Booktopia Buzz
DECEMBER 2009 | Edition 15
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
Hello Booktopia Buzz readers,

OK, I've only got two words to say to you..... It's Christmas!

No you can't put it off any longer, and yes, we can get you sorted right here, right now.

We have been living and breathing Christmas here at Booktopia for the last many weeks,  and here is what we have come up with to make life easier for you.

1. My selection for the December Buzz. Below, you will find a wide, eclectic range of brand new books which you are unlikely to see anywhere else. Read on, you know what to do.

2. Seasons Greetings from Booktopia
Think of this as your Christmas catalogue. We have gone through the new releases for the last three months and picked out the very best. We've separated out books for children for obvious reasons. We've also listed separately all the gorgeous (yes, more expensive), mainly visual books - these make the most wonderful gifts. If you just want to look at books about Christmas, we've collected them all together. And finally, for those absolute bargains, we've got that covered for you as well.

3. If all else fails, check out our resident Book Guru's quick Christmas gift guide.

But what about a present for you? Well, we do have one wonderful give away this month, so to the winner in advance, Merry Christmas from Booktopia.

As usual, I have a long list and a short list. For all the books that were considered but didn't quite make it into Booktopia Buzz, click here. Booktopia's December Favourites are divided into fiction, non-fiction, young adults and babies and children.

For those of you looking for children's books, I have left all of the running to our two new specialist editors, Amelia Vahtrick and Kate Mayes. Click here to see our new specialist kids' newsletters,  0 - 5 Buzz for babies and toddlers and for the primary schoolers,  6 - 12 Buzz. However, I am very pleased to include for the first time the monthly selection from Scholastic Australia - a familiar and trusted name to all of you. Click here to see Scholastic's titles.

Don't forget to take postage and delivery times into account when you are doing your ordering. I've explained all here.

And finally, may I wish you all the very best for the festive season, and thank you for your support and interest over the last many months.

Toni Whitmont
Editor in Chief
Booktopia Buzz
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BOOKTOPIA
Santa is coming early at Booktopia.

We reckon we can solve just about all of your gift giving needs, but we also reckon you deserve a treat yourself.

We have one gorgeous hard cover set of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy to give away to someone who puts in an order of more than $120, including at least one book from this newsletter.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - $150 worth of books as a reward for shopping with us. What could be better?

So if you are spending more than $120, email me at marketing@booktopia.com.au with your order number, the total, and the name(s) of the Buzz titles you have ordered and this hugely popular series in stately hard cover could be yours.
THE CLASSICS REMAIN CLASSICS BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas, introduction by Robin Buss

We think we know the story of The Count of Monte Cristo, but in truth, until we have read Robin Buss’ new translation, published by Penguin Classics, we know nothing. All previous popular editions in English were reprints of a poorly translated and abridged nineteenth century editions which reduced the great work to the level of a common pot-boiler. These second-rate editions were then translated into film. In short, The Count of Monte Cristo we have always known is an impostor!

The new translation brings a greater depth and subtlety to the story from the outset, setting the scene thoroughly, introducing us to Edmond Dantes and his fiancé Mercédès, drawing both their characters deftly, revealing their youth, innocence, and promise, and in so doing, we feel the blow of the unjust act which follows more deeply. We, too, yearn for revenge.

The Count of Monte Cristo was always a story of extremes, of murder and vengeance, of great wealth and ambition, of love and intense hate, but now, with Dumas’ descriptive capacity restored, with his imagination untethered by dull witted opportunistic hack translators, with his canvas cleaned of impurities, the reader’s involvement is increased, the ride becomes real and the lessons, though harder to learn, once learnt, are unforgettable. 

(Guest reviewer, Booktopia's John Purcell)

The Count of Monte Cristo RRP $18.95, Booktopia price $15.15
IN STOCK


THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde

Youth, looks, wealth, fame, narcissism. Are we talking the botox generation? No, we are talking the Oscar Wilde classic. If you haven't read it since school days, you really should now.

Click here to read an extract on our website.

The Picture of Dorian Gray RRP $24.95, Booktopia price $19.95


THE ORIGINAL OF LAURA: A NOVEL IN FRAGMENTS by Vladimir Nabokov introduced by his son Dmitri Nabokov

The literary world has been split by Dmitri Nabokov's decision last year to publish his late father's unfinished novel, despite the author's expressed wishes that the fragments be burned. While there is plenty of discussion out there about the ethics of his action, fans world wide will find it impossible to stay away.

Click here to read a John Banville review of this book.

The Original of Laura RRP $55.00, Booktopia price $44.00
GEMS FROM THE BACK LIST
THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

It is not often that books attract universal praise but such is the case with The Book Thief. In fact, over three million copies have been sold of this locally written fable of death since its publication four years ago and it has now been translated into 30 languages.

As for reviewers, this is sort of language they use:

'Brilliant and hugely ambitious... The kind of book that can be life changing' - The New York Times

'A beautifully balanced piece of storytelling... Unsettling, thought-provoking, life affirming, triumphant and tragic, this is a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told. It is an important work, but also a wonderful page-turner.' - Guardian

This new edition of The Book Thief features the exquisite artwork that featured on the UK version.

The Book Thief RRP  $19.99, Booktopia price $15.95


And from the reigning queen of noir, Megan Abbott, we present for your reading pleasure:

QUEENPIN

BURY ME DEEP

THE SONG IS YOU

DIE A LITTLE (IN STOCK)

Megan Abbott has been nominated for the Edgar award for  crime  writing  for  three of her books, taking out the highly prestigious  prize for crime writing in 2008 with Queenpin.

Try these on for recommendations:

Superb storyteller, film noir scholar, deconstructionist suffused with a true artist’s passion. Poised to ascend to the top rung of crime writing and quite possibly something beyond. - James Ellroy, American Tabloid, LA Confidential

Word for word, pound for pound, Megan Abbott delivers more than any writer I know. Her influences appear to range from Hollywood Babylon to Theodore Dreiser, but her work transcends pastiche and homage. Bury Me Deep extends an already jaw-dropping winning streak, showcasing Abbott's gorgeous prose and clear-eyed empathy. She is simply one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation. - Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of What the Dead Know

And if that doesn't convince you to take up the reigning princess of noir, maybe those fabulously retro covers will.

Each RRP  $22.99, Booktopia Special price from $14.95
Click here to buy: Queenpin, Bury Me Deep, The Song is You and Die a Little

MAKING A LIST AND CHECKING IT TWICE
Fear not, gentle reader, Booktopia has Christmas sorted for you.

We have a fabulous catalogue of books, all sorted for you into five sections:

Booktopia's Favourites - all new releases, all unlikely to already be on the bookshelf.

Books About Christmas - a marvellous selection of books for children about Christmas, Santa Claus and the nativity.

Just For Kids - again, new releases, for babies to fifteen year olds.

Everything Lavish - mainly coffee table books from the incredibly gorgeous, to the incredibly expensive.

Bargains - check it out, there are some terrific buys there.

And if that is not enough, our Book Guru, who has survived more silly seasons selling books than he cares to remember, has done a quick gift giving guide taking into account just about everyone on your list - the brother whose lips still move when he reads, the aunt whose kisses always gave you the creepy crawlies, the niece who you haven't found time to visit yet but figure must still be under five, the boss, now that you know your bonus is huge etc etc.

Three things to remember
  1. postage is only $6.50 to anywhere in Australia for any number of books;
  2. to make sure you receive your books by Christmas, order by December 1, although "in stock" books can be ordered up to December 13  for pre-Christmas delivery;
  3. we can do your gift wrapping.
FICTION SHORTS
RED LOTUS
 CHALCOT CRESCENT
Pai Kit Fai

British born Pai Kit Fai has spent his life immersed in Chinese culture and history. A martial arts master and holistic medicine scholar, he is also married into one of Hong Kong's founding dynasties. No surprise then that he has penned a sprawling family epic intent on getting to the heart of some enduring Chinese mysteries.
A beautiful but rebellious woman, foot binding, concubines, foreign devils, Red Lotus will appeal to lovers of Memoirs of a Geisha.

Red Lotus RRP  $32.99, Booktopia price $26.39
  Fay Weldon

An Orwellian nightmare recast for the Twittering classes?
Chalcot Crescent has been reviewed (positively) by just about every British newspaper and journal including The New Scientist.
If barbed frivolity is your thing, then Weldon's gimlet eye as cast by Francis, the elderly book editor re-visiting her past from a dystopian future is just the ticket.
Weldon's mischievous blend of fact and fiction produces a hybrid that is at once futuristic satire, tragedy and tongue-in-cheek memoir which contains "some embroidery of the truth."
The plot outline is here.

Chalcot Crescent RRP  $29.95, Booktopia price $23.95
YOU OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU
 THE STORY OF DANNY DUNN
Chandler Burr

This story, billed as  Hollywood goes book club, is really so much more, actually presenting a   sweeping spectrum of contemporary religious and social issues. A large cast of characters from just about every cultural group in America walk in and out of the Rosenbaum home. Woven into these relationships are conflicts over inter-marriage, children of inter-marriage, variations of observance, gender choice, career paths, friendship and immigrant aspirations.
Howard Rosenbaum, a studio executive, encourages his wife, Anne, an accomplished literature scholar, to start a book club. Her book selections are brilliant and her discussion skills are penetrating. Using classic literature as the lens through which all is examined, the club becomes the 'in' group, a touchstone, and an engine for Hollywood decision making. Anne's success is personally empowering but surprisingly disruptive to her long and healthy marriage.

You or Someone Like You RRP  $27.99, Booktopia price $22.50
  Bryce Courtenay

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without another huge Courtenay. He continues to confound pundits, with his loyal fan base going from strength to strength, and why not? Great plot lines, larger than life characters, a story that leads you through without taking a breath.
Danny Dunn is a three generation family saga - all pubs and politics - which starts in the Depression.
Click here for an interview with the author, or click here to read chapter one.

The Story of Danny Dunn RRP  $49.95, Booktopia price $39.95
'TIS THE SEASON TO BE SILLY
THE VINTAGE COLLECTION
 PRESIDENTS AND POPES
Dangerous dames, exotic romps and cold blooded murder - 1950s style!

This is a boxed set of 6 books, all with their original B-grade covers, straight from the archives. Holiday reading par excellence (so long as you don't mind being completely non-PC).
The six books are
Kiss your Elbow by Alan Handley
Pardon my Body by Dale Bogard
Virgin with Butterflies by Tom Powers
You Never Know with Women by James Hadley Chase
No Nice Girl by Perry Lindsay and
I'll Bury My Dead by James Hadley Chase
Here is the blurb from one of them (it probably doesn't matter which).
From the moment Dale's headlights hit the nyloned legs of lovely Julia Casson on that old Connecticut Highway, trouble moved right in on him - and stayed there.

The Vintage Collection RRP  $32.99, Booktopia price $26.39


  THE BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA PAPER DOLL & CUT-OUT BOOK by John Boswell, Randy Jones & Susann Ferris-Jones

OK, I admit this is completely frivolous but I bet you can think of someone who would get a kick of this. The celebrity tragic? The political junkie? The Americaphile?
Re-live the excitement of election night, inauguration day, the very first balls,  all the while being able to dress your cardboard cut-outs in a range of stylish outfits.
To have a look inside, click here.

Obama Paper Doll and Cut Out Book
RRP  $12.95, Booktopia price $10.35

And while we are busy offending people, have a look at HOW TO DRESS FOR EVERY OCCASION BY THE POPE by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snickett) and Sarah Bennett.
From his cross-decked sceptre, his dainty tasselled shoes to his iPod, His Holiness is the quintessence of style and setting the standard for fashion victims everywhere.
This little gem is elegantly presented in white and gold, and comes with a glossary, FAQs and rather elegant black and white line illustrations.

How to Dress For Every Occasion By the Pope RRP  $19.95, Booktopia price $15.95
TWITTERATURE
 NEW MOAN
The World's Greatest Books Now Presented in Twenty Tweets or Less
Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensen

WTF is Polonius Doing Behind the Curtain?

Yes, 70 classics, in 150 characters or less. From Beowulf to Bronte, and Kafka to Kerouac and what a surprise, the authors are barely the drinking age in many American states.
Is this a good thing? I don't know but it certainly is funny.

Twitterature RRP  $16.95, Booktopia price $13.55
  The Twishite Saga
Stephfordy Mayo

It had to happen! An irreverent and clever take on Stephenie Meyer's hugely popular series, guaranteed to make any fan laugh out loud.
For Meyer fans, Meyer detractors and anyone who has seen those movies, its all vampire goths peddling the deadly "emo" drug, werewolves lurking in basements reading copies of Wolf Whistle and New Moan Rising.


New Moan RRP  $19.99, Booktopia price $15.99
BLACKBERRY FOOL
 ADVANCED HOMEWORK FOR GROWN-UPS
An Addict's  Guide to Switching Off

The perfect gift for the over-indulgent BlackBerry user, stylishly designed and written with a wry sense of humour. Everyone will recognise a BlackBerry Picker, someone constantly checking for e-mails, or a BlackBerry Tart, someone on a constant quest to have the very latest model, even if it is themselves!
From the BlackBerry Whine to the BlackBerry Crumble, this guide helps you recognise the seven major symptoms of BB addiction and, more importantly, tells you what to do about them. It is your alternative BlackBerry helpdesk.

Click here to read the table of contents on our site.

Blackberry Fool RRP  $17.95, Booktopia price $14.35
  Everything You Learnt At School - and Promptly Forgot
E. Foley and B. Coates

You know the ad on TV when the hapless father is explaining the great wall of China as necessary to keep the rabbits out? Well, this book will save you from having to go down that path.
Presented as a retro hardback looking more like the 50s than the noughties, this is a gem of a book. Yes, it is amusing, but it is an absolute primer on everything from long division, the periodic table to geological time-scales. Organised into ten chapters each covering a school subject, with test papers and their answers at the end, my  only caveat is that it is a bit Euro-centric. However, if you want to impress your friends and handle homework without humiliation, this is definitely the go. You will never have to make up the capital of Bulgaria, or your own version of Pythagoras' theorem again!

Advanced Homework for Grown-ups RRP  $32.95, Booktopia price $26.36
THE GREAT MOVIE V BOOK DEBATE CONTINUES
What is it about Hollywood directors? Haven't they got an original idea in their collective head? Here are the books that are being mined for the current crop of end of year movies. Read them before your own imaginative powers get usurped by the machine!

JULIE AND JULIA by Julie Powell
book (IN STOCK)
Audio book (CD)

Julie and Julia has been garnishing heaps of praise at the cinema but I would really recommend the audio version for the author's acerbic narration. I have been cooking up a storm ever since.
And if you want the real thing, local editions of Volumes 1 & 2 of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING have just been re-released (by Julia Child, Louisette Bertolle and Simone Beck).


Julie and Julia RRP  $12.29, Booktopia price $9.83 (IN STOCK)
Julie and Julia (Audio) From RRP $24.75, Booktopia price $21.50

Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol 1 RRP  $39.99, Booktopia price $31.96
Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol 2 RRP  $39.99, Booktopia price $31.96


THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Arthur Conan Doyle
Click here here to see these IN STOCK Sherlock Holmes stories.
You might also be interested in THE SHERLOCK HOLMES HANDBOOK by Ransom Riggs.
Younger readers will enjoy Anthony Read's Baker Street Boys series.

Click here to browse more IN STOCK Sherlock Holmes titles.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (IN STOCK) From RRP $14.99, Booktopia price $6.95
The Sherlock Holmes Handbook RRP  $27.95, Booktopia price $22.50


THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy
No one writes southern gothic, western and post-apocalyptic like McCarthy. A frontier to be crossed in every book, once read, never forgotten.

The Road From RRP  $22.99, Booktopia price $18.39

LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold
This has been a back list best seller for nearly a decade. For ages 15 plus.
Lovely Bones RRP  $22.99, Booktopia price $18.39
 

UP IN THE AIR by Walter Kirn
In an age of frequent flyer points, happiness for Ryan Bingham is the anonymity of the business class lounge.

Up in the Air RRP  $22.99, Booktopia price $18.39


CREATION by Randall Keynes
We have been absolutely swamped this year by books about Charles Darwin and his incredible impact on science, social history, politics and authority. This book is based on Darwin's letters to his daughter, whom he lost when she was 10, which the author inherited from his own grandmother.

Creation RRP  $24.99, Booktopia price $19.99

BRIGHT STAR: COMPLETE POEMS AND LETTERS by John Keats with a forward by director Jane Campion
The movie is about John Keats, aged 23 (three years before his death) and his muse, Fanny Braun.
The book is an excursion into that wild, romantic and beautiful poetry.
And for a reflection on the legacy of one of England's great romanticists, Stanley Plumly's POSTHUMOUS KEATS: A PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY distils his thoughts after a twenty year study.

Bright Star RRP  $27.95, Booktopia price $22.35
Posthumous Keats RRP  $27.95, Booktopia price $22.36


THE BOYS ARE BACK by Simon Carr
This book, the trials and tribulations of a single Dad, received excellent reviews when it was first published eight years ago. Two boys from different mothers, one grieving Dad and no rule book or guidance, this is Carr's wry confessional memoir.

The Boys are Back RRP  $24.95, Booktopia price $19.95

UNDER THE MOUNTAIN by Maurice Gee
This children's classic by the much lauded Maurice Gee is about to find its way onto the screen.

Under the Mountain RRP  $17.95, Booktopia price $14.35
REVISITING THE PAST
MIRRORS: STORIES OF ALMOST EVERYONE
 GALLIPOLI REVISITED
Eduardo Galeano

Celebrated Uruguayan historian, Eduardo Galeano turns conventional history on its head by examining the past from the point of view of the vanquished, the voiceless and the dispossessed.
This elegant writer presents the mosaic of humanity with fresh clear eyes.
For what it is worth, this book is part of President Obama's personal collection.

Mirrors RRP  $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99
  Australian War Memorial

Gallipoli is seared into our nation's consciousness but much of our understanding of that seminal event is due to the work of war correspondent Charles Bean.
This lavishly designed and illustrated book with very accessible text tells the story both of Bean, and the birth of the war memorial itself.
For internal images, click here.

Gallipoli Revisited RRP  $59.95, Booktopia price $47.95
JAMES COOK AND THE EXPLORATION OF THE PACIFIC
 CONQUEST
Adrienne Kaeppler and Robert Fleck

James Cook was just as famous for his south seas voyages as he was for "discovering" Australia.
This superbly illustrated volume is packed full of reproductions of paintings, charts, maps and ethnographic objects collected on this travels and provides an insight into the explorer's euphoric yet curious view of the exotic Pacific lands.

James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific RRP  $75.00, Booktopia price $59.99
  Juliet Barker

The thirty years of English rule in France that followed the battle of Agincourt is expertly recounted by the acclaimed author of Agincourt.
Barker's particular skill is to write history as narrative and she re-creates the English kingdom of France in the period immediately after Joan of Arc in all its compelling detail.

Conquest RRP  $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99
MORE THAN JUST A COFFEE TABLE BOOK
PHOTO-WISDOM
 BIRD CLICK
Master Photographers on Their Art

Bringing together in  one volume a wide range of outstanding image makers, this collection of images and interviews  help us understand where our vision of photography can take us.
Sales of this book will help PhotoVoice, an award-winning organisation that uses photography to help disadvantaged people around the world tell their stories.
It is really worth clicking through to see the book in detail - just follow the prompts from the publisher's site.

Photo-Wisdom RRP  $70.00, Booktopia price $55.99
  Andrew Zuckerman

Last year, the Christmas book that everyone was talking about was Zuckerman's Wisdom. This year it is going to be Bird.
We are talking a seriously big book, fabulous images, stark white background studio shots.
If you do nothing else while reading this newsletter, please see this clip. It is such a treat.

Bird RRP  $90.00, Booktopia price $71.99
  Getty Images

This book is huge, heavy and packed with full page images taken from photo libraries collated over the last 100 years.
Transport, politics, news, sport, world, culture, characters, graphics, landscapes, captions and more, this book has been beautifully produced and represents stunning value.

For internal images, click here.

Click RRP  $99.00, Booktopia price $79.20
100 BUTTERFLIES
 ICONS OF FASHION
 EXTRAORDINARY GARDENS OF THE WORLD
ONE HUNDRED  BUTTERFLIES by Harold Feinstein

An explosion of colour and pattern awaits in this stunning collection of photographs.
Don't leave this to entomologists (all 100 of them). This one is for anyone with a sensitivity to visual beauty.

One Hundred Butterflies RRP  $79.99, Booktopia price $63.99

You might want to also consider TREASURES OF THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM by Vicky Patterson which is a fascinating insight into the best of the collection of this unrivalled august institution. A rare meteorite from Mars, Darwin's celebrated finch specimens, some immaculately dressed fleas? Its all here.

Treasures of the Natural History Museum
RRP  $69.95, Booktopia price $55.95
  DOGS IN VOGUE by Judith Watt

"The next best thing to having the world at your feet is having a dog at your heels".
Thus spake Vogue in 1933. And so here we are, Vogue's fashion portraits each including canine a la mode.
Click here for images.

Dogs in Vogue
RRP  $99.99, Booktopia price $79.99

Also of interest is AUDREY HEPBURN: INTERNATIONAL COVER GIRL by Scott Brisell, a treasure trove of 500 international magazine covers featuring the timeless Audrey.
Click here for images.

Audrey Hepburn: International Cover Girl RRP  $70.00, Booktopia price $55.99
  Monty Don

Britain's best loved gardener, Monty Don, presents in a lavish format some of the most extraordinary gardens he visited in his successful BBC television series Around the World in 80 Gardens.
More than 400 photographs in a large format allows a breathtaking glimpse of some of the great gardens of the world.
This is the gift for  gardeners this year.

Extraordinary Gardens of the World RRP  $79.99, Booktopia price $63.99
FOR THE MORE SERIOUS MINDED
For those looking for something different, that both stimulates the brain and feeds the intellect, look no further.

ON-IBUS
This series of extended essays represented great value when they were originally published as demi-hard backs. Now these eight 10,000 word essays on the big themes of life are presented as one paperback.
Germaine Greer ('On Rage'), David Malouf ('On Experience'), Blanche d'Alpuget ('On Longing'), Barrie Kosky ('On Ecstasy'), Don Watson ('On Indignation'), Gay Bilson ('On Digestion'), Malcolm Knox ('On Obsession') and Anne Summers ('On Luck') - a summer of rage and reflection!

On-ibus RRP  $29.99, Booktopia price $23.99


ON RUDD AND LEADERSHIP
by Mungo MacCallum
QUARTERLY ESSAY no. 36
MacCallum is characteristically barbed and perceptive in this, his dissection of political leadership in Australia, past and present. This is both a report card on the Rudd government and a broader meditation on leadership in a time of major change and challenge.

On Rudd and Leadership RRP  $16.95, Booktopia price $13.55


THE VALUE OF NOTHING by Raj Patel
Opening with Oscar Wilde’s observation that “nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing,” Patel shows how our faith in prices as a way of valuing the world is misplaced. He reveals the hidden ecological and social costs of a hamburger (as much as $200), and asks how we came to have markets in the first place. Both the corporate capture of government and our current financial crisis, Patel argues, are a result of our democratically bankrupt political system.
Here he is, in person, with a promo he has done for the US edition of the book which will be out at the end of January. Meanwhile, you can get it here, now.

The Value of Nothing RRP  $24.95, Booktopia price $19.95

HOW ELSE WILL YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE LITTLE GEMS?
PLAYING WITH NUMBERS
 1.000.000... AND MORE
 INSIDE LARRY AND SERGEY'S BRAIN
BEDSIDE ALGEBRA
Michael Willers

What you see is what you get. Wake up that brain before going to sleep!

Bedside Algebra
RRP  $24.95, Booktopia price $19.95

Too much maths barely enough? Try NUMBER FREAK by Derrick Niederman, which reveals the hidden language of numbers with fascinating trivia and explanations. Why are there only 17 fundamentally different symmetric wallpaper patterns? How did the number 94 figure in early shipbuilding? Why is 73 important in clock making? All will be revealed.

Number Freak
RRP  $26.99, Booktopia price $21.59
  Mariel Marohn

In this book you will find interesting illustrations and calculations, exciting facts and amazing comparisons, all in multiples of a million. It is a surprising collection of ideas but only a very small proportion of the more than a million possibilities.

Available from the publishers after the 20th December.

1.000.0000 and more RRP  $90.00, Booktopia price $71.99
  Richard Brandt

It wouldn't be hard to argue that Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google, are among the most influential people of our time.
Through interviews with current and former employees, competitors, partners, and senior Google management, plus conversations with the founders themselves, Brandt demystifies the secret society that is Google.

Note that this book will be available from 3rd January (and cannot be delivered for Christmas stockings).

Inside Larry and Sergey's Brain RRP  $34.95, Booktopia price $27.95
HELL ON HIGH SEAS
 FENDER: THE SOUND HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD
Rob Mundle

Mundle has a kind of sixth sense when it comes to marine disaster. This sounds like it is a great read for people who like true stories and great adventure.

Hell on High Seas RRP  $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99

  Richard Smith

The author is the curator of the Fender Museum in Corona California, so who better to write a book that celebrates this iconic guitar.
This book includes a bonus DVD.

Fender: The Sound Heard Around the World RRP  $69.95, Booktopia price $55.95
CHERRY PICKING THE TRAVEL BOOKS
SHANNON BENNETT'S PARIS by Shannon Bennett
Restaurants, bistros and bars, lavishly illustrated and in a travel friendly size, by Melbourne's Mr Restaurant himself. This is a personal and idiosyncratic look at the city of romance. Click here for images.

Shannon Bennett's Paris RRP  $44.99, Booktopia price $35.99


BED IN A TREE AND OTHER AMAZING HOTELS FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Bettina Kowalewski
An ice hotel in Sweden, a suitcase sleep in Germany and a stone pineapple for a room in Scotland, this is a celebration of the truly unique travel experience.

Bed In A Tree and Other Amazing Hotels From Around the World RRP  $39.95, Booktopia price $31.95

CULT LOCATIONS by Martin Joachim and Dirk Alt
Movies or music, history or religious significance, natural or architectural features - this is a gorgeous collection of places you just have to see for yourself.

Available from the publishers after the 20th December.

Cult Locations RRP  $110.00, Booktopia price $87.99

SURFING NEW SOUTH WALES by Simon Punch
Finally, a book that showcases the best breaks in the State.  Breaks, maps, transport, places to stay and eat, other things in the area - its all here. Click here to get a really good idea of this comprehensive book.
Click here for images.

Surfing New South Wales RRP  $34.95, Booktopia price $27.95

ULTIMATE DIVING ADVENTURES
by Len Deely and Karen Gargani
With more illustrations than you could flap a fin at, this is an armchair version of 100 of the world's most spectacular dives.

Ultimate Diving Adventures RRP  $47.95, Booktopia price $38.35


ULTIMATE SAILING ADVENTURES by Miles Kendall
Another 100 more exciting experiences on water with classic races, passages and spectacular locations.
In both books, every experience is vividly painted and all essential details are included. Experience ratings are included.

Ultimate Sailing Adventures RRP  $47.95, Booktopia price $38.35

FROMMER'S 300 UNMISSABLE EVENTS & FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD
An  inspirational guide that will put you on the right track to dive into local life and catch vibrant memories to take home.
Whatever floats your boat or revs your engine there's a celebration to suit your mood - from crowd crazy tomato throwing at Spain's Tomatina to peaceful retreats watching nature's awesome cosmic show at The Northern Lights, and glamorous cultural events for the jet set. The events are organised by theme so you can follow your passions around the planet. And there is plenty of Australian content - from  Phillip Island's penguin parade,  to the Elvis Festival in Parkes  to the Cole Classic (in which I have actually swum... once).

Frommer's 300 Unmissable Events & Festivals Around the World RRP  $37.95, Booktopia price $30.35

LUXURY BACKPACKERS: GLOBAL ADVENTURES IN STYLE by Jill Nash
Hand-picked destinations from China to Italy with adventures for every type of luxury backpacker. Whether you are the action hero, the nature lover, the culture vulture, the city clicker or the beach bum, this book has the needs of the grown-up backpacker completely covered.
Have a look here.

Luxury Backpackers RRP  $39.95, Booktopia price $31.95

And of course, you need a TRAVEL DIARY to record it all. This one is the latest edition of the perennial backlist bestseller - plastic covered, light weight and sturdy, this is all you need to get going with your journaling.

Travel Diary RRP  $14.99, Booktopia price $11.99
0 - 130 PROPERTIES IN 3.5 YEARS (REVISED EDITION)
Steve McKnight has owned more properties than he has had breakfasts and let me tell you, he is a big breakfast man.

For years his book From 0 - 130 Properties in 3.5 Years has been on the bestseller lists.

At the end of this week, he is releasing a completely updated and revised edition. It includes lots of new content. Better still, he has given Booktopia customers some exclusive new material.

Click here to see him talk about his book directly to Booktopia customers. You can also listen to his exclusive Booktopia podcast, giving his tips about positive and negative cash flow companies and his very handy "1 per cent" rule.

McKnight has some very interesting things to say about the property market right now so if you are interested in independent wealth, you really can't afford to miss this.

From 0 - 130 Properties in 3.5 Years RRP  $32.95, Booktopia price $25.95
CULTURE AND COUNTER CULTURE
THE PHOTO ALBUM
 MY LIFE OUTSIDE THE RING
 THE GOOD GAME GAMER'S GUIDE TO GOOD GAMING
Frankie Magazine

Quirky, engaging and utterly collectible, this is Frankie Magazine's compliation of images and words from amateur photographers.
And the pictures?
At least one will make you feel like running away, another like falling in love. One will make you feel like climbing under the doona and another like having an impromptu house party... They make us think or feel differently, if only for a moment.
Click here to see some of these images.

The Photo Album
RRP  $29.95, Booktopia price $23.95
  Hulk Hogan

With a 30-year career as a pro-wrestler and a particularly distinctive moustache,  the Hulk (born   Terry Bollea) goes to the mat with his personal heartbreak.
Career triumphs, career failures, a spectacularly nasty divorce, a very serious car accident, a son in jail, some messy steroid stuff, and the
12-time World Heavyweight Champ and six-time World Wrestling Foundation Champ, went down in deep depression.

My Life Outside the Ring RRP  $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99
  Jeremy Ray and Steven O'Donnell

This is written by the team behind the fabulous and popular ABC 2 TV program and website. While they are pretty hopeless at choosing the title of their book, they certainly know how to put something together that will become essential reading for anyone with a passion for video games or an interest in the culture that surrounds them.

The Good Game Gamer's Guide to Good Gaming RRP  $24.99, Booktopia price $19.99
MOVIE CHARTS
 TIM BURTON
 ED HARDY: BEYOND SKIN
Paul Copperwaite

This is so much fun. The very best and the very worst of cinema, presented as  spreadsheet generated charts.
If you want to see bullet point brilliance, click here.

Movie Charts RRP  $19.99, Booktopia price $15.99
  Ron Magliozzi and Jenny He

Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeny Todd, Batman -  Tim Burton brings a dark and idiocycratic vision to all of his movies. What most people are unaware of however is, that his art work is just as important to him as his directing. This book shows Burton in a new light. And to get an idea of it all, have a look at his site.

Tim Burton RRP  $39.99, Booktopia price $31.95
  Alan Govenar

Who knew that Ed Hardy has been breathing life into tatoos for more than forty years? It seems that the rest of the world (and fashion) has finally caught up with him.
This book will appeal to people who appreciate the mastery of art that defies generalisation.
His scope and knowledge is incredible.

Available from the publishers after the 20th December.

Ed Hardy Beyond Skin RRP  $180.00, Booktopia price $143.99
SYDNEY'S BEST DOG PARKS, WALKS AND PLACES TO STAY
 THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE
 EARTH
Catherine Proctor

This full colour guide to over 80 doggy destinations covers the best places to take your dog with maps, photos and detailed information about access and facilities plus a comprehensive listing of off-leash areas.
Great stuff!
Now, how about the other  capital  cities?

Sydney's Best Dog Parks, Walks and Places to Stay RRP  $29.95, Booktopia price $23.95
  Complete indulgence. This book of expensive luxuries will either make you smile, or yearn. However, if you are not into consumption, don't go here.
All exclusive designs and special editions, this is a compedium of the most expensive in the world  - from a $9,300 bottle of marmalade to a $2 billion presidential election campaign.

Available from the publishers after the 20th December.

The World's Most Expensive RRP  $99.00, Booktopia price $79.20
  Bob Brown

The perfect antedote to The World's Most Expensive, Earth is a sparse essay accompanied by many, many of Senator Brown's lovely restful Tasmanian images, all printed on recycled paper. This is no poor cousin however. It is an uplifting cri de coeur.
We are Earth's guardians and the onus is ours.

Earth RRP  $19.95, Booktopia price $15.95
TEENS AND UP
What is going on out there in young adult land? The imaginative landscape is being taken over by ghosts, zombies, werewolves, vampires and other critters of the paranormal kind. I guess we have a certain Ms Stephenie Meyer to thank for that, and be warned, she herself has gone on to the world of aliens for her next magnum opus!

We will be putting together our special collection of post-Twilight books around the first week of December. In the meantime, click here to see our selection of teen and young adult books.

Our staff picks?

OUR CHOICE (YA EDITION) by Al Gore
As happened with its predecessor An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore's  blueprint of solutions for climate change has been adapted especially for younger readers.

Our Choice RRP  $24.95, Booktopia price $19.95

SCOTT WESTERFELD COLLECTOR'S SET including Ugles, Pretties, Specials and Extras
The very talented Westerfeld (author more recently of Leviathan) wrote his dystopian view of the not too distant future some time ago. This collection has become mandatory teen reading. It is now available in the extremely well priced box set. This is great gift material!

Scott Westerfield's Collector's Set RRP  $29.99, Booktopia price $23.99

FALLEN by Lauren Kate
Fallen, (as in fallen angels) has been getting huge exposure lately with the book trailer being featured at capital city screenings of the New Moon movie. We've got the trailer on the site. Yes, this is Meyer territory, and yes, we have plenty of pre-orders from people just hanging out for its late November release.

Fallen RRP  $29.95, Booktopia price $23.95

   
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THE BEST FROM OUR PUBLISHERS


Click on the images below to see the pick of the December releases from selected publishers.









COLLECTIONS
At this time of year, there are plenty of short story collections, bind-ups, omnibuses (omnibii?) etc. These are not only great value but also offer a tasty smorgasbord of all your favourite genres. Here are the picks.


THE TANGO COLLECTION edited by Bernard Caleo

This is a 264-page omnibus of comics collated from the first 8 editions of Tango, the Australian romantic comic anthology. Represented are over 50 comic creators from Australia and New Zealand.

The Tango Collection RRP  $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99



THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR by Stephen Jones is the 20th anniversary edition of the world's premier annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction including Tanaith Lee, Neil Gaiman and many others.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror
RRP  $24.99, Booktopia price $19.99



Meanwhile, Trisha Telep has edited THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF TIMETRAVEL ROMANCE - 25 stories for those who like to get their kisses on wings.

The Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance RRP  $24.99, Booktopia price $19.99


THE VAMPIRE ARCHIVE
Otto Penzler has put together the ultimate Vampire primer in THE VAMPIRE ARCHIVE with stories written over 150 years including Byron, Keats, Bram Stoker right up to the present day. We are talking more than 1,000 pages of ruined castles and crypts, coffin lids and sharp toothed men doing their thing.

The Vampire Archive RRP  $39.99, Booktopia price $31.95



Meanwhile, back on earth, there's the Erica James collection THREE DIVINE NOVELS - Love and Devotion, Gardens of Delight and Tell it to the Skies.

Three Divine Novels RRP  $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99



ROBERT LUDLUM: THE SECOND BOURNE TRILOGY
gives huge bang for the buck with The Bourne Legacy, The Bourne Betrayal and The Bourne Sanction all in one action-packed volume.

The Second Bourne Trilogy RRP  $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99



And for something grittier, and dare I say it, slightly more realistic, there is HARRY BOSCH VOLUME 4 - The Narrows, The Closers and Echo Park. Michael Connelly fans never had it so good.

Harry Bosch Vol 4 RRP  $35.00, Booktopia price $27.99



Fans of THE WIRE will have to get TRUTH BE TOLD by Rafael Alvarez and David Simon, a collection from the inside of this cult TV series. It covers all five series.

The Wire: Truth Be Told RRP  $34.95, Booktopia price $27.95


ALEX MILLER INTERVIEW
Regular Buzz followers would remember my favourite book from last month, Alex Miller's Lovesong, and certainly it is racing off our shelves. Those of you who are Miller groupies will be interested to hear what he has to say about the inspiration for his novel, his background, and just how those wonderful characters came into his consciousness. I was lucky enough to catch up with Miller last week.
Click here to watch the interview.
As far as I am concerned, if I had to pick one novel for summer, it would be Lovesong and if you have never discovered Miller before, here are his other titles. You are in for a treat.

Lovesong RRP  $39.99, Booktopia price $31.99



AUSTRALIAN BUSH PUBS


Cameron Corner Store, The Pub in the Paddock, The Innaminka Hotel, Blue Heeler Hotel - if you've cracked a tinnie in any of these iconic watering holes, you'll know what I am talking about. Craig Lewis and Cathy Savage have put together this fabulous celebration of bush pubs in a landscape edition hard cover chock full of photos. Each location is introduced with a page of text, with another three pages of glorious colour photos. There is a map at the front and as a special bonus, there is plenty of emphasis on the ubiquitous pub dog.

Click here to see inside this book.

Australian Bush Pubs RRP  $39.95, Booktopia price $31.95
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THE BIG IDEA

What a great little series this is! Science books at only 96 pages,  each written to explain these really big, important ideas for the lay person. Each looks at great moments that have advanced mankind's scientific knowledge and at the men and women who have made these huge breakthroughs in thinking about the universe and our place within it.
Paul Strathern, who has written the series, is  a philosopher and mathematician at Trinity College Dublin as well as a prize-winning novelist.

Click on the titles below:
PAUL STRATHERN'S BIG IDEAS
CURIE AND RADIOACTIVITY
RRP $12.95, Booktopia price $10.36
DARWIN AND EVOLUTION
RRP $12.95, Booktopia price $10.36
GALILEO AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM
RRP $12.95, Booktopia price $10.36
HAWKING AND BLACK HOLES
RRP $12.95, Booktopia price $10.36
PYTHAGORAS AND HIS THEOREM
RRP $12.95, Booktopia price $10.36
EINSTEIN AND RELATIVITY
RRP $12.95, Booktopia price $10.36