Catch-up

thrteemoonsI’m afraid my blogging just isn’t as regular as I’d like it to be. Sorry! I shan’t bore you with the details beyond saying that life sometimes gets in the way. 🙂 Despite my less than stellar blog-count, I’ve still been reading just as much as usual, so it’s time for a little catch-up blog. Here are some of the books I’ve been reading…

Legend of the Three Moons (The M’dgassy Chronicles, Book 1) by Patricia Bernard
This is a pleasant enough middle-grade fantasy. To be honest, it didn’t really grab me… but I’m not sure why. All the ingredients are there and there’s certainly nothing wrong with it — but it just didn’t spark for me.

The Laws of Magic Book 4: Time of Trial by Michael Pryor
Fourth book in an engrossing YA steampunk-ish fantasy series that I’m trying to string out for as long as I can. Only two more books to go. Inventive, riveting, can’t-put-it-down stuff! Love the characters. Love the setting.

Magic Ballerina series by Darcey Bussell
My youngest daughter has been getting me to read these uninspiring, repetitive books to her. They’re about a young ballet student who, with the aid of magic ballet slippers, gets whisked away to the land of Enchantia, where the characters from all the famous ballets live. The best thing I can say about these books is that they’re not as bad as the Rainbow Magic fairy books, which I had to read to my eldest when she was younger.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
I’ve been reading the Harry Potter books to my eldest daughter. I’m thoroughly enjoying revisiting these wonderful stories. We’ve now gone straight into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

death-at-the-blue-elephant-webDeath at the Blue Elephant by Janeen Webb
This is an enthralling short story collection that leans towards dark fantasy. It is twisted, original and unexpected. From an illegal trade in angels to old magic in a contemporary world, these stories challenge perceptions and make the reader think beyond the tales being told. These stories stay with you after you’ve finished reading them and have moved on to the next book. And I’ve got to mention that it has a STUNNING cover by Nick Stathopoulos.

The Duties of a Cat by Jenny Blackford
Although I like poetry, I tend not to read it all that often. My tastes usually lean towards the classics (Blake, Keates, etc) but I do sometimes come across contemporary poetry that I enjoy. And this book is one such book. My favourite piece was the rather creepy “Something in the corner”. The booklet is available from Pitt Street Poetry.

My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up by Tristan Bancks
A fun bunch of kids’ short stories from the P.O.V. of schoolboy Tom Weekly. There is some truly innovatively gross stuff in here.

10 Futures by Michael Pryor
Ten YA science fiction stories. Spread over different time periods and futures, they are all linked by the friendship of the two main characters, Sam and Tara. Pryor is such a skilful writer. There is so much to think about in these stories. Highly recommended!

No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve
A wonderful YA fantasy about a mute boy who is servant to a fake dragon slayer. A surprising read, with a story that did not progress how I expected it to.

welcomeWelcome Home by Christina Booth
This is a picture book about a whale coming to give birth in the Derwent River. Over the course of the book, we witness its connection with the past, a present-day child and the future. Lovely illustrations!

Okay… that’s it for now. I shall endeavour to blog more regularly… unless… ya know… stuff happens to stop me. 😉

Catch ya later,  George

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LITERARY CLUTTER: Bookish bloggings from the cluttered mind and bookshelf of Melbourne author, George Ivanoff. George is the author of the YOU CHOOSE books, the GAMERS trilogy of teen novels, and the YA short story collection LIFE, DEATH AND DETENTION.