And just like that, 2017 has come and gone. I remember opening this exact piece last year with a lamentation on how horrendous a year 2016 had been, what with the passing of so many legends and the foreshadowing of the political climate. Unfortunately, 2017 was not much of an improvement on this front. In … More Top five reads of 2017!
It’s the time of the year again where spooky is in vogue – there are blockbuster Stephen King films and television series, pumpkins and ghouls are in shopfronts everywhere and, perhaps most frighteningly of all, the countdown to Christmas is officially on. So what better time to write about some of the scarier books I’ve … More Halloween special: terrifying books
Winter is here, and it’s one of the best times of the year for reading. It’s too cold to go outside and do anything and none of us want to leave our bed on the dark, frosty mornings. It may be a cliché to curl up with a book and a blanket while the rain … More Winter reads
This has been the most enjoyable June I’ve had since I’ve started my sci-fi/fantasy annual tradition. Through no more reason that pure word of mouth, this year I elected to read Melbourne writer C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy. And I’m so glad that I did, as I really enjoyed it! Following his half-brother Kastor’s … More June: Captive Prince trilogy
In the realm of music biographies, there are a few that rise above the echelon and find their way into popular culture. Due to an oversaturation of the market of “celebrity memoirs” and a reduction in demand for the “tell-all”, these books are becoming fewer and fewer. In recent times, Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Boy … More Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis/The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson
From the bestselling author of The Girl on the Train (2015) comes a new epic. Released to the world on May 2, 2017, comes Into the Water. I found this release to be quite different to Paula Hawkins’ astonishing debut; however, no less compelling and addictive. Where Girl is fast-paced, thriller a minute, Into the … More Into the Water
A few months ago I attended the Penguin Random House Children’s Roadshow, where the publishers detail upcoming releases for children, older readers and young adults. We were lucky enough to receive two proof copies of forthcoming releases for older readers, one of which has since been released, and one which will be released later in … More Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky by Robert Newton/The Fall by Tristan Bancks