Title:The Belgariad: Pawn of Prophecy
Media Type:Book
Author:David Eddings
ISBN:9780552554763
Status:Available

Long ago, the evil God Torak fought a war to obtain an object of immense power – the Orb of Aldur. But Torak was defeated and the Orb reclaimed by Belgarath the sorcerer.

Garion, a young farm lad, loves the story when he first hears it from the old storyteller. But it has nothing to do with him. Or does it? For the stories also tell of a prophecy that must be fulfilled – a destiny handed down through the generations.

And Torak is stirring again . .

Title:Childhood’s End
Media Type:Book
Author:Arthur C. Clarke
ISBN:0330105736
Status:Available

Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends–and then the age of Mankind begins….

Great Ghost Stories is a volume filled with strange sights, spirits, words and actions from beyond the grave. This rich and diverse collection brings together some of the best spooky writing of all time, with stories from Washington Irving, D. H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, Alexander Pushkin and O. Henry among others. From the haunting horror of Edgar Allan Poe, to the kindly probing of G. K. Chesterton’s detective priest Father Brown, these stories of human and inhuman passions and follies will delight all those who savour a tinge of the macabre and the sinister with their night-time reading.

Title:World War Z
Media Type:Book
Author:Max Brooks
ISBN:9780715637036
Status:Available

It began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginnings of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse. Faced with a future of mindless, man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality.

Title:Magician
Media Type:Book
Author:Raymond Feist
ISBN:0586217835
Status:Available

At Crydee, a frontier outpost in the tranquil Kingdom of the Isles, an orphan boy, Pug, is apprenticed to a master magician – and the destinies of two worlds are changed forever.

Suddenly the peace of the Kingdom is destroyed as mysterious alien invaders swarm the land. Pug is swept up into the conflict but for him and his warrior friend, Tomas, an odyssey into the unknown has only just begun.

Tomas will inherit a legacy of savage power from an ancient civilization. Pug’s destiny is to lead him through a rift in the fabric of space and time to the mastery of the unimaginable powers of a strange new magic…

Title:The Black Prism
Media Type:Book
Author:Brent Weeks
ISBN:9781841499048
Status:Available

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. His strength, wit and charm are all that preserve a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.

When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

Title:Murder IN SPACE
Media Type:Book
Author:David V Reed
ISBN:9780140083705
Status:Available

The title says it all. It’s sort of a choose-your-adventure book with an open ending so good luck finding out who the killer is.

Title:Starsongs And Unicorns: Journeys Through Time And Space
Media Type:Book
Author:Eric Norden
ISBN:0532171896
Status:Available

A collection of short and trashy sci-fi stories that might contain beefcake or bronies.

WARNING: The book’s cover and title look very promising but the first story opens with a quote from Mein Kampf and only gets worse after that, or so we heard from the brave soul who didn’t made it further than chapter two. Reader discretion is strongly advised.

Title:Slabscape : Reset
Media Type:Book
Author:S. Spencer Baker
ISBN:9780956738707
Status:Available

SLABSCAPE : RESET takes place mainly on, or rather, in Slab; an extra-black spaceship the size of California that left Earth orbit in 2106 on a 20,000 lightyear voyage to the source of human suffering, or home as the locals call it. It wasn’t Slab-shaped when it departed, it looked more like a 350 Km high skyscraper with themed floors – but that was a long time ago. How long, is one of those questions the 32 million SlabCitizens prefer to not think about, seeing as they’re approaching lightspeed and time has an annoying tendency to dilate at those speeds. Or at least they were approaching lightspeed but the gravity drives seem to have stopped working.

One of the citizens has only just been revived from what he considers to have been a 360-year dream. He used to be known as Louie Drago back on Earth but now he has a new body, a new name and an almost entirely vacant memory. Fortunately, the original Louie, having been a pornographically wealthy, self-described ‘business gurulla’ had not only bought himself a one-way cryo-ticket which included having his body reengineered and returned back to its prime, he’d also had his entire personality digitised and uploaded to the ship’s systems as an interactive hologram. Well, we say ‘fortunately’ but so far, very few people feel they have benefited from that decision. His third wife was a tad irritated too.

Gravity and levity are in abundance – and in every direction.

Title:Raising Steam
Media Type:Book
Author:Terry Pratchet
Donor:Kit Maywood
ISBN:9780857522276
Status:Available

War is brewing, the Grags are destroying clacks towers and whispering poison into the ears of dwarfs about the good old days and being a proper dwarf. Meanwhile, on the plains of Sto Lat, a young engineer Dick Simnel is building a machine that will transform life on the Disc, if he can save it first.

Title:Ptolemy’s Gate
Media Type:Book
Author:Jonathan Stroud
ISBN:1423141415
Status:Available

Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent an attack on London that would have been cataclysmic for its magicians and commoners. Now he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly, Britain’s enemies are mounting attacks close to London, and rebellion is fomenting among the commoners. Increasingly distracted with other affairs, Nathaniel is treating Bartimaeus worse than ever. Source (modified): Wikipedia

Title:The Golem’s Eye
Media Type:Book
Author:Jonathan Stroud
ISBN:0786836547
Status:Available

In a world where magic is power, Nathaniel, a young magician from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, embarks on a quest with his unwitting companion Bartimaeus to discover the secret behind the commoners’ resistance to magic and the mysterious beast that is stalking the city of London. Source (modified): Wikipedia

Title:The Amulet of Samarkand
Media Type:Book
Author:Jonathan Stroud
ISBN:0552562793
Status:Available

A magician’s young apprentice, Nathaniel, summons the irascible 5,000-year-old djinn, Bartimaeus, to do his bidding. Nathaniel has an interesting assignment for Bartimaeus: he must steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. The only problem is Bartimaeus couldn’t care less for what his current master really wants, only that he has a job to complete (and survive) before he can return to “The Other Place” again… that and perhaps get even with the annoying little brat who summoned him if he gets the chance. Source: Wikipedia

Title:Black, White and Shades of Mediochre
Media Type:Book
Author:Calum P. Cameron
ISBN:1291463933
Status:Available

A few months have passed since Charlotte Johnson stumbled upon the existence of magic. A few months since she forced her way into a hidden society of magic-users and dragon-studiers. A few months since she helped Professor Mediochre Q Seth bring down an international smuggling ring. And since Mediochre Q Seth fled from her life entirely, taking with him her last reliable link to the new world of adventure she had uncovered. Now, for good or ill, a strange body and a familiar face in Charlotte’s own neighbourhood grant her a way right back into the middle of everything she thought she’d lost – and this time, she’s not letting go.

Title:The Good, the Bad and the Mediochre
Media Type:Book
Author:Calum P. Cameron
ISBN:1291474218
Status:Available

Charlotte Johnson has never been optimistic enough to believe that there could be far more to the world she lives in than meets the eye. But when the enigmatic dracologist Doctor Mediochre Quirinius Seth unintentionally explodes into her life, she finds that whether she believes it or not, dragons and magic are real and dangerous. Unwilling to let such a revelation go, Charlotte soon forces herself into the middle of a battle of other people’s wits where nothing is as simple as meets the eye – neither her newfound enemies, nor her newfound allies, and certainly not Mediochre Q Seth himself…