First, a misconception. This book is described as hard SF - I don't agree. Sure, it deals with complex mathematical concepts, the far-future evolution of humanity It also covers philospophy, religion Each chapter seemed to me a novella in its scope and depth when I read it. This is an epic quest of a book. It is purely fun and wacky. Relatively soft but with hard elements. It gives a glimpse into one of our many possible futures and problems we may face in the future.
The characters are nicely fitted into stereotypes and work well together and the stories are outlandish enough to keep interest but they're not too much. Classic PKD. Deranged paranoia, mind-bending ideas and lots of humour. This last point is crucial as all the Hollywood adaptations of Dick have lack his wit and irony. Indeed, don't think any film version of Dick has really captured his tone properly. Gritty, satirical, thrilling, terrifying, mindblowing I could throw adjectives at this book for the rest of my life and make every one of them stick. Schismatrix not only helped birth what we now think of as the "New Space Opera" e.
Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds , but was arguably the first novel to imagine a plausible posthuman solar system, riven by ideologies and wild economics, teeming with conflict and graft, and packed with moments of pure sensawunda. Best of all, apart from the handful of short stories set in the same fictional universe, Sterling never felt the need to cash in on the critical success of Schismatrix with sequels; the end result is a novel that still reads as fresh and powerful to this day, more than a quarter of a century after its initial publication.
While not as evidently prescient as Huxley or Orwell, Zamyatin explores a potential extrapolation of the Soviet ideal. Some may call it a reductio ad absurdum but ultimately it highlights the dangers of the worship of technology, the establishment of systems and rules and progress - while it is full of allusions to the early Soviet state, it has a universal message which is certainly interesting - furthermore, its relatively inconclusive ending evades traditional dystopian SF tropes of the revolution or regime change per se.
While its plot can be considered a simple adventure or mystery, Banks' real strength is in realising a genuinely alien futuristic society which at the same time uses elements of the contemporary world, at times exaggerated, in unfamiliar or extreme ways. On a purely superficial level, the detail with which Banks describes the society depicted, and the impossibly complex alien games which form the core of the plot, ignite the imagination in a way only the best SF does. Well the answer is yes sometimes and particularly in this book albeit some unknown space drug.
Put very simply he recognises that when something or anything is looked at more closely reality and consciousness will change ultimately meaning that both are unstable. In Dicks books this manifests itself firstly in paranoia and then to transcendence. With Dick the journey to transcendence or new forms of understanding can be a very stressful one for his protagonists.
While some might consider this novel a pulp horror twist on Lord of the Flies, it is given a new dimension if read with knowledge of Japanese contemporary history and perceptions of young people. It plays on fears of juvenile delinquency and student violence, which is a common theme across popular culture youth gangs and violent schools feature prominently, another example being the recent film Confessions and then mixes it with ideas of how willing anyone is to kill for self defence or self-promotion.
A challenging and interesting book best read with some understanding of the culture within which it was written although the film adaptation is also of high quality. The cleverest Sci-Fi book i've ever read. A classicand the reason that Azimov deserves his moniker of the father of Science Fiction. This book features on every 'Best of' list at some time or other and there's a good reason: it is a hilariously perfect and lovingly absurd journey of a simple human being through the wild riot that is existence.
So much of science fiction focuses on heavy subject matter without a drip of humor. Adams wants us to laugh at it all, the pretentiousness and the craziness and never forget our towel. War as a constant theme, messed up with embryonic sleeps through hyper speed jumps across the universe, to fight in a ship that is now 10 years out of date. Multi-platform emotional relationships and an unknown foe.
What's not to like? The aliens will need to know what humanity was like even if only to recreate us as a digital slave race in their virtual reality matrix , and if any single author grasps the state of our technological society today it is William Gibson. I was 14 when I first read Neuromancer, one of the first generation to grow up hooked in to the computer-generated realities that Gibson so presciently explores.
For me and for millions of others who live in the modern reality of computers and the internet, William Gibson's imagined future is closer to the truth of now than any work of realist literature. If you liked Neiromancer, you'll probably like this. Good cyberpunk vibe to it and some literary pretentions , going with a wellpaced, nicely written, occasionally twisted little book. It has survived a damn sight longer than most 'real' scfi novels ever will. And it's a great yarn. It's got everything - essentially it's about Imperialism and Rhetoric, but it has many lessons and much wisdom for those interested in learning about Imperialism, especially the modern-day form of 'Aid' and 'helping the natives' - but then justifications for Imperialism have usually been wrapped up in fluffy-feel-good 'humanitarian' terms.
A good SF novel should be, above all things, a good novel. Sturgeon, a great short-story writer, uses the genre to explore what it is to be human, and how we can strive to be more. It is a novel of discovery, but also a novel of compassion and hope. It's also a cracking good read! One of the most accurate prediction novels I've ever read. This book is great sci-fi- offers a convincing portrayal of a science-led society where privacy and individualism are crushed with an exploration of love, conscience and desire. Despite some dubious plot points Perdido Street Station features one of the most mesmerising and terrifying monsters I've ever come across.
Described with a stunning, fluid, dreamlike intensity, in a wonderfully rendered world, the Slake Moths made Perdido Street Station the most memorable sf novel I've read. Iain M. Banks novels are great because you have to think quite hard to understand them while you're reading them. I normally read pretty fast, but I have to slow down to read an Iain M.
Which is appropriate for The Algebraist because he created a whole species of creatures, The Dwellers, that are 'slow'. They live for aeons, on gas giants, and little things like having a conversation can go on for centuries for them. When I read this book I thought that was the most wonderful idea, that we can't communicate with some entities because we're simply on a different time scale. The fun of reading Iain M. Banks novels is that somehow he manages to think of these things, that once you've got your head round make perfect sense but you might never have thought of yourself.
The Laws of Robotics have been one of the guiding ethical codes of my life - and should be for any good person, I believe. I was very surprised that not a single person mentioned Asimov as their favourite, despite him having such a wide repertoire. This is a strange little novelette in the middle of Dickson's epic "Dorsai" series. It tells the tale of a pacifist Dorsai who like all Dorsai is in the military, but whose weapon is the bagpipes.
Surrounded in a fortress by hordes of clansmen on a Spanish speaking planet, he uses music to insult and infuriate the hordes and sacrifice himself to win the battle. His honour and courage and the creativity of the cultural values described make this story one my favorites of all time. Ridley Scott is working up the film project now. Superb book, though if you have seen Starship Troopers the film it can spoil it a bit.
Its scary, funny and unusually for PKD its got lots of heart. Gully Foyle is a refreshing bastard of a hero. He's agressive, selfish and mean and deserves everything he gets Very cool book goes a little freaky at the end. A beautifully simple idea a child with an invisible friend that as the book progresses becomes more intriguing and more dangerous at the same time. Also - it's an easy read that can encourage youngsters to take up SF. Brilliant short story about the exploitation of a young gaming genius by the military, published originally in Unfortunately got expanded into a series of novels, but the original is a chillling political parable, which has gained resonance in the era of child soldiers and xbox.
Not only does it have dinosaurs, humour, adventure and a loss of control of the environment in which the protagonists find themselves, but unlike the film version it examines the importance of chaos theory which is what makes it SF for me. A pretty obvious one - Childhood's End is one of Arthur C. Clarke's best and is a science fiction classic. Any fan of the genre reading this book will instantly notice countless ways in which it has influenced subsequent work. For anyone new to the genre, this book is a good starting point.
The story itself is short, enthralling, and easy to read. Even reluctant readers could finish it in a day or so. Murakami is our greatest living writer, and whilst most of his books have flights of fancy that could loosely align them with SF, this is his full-blown masterpiece. Discovered it when I was 11 or 12, in the adult section of the local public library. It opened me up to the world of "what if" that has remained to this day. I was hooked on Science Fiction since. Mike V. Smith is human, only he was born on Mars, and raised there.
That has caused him to think a bit differently, and use more of his brain than the rest of us do. When the full version of the book was finally released, I also bought a copy of it. Using it as a way to look at life, and how we can treat one another, as opposed to how we do responded to daily life, remains fascinating. It does not cease to teach. I have given copies of it away, as gifts, to whomever asks "Why do you like to read that junk, anyway?
Asimov's robot stories not only present a coherent, imaginative vision of the future, but also give us an insight into the ways in which he and others during his lifetime thought about and presented the future. Not only that, but he writes excellent prose and the stories he conceived are always clever and illuminate the human condition. I wish very much that he was alive today to see the innovations that are happening now.
It's an SF story that's really all about humanity, including man's inhumanity to man. It's really the history of philosophy disguised as SF but don't let that put you off. Its depth and language. It rung a chord at the time, the messiah will be crucified nor what time what century and what period. Our political masters cannot handle popular uprising even if they are democratic institutions. The original world, within a world, within a world, later used frequently in the matrix inception and others.
The thirteeth floor film adaptation doesn't do it justice. I would recomend this book because it deals with exactly what science fiction means to discuss: the unknown. Lem's best novel is about epistemology, and the our absolute ignorance of what lies beyond the bounds of the earth, and how utterly unprepared we are to encounter it. Very very difficult to describe - but it's simply brilliant.
It's wildly imaginative, frightening - psychedelic, even. A great, simple story boy searches for lost sister set in a future Britain seemingly viewed through early 90s ecstasy-flavoured optimism. Gods and monsters, budhism v hinduism v christianity in a fight to the finish, the worst pun ever recorded, and a joy in humanity in all of its many aspects and attributes.
And yes, it's SF, not fantasy. I used to re-read this book every couple of years; it's long, confusing at times, but has a wonderful circular narrative that invites further exploration. It's also got a fabulous sense of place even though the city of Bellona is fictional.
Like early McEwan stories, Delany brilliantly captures a sense of urban ennui and although there are elements of hard sci-fi in the book, they are kept in the background, so that the characters are allowed to come through - something quite rare is SF. I also concur with the support for Tiger, Tiger: a thrilling ride.
Find it pretty remarkable that such a list would completely omit any of Dick's work. Many of his books are of a high enough standard to be chosen, but 'Flow My Tears The Policeman Said' is one of his best. Not really SF, but a world where gods actually exist counts as imaginative fiction to me. A haunting modern mythic saga. The first and best of the epic series which ultimately became too convuluted.
Characters innocent and undeveloped, I wish I could read this for the first time again. The book that kicked off the 'Foundation' saga. The dead hand of Hari Seldon and his new science, the mathematics of psycho-history unfold against a backdrop of the whole galaxy. Asimov was just so full of ideas and happily his characters were full and real people I cared about - he was THE giant of Sci-Fi and 'Foundation' one of dozens I could have chosen.
Morally ambiguous love-story combined with grounded, 'realistic' sci-fi - i cannot believe no has turned this into a film yet I read it as a child and it has never left me. I believe it leads a young mind to explore "the other" in a different way. Most science fiction, it has been said, is driven by violent conflict; Babel avoids that, having an idea - an untranslatable language - and unpacking it, unfolding out from there.
It packs in interesting and human characters, stylish writing, fascinating concepts and ideas, a manic outpouring of intelligent thought, and a great plot, managing to, even now, 45 years after its original publication, be thought-provoking and boundary-pushing. Utterly gripping. I love the language and the way the book draws you into an "alien" perspective by the assumption that this perspective is "normal".
Much like Jostein Gaarder's 'Sophie's World,' or indeed most of Stephenson's other writing, 'Anathem' is a lesson in science and philosophy wrapped in narrative. In this case, the narrative is sprawling, believable and dramatic, although the middle section feels like a lecture, the purpose of which only becomes apparent towards the end of this weighty novel. The world Stephenson creates is rich and believable, a parallel universe in which science and philosophy are restricted to an odd, codified monastic system - at least until a global crisis places the monks centre stage.
Massive, but unmissable. It was one of the first sf novels I read when I was a kid and it blew my mind. The basic idea of taking current trends, creatively extrapolating them into the future and weaving personal as well as social stories from them just stunned me. And my eldest son is called Isaac. The aliens are fascinating but it's all about the characters and getting inside the heads of flawed, damaged, normal human beings!
Not really sci-fi, more fantasy, still a great book to read that gives the world a cracking character - Druss, the Legend of the title. Displays some of the better gamut of human characteristics, without being overly poncy. Dark, satirical, laugh out loud funny, ridiculous and scathing. The book follows robot Tik Tok as he realises that he does not have to follow the Asimov laws when he kills a young innocent blind girl just for fun. He soon gets a taste for murder and gets very good at it. Farcical in places with a whole raft of ridiculous characters it draws parallels with the slave trade and the fight for equality.
His murderous exploits and cool, calm cunning takes him although way to the top at the White House, his aim: to get his hands on the big war stuff! The novel also takes swipes at celebrity culture, religion, mob mentality and pretty much everything else. It's one of those goto books when a friend asks for a recommendation. A book that was way ahead of its time, predicting flying machines and total war. Plus it is a great read and adventure story.
You believe what you are reading really happended as Martians invide Surrey and London in the late Victorian era. It also created a sub genre of its own the "Alien Invasion" story. A classic novel that stands above all others. Read this, and it's sequels, 20 years ago. Could not put the book down. Finished it in 2 days. Still totally abosrbs me today. Great detailed story about a lonely, little boy. Also fascinating on the military life of Battle School and the Earth's attitude to alien races. Not just this book but the whole series. Benchmark sci fi novel and whats important is the prose, the ideas expunded in the books and the fact that all my sci fi hating friends read the series on reccomendation and were completely converted.
Amazing book. Incredible vision.
Lazurus Long - how I wish to be him! I was twelve when I read Ringworld, my first adult Science Fiction novel. It sparked a life long love of SF. The central concept of the Ringworld a constructed habitat that is a ring around a star is vividly brought to life. The story moves at a pace and the aliens very well imagined - especially the Pearson's Puppeteer. This book is a prime example of why SF will always be a literary form with TV and film being very much the poor relations. I still have that battered second hand copy I read first over thirty years ago and have reread several times since.
Becasue it's a collection of haunting short stories about what would happen when humans got to Mars, each filled with twists, turns and pathos. Like the Martians who defend themselves by changing their appearance to look like humans, to the last human left on the planet after the rest have gone back to Earth. Plus, like all good Sci Fi, it's not really about space, but about humanity. As a young boy this book fed my imagination for sci-fi. Having been originally written in the 30s the vivid pictures he paints of far away worlds with bizarre creatures in a swashbuckling story were far ahead of its time.
As you say if current human civilization was unexpectedly destroyed, I'd like this to survive as a warning of how it could all happen again. A distant star: a group of scientists sent to examine its primitive society. An ambassador given permission to roam. The discovery that the society is not really primitive and pre-industrial. The gradual realization that the society is post-atomic and that the re-discovery of machinery and science has been banned post the disaster Mary Gentle's book is in itself a voyage of discovery in which the reader starts as a comfortable alien observer and ends as a very uncomfortable but involved critic of a world that wobbles between utopia and dystopia.
Very handy for hitchhikers and the best read. Introduces millions of people to to British humour and the SF genre every year. Great advert for SF and also very funny. A fantastic book that should be read by anyone planning to join the secret service as a subversive officer! It's easy to read, a great story that keeps you hooked. The characters are great and you really root for the hero. A man wakes up naked to find he has been resurrected along with every other human who ever lived during the history of earth. Their new home is a riverplanet, they are all 25, they don't age, they can't die, and it is all a big social and spiritual project, created by an alien race.
This book and the ones that follow are staggering conceptually. They mix history, politics, pyschology, religion, and everyday life in a sublime cocktail. One of the few Sci-Fi books that you read in which that you know you are also a character. For those that go the distance with the whole Riverworld series, the final installment 'Gods of the Riverworld' cranks up the hypothetical social situations to mind boggling levels. Computers that play your whole life back to you, so you can come to terms with your wasted time, evil deeds, poor posture.
A super computer that can build rooms a hundred miles wide, and produce anything from human history at request. A cornerstone of the sci-fy genre. Read how Paul Atriedes uncovers the secrets of Arrakis and the Fremen people. Follow Paul's journey into a dangerous world where unlocking the power of the spice melange and it's keepers transforms him into the most powerful being in the galaxy.
Set in an epic universe filled with wierd and wonderul creatures, monsters and alien races. A must read for any sci-fy nut. Despite not having the easiest of openings you really have to force yourself to get past the first few pages , this really is a superb opening to a wonderful Sci-Fi trilogy.
There are some great ideas, some excellent characters and some wonderful speculation on humanities future, but most of all it's a cracking story, and the main plot sideswipes you from left-field when you get to it as it was for me, at least totally unexpected. Cannot recommend this enough. Imaginative, well written. I really like the way the author describes a data world, and interweaves this with a broader narrative, which includes a comparison between the plight of a Jewish community in Prague during the 16th-century and the futuristic community of the future.
Splendid stuff. So much SciFi work is seen as being written by people whose only talent was a good imagination.
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Alfred Bester was one a new age of writers who wrote engaging stories that happened to be along a SciFi theme. Gully Foyle is reborn on the Nomad, but is alive to revenge only, in a plot which takes us through a world where instantaneous travel with the power of the human mind is possible. His journey to discover who he is can only be compared to the greats of SciFi writing. A definite must read. It challenges the concept of self and individuality. It is unremittingly, violently captivating throughout and it introduces the coolest hotel ever imagined.
Its simply sublime, beautiful written, and would be an epic if it was on screen. Simply the best series of SCi Fi books ever written. How was it missed out? Asimov changed our understanding of robots with his formulation of the laws governing the behavior of robots. The stories combine science fact and fiction in such a way that you almost believe the robots are humans. Well written interesting stories that really make the reader ponder the future of robots.
It's just a feckin brilliant story apart from the end which was a bit naff imo. This fantasy doesn't include any aliens, space ships, or magic, but it's in its' own weird universe. A very Dickensian gothic tale. I agree about William Gibson. The tale is a great romp of the imagination with an insight into some physics. It is a completely worked out version of a believable future. It does not require the 'suspension of disbelief' normal to SF. And it is a great adventure story! Old school Silverberg before he went over to the dark side of fantasy , details human feelings of loss like no other SF tale.
Very human story of the more-than-humans living amongst us. The enormous scale and technical details of the science fiction element of the story are breath taking whilst the story still holds the reader close to the characters of the core individuals in the story. As with all Dick's books, it explores his twin fascinations: what is human? What is real? The human side is handled with his usual tender melancholy, while the metaphysical investigations are ramped up and up as the protaganist, teleported to a colony planet where all is not as it seems, dissolves, with the aid of an LSD tipped dart, into a nightmare where reality itself seems to deconstruct.
Wonderful language and weird world building. The protagonist - Adam Reith - a stranded earthman has many adventures, encountering the various inhabitants of Tschai, a much fought over planet. Not quite a picaresque as Reith is too honest but some of his associates are less so. Charming and lovely books and, let us not forget, anyone who can title one of them vol 2 Servants of the Wankh is worthy of deep respect even if he didn't know what it means to english ears haha.
Do yoursel a favour : read it and see,it will open your mind. The Player of Games does more than tell an exciting and engaging tale. In the empire of Azad, where the books action takes place, Iain M Banks creates a civilization which reflects the worst excesses of our own, despite its alien nature. Using the empire of Azad themes of one cultures interference in another are explored as the benign, peaceful Culture displays the lengths it will go to push a cruel empire closer to its own philosophy.
The story revolves around a man playing a board game. Admittedly it's a vast, complex board game central to the lives of those who play it, but it's essentially just a big, complicated chess set. This sounds like rather dull stuff to relate to the reader, but the authors descriptions of the game are never less than completely involving and genuinely exciting.
There is a popular misconception that Douglas Adams was responsible for bringing humour into Sci-Fi. But before him there was already the brilliant Stanislaw Lem, whose humour can be often anarchic and deeply satirical. This is a good example of his satirical humour at its most razor sharp. If the idea of Sci-Fi combined with Swiftean satire sounds appealing then this book is definitely for you. Supremely imaginative, and enjoyable at some level at almost any age. Written in the 50s, it creates a remarkably believable portrayal of modern life, before continuing an escape into an equally believable future.
It asks all the important questions about human beings and society. I'm using UoW as my choice but really any of Banks' culture novels fit the bill. Banks' stands astride 21st century science fiction as a giant. He not only manages to excel in world building, The Culture has to be one of the greatest realised sci-fi universes in print, but also manages something that virtually all other sci-fi authors fail at; the evolution of psychology over time.
The inhabitants of Banks' worlds are existentially flawed and carry with them a melancholy created by pitting emotional psychology against the vast backdrop and advanced science they have foisted upon them. The scale of his stories could leave the protagonists dwarfed by the spectacle but they end up dovetailing perfectly into the situations thought up by Banks by allowing us to connect to the madness of existance, whether they're human or alien.
Each of his new novels are events in the genre and allow their readers to conduct thought experiments of what it would be like to exist in such a reality surely the goal of any sci-fi? I read it as a teenager and the sheer scale of the technological achievement of building the Ring has stayed with me - even though I cant remember much of the details of the story today! Totally influenced and encouraged me to pursue my dream of working in the building industry which I don't regret, even today. Atmospheric blend of fantasy and s decadence, with a consumptive, sexually ambiguous heroine whom I'd love to see Tilda Swinton play!
It realistically sets out an anarchist society from an anthropological background; it's a hard life but it actually works! AND it also provides the alien's perspective on humanity! Not just the best SF. But best novel Ive ever read. Impossible to explain its importance so briefly. Art irrelevant? SF escapist pap? Orwell lays it out. It is appropriated by literary fiction like most great SF. It's a thousand pages of wonder and awe at how mindboggling complex the universe is and the joy and fascination there is in trying to understand it with just the human brain.
This is how physics and philosophy should be taught - at the same time and with multi-dimensional spaceships. An Epic Story, with a dark plot. Donaldson creates a very beleiveable universe. As Soon as I finished the 1st book, I was online ordering the remaining 4 stories. This is the third book in C. Lewis's science fiction trilogy. It combines themes of mythology, allegory and religion with some great characters and moments of true horror. It's a great story that keeps you gripped all the way through.
This book is about the simple acts of kindness that can make immense and profound differences to the future. The main character is Shevik: physicist and great scientist who is nearly close to ending up with a great scientific theory that he knows will change the world forever. He makes a difficult decision to travel to the neighbouring planet of Urras to try and use their expertise to piece it together.
The novel weaves around in time: Shevik's present and past are explored: his strength is buoyed by the love he finds from the woman he loves, but also the limitations of living in a real communist world where there aren't enough resources for the people, are both explored. Back on Urras, Shevik begins to realise he is becoming a small pawn in a powerful government's game and has to reconcile himself with the fact that he may never have been able to go home in the first place and may never go home now.
At its centre is Shevik: complicated, resilient, brave and fiercely intelligent. It remains one of the best characters I can remember in any book - at the end the final twist of the twin narratives meets into one of the best endings I have read in any book. It's a different kind of science fiction that allows the reader to be an active creator of the "other timely" world introduced by Koontz. It's not about zombies or aliens or space but it does represent something maybe even more bone-chilling: the answer to the question "what if? The epic scope of the book, showing the terrifying yet exciting possibilities of the human race as an multi planetary starship faring bunch of brilliently flawed individuals, and organsiations.
A really rare find these days as I think it is out of print. Witty and engaging, it draws parralels with life on earth in a profound and imaginative alien galaxy. First published in , the book documents the many highs and lows of man's struggle for survival. The book contains the first mention of genetic engineering in a sci fi novel, a compelling and truly eye-opening read.
So maybe it is the outer fringes of SF where myth and fantasy meets "steam punk" but it does have futuristic dimensions albeit in a retro kinda way. It is the way the characters seem unbelievable yet real which gets me in all of his books by the way and sucks me in to a reading time vortex - as all good books should. Bradbury's Mars keeps shifting its identity, becoming a symbol of the dreams and fears of America itself. No attempt is made at scientific accuracy this Mars is hot, for example , and the stories reflect the Cold War era in which they were written.
Bradbury could overwrite, but he keeps this tendency under control here, and the book has a haunting resonance. It has the fastest start I can recollect any book having, The Affront are hilarious and the Culture ships superb. I also appreciate that the nature of the excession is never defined. Hard sci-fi at its best. The attention to detail and depth of knowledge of the author make this a compelling and inspirational book to read.
This is a strange, compelling and beautifully written story. I'd defy anyone from the most hard-nosed SF aficionado on up not to enjoy reading it. If can get into the language, you'll enter a plausible yet mythical world where you'll get your first knowin from the eyes of a dog and learn the secrets of the master chaynjis. Can't believe that none of these magnificent books were chosen. Some better than others, but all full of wonderful prose, deep imagination, gripping stories and interesting characters. One of the few books I've read in one sitting.
Set in a wonderfully imagined dystopic America, it's very bleak but also savagely funny, always brilliant, and ultimately heartbreaking. This book is a positive, hopeful contemplation of mankind's possible next step. How we might evolve into something better than we are now. The first hint of this next evolutionary step is not evidenced by those we conventionally think of as brighter, stronger or more beautiful, but by the supposed freaks and invalids that just might come together in some way to become, collectively, something Ringworld is SF on a grand scale in many respects.
Set far into the future, it is scientifically well researched and utterly believable, with "alien" characters that are lifelike and convincing: the story is entertaining yet the concept is original and thought-provoking. A fantastic novel, one of many well-written books by Larry Niven. Excellent book using Sci-fi construct of time dilation to show futility of war. Written after he server in Vietnam. The sheer scope of the imagination: the predatory Kzin and the cowardly puppeteer. Currently i am researching Anglo-Saxon history in England after reading immensely about Norse history Why?
So I decided to get into your novels after watching the show. I went down to the Cape Cod mall I read you live in Cape Cod now, how do you fare in the summer traffic? The detailed description and additional content were great; I could go on and on. I particularly have enjoyed the battle narratives and the subtle intricacies you give in them that you miss when watching them on the show. I finished the book in a week, which for me and my busy schedule having to work and raise my three children with my wife was quite fast.
Fantastic reads and as i said am well into the fourth. I understand you have plenty more books and i have a ways to go to catch up to the War of the Wolf but i will be there soon. I have never actually written to an author before but i was on your site and saw the contact bar and thought I should give credit where credit is due. So now having done that I again thank you for your work and only wonder if the story of Uhtred will continue on and also wonder if you have any hand in the tv series itself in any capacity other than what the books give?
Hope this finds you well and have a Great Day. I am writing the next book of Uhtred's tale now. And, I am happy to say, the filming for season four has recently begun! I am not involved in the tv series - except as cheerleader! I'm currently reading The Empty Throne and really enjoy your series after having found them through the Last Kingdom Netflix series. I am also a Christian who understands how some denominations have a dark, brutal, and undeniably hypocritical history.
With that being said, and I know you've addressed this before, we aren't all bad. You have surrounded Uhtred with Christians, some "better" than others, and he has grown bonds with them. Some of my favorite moments in your books are when Uhtred and one of his Christian friends share moments of absolute friendship and loyalty, without a care of what God, gods, or lack thereof they worship. My personal favorite occurs when Uhtred is sure they're going to die in the shield wall in East Anglia and has amazing dialogue with Finan and Osferth.
Is this something you intentionally weave into your story telling? Regardless if it is or not, I find it as such a great lesson to both religious and non-religious people that we can still live side-by-side if we respect each other. Thank you for that! We can thank Alfred for the vision of a united England which, if he did not achieve, he certainly inspired, but at the heart of that was a second motive — a Christian England. If an enemy converted then they were no longer an enemy. Uhtred regrets the passing of the old religions which he sees as more tolerant than the monotheistic Christianity and I believe he has a point!
Hi again from Australia. Thanks once more for your interest in my short publication on theories regarding the origin of the idea of 'Arthur'. Thanks too for your advice here to writers. Very sensible and useful. This note though is to say that I was still thinking of your 'Last Kingdom' books when recently reading Alistair Moffat's book 'The Sea Kingdoms' pub I've always liked his emotive style and non-academic approach.
An obvious geography of power, confirming what I had myself concluded re this whole region. Moffat's book illustrates how over the centuries this sea kingdom area has thrown up some compelling characters how about an amazing Queen called Aud,The Deep Thinker? Perhaps another TV series could be the eventual outcome? A series of books on these Dark Age kingdoms and their kings, the original historical Lords of the Isles, would doubtless have a ready audience of people attracted to and bloodied in the Dark Age warrior world evoked so well by Uhtred. For the Lords of the Isles, this period continued on well into mediaeval times.
Romantic, brutal, passionate, questing, cruel, fierce and fascinating real histories, peopled by men who fought their way to power and women who stood strong for them and for themselves too. The Christian-Pagan tension in these tales is also very evident. It sounds fascinating. Aud, the Deep-Thinker? I'm a great admirer of you and have bought and read all of your books. Please tell me if you will release a new novel in the near future i. I do not know if you remember me, my name is Adamo, I'm from Brazil and a few months ago I asked for an autograph, I was very grateful to receive it.
Now I'd like to ask you: Will we have more Uhtred next year? War of the Wolf has not yet come out in Portuguese here in Brazil, but should be released soon. Even so I am curious to know what you are writing at the moment and intends to launch the end of the saga of Uhtred next year. Since I wish you the best and I await your response. A big hug. First off, as a highly educated man I'm sure you understand the law of supply and demand. On that thought I demand another Thomas Hookton book. I suspect I write what I enjoy, which sounds very selfish. But I will consider your demand and hope to satisfy it one day!
The quick answer is no. I enjoy researching them all. I live about 2 miles from Ribchester and in fact drive through it every day on the way to work. This essentially leaves to much day dreaming of battle on the journey to work each morning, and thoughts of Uhtred and Finan emerging from the mist on the River Ribble! I was wondering if there was a particular reason for choosing the area for use in the book, and also if you have ever visited Ribchester?
I'm a librarian in a nearby town and if you're ever in the area we'd love to welcome you! I would love to return. I was in your neck of the woods many years ago — too many — so much of that book was written from memory of the area — and it is beautiful! I hope to see your library! Loving the Saxon stories and finished War of the Wolf. Any chance of Ivar the younger making a reappearance or did he just perish off page?
I suspect Ivar the Younger has forgotten all about it — though who knows? I learned about "The Last Kingdom" book series after starting to watch the Netflix show. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the books - the humor and charisma of the characters, particularly Uhtred of course, and the great descriptions of the battles, politics and religious influence that gave me a better sense of the historical context in which the stories were set. I read through all 11 books in no time as they were so engaging and well written. I was wondering if you intend to continue the series as I realize Uhtred is getting to be an old man.
I hope so as I hate to see the series end - such a gem! Thank you, sir, for giving me hours of pleasurable reading. Hi my name is Clayton I live in thundering so when I read the last kingdom books I know where the devil stone is in st Peters church. Doug acres was my GPS and I know thundering lodge well. Are you going to do another book in the last kingdom series or a spin off from the character in Benfleet?
I love your work, and in particular the Saxon Stories. These books are very special to me, particularly due to the circumstances in which they were introduced to me, as well as the times in my life I find myself coming back to them; but that is a story for another time. I am re-reading the series again at the moment. I finished the first book a few weeks ago, and as I was finishing the last couple of pages I was struck by the beauty of Uhtred's harp metaphor. It was almost as if I had never noticed it before, and those words have stuck with me ever since.
Indeed, for various reasons this passage is particularly meaningful to me at this moment in my life, and I am even considering getting a tattoo of a harp for this reason which would be only my second tattoo, my first being my two sons' birthdates over my heart, if that gives you any indication how moving I found those words. It occurred to me, however, that I am not sure what type of "harp" Uhtred would have been thinking of in There is the "standard", generally triangular shape harp think Coat of Arms of Ireland, or Guiness ; but there is also the "Sutton Hoo"-style harp that results from a Google search of "Saxon harp".
If I do end up getting this tattoo, I would certainly hope to get the "correct" one. Therefore, you would do me a great kindness to reply to this message, at your convenience, and clarify what type of harp you had in mind when you put that picture into Uhtred's imagination. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for the wonderful world you have shared with us through Uhtred's eyes. And thank you for your very kind words. I am very curious if your ancestor named Uhtred who was an inspiration for you for the Uhtred in the novels was also this keen on the Danes as is the Uhtred in the novels.
Do you know any details about your ancestor's life that you wanted to picture in the books or you have made it all up? And if this is made up, then why did you want your ancestor to be associated with the Danes? Do you feel any connection with vikings or it is just to make the world in the novels more exciting?
I am really sorry if my question has already been asked by someone else, but I could not find it on the page. To be honest, I have no idea! Everything else is pure fiction! I suspect there was a great deal of collaboration between Bebbanburg and the Danes, but that, like so much else, is speculation! Hey there Bernard, my brother got really addicted to your Saxon Stories series and I really enjoy it, particularly the setting, but would like to know if you plan on writing maybe about Uhtred making it to Valhalla, since you mention how he is worried about not making it there and feasting with enemies I quite liked Cnut , would also like to know if we are going to get more narration from another perspective like when his son narrated, I enjoyed looking at the world back then with a different pair of eyes and how men saw Uhtred.
In a scene the one of yesterday Uhtred together with the pagan magician Queen Iseult, they take the son of King Alfred, and during the night with the "new moon" they make a ritual putting the child in a mud grave, the morning after the son the king is safe but Queen Isetul cries because another child died in his place. It is called "alchemical exchange" in black magic. I am 52 years old, my life has been a long failure, everything has gone wrong since I was born, and I have not succeeded in anything.
I come from a family of unhappy and quarrelsome people for futile reasons. I began to realize that in my life there was something strange since I was 33 years old. I was able to compose all the pieces of the puzzle so I thought around the age of I secretly burned my mother's wedding kit in pure Italian linen with bobbin embroidery, and I threw between and maligned items in my house. In this dismal story that arises from a family curse, I realized, about 5 years ago, that there had been an important passage linked to the death of my brother.
A child born June 18, and died June 29 day of St. Paul in In his place, I discovered over the years, lives a certain "Paul" born March 15, , but of poor health. The women who did the ritual are the grandmothers of Paolo two sorceresses of my small country, here in Sicily, born, respectively, in and , but death after my birth. I discovered these things not only by making various connections, and noting that when I burned objects at night in the fields my ears were ringing, I felt sick, my head was spinning and I felt like something bad was coming off of me , but also by consulting cartomancy.
But the fortune tellers, as well as betraying and taking advantage of me, were limited to telling me only the response of the tarot. No one has ever told me how exactly these things work. So, Mr. Cornwell, could you please tell me where did you read about that exchange ritual of a child's life for another that you describe so well in your novel? Are there ancient documents describing these rites in the early Middle Ages?
Where can I document myself? Yours is an extraordinary story!! I wish I could send you a sensible answer, but I must confess that I cannot remember any source for that scene with Iseult and the baby Edward. Did I make it up? I so wish I could help you, but alas! Maybe someone reading your story and this answer can be helpful? Since Uhtred is Northumbrian, and i still love all maters concerning Anglo-Saxon period, i need to ask you this:.
Why did Northmen choose Northumbria as their primary target in the beginning of so-called Viking Age? Northumbria was not nearly as rich or developed as southern Saxon kingdoms. Plus, Scots and Picts were raiding those parts, so it was not a peaceful place even without Northmen. Is it possible that Danes chose Northumbria because, as some historians claim, there was already a significant number of Scandinavian settlers there, before the invasions began?
Plus, Northumbria was well known for remaining staunchly pagan for a long time, in spite of very developed church and monastic life. Therefore, they might have seen it as a great base for further conquest. I began with the Uhtred books, then the superb Warlord Chronicles and now your Hundred Years War series just about to finish Thomas of Hookton might not be around by that point, but perhaps we could pick up Nicholas Hook's story.
Would love to see what you could do with this material. I love your books and will be sad when I am through reading them all. Maybe you could recommend whom to pursue after? My question is regarding Englaland. The contest is mainly Saxons vs Danes. Many other people from the islands and the north are involved as well. During the most precarious times Uhtred wonders if the country will be Daneland instead.
Is the name England derived from Angles? And if so, why no mention of them? Sorry to bother you but I was unsuccessful trying to figure it out on my own. We all know the term Anglo Saxon but I wonder how many people understand the Anglo part. I wouldn't mind clarification. I have explained this in some of the historical notes, but maybe not enough. We talk of the Anglo-Saxons and we basically mean the two major Germanic tribes who invaded Britain after the Romans abandoned the island.
There were also Jutes! And some other minor tribes. The West Saxon Wessex dynasty eventually united all the Saxon and Angle and Jutish lands and the mystery is why they named their new country Englaland, or why the said their language was English. But they did!
I wanted to ask you about Villains in your books though. I believe a Hero is nothing without a great Villain. They define each other. Without the Joker, Batman would just be a berk dressed as a bat! The Hero must slay the Monster or defeat the Villain. That's what they do! But, how do you create and define your villains? But, i think there are guys who aren't really "Villains", just "Opponents".
He's just a Danish warlord, and Uhtred likes and respects him. Cnut Longsword as well, and even Skoll. Without spoiling it for anyone who hasn't read War of the Wolf yet, and i've not got to the end yet! But, does what he did make Skoll a "Villain" or was that killing, just War? Just wondering about you views on Villainy in your books Cnut, certainly and Svein. And Leroux for Sharpie Even at 42 i still love wondering about things like this Stick to Odin!
The villain has to be formidable, of course, and if not physically formidable then cunning as a hungry rat. Cunning is often easier, it helps plot the book, but a combination of both is probably best. Leroux was wonderfully cunning. I was a bit confused while reading "War of the wolf" loved it, btw! But that certainly should not be a problem, should it, as those two have kind of grown up together and seemed to be friends? Especially with Junior being a Christian himself "damn him! PS: At the moment I am bingeing all of the Saxon books, I just wanted to reread the first few, but it seems I can't stop, what a lovely problem to have.
They are even better the second time! I also always forget how funny Uhtred can be with his bone dry comments. I have quite a few LOL moments while reading. This may seem strange but I have nothing to ask of you. I am writing simply to thank you for writing the Saxon Stories. I was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in August of Before that, I was a busy lawyer.
The diagnosis was sudden and unexpected. It led to a lot of medical treatment and time in bed. It was a great distraction at a bad time. I've devoured all the books in the series. I had read of Alfred the great. You really brought him and his time to life. I love the creation of the fictional Uhtred as a medium to tell the story. Simply brilliant. I loved the story of Ethelflaed. I was sorry to see her story end in Flame Bearer. But am excited about the Ethelstan story line which seems to really be taking off in War of the Wolf. Please keep writing! I hope we can look forward to another book soon.
Again, thank you for the work you do. You may be surprised that I am a 36 year old female. My favorite was the end battle in the Pagan Lord. One question—have the seven kings died as indicated in the prophecy or is that yet to come. Thanks again and may Uhtred ride again!
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I hope this is not too premature, but with Lord Uhtred winding into old age will the series continue through his son s? Thank you for all the joy and education you have given to me over the years. Thank you again. I'm a big fan of your books about Uhtred an the making of England. The last 2 months I did read all eleven books and I was very disappointed as I finished book 11 yesterday. When will the 12th book be released? I just finished War of the Wolves and it was great as all Uhtred books have been.
I love this story and I have followed The Last Kingdom as well. Eagerly awaiting the next book. Thank you for writing these books that are entertaining and educational as well. Just loved War of the Wolf. I did think it would be last in series. So thrilled that there will be another book? My partner Louise is very smug with the fact that she hails from Amble, on the coastline opposite Coquet Island Cocuedes , and therefore is a proud Northumbrian sworn to Uhtred of Bebbanburg himself or Alexander Dreymon most likely.
If Uhtred was to swing by, what would he make of the place? Are the lands of South Yorkshire historically Northumbrian and therefore his kinsmen, or would he find Mercians or even a place overrun with Norsemen? That said, a much more interesting place in the area for a potential cameo in your next book is a place called Dore in the posh part of Sheffield. Seems the kind of place Uhtred would detest, and the Wessexians in his life would love. It was probably settled by Danes. And Dore? Hang onto her! I've devoured all the book in the Saxon Tales saga, and feel I've lived through Uhted's life alongside him the the shield wall.
Then it occurred to me, "Why not visit other important sites of Uhtred's life? Do you have such a 'tour' or have you ever recommended such an itinerary to your readers? I think it'd be a fascinating vacation. Any ideas, Bernard? Bamburgh is one of the amazing castles in Northumberland and well worth a visit! I picked up a copy of Lords of the North before starting a 12 hour coach journey to visit friends in The Netherlands. I was almost rude to them to be ignoring them in order to finish it. Since then I've read almost all the fiction you've written and enjoyed it.
I even have copies of much of your work as audio books which I listen to when I am working. I am curious.. The one he snatched from around the neck of a Danish boy who tried to bully him while he worked on Ragnar the Fearless' boats? Through each book you mention this same amulet, and it seems to change composition. I have made a Sim in Second life and named it The Last Kingdom and I am basing it loosely on the books, I say loosely as I do not want the arguments that this was not in the books like the Sims based on the Gor series by John Norman.
I would like your approval to do this as I am taking your books onto the Virtual reality level, I play Uhtred and would like your permission, failing this I will rename and base it on 10th century Wessex but having read all the books and everything you have written, I have found you to be a great source of history in a period that is hard to define. All the best to you and please, please lets hear more about Uhtred,. I shall have to visit Second Life!!!
And see your sim, whatever that is! Sometimes I just catch details that intrigue me. When Aethelwold invites Uhtred to have a drink and see that he Aethelwold is four by six, is that a use of historical slang? Perhaps referring to the square corner 4x5x6? Or something else? I have two questions regarding your treatment of lawyers. In almost every one of your books - all the series and stand-alones - you have a villain who is either clergy, a lawyer, or both. However, you often tend to balance out a clergy-villain with another character who is a "good" clergyman.
So, my questions are:. I regard this as a challenge! I love the Saxon Stories, but would like to check something with you. According to Uhtred's wiki page never wrong! This means at the battle of Brunaburh he will be eighty!! Surely this is a little old even for Uhtred no NHS remember. Firstly, thank you for your writing which enthralls me and brings me so much pleasure. I have just started to reread book 1 - The Last Kingdom, and noticed that it states that the year Uhtred's father was killed was and that Uhtred thinks his is 9 or 10 years old.
So he would have been born in ? The Battle of Brunanburh was in so Uhtred would be 80 by that time. My question is, will Uhtred really still be fighting? I have been reading your books for a good 20 years now and have loved each and everyone The warlord trilogy being my absolute favourites!
I am enjoying following Uhtreds journey on both paper and film, particularly David Dawson's Alfred It fuels hope that maybe the Warlord chronicles will get a debut via the colossus that is Netflix A dead ringer for the Sharpe described in the books I envisage the Skull Gate as being the present main entrance to the castle, i. That, at least, is unchanged! In response to one comment regarding Uhtred, you said, "I suspect the love of his life was Gisela, with Aethelflaed coming in a close second!
I'm heartened to think "he still hasn't finished" because I'd really like to see Uhtred find another "true love. As far as I recall, Uhtred is still married to the lovely red-headed Eadith in book Is there any possibility she will become more prominent as a character? I'd like to think, considering Uhtred's age at this point in the story, that he wakes up one morning, takes a look at her, slaps his forehead and thinks, "Eadith really is the bee's knees!
I'm not crazy about him experiencing another loss in his life because it's all so sad, and I'd like to think he becomes wildly in love with another woman. I fear you must wait for the next book to find out! But Uhtred, I can reveal, is extraordinarily grateful for your suggestion that he becomes wildly in love with another woman. About a year or so ago, I wrote to you regarding the representation of that most glorious county of Bedfordshire in your Last Kingdom novels. Now I must say, wonderful though your most recent book, War of the Wolf, was, I couldn't help but feel the lack of 'Bedanfordscir' was an oversight indeed!
I trust Uhtred will at some point find himself back there one day? Perhaps he might even pass through a little village called 'Weligtone' modern day Willington near Bedford? Just a suggestion, you understand! On a serious note, however, I must congratulate you for how brilliantly War of the Wolf turned out. It never ceases to amaze me that you can turn out such quality storytelling in such short spaces of time.
Simply marvellous! Finally it occurred to me! I'm up to date on the Last Kingdom Series, and just finished watching the newly released third season of The Last Kingdom on Netflix, and it took until now for me to release what Uhtred is in the series. Initially I thought he was just a device to allow the history to be told as a captivating human story, which of course he is, and it is, as are most key non-historical characters in great historical fiction.
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But I realized that the reason the character is so compelling and captivating, is that Uhtred the character is intended to be England itself. He has a mixed background, because of course the England that emerges in the story is comprised and the results of contributions from the different peoples in the land. He is part of all the great battles depicted, both historical, and battles intended to stand in for a series of historical battles, because that's what England was forged through.
England is forged by the good fortune of having two strong kings back to back fighting for the same vision, so of course that is Uhtred's path to serve those two kings. He is both Christian and Pagan, as were the people of the land, and even the dominant Christianity that emerges subsumes key elements of the Paganism of the story. It is a fun thought — and yes, partly intentional. Where did this aspect of his character come from and is it factual? Also have read the date he died was recorded but not whether it was his illness or something else.
How can this be. Alfred has two over-riding ambitions. The first is to make his kingdom a Christian realm. He was an extremely pious, as well as extremely intelligent, king. Uhtred knows this. Yes, he pushes his luck too often, but in the end he has an immense respect for Alfred. But two came to me whilst watching the third series of The Last Kingdom. Oh, quickly I'll slip in that I loved War of the Wolf. Still astounds me how you manage to keep it so vibrant and fresh after so many books. And poor Uhtred is now getting on in years. Anyway, both of my questions were actually borne out of watching the third series of The Last Kingdom.
I think I should write to you to personally thank you for writing the Last Kingdom series. I, like countless others, was never a fan of historical fiction until this. You can never imagine how much fun it is for us to live through Uhtred and your imaginative, vivid stories and the exciting world in which you built. It truly enriches us in many ways. If I may be slightly dramatic, England should thank you as well. Why there is not much of an effort to uncover, learn and educate on the origins of England, I cannot understand.
Surely there is nothing to be ashamed of or kept quiet about. Mmm let's leave it as that. Maybe we should ask Alexander too! You should ask him if you have a chance! I know this is a highly inappropriate question that cannot be answered for obvious reasons, but still, millions of us do wonder. It's your fault haha, you are partly to blame.
In the show, Alfred and Uhtred sat down and had a heart to heart talk in his chamber. If only you had made a cameo entrance then! Instead of Aelswith walking in, imagine if Bernard Cornwell the creator walked in and continued the discussion! Sometimes these interactions are priceless. The TV series is growing from strength to strength, despite virtually no promotional activities. The production budget had obviously increased, just look at the quality of the show.
This is turning into a monster. Did you foresee that it will come to this? We try to pick up your books whenever there is a new release. I think Mark Rowley does a wonderful job! Do I have favourites? I suspect the love of his life was Gisela, with Aethelflaed coming in a close second! I've followed you for a quarter century through the exploits of Richard Sharpe, Thomas Hookton, Uhtred et al and your work is impressive. Do you have any thoughts on a follow up to "Fools and Mortals?
It might happen? Is Uhtred handsome or ugly? Though there are many instances where characters signal that Uhtred is ugly. For example, Mildrith wept at the first sight of Uhtred. Also a whore said she would not marry Uhtred the younger because he looks too much like his father. However, there are signs in the novel that Uhtred is handsome. Gisela said she was stricken by Uhtred at first sight.
Also, we know Uhtred is tall and formidable in his appearance. In all the novels written in the third person, the main characters such as Thomas, Sharpe, and Starbucks are all described as tall and handsome. Only in the first person novels like the Warlord Chronicles is it left ambigous. Women find him devastatingly attractive.
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Lara and the moon-colored filly Lara vows to take care of a foal as a dying promise to the gray mare, and with the help of a childless milk-cow, she cares for the spindly-legged filly. Lara and the silent place When 9 year old Lara goes to the highlands to set the cattle out to graze, she finds a mare in the process of a difficult birth. Lara vows to take care of the foal as a dying promise to the gray mare, and with the help of a childless milk-cow, she cares for the spindly-legged filly. But just when she is confident that the foal can survive, a rival clan captures them both, and throws Lara's life into turmoil.
Last Anzacs: lest we forget, The The personal stories of the last eighteen surviving veterans of the Gallipoli campaign. Last battle, The With Eustace and Jill at his side, the King, the noble unicorn Jewel, and a few remaining loyal subjects must stand against the powers of evil and darkness and fight The Last Battle to decide the future the kingdom. Last day School has almost finished for another year and Harry Harvard and Jesse Harrison are looking forward to the summer holidays. But, first they're going to make sure that the last day of school is an unforgettable one.
Last days of us, The Six months ago, Zoey's life went off the rails. After the tragic loss of her brother, she partied her way to oblivion, estranged her best friend, Cass, and pushed away her now ex, Finn. But when her destructive behaviour reaches dangerous heights, Zoey realises she needs to pull herself together and get her old life back, including her ex. There's just one complication: Finn is now dating Cass. Now, it's the last week of summer and Zoey, Cass and Finn are setting out on the road trip of a lifetime to see their favourite musician, Gray, perform live, joined by Finn's infuriatingly attractive bad-boy cousin Luc and his vibrant younger sister Jolie.
Zoey thinks this is her chance to put things to rights and convince Finn they should get back together. But she wasn't counting on her friends' lingering resentment, Luc's disarming sincerity, and Jolie's infectious love for life to turn her plans upside down. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above. Last dragon charmer, The: Villian keeper Nothing is more important than slaying a dragon.
It will make Prince Caden's father proud, and grant him the title of Elite Paladin like his seven older brothers. But there is one big thing standing in Caden's way: he has been mysteriously transported from his home in the Great Winterlands of Razzon to Asheville, North Carolina-a land with no magic and no dragons. Or so he thinks. But what if Caden's destiny isn't to slay a dragon after all? Last elephant, The Colt Lawless is on the run, suddenly famous, and more than a little superhuman.
Twelve years from now, rat flu has wiped out almost every animal and bird on the planet. The creatures in the Lost World Circus are the last of their kind. But the Rat Cops are determined to shut down the circus, and Colt and his acrobat friend Birdy might be the only ones who can save it, starting the world's last elephant. Last flight, The Alfred is an air observer, flying above the war, taking photos of the enemy lines. But the Germans are also in the sky. Last innings, The In the last exciting story of the Legends, Bubba, our favourite character, speaks out.
Last muster, The Shane's family lives on a remote station. Most of the Aboriginal people have been driven off but Red and her grandfather remain. All risk losing their homes when a big company wants to combine five stations. Strong language used in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above. Last of the sky pirates, The Fifty years after the floating city of Sanctaphrax was swept away, the Edgeworld has changed for the worse.
Cruel shrykes are in control and slave labour is endemic. When a young apprentice knight-academic, Rook, sets out on a perilous journey through the Deepwoods, he meets a mysterious stranger living with the banderbears and is propelled right into the middle of a dangerous adventure, challenging the dark might of the Guardians of the Night.
Last refuge, The A realistic and harrowing story of children's courage in the face of domestic violence, with a positive outcome. Last shot, The Steve is a brilliant basketball player with a conflict to solve involving family and his achievements. Last thirteen, The: 1 Book 13 in series: Sam wakes from his nightmare to discover the terrifying reality. It will come true.
Kidnapped from school and finding out his parents aren't who he thinks they are, Sam is suddenly running from danger at every turn. With his life and identity shattered, Sam's salvation is tied to an ancient prophecy. He is in the final battle to save the world, up against an enemy plotting to destroy us all. He alone can find the last thirteen. Last thirteen, The: 10 Book 4 in series: An unexpected saviour ensures Sam lives to continue his search for the last His next all-too-real nightmare leads him to Paris and the Council of Dreamers.
With Solaris seemingly one step ahead of Sam's every move, unlikely alliances form. Treasure beyond belief beckons, while tragedy strikes at the very heart of the Academy. Last thirteen, The: 11 Book 3 in series: Sams deepest fears have become real and his enemies grow ever-more powerful. Struggling to stay one step ahead, Sam must locate 11 more dreamers and solve the next piece of the puzzle. Can Sam and his allies unlock the secrets of an ancient journal to reveal their final destiny?
Sam is far from home, with the fate of the entire world in his hands. He must find the last The race is on. Last thirteen, The: 12 Book 2 in series: This is where you die, Sam. The nightmare is real and Sam must face his destiny. Will the chilling prophecy and the ultimate battle against Solaris come true? Nothing could have prepared Sam for this terrifying new life as one of the last 13 Dreamers. From New York to Egypt, to Italy - the search for the rest of the last 13 will take Sam across the globe.
He cannot do it alone, but who can he really trust? He must find the rest of the last The race has begun. Are you one of them? Last thirteen, The: 13 Book 1 in series: Sam wakes up from a nightmare to discover the terrifying reality that it will come true. Kidnapped from school, he's on the run from danger at every turn. With his life and identity shattered, Sam's salvation is tied up in an ancient prophecy.
He is in a final battle to save the world, up against an enemy plotting to destroy us all. He alone can find the last Last thirteen, The: 2 Book 12 in series: At the end there is only darkness. With the final countdown now only days away, Sam and Eva must brave the dangers of Antarctica to find Alex, the twelfth Dreamer and Gear. An impossible, amazing discovery underneath the ice will bring them all closer to the end of the race but, with betrayal on every side, it will difficult to make it out alive. Sam must unite the last Time is running out. Last thirteen, The: 3 Book 11 in series: Still heartbroken by the loss of his mentor, Sam discovers the next Dreamer is someone very close to him.
Together, they must travel to the other side of the world to find the eleventh Gear. On his voyage with Hans, Alex's dreams grow ever-more powerful as he encounters pirates, deep-sea peril and the harshest climate on earth. He will need all his resourcefulness just to survive. Last thirteen, The: 4 Book 10 in series: After a dramatic sea rescue in Japan, Sam meets powerful friends ready to help him.
He sets off for Cambodia, Eva faces her worst fear in the Dream Doors competition, Alex is headed out on unknown waters with the enigmatic Hans. At the legendary temple of Ankgor Wat, Sam must deal with ancient traps to escape with the next Gear. But the cost will be unimaginable. Will Sam be able to go on. He must carry on the fight. Last thirteen, The: 5 Book 9 in series: Sam heads to Japan to meet the next Dreamer, a famous professional gamer.
While at a tournament in Tokyo, Stella arrives forcing Sam and Dreamer number nine to take extreme evasive action. Alex and Shiva are captive in Shiva's apartment after being fitted with wrist bombs that will detonate if they attempt to escape, and Eva learns how participating in the Four Corners competition will help discover Solaris's location.
Last thirteen, The: 6 Book 8 in series: The barrier between dreams and reality is more blurred than ever as Sam is drawn into an age-old battle for the Dreamscape. Confusingly, the next Dreamer seems to know as much as Sam about the importance of her dreams and the search for the Gears. From the Kremlin in Moscow to the wilds of Siberia, Sam is involved in a race with an old adversary with a sinister way of staying one step ahead. Last thirteen, The: 7 Book 7 in series: Solaris remains a constant threat as Sam's search for the next Dreamer takes him to the Grand Canyon.
All is not as it seems as strange secrets and devastating betrayals force him to question all he believes in. Facing insurmountable challenges, deadly consequences seem inevitable. Their enemies grow more desperate, and they don't know who to trust. Last thirteen, The: 8 Book 6 in series: Sam's search takes him to Cuba, where unknown pursuers, long-forgotten treasure and the perils of the ocean await.
Eva and Lora's safety hangs in the balance, and Alex makes a terrifying discovery of his own, enemies are closing in on all sides. Can Sam and his friends stay one step ahead and find the next Gear in time. Last thirteen, The: 9 Book 5 in series: Sam journeys to South America, his dream leading him to a long-lost ancient city. Hidden deep within the Amazon rainforest, he is forced to navigate deadly traps in pursuit of another Gear.
Can Sam work out who the next dreamer is in time, or will his enemies succeed once more. They must fight on. Last time we say goodbye, The The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When her family was whole. Now, she's just the girl whose brother killed himself.
Lex tries to block out the night Tyler died but regret and their last goodbye haunt her. As Lex learns to grieve and recover, she discovers that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on. Last wild trilogy, The: Dark wild, The Twelve year old Kester Jaynes thought he had discovered the last wild animals in the land. He thought his adventure was over. He was wrong. Below the sparkling city of Premium, deep underground, a dark wild remains, animals who believe the time is right to rise up against their human enemies.
Kester realises he is the only one who can stop them. Kester saved the animals and now he must try and save the humans too. Last wild trilogy, The: Last wild, The In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve year old Kester Jaynes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. So, when he meets talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he's finally gone mad. But, the animals have something to say and Kester embarks on a great journey. The animals saved him, now he must save the animals.
Last wild trilogy, The: Wild beyond, The Kester Jaynes has brought the animals of his world back from the brink of disaster and he believes there is hope on the other side. And, he might just be right because the last blue whale on the planet is calling to him, his animal allies are ready for one last fight, and out there, somewhere, a brave mouse holds the key to the future. Laugh your head off again Nine short and funny stories by some of Australia's award-winning writers of humour. Read about a mischief-making monkey, the perfect pie, a trouble-attracting Great Dane, an unlikely corn chip, a displaced King and lots of other funny things.
Laugh your head off and again and again 9 authors, 9 stories, to make you laugh your head off again and again! Laugh your head off series NEW Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen. Laugh your head off: Funny stories for all kinds of kids Nine short and funny stories by some of Australia's award-winning writers of humour.
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Some stories have a funny twist at the end, others are based around hilarious situations. But, all are very amusing and very enjoyable. Laurinda Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its secret core is the Cabinet, a trio of girls who wield power over their classmates and some of their teachers. Entering this world of wealth and secrets is fifteen year old Lucy Lam, a scholarship girl, who has sharp eyes and a shaky sense of self. As she watches the Cabinet at work, and is courted by them, Lucy finds herself in a battle for her identity and integrity.
Laws of magic, The series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Laws of magic, The: blaze of glory Aubrey Fitzwilliam is the son of a prominent ex-prime minister. Usually, he is also brilliant at magic until he mucks up a spell that nearly kills him. With his best friend, George, Aubrey becomes involved in a dangerous political situation, where the lives of the king, the prince and his own father are threatened. Laws of magic, The: heart of gold On his after-exams holiday in neighbouring Lutetia, Aubrey is hoping to bump into Caroline and find a cure for his condition.
But, his family and the king all ask him to help them with various tasks, involving him and his friend, George, in magic, mystery and espionage. Laws of magic, The: hour of need Instead of clearing his name in Albion, Aubrey is pursuing his enemy, Dr. Mordecai Tremaine, deep into the heart of enemy territory. He uncovers a hideous combination of electrical science, golem manufacturing and soul-shattering magic which will bring the world far closer to the edge of the abyss. Alone, reviled and hunted, this is Aubrey's last chance to save the world.
If he doesn't, there might not be a world left to save. Laws of magic, The: moment of truth The war has finally erupted, sending Albion and the continent into chaos. Aubrey, George and Caroline are brought into a top-secret espionage unit and sent to investigate a mysterious, magical facility on the Gallia-Holmland border. They uncover a factory about to unleash a horror that could soon win the war. The only way to save thousands of lives could cost Aubrey his friends, his family, his reputation and even his life. Laws of magic, The: time of trial After Aubrey narrowly escapes the worst fate he can imagine, he realises he must confront his nemesis.
With George and Caroline he travels to Holmland, the home of Dr Tremaine and the heart of hostile territory, only to face magical conundrums, near-death experiences, ghosts, brigands and enemies on their own ground. Laws of magic, The: word of honour Aubrey and his friend, George, are invited by Aubrey's Prime Minister father on a trip, on a top-secret submersible. The magical attack that cripples the vessel, sending it to the bottom of the sea, is just the start of a series of plots to destroy Albion. Once again, Aubrey's magical skills are tested to the full. Layla, Queen of Hearts Layla is Griffin's best friend and he is determined to help Layla with her problem.
She doesn't have a special person to take to senior citizen's day at school. The search for a suitable person leads to a new friendship. Le football When it comes to soccer tactics, Luke finds it difficult to see any other point of view but his own. But, when he's forced to team up with a rival, he learns that compromise can sometimes lead to success. Leaf litter Leaves, twigs and bark collect on the ground in forests all over the world. We call it leaf litter but it isn't really rubbish at all.
Superb, detailed illustrations explore what goes on in a small patch of leaf litter beneath one tree. Learning curves of Vanessa Partridge, The Vanessa Partidge lives with her dad, her brother and her ex-babysitter. Who just happens to be her dad's new wife. Her mother has disappeared with only sporadic contact. Vanessa isn't sure who she is and as she embarks on her usual family summer holiday at the beach, she starts to discover her own limits. Through a growing relationship with environmental activist Bodhi and a crush on her brother's best friend, Vanessa explores her sense of self.
Leave taking Toby and his mum and dad are leaving their family farm after the death of Toby's younger sister Leah. Together they sort through all of their belongings and put things aside to sell or throw out. Toby doesn't want to leave the only place he's called home.
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As his last day on the farm approaches, Toby has a plan to say goodbye to all the things and places that mean something special to him and Leah. With the help of his best friend, Trigger the dog, he learns what it means to take your leave. Leaving home Set in South Africa, orphaned Sam has to leave his affluent life in the city, his computer, his trendy clothing and his pride, to live with his aunt in a village at the back of beyond. He has to sleep on the floor in a one-roomed hut, sharing with his aunt and cousins.
Sam must work out where he belongs. Leaving it to you A story for more mature readers about the tentative friendship between Linda and old Mrs Pugh in the nursing home. Leaving the lyrebird forest Alice loves the bush where she lives. She has a deep connection to a lyrebird who visits her 'every other day' and develops a close friendship to an elderly neighbour who loves the bush as much as she does.
An amazing surprise discovery motivates her to make decisions about her future. Lee Raven: boy thief Lee Raven, boy thief, has stolen something he really didn't mean to. Now he faces a perilous flight through London and the murky sewers below as he tries to escape capture. Lee has stolen the Book of Nebo, a book that has existed for thousands of years and tells every story and legend known to man. Left and right Left and right are all around us. From our hands and feet to our eyes and ears, the notion of left and right is inescapable.
Left and right control how we travel and play sport, and even how we eat. The vast extent of how this deceptively simple subject shapes our lives is revealed in the Left And Right book! Legend of Big Red, The Liam and Barney persuade their parents to let them camp out alone overnight to catch Big Red, the legendary giant cod rumoured to live in Bailey's Swamp. Darkness, strange noises and a thunderstorm test their determination and bravery. Lasseter returned with six companions but he could not find the site again. Despite help from nomads he never makes it home.
Legend of Luke, The A chance meeting with a hedgehog maid who is visiting Redwall Abbey reveals to Martin, the Warrior, a glimpse of the early life and family he can scarcely remember. He sets forth from the Abbey to seek the truth about the father he barely knew.
Legend of the lost legend Nobody loves a good story like Justin's dad. He's a famous writer and story collector. That's how Justin and his sister, Marissa, ended up in Brovania. Their dad is searching for an ancient manuscript called 'The Lost Legend'. Justin and Marissa want to help.
But instead of finding 'The Lost Legend', they get lost. And the woods of Brovania are filled with the strangest creatures. Like hundreds of squealing mice. Silver-coloured dogs. And terrifying Vikings from long ago Legend of the Rift, The Thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley and his friends have fought shoulder-to-shoulder in an almost impossible mission to recover the lost Loculi hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. They have defeated the Colossus of Rhodes, visited Ancient Babylon, outfoxed legions of undead, and battled one of history's most powerful kings to recover four Loculi, but these successes have come at a price.
Friends have been lost, ancient artifacts destroyed, and the very powers they've developed will soon overwhelm them. With a new threat to their mission developing, time is quickly running out to find the last of the lost Loculi.