Author Archives: Timothy

maus cover June 16

Maus : A survivor’s tale book club discussion questions

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale is available for loan as one of the Gold Coast City Council Library’s book club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions contain spoilers** Synopsis: Maus by Art Spiegelman Maus is a graphic novel written by the author following a series of interviews with his father, Vladek, who is a […]

Capture1 June 13

Hating it here – The caustic genius of Transmetropolitan

Transmetropolitan is a graphic novel series about a gonzo journalist in a future society not so much dystopian as utterly disinterested in social advancement. It reminds me most of the society in search of continual distraction seen in Brave New World, except there’s no attempt at conformity. Instead there’s so much as raging personal satisfaction that individuals […]

104 June 04

104 in 2014: May

So, a busy month for the challenge! Finally I’ve managed to either read, or try and then reject, my requisite number of books. 35   Batman : Knight and Squire This is a graphic novel for fans of Batman, but it’s a pastiche, and doesn’t require you to be familiar with the intricate continuity of the […]

golden-apples May 25

In Praise of Open Culture, and Ray Bradbury

I’m a huge fan of a website called Open Culture, which collects free, legal ways to access media online. I was reminded of their awesomeness today while listening to some Ray Bradbury they have for download (via Internet Archive). The Golden Apples of the Sun, in this case, is a radio dramatization of eight of […]

Doctor Who: Eleven Doctors Eleven Stories

This anthologyDoctor Who 11 stories cover celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first episode of the Doctor Who television programme. It has novella length short works by well-regarded 11 authors, each featuring a different doctor. It has a surprising lack of polish, for which I blame poor editing

paper May 18

Paper Towns by John Green

A story about how many of the conventions of the romance genre are destructive to the people who believe they apply to real life, because they encourage us to see others in idealised, and therefore grossly oversimplified, ways.

The Shambling Guide to New York City

This is an urban fantasy novel in which the main character, Zoe, is hired as an editor by a firm which wants to create travel guides for supernatural creatures. I find it hard to recommend this book. Now, for fairness, time for a disclaimer: I read this book while recovering from surgery, and wanted the […]

104 in 2014 : There’s nothing witty that rhymes with April

Hi! I’ve been rebuilding my study, and binge-watching Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project on Tested, so my reading has been a little slow this month. Let’s look at my paltry number of finished books. 27: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl. This book is a series of letters, notes and remembrances of […]

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Stephen Leacock : The forgetting of humorists

I’ve been reading a huge chunk of early Twentieth century comedy this month. Four of the titles are by Stephen Leacock. They are Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy, My Discovery of England,  Sunshine Sketches on a Little Town, and Essays and Literary Studies. All are available on Librivox and in Internet Archive. Stephen Leacock was arguably, for a […]

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