Vote For Australia’s Favourite Novelist 2014 – Heat 3

January is the month of Australian Stories at Booktopia, and to celebrate we need your help to discover Australia’s Favourite Novelist for 2014!

Today’s list is full of the most popular writers in Australia today, it’s a tough one!

Remember you can select as many authors as you like with your vote and give them the chance to become Australia’s Favourite Novelist!

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Vote For Australia’s Favourite Novelist 2014 – Heat 2

January is the month of Australian Stories at Booktopia, and to celebrate we need your help to discover Australia’s Favourite Novelist for 2014!

Yesterday had some big surprises as Australia searched their hearts and bookcases, will today be the same?

A reminder that this is only Heat 2, so you might see some of your favourites missing today. Don’t worry, over the week you’ll have a chance to vote for all of your favourites in their respective heats.

Today’s list includes Nobel, Pulitzer, Orange and Miles Franklin Prize-Winners!

Vote now to see them advance to the final round of voting next week and have the chance to become Australia’s Favourite Novelist!

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Vote For Australia’s Favourite Novelist 2014 – Heat 1

January is the month of Australian Stories at Booktopia, and to celebrate we need your help to discover Australia’s Favourite Novelist for 2014!

We’ve taken your nominations and today is the day to put your votes forward. You can vote for as many novelists as you like.

A reminder that this is only Heat 1, so you might see some of your favourites missing today. Don’t worry, over the next 5 days you’ll have a chance to vote for all of your favourites in their respective heats.

Today we have brilliant bestsellers, acclaimed award-winners and exciting newbies! Vote now to see them advance to the final round of voting next week and have the chance to become Australia’s Favourite Novelist!

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Best of Booktopia TV: Fast and Furious Thrillers

Matthew Reilly – The Tournament

the-tournament-unsigned-copyBestselling author Matthew Reilly is one of Australia’s most reliable writers. Every couple of years he delivers his fans quality popular fiction and every couple of years he can be counted on to break Australian sales records. But till now, all of his successes, Ice Station, Seven Ancient Wonders, Temple, The Five Greatest Warriors, Scarecrow, to name just a few, have one thing in common, the breakneck speed of their narrative.

The Tournament is a departure for Reilly, gone is his trademark breakneck speed. Instead we find a narrative with gravitational pull. Enter The Tournament’s orbit and you cannot escape, you must read on to the final page.

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Hugh Howey – Shift

shiftIn a future less than fifty years away, the world is still as we know it. Time continues to tick by. The truth is that it is ticking away.

A powerful few know what lies ahead. They are preparing for it. They are trying to protect us.

They are setting us on a path from which we can never return. A path that will lead to destruction; a path that will take us below ground.

The history of the silo is about to be written.

Our future is about to begin.

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Kathy Reichs – Bones of the Lost

The body of a teenage girl is discovered along a desolate highway on the outskirts of Charlotte. Inside her purse is the ID card of a local businessman who died in a fire months earlier.bones-of-the-lost

This is no ordinary hit-and-run. Who was the girl? And was she murdered?

Dr Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist, must find the answers. She soon learns that a Gulf War veteran stands accused of smuggling artefacts into the country. Could there be a sinister connection between the two cases?

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REVIEW: Monkey Business by Kathryn Ledson

Last week, after a slight (okay, six week) reading hiatus, I guiltily reached for my pile of advanced reading copies, looking for something that would entertain and delight, without asking too much of my poor out-of-use brain. I picked up Monkey Business by Kathryn Ledson, and boy am I glad I did. Much like the hypercolour cover,  Ledson’s latest proved to be the perfect pick-me-up for my greyer-than-usual grey matter.  Monkey Business is the second book in the Erica Jewell series (a series I now realise I heard about at this year’s Romance Writers of Australia conference, but only just now made the connection with) and, while the series is very closely linked, the book does not suffer from being read in isolation. Having said that, after reading Monkey Business, I now want Kathryn to hurry up and write more books so I can devour them. Continue reading

Does Robb Stark Take Up Too Much Space On Trains?

Does Robb Stark take up too much space on trains?

That’s the question being asked around the world today, as Game of Thrones star Richard Madden is outed as a chronic space-taker-upperer on the popular tumblr site Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train.

Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train exposes a world of sexual politics that will strike a chord with anyone who has suffered at the hands of bad etiquette on public transport.

If there is one aspect of the modern age that matches the scheming, combative nature of Westeros and beyond, it is surely the public transport system. Continue reading

Tom Clancy – The Man Who Won The Cold War

I was saddened to learn that bestselling author Tom Clancy had died. I was saddened because I thought of what this loss would mean to his family and friends. I was saddened too, for as a young man I enjoyed his books and subsequent the movies starring Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan. I was also saddened because as a bookseller at Christmas time when asked what book would be good for a bloke, a Tom Clancy was a sure thing. And I was saddened by this death because myths are not meant to die and this fact throws all my conspiracy theories about Tom Clancy into doubt.

I had actually forgotten my conspiracy theories, last held around the time of 9/11, until recently when I was reading a book called, Five Billion Sold The Amazing Facts Behind the Fiction and stumbled across the non-biography of Tom Clancy. The book is essentially short biographies of the biggest selling authors in the modern era. It includes Agatha Christie, Harold Robbins, Jackie Collins, J.K. Rowling etc. But when the author David Glynn gets to the eighties and early nineties instead of finding a short biography of Tom Clancy I found a short essay called Tom Clancy: The Man Who Wasn’t There.

And this didn’t really surprise me.

I remember my father, who was a great admirer of the early Jack Ryan novels back in the eighties, talking to friends about them, marvelling at the technical details in the books. He used to ask aloud, how could Clancy have access to all of that presumably classified information?

The suggestion then was that he must be fed the information by government sources. There was no other possible explanation.

I read in David Glynn’s book that The Hunt For The Red October was first published by the US Navy. Soon afterwards, then President Ronald Reagan praised the book in a Time Magazine article. And boom, a bestselling author is born.

The suggestion is then that Tom Clancy was a CIA plant. That his books went a long way to convincing the USSR that the capacity of the US to wage war, to gather intelligence, to develop advanced technologies was so great as to be invincible. Creating the myth of US might was far cheaper than actually being mighty. Much like the way the James Bond novels have given the general public an unrealistic impression of UK intelligence services.

Then in the aftermath of 9/11 Clancy was back in the news because the attacks bore a striking resemblance to an attack described in his novel Debt of Honor where a Boeing 747 crashes into the U.S. Capitol while the President is addressing a joint session of Congress. The President and most of Congress are killed.

But this isn’t what was most striking to me. The aftermath of September 11th what most surprised the world was the inadequacy of the US intelligence agencies. Stories emerged about the rush to find anyone in the CIA who spoke Arabic. They didn’t seem to have operatives embedded in the bad guys camps. Their tools were no better than two cups and a piece of string.

The world had been duped and Tom Clancy, Harrison Ford and some bloody great fiction were to blame.

Click here to go to Tom Clancy’s author page on Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

Command Authority

by Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy’s final Jack Ryan Novel

Command Authority sees the return of Tom Clancy’s greatest hero, Jack Ryan.

There’s a new strong man in Russia, but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The clue to the mystery lies with a most unexpected source: President Jack Ryan.

Tom Clancy’s Command Authority is a brand new full-throttle all-action adventure for 2013.

It follows Threat Vector and Locked On as the newest Jack Ryan novel.

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Click here to go to buy Command Authority from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

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