Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

Archie milkshake August 27

The Death of Archie Andrews

This is a great graphic novel, which I recommend widely. Archie Comics has been a highly experimental company for the last few years. I think readers miss that because their subject matter seems nostalgic. Archie Comics give the impression that they sell easy Americana. It’s all small town life, love triangles, and teenage japes. This […]

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The Ghosts of houses Past – Lost London 1870-1945 by Philip Davies

Lost London 1875-1945 by  Philip Davies An absolutely brilliant book comprising 500 black and white photos of streets, houses, pubs and shops, schools and churches  of London that vanished between the years 1875-1945.  The photos were taken  as an historical record  for the Survey of London. Images  show mostly every day life  of ordinary people. […]

Book Review Dust by Christine Bongers reviewed by Jill Smith

This is a brilliant story with many layers. It begins with a mother driving her two children, in a rushed trip to attend a funeral, from Brisbane to a remote outback community in the heart of outback Queensland. The back cover blurb starts with this: Twelve year old Celia Maria was named after saints and […]

Station Eleven – sci-fi for the rest of us

I don’t know why, but I have never been attracted to science fiction – until recently that is.  A few months back I read The Martian by Andy Weir which was a great read.  It is being made into a film starring Matt Damon and should be pretty good although I’m not sure how they […]

Big Library Read general graphic August 20

Vote for the next Big Library Read

Big Library Read is the first ever global ebook club connecting readers around the world with the same ebook and eaudiobook at the same time. From 7 October – 21 October 2015, our ebook supplier, Overdrive will make the same book available to everyone and provide some great discussion and author chat opportunities. Now they […]

sparkler small August 19

Get your Words Out to win

Young Gold Coast writers should get creative on the theme of LIGHT to be in the running to win an iPad.

LV10 August 12

Librivox turns 10: free audiobooks, a decade on

Congratulations to Librivox on 10 years and 9570 books.

Mad Love Cover July 31

Batman : Mad Love And Other Stories

The Suicide Squad movie hits theaters this week, so if you are the type who likes to read the book before seeing the movie, may I suggest Batman : Mad Love and Other Stories? It is the origin for Harley Quinn (the woman with the multicolored hair on the movie posters). Harley’s development as a […]

Vegetarian haggis July 27

Facing the terrors of antediluvian vegetarianism for Cooking for Copyright

Time to make the vegetarian haggis.

cooking4copyright July 27

Classic Australian Recipes

This week book coasters is supporting Cooking For Copyright. To inspire you, let’s break out some modern collections of classic Australian cookery.


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