My aunt needs money to pay the bills while undergoing cancer treatment. Donate and you get an ebook about my penguin’s defection to North Korea. A true story.Read More My Penguin Defected to North Korea … a cancer fundraiser.
Looking for the next Song of Ice and Fire? Well, fret not, you’ve found it. Here are the forthcoming dozen violent, sexy and confusing time-travel thrillers starring the Tempus Fugitive himself, Justin Thyme. They’ll be written as soon as a publisher gets in touch and waves a massive advance my way.Read More A Game Of Clones: A pitch to publishers everywhere.
The Picture of Dorian Gray has always been, for me, a disappointing novel. Oscar Wilde is one of my favourites, and his importance should not be under-estimated, but there is a distinct dearth of great works from the man. (There are reasons or excuses for this, and he did die young, I know, I know. […]Read More A few uncensored thoughts about Dorian Gray…
Now, I’ve never particularly been a fan of the most famous Australian woman, Dame Edna Everage, but ever since I borrowed My Life As Me from the Reservoir Library I have been a fan of Barry Humphries. So, during Borders’ going-out-of-business sale I picked up a copy of his unauthorised biography of Dame Edna. The […]Read More Look, possums, a few thoughts on Handling Edna
The best place to read this book is a shopping mall. To be more precise, read it in a coffee shop on a public holiday when they run out of the food you want, be pushy and try to con you into buying overpriced food you don’t want which you don’t end up buying, and […]Read More Malled by Caitlin Kelly … a review
Occasionally, the world misses out on a masterpiece. Through extensive investigations, I have discovered five such cases. Read on and weep.Read More The five best books you’ll never read …
Maybe it was homesickness, but with more than a dozen Discworld books on the shelf in front of me, I had to choose the one that is set in a remote, dusty island prison that has a few things in common with ‘Straya. And I loved it.Read More A tale of two Discworld novels, part 2: The Last Continent
Seldom do I read a Terry Pratchett book and think it is not great. But it does happen occasionally. Reading Interesting Times, a Discworld novel from 1994 featuring that world’s most reluctant tourist (and tourist guide) Rincewind, was one of those occasions. (Fans who are more hardcore than I can start directing their hatred into the comments […]Read More A tale of two Discworld novels, part 1: Interesting Times
Because it’s there, is the reason people climb Everest. Because I could, was the reason Clinton gave for certain indiscretions. Because it is the pretentious thing to do, was the reason I downloaded Ulysses by James Joyce onto a certain oblong device that can carry ebooks.Read More Why the hell am I doing this?
If I were a dictator somewhere in the world right now, I’d be reading Terry Pratchett. I’d need all the help I could get, and I might as well get the best advice.Read More Some advice for Gaddafi: read Night Watch …