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The Hugo Awards are a set of awards given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.
The awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine ‘Amazing Stories’.
Nominations for the Best Novel of 2013 are: Continue reading
相对于其他阅读主题，大家似乎对推理/侦探类的题材较少接触。有读者发现图书馆内有著名的英国作家阿加莎. 克里斯蒂的推理小说系列中文版，他说年轻的时侯曾经看过她的很多作品。根据她的小说而拍成电影的尼罗河惨案,东方快车谋杀案 很多年前曾经在中国上影，大部分朋友都看过，现在还记忆尤新。
从香港移民来的朋友则比较喜欢看与他们原居地有关的真人真事，如: 香港震撼案件传真，刑警最前线 – 重案狙击实录。这两本书都真实反映了重案组内的香港警察精英凭着对犯罪学的深入认识，敏锐的触觉及锲而不捨的精神，加上精密的分析头脑，抽丝剥繭地探索每宗案件，历年来屡破奇案，并在揭发隐藏在凶手的背后，发现原来还有不少人性的醜恶面以及许多不为人知的真相。
Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners of the 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which have selected from the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2012. Continue reading
The WINNER for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is:
Adam Johnson for his book The Orphan Master’s Son, an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Continue reading
The Story of Danny Dunn by Bryce Courtenay
A beautiful novel by the prolific Mr Courtenay.
A descriptive account of Balmain and Sydney during the 1930’s, 1940’s, right through to the seventies.
The characters are wonderfully depicted and true to the era of the Depression. Many readers shed a tear as memories of the past came back to them.
Danny Dunn’s character is that of many a young man who willingly went to war and after came back broken and found it hard to relate to a ‘normal’ world again.
Comments from the group: Continue reading
Commonwealth Writers inspires writers, storytellers and a range of cultural practitioners to work for social change. It builds communities of less heard and emerging voices to influence, directly and indirectly, the decision making processes which affect their lives.
In line with this vision, the Commonwealth Book Prize and Short Story Prize unearth talented writers to take part in online residencies and on-the-ground activities. As well as inspiring others through their work. Continue reading