Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

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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. […]

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley (again).

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” – I have always found this opening line from Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” haunting and atmospheric. I have never actually read the book – but it’s on my list – I heard the line at the beginning of the movie many years ago and it has stayed […]

catcher March 17

Book club inspiration

Is your book club looking for something fresh to read? Librarians love book clubs. Really. We love you guys a lot. So we’ve got a whole new stack of book club kits ready to go at our Gold Coast libraries, to keep things fresh for our local book clubs. And if you’re not so local, […]

piglet March 14

Page to screen in 2015

It’s going to be another bumper year for movies based on books. I’ve already seen more than enough written about the film adaptation of E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey, released on Valentine’s Day, so let’s move on… After The Fault in Our Stars was such a hit last year, big things are expected of John Green’s Paper […]

sir terry March 13

Vale Sir Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett, prolific fantasy author and campaigner for better understanding of dementia, has died, aged 66. We salute him as an exceptionally creative and entertaining author who inspired millions through his Discworld series and other novels.

surfer March 06

Best of Bleach* reads

Our new Readers’ season is all about that beach, ’bout that beach, no trouble.
Read the beach, enjoy Bleach*, write the waves and tell us what books go best with a little sand.

Light On Snow – Anita Shreve (Abacus 2005)

Light On Snow – Anita Shreve (Abacus 2005)   This gentle novel is set in secluded, show-bound New Hampshire as the 30 year old narrator Nicky tells the story of what happened when she was a twelve year old girl. At that time she lived with her father and they had moved to this remote […]

The Torch by Peter Twohig

This is the sequel to Twohig’s The Cartographer, which I enjoyed but wasn’t convinced, The Torch however I loved. Set in the early 1960’s in a fictional Richmond, Melbourne  – my home town and I do like to read novel set in places I have lived and/or loved. The story is narrated by a 12 […]

Vale Leonard Nimoy


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