Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.


BLOODLINE – Alan Gold & Mike Jones Book 1 of the Heritage Trilogy “Bloodline” is an historical fiction of modern Jerusalem in 2007 and tracing parallel stories from 942 BCE to 126 CE. A Palestinian youth (Bilal) is shot during an unsuccessful terrorist attack and is saved by the skill of a young Jewish doctor […]


It is the last novel of Award winning author Kent Haruf who died in November, 2014 at the age of seventy-one and what a magnificent work he has left as his legacy. An elderly widow approaches her widowed neighbour with a proposition i.e., to spend the nights together in her bed for company. The man […]

Great Scott September 25

“Sports Almanacs! Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Sports Almanacs!” What to do if You See Marty McFly on October 21 2015

In under a month’s time on October 21 according to footage found amongst the mangled wreckage of a Delorean, after a train ploughed into it when for some reason it was parked on train tracks back in 1985, it is likely that a young man named Marty McFly will appear in one our branches looking […]

Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody reviewed by Jill Smith

Elspeth Gordie lived in fear. She did not make friends, and kept to herself. The Herders ruled the land. An orphan, sent to gather white stick, a poison from the Great White left by the Beforetimers. Once cleansed, the white stick, became sleeping potions, or potent medicines, prepared by the Herders. Her brother Jess had once been close […]

All the light we cannot see

Anthony Doerr has written this brilliant book which is the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner and is one of the best novels I have read. This book is set in Hitler’s World War II Germany and France, and describes the life of a young blind Parisian girl and an orphaned German boy.  This could be depressing but really […]

The Long Shadow of the Drone

The KILL CHAIN presents the dark side of high tech warfare. With unlimited budgets and rooms full of servers the modern field of warfare has these high tech assassins know as “drones” and the chain of command is also known as the KILL CHAIN. I was drawn to reading this book because, I wanted to […]


The true story of a little known food drop by B-17’s to the starving Dutch citizens under German occupation in May, 1945; code named Operation Chowhound.   German born Prince Bernhard who married into the Dutch royal family of the Netherlands and evacuated to England developed the plan. It was discovered in post war years that […]


Sydney, Australia, 1915,  Ruby and Jimmy Hawkins are newlyweds from Bourke. Jimmy is embarking on a troop ship for the war at Gallipoli. Ruby has decided to find accommodation and work in Sydney and wait for his return. They are young, innocent and dreaming of their life together when the war is over. Ruby finds […]

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Pig the Pug was shortlisted for the 2015 Children’s Book Week Early Childhood Award.  I loved the front cover with the comical illustration of a poppy-eyed pug.  What is it about these cute-ugly little dogs that is so appealing?  If you have ever been owned by a pug then this story and its wonderful pictures […]

It’s okay to judge a book by it’s long title!

The extraordinary journey of the fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe by Romain  Puertolas. A fun read, if not quite reminiscent of Jonas Jonasson’s two delightful books with equally long titles (The Girl who saved the King of Sweden and The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared). Puetolas attempt at this […]


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