Brian Falkner’s awesome new book Brainjack

Cover of Brain JackI’d have to say that I’m Brian Falkner’s number 1 fan.  He is my favourite New Zealand author and just a really cool guy.  He’s a passionate promoter of reading and writing and goes around lots of different schools throughout the country with his Story Sports programme. His books are all so original and his last few books have delved into science fiction, a genre that you don’t see a lot of in New Zealand children’s fiction. The Tomorrow Code was his last gripping read and I was glad to see it nominated for the New Zealand Post Book Awards this year (unfortunately it didn’t win).

Brian’s amazing new book Brainjack has just been released and it gives us a glimpse at a not-too-distant future.  A new piece of technology called a Neuro Headset has been introduced and is becoming popular all over the world.  While wearing the headset you are able control your computer using only your brainwaves without the need for a  keyboard or mouse.  However, if people can hack into your computer through the internet, does this neuro connection allow them to hack into your brain?  Sam, an experienced hacker, finds himself in deep trouble when he hacks into the White House computer system, but when cyber terrorists threaten the world, he will have to use all of his skills to save the human race.

Brian makes some excellent book trailers to promote his books. Check out this one for Brainjack:

Image of the week

Warships in Akaroa Harbour

Warships in Akaroa Harbour

From a private Collection. Collated for 2009 Beca Heritage Week’s ‘Doves & Defences’ – Discover Christchurch in Peace and Conflict.

Christchurch City Libraries is inviting the public to be part of a gathering and documentation of historical photos on peace and conflict in Christchurch from 14 September until 23 October. We are collecting images of Canterbury’s involvement in peace and conflict over the years and will publish them on the libraries’ Flickr site. This year we are looking at three broad themes in fitting with this years Heritage Week: Life at Home, Away from Home, and Peace and Remembrance. So gather up those photos and send them in! The Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt 2009 is open from 14 September until 23 October and is part of the Beca Heritage Week’s ‘Doves & Defences’ celebrations. Winners will be announced and contacted on the 2nd November 2009.

Christchurch City L ibraries Photo Hunt 2009