My Library

Oh dear. I’ve not updated this page in over a year! I’m still a bookworm though – that’ll never change.

Under the Dome – Stephen King

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as ‘the dome’ comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. Dale Barbara, Iraq vet, teams up with a few intrepid citizens against the town’s corrupt politician. But time, under the dome, is running out.

Obsidian Butterfly – Laurell K. Hamilton

Vampire hunter Anita Blake is forced into an uneasy alliance with Edward, a bounty hunter specializing in the preternatural, as she searches for a mysterious and evil force that maims, kills, and vanishes into the night without a trace.

Tempted: The House of Night Book 6 – P.C Cast & Kristin Cast

The House of Night school for vampyres doesn’t feature breaks on its curriculum – even for a High Priestess in training and her gang. Plus juggling three guys is no stress reliever, especially when one is a sexy Warrior so into protecting Zoey that he’s sensing her emotions. Wider stresses lurk too, and the dark force in Tulsa’s tunnels is spreading. And Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from the immortal Kalona and his dark allure – but they also show that only Zoey can stop him. She just has to find the courage to do what’s necessary, or everything that’s important to her will be destroyed.

Hunted: The House of Night Book 5 – P.C Cast & Kristin Cast

A dark angel has taken over the House of Night, supported by High Priestess Neferet. This leaves Zoey hiding out with the (supposedly friendly) red fledglings in Tulsa’s prohibition-era tunnels. Zoey has some boy-thoughts to distract her, with a chance to make-up with super-hot-ex Eric. But thoughts of the archer that died in her arms also keep distracting her. Then he shows up as Neferet’s newest minion. Zoey and friends need a plan to put things right, soon, if she’s to keep both head and heart intact.

Untamed: The House of Night Book 4 – P.C Cast & Kristin Cast

A week ago Zoey had a group of special friends, three boyfriends and a (kinda) clear conscience. Now she has none of the above. Luckily ice-queen Aphrodite is showing signs of melting and ex-roomie Stevie Rae isn’t as dead as she’d thought. Though Stevie’s now hanging out in tunnels with freaks – gross. If she can get them to listen, Zoey will need all her friends as events take a frightening turn at the House of Night school for vampyres. Shocking true intentions are about to come to light, loyalties will be tested and an ancient evil is about to rise again. Some days being special just doesn’t seem all that.

Chosen: The House of Night Book 3 – P.C Cast & Kristin Cast

Zoey’s best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead – in an eww! zombie! kind-of-way, not in a cool vampire kind-of-way. She’s struggling to retain her humanity and Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help. But she does know that anything they discover must be kept secret. Trust has become a rare commodity. Sinister forces are at work at the House of Night, where the line between friend and enemy is becoming dangerously blurred.

Betrayed: The House of Night Book 2 – P.C Cast & Kristin Cast

It seems that (un)life is going pretty well for Zoey Redbird. She’s settled in at the House of Night finishing school and is coming to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s past life, she begins to realise that the very powers that made her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night. Zoey finds herself facing a betrayal that could break her heart and jeopardise the very fabric of her world.

Marked: The House of Night Book 1 – P.C Cast & Kristin Cast

When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird gets Marked as a fledgling vampire she must join the House of Night school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change. When Zoey discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look within herself to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampire friends.

The Rehearsal – Eleanor Catton

A high-school sex scandal jolts a group of teenage girls into a new awareness of their own potency and power. The sudden and total publicity seems to turn every act into a performance and every platform into a stage. But when the local drama school decides to turn the scandal into a show, the real world and the world of the theater are forced to meet, and soon the boundaries between private and public begin to dissolve.

Blue Moon – Laurell K. Hamilton

Unable to forget her fiancé, whom she had left when she could not reconcile herself to his werewolf nature, vampire hunter Anita Blake seeks to prove his innocence when he is falsely accused of rape. Guilt or innocence is not the issue. The fact that there’s a full moon on the rise is.

Demon Seed – Dean Koontz

From the author of such bestsellers as Intensity, Whispers and Door to December comes a Koontz classic that has long been out of print! A master storyteller of the horror genre, Koontz can really scare up sales! A woman is imprisoned and tortured by her state-of-the-art computer security system – and its perverse desire.

Night World #01 – L. J. Smith

“Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters – they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.”

In “Secret Vampire,” Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy’s only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in “Daughters of Darkness.” Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It’s a battle between black magic and white magic in “Spellbinder.”

Burnt Offerings – Laurell K. Hamilton

You can’t trust anyone who sleeps with monsters. That’s what Anita Blake had always believed. But now she was sharing a bed with the Master Vampire of the city. So when an arsonist began to target vampire victims, the creatures of the night turned to their former enemy. For now only The Executioner could save them from the inferno.

Ink Exchange – Melissa Marr

After suffering a terrible trauma at the hands of her brother’s dealer friends, Leslie becomes obsessed with the idea of getting a tattoo – it’s the one thing that will allow her to reclaim her body, renew her self-confidence. Soon, her back is adorned with a pair of mysterious eyes, framed by black wings, but what she doesn’t know is that her new tattoo binds her tightly to the faery whose symbol she chose: Irial, the exquisitely dangerous king of the Dark Court.

The Killing Dance – Laurell K. Hamilton

The sixth book in the Anita Blake series finds the vampire hunter with a bounty on her head. With a million dollars offered for her dead, Anita turns to an alpha werewolf and a master vampire for help.

The Strain – Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

A plane lands at JFK, stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it soon becomes clear that everyone on board is dead, although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange occurrence before panic spreads. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity.

The Children’s Book – A.S. Byatt

Olive Wellwood is a famous writer, interviewed with her children gathered at her knee. For each of them she writes a separate private book, bound in different colours and placed on a shelf. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world – but their lives are already inscribed with mystery. Born at the end of the Victorian era, growing up in the golden summers of Edwardian times, a whole generation grew up unaware of the darkness ahead. In their innocence, they were betrayed unintentionally by the adults who loved them.

A Special Relationship – Douglas Kennedy

Sally Goodchild is a thirty-nine year old American journalist who suddenly finds herself pregnant and in London, married to an English foreign correspondent, Tony. Sally’s adjustment problems are soon overshadowed by a troubled pregnancy. When she goes into premature labour, there are doubts whether her child will survive unscathed. She is then hit by an appalling post-natal depression and when she manages to extricate herself from this personal hell, she finds herself in a fresh new nightmare – as she discovers that everything can be taken down and used against you.

Bloody Bones – Laurell K. Hamilton

When Branson, Missouri, is hit with a death wave-four unsolved murders-it doesn’t take an expert to realize that all is not well. But luckily for the locals, Anita is an expert-in just the kinds of preternatural goings-on that have everyone spooked. And she’s got an in with just the kind of creature who can make sense of the slayings: a sexy master vampire known as Jean Claude.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious but far from fanatical soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, humorous – and a consummate musician. When the local doctor’s daughter’s letters to her fiancé go unanswered, the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable. But can this fragile love survive as a war of bestial savagery gets closer and the lines are drawn between invader and defender.

The Lunatic Café – Laurell K. Hamilton

You don’t fall in love with a werewolf. It interferes with your work, especially when you’re a preternatural expert, like me. My business brings me up close and personal with all shapes and sizes of monsters. And not ALL of them want to kill me. Take, for instance, the local pack of werewolves. A number of them are missing, and they’ve come to me for help – maybe because I’m dating the leader of the pack. I’ve survived a lot – from jealous vampires to killer zombies – but this love thing may kill me yet.

Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world, and would blind her if they knew of her Sight. Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries. Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer. Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.

Circus of the Damned – Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake is an expert on creatures of the night. She has dined with shapeshifters, danced with werewolves, and been wooed, but not won, by Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire of the city. Now there’s a new vampire in town named Alejandro and he wants Anita for his servant, but his attempts to win her lead to a war of the undead.

Unsticky – Sarra Manning

Money makes the world go round – that’s what twenty-something Grace Reeves is learning. Stuck in a grind where everyone’s ahead apart from her, she’s partied out, disillusioned, and massively in debt. So when older, sexy and above all, wealthy art-dealer Vaughn appears, she’s intrigued against her will. Could she handle being a sugar daddy’s arm candy? Soon Grace is thrown into a world of money and privilege, at Vaughn’s beck and call. She’s out of her depth. Where’s the line between acting the trophy girlfriend, and selling yourself for money?

Evernight – Claudia Gray

Bianca’s been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in. Then she meets Lucas. He’s not the Evernight type either. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful – even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can’t be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart.

Daemon – Daniel Suarez

The high-tech thriller for the wireless age that explores the unthinkable consequences of a computer program running without human control – a daemon designed to dismantle society and bring about a new world order. Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer, the architect behind half-a-dozen popular online games. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected world.

An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England – Brock Clarke

As a teenager, it was never Sam Pulsifer’s intention to torch an American landmark, and he certainly never planned to kill two people in the blaze. To this day, he still wonders why that young couple was upstairs in bed in the Emily Dickinson House after hours.
After serving ten years in prison for his crime, Sam is determined to put the past behind him. He finishes college, begins a career, falls in love, gets married, has two adorable kids, and buys a home. His low-profile life is chugging along quite nicely until the past comes crashing through his front door as the homes of Robert Frost, Edith Wharton, Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne go up in smoke.

The Laughing Corpse – Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter for Animators, Inc., is offered a cool mil to raise a 283-year-old corpse. But she knows that the older the zombie, the bigger the death needed to raise it. Only a human sacrifice is big enough to raise this old soul and Anita’s no murderer. When a creature from beyond the grave terrorizes St. Louis, Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried – and some people better off dead.

Blindness – Jose Saramago

A driver waiting at the traffic lights goes blind. An opthamologist tries to diagnose his distinctive white blindness, but is affected before he can read the textbooks. It becomes a contagion, spreading throughout the city. Trying to stem the epidemic, the authorities herd the afflicted into a mental asylum where the wards are terrorized by blind thugs. And when fire destroys the asylum, the inmates burst forth and the last links with a supposedly civilized society are snapped. No food, no water, no government, no obligation, no order. This is not anarchy, this is blindness.

Mr Toppit – Charles Elton

The Hayseed Chronicles becomes world-famous and millions of readers debate the significance of the shadowy figure of Mr Toppit who dominates the books. The author, Arthur Hayman, never reaps the benefits of the books’ success. The legacy passes to his widow, Martha, and her children – the fragile Rachel, and Luke, reluctantly immortalised as Luke Hayseed, the central character of his father’s books. But others want their share, particularly Laurie, the overweight stranger from California, who has a mysterious agenda of her own that changes all their lives. For buried deep in the books lie secrets which threaten to be revealed as the family begins to crumble under the heavy burden of their inheritance.

Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law – as long as they don’t get too nasty. Now someone’s killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees, with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting, to help figure out who and why. The city’s most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita’s professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn’t playing along. Yet.

Your Heart Belongs to Me – Dean Koontz

At 34, Ryan Perry never expected to find himself on a waiting list for a heart transplant, with time running out. So when miraculously he receives a new heart and the transplant is a success, he thinks his troubles are over. A year later, he starts to get mysterious gifts from an unknown person. He has the feeling he is being watched. $100,000 suddenly vanishes from his bank account. And then comes a terrifying threat: everything he has — his money, his reputation, his friends, his freedom, and his new heart — will all be ripped away from him. He is promised a nightmare death. Prepare for the unexpected in this compelling and fast-paced thriller from the master of suspense.

The Lie – Chad Kultgen

A novel that reaches deep into the craven inner workings of some of most depraved minds in America: college students. His subjects are Brett, Kyle, and Heather: the manipulative rich kid with a disdain for women and a closet full of sex toys; his best friend, the brooding science dork who’s a secret dynamo in bed; and the social climbing sorority girl who, with one lie, can destroy them all. Told from all three shockingly uncensored points of view, The Lie opens up a dark reality where sex is a social tool and status means everything.

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. His disappearances are spontaneous and his experiences are alternately harrowing and amusing. The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts Clare and Henry’s struggle to lead normal lives in the face of a force they can neither prevent nor control.

Kiss – Jill Mansell

When Izzy is knocked off her motorbike she doesn’t just lose her dignity – she loses not one but two long-term boyfriends, her job and her extremely bijou flat. Gina, who caused the accident, has more important things to worry about – her husband’s mistress is pregnant and she’s suddenly on her own. Somehow the well-heeled Gina finds herself opening her home to Izzy and her spirited teenage daughter. And it’s there that Izzy meets heart-stoppingly handsome Sam, whose lingering kiss is all it takes for her to find the true love that has always eluded her.

Fractured – Karin Slaughter

A seventeen-year-old girl is found murdered in her home by her mother. At first the Atlanta police believe it is a simple case of one victim, one killer. But when another girl is brutally killed, and a third goes missing soon afterwards, they realise they are dealing with something far more sinister. And the young rookie detective heading up the case suddenly finds herself out of her depth. Atlanta Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team is quickly brought in to help the investigation. But with the body count mounting and the local community frozen in terror the killer is proving almost impossible to trace.

Gods Behaving Badly – Marie Phillips

Life’s hard for a Greek god in the 21st century. But for Artemis (goddess of hunting, professional dog walker), Aphrodite (goddess of beauty, telephone sex operator) and Apollo (god of the sun, TV psychic) there’s no way out… Until a meek cleaner and her would-be boyfriend come into their lives, and turn the world literally upside down.

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

Greg Roberts turned to heroin when his marriage collapsed, feeding his addiction with a string of robberies. Caught and convicted, he was given a nineteen-year sentence. After two years, he escaped from a maximum- security prison and became Australia’s most wanted man. Hiding in Bombay, he established a medical clinic for slum- dwellers, worked in the Bollywood film industry and served time in the notorious Arthur Road prison. He was recruited by the Bombay mafia for whom he worked as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler, and fought alongside a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. His debut novel, SHANTARAM, is based on this ten-year period of his life in Bombay. The result is an epic tale of slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison torture, mafia gang wars and Bollywood films.

The Suicide Club – Rhys Thomas

Craig Bartlett-Taylor was always trying to kill himself, but when he took an overdose at the back of Mrs Kenna’s classroom, Richie thought he’d finally succeeded, but then the new kid, Freddy, steps in and saves Craig’s life, and for Richie the lure of this mysterious newcomer is irresistible. Freddy is like nobody Richie has ever met. Dark, sardonic and dangerous, he gives flight to Richie’s imagination, introducing him to a way of life he’d never thought possible. But when a night-time prank goes gut-wrenchingly wrong, Richie begins to question Freddy’s motives, and all too soon he finds himself committed to a sinister pact, with inescapably tragic consequences.

A Madness of Angels – Kate Griffin

There is in London much more than life – there is power. It ebbs and flows with the rhythms of the city, makes runes from the alignments of ancient streets and hums with the rattle of trains and buses. It is a new kind of magic: urban magic. Enter a London where magicians ride the Last Train, implore favours of The Beggar King and interpret the insane wisdom of The Bag Lady. Enter a London where beings of power soar with the pigeons and scrabble with the rats, and seek insight in the half-whispered madness of the blue electric angels. Enter the London of Matthew Swift, where rival sorcerers, hidden in plain sight, do battle for the very soul of the city.

Taboo – Jess Michaels

Every indiscretion has its price. Cassandra Willows has made a name for herself as one of London’s most sought-after seamstresses–and as the creator of intimate toys much beloved in the bed chambers of elite ladies and lords. But her success cannot soothe her guilt and pain over a most devastating betrayal. Nathan Manning, Earl of Blackhearth, will never forgive the exquisite Cassandra for abandoning him without a word on the day they were to elope. Now he is back in London and hungry for revenge. Armed with scandalous, provocative memories, the handsome, vengeful nobleman blackmails his former lover into a most illicit affair.

Sunshine – Robin McKinley

Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, lives a quiet life working at her stepfather’s bakery. One night, she is set upon by vampires, who take her to an old mansion, chain her to the wall and leave her with another vampire, who is also chained. Realizing she will have to save herself, Sunshine calls on the long-forgotten powers her grandmother began to cultivate in her when she was a child. She transforms her pocketknife into a key and unchains herself–and Constantine. Surprised, he agrees to flee with her when she offers to protect him from the sun with magic. Constantine knows his enemies won’t be far behind, which means that he and Sunshine will have to face them together. A luminous, entrancing novel with an enthralling pair of characters at its heart.

Murder Most Fab – Julian Clary

Hello, I’m Johnny Debonair and this is my book – Murder Most Fab . Buy it. You won’t regret it. Everything that has happened so publicly is explained. Of course, I’d prefer it if you remember me as I was at my height, before the past caught up with me so spectacularly – TV’s Mr Friday Night with an enviable lifestyle and the nation at my feet. My fame might have looked easy to you at the time, but getting to the top of the celebrity ladder is hard work. It took talent, beauty, commitment and, uniquely in my case, a number of unfortunate deaths. If we were being picky you might describe me as a serial killer, but I really don’t see myself that way. It sounds trite to say ‘one thing led to another’ but it’s true. As you’ll discover I owe something of my rise and my fall to three individuals: my mother, an eccentric country girl who taught me exhibitionism by hanging naked from the clocktower of Hythe town hall; Catherine, my best friend, then partner in business – a devil in red heels, who, in her clear Essex accent, taught me how to ‘look after number one’; and, Timothy, who broke my heart and caused me to seek refuge in sex, money and celebrity. But in the end you have to take responsibility for your own actions. No one was forcing me, were they? I hope you, the public, can forgive me and enjoy this sordid tale for what it is – my final entertainment for you.

Need – Carrie Jones

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays safe. Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie–and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson

From the opening line of this breakthrough cyberpunk novel, Neal Stephenson plunges the reader into a not-too-distant future. It is a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and the Internet is incarnate as the Metaverse. A breakneck-paced 21st-century novel, Snow Crash interweaves everything from Sumerian myth to visions of a postmodern civilization on the brink of collapse. Faster than the speed of television and a whole lot more fun, Snow Crash is the portrayal of a future that is bizarre enough to be plausible.

The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man – David Martin – makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. Set in the turbulent 1920s, The Angel’s Game takes us back to the Gothic universe of the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books, the Sempere and Son bookshop, and the winding streets of Barcelona’s old quarter, in a masterful tale about the magic of books and the darkest corners of the human soul.

Swimsuit – James Patterson

A beautiful supermodel on a photo shoot in Hawaii disappears. Fearing the worst, her parents travel to Hawaii to investigate for themselves, never expecting the horror that awaits them. LA Times reporter Ben Hawkins is conducting his own research into the case, hoping to help the victim and get an idea for his next bestseller. With no leads and no closer to uncovering the kidnapper’s identity than when he stepped off the plane, Ben gets a shocking visit that pushes him into an impossible-to-resist deal with the devil.

PopCo – Scarlett Thomas

Alice Butler has been receiving some odd messages – all anonymous, all written in code. Are they from someone at PopCo, the profit-hungry corporation she works for? Or from Alice’s long lost father? Or has someone else been on her trail? The solution, she is sure, will involve the code-breaking skills she learned from her grandparents and the key she’s been wearing round her neck since she was ten. PopCo is a grown-up adventure of family secrets, puzzles, big business and the power of numbers.

Devil in Disguise – Julian Clary

Simon is Molly’s oldest, bitchiest, best friend. They’d always vowed no man would ever come between them, but Simon can’t resist his fatal attraction to straight men. When his endless pursuit of Mr Right Now leads to a devastating betrayal, Molly is left broken-hearted and their friendship seems fractured beyond repair. With his trademark comedy noir, Julian Clary’s second novel is a hilarious riot of camp cabaret and murderous mayhem.

Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman

Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie’s dad wasn’t just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spirit of rebellion able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. When he dies, things get very interesting for Charlie. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. Now brother Spider is on his doorstep, about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting . . . and a lot more dangerous.

Blast from the Past - Ben Elton Blast from the Past – Ben Elton

A black-humor take on the stalker-thriller genre. Sixteen years before this novel begins, an unlikely pair have a passionate affair in the confines of England’s Greenham Common. He was an up-and-coming U.S. military man, and she was a peace protester. Now Gen. Jack Kent is up for promotion as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Polly Slade is a social worker in England. One of her clients, known as “The Bug,” is stalking her, and when Kent shows up on her doorstep one morning, it seems that Polly is up against a pride of men who need her.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Here, for the first time, is a local edition of the bible of writing guides – a wry, honest, down-to-earth book that has never stopped selling since it was published in the United States in the 1990s. Beautifully written, wise and immensely helpful, this is the book for serious writers.

Dead and Gone: A True Blood Novel – Charlaine Harris

Now it’s the turn of the weres and shifters to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse already knows about them, of course. At first the great Were revelation seems to go well – then the horribly mutilated body of a were-panther is found outside Merlotte’s. Though Sookie never cared that much for the victim, she agrees to use her telepathic talent to track down the murderer. But what Sookie doesn’t realise is that there is a far greater danger than this killer threatening Bon Temps: a race of unhuman beings, older, more powerful and far more secretive than the vampires or the werewolves, is preparing for war.

From Dead to Worse: A True Blood Novel – Charlaine Harris

The supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana is reeling from the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit. Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, and she’s yearning for things to get back to normal. But too many vampires were killed or injured, and her were-tiger boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. It’s clear that things are changing, whether the weres and vamps like it or not and Sookie is about to find herself facing danger and death and betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood has stopped flowing, Sookie’s world will be forever altered.

All Together Dead: A True Blood Novel – Charlaine Harris

Betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse must now not only deal with a possible new man in her life-the oh-so-handsome shapeshifter Quinn-but also contend with a long-planned vampire summit. With her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans, the local vampire queen is vulnerable to those hungry for a takeover. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she’ll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.

Definitely Dead: A True Blood Novel – Charlaine Harris

Sookie doesn’t have that many relations, so she hated to lose one – but of all the people to go, she didn’t expect it to be her cousin Hadley, a consort of New Orleans’ vampire queen – after all, Hadley was technically already dead. But she is gone, and she’s left Sookie an inheritance – one that comes with a bit of a risk – not least because someone doesn’t want Sookie digging too deep into Hadley’s past – or her possessions. Sookie’s life is once again on the line, and this time the suspects range from the rogue werewolves who have rejected Sookie as a friend of the pack to her first love, the vampire Bill. Sookie’s got a lot to do if she’s going to keep herself alive.

Dead as a Doornail: A True Blood Novel – Charlaine Harris

Sookie’s brother, Jason’s eyes are starting to change: he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. She can deal with that, but her normal sisterly concern turns to cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population. She’s afraid not just because Jason’s at risk, but because his new were-brethren suspect Jason may be the shooter. Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks – unless the killer decides to find her first.

Dead To The World: A True Blood Novel – Charlaine Harris

Sookie, the telepathic cocktail waitress, comes to the rescue of a naked, amnesiac vampire. Eric looks just as scary and sexy – and dead – as the day she met him. But now he has amnesia, he’s sweet, vulnerable, and in need of Sookie’s help – because whoever took his memory now wants his life. Sookie’s investigation into what’s going on leads her straight into a dangerous battle between witches, vampires and werewolves. But there could be even greater danger – to Sookie’s heart, because the kinder, gentler Eric is very hard to resist.

Club Dead: A True Blood Novel – Charlaine Harris

There’s only one vampire Sookie Stackhouse is involved with – at least voluntarily – and that’s Bill. But he’s gone missing. His sinister and sexy boss Eric has an idea where to find him, and next thing Sookie knows she’s off to Jackson, Mississippi, to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead but when Sookie finally finds Bill caught in an act of serious betrayal she’s not sure whether to save him, or to sharpen some stakes.

Living Dead in Dallas: A True Blood Novel – Charlaine Harris

Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously save her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges – and soon Sookie’s in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire and all it takes is one small mistake for things to turn deadly.

Dead until Dark: A True Blood Novel – Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much – not because she’s not pretty or not interested in a social life. She really is … but Sookie can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill: he’s tall, dark handsome – and Sookie can’t ‘hear’ a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting all her life for. But Bill’s a vampire who hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble – of the murderous kind.