‘The gods give no more than you can bear. The unfriendly sea shall be your road. A new homeland lies far across the roaring waves’. Kruesa’s ghost to Aeneas, p.44 The first lines of The Way Home plunge us into the night a civilisation was turned to ashes. The Greeks raze Troy. Trojan leaders are cut down. After trying in vain to save King Priam, young … Continue reading The Way Home: Ashes of Olympus, Bk 1, by Julian Barr
The Mirror Image of Sound, A Novel Written in Real Timegives us several levels to absorb in one book: the portrait of a failed marriage, martial arts action, workplace and domestic bullying, a philosophy and possible science of alternate worlds, or parellel lives, if you like; and there is even a romance. It would become a classic of it’s kind but only for the fact … Continue reading The Mirror Image of Sound, by Dan Djurdevic
After the slow motion collapse of her marriage Anne seeks refuge on the jagged island of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands off Africa. Wounded, introspective, prickly – like the Drago tree of the title – Anne broods about her past, trying through writing in her notebook to exorcize the ghosts of her husband and troubled sister. She meets the novelist Richard . He lives … Continue reading The Drago Tree, by Isobel Blackthorn. A novel set in the Canary Islands
‘Everything is Geography.’ Ty Kornotz, professor of, yes, geography. Mud and Glass by Laura E Goodin, an affectionate satire of the academic world, is asludge with villians oozing about in layers even more murky than the Purple Bay Mud Flats. Unwittingly, Dr Celeste Carlucci, while researching the odd behaviour of those flats, becomes the target of everyone who thinks she can help them find the … Continue reading Mud and Glass, by Laura E Goodin
Quyhn Dao was a ‘boat person’ who arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1979. In her book, she does not describe the politics and military aspects of the war that was waged against the entire Vietnamese people by Ho Chi Minh’s regime from 1945 until long after the fall of Saigon in 1975. She shares instead her girlhood memories: her mother’s garden, her love … Continue reading Tales From A Mountain City, A Vietnam War Memoir, by Quyhn Dao
Each review is wanted, Each review is good, Your review is welcome In a writer’s neighbourhood. Over the past year I’ve asked book bloggers to consider reviewing ‘It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In‘. 18 gave joyous reviews. 15 said love to and are pending. I am fortunate to have had such good responses. 100 or so, no reply yet. Mind you, bloggers warn … Continue reading Your Review Is Welcome In a Writer’s Neighbourhood.
Your reviewer made a classic blunder when buying Book One of the Chronicles of Altaica: not getting Book Two at the same time. And made another blunder on opening it for ‘just a quick look’ at lunchtime. I was embroiled in desperate situations on page 38 before realising I was late for work. Quick peeks are not going to work for you with this pacy story. … Continue reading Altaica, Book 1 in the Chronicles of Altaica, by Tracy M. Joyce