Favourite books of 2008

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I’ve read lots of books this year but some have stood out as great stories. Here are a couple of favourites.

Un Lun Dun – This a great read by one of my favourite authors, China Mieville. Exploring an alternate version of London, known as UnLondon, it follows the story of Zanna and Deeba and their strange and curious adventure through the city. Here is a synopsis from the publisher PanMacmillan:

Stumbling through a secret entrance, Zanna and Deeba emerge in the strange wonderland of UnLondon. Here all the lost and broken things of London end up, and some of its people, too – including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas and Hemi the half-ghost boy. UnLondon is a place where Routemaster buses have legs, where Librarians are ‘bookaneers’, intrepid adventurers dedicated to hunting down lost books, and postmen spend years tracking the mobile addresses of the ever changing Puzzleborough. But the girls have arrived at a dangerous time – UnLondon is under siege by the sinister Smog; it’s a city awaiting its hero.

Spook’s mistakeI know I’ve written a post on the series The Wardstone chronicles by Joseph Delaney already, but it is a good one. Spook’s mistake is the fifth book following Thomas Ward on his journey to become a Spook, fighting the growing evil in the County. Filled with battles against witches, boggarts, fiends and wraiths, and exploring the mystery and secrets within Tom’s own family, it’s a great read especially on a dark and stormy night. Here is a synopsis from the publisher Random House:

As danger increases in the County, Tom is sent far north by his master to be trained by Bill Arkwright, another Spook. Arkwright lives in a haunted mill on the edge of a treacherous marsh and his training methods prove to be harsh and sometimes cruel. But he has toughened up many previous apprentices and now he must do the same for Tom and prepare him for the gravest dangers of his life.

But when the Fiend sends his own daughter, the ancient powerful water witch Morwena, to destroy Tom, Arkwright makes an error of judgement and Tom finds himself facing his enemies alone. The Spook and Alice realising his danger, hasten to his aid but will even their combined strengths suffice in the face of such terrible dark power? And what is the Spook’s mistake, the consequences of which might give final victory to the dark?

Obernewtyn And I thought I’d add an all time favourite as well. Although the fifth book in The Obernewtyn chronicles by author Isobelle Carmody – The stone key – came out this year, I still love the very first book Obernewtyn just as much as when I first read it (sadly many years ago now). It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world that is struggling with many changes following the destruction of society and the land. It follows the story of Elspeth Gordie a young orphan with special abilities that would see her killed if found out. There are many twists and turns in the story that I don’t want to give away – you’ll just have to read it to find out.

If you’ve read any of these books, post in and let me know what you think, or, if you have your own favourite books that you’ve read this year, post in and give the rest of us some reading suggestions.

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2 Responses to “Favourite books of 2008”

  1. Meighan Says:

    obernewtyn is one of the best books I’ve ever read.
    I got it out of the library so many times that I decided to buy it…
    The rest of the books are really cool as well. I can’t wait until next year, when ‘The Sending’ comes out.
    Isobelle Carmody is a really great author and I would recommend her books to everyone.

  2. aubs (library staff) Says:

    Totally agree about Obernewtyn. I often recommend it. Isobelle’s taken some time over writing some of her series. This is still a favourite of mine and I will give Stone Key a read even though it’s been ages since the series was started.

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