Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

Norse Mythology : Book club discussion questions

March 24

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology doesn’t contain new stories: if you are familiar with the source material, then you’ve heard each tale before. What’s appealing about this collection, particularly in the audiobook, is that Gaiman puts his own spin on the characters. His Thor is, to me at least, like a character out of a classic British comedy. […]

March 14

Poldark

Did you watch the new Poldark Series on the ABC? The series is set and filmed in Cornwall and it’s worth watching for the breathtaking  scenery of the Cornish Coast alone. It is beautifully filmed, and has some truly spectacular cinematographic moments. I’m told that when in Cornwall you can actually do a Poldark tour, and […]

March 07

You Voted! You Ranked! The Best Movies Voted By Gold Coast Library Customers of New DVDs That Hit Our Shelves Over the Past Year!

Well we’ve just seen the Oscars, and who some rich Hollywood snobby types thought were the best movies of 2016 and 2017. But what do every day regular Gold Coast residents think were the best movies of the past year? Well we asked you, you logged in with library you cards, and you told us. […]

March 07

Ratings, A Guide How to Rate Stuff on City Libraries Gold Coast Catalogue

Well last year we switched catalogues with a new service provider and have this Encore website you’ve likely accessed Bookcoasters off a link at the bottom of. It does allow one fun function that its predecessor didn’t, that can be very helpful to other potential borrowers, especially those trying to determine which of millions of […]

February 14

We have Make:!

The Library Service gets new titles in for its physical magazine subscriptions every six months or so.  This time we added many titles. the one which thrills me most is For my fellow staff, Make can be a bit inaccessible when you first open it, because it assumes that you are a maker, and are […]

February 08

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Reviewed by Greg W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton The 23rd in the series and full of interesting storylines and characters.  Kinsey is back in full swing! The story centres around two deaths.  The first is a PI known to Kinsey, who is not so scrupulous or nice, but he dies in suspicious circumstances.  […]

February 07

Everywhere I look by Helen Garner

Reviewed by Bindi Everywhere I look by Helen Garner Everywhere I look is a collection of essays and diary entries by renowned Australian fiction and non-fiction writer, Helen Garner. Garner wisely and deliberately considers all sorts of situations, feelings and moments and helps the reader reflect on being human. It’s a beautifully written bunch of […]

February 06

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Reviewed by Bede The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan This award winning novel by Richard Flanagan tells the story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor who suffers through the trauma, guilt and some parts shame from being a World War Two prisoner of war. The novel starts slowly, however the descriptions of […]

February 03

Our Souls at Night

       Addie Moore and Louis Waters are from the small town of Holt and have known each other for decades. Both have lost their partners and are finding the time after nightfall unbearably lonely. Their solution is seemingly simple – to spend the nights sleeping together and talking in the dark. Tenderly and […]