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Disturbing jester April 17

Something Wicked This Way Comes – Book Club Discussion Questions

A reminder: all of our book club discussion questions contain spoilers. Synopsis The week before Halloween, a carnival train arrives in a small American village. The freakish performers of Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show offer the residents of Greentown their secret desires. Only two teenaged boys, and a man weighed down with age, understand […]

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Vikings and the Origin of the Musical

Much as evolutionary biologists are shocked and gratified when they discover the teeth of an unknown primate, I was amazed yesterday to discover that the Vikings liked musicals.  I was listening to the Librivox version of The Saga of Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Skald, and noticed that there were clear signs of it […]

hornblower2 March 27

Reading Journal: March 2015

(19) The Intoxicated Ghost and Other Stories by Arlo Bates. Arlo Bates wasan American author and academic early in the Twentieth Century. The collection is interesting, but not excellent, saving one story I’d like to highlight Miss Gaylord and Jenny, which is one of the earliest uses of dissociative identity disorder I’ve seen in fiction. […]

Hold me closer cover March 23

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story (Book Club Discussion Questions)

“Tiny Cooper is not the world’s gayest person, and he is not the world’s largest person, but I believe he may be the world’s largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world’s gayest person who is really, really large.” – John Green.

Cutdown of cover of capital in the 21st century March 03

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty : Book Club Discussion Questions

Please be aware that our book club discussion questions contain spoilers Synopsis This book has been surprising in how little controversy it has evoked, with even mainstream journals of economics noting its depth of research and persuasive arguments. Piketty’s basic thesis is that global society has the choice between a progressive capital tax or the […]

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Ready player one cover March 02

Reading Journal: February 2015

A little fantasy and non-fiction for the month…

50G February 19

In Defence of Bad Books

The parts of the internet I frequent hate the film of 50 Shades of Grey.

What’s your favourite Chinese novel?

The Gold Coast’s Chinatown has its launch tomorrow, so now’s the time to think “Hey..how much Chinese literature have I read?  What did I like? Why?” and then ask your friends the same questions. My answer is the Obvious Australian answer: The Journey to the West by Wu Cheng-en.  I have an abridged copy in […]

Stell prize logo February 16

The Stella Prize 2015 long list published

The Stella Prize Long List has been announced. Thanks to Sue over at Whispering Gums for reviewing them all. The Stella is an award for female Australia authors, regardless of genre. To make it easier to find the books, here are the Gold Coast Library Catalog links. Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Foreign Soil Emily Bitto’s The […]

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