Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

June 22

Monica McInerney – meet the author and read her latest novel – out now!

Are you an avid Monica McInerney reader? We’re very excited that the bestselling author is coming to Helensvale Library on Friday 7 July to launch her new book The Trip of a Lifetime! This free event runs from 6.30 to 8pm and places are strictly limited, so if you want to meet the author, book your […]

June 15

City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

Posted by Neen City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan Jerusalem, 1945. Left homeless after World War Two, thousands of displaced Jewish refugees attempted to reach Palestine. However, they were regarded as illegal aliens by the interim British authorities, and were forced to rely on an underground network of sympathisers to hide them and provide new […]

June 14

A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody

Posted by Neen A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody Lucian, a friend of Kate Shackleton, recently inherited a cottage in a peaceful Yorkshire village from his aunt, so when Kate realises her 14-year-old niece, Harriet, needs complete rest to recuperate from an illness, Kate arranges with Lucien for herself and Harriet to enjoy […]

June 13

A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare

Posted by Neen A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare England, 1603. Queen Elizabeth I is dead and King James VI of Scotland is about to become King James I of England. As the new king’s official coronation approaches, Gabriel Taverner, former ship’s surgeon now employed as a physician in rural Devon, is called in by […]

June 09

Frostiana: a curio for history fans and Doctor Who completists

Recently I watched Thin Ice, a Doctor Who episode set during the final Thames Frost Fair. I knew a book had been printed on the ice, and wanted to track it down. Frostiana is the sort of short, thrown together work you get when someone desperately wants to cash in on a sudden burst of […]

May 31

Z nation : zombie series with bite!

Z Nation is focused on the characters quest to save the world and to look good doing so rather than to simply survive. To put it bluntly it is definitely not a Walking Dead rip-off, it’s a standalone apocalyptic series which offers the viewer a fun time without thinking too much about the human condition. […]

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, […]