The Last Book Store LA 2019

I was positive this would be my last travel post and next week I’d move back to talking about individual books. I made the mistake of looking at my photos for LA and discovered there are far, far too many for one article. LA is an amazing place. Don’t ignore La Brea Tar Pit, make […]

Washington 2019

Washington DC is such an amazing place. You can spend weeks there just visiting museums. Last time we visited there it was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic speech. We didn’t realise until later that day otherwise we would have been with the masses. This time it was only a couple of months […]

Virginia 2019

Visiting a nephew in Virginia and the family took us to a library. I think it’s the John Musante Porter Memorial Branch. If you’re ever there you should go in have a wander. I got very excited and had fun. Saw this drop off place in the carpark. I’ve never seen a drop off place […]

Cleveland 2019

I loved Cleveland. This is where the conference was held. The organisers had booked out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for us for one night. Needless to say we went and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. I’ve not included any photos of it here but I have plenty. The exhibitions included the 50th anniversary of […]

San Francisco 2019

We did a lot of walking in San Francisco. There were reasons for it. We have this theory about recovering from jetlag and it involves water, walking and sunshine. Our first day there I did over 22,000 steps. That’s steps, not metres or yards. My travelling companion has started to take notice when I want […]

Monday morning…

So it’s Monday and we’re back from our most recent overseas trip. What? You didn’t notice? I’m glad about that. I tend to tell people only if they need to know. I used to write a lot of articles and schedule them so that I could have a real holiday without worrying about my blog. […]

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 […]

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. […]