What Staff Are Reading
Every wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library are reading? Check out the list below to find out!
Kerrie Gamble’s pick is ‘First Watch’ by Dale Lucas (Adult Fiction, LUC)
Humans, orcs, mages, elves, and dwarves all jostle for success and survival in the cramped quarters of Yenara, while understaffed Watch Wardens struggle to keep its citizens in line.
A watchman of the Yenara City guard has gone missing. The culprit could be any of the usual suspects: drug-dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, or humans being typical humans.
It's up to two reluctant partners, Rem, a hungover miscreant who joins the Watch to pay off his bail, and Torval, a maul-wielding dwarf who's highly unimpressed with the untrained and weaponless Rem, to uncover the truth and catch the murderer loose in their fair city.
A murder mystery that I couldn’t put down. Wonderful characters and exciting premise.
Maclean Barker’s pick is ‘The Anatomy of Ghosts’ by Andrew Taylor (Adult Fiction/Large Print, TAY)
Following the murder of Sylvia Whichcote, her ghost’s appearance sets in motion a chain of attempts to uncover and cover up the true circumstances by all those affected.
This is the first of Taylor’s books I’ve read, but it won’t be the last!! With a gothic overtone, this murder mystery is set in the 1790’s at Cambridge University.
Jean Rivett’s pick is ‘The Right Side’ by Spencer Quinn (Adult Fiction Rental, QUI)
A facially disfigured veteran of the Afghanistan conflict who is struggling with memory loss and memory retention walks away from the military hospital that she has been consigned to. The reader shares tantalizing glimpses of her history as these flash back to her, only to be loss yet again. A large mongrel dog adopts her and she reluctantly accepts its companionship.
This is not a cozy read by any means. At times it is quite stark. The language is raw, service talk and military jargon as well as plenty of the four-letter variety. If you enjoy suspense or adventure novels this may just fit the bill.
Zuni Steer’s pick is ‘The Meaning of Birds’ by Simon Barnes (Adult Non Fiction/Animals & Pets, 304.27 BAR)
A passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in. As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit
Written in a relaxed narrative style, good research and hard facts are gently presented as evidence of the superb brain power of birds.
Brenda Wollstein’s pick is ‘The Music Shop’ by Rachel Joyce (Adult Fiction Rental, JOY)
It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop’s owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music.
I loved this book! Quirky, funny and at times a little bit sad. It even had me listening to some of the music on YouTube. I was totally fascinated by the character Isle Brauchmann!
Fiona Kerr’s pick is ‘Turtle All the Way Down’ by John Green (Young Adult, GRE)
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
This story deals empathetically and believably with strong characters working through their own individual issues while at the same time trying to support each other.
Another powerful novel from John Green that will stay with you long after reading it
Rhoda Newton’s pick is ‘The Anatomy of Colour : the story of heritage paints and pigments’ by Patrick Baty (Adult Non Fiction/House & Garden, 747.94 BAT)
Historian and paint expert Patrick Baty traces the evolution of pigments and paint colors together with color systems and standards, and he examines their impact on the color palettes used in interiors from the 1650s to the 1960s.
A fascinating and thorough history of decorative colour, richly illustrated with historical colour charts and recent photographs of restored and redecorated rooms. Informative and inspiring.