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Book review: Brothers of the Knife, Dan Rabarts

Review of Dan Rabarts’ Brothers of the Knife, a rollicking fantasy with an unlikely hero.

Book review: The Stonor Eagles, William Horwood

William Horwood was already a favourite, but this novel has elevated him once more in my eyes.

Goodreads reading challenge

I don’t normally measure the numbers of books I read in a year, though I do try to review those I do read written by my local community and friends. This year I’ve decided to participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve set a modest (for me) challenge of 50, and I’m about 3 into […]

Day on the Green: Florence and the Machine

Dusk’s multicoloured cloak enrobes the hills outside Geelong, softening the dry brown grass hills into something beautiful, a burgeoning moon rising of over the hill. This is when Florence and the Machine take the stage. A wild will-o-the wisp trips across the stage, a heart and head of burning, fierce joy. Her gossamer wings and […]

Good books: a power beyond measure

Late last year, when at a writing retreat, I picked up some second-hand books at a little bookshop cafe called Brunch Cafe. (Side note: a lovely place to stop in The Dandenongs, breathe in the books, browse with delight for your bookshelf and palate.) My holiday plans included lofty ideas of reading them all, and […]

2018 Round-Up

This post will be short as I don’t feel like I achieved much, but I recognise the imposter’s rancid breath in my ear in this. So, to acknowledge all the good in 2018, there was: First professional sale and publication, thanks to Jeff Wheeler and the Deep Magic team Publication of my oldest and most […]

Deep Magic Fall Issue

If you follow my social media pages, you’ll know that I have a story out in the Fall 2018 issue of US-based ezine, Deep Magic. Look at this stunning cover; don’t you want to fly away to these adventures? If you bought the mag and read, please head over to Amazon or Goodreads and leave […]

Recent reading, October 2018

It’s been an age since I blogged regularly, and I have half a dozen reviews I should have done, so I will write short reviews and post them up in other places later this week. Angela Slatter, Verity Fassbinder trilogy, Vigil & Corpselight A little late to the Verity party, I whittled down by TBR […]

Story sale: Sleepers

Sleepers will be appearing in the Fall issue of Deep Magic released next month.

The last comedy of Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby, Nanette: an experience and a lesson