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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Kathy Reichs talks to John Purcell about her latest book Bones of the Lost

Bones of the Lost

by Kathy Reichs

The gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author

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.

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?

Convinced that the girl’s death was no accident, Tempe takes courageous action to find justice for the dead. But her search throws her to the centre of a conspiracy that extends from South America to Afghanistan – and places her in terrible danger.

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Kathy Reichs, bestselling author of Bones Are Forever and creator of TV’s ‘Bones’, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Kathy Reichs

author of Bones Are Forever, book fifteen of  the Temperance Brennan series and creator of TV’s ‘Bones’

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 Chicago, Illinois, raised there and in Minnesota.  I studied at the University of Illinois, at American University, and at Northwestern University.  So I am a northerner by birth.  In my twenties, one snow storm too many drove me south.  I’ve lived in North Carolina ever since and never missed the snow and ice!

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At twelve I wanted to be a scientist, though my understanding of that was very dim.  At eighteen I wanted to be the most popular girl on campus.  At thirty I was back to science, having completed my PhD in Biological Anthropology and wanting to get tenure at the UNCC, the university at which I was on faculty.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

Life would go on forever.  Or, at least, for a very, very, very, long time.

4.What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

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As a child I read the entire Nancy Drew series.  I think this triggered my love of mystery.  As a teenager I devoured popular books on nature and pre-history.  I think this stimulated my interest in science and archaeology.  As an adult I am motivated by truly great prose and truly bad prose.  One inspires me, the other alerts me about what to avoid.

5.  Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

As a university professor, writing was always part of the game.  When I was promoted to the rank of full professor, I felt free to try something new.  Writing was my natural choice, and a novel seemed a good vehicle to bring my somewhat obscure science to a broader audience.  I’d just worked on a serial murder case, so I had the basis for a storyline.  And off I went.

6.  Please tell us about your latest novel…

Bones Are Forever takes my character, forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, to the small town of Yellowknife in the far north of Canada, and into the high stakes world of diamond mining.  The trail starts in Montreal with the pursuit of a woman thought responsible for the deaths of her own infants.  While on the tundra, Tempe and Detective Ryan are joined in the investigation by a sergeant from the RCMP, a gentleman with whom Tempe has shared some awkward history.  Uh, oh!

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7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

I hope they acquire an understanding of how it feels to work with forensic science, both in the lab and in the field.  Of the complexities underlying the concepts of guilt and innocence.  Of the tensions created when  aboriginal and industrialized world views clash.  But most of all I hope they enjoy the ride!

8.  Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

I most admire those who can create characters we care about, settings that move us, and stories that keep our hearts racing and our fingers turning the pages.  Some of my favorite modern writers include John Irving, Kurt Vonnegut, Pat Conroy, PD James, James Lee Burke, and, of course, my daughter, Kerry Reichs.

9.  Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

Currently I am under contract for 19 Temperance Brennan novels (currently working on number 16), and 5 Tory Brennan young adult novels (currently working, with my son, Brendan Reichs on number 4).  And the TV series  Bones, for which I am a producer,  is about to air its 8th season.  That should keep me busy for a while.

10.  What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Write.  Write.  Write.  Read.  Read.  Read.

 Kathy, thank you for playing.

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Booktopia Buzz – the September newsletter

Booktopia Buzz Sept 2010

Spring is in the air, the election is behind us (well, sort of), and there seems a new sense of possibility about everything. In the book world, it really is an exciting time.

The September issue of Booktopia Buzz is packed with great reading.

Yesterday was Indigenous Literacy Day, and the whole publishing and bookselling industry got together to support this worthy cause. Here at Booktopia, we donated 10 cent of our profit  to the Indigenous Literacy project, so a big thank you to all of our customers who got on board and supported the cause!

The annual Get Reading promotion kicks off in earnest today as well. Fifty great titles to choose from, your choice of two wonderful new free books – what could be better? More on that further on in the newsletter.

If thrillers are your thing, we have a stunning deal on Kathy Reichs‘ first novel, as well as the low down on her latest. And for great reads, you can’t go better than The Tiger, and Lights Out in Wonderland, two remarkable books that are my books of the month for non-fiction and fiction respectively. Meanwhile, Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom is being hailed as the book of the century (I kid you not).

All in all, it is shaping up to be a great month of reading.

To read the rest of the newsletter, with all those fabulous reviews, click here.

Toni Whitmont

Editor in Chief

Booktopia Buzz

Booktopia’s Christmas Clearance Sale – Our Biggest Yet

Prices Seriously Slashed


This has been a big year for Booktopia – we’ve experienced incredible growth, we’ve moved into massive new premises, we’ve revamped all of our systems, and we’ve won more buying power than ever before, which means we can offer you even better discounts…

In short, having come so far, so quickly – we want to celebrate.

As this is the season for giving, we have decided to share our success with you, our customers, by having a Clearance Sale on a scale which would have been impossible a year ago.

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We have been busy buying up stock – buying in bulk – so that we can bring you bargains all year round  – our massive new warehouse in filled to the roof – but starting this afternoon all of our bargain books will be further reduced – some to ridiculously low prices.

These bargain books are well known authors and popular titles at dramatically reduced prices.

Romance Fiction, Crime Fiction, Thrillers, Sci-fi, Literature, Adventure, Action, Classics…

And in Non-Fiction… well… every subject under the sun – from Web Design to FengShui, from Battle Cruisers to Stamps, from Sailing to Noodles, Candles to Dreams.

Gardening, Cooking, Travel, Art, Self-help, Craft, D.I.Y

I’ve just been in the warehouse and have been walking up and down the aisles… so much good fiction

I saw great light holiday reads for women (and some men) like Catherine Cookson, Johanna Lindsey, Sheila O’Flanagan, Danielle Steel, Virginia Andrews, Katie Fforde, Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Joanne Harris.

There is great literature there too! Modern writers like : Anita Shreve, Alice Sebold, Douglas Kennedy, Tony Parsons, Philip Roth, Thomas Keneally, Hilary Mantel, Ann Patchett, Tom Wolfe, Carol Shields, Irene Nemirovsky, A.L.Kennedy, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Edward St Aubyn, Anne Tyler and Paullina Simons.

And Classic Literature : Arthur Conan Doyle, Tolkien, Margaret Mitchell, John Galsworthy, Edith Wharton and Charles Dickens.

With so many books I could only note down a few in each section… (check the website for more…)

So much crime!

Shelves and Shelves of Crime!

I saw some of the best names in the business:

Mystery writers likeDick Francis, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, RD Wingfield, Peter Robinson, Minette Walters, Val McDermid, Andrea Camilleri, Colin Dexter, Henning Mankell, Lindsay Davis and Ian Rankin.

And Thrillers like James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter, Peter Temple, Janet Evanovitch, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Sidney Sheldon, Dean Koontz and Greg Isles.

Everywhere I turned there were more and more books…

I found a section with great adventure stories – perfect for the holidays too! Patrick O’Brian, Bernard Cornwell, Alexander Kent, Jack Higgins and Chris Ryan.

All of these fabulous authors, and many more, will be radically reduced in our sale.

But be quick.

Last year many people missed out.

These titles are available until stocks run out.

Get in early to ensure you get all the books you want.


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