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20 Classics #8: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books. I aimed to read them all in 2011, but that’s beginning to look unlikely. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I had vague ideas about Gulliver’s Travels. I remembered Ted Danson being tied up by some little people in a film version I […]

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on The Girl With No Hands by Angela Slatter

Ticonderoga Publications, 2011 9780980628883 (Aus, US, UK) reviewed by Lyndon Riggall In my first year at University I studied fairytales, and more specifically Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, a book which is arguably the poster-child of fairytale re-imaginings. Carter writes well, and in many cases her stories spin beautifully away from tradition while remaining neatly tied […]

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on Five Wounds by Jonathan Walker & Dan Hallett

Allen & Unwin, 2010 9781742370132 (Aus, US, UK) To call your novel ‘illuminated’ is a dangerous thing. Five Wounds‘ claim holds with it the expectation that it should be something beyond a typical read. An ‘illuminated novel’ must be more than novel: no minor feat, and no small promise. I am glad to say that […]

A dream-logic London squid riff: an interview with China Miéville (part one)

China Miéville’s Kraken (Aus, US, UK) is savvy, exuberant, sci-fantastical fiction – a novel about a stolen giant squid and the ensuing adventures of museum curator Billy Harrow. It’s a super-fun read, set in a richly imaginative alternate London, filled with sassy, dirty, sweet, dangerous and apparitious characters. It was great to be able to have […]

Guest review: Chris Flynn on Justin Cronin’s The Passage

The Passage Justin Cronin (Aus, US) Orion 9780752897851 Reviewed by Chris Flynn It’s funny how movies influence books so much these days. The fact that The Passage was optioned by Sir Ridley Scott for $1.75 million within a week of Cronin settling on a $3.75 million publishing deal for his vampire apocalypse trilogy is unsurprising […]

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on Kelly Link’s The Wrong Grave

The Wrong Grave Kelly Link Text 9781921520730 (Aus) Reviewed by Lyndon Riggall It took me a little while to work out exactly what The Wrong Grave was. A book of short stories, yes. But why these stories, and why in this order? You see, some of the tales featured here appear in her book Pretty Monsters and others […]

Guest review: Rhys Tate on Eoin Colfer’s And Another Thing…

And Another Thing… Eoin Colfer Penguin 9780718155148 (Aus, US) Reviewed by Rhys Tate I’ll admit when I heard that Eoin Colfer was ghostwriting a sixth Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy volume, nine years after the death of original visionary Douglas Adams, I fired up the torches and pitchforks and got me a good old fashioned […]

Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth Carrie Ryan Gollancz 9780575090859 2009 (Aus, US) Mary’s village is surrounded by tall fences to keep out the ‘Unconsecrated’. It is the only world she has ever known, but she remembers her mother’s stories of the world before the return – tales of tall buildings, and a vast expanse […]

Trying out a fantasy series… Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, Mortal Instruments: Book One

City of Bones Mortal Instruments: Book One Cassandra Clare 9781406307627 Walker Books, 2007 (Books Two and Three also available – Aus, US) What drew me to Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones – the first in the ‘Mortal Instruments’ series – was the potential of ‘urban fantasy’. There are certain aesthetic things I like about the […]