Posts Tagged ‘Stephen King’

Books with the word ‘Girl’ in the title

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

In the last two months, I’ve read three books with the word girl in the title. In December I read Gone Girl, in January I read The Girl on the Train and I just finished reading The Girl in the Photograph by Kate Riordan. I started to wonder if this was a recent trend in book titles, but […]

Christmas haul containing 4 classic novels

Monday, January 5th, 2015

As I pack away my Christmas tree for another year, I took stock today of my Christmas haul of books. I’m planning on reading more classics in 2015 and was fortunate enough to receive a few beautiful clothbound editions for Christmas. I hope you too were lucky enough to receive a book or two at Christmas time, […]

Getting published? Not a fantasy says Harper Voyager

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Last week I posted about some good opportunities for aspiring writers who wanted to see their work published and also to achieve the far more elusive goal of actually getting paid for it. While writing can be its own reward, sometimes it’s nice to see some value placed on your work by others too (and […]

Mid-month round-up – the Hungry edition

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

So this month, like most of Australia, I have been spending my spare time glued to the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It’s a page-turner in the traditional sense, and it’s very easy to see why this trilogy was quickly picked up for movie adaptation. The novels are set a post-apocalyptic America where the Haves live in […]

Mid-month round-up – the strange edition

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Strange World – John Long’s Hung Like an Argentine Duck The truth is stranger than fiction and Dr John Long has (literally) dug up some of the weirdest evidence and facts from the evolution of sex for this book; he’s the discoverer of the Gogo Fish, a 380-million-year-old fossilised armoured shark-like fish replete with a […]

Mid-month round-up – the psychopath edition

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

I think I missed the memo on the season of goodwill. This month my reading has been less about peace and festive feeling to all mankind and more about the horror that can lurks in the minds of men. And women, to be fair. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson started me off. Jon (who […]

A Book

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

November is sneaking up again and with it my usual yearly urge to throw my free time away and take a trip on the good ship NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month – or NaNoWriMo to its friends – takes place every November and has a simple approach to getting your much-procrastinated novel actually written. For […]

Killing me softly – fluffy bunnies and character deaths

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

I’ve always been a softy when it comes to literary characters and, in hindsight, taking both Black Beauty and Watership Down on the holiday may have been a bad move. For books about bunnies and ponies, they both have surprisingly high body-counts. My family had hoped to enjoy a quiet week away with the seven-year-old […]

Plotting for a plane – big bad reads

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

This time next month I will be winging and training it all over the USA and Canada for two weeks, and with 70 hours of that time to be spent in transit I have one huge worry – what am I going to read? I’d like to lie and say that I will be tackling […]

Pop Star Authors

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Authors are a bit like pop musicians. No, really… they are more alike than you might first think. Both tread that fine line between art and making money. Good books and good music are often never released because they are not commercial enough. Just as authors are often at the mercy of large publishers, musicians […]

Running The Zombie Gauntlet. Jumping The Zombie Moat (AKA Why I Don’t Read Stephen King)

Friday, April 15th, 2011

I don’t read Stephen King. Not out of some high-literary disdain for someone who’s written so much and sells so well to the general Joes. Not because he’s not a good writer. But precisely because he is. King has proved himself time and again throughout his 50-something books that he can create an intensely believable […]

Who will be your Valentine? The Romance Top 10

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I don’t normally do the Valentine’s thing, so it was a bit of a surprise when the doorbell rang this morning. Whatever could it be? On seeing the large lump in the postie’s hands it became obvious it wasn’t a huge bundle of flowers or a carefully gift-wrapped pony (a girl can hope) but my […]


Saturday, February 12th, 2011

“Thank you for your submission. We regret to inform you that it does not suit our current needs.” These words, or similar, are common in the life of a writer. Okay, I’m sure that there are writers out there who no longer get such notes. I’m willing to guess, for instance, that it’s been a […]

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 […]

Random literary quotes

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Last time it was first sentences. This time, I’m quoting memorable bits from anywhere within a book or short story. These are just the quotes that have come to mind while putting together this post. Given the vagaries of my memory, there are bound to be other bits I should have quoted… but hey… with […]


Monday, June 28th, 2010

Just After Sunset by Stephen King Reviewed by Rad Hall This collection of short stories by Stephen King does not start off with a bang: ‘Willa’ is a good story, neither too weak nor, however, terrifying. ‘The Gingerbread Girl’ was better, more thriller than out-and-out horror, but human and captivating. ‘Harvey’s Dream’ was where the […]

The Book of Last Resort

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Speaking to a particularly ebook-wary friend the other day, I was told the only reason an ebook might be useful is when travelling. Years ago, he said, he travelled with half his pack full of cassette tapes and half with books, then stuffed a few pairs of underpants around them. After he started using an […]

Books with bite

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Vampires seem to be the in thing at the moment. Almost everyone is going ga-ga over the Twilight books and there is now a glut of teen vamp fic. Hollywood is, of course, cashing in on this, with numerous pointy teeth films and tv shows gracing our screens. For a bit of a laugh, check […]

Interview with GREIG BECK

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Beneath the Dark Ice – pitch it in one sentence. Taught adventure thriller with scares a plenty! The best action/thrillers are those with more than just explosions, those that have depth, an engagement with mythology. In Beneath the Dark Ice, you play with legends like the Kraken and Atlantis, and draw on elements of Mayan […]