Archive for May, 2011

Bitter Chocolate

Friday, May 6th, 2011

I’d like to say that I was being considerate of you by not writing and posting this blog before the chocolate binge fest that is Easter, but in truth it was because I couldn’t stomach it myself. Carol Off’s Bitter Chocolate charts the unsavoury history of chocolate, dating back from the early days when indigenous […]

Easter Round-up

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Easter has come and gone, and big things have happened in the world of ebooks! Sorry about that, couldn’t help it. That really is a big creme egg. Apologies for my lack of posts the last week or so, the unholy trinity of Easter, moving house and my special lady friend leaving the country for […]

Continuum 7

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Interested in the speculative fiction genre? Want to spend a whole weekend immersed in it? Well then, you may be interested in Continuum 7, Melbourne’s Speculative Fiction and Pop Culture Convention. The Continuum conventions have been running for a number of years, and have featured an impressive array of guest authors — from home-grown talents […]

Heavy reading and holiday flings

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Next time I go away on holiday, I need to remember to give my brain a bit of a break too. Despite packing four books in my luggage for a week-long trip, last week I found myself prowling the wilds of Tropical North Queensland looking for something to read.  I love to read on vacation, […]

Third Time, Er, Lucky With The Trilogy

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Were I the superstitious type, I’d say I wasn’t meant to read The Dark and Hollow Places, the third book in first-time and break-out author Carrie Ryan’s trilogy. I’d read the first two books, which were classed as ‘zombie romances’ and, having already invested significant time and energy and interest, I figured I should finish […]


Thursday, May 5th, 2011

In keeping with this week’s Mother’s Day theme our featured book this morning is My Mum’s The Best by Rosie Smith and Bruce Whatley. When you see the pictures in My Mum’s The Best, it’s easy to see why Bruce is such a favourite with the kids. His illustrations are funny and so endearing. My Mum’s […]


Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Written and illustrated by Anna Walker, I Love My Mum is another great picture book for Mother’s Day. It’s all about Ollie the Zebra’s loving relationship with his mum, Ollie is an appealing and distinctive character; a lively zebra who loves to play with his mum and do all sorts of things that kids love […]

Insights into Australian eBook retailing – Booku sells 11 eBooks per 100 physical books

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

New local eBook download website Booku ( has been operating for two months and the business has had a positive start, according to Managing Director Clayton Wehner.  ‘When we launched Booku, we fully expected to lose money for a good twelve months, but we have been pleasantly surprised by the website’s traffic and sales to […]


Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

On Monday, we looked at Alison Reynolds and Serena Geddes’ new book, Why I love my mum. Today at Kid’s Book Capers we feature their companion book, Why I love my grandma. Alison talks about how her grandma inspired this book. I never knew my father’s parents, but I was lucky enough to grow up […]

Sideshows and carnival barkers

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

In a week where we couldn’t escape a fairytale wedding, where Obama referred to media as “carnival barkers” , where on the night that Osama bin Laden death was announced Channel 9’s A Current Affair led with the Logie’s fashion; in a week where – in short – it feels like the everwhere I have […]

Department 19

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Department 19 is a new YA supernatural, action/adventure, horror novel from debut author Will Hill. It’s not a book I can review without a couple of little spoilers. You have been warned! Let me start off by saying that I enjoyed Department 19 and that I’ll most likely read the forthcoming sequel (April 2012). This […]


Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Mother’s Day is next Sunday, so this week at Kids’ Book Capers we’re looking at books that would make great Mother’s or Grandmother’s Day presents. Today’s featured picture book is Why I love my mum, written  by  Alison Reynold and illustrated by Serena Geddes. Alison has generously agreed to share her experiences of the woman […]

Reading Brave New World (Thanks To The Complaining Contingent In The USA)

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

You know the look people get and the sounds they make when they’re equivocating over the answer to what is a fairly straightforward question of whether they liked something? You know, the pause before answering, the tilt of the head, the slight furrowing of the brow, and the not-quite-fully-formed ums, ahs, and wells? I’m doing […]

Did Not Finish: Madame Tussaud, by Michelle Moran

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

I tried. I really did. Remember how I said in this post that I was 99% sure Michelle Moran would handle writing a book on the French Revolution with ease? Well, I must have had a premonition to leave out that remaining 1%, because unfortunately, this read did not live up to expectation. I have […]

The Latest Penguin Masterpieces

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

I follow the Penguin Publishers tribe of deliciously-bound books – and when a new one is released, I get a little bit giddy. Can you really blame me? We’ve already marveled over the Coralie Bickford-Smith clothbound covers, the 75 year special releases, and I think these new ones will sell particularly well with the current […]

He Had Me At Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

There were two books that I was required to read at school that stood out for me (and yes, goodie two shoes that I am I actually read them instead of cheating and watching the films instead). The first (and I’m thinking both this one and the one that follows will be on many others’ […]