GaryView: The Blood Countess by Tara Moss

Lissa: Given your usual misgivings about how vampire books are nothing like actual vampires, what’s the verdict Gary: It was okay. Lissa: I really liked Pandora English. She’s smart, capable, funny and I liked that she wanted to be an investigative journalist, not just write fluff pieces about fashion. Her Aunt Celia was a good character, and I liked her […]

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GaryView: Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts

*For newcomers, the GaryView is a review of books/films/TV/entertainment carried out as a conversation between Lissa Wilson (librarian) and Gary Hooper (vampire) , characters from my book ‘The Opposite of Life’. Lissa: I hadn’t heard of Lamia’s before. How did I miss the fact that Keats wrote poems about vampires? Gary: Lamia’s aren’t really vampires. They’re not really real, either. […]

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GaryView: Pride and Prejudice (1995 BBC TV series)

Gary: So. That’s… good television, is it? Lissa: Many consider it so. Gary: But it’s just all weird dresses and weirder hats, and everyone finding fancy ways of being obnoxious or stupid. Lissa: Truly, is that all you garnered from it? Gary: Why are you talking funny? Lissa: There is nothing peculiar in my… oh god. Bugger. Sorry. I reread […]

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GaryView: Tomorrow, In a Year by Hotel Pro Forma (Melbourne Festival 2010)

Tomorrow, In a Year is an opera based on the work and life of Charles Darwin. It is performed by Danish art collective, Hotel Pro Forma, with music by Swedish electronic band, The Knife. It contains opera, dance, avant garde music, projections, smoke effects, laser light effects, Darwin’s text ‘written’ in light on a screen, and very unconventional lyrics taken […]

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