Archive for April, 2012

Bradbury’s Martian Classic

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

In the early 1980s, as a young teenager, I watched a television mini-series called The Martian Chronicles. I loved it! It was based on a book by Ray Bradbury. Years later I came across a battered old copy in a book exchange that I used to frequent, and bought it for $1.75 (the price is […]

Review – The Word Spy Activity Book

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Okay, I’ll admit it – if there’s one book series I wish I wrote, it’s Ursula Dubosarky’s The Word Spy. And to have Tohby Riddle illustrate, too – well. Yes, I’m green. I love Dubosarsky’s enormously clever take on the English language via her Word Spy character. Not only has she made grammar, punctuation and […]

Into the Darkest Corner of the Crime Writer’s mind (part 2 of 2)

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Yesterday we published part 1 of our interview with Elizabeth Haynes, whose debut novel Into the Darkest Corner deals with domestic abuse, obsession and OCD, and she discussed writing crime and suspense fiction. Today we have her hard-won advice for other writers starting out. She completed the first draft of Into the Darkest Corner, her first […]

Bookish Adventures in Singapore, part 3: Books Actually

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

During our holiday in Singapore, my family and I stayed with friends in their condominium. Very nice experience! I think I could get used to condo living. The building was situated in the suburb of Tiong Bahru. Apparently, Tiong Bahru is one of Singapore’s “oldest and hippest” suburbs (according to CNN), and is particularly known […]

Into the Darkest Corner of the Crime Writer’s mind (part 1 of 2)

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Elizabeth Haynes’s suspense-filled debut novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was penned as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2008. Just three years on, it sits on Amazon’s 10 Best UK Books of 2011 (alongside George RR Martin’s Dance with Dragons and Steve Jobs’s biography) and her second book, Revenge of the Tide, has […]

Five Very Bookish Questions with author Michael Wagner

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Which genre of children’s books do you like most and why? Humour’s my favourite children’s book genre, although I do like horror, magic-realism and sport as well. I’m not sure what it is about humour that I like so much, but it certainly does lift my spirits and make me feel happy. Maybe that’s a […]

Bookish Adventures in Singapore, part 2: Tintin in Singapore

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

My last post was a general round-up of my Singapore holiday (see: “Bookish Adventures in Singapore, part 1: Holiday Reading”). This time I’m getting more specific… much more specific… Hergé’s Tintin. What’s Tintin got to do with Singapore? I hear you ask. Read on… On our third day in Singapore we decided to head on […]

The big gorilla is firing up

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Amazon looks set to give the Australian book market a mighty shake-up. The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Amazon is seeking warehouse space in Australia. The Australian’s IT section has this week run a piece outlining rumours that the Kindle Fire’s arrival in Australia is imminent. It seems the greatest of all the ebook […]

Ditch Google now: ABA president

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Australian Booksellers Association president Jon Page reckons Dymocks and Booktopia should immediately close their ebookstores and find a new partner after Google announced it would pull out of its deals with the pair from January 2013. Page was not surprised by the development (read his blog post on it here). “I always thought there were […]

Review – The Pirates Next Door

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

I often become visually disabled when I see such stunning artwork in a picture book. I sort of go into a bit of a trance and just sit there, staring, unable to even dive into the text. Even before I start reading the book, I’m left wondering – “how do they DO that?” Indeed, how […]


Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

I missed Moneyball the book, then Moneyball the movie and Moneyball the book with the film-version cover because, well, I’m not really sure how. I’ve had discussions with people about how we’d heard both were good and, although I couldn’t say anyone quite recommended either to me firsthand, I figured they’d warrant a read/watch. A […]

Bookish Adventures in Singapore, part 1: Holiday Reading

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

I’m back! Did you miss me? My Singapore holiday is now but a memory as I return to my regular routine in Australia. Despite my expectations of a relatively book-free experience (see: “TTFN”), Singapore actually managed a few rather lovely bookish surprises. And I’m gonna tell you about them over the next few posts. My […]

Review: The Greatest Liar on Earth

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

From tramp to world explorer extraordinaire, with adventurous tales to boggle the mind and cause the eyes to pop wide like saucers? Is it possible? Who was this man? Swiss-born footman, butler and jack-of-all-trades Henri Louis Grin – or world traveller Louis de Rougemont? Or both? When an impoverished Henri began studying the diaries and […]

Mid-month round-up – the good behaviour edition

Monday, April 16th, 2012

This month my reading has been all about training dogs or children. Training one requires patience and kindness to build confidence, the other dominance, stern punishment and endless rote learning administered by a stern task-master. And probably not for the ones you think either. The stern approach, of course, is for the kids. Earlier in […]

I Shot The Serif …

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The interwebs is a veritable treasure trove of incredible trivia and entertaining oddities. This blog I thought I’d share two such oddities I’ve discovered and loved in recent days. I Shot The Serif Clean, crisp, simple, sharp, the site is well designed and well executed. As a site dedicated to shooting serifs, it has its […]

ABIA Awards highlight Australian non-fiction reads

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The finalists for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) have been announced and it’s looking good for Australian non-fiction reader and writers this year.  The ABIA awards are voted on by booksellers and publishers, rather than literary panels, so rather than focusing on high-brow fiction these awards instead highlight what publishers and bookshops find […]

Interview – CBCA Shortlisted Author Michael Gerard Bauer

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

KBC is delighted to welcome the talented Michael Gerard Bauer with this insightful interview into the life of a very interesting (and funny!) author. I hope you enjoy his story as much as I have. Hello, MGB. What’s your story? I was born, grew up and went to school in Ashgrove Brisbane Queensland (the setting […]

Half the Sky

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

You have to psyche yourself up to read a book like Half the Sky, not because it’s not an excellent read (it is), but because you know you know your blinkers are about to come off.* You know, the ones that enable you to temporarily forget—or even not know—that there are an inordinate number of […]

Forty-Six Square Metres Does Not Normally Equal A Book Title

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

My bookshelf porn obsession is well known and well documented. My obsession with architecture is lesser so. It’s perhaps because on some level I find it a little frivolous. That there are much more important social and environmental things to worry about than the north-facing, walloping McMansions people seem to be obsessed with building. Still, […]

Note To Self: Don’t Start Reading A Gripping Trilogy …

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Life giving me lemons and me not being able to turn all of them into lemonade led me to do the only responsible thing possible yesterday: I sourced an addictive read and took to my bed to devour it. The addictive read was the second book of self-published author Amanda Hocking’s trilogy. Torn picks up […]

Review – Demolition

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Grab your safety gear, it’s time to get moving! There’s some demolition going on and a parade of banging, clacking and roaring machines are making the job a whole lot easier. Whack! goes the wrecking ball and down comes the building. Crunch! goes the mobile crusher turning slabs of stone into gravel for new concrete. […]

Holiday reading rituals

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The Easter weekend is drawing to a close and whatever way you like to celebrate your holidays I hope you had a good one; full of chocolate eggs and cute bunnies (if that’s your thing) and plenty of time to read brilliant books (because that’s everyone’s thing, right?). I was lucky enough to spend my […]

B*tches in Bookshops

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The Queen called hers her Annus horribillis. I’m calling mine my Year of Non-Stop Not Awesome. Both are shorthand for: It’s been a bad year. I realise mine’s a big call given that we’ve only just cracked into April, but given that I’ve yet to record a single good day in 2012, I’m calling it […]

Easter Book Special!

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Easter has snuck up on us once again – and surprised me like that first glimpse of eggy tinsel in the grass. I love this time of year, when the weather is beginning to cool, hot cross buns are fragrant from the oven, and families and friends come together to celebrate a very special time […]


Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Ciao folks! I’m off on holiday to Singapore for ten days… which means no posts while I’m away. But I thought you all deserved a few parting words before I abandoned you. This is a family holiday with two kids, the youngest being only three, so I’m not anticipating all that much lazing about time. […]

Review – Where is Fred?

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Fred may be a snowy white fuzzball of a caterpillar but he’s also a master of disguise. When Gerald the Crow gets a little peckish, he’s forced to resort to a series of giggle-inducing, highly camouflaged antics, to save his fuzzy hide. First it’s the necklace of a stylish passerby. Then it’s the busy white […]

JK Rowling and the great Pottermore scandal

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

For around the 475th time this decade, I’m angry on behalf of independent booksellers. This time, it’s with JK Rowling, who in signing affiliate agreements with Sony, Barnes & Noble and Amazon for the sale of the Harry Potter digital editions has supported the giants but locked out the indies who have hand-sold her books […]

Anthology preview

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

There’s a new anthology on the way. It contains contributions from over 50 Australian authors and illustrators (including me). It’s not due for release until June this year. But I’m so excited about it, that I’m gonna give you a little heads up! Back in 2008, Ford Street Publishing released a HUGE anthology of stories, […]

Review – Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Douglas is packing for a sleepover at Rabbit’s. He’s a bit beside himself at the prospect, and on the way to Rabbit’s warren, he gets a wee bit lost. Climbing a sapling to see where he’s going, the twig-like tree breaks under Douglas’s weight and he ends up almost squishing Little Sheep (and friends). Feeling […]

Switched (x 2)

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Amanda Hocking’s self-published book Switched has multi-millions of copies. I’ve personally contributed two of those sales, having purchased the book, accidentally left it on a plane, cut a forlorn figure at the lost-and-found counter, and then, as the book hadn’t been handed in, bought a second copy to read on the flight back home. I’ll […]

‘Light’ ‘Reading’

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

For those of us who love books and reading, Light Reading‘s products are pure (if slightly puzzling) genius. For those of us who’ve ever had to move house (that is, all of us), they’re pure, unadulterated insanity. I can’t find a website (let me know if you can and if it’s simply a case of […]