Good Reading : November 2010
24 goodreading ı NOVEMBER 2010 readers' life 1 Lizzie Riley caught up with some readers at the recent Aussiecon convention in Melbourne. caught reading Sean, Melbourne What are you reading? A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Why that book? It's always been on my to-read list and I finally found time to squeeze it in. What’s it about? It has so many levels! Well, it's about Lucie, her father and some friends who find themselves caught up in the French Revolution. But it's more than that, as well. It looks at aristocracy, love and redemption and the madness of the revolution. It's a very complex novel and so far my favourite book by Charles Dickens. Where did you get it? I got it from my local library -- I like to bor row as many books as I can. Has it lived up to your expectations? Definitely. It's a classic for a reason! Would you recommend it to others? Yes, if they have the stomach for classics. It's not an easy read but it is an insightful read. Rachel, Chicago What are you reading? Dead in the Family by Charlaine Har ris. Why that book? Because it's the latest in the series and I'm totally addicted to the 'True Blood' franchise. What’s it about? I've only just started it but Sookie is trying to recover both emotionally and physically from what happened in the previous book, Dead and Gone. Under vampire law she is married to Eric because he gave her his blood, but Sookie doesn't really want to accept this. Where did you get it from? I picked it up at the airport before jumping on my flight to Australia for Aussiecon. I'm not sure of the name of the place I bought it at. Has it lived up to your expectations? Yes. It's really fantastic. I love the way Charlaine writes and the books nicely complement the TV series. Would you recommend it to others? Of course! But they have to read the rest of the series first or they won't get a lot of what's happening. Ray, New Orleans What are you reading? For the Win by Cory Doctorow. Why that book? Because Cory is one of the panellists here at Aussiecon and because I've read some of his other work and enjoyed it. What’s it about? For the Win is a subversive sci-fi novel set in the near future where money is exploited from a virtual economy. It's about labour rights, multiplayer games, and global corporations exploiting gamers in the virtual world. It looks at the practice of 'gold far ming' in virtual worlds. In multiplayer online games, you need to collect virtual gold and artefacts to go to the higher level. But there are these electronic sweatshops in Third World countries where people called gold far mers are exploited to collect this virtual gold, which is then sold in the real world to First World gamers so they don't have to collect the gold themselves. A group of kids from around the world get together to fight against this practice and challenge the status quo. Where did you get it? I'm actually reading the free electronic edition that Cory provides on his website.You can buy, make a donation or download for free all of his books. Has it lived up to your expectations? Sort of -- it's enjoyable but I liked Little Brother more. Would you recommend it to others? Only if I thought they could handle this sort of writing. It can be a little full on. Jen, Sydney What are you reading? Obernewtyn by Isobelle Car mody. Why that book? I'm actually re-reading it. It was one of my favourite books when I was growing up so I thought I would revisit it. What’s it about? It's a post-apocalyptic book. Set many years in the future after a nuclear holocaust, people are developing mutations from the radiation. They are shunned by the community and then executed by the highly religious Council, who think the holocaust was caused by the wicked ways of the Beforetimers. Elspeth, the main character, has the ability to talk telepathically with animals and to other people with the same ability, and she's taken away to Ober newtyn, a mysterious institution. Where did you get it? I've had it for years. I think it was a birthday or Christmas present when I was younger. Has it lived up to your expectations? I love re-reading childhood favourites because you rediscover things you had forgotten. It's a bit nostalgic, actually. Would you recommend it to others? Yes! Every Australian should read this book.
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