Musketeer Space – Tansy Rayner Roberts

Buckle your swashes! First revealed on Roberts’ Patreon, I bought this ebook using Kickstarter some time later. There are perks for giving people money using Patreon. I’m not sure what I was thinking as there were several books in the mix and my To Be Read Pile was totally out of control. But, it seems […]

Blood Money – Dashiell Hammett

First published in 1927 and recommended to me by one of my classmates at uni, Dashiell Hammett is an icon in hard boiled detective novels. When you read his books you get a really good idea of how people must have spoken in those days and places. I won’t say I thoroughly enjoyed this book […]

With a Twist of a Nib – Karen Carlisle

I have this book for ‘free’ as I am a Patron of Karen Carlisle on Patreon. I love this website. It gives me the opportunity to support a local artist and have the money go directly to them. There are varying levels including the very basic costing $US1 per month up to the incredibly exclusive […]

Cracklescape – Margo Lanagan

Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan, Alisa Krasnostein, Jane Yolen Published by Twelfth Planet Press on 2012 Pages: 105 Goodreads A presence haunts an old dresser in an inner-city share house. Shining sun-people lure children from their carefree beachside lives. Sheela-na-gigs colonise a middle-aged man’s outer and inner worlds. And a girl with a heavy conscience seeks […]

Writing Gloves

I have been offered all sorts of things as freebies if only I write about them on my blog. I’m really careful about what I accept as it has to make sense within the general theme of the blog. I jumped when the email came through to receive a pair of free gloves and write […]

Potential attacks on my blog

This is an article I wrote some weeks ago. I’ve no idea why it didn’t publish. It was set to publish on the 20th May 2019 and didn’t publish. I feel it’s important enough to publish now. To answer my thought in the last paragraph, yes it has reduced…a lot. There are hazards to everything. […]

Oz Comic-Con and Continuum 2019

With my last assignment for my degree due to be submitted at the end of May I started putting a little thought into what I’d do to celebrate. Getting a degree is a big achievement for anyone and I’m no different to anyone else. I wanted to celebrate. With the Convention finished and the end […]

The Road Back – Erich Maria Remarque

The Road Back – Erich Maria Remarque

The Road Back by Erich Maria Remarque Published by Mayflower/ Granada on 1974 Pages: 208 Goodreads Peace has come. The last tortured flames of history’s most brutal inferno have died out. And now the soldiers – the survivors, the ‘lucky’ ones – brutalized by four years of living Armageddon, return to a shattered post-war world. […]

Mother Tongue – Bill Bryson

I’ve upgraded to the new WordPress since the last time I wrote. It’s causing me much angst, I seem to have lost access to some of the normal parts of the blog. This means I’m not giving you a photo of the book. Not a big problem as it’s one of the plain Penguin editions. […]

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