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A Note of Madness – Tabitha Suzuma

2006, Random House, 978009948731 (US, Aus) First published in Viewpoint, vol. 15, no. 2, Winter 2007 Flynn attends the Royal College of Music in London. He has a close relationship with his friends Harry and Jennah. His Professors believe strongly in his potential. So why is he beginning to doubt it? Flynn starts ‘going underground’, […]

Literature Aspiring Writers Should Read – Part 1

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (1955) Skills acquired by reading: · The way to seduce readers with lyricism · The ability to describe desire so that the reader will be both compelled and sickened · The ability to plant a wry smile on a readers face despite him/herself · The way to challenge censors, even personal […]

Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight – Nick Earls & Rebecca Sparrow

August 2007, Penguin, 9780143006916 (Aus) First published in the June 2007 issue of BOOKSELLER + PUBLISHER magazine (c) 2007 Thorpe-Bowker (a division of RR Bowker LLC) Joel and Cat have been set an assignment to create a tandem story together. But there’s no way that Joel and Cat are going to agree on anything. […]

Admiration Crushes

Ever had an admiration crush? I’m prone to them. Teachers, friends, mentors. All of them with something that I aspire to. I deeply want to impress them, be like them in some way. Often when I read a book, listen to a piece of music, or watch a film, these crushes develop. They can be […]

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Racists – Kunal Basu

2006, Phoenix, 9780753821503 (Aus, US) The ultimate experiment. A black boy and a white girl, raised equally as savages by a mute Nurse on a desolate island. Her only instruction is to keep them alive. It is 1855, and expert British Craniologist Samuel Bates is debating with French scientist Jean-Louis Belavoix about racial superiority. The […]

The Girl/Woman is Overwhelmed – a Poem

‘A flourish of strumpets’ is the collective noun for prostitutes,someone says across the table.Earlier she had been walkingand noticed the earth under her feetstretched all the way around in a multicoloured ballthat was bouncing aroundin the slow motion pinball machine of the Universe.A star exploded somewhereand a hundred years later she could see itbut inside […]

Baudrillard’s Beach – a Poem

Peering over the topof the cereal box –some generic headlandocean:70s eyeshadow gradationbleached beach, fingernail curve(manicured)board-wax chestssandcastle:silicon animorphised.A print on my wallor a window, you ask?Baudrillard’s beachif eitherthe printon my retinahas been cast. digg_url = ‘WEBSITE_URL’; digg_bgcolor = ‘#ff9900’; digg_skin = ‘compact’; digg_window = ‘new’;

In the Blood – Jackie French

2001, Harper Collins, 9780207197796 Jackie French is a very prolific Australian writer. In the Blood is the first in a trilogy which is intended for those a little older than her regular audience. While it is probably located in the Young Adult section in a bookstore it could just as easily be categorised as general […]

Eatbooks Literary Journal – Review

Any fan of good fiction should check out the inaugural edition of Eatbooks, the brain-child of Christopher Currie and Krissy Kneen. The two emerging authors and literary-lovers worked together at Brisbane’s Avid Reader Bookshop. The Journal and Eatbooks website are an effort to publish and showcase quality literary fiction, which is not being published enough […]

Zodiac – Film Review

*SPOILERS* David Fincher shows restraint in his most recent killer-portrait pic. It has none of the blood-lust of Se7en or Fight Club, though there are a few gut-wrenching scenes. Instead, it is a compelling sleuth story that leaves the audience with a sense of unease. Just how many killers aren’t brought to justice due to […]