A half hour of genius

My partner and I have been rewatching ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’, prompted by reading John O’Farrell’s comic history of Britain and Stephen Fry’s recent event here in Melbourne. ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ has all the trademark humour of the preceding series, and all the writers’ penchants for including historically accurate jokes. It all leads to this final half hour – perhaps the […]

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2 announcements!

The first is that I am holding a new competition on my Facebook page! In honour of the current Federal election in Australia, I want people to post pictures of politicans who have been turned into vampires! Here is a vamped up pic of Liberal leader, Tony Abbott, made using the Vampire Transformer iPhone app. You can also just draw […]

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GaryView: Sherlock Holmes – “The Last Vampyre” (starring Jeremy Brett)

Gary: That’s not how I remember the original story. Lissa: It’s nothing much like ‘The Sussex Vampire” at all, is it? Gary: Conan Doyle wouldn’t be impressed. Holmes wouldn’t be impressed. Lissa: You’re clearly not impressed. Gary: No. I’m not. Lissa: It’s a shame, because I really liked Jeremy Brett as Holmes. I watched some of those early episodes with […]

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Review: Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Justine Larbalestier delivers another fresh, unexpected tale with this story of Micah, a habitual liar. It’s difficult to comment without giving away major plot points, but the nub of it is that Micah’s friend Zach has been murdered, and this book is her attempt to peel away the layers of lies which she tells to uncover the truth. The story […]

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Review: f2m – The Boy Within by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy

Ford Street Publishing is certainly not tying itself down to just one genre for its YA readers. There’s been Foz Meadows’ “Solace and Grief” (vampires), George Ivanoff’s “Gamer’s Quest” (fantasy/SF/gaming) and now “f2m – The Boy Within” – a transgender coming of age story. f2m is the first-person story of Finn – born Skye – who decides, on his 18th […]

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Always delighted to see a good review!

The Literate Kitty has given The Opposite of Life a wonderful review: Werewolves in London? Try bloodsuckers Down Under.  It starts with a discussion of the four Noble Truths of Bhuddism, works through a fantastic precis of Lissa’s background and ends with “Life may be hard and cold… but it still has the ability to surprise and delight, as Lissa […]

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