Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

May 22

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Solid teen scifi from the author of A Monster Calls, and the chief writer of the Doctor Who spinoff series Class.  The basic premise is that, in this world, there are two types of people, the Indie Kids, who are like the protagonists of teen supernatural TV shows, and the rest of us, who just […]

May 12

The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield

The Napoleon Bonaparte Series (Bony or sometimes Boney for short)  is an early set of detective novels set in Australia, with an aboriginal detective inspector. This first one was published in 1929. The audio warns before heading into them, they are prized mostly for their accurate depiction of life at that time.  What this means […]

May 05

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

This is a hard one to review: when it first came out, was it more shocking than now? I’ve not read it before, but I’ve seen enough of the hard boiled school to know that the farm girl’s mask may fall away and the gay guy is likely to be a villain.  There are twists, […]

May 01

Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

This action/fantasy book is for younger teen audiences, something which is not entirely clear in the blurb given for it on BorrowBox, where I downloaded the audio. The audio is great: the reader does each character distinctly. The plot is a little flat, but that could be because it is for a young age group, […]

April 24

The Ecclesiastical History of England by the Venerable Bede

This book has a niche audience. I enjoyed it, and found the following features appealing: it describes the early history of the English. I’m into Arthuriana, so the period is one to which I’m drawn. It is written with an interesting archaic cadence, which works well in audiobook.  I listened to the free Librivox English edition […]

April 15

Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry

Reviewed by Lyn Reilly Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines (a biography of one of Australia’s first female botanical collectors) by Bernice Barry, 2016 Pan Macmillan Australia The subtitle is taken from a song of Robert Burns ‘the mind that shines in ev’ry grace’ Georgiana was […]

April 12

A Curious Beginning / Deanna Raybourn

  A curious beginning / Deanna Raybourn I really enjoyed this book, and just loved meeting Veronica Speedwell, the intelligent and feisty heroine who tackles life head-on. She is brave, independent and capable, but also an appropriate and realistic character for the Victorian era in which she lives, and not just a modern woman crammed awkwardly into […]

April 11

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

  Her every fear by Peter Swanson Eager to make a new beginning after a violent ex-boyfriend kidnapped and assaulted her, Kate Priddy readily agrees to a six-month apartment swap with a distant cousin based in Boston. Kate has never met Corbin and really doesn’t know that much about him, but she is still fragile, […]

April 10

Innocent in Death by J. D. Robb

Reviewed by Greg Innocent in Death by J. D. Robb I have just finished JD Robb’s Innocent in death.  I have not read any of the others in this particular series so was surprised to see that it is set in the future, about 2060.  Having said that it doesn’t have any real relevance to […]

April 07

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The television series for American Gods is about to be released, so I wanted to finish the sort-of sequel before it was spoiled for me in the stream of internet review of the earlier book. It’s excellent, but I’d note it barely counts as a sequel to American Gods. The main character, initially, is Charlie, […]