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Dreamland – 18/08/19

Many years ago I started recording my vivid dreams on facebook, because recalling dreams too far after the fact could prove near impossible. Sometimes these dreams give insight into what's playing on my mind at the time, and sometimes they provide interesting story fodder, so I'm thinking I might start recording them here, and would... Continue Reading →

BOOK REVIEW: Peach by Emma Glass

Released: January 2018Publisher: Bloomsbury CircusFormat: HardcoverRRP: $24.99 AUDGenre: Literary Fiction / SurrealismRating: 2.5/5  ‘An immensely talented young writer’ – George SaundersSlip the pin through the skin. Start stitching.It doesn’t sting. It does bleed. White thread turns red.Red string. Going in. Going out. I pull. Tug. Tug the pin. In. Out. Out. Out. Blackout.Something has happened to Peach. Blood runs down her legs... Continue Reading →

BOOK REVIEW: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Released: May 2019Publisher: PicadorFormat: Trade PaperbackRRP: $29.99 AUDGenre: Science Fiction, Short Stories, NovellasRating: 4/5  From the award-winning science fiction writer (whose short story "The Story of Your Life" was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrival), the long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, humane, and already celebrated short stories.This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory... Continue Reading →

BOOK REVIEW: How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

Released: May 2017Publisher: Allen & Unwin Format: PaperbackRRP: $16.99Genre: Middle Grade / Climate FictionRating: 4.5/5  A story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery, set against an all-too-possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live. Peony lives with her sister and grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. In a world where real bees are extinct, the quickest,... Continue Reading →

BOOK REVIEW: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

We were taught that, for a while, the universe existed and not one person knew. Stars exploded, nebulae collapsed, atoms crashed together and formed planets, then quiet oceans where single-celled organisms swallowed light and learned to flourish, then more complex life, plants, then creatures dragged their heavy bodies from primordial seas, shook off fins, feathers,... Continue Reading →

BOOK REVIEW: Vox by Christina Dalcher

Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins. Maybe it’s a foolish thing, but I’ve never been able to figure out exactly how to describe an electric jolt of pain to a six-year-old.... Continue Reading →

BOOK REVIEW: The Need by Helen Phillips

Released: July 2019Publisher: Penguin | Viking Format: PaperbackRRP: $29.99Genre: Fiction, Thriller, SpeculativeRating: 4/5 Molly is exhausted, anxious, losing her grip on reality. Her husband is away and she is running between her children and her job, where things are unravelling. She’s a paleobotanist, working at a fossil quarry, and has recently unearthed artefacts that defy... Continue Reading →

BOOK REVIEW: Recursion by Blake Crouch

Released: June 2019Publisher: Pan Macmillan Format: PaperbackRRP: $29.99Genres: Science Fiction, ThrillerRating: 4.5/5 What if someone could rewrite your entire life?‘My son has been erased.’Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop.Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated... Continue Reading →

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