What We’re Reading

Joe JOe


Wonderland by Ace Atkins
“I just got my hands on Wonderland, the new Spenser novel by noted crime author Ace Atkins. Selected by Robert B. Parker’s wife to take over the series after Parker’s death in 2010, Atkins has both managed to remain true to the original voice of the books while at the same time reinjecting some nerve that had been missing over its last decade. Do you need to know the plot? Of course not! It’s Spenser! You know you’ll love it!”

Join us this Friday, May 31 at 7p when Ace Atkins will be in store speaking and signing both Wonderland and his new novel The Broken Places.


The Witch’s Curse by Keith McGowen and Yoko Tanaka
“The Witch’s Curse is the sequel to The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children– a modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel. The witch can’t sit in the forest waiting for children just to come to her so she has to reexamine her method. Sol and Connie are making their way to their aunt’s house where they will be safe, but it’s a long trip through the forest and they’re running out of food and water. To make matters worse this forest is also home to an enchanted child hunter. If possible I like this sequel even more than the first one, it’s really well done.”


Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
“Dirk Gently is not your typical detective, rather than follow leads and clues Dirk Gently follows anyone who looks like they know where they’re going. In typical Douglas Adams fashion his characters are hilarious and absurd including a robotic monk built to have faith so no one else needs to. The lead is a software developer, building software where you decide what response you want and comes up with a logical reason that response is correct. I’m really enjoying it so far, I highly recommend it to anyone craving those awkward moments on the bus when your book makes you laugh aloud.”


The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Project isn’t out in the US yet, but it’s clear to see how it has won so many awards in Australia already. This is the story of Don- a geneticist with social issues on a quest to find the perfect mate. Unfortunately for him his new friend Rosie is proving to be quite the distraction. Don is using his skills to help Rosie determine who her biological father is. Nothing is going according to plan, and Don’s strict routine has been broken but strangely he’s finding it isn’t all together unenjoyable. It’s a quick read but well written- the kind of book you look forward to stealing what time you can away to sit down with each day.”

The Rosie Project will release in the US in October of this year. Click here to pre-order.

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