstream Hills could be yours.

Welcome to the Booktopia, Hardie Grant Books, James Halliday and Coldstream Hills wine give-away.

Place an order for James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion and a case of mixed wine from Coldstream Hills could be yours. It’s that simple. We will announce the name of the lucky recipient on September 1.

Click here to order James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2012 Edition from Booktopia, Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop for $29.95 SAVE 19%

James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion is the No.1 bestselling guide to wineries and wine in Australia. Keenly anticipated by winemakers, faithful collectors and wine lovers alike, the 2012 edition has been completely revised and updated to bring you up-to-the-minute information.

Coldstream Hills, established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday, is one of Australia’s leading small wineries, with a reputation for producing an outstanding range of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Varietal and Reserve wines.

In Australian Wine Companion 2012, Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine via detailed tasting notes, each of which includes vintage specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking, as well as alcohol content, price and a value rating. He provides important details on wineries – including opening times, contact details, vineyard sizes and web addresses – in addition to biographies on each, and information about the winemakers.

An indispensable reference for all enthusiasts of Australian wine, completely updated and revised, the Australian Wine Companion is a must-have for anyone planning to visit a wine-growing region or to replenish their cellar or wine rack. It is the most authoritative and entertaining guide to Australian wine. Coldstream Hills is one of the Australia’s leading small wineries, with a reputation for producing an outstanding range of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Varietal and Reserve wines.

About The Author : Respected wine critic and vigneron James Halliday has a career that spans over 40 years, but he is most widely known for his informative writing about wine. He has been wine writer for The Weekend Australian since 1984 and regularly writes for food and wine magazines such as Decanter, Gourmet and Epicurean, and has won numerous awards for his journalism including Australia’s most prestigious wine trophy, the 2005 Saltram Australia Wine Communicator Award. James is an unmatched authority on every aspect of the wine industry, and is constantly in demand as a wine judge in Australia and overseas. In June 2010 James was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Video via The Wine Guide website – click here for more


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