Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Graphic Novels @ your library

Our graphic novel collection is always growing and evolving to include new and classic manga, comics, graphic novels and picture books for all ages. Here is a small selection of what's new this month with a snappy single sentence sum up!


Black Butler vol. 6-9 by Yana Toboso
A travelling circus, missing children and an investigation that may lead Ciel into trouble beyond even Sebastian's inhuman powers....

Thief of thieves vol. 1: "I Quit" by Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer and Shawn Martinbrough
Q: How do you quit a life of crime when you're addicted to stealing? A: Become a thief of thieves; life gets complicated when you're running from both sides of the law.

Sakura Hime: the legend of Princess Sakura vol. 2-4 by Arina Tanemura
A teenage princess, demons, cute and sassy companions, sounds like a shojo manga smash-hit to me!

The Stand vol. 2: American Nightmares by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Mike Perkins
A human-made super virus is accidentally released from a U.S. Army base, for the survivors the nightmare has only just begun...

Kobato vol. 4-6 by Clamp, William Flanagan and Alexis Eckerman
We find out more about Kobato and Ioryogi, but what are they? How did they get here? and where are they going?

Saga vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
A sci-fi/fantasy epic, think Star Wars meets Game of Thrones, raising a child amidst a galactic war is never easy....

Captain America vol. 2 by Ed Brubaker and Alan Davis
The Cap faces new battles as he returns for more action-packed adventures and intrigue!

These titles and more can be found on our online catalogue and are available for request now!

HINT: If you are having trouble finding graphic novels on the catalogue, do a 'Power Search' and select 'Graphic Novels' in 'Item Category1'. This will give you a list of all graphic novels in Newcastle Region Library's collection. You can also limit in a Power Search by the year published, author, series, library etc.

Can't find anything you like?

Let us know what YOU want to see in your library's graphic novel collection,
complete an online Purchase Suggestion form here

Monday, December 10, 2012

What library staff are reading....December 2012

Looking for something to read over the holidays 
OR simply curious to know what librarians actually read?

Here is but a small sampling of the multitude of moorish memoirs, mysteries and marvels we're devouring this December!

Port Villa Blues by Gary Disher
This is the second Wyatt novel - a fast paced gritty Australia crime novel by a former winner of the Ned Kelly award. Wyatt finds himself in trouble after a contract robbery where he helps himself to a little extra. The characters are believable if undesirable and the dialogue is very real. There is plenty of suspense and lots of action - this is a great read.


Bill the Bastard by Roland Perry
This is the true story of a remarkable horse called Bill who was one of the 200,000 Australian horses sent to the middle great in the Great War. Bill could only be ridden by one man - Major Michael Shanahan. This is a wonderful tale of a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount. They fought together and depended on each other for survival. This book is a warm and human story set in the most inhuman of times, it also provides an insight into the lives and conditions of the ANZACs in the Great War.

The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey
A short story about a boy who has a secret identity as a superhero. It is available from our collection in both eBook and print.

Trick of the dark by Val McDermid
Who really killed Philip Carling? Available as an eBook.

Bunny Lake is missing by Evelyn Piper
A Hitchcock-like thriller in which a child is missing, but is she real or a figment of the mother's imagination? Available as an eBook.

Castles, Follies and Four-leaf clovers: Adventures along Ireland's St Declan's Way by Rosamund Burton
I don't usually read travel memoirs, but I loved this and was suprised to see the Irish-born author lives in Sydney. It's worth reading just to find out about the ancient sheela-na-gig, St Declan's role in promoting Christianity in Ireland and St Brigid's relationship to the Celtic goddess. Available as an eBook.

In the evil day by Peter Temple
Action and intrigue taking place across Hamburg, London and Johannesburg. Available as an eBook.

The Dinner by Herman Koch

The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland

The Convent by Maureen McCarthy

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Some of these titles are available as eBooks in our EBL eBook collection. Search for them and many other delightful December delectations below: