Just a reminder… We are having SALE!!! There is 20% off everything in the store, with daily category specials with 30% off. We are closed on Monday, and reopen on Tuesday at 9am. The category special for Tuesday will be GENERAL FICTION. Time to get those novels you didn’t receive for Xmas!!! See you soon to grab a bargain.
Monthly Archives: January 2010
The Phoenix Files promises to be a great science fiction series for kids by a young Australian author, Chris Morphew. The first in the series, Arrival (PB $16.95), introduces us to Luke, a teen whose parents are getting a divorce and whose mum drags him from Sydney to Phoenix. At first Phoenix seems a little strange but as time goes on, Luke’s new home becomes downright scary. The city is overrun with armed security, Luke can’t contact his father as both the phones and internet are mysteriously down and worst of all, Luke manages to overhear strange conversations in which people are planning to wipe out everyone who lives outside of Phoenix. And then Luke and his friends stumble across a giant wall that seems to enclose the entire city. Luke is beginning to wish the end of the world really wasn’t his problem…but it is.
The sequel, Contact (PB $16.95) has just been released.
Recommended for boys 13+
Fans of H.I. Larry’s hugely popular mini-spy, Zac Power, will be pleased to hear that 4 new adventures are now available in the Test Drive series. Aimed at readers aged 7 to 9, these books are James Bond for kids – spytastic escapades with lots of fun thrown in.
In #13: Zac’s Double Dare (PB $7.95), Zac, a spy for the good spy group GIB, is once again working to stop BIG, the evil spy group. He and his class are waiting to see the Pirate Exibit. Zac is bored. But Zac is soon summoned to the latest GIB Test Labs, hidden right there in the museum – things are looking up!
Also just released are # 14: Zac’s Quicksand, #15: Zac’s High Dive, and #16: Zac’s Space Race, all PB $7.95.
We are having a SALE at Fairfieldbooks as of today!
For two weeks everything will be 20% off, with different specials of 30% regularly. Come in and get those books you didn’t get for XMAS!!
TODAY’S SPECIAL — 30% OF ALL TOYS!
Everything is discounted including toys, cards, CDs etc
!Check back often for the Daily Specials!
We are sometimes asked about book groups in the local area. Are you interested in joining one? I’m thinking of starting one at the shop. I did this a couple of years ago, and after about six months, the group starting meeting at each other’s houses or in cafes. They still meet regularly. I would start a new one on the same basis, and I do not plan to be an active participant, although to get things rolling I can certainly be proactive in the beginning. Let me know if you would like to join. March would probably be the starting month, and Wednesday night the most likely evening. Contact details are below and let me know your preferences etc. Heather
Fairfieldbooks, 117a Station St Fairfield
This book is a delight for any parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent who laments the time modern children spend playing with computers, game consoles or watching TV or DVD’s. The book has a host of games which require very little in the way of equipment, certainly modern technology is redundant. Usually the most that is required is pencils and paper, maybe dice or some other item which is readily available in the home. The games hark back to another era, but are such classics that your modern child will not be embarrassed to have loads of fun enjoying them!!! Logic games, memory games, and many more. Hooray for the two authors, Myfanwy Jones and Spiri Tsintziras. Paperback, $35
Michael Pollan’s new book Food Rules: an eater’s manual (PB $16.95) had me at the dedication - ” For my mother, who always new butter was better for you than margarine”. As a firm believer that life is too short for things that don’t taste good, this attitude towards food is right up my alley. Pollan’s latest offering is filled with rules for the modern food world, in which he believes eating has become far too complicated.
Rule #1: Eat food. Sound simple. But as Pollan points out, our supermarkets are filled with what he calls “edible foodlike substances”, so eating food, real food, is not as easy as it seems.
To help you on your way, here is Rule #19: If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.
and Rule #21: It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language. (Think Big Mac, Cheetos, or Pringles).
Many of the rules focus on eating healthy, natural and balanced foods, but not to worry, it isn’t all doom and gloom -
Rule #43: Have a glass of wine with dinner.
and best of all, Rule #64: Break the rules, once in a while.
Food Rules isn’t actually about following rules, it’s about a healthy food attitude. So all things in moderation, including moderation!
Also available by Michael Pollan is the best selling In Defence of Food (PB $32.95).
Following the story of two characters living centuries apart, Skin Hunger (PB $17) by Kathleen Duey is the story of Magic. Sadima can speak to animals. She feels no one, not even her brother, understands her until she meets Franklin, a wizard. After she journeys to find him, she realises the consequences of sharing her gift might be too great as Franklin’s dangerous attachment to the obsessive Somiss is revealed.
Centuries later, with Magic restored, Hahp, the mistreated and unloved son of a wealthy merchant, is sent to the Academy of Magic. Run by the evil Somiss and the faithful Franklin, the Academy is harsh & mysterious. Hahp, hating his father and swearing revenge, struggles to survive, as the wizards demand the impossible.
The first book in the darkly compelling A Resurrection of Magic trilogy, Skin Hunger will have you hooked.
Dexter Omnibus (books 1,2,3) $35.00
Dexter by Design (book 4) $23.00
The Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay lets us delve into the twisted mind of strangely likeable serial killer Dexter Morgan. His job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami PD gives him a front row seat to the most gruesome (and interesting) of murders, leaving him in the perfect position to exact his own personal form of justice.
Written from inside the mind of Dexter, Lindsay provides us with real insight into someone who was born ‘wrong’. Dexter is extremely self aware and his detachment from regular people allows for some facinating and sometimes scarily accurate observations about the world we live in.
Now a hit T.V series, the Dexter books are very enjoyable and each one follows on from other. He lives two completely different lives and everything from his nighttime encounters with other murderers to his mundane family home life leave you wanting to spend a little more time with dashing Dexter.
There are currently 4 books in the series; Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter, Dexter in the Dark & Dexter by Design. The first 3 are available in the Omnibus and a 5th book is due out soon…YAY!
Bear Flies High (HB $28) is the latest picture book from Michael Rosen, author of the much loved We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.
Mr Bear sits on the beach, singing all day long and watching the birds fly by. He wishes he could fly just like the birds do and one day, his wish is granted when some passing children take him to an amusement park. They whirl around in cups and saucers, brave the haunted house, but best of all, they fly high on the big dipper. When Mr Bear returns to his beach, he can watch the birds, knowing that, sometimes, he can fly too.
This beautiful story comes paired with an audio CD of the book read alound by Michael Rosen himself.