Archive for October, 2010

Trilogy ‘Tis Done

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

I know I’ve devoted two previous blogs to rabbiting on about how little I liked Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander trilogy, and no one wants to revisit the issue less than me. But having gone two-thirds of the way through the trilogy and then having a freebie copy (and no, that’s not a euphemism for stealing—I […]

WE HAVE A WINNER IN OUR WORLDS NEXT DOOR COMPETITIONC

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Thanks to everyone who entered this competition. We had some amazing and totally creepy stories and congratulations on the high standard of entries. It was a close call, but the judges felt that the most hair raising entry came from Lucie Campbell. This is her story: Six weeks after my husband passed away my daughter […]

Karma is Carrying Books up Two Flights of Stairs

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I’ve occasionally wondered what my comeuppance would be for the sheer and shameless volume of books I’ve poached from others’ shelves. Something tells me I’m about to find out as, by the time you read this blog, I’ll be knee deep in moving house. While I have plenty of people who’ve kindly offered to help […]

Exercise Read Write

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Recently I spent three posts writing about cookbooks and food, with one of those posts devoted specifically to chocolate. I feel that I should now balance things out with a post about exercise. We all know that exercise is good for us. And yet, so many of us do not exercise enough. For me it […]

TODAY “IS” THE DAY! WORLDS NEXT DOOR – Win A Copy of The Book!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

There are worlds where ships take travellers through space like taxis. Worlds where your worst nightmare destroys your greatest dreams. Worlds where magic makes the rules. What you have here is not a book, but a key to worlds that exist under your bed, in your cupboard, in the dark of night when you’re sure […]

Spooky Stories for Halloween

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Here in Australia, we don’t really have massive shindigs for every single holiday like our American friends do. Give us a beer or a glass of wine and a grassy area and we celebrate in what is usually a much more laidback manner. Living in the opposite season to our Northern counterparts…I’m STILL dreaming of […]

WIN A COPY OF “WORLDS NEXT DOOR”

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

WIN THIS FRIDAY… Your own copy of Worlds Next Door by telling us in the comments section of our Worlds Next Door post about the weirdest, scariest or funniest thing that has ever happened to you… Worlds Next Door is a fantastic collection of funny, scary and downright weird short stories for kids aged 9 […]

Something for Shaun Tan diehards

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

If you’re a fan of Shaun Tan’s work (and honestly, who isn’t?), this is news that is sure to get you salivating. Hachette have just announced that they will be producing a limited 1500-copy run of a The Arrival and Sketches from a Nameless Land Suitcase Collector’s Edition. This exclusive edition includes hard cover limited […]

Wednesday Web Sighting: Writing for Young Adults

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Our friends at the NSW Writers’ Centre have just given us a sneak peak at their upcoming program, so I thought I’d pass it on tonight - they’re running an extensive 5-week Writing For Children and Young Adults workshop with acclaimed author, Jeni Mawter… so, so tempting. Lots of you have mentioned creative writing on the Facebook Fanpage, […]

REVIEW OF POND MAGIC

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

It’s hard enough being a twelve-year-old and having to deal with teasing from the school bully because your parents have given you the unfortunate name of Lily Padd. But when Lily is forced to give up her bedroom for the French exchange student and share with her younger and annoying twin sisters, she thinks that […]

Seeing Red Over Stereotypes? Vent, and win a copy of Delusions of Gender.

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

“Woman has her range of duties, and her special functions, as man has his; and I would like to see each find his own place in his own level.” Sir Edward Braddon (Tasmania, Free Trade) House of Representatives, 23 April 1902. It well known that men don’t listen. Women, of course, can’t read maps. Women […]

THE MAGIC OF POND MAGIC

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Today we’re pleased to welcome debut author, Angela Sunde to Kids’ Book Capers. Angela is stopping here on a blog tour with her new book, Pond Magic and she’s going to be chatting with us about her life as a writer and where her ideas come from. Hi Dee, It’s so nice to be here […]

Booki.sh: A Potential Australian Alternative

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Widely reported in Australian book news over the past couple of days is the decision by Melbourne indie bookstore Readings to use a new Australian start-up’s web technology to launch an ebook initiative. This is big news for essentially everyone in the trade in Australia, not because the offering is especially mindblowing, but because of […]

Economic SF

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Should science fiction authors pay more attention to world economics? Could they use the GFC as the basis of a novel or two? Award winning science fiction author Sean McMullen has joined us today for a guest post about science fiction and economics… Should science fiction authors write about the economy? By Sean McMullen Science […]

Battle of the bios

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

As anybody watching Q&A featuring former PM John Howard last night will tell you – it was a shoe-dodging, bio-battling spectacle the likes of which we’ve never seen. Whatever your political leanings, it’s hard to deny it made for great television. Howard appeared on the programme to spruik his recently-released political autobiography, Lazarus Rising, which, like Q&A […]

Required Reading – the Most Popular Aussie Novel Survey

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Ever expressed an off-the-cuff opinion and realised, with a sinking heart, you were talking to an expert? Ever wish you’d boned up more – or at all – before an exam? Ever turned up confident to a job interview and sat there squirming as you realised they expected far more, and you were woefully unprepared […]

Random stuff

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

I keep a list of blog topics in the back on my notebook, which I add to every time an appropriate idea crosses my mind. But not every thought that crosses my mind is worth a blog post in its own right, and so today I present… some random stuff. I like reviewing books. I […]

Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

No one told me this book would be so…well, awesome. Ok, so I lie. Many bloggers and critics have written about this book since it was first published in 2005. It has its haters and its not-likers, of course. But for the main part it’s been well-received, and when I found out it was being […]

FRIDAY BOOK FEATURE – IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Today at Kids’ Book Capers, creator Judy Horacek and I talking about Judy’s hilarious and insightful new book, If you can’t stand the heat. Judy, what inspired you to write this book? If you can’t stand the heat is a collection of cartoons that I’ve done over a number of years.  Some of them will […]

The Perils of Convenience

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Around the blogosphere, especially among gadget-obsessed early adopters, you hear a lot about what various content industries that have latterly gone digital “should be doing”. They (and sometimes me) justify everything from breaking DRM to piracy by saying that if the industry in question were only doing things right – making things convenient for said […]

VIDEO POST: Bart: My Life by J.B. Cummings

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

A BOOK THAT GIVES KIDS PERMISSION TO TALK ABOUT CANCER

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Susanne Gervay’s latest book Always Jack tackles this difficult subject from a young child’s point of view. Always Jack has been endorsed by The Cancer Council & National Breast & Ovarian Cancer Centre NBOCC and will be launched in Melbourne this weekend. Always Jack was featured recently at […]

Chocolate cookbooks

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

CHOCOLATE! Is there anything in this world that can possibly compare? Well… okay… there is red wine and cheese, of course… and I’m sure that I’ll blog about them in the future, but for now — it’s chocolate! My last two posts have been about cookbooks and recipes, so it seems logical to conclude with […]

Revised Harry Potter 7 Trailer

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Embedded below is the just-released second theatrical trailer for the first part of the final Harry Potter film – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Warner Bros. recently announced that it would not be releasing the film in 3D as previously announced, after realising the up-conversion to the third dimension would not be completed to […]

IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT – MEET THE CREATOR

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Today we welcome cartoonist Judy Horacek to Kids’ Book Capers. She is the creator of seven collections of cartoons for grownups and five picture books for children. Judy’s new book, If you can’t stand the heat has just been released and as well as being an insightful commentary on so many important world issues, it’s […]

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

It’s barely October, but it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Or at least, shopping centres are decking themselves out to make us feel like it is to cash in early on (or even extend) our credit card buying frenzy. I have to admit, though, that I’m someone whom the Christmas spending frenzies and […]

The Return of the Short Story

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

There’s a popular idea that the rise of the internet has given us short attention spans. It’s something book and long-form journalism publishers have been bemoaning for years. The internet is a compendium of short form content – short videos, pithy reportage, compendiums of weird and wonderful things and, of course, there’s 4chan. Content was […]

Wednesday Web Sighting: 15 scathing book reviews

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Last week, I spoke on Perpetually Adolescent about bad books, and a friend passed on this link, and I laughed so hard that I had to share. EW.com compiled a list of its 15 scathing book reviews. a preview: Jeffrey Archer poses something of a problem for reviewers. On the one hand, his popularity makes […]

Words left unspoken, books unread

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Have you ever regretted words unsaid? I have. It’s a bit of a cliche, but I met him on a train. One of the good things about commuting to work (and believe me, there aren’t many) was the company of my fellow readers. Whether they were flicking through the twin of the book in my […]

Into The Woods

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Twelve months ago I bemoaned the dearth of good books. Everything I either poached or forked out cash for turned out to be mind-numbingly dire, and I despaired that I would ever again find a good book. And by good I mean a gripping, page-turning magnum opus about which you obsess and for which you’d […]

REVIEW: A Darker Music by Maris Morton

Monday, October 18th, 2010

A Darker Music by Maris Morton is the inaugural winner of the CAL Scribe Fiction Prize. It’s a beautifully written novel, and the  prose is as evocative as the music theme that runs through the book. When Mary Lanyon takes on the job of housekeeper at Downe, a famous Merino stud she discovers a number of […]

Sorry, bad books exist

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Sorry, bad books exist. I know. You’d be forgiven for thinking they don’t, but they do. On this blog and others like it, bloggers focus on and praise books that move, that affect, that inspire. Because we love reading. All reading is good. But is it… really? Sometimes, you struggle from page to page, wondering how, […]

FRIDAY BOOK FEATURE – TWO GREAT BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Being a book lover, I had been really looking forward to reading It’s A Book and I wasn’t disappointed. Print versus digital is the topic of the moment, and It’s A Book handles this contentious issue in a clever and humorous way. One of my other favourite topics is cats and from the moment the […]

Review: Kindle 3

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I’ve been using the new Kindle 3 for a couple of weeks now, and I think this is the first ereader device I’ve used that gets almost everything right. I’ve been using my iPad for months now to read books, and while the experience reading on the iPad is great, my attention span is often […]

VIDEO POST: Lost On Earth by Steve Crombie

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Then There’s The Girl Who Fixed The Umlaut…

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Following on from my Stieg Larsson/Salander rant, it’s come to my attention that The New Yorker’s Nora Ephron (who appears not to be related to Zac Efron, as I first worried) not only feels the same as I do about Stieg Larsson’s Salander trilogy, she’s penned it with great eloquence and parody than I ever […]

Cooking with books: the old and the odd

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

More cookbooks today! I’m going to start off with some old ones, because over the years cooking has changed… and sometimes it’s nice to go back in time. Let’s start by going back to the 1970s with the Australian Women’s Weekly’s Cooking Class Cookbook. Although my copy is the 1992 reprint, it certainly looks like […]

TEENS PUT TO THE TEST – THE HUNGER GAMES LATEST RELEASE

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Mockingjay, the 3rd book in Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games series was released recently to the delight of thousands of fans, and this final saga in the trilogy doesn’t disappoint. Just like books one and two it’s full of action and suspense and feisty heroine, Katniss Everdeen is at her charismatic best. In Mockingjay, the […]

Dystopian Fiction – My One Big Weakness (This Week, Anyway)

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

What is it about dystopian fiction that really pulls at our heartstrings? I refused to see the movie The Road, based on the book by Cormac McCarthy, because I found the book so desolate. I am the first to start bawling in theatres, so I figure that if it’s really that great, then I’ll wait […]

Weddings and wonderings and oh my poor head

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

It’s all about testing the boundaries of sanity chez moi this week. I am taking time out from my copies of Crazy Like Us (non-fiction; on globalisation issues and mental health) and Stephen King’s Under The Dome (fiction; bad stuff happens and people go crazy). I’m researching another topic commonly associated with breakdowns in mental […]