Only the Animals – Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey Published by Penguin Group on 2014 Pages: 248 Goodreads The souls of ten animals caught up in human conflicts over the last century tell their astonishing stories of life and death. In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette’s theatrical antics in Paris. In […]

The Swan Book – Alexis Wright

The Swan Book – Alexis Wright

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright on 2013 Pages: 354 Goodreads The Swan Book is set in the future, with Aboriginals still living under the Intervention in the north, in an environment fundamentally altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute young woman called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrol-sniffing youths, […]

Paratalk or torque?

My new column, with a title that somehow makes sense. From now on until I stop I will be examining a paragraph in whatever detail I choose. This is also a good time for guests to pop in and do their own paragraph. Today’s paragraph comes from Here’s Luck by Lennie Lower. Lower is considered […]

Heritage Trilogy: Bloodline – Alan Gold and Mike Jones

Bloodline (Heritage Trilogy, #1) by Alan Gold, Mike Jones Published by Simon & Schuster Australia on November 1st 2013 Pages: 448 Goodreads Two individuals from different countries but who share one ancestral bloodline race to thwart a terrorist plot in Jerusalem—the first heart-pounding book in a new epic trilogy that delves into the dark underbelly […]

Flight 404 / The Hunt for Red Leicester – Simon Petrie

Flight 404 / The Hunt for Red Leicester by Simon Petrie, Edwina Harvey Published by Peggy Bright Books on September 27th 2012 Pages: 144 Goodreads Two SF novellas. In ‘Flight 404’, the search for a missing spacecraft brings Charmain Mertz back to the world of her boyhood. In ‘The Hunt for Red Leicester’, space-elevator employee […]

Careful, He Might Hear You – Sumner Locke Elliott

Careful, He Might Hear You by Sumner Locke Elliott Published by Text Publishing on 26th April 2012 Pages: 495 Goodreads It’s the Great Depression. Six-year-old PS is an orphan. He lives in Sydney with his Aunt Lila. But all that is about to change. Now his Aunt Vanessa has decided to take proper care of […]

An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things – Edwina Harvey

Another of the books I was sent a while ago with the hope I’d give a review. I’ll try to be comprehensible or even understandable. This is a series of short stories written by Australian writer, Edwina Harvey. As always she aims to write an ending we’re not expecting. Not only that but she seems […]

Brumby Innes – Katharine Susannah Prichard

Brumby Innes – Katharine Susannah Prichard

Brumby Innes and Bid Me to Love by Katharine Susannah Prichard, Katharine Brisbane Published by Currency Press Pty Ltd on December 1st 1974 Pages: 160 Goodreads Two plays of 1927. Brumby Innes deals with the turbulent relations between the sexes and the races in NW Australia (3 acts, 9 men, 6 women), and Bid Me […]

Barracuda – Christos Tsiolkas

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Published by Allen & Unwin on November 1st 2013 Pages: 516 Goodreads Fourteen-year-old Daniel Kelly is special. Despite his upbringing in working-class Melbourne, he knows that his astonishing ability in the swimming pool has the potential to transform his life, silence the rich boys at the private school to which he […]

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Cautionary Tale by Karen J Carlisle

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Cautionary Tale. (Researching Viola Stewart’s Adventures.) Guest blog post by Karen J Carlisle. I’ve always loved researching, learning new little factoids and exciting titbits, especially when it was for my own satisfaction. It started with world-building when I ran D&D games in the early 80s and expanded into historical clothing […]