You know those times when someone recommends a book and when you read it you realise it’s exactly what you needed? This is that book. It was actually sent to me by the publisher and I knew nothing about it before I started reading. As Tony Birch says on the ...

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I met this author at Limmud Oz a few weeks ago. She was a really good speaker and it was a pleasure to talk to her afterwards. This book is a fictionalised account of a true story. In the state of New York there is a small town. The students ...

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Sumner Locke Elliott is one of those iconic Australian authors. I know he spent most of his life in the US, but he was born here. This is the second of his books I’ve read and I’ve enjoyed the experience more than the first. You can see what words I ...

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This is one of those books I could read many times and still enjoy. I rambled about it recently using a paragraph in Paratalk or Torque? It whetted my appetite and instead of being put back on the shelf it found its way to my To Be Read Pile. On ...

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Recommended to me by a friend, this book is the first in a long series of alternate history books. There’s a smidgeon of scifi here but only to set up the idea running through the entire series. To explain the scifi. An alien culture has taken a six-mile piece of ...

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I picked up this book at Continuum in 2019. It was great fun being at a convention for writers or lovers of writing. If you want to attend at some time in the future here’s their website. I did lots of fangirling and squeeing over books. The Saint has been ...

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This text is actually one and a half books. It’s The Master of Ballantrae and also the Weir of Hermiston. The second is a half a book as Robert Louis Stevenson died while writing it. He apparently dictated the last published words and died after having a seizure later that ...

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I love Thelwell. I’ve been reading his books for so long I don’t remember when I first read them. He’s a cartoon genius, with a talent for making a great drawing and often adding just a little text which is sometimes at odds with what is happening in the picture. ...

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I feel I must have bought this novel when I was at uni. Something I do at odd times is haunt bookshops and the university bookshop was no different. I don’t think it was on one of my reading lists, I suspect I saw it and thought it looked interesting. ...

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This is the novelisation of the Screenplay written by Steven Lisberger. The movie was first released in 1982. I’m not sure why I haven’t seen the movie, possibly because the people I was seeing movies with at that stage didn’t like science fiction. And this is straight science fiction. Not ...

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Dear Robert, I don’t remember you but I know where I met you. You had a table at Continuum 15 in 2015. I know this because I put a bookmark in with saying ‘Continuum 15 2015’. And while I don’t remember you as such, I do remember discussing my love ...

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You know, as a blogger I dream of finding that one book. That one book that cancels out all those poor book choices. I read the prologue and figured I’d struck gold. The prologue is so beautiful, so thought provoking and so full of beauty I actually turned back to ...

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One of those books I picked up for no particular reason, might have something to do with liking her writing…then again, maybe not. But seriously, I was buying a couple of things from Edwina Harvey and thought I’d get a couple more for the same postage. Bundling is a great ...

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This is the third book in the Parasitology series. I read them out of order and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I know, you’re supposed to read all the books in a series in order, but it’s something I rarely do. And I certainly didn’t with this series. I read them ...

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