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1444824708
Large print:Memory of water:2015 Large print
Author: Itäranta, Emmi
Year: 2015
Language: English, Finnish
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Ulverscroft
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Finnish Standard print edition of this translation originally published: London: Harper Voyager, 2014 When Noria Kaitio reaches her 17th birthday, she is entrusted with the secret of a freshwater spring hidden deep within the caves near her small rural village. Its preservation has been the responsibility of her family for generations. Apprenticed to her father, one of the last true tea masters, when Noria takes possession of the knowledge, she becomes much more than the guardian of ancestral treasure; soon, she will hold the fate of everyone she loves in her hands. General adult
376 pages (large print) ; 23 cm (pbk)
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Talking book - CD:The first fifteen lives of Harry August:2014 Talking book - CD
Author: North, Claire
Narrator: Kenny, Peter
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Spoken Word
Media class: Talking book - CD
Publisher: ISIS Soundings
Resource type: Physical
Note: Harry August is on his deathbed, again. Every time he dies, he is reborn in exactly the same time and place, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, he always returns to where he began, and nothing ever changes. He only knows that there are others like him, living with but apart from the rest of us. This is the story of what he does next - what he did before - and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow. General adult
12 CDs (CDs)
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1782114068
Hardback:The book of strange new things:2014 Hardback
Author: Faber, Michel
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land, a place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible - his 'book of strange new things'. It is a quest that will challenge Peter's beliefs, his understanding of the limits of the human body and, most of all, his love for Bea. General adult
585 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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0356502732
Hardback:The girl with all the gifts:2014 Hardback
Author: Carey, M. R.
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad. General adult
405 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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ABC Book Group. Some of us had seen the film and thought it followed the book well (the author wrote the film script so that was to be expected!). Bit wordy, over use of clunky similies. Bit American-ised. Frustrating that we didn't know how the Breakdown happened and why the fungus was there in the first place. Thought that Parks' character was a bit inconsistent. Was brutal at first then quite compassionate after they left the base. Built up an exciting conclusion. Too much description of 'Rosie' (the mobile lab), unnecessary. Was it a 'Road' novel'? Yes, a journey where the characters change and adapt to the developments around them. Use of present tense brings immediacy and fits with the story line. Shocking (when the find the Hungry with the baby carriage), visceral. 7/10.
23/07/18
smudgekit
Bedford
0356502589
Paperback:The first fifteen lives of Harry August:2014 Paperback
Author: North, Claire
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: Harry August is on his deathbed, again. Every time he dies, he is reborn in exactly the same time and place, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, he always returns to where he began, and nothing ever changes. He only knows that there are others like him, living with but apart from the rest of us. This is the story of what he does next - what he did before - and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow. General adult
405 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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A different kind of time travel story! Definitely recommend
07/11/16
haggisnrum
Glasgow - old
0007529910
Hardback:Memory of water:2014 Hardback
Author: Itäranta, Emmi
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Finnish With the lyricism of Ishiguro's 'Never Let Me Go', and the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itäranta's effortless and poignant debut novel is a coming of age story full of emotional drama and wonderment. General adult
266 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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1781081956
Paperback:Europe in autumn:2014 Paperback
Author: Hutchinson, David
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Solaris
Resource type: Physical
Note: Rudi is a cook in a Krakow restaurant, but when his boss asks Rudi to help a cousin escape from the country he's trapped in, a new career - part spy, part people-smuggler - begins. Following multiple economic crises and a devastating flu pandemic, Europe has fractured into countless tiny nations, duchies, polities and republics. Recruited by the shadowy organisation 'Les Coureurs des Bois', Rudi is schooled in espionage, but when a training mission to The Line, a sovereign nation consisting of a trans-Europe railway line, goes wrong, he is arrested, beaten and Coureur Central must attempt a rescue. With so many nations to work in, and identities to assume, Rudi is kept busy travelling across Europe. But when he is sent to smuggle someone out of Berlin and finds a severed head inside a locker instead, a conspiracy begins to wind itself around him. General adult
384 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1782114084
Paperback:The book of strange new things:2015 Paperback
Author: Faber, Michel
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land, a place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible - his 'book of strange new things'. It is a quest that will challenge Peter's beliefs, his understanding of the limits of the human body and, most of all, his love for Bea. General adult
585 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0356500152
Paperback:The girl with all the gifts:2014 Paperback
Author: Carey, M. R.
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad. General adult
461 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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I read this all in one morning. I have to say for a zombie apocalypse type novel it's gripping. It doesn't shy away from anything and touches on some very harsh lessons for the human characters involved. I think the ending is a good one since it's essentially writing yourself into a corner to have the human race all turned into zombies. Finding a cure would be miraculous but not that believable, killing them all would be impossible. So what do you do?
14/05/19
chell53
Leicester
0007529945
Paperback:Memory of water:2015 Paperback
Author: Itäranta, Emmi
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Finnish This translation originally published: 2014 When Noria Kaitio reaches her 17th birthday, she is entrusted with the secret of a freshwater spring hidden deep within the caves near her small rural village. Its preservation has been the responsibility of her family for generations. Apprenticed to her father, one of the last true tea masters, when Noria takes possession of the knowledge, she becomes much more than the guardian of ancestral treasure; soon, she will hold the fate of everyone she loves in her hands. General adult
266 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1447268962
Hardback:Station eleven:2014 Hardback
Author: Mandel, Emily St. John
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists 20 years after, 'Station Eleven' charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan - warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife Miranda; Arthur's oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed 'prophet'. General adult
333 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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1447268970
Paperback:Station eleven:2015 Paperback
Author: Mandel, Emily St. John
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists 20 years after, 'Station Eleven' charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan - warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife Miranda; Arthur's oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed 'prophet'. General adult
333 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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I like the post-apocalypse stories because they usually show us the banality of life and humanity. The premise was interesting. The writing was neat. I like how the writer focuses more on how the survivor wants to live the world rather than how much sacrifice they have to do to stay alive in the first place.
06/12/17
raizahanum
Edinburgh
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