Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Review by Sarah McDuling – Editor of the YA & Teens Buzz)

Lauren Oliver is mean. Please understand, this criticism comes from a place of love. I say this as a devoted Lauren Oliver fan. I’m not suggesting she is a bad person. I’m sure she’s a lovely person. But she’s downright cruel to her readers. Case in point: The Delirium Trilogy. Anyone who suffered through the heart-breaking ending of Book One in this trilogy will back me up here. Delirium ends ... Read more

by | February 27, 2013

Toxic Oil: Why Vegetable Oil Will Kill You and How to Save Yourself by David Gillespie

Toxic Oil: Why Vegetable Oil Will Kill You & How to Save Yourself by David Gillespie, author of Big Fat Lies: How the Diet Industry is Making you Sick, Fat and Poor , Sweet Poison and The Sweet Poison Quit Plan Everything you believe about fat is wrong. Polyunsaturated oil – everyone knows it’s good for you, right? Wrong! And we all know artery-clogging, cholesterol-forming saturated ... Read more

by | February 26, 2013

Oscar spoiler alert – And the Best Picture is…..

Look away if you’re taping the Oscars and watching them tonight, but Booktopia is proud to announce that….. ARGO has won the Best Picture for 2013. Directed by and starring past Oscar-winner Ben Affleck, Argo is the extraordinary story of the evacuation of a group of American consular officials during the Iranian Shah crisis in Tehran in 1979. The amazing thing about Argo is it play... Read more

by | February 25, 2013

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – A review by Andrew Cattanach

An IT consultant in his 50s decides to write his first novel. The novel is sold to 30 different countries and advances exceed $1 million. And that’s just the About The Author section, imagine how good the story inside the book is. Don Tillman  needs a wife. He has evaluated data and it’s obvious that this is all that is required in his life. He is a professor of genetics, physically... Read more

by | February 24, 2013

Dreaming of the Orient Express – by Booktopia’s Christopher Cahill

If you’re going to dream, dream big. So when my partner and I were throwing around ideas for how to spend our not too far off honeymoon my first thought was a trip on the legendary Orient Express.  As Caroline’s eyes lit up in excitement I knew in a heartbeat that her love for Agatha Christie was going to cost me. This love affair with one of history’s greatest crime writers began with the nove... Read more

by | February 22, 2013

The 2013 Stella Prize Longlist announced

The longlist for the 2013 Stella Prize has just been announced, containing a great mix of exciting new talents and familiar faces. Named after one of Australia’s most important female authors, Stella Maria Miles Franklin, the Stella Prize is worth $50,000, and both fiction and non-fiction books are eligible. The 2013 Stella Prize shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 20 March. The inaugural ... Read more

by | February 22, 2013

Cover for Dan Brown’s upcoming blockbuster ‘Inferno’ revealed

UPDATE: Now that the book is out, read our review here. Exciting news for Dan Brown fans today as the cover for his early anticipation new novel Inferno was unveiled today. Collectors of his previous bestsellers The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons and the record-breaking The Da Vinci Code won’t be left disappointed, with Inferno carrying much the same design as the rest of his catalogue.... Read more

by | February 21, 2013

Peter V. Brett, author of The Daylight War, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Peter V. Brett author of The Daylight War, The Warded Man, and many more… Ten Terrifying Questions ———————– 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? Born and raised in Westchester, a cozy suburb of New York. Got my undergraduate degree in En... Read more

by | February 21, 2013

Boyd Anderson, author of Amber Road, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Boyd Anderson author of Amber Road, Errol, Fidel and The Cuban Rebel Girls and more… Ten Terrifying Questions ————————— 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? In true medieval tradition, I was born and raised in the same suburb in which I ... Read more

by | February 20, 2013

Nick Falk, author of Troggle the Troll, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks Nick Falk author of Troggle the Troll, Tyrannosaurus in the Veggie Patch, A Pterodactyl Stole My Homework, The Very Naughty Velociraptor and An Allosaurus Ate My Uncle Ten Terrifying Questions —————————– 1.    To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Rais... Read more

by | February 18, 2013